During the third substage of humanity’s evolution of consciousness, man makes individual decisions about the world it observes and hence, forms a center from which it is observing. In other words, it manifests an ego. This stage represents the journey from the questioning of authority to the ability to organize the materials and people needed to find answers to these questions. Whereas the first two substages shared the quality of human connection with the divinity of nature, in this substage, man is not content in the garden and searches for the tree of knowledge. Biting into the metaphoric apple, man at this stage gains a consciousness of himself and now he is different from the world surround him. The walls of his cities have expanded to eventually discover, or be discovered by other cultures with cultures, religious races and laws as his. This leads to a natural questioning of ruling authority and religion. New forms of government and philosophy arouse from this questioning. Sciences and technologies never seen before were developed. Man started to see himself as responsible for his own misfortune, whereas before he was the victim of the whim of the gods. During this period, avatars like Jesus of Nazareth attracted followers by stressing that good personal choices were the key to the kingdom of heaven. The difference between this stage and the 4th substage of man is the lack of knowledge about the systems of the world or the technology to explore those systems which creates an all-out belief in objectivity. (the hallmark trait of substage four) Due to a lack of knowledge and technology, the ego now alone disconnected from continual divine guidance naturally grabs for personal power and control of its own survival. A greedy, materialistic power-hungry seed is planted in the mind of man who now sees the earth as less of a mother and more of a something that “I” can control and conquer.
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