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So instead of Selfishness and 'Selfish Genes' the true principle of the universe is Cooperation, Symbiosis and Selfless Genes. And instead of being mere 'Meat Machines', we are all manifestations of the One God, made in the image of the Divine and existing to serve the higher cosmic purpose. We are not merely here to serve our 'Selfish Genes', which translates as serving ourselves, our families, our clan, our race and in that order.
Therefore what we are describing in this book is a tonic for the post modern malaise that has been brought about by the rise of Scientific rationalism. An answer to the relativists, mihilists, militant Atheists and narrow minded Evolutionists, who too often in a manner similar to the religious Fundamentalists of this world, believe that their truth is the only truth and can see no other viable alternative way of looking at things. And importantly we are not trying to undermine the Scientific method but merely negating a set of unnecessary and unhelpful assumptions that has accumulated around Science over the years and which has become closely associated with the Scientific world view. The commonly held idea of a purposeless Material universe that came into being through an 'accident', where life is seen as a random and meaningless process; is destined to go the same way as the Flat Earth concept and the notion that the Sun revolves around the Earth. What will come in its place is a cosmic view that integrates Science and Spirituality. This new perspective, by counteracting Nihilism and notions of 'Selfish Genes', will undermine certain problematic behaviours and political, economic and social doctrines, which can derive from these misguided viewpoints and therefore contribute positively to the process of solving the problems of this world.
Solving the social, economic and political problems of this world
Of course the social, economic and political problems of this world are myriad and varied. It may seem over simplistic and too ambitious to suggest a single solution to all the problems that could be included in these rather broad categories. However it is possible to identify root causes and see if we can address them. Also while a single specific solution may not be able to appropriately tackle all the multitude of different problems in all these realms of human activity, we can however suggest a meta-solution or a single seed solution that has the potential to stimulate in people the motivation to generate solutions that are tailored to their locales and jurisdictions. This meta-solution would be the key that puts all the specific solutions into motion. This meta-solution acts as a template and provides principles by which social, economic and political life can be modelled in a way that fully incorporates spiritual or humanist notions such as justice, fairness, and equality.
In order to generate this sort of master solution to the problems of this world in social, economic and political realms then this really comes about through tackling the problems of this world in the realm of pure ideas and the closely associated domain of human beliefs and ideology. We'll be discussing why this is the case. These problems of the world in the realm of pure ideas and ideologies comprise our first two dominoes that we described earlier. If we can satisfactorily topple the first two dominoes then we may instigate a process that inevitably leads to the toppling of the third domino represent the social, economic and political problems of the World.
In what follows I'll be discussing how it is that once we have addressed the first two problem categories satisfactorily, i.e. firstly the problems in the realm of pure ideas and secondly the problems relating to ideology and human beliefs, then there are implications for the problems of this world in the social, economic and political realms. In particular, we'll be explaining how the sorts of ideas we have been discussing earlier and in this book generally, are directly relevant to issues such as social justice, social equality, economic disparity and also promote certain ideals such as meritocracy, human rights and peace.
A natural property of the unified world vew, we've been discussing earlier, is its ability to bring people of this world together as one while at the same time being able to help in the struggle against a global world tyranny described in the previous chapter. We'll now show how our Solution to the first two problems categories, concerning the problems of the world, i.e. our unified world view is able to address all these social, economic and political issues.
In support of equality, meritocracy and justice for all
The idea that everyone is the manifestation of God, which is the foundation of our unified world view, apart from being the ultimate self affirmation, is also the ultimate statement about the sanctity and importance of human life. On this fundamental truth we can not just base a unifying metaphysical outlook that is able to bring together Science, Religion and Philosophy, as well as bringing together the world's major religions. This idea can also be used as the foundation for moral thinking. It can also be the basis and key assumption on which we formulate our social, economic and political policies.
For instance, once we accept the perennial idea then certain other ideas follow. For instance the Universal idea called the Golden rule which states that we should treat other people as we would like to be treated makes perfect sense because when we understand our position then there is only really ultimately one person or being. So we treat the other person as we'd like to be treated because the other person is us.
When we see the human being as also being the manifestation of God then the idea of inalienable rights, justice for all and social equality become truths deriving from the truth that ultimately we are really one and the same. We start to see that everyone matters and what happens to the individual is also what is happening to Society. It reaffirms the idea that everyone is deserving of justice because injustice inflicted on anyone is also injustice inflicted on everyone.
However the idea doesn't imply that every human being is the same and equal. For in our abilities and in our physical attributes obviously we are very different. However the recognition that at our core essence we are absolutely one and the same is the ultimate basis for ideas of equality and equal opportunity. While at the same time recognising that in our attributes and in our abilities we are very different. What this means is that it is in our propensity and inclination to use our various powers at our disposal, physical, intellectual or otherwise to help others and serve society that we should be ranked and whereby status is achieved. In other words Meritocracy. The idea that everyone is the Vicegerent of God, though of unequal physical and mental endowments or attributes, goes hand in hand with and supports the idea of meritocracy and equal opportunity.
The coming world order, global tyranny and problems associated with it
All through recorded there has been an on going process at work whereby humanity has been coming together and merging. Though riddled with conflict, this process has seen humans become more and more integrated and living in harmony with one another in ever larger systems of social organization. Tribes have come together to form kingdoms and kingdoms have come together to make nation states. And this process has continued to form even larger social, economic and political entities where people live together in relative harmony. However this coming togetherness process doesn't imply that these conglomerations of peoples will necessarily be just, fair, equal or free from tyranny and oppression. Still we can see that if this process is taken to the planetary limit then indeed we would have a single one world order. This all encompassing global social, economic and Political entity would form the basis for a united humanity, free from conflict and existing without borders.
But there's a catch. For we may end up with a one world order that's a global and corrupt tyranny serving a select few. A world without borders but one full of social divisions and animosities kept in check by a vast security apparatus, one huge world wide police state. A world without war but only because all the soldiers have become policemen. A world full of racism, hatred and mistrust and a disharmonious humanity forced to integrate in a single world society controlled from the top down by a global elite with little sympathy for the rest of humankind. And this future state for the world may be run by a vast and corrupt global bureaucracy serving this global aristocracy but also serving itself at the expense of the oppressed and excluded multitudes. Where the entire human race has become a single unified monkey status hierarchy. The fitting together of all humankind into a global social pyramid of rank, with a persons position, defined by your bloodline, your wealth and your connection to the system. A future world where notions such as justice, freedom, meritocracy, equality and human Rights are mere echoes from a sentimental past.
I believe this is what we're heading for, the way things are going on the planet right now. The trajectory of human kinds current evolution is leading to the dystopian nightmare of the much feared one world tyranny. However there is an alternative. There is a way by which humanity can be brought together as one in a way that doesn't resemble the above. A world without war and without borders can be created that is just, equal, free from Tyranny and corruption and one that respects the rights and freedom of all its inhabitants. And also one where there is reconciliation between the religion and harmony between the different races comprising humanity.
How to create a unified humanity that isn't an all embracing world tyranny
The key to bringing about a unified humanity is through a message of absolute unity. A message that unifies and brings together all as one. A message that not only shows us how all religion is one along with how all religion, science and philosophy are one. But also a message which makes people realize that we are all one. And not merely of one flesh but also ultimately of one soul and one being. That the person, society, the universe and God are really one and the same. These are the natural ramifications of the Perennial idea.
Another way that the idea that 'everyone is god' opposes Tyranny and therefore world Tyranny, comes about because of the way this mystical metaphysical notion empowers people. It has been said that 'The truth shall set you free'. The truth also sets people free from fear. When people know in their eternal nature they're no longer afraid of death. It is the fear of death from which all our other fears derive. So if people are not afraid then it makes it much harder for tyrants to control and use them. Because tyrants and oppressors control people and wield their power primarily through the use of fear.
solving the environmental and ecological problems of this world
We now come to our final and most tangible problem category, represented by our final domino, i.e. the worlds problems relating to the environment and ecosystems. To some people this is the most urgent and pressing of all the worlds problems. The physical manifestations of the problems in this category are probably the most graphic and grand scale. There is in the world today an increasing awareness of the what's happening to the Environment and natural habitats. For instance issues such as global warming, the extinction of rare animals and the destruction of the tropical rain forests, are some of the issues that have become popular causes. There is a natural and spontaneous reaction in people to want to do something about these sorts of problems. But without tackling the root causes of environmental and ecological problems then we'll only ever by mitigating the symptoms rather than curing the disease itself.
The real cause of the environmental an ecological threat really arises from the unenlightened economic and political activity of humankind. The threat of global warming has been brought about through the cumulative process of wealth creation that involves ever increasing levels of economic activity and energy consumption. This problem has partially come about and been compounded by a lack of political will and social awareness or acceptance of detrimental effects that this economic activity has in terms of global warming, acid rain, resource depletion and destruction of natural habitats. Furthermore another factor which has added to the environmental and ecological problems is the unchecked problem of population growth which can be seen as a Social problem influenced by economic and political factors. The problem of population growth, which is approaching the limits of what the planet is able to sustain, in turn adds to the environmental and ecology problems of the world. As inevitably extra demands are made on the earth's finite resources.
Another huge problem for the environment and world ecological system derives directly from the political problem called war. When nations go to war then not only do people suffer but in the age of modern warfare it is often the environment and natural habitats that suffer too as recent conflicts have demonstrated, for instance the long term pollution caused by the use of defoliants such as agent orange during the vietnam war and the radioactive remnant of depleted uranium munitions as used in very recent middle east conflicts. Of course the biggest threat to the Environment and the ecosystem of the planet is the use of nuclear weapons. Though the threat of all out nuclear conflict seems to have receded since the end of the cold war, nonetheless nuclear weapons and nuclear Proliferation remain as one of the greatest threats to not just the environment but also to the very viability of life on earth.
However if we can unify humanity into a single sphere of mutual self interest, cooperation and inter-dependence; an integrated world society based on spiritual and humanistic values with shared hopes and a unified political, social & economic infrastructure in place to realize humanities common objectives. It is only then that we are in a serious position to tackle things head on and resolve the environmental and ecological problems of this world. What we are in effect doing is removing the main obstacle in the way of this happening, which is the conflict, disunity and mutual distrust that exists in this world. If we can solve this central problem with the doctrine of unity, that unifies science, religion and philosophy and also unifies religion, which states that humankind is not merely one flesh but also one soul, then we would have put the conditions place to make effective and substantial all the myriad specific solutions that are required to solve the immense environmental and ecological problems that we're faced with today. i.e. widespread use of renewable energy sources, energy conservation measures, laws that directly protect natural habitats, anti-pollution measures, sustainable farming methods, etc.
With a united world, much of the money and resources currently wasted on arms and defence spending can instead be diverted to the cause of dealing with environmental and ecological problems. All the Scientific and technical talent engaged in weapons research can instead be researching and designing technologies with more productive, life enhancing and environmental problem solving uses. The man power and manufacturing capability that is used up in the making up and equipping of the world's armed forces can then be used to build an economic infrastructure that is sustainable and create agencies that work towards the preservation life and the environment and its ecosystems, rather than towards their destruction.
Also the political will expended on dealing with the manifestations of a divided world, i.e. wars, global terrorism, competition over scarce resources and trade disputes; can instead focus on the bigger environmental and ecological issues which go unresolved and insufficiently addressed because of the needless disagreement and conflicts which arise from a state of divided humanity.
So it is by tackling the third domino and creating an integrated humanity living in a united world that we will be able to finally, effectively and definitively tackle the monumental, progressive, cumulative and potentially cataclysmic environmental and Ecological problems that we have in the world today. .
The need for new ideas and the receptiveness to them during times of chaos and Upheaval.
When everything is going smoothly, i.e. during times of prosperity, full employment and security then generally populations become content, self indulgent, perhaps even decadent. However it is when things get calamitous and uncertain that there is a stronger motivation for understanding what is going on and also a search for solutions and new ideas.
Over the next 20 to 40 years the world will become more and more stressed. Many of the Problems of the World today outlined at the beginning of this chapter will become more pronounced and cumulative. If there is already a feeling of unease and a sense of foreboding then this is surely to become more exaggerated as the years go by. Certain proportion of the people in a population, who are most dynamic, persuasive and intelligent need to accept an idea for that idea to become dominant in a society.
Leaders in other words and especially young future leaders, movers and shakers
Some Social Psychologists entertain the idea that 1 in 20 people are natural leaders. This idea originally derived from research which tried to understand why the escape rate of American POWs during the korean conflict was so low, in fact practically zero. It was discovered that the reason for this was that what the captors had done was to separate out the 5 percent whom they'd somehow identified as the natural leaders and hold them under especially tight security. Without the instigation of the 5% the other 95% generally made no attempts to escape whatsoever. Anyway from this detail of 20th century history, the idea that there is a roughly 5 percent of people who are leaders was derived. Using this viewpoint, then it is this 5 percent, in whom the process of mazeway resynthesis needs to occur and in the hearts and minds of whom the Battle in the Realm of ideas need to be fought and won in order for the plan set out in this chapter to succeed. The even more troubled times towards which collective humanity is heading, provides the perfect context for this process to unfold, a process which will in turn get us out of these further troubled times and provide a lasting solution to the problems of this world.
What we are about to face, the inevitable suffering and pain ahead will be the most major challenge collective humanity has ever faced in recorded history. This prognosis may seem to some as overly pessimistic. Some may object to this line of discourse as 'scare mongering' or being unnecessarily 'doom and gloom'. However, this is a perfectly realistic and rational stance to take. It is through the full recognition of what is ahead of us that puts us in the best position to make the best choices, to best chose always the lesser evil, maximise the common good, and minimise the collective hardship. In truth the predicted pain and suffering, the projected chaos and calamity, has already started though currently it mainly afflicts people in the Third World. Also affecting the very young, very old, poor and under privileged in the richer countries. As was witnessed during the freak 2003 heat wave that affected north western Europe and in the aftermath of hurricane katrina that devastated new Orleans USA in 2005. Anyway, this time of increasing crisis will be the context in which the ideas introduced in this book will become more and more relevant. The trials and tribulations ahead may be the most appropriate setting for the idea that 'everyone is from the supreme being to become established. Indeed in crisis there is also opportunity.
Summary and conclusion
Here some of the major problems of this world has been enunciated. But the question is how to solve them ? One thing is remarkable. Many problems are inter-related, which is both difficult and easy to approach, it will be easy if the right beginning can be made pinpointing the root of the inter-related issues. It is difficult in that there is a possibility that the problems may raise their head simultaneously against any solution. One may demand a unified approach to the greatest scientific, religious and philosophical issues of the ages based on the central truth behind them. There could be a doctrine of such power that from it social, economic and political that have the effect of unifying humanity from the bottom up, creating a fairer, more equal and just world and in turn make it much easier for us to effectively tackle the environmental and ecological problems.
This would be a doctrine which would in its intrinsic make up will provide a powerful message of unification that may bring together humanity in a way that is not a one world Tyranny. This all embracing doctrine will ensure the sanctity of human life, justice for all, meritocracy, equality and the golden rule will naturally emerge. This unifying doctrine may will also influence social organization, economic activity and political behaviour in a way that helps in a powerful way to solve the ecological and environmental Problems of this world.
The core idea is that the solution to the problems of this world primarily rests on the efforts to inspire people to become engaged in helping to solve the problems of the world themselves through unity. It is true miraculous and unforeseen developments are taking place with pundits making prophecies and prediction that appear to be realistic. This demands formulation of a powerful all embracing doctrine with which to fight the battle in the realm of pure ideas and ideology, for people's hearts and minds. And that winning this battle and providing a lasting and complete solution is the final stage. divisive policies pursued by the power wielders of the present time, no doubt , present the greatest hurdle to the solution of the problems. They are posing as the gods. Thus one writer has suggested that everyone should then be god, which adequately confront the power-mongers.
The suggestion that a mere idea can solve the major problems of this world may seem far fetched. It may seem like a wishful thought or an idealistic dream. Because a single idea cannot solve all the deepest problems in science, philosophy and religion together with solving all the social, economic, political, environmental and ecological problems of this world.
The ich underpins all else. And likewise it is easy to see that if we misunderstand the nature of god or omit it in our considerations then of course all our attempts at trying to answer the most ultimate questions in science, philosophy and of course theology are doomed to failure. Just as it is the case that if we misunderstand the true nature of life, what it is to be human and the cosmic purpose, perhaps even denying there is one, then of course our social, economic and political doctrines will be imperfect and problematic. Or put in another way, that the problems we face in the social, economic, political, ecological and environmental realms derive from our misunderstanding of what is the true nature of things and being blind to spiritual realities; that is from not knowing the way things truly are and also not knowing who we really are. Seen in this way then, the solutions to the problems of this world are the natural and inevitable consequence and the inevitable ramifications of the full expression of the idea that everyone is the manifestation of god and the truth about the nature of God. In few word, the world is into a voxtex. Its speed is only increasing every day as those concerned with power and interest seem to push it to swirl; with greater speed. Only morality can save it. But morality is derived from religion which face cumulated forced of the powerful who only understand power and money.
(The writer is Editor, The Naya Diganta)