Welcome to SPIRITON-RI!
I’m humbled at the opportunity to be part of this global community to learn as well as share ideas for the upliftment of the human spirit. The urgent need in the world today is not that of providing food to the hungry or jobs of the unemployed nor is it the need for finding vaccination for the chronic diseases of our time; rather, there is a crucial need to address the root of the problems that plague society today, that is, the need for the formation of a generation or a people of good character. Central to this is a theistic worldview not based on dogma or blind faith, but that built on the edifice of scientific understanding.
The tendency for society nowadays to throw the baby along with the bath water so to speak has resulted in the exclusion of religion or spirituality from the common space of our day-to-day activities and interactions. And why? Just because of a few immature individuals or groups who have abused their right for freedom of expression and worship by forcefully imposing upon others their level of immaturity lack of understanding.
Truly, the study and application of distilled religious principles or spirituality is a scientific endeavour, and not one based on blind acceptance. For instance, the understanding that we are the soul, the conscious being within the body, and not the body can be understood as follows:
Surely, we remember the time when we were a little boy or girl. We were playing with our friends doing this or that. We were there, weren’t we? And now, many years later, I am writing this post and you are here reading it. The body you had then was surely different from the body you have now. Not only is the body now bigger, but scientifically, the cells that make up your body at the molecular level are no more the same. After a 7-year period, you virtually have a different body. And so have I.
Putting two and two together: you were present when you were a child and you are present now, but the body you had as a child was different than the one you have now. Therefore, you are not this body. You are the conscious being aware of the changes to the body as well as of the surroundings. The symptom of life is consciousness, which can be experienced in a living body and not a dead one. This is science. Practical observation.
This basic knowledge of our identity as the soul or the conscious being constitutes the basic understanding of spirituality, the foundation of peace. Otherwise, the conflicts and strife seen in this world are based on the false notion that we are this body. Hence, we only identify with those who are in relationship with the body, be it familial, ethnical, national, communal, institutional or continental.
Currently the mechanistic worldview of life, where life is nothing but a combination of chemicals of no real value or meaning, has only led to the exploitation of the earth’s resources as well as of each other. We’re facing the danger of degenerating to a species lower than that found in the animal kingdom. A theistic yet scientific worldview is the only panacea to the milieu of problems we face today. Without further delay, let’s work together in the spirit of true unity and cultivate the human spirit of love and peace for today and for the generations to come.