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Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Proper, Aug 26, 2009.
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"The more Knowledge we acquire, the more mystery we find.
A human being is part of the whole, called by us the Universe,
A part limited in time and space.
He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest,
A kind of optical illusion of his consciousness.
This delusion is kind of a prison for us,
restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.
Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.
Nobody is able to achieve this completely, but this striving for such achievement is in itself a part of the liberation and a foundation for inner security"
"Our modern western civilization began with a kind of cultural schizophrenia.
Our scientific enterprise effectively decoupled itself from our humanistic-spiritual traditions at the beginning of the modern period.
All for good reasons yes, but now the neurosis spreads over several continents.
Enmeshed in the most terrifying pathology in the history of Humanity, we can perhaps dare to ask if this was such a good idea, this splitting up of the Universe.
The sciences were effective in their mechanistic formulations and thus became entrenched in mechanism.
Our religious tradition carefully retreated into a redemption orientation and concluded Creation was not its concern.
Western culture put itself on tracks that led to an inescapable and ever deepening sickness.
But something tremendous is occurring in our time, something with the power to break up this impasse.
I mean The Radical Transformation of our fundamental World view as the Cosmic Story of Our Origins and development takes hold in Human Awareness
When I say our origins and development, I mean more than the Human species. I mean the origin and development of the Universe as a whole.
We have discovered something with overwhelming possibilities. The Universe can no longer be regarded as a result of chance collisions of materials, nor as a deterministic mechanism.
The Universe considered as a whole is more like a developing Being. The Universe has a beginning and is in the midst of its development: A vast cosmic epigenesis.
Everything that exists is involved in this emergence - Galaxies and Stars and Planets and Light and All Living Creatures
How does the deeper understanding empower us? By enabling us to reinvent the Human within the new Cosmic Story. Nothing less will suffice.
We need to understand the human within the intrinsic dynamics of the Earth. Alienated from the Cosmos, imprisoned in our narrow frames of references, we do not know what we are about as a species.
We will discover our larger role only by reinventing the Human as a dimension of the emergent Universe.
You scientists have this stupendous story of the Universe. It breaks outside all precious cosmologies, but so long as you persist in understanding it solely from a quantitative mode you fail to appreciate its significance.
You fail to hear its Music. That's what the Spiritual traditions can provide. Tell the story, tell it with a feel for its Music
We have only just arrived
If we can remain resilient,
If we can continue our questioning, our developing, our hoping,
If we can live in awe and in the depths of wonder,
We will continue moving into the only process that now matters,
Our authentic maturation as a species.
It is in this way and only this way that we will enable the Earth to bloom once again."
DigiddyDang...had to type that out
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