Spirituality is life. Any part of life you are in.
At the basic level, I am humble because I want to do no harm to others and seek their approval. Has society bred that into me, or does it come from a inner core that God or creator installed in all of us? It does, yes. At the core, there can be no arrogance or shame. These are just thoughts. At the core, we have purpose pure of any twists of rationalization or bitter ambiguation of feeling.
The Amish have an old hymn that I rather much like, specifically a line from it, “tis a gift to be simple, tis a gift to be free, tis a gift to be down where we ought to be, to turn, to turn will be our delight, till by turning, turning we come round right.”
Nice. There have been times I have consider chucking it all and running away to become Amish for the simplity of their lives. People mistake the Amish intention. It isn’t science that they reject. It’s the attitude that motivates it and how that has shaped society. But they are no more perfect paragons of simplicity than the next somewhat ascetic people, and we can do more. We can live in a scientific world and actually live in that world. We can live with scientific tools and turn them to life’s purposes rather than the toxic ends of an industry defined society. If society is allowed to remain a machine, it will fully become a machine including being very dead. If this is not a call for embracing human nature over human reason I don’t know what is. But don’t mistake me, after we embrace that truth, we will have to use reason as well as it is just as much our nature as the core. Just we have mistaken reason for essence.
Thus it comes in a full circle. Exactly. At essence, we feel. Even the sociologists know this, economists know this, and they are using it with great enthusiasm. Isn’t it time we take our feelings back?
Today’s modern world, actually in all of history, the reason was… “How can I gain from this?” That turned to greed, and the thinking of, “Me, Me, Me.” Greed is a thought that arises as an obfuscation of the human capacity for love. Children love life, the taste of food, the outdoors, hugs from family, novelty in experiences. They learn greed when they are exposed to the idea of having to earn things, having to prove they are worthy. It’s a substitute for the failure to love they meet in society. This nightmare can end.
Your thoughts are welcome. Be well friends.