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As you know
in these desperate of times the crash course humanity has inflicted upon
itself is rapidly accelerating. Society you may say is in decay. The cause as I see it is
alienation from "Heaven, earth and the community". Being cut off from the Source
we are "thrown upon ourselves". Because of our inability to Be we have taken
refuge in having. Hence, the forces of the ego - materialism and individualism - have
totally overpowered us. Society therefore is in the grip of a collective self-addiction.
Because having can never compensate Being, our greed for more is unstoppable. It is
resulting in accumulation on the one hand and deprivation on the other. For instance, 5%
of the world population (USA) is consuming one third of the total energy available on
earth. The interests of science, technology and capitalism (STC-complex: prof
E.Vermeersch) have become closely intertwined. It has become a cancer growth with science
inventing, technology applying and capitalism making profit. The sad thing is, that
multinational corporations are deliberately and ruthlessly promoting egoism, greed and
addiction, thereby destroying the fabric of life: local communities, cultures, economies,
traditions, religions and ("above all") nature, exploiting resources, markets
and cheap labor to the benefit of the few, creating huge masses of uprooted, hungry, sick
and displaced people.
The effects on Mother
Nature are devastating. Major threats are loss of biodiversity, pollution,
climate change and water shortages. Moreover, environmental scientists warn us for
immanent catastrophic events. They talk about a "new extinction wave" putting an
end to the world as we know it. Governments - it seems - are not going to help us. They
are serving the interests of big business, instead of taking care of the well-being of
their people. They increasingly tighten the grip on people through global control,
militarism and oppression. "Freedom and democracy" more and more degenerate into
hollow rituals. The result is a disintegration on all levels of society. Both individuals
as well as society have become burn-out. Hence, we are now confronted with our own
helplessness. The only option left is to return to the Source - to die to the old - in
order to become reborn as A New Self. Transformation of Self and Society consists of
subsequently fitting in into "Heaven, earth and the (new) community" once again.
I have been working on this for quite some time now. It includes A New Spirituality,
A New World View and A New Community (A New Health Care). Many will recognize the
elements, that are proposed here. That is great. My aim is not to invent the wheel once
again, but to bring people together. The sooner this will take place, the better.
One of the painful
facts of modern life is that we have become objects. To the political system we
are just a repository of votes, while to big business we are only "consumers".
Through this our original subjectivity - our inherent Self-sovereignty - has been
destroyed. We have been cut off from our Divine Spark within. The same is true with regard
to the Community. The latter is the reflection of the God-given "Web of Life".
Both state and economy have been degraded it into a reservoir though, which they can draw
from randomly. It has contributed a great deal to the de-humanization of mankind. As said
above "To have is the inability to Be". This includes a special responsibility
to all those, who in the name of the Divine are guiding other people. Obviously, this
guiding of people has become a total failure. It is the main reason why materialism could
have developed in the first place. Too long we have been thinking, that a compromise would
be acceptable, often because of our own material self-interests. In the context of a
world, that is rapidly deteriorating, this cannot be carried on anymore. The saying of
Jesus: "It will be easier for a camel to go through the needle's eye, than for a rich
man to enter the Kingdom of Heaven" has indeed to be taken literally. We all have to
understand, that unbridled greed and solidarity are excluding each other.
It is of utmost importance to realize
what opposes spirituality and religion. The true adversary is not a "competing"
religion or sect. What threatens spiritual life is materialism and individualism (Unless
you cherish the cynical view, that "at the end of the day" the latter will
impoverish life to such an extent, that it will favor religion). Hence, it will be crucial
to existing spiritual e.g. religious individuals and groups to define their common
denominator. Talking together is certainly an important first step. The next has to truly
create a base of action, with which everybody can identify. I call this common base
"existential consciousness". It consists of "(wo)man being rooted in
Heaven, earth and the community". Whether you are a Christian, a Muslim, a Hindu, a
Buddhist, a Jew, an Agnostic or belonging to an Indigenous Faith or some New Religion,
everybody shares the same context of life: our spirit as part of the "Great
Spirit" (God, Allah, Cosmos, Consciousness), our body as part of nature and our
psyche (soul) as part of the community. It is existential. I
therefore want to make an appeal to all spiritual people worldwide to discard differences, accepting this our existential
situation as a starting point - unity in diversity - in order to cooperate in turning the
tide: to reverse having in Being.
The answer to
terrorism - for which we ourselves are responsible a great deal - is not increase
of state control e.g. violence, but empowerment of the Community. The true cause of chaos
lies in the fact, that society has been built on the state on the one hand and unorganized
masses on the other. More state control will not change this. On the contrary, the spiral
of violence, both within and without will be unstoppable. Why? Because it is based on a
wrong concept of the structure of society. The state is not the people. The Community is.
The latter is the living body of humanity. It constitutes the foundation of society.
Hence, the Community should regain its original rights and responsibilities. I call this
Self-sovereignty. It consists of bottom-up organized multi-layered echelons of Self-ruling
bodies, to start with the individual, the family (group), the street, the neighborhood,
the commune....up to the Commonwealth, all having a close relationship toward each other
based on cooperation, consensus, subsidiarity and solidarity, itself exercising control
over major aspects of social life. By bringing back Self-rule to the Community all kinds
of excesses of modern life will "automatically" being steered in the right
direction. It is the only way to achieve multi-ethnic integration, tolerance and respect.
Self- and mutual help will flourish, "re-inventing" a.o. ways of basic health
care, environmental protection, decentralized economic activity, care for the elderly, law
and justice, peace, security and last but not least: meaning of life.
The Ultimate is
Han Marie Stiekema Sermes
Boeken & Artikelen
Hoofdstuk "Een Nieuwe
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