In Politics, Morality, and Spirituality (which I just realized, unfortunately, that when acronimized is P.M.S.) I wrote the following…
Now, humanity faces its greatest “Evolve or Die” moment yet. Up until the 1950’s, it had always been about whether a particular society or subset of humanity would survive the unmerciful ravages of evolution. When we acquired the capacity to wipe out all of humanity either through Global Thermonuclear War or now, befouling our atmosphere to the point where the earth is unsuitable for human life, evolution had always been sort of local.
Now all of our eggs are in one basket. And since we have managed (so far at least) to evolve far enough to not have actively killed ourselves, we will see if we can evolve enough to not passively kill ourselves. In the nuclear evolutionary exam, all we had to do was NOT push The Button.
In our current test, we have to evolve far enough and fast enough that we can learn to use foresight and actually cooperate to not kill ourselves. The medium for that will at least include politics.
But it will also involve evolving a new morality (since a large scale agreed upon morality is basically non-existent, having been most notably disposed of during the Bush Years) that we can all agree is valid….otherwise, it will just be more head bashing by whoever is greediest for the remaining resources on the planet.
Up until now, our mostly regional religious beliefs have furnished us with the morals that protect society in general from the worst excesses of the brutality inherent in humanity….to the extent anything has.
But as the planet has shrunk, now our various moralities and religions are at war with each other. And as they war, the planet dies.
In order to solve this problem humanity is being forced to evolve a new shared set of morals, which must necessarily be based on a new shared spirituality (Though I doubt that is the right word.)
If one even casually studies the root texts of the worlds religions and moral systems, it becomes obvious very quickly that there are many more shared realities than conflicting ones. In fact the deeper you go past the imposed dogma of later generations and organizations….there are indeed very few actual differences in the moral codes presented therein.
Most notably, in my opinion, (and I freely admit that I am no expert) is the current nexus of warfare and religious persecution. As far as I can see, there is actually little of “Sharia law” in the Koran, and what is there is one thing…and what is being passed off as Sharia today are nearly all later interpretations. Interpretations made for the most part by both Christian and Muslim men who are trying to use, as is the age old tradition, religion to politically control the masses. Or even to take them to war against each other.
Yes you can find sections in both the Koran and the Bible (and many other religious tracts)that can be interpreted as being hateful, or urging violence and war, etc. But the message of both books, indeed all or nearly all “holy books,” is that it is Peace and Love that are to be valued, that should be striven for. Peace, Love and the Creation of beauty are the highest functions, the greatest aspirations of Human Kind……and the root of every, if not all, religious and philosophical work of note is some variation on “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”
The exploitation of religion and spirituality/philosophy, in fact the complete perversion of religion and spirituality/philosophy into a reason to kill and make war….is yet another example of those who consider themselves ‘the hierarchy’ corrupting our world into a prison of hate and death and division, into the lowest common denominator of human nature….rather than using their positions of authority to advance the cause of freedom, peace and justice.
The Hierarchy use religion to separate and to foster hate, not to bring humans together in love. Just as the Hierarchy also does in the realms of politics and economy.
So on the one hand we have a tiny number of people who control the power and wealth of the planet constantly causing war, death, and suffering in the name of religion economy and politics, and using their interpretation of morality to divide humans and set them against each other.
On the other hand we have 99% of humanity who want peace, freedom and justice for ALL people….not just “their side.”
As we have all here realized, to some extent at least, we the people of the world cannot look to the Hierarchy to unite us, to change from the adversarial competitive systems that benefit them, into the cooperative world society needed to end war, mitigate or eliminate poverty and injustice…..and save the Planet.
It will be up to US to find ways to come together despite them.
It will be up to us to Weave a new world tapestry, bringing together the best of ALL religions and philosophies, to Weave together the best parts of ALL political systems, to Weave together some form of economic equality and justice, based on the new reality of limited resources, that we as humans face for the first time on the planetary scale.
This IS the Political, Moral, and Spiritual Challenge of the 21st Century.
Everything has changed, since the age old, top down, imposition of the nearly obsolete systems we still live under today.
War no longer works. Raping the earths resources for personal (or Corporate) gain no longer works, and even the best political system invented so far has been proven to be eminently corruptible. The concept of the Nation State is even becoming obsolete, in the face of inevitable Globalization, as is of course, raw Capitalism.
These things have failed.
There is a vacuum forming around them as we speak. And as we see with the spokemodels of war, tyranny and injustice, of these now archaic and destructive ways….The Republicans….there are no new ideas coming from the Hierarchy to replace them.
It is up to us to figure it out and put it into motion…up to us to weave together all of the best ideas and practices in our now tiny world, up to us to create a new world. And the clock is most definitely running. I don’t know, I doubt if anyone knows, just how this will come about.
We do know one thing….that we are indeed that change.
And perhaps when a critical mass of people on the planet start living that way, start actively weaving a new society that rejects the worst of human nature, and starts living in a new way based on the best of human nature…..that that world will start to emerge all on it’s own.
Or else, ya know….we all die ….and Nature starts over with a new project, here on this pretty little blue planet.
I vote for Weaving.