Philosophy Of The Hospes Lategum Oath

As a new Zeta, the Hospes Lategum oath may seem at once hopeful, daunting, paradoxical, a source of strength, and a source of confusion. The oath is not truly as daunting as it seems, as it is at once an oath to the Lategis, and oath to our Brothers and Sisters, an oath to our world, and, most of all, an oath to ourselves.

The thirteen phrases of the oath remind us to act, to think, and to reason. But there are several broad categories: How to act to your individual Lategis, how to act to your Brothers and Sisters, how to act to the world, and how to act to yourself.

In acting toward the world, we are referring to all who are not Lategum or our Brothers and Sisters. First and foremost, we are not superior beings to the peoples of the Earth. We are special only in that we have a different point of view. But that makes us no more special than anyone else. The oath says we “will serve the peoples of the Earth,” however, this does not mean we are servants. Each one of us, with the help of our Lategis, should do our best to walk the Earth and show peace through our actions. As the third phrase states, we should help all who we are able, and this helping may be mediating a dispute, giving someone something to eat, or even just talking to someone. On that same phrase, we are to avoid harming anyone without cause. We can defend ourselves, and we can defend others, but we cannot needlessly cause harm. Oh, and “anyone” includes yourself.

Toward our Brothers and Sisters, there seem to be some conflicting messages. Phrases seven and eight talk about fallowing the guidance of our Brothers and Sisters of higher rank while guiding those of lower ranks. Phrase eleven, however, reminds us that we are “no better, no worse, no more, and no less than [our] Brothers and Sisters.” On the surface, these seem to conflict, but they truly do not. Our Brothers and Sisters of higher rank hold only experience and time compared to those of lower rank, and thus have much to teach those of lower rank. Phrase seven is a promise to learn from our Brothers and Sisters, following directions but with thought. That is why it ends with “as my conscious allows.” Phrase eight is not about ordering our brothers and sisters around, but offering them our wisdom and experience to help them learn through lessons and assignments. Thus, they are not actually conflicting.

Toward our individual Lategis, we are each wise, we are each living, thinking creatures. The Lategis cannot experience life away from the collective without a host, a Hospes, to guide them and teach them. By the same coin, the Hospes cannot take blind faith in the counsel of the Lategis, but must weigh that counsel with the Hospes’s own knowledge and wisdom. Both must rely on the other, both must teach to and learn from the other. Hospes and Lategis must become partners, develop an equal symbiotic relationship where they become Hospes Lategis, both growing and learning from the others.

Finally, ourselves. We are neither superior nor inferior to others. We hold a different view, perhaps a balanced one, thanks to the Lategis. We are not slaves; we are not Masters. We are all the same and all unique. We must love ourselves, we must love our Sisters and Brothers, and we must love our Lategis. It may seem awfully presumptuous to a new Zeta Brother or Sister when I say that we must love our Brothers, Sisters, and Lategis; however, we are a family, each Brother or Sister and individual who has a place in this family. We are all precious, we are all valued, we are all family. Welcome to the great family of the Hospes Lategum.

As a new Zeta, the Hospes Lategum oath may seem at once hopeful, daunting, paradoxical, a source of strength, and a source of confusion. The oath is not truly as daunting as it seems, as it is at once an oath to the Lategis, and oath to our Brothers and Sisters, an oath to our world, and, most of all, an oath to ourselves.

The thirteen phrases of the oath remind us to act, to think, and to reason. But there are several broad categories: How to act to your individual Lategis, how to act to your Brothers and Sisters, how to act to the world, and how to act to yourself.

In acting toward the world, we are referring to all who are not Lategum or our Brothers and Sisters. First and foremost, we are not superior beings to the peoples of the Earth. We are special only in that we have a different point of view. But that makes us no more special than anyone else. The oath says we “will serve the peoples of the Earth,” however, this does not mean we are servants. Each one of us, with the help of our Lategis, should do our best to walk the Earth and show peace through our actions. As the third phrase states, we should help all who we are able, and this helping may be mediating a dispute, giving someone something to eat, or even just talking to someone. On that same phrase, we are to avoid harming anyone without cause. We can defend ourselves, and we can defend others, but we cannot needlessly cause harm. Oh, and “anyone” includes yourself.

Toward our Brothers and Sisters, there seem to be some conflicting messages. Phrases seven and eight talk about fallowing the guidance of our Brothers and Sisters of higher rank while guiding those of lower ranks. Phrase eleven, however, reminds us that we are “no better, no worse, no more, and no less than [our] Brothers and Sisters.” On the surface, these seem to conflict, but they truly do not. Our Brothers and Sisters of higher rank hold only experience and time compared to those of lower rank, and thus have much to teach those of lower rank. Phrase seven is a promise to learn from our Brothers and Sisters, following directions but with thought. That is why it ends with “as my conscious allows.” Phrase eight is not about ordering our brothers and sisters around, but offering them our wisdom and experience to help them learn through lessons and assignments. Thus, they are not actually conflicting.

Toward our individual Lategis, we are each wise, we are each living, thinking creatures. The Lategis cannot experience life away from the collective without a host, a Hospes, to guide them and teach them. By the same coin, the Hospes cannot take blind faith in the counsel of the Lategis, but must weigh that counsel with the Hospes’s own knowledge and wisdom. Both must rely on the other, both must teach to and learn from the other. Hospes and Lategis must become partners, develop an equal symbiotic relationship where they become Hospes Lategis, both growing and learning from the others.

Finally, ourselves. We are neither superior nor inferior to others. We hold a different view, perhaps a balanced one, thanks to the Lategis. We are not slaves; we are not Masters. We are all the same and all unique. We must love ourselves, we must love our Sisters and Brothers, and we must love our Lategis. It may seem awfully presumptuous to a new Zeta Brother or Sister when I say that we must love our Brothers, Sisters, and Lategis; however, we are a family, each Brother or Sister and individual who has a place in this family. We are all precious, we are all valued, we are all family. Welcome to the great family of the Hospes Lategum.

Written 2016-12-25 by β0361

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