We must get beyond Flatland –
the loss of transcendence –
and build a civilization that integrates
personal values/collective wisdom/tech knowhow.
Science and technology on their own
are not accountable to anything
except their own ethic: expediency and efficiency.
If technology allows us to do something
we feel we must do it
even if we destroy whole civilizations
with chemical/biological/nuclear war.
Normal ethics do not apply
to these autonomous powers.
“Life is always a battleground between opposites:
birth/death, joy/pain, good/evil, science/religion.
If the opposites ceased, life would cease.”
– Carl Jung
If science alone rules, we are in deep trouble:
“Humanity should not be afraid of God,
we should be afraid of losing God.”
– Meister Eckhart
Every civilization is built on mythology
and the most common myth is the hero.
The mythic structure is always the same
whether Far East/African/Incan:
miraculous birth/early displays
of superhuman strength/then rise to power/
triumphant struggle with evil/
eventual fall due to pride or death.
Pope John Paul II noted also:
common mythic structures/elements/roots
in the many varieties of religion.
This pope was more on the side of
Vivekananda than Francis Xavier –
John Paul was a pope
who ironically transcended Christianity.
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““Humanity should not be afraid of God,
we should be afraid of losing God.””
hmmm, which version?