Ken Wilber’s Four Quadrants:
the ‘I’ (the inside of the individual)
the ‘It’ (the outside of the individual)
the ‘We’ (the inside of the collective)
the ‘Its’ (the outside of the collective)
can contain all: philosophy/religion/politics
God-in-you (the interior of your soul)
is your True Self – spacious
God-in-you does not operate by judgment
and the dualistic push-pull of ordinary life.
God-in-you is vast/silent/restful – a riverbed of mercy.
To be compassionate to others
we first must be compassionate
to our True Self –
in Buddhism this is called ‘emptying’ –
‘kenosis’ in Christianity – to feel what we feel –
positive or negative – and to not cling
to any thing.
We also need someone to show compassion to us.
The sacrament of marriage fills spouses
with the Spirit of faith/hope/love
and fortifies them to carry out
their parenting/family responsibilities
and mutual sanctification/glorification of God.
But charity must go beyond the home fires:
Second Axial Consciousness must develop in two ways:
horizontally, in cultures and religions meeting
which creates a ‘complexified/collective/consciousness’
vertically, in cultures and religions plunging their roots
deep into Earth for ecological sustainability.
Wilber: since 70% of any population belongs to a religion
and lives out of a pre-rational/ethnocentric/
it is up to religion to move people
to a higher level: a transrational/worldcentric/