I remember reading something, a year or two ago, that raised the question: “What if you had just twenty four hours left on this earth and you knew it beyond any doubt? And what if you also somehow had the opportunity to address every one of the other inhabitants of our world with a message that was instantly translated into their native language? What would you say? What would you do with this opportunity?” While I have no idea how much longer I have to live in this life, I can easily imagine such a situation arising. Also, while I do not have any magical podium to address all the world’s inhabitants, this internet system has this sort of potential. Here is my effort to answer this challenge, for those who are interested.
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Who would disagree with my observation that there is a profound unity that is obvious in every aspect of our universe? Even our most skeptical scientists accept that this unity exists, it is the most basic of the assumptions on which all science is based. If every electron did not behave like every other, and every photon didn’t bend the same way as it passed through a glass lens, how would science be possible? I put this profound unity before you as a given and as a starting point.
From what I have been told, it is reliably estimated that about 80% of the world’s inhabitants profess one sort of religious faith or other. When you compare one to another, there are some notable similarities in almost all of these systems of belief, particularly within those that are most widely accepted. Virtually all posit some sort of invisible source that lies beneath what we see in our physical world. This source is also seen as both intelligent and purposeful. Thus, most of this world’s inhabitants profess a faith in a God, a Creator or some sort of Ultimate Being that explains the unity we see all around us. We know that we do not completely understand the wisdom of it all, nor do we always know the purpose, but we recognize wisdom and purpose when we see them.
Can you conceive of every person alive on this planet as being a part of one very extended family? Can you also conceive of an evolution of the spiritual concepts of our species that parallels our physical evolution? If you can, consider for a moment that there are a couple of concepts that have been incorporated into almost all of the systems of belief across our world. One is that our Source is far off from us and separate from us. The other is that each of us, individually, is spiritually defective. What if it is true that these two concepts are pervasive throughout our world and what if they are responsible for most of the pain and suffering and frustration and guilt most of us have become so accustomed to in our lives?
What if the next step in our spiritual evolution now lies before us as a species? Could it be that it will require enough humility to conceive of the possibility that the some of the ideas that we were raised with, and have totally accepted, may be flawed? Perhaps we have even misinterpreted the messages of our greatest spiritual seers throughout the millennia. We humans have created a lot of suffering and we have blamed it on others and we have even attributed it to the Will of our Source. What if our Source is truly all loving and totally supportive of us and wishes us to learn to see ourselves as one family of man? And what if we are all naturally loving beings who become confused and misguided when we accept mistaken ideas as the truth around which we create our lives? Perhaps we are not only loving, but also very powerful beings that have also not believed in our own power. Can we change our ideas and our beliefs? Of course we can, we do it all the time. To consciously make these kinds of changes, though, it may take determination, humility and courage. We human beings have all these attributes, I see them every day, all around me.
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Well, this is my best effort, based on my view of the world today. I welcome any comments both positive and negative. Are you interested in responding with your own message? Please don’t feel like you cannot write as long a comment as you would like if you are of a mind to write one. There is plenty of memory capacity here. I would love to hear anything you have to say.