Footer Pages

Humanism, the Call of Our Better Angels

Looking at what we have been (and are still) doing to each other and to our only home, Earth, we must ask, “We are better than this, aren’t we? Can’t we be?”

Somoe’s call to humanism and true spirituality, beautifully expressed, deserves more visibility than it can get in a comment:

By Somoe:

Spirituality is the goal of religious practice. Long before religious texts were written there were shamans who explored the spiritual realms by observing and interacting with nature and natural forces. Entheogens have helped guide humanity to wholeness long before any holy book came along.

It is my sincere wish that humanity as a whole will once more connect with the most sacred earth and the natural forces that many have grown used to ignoring or considering as things that must be shaped to their will and for the realisation that we are all inextricably connected and a part of a greater whole – Mother Earth’s children.
Maybe it’s a little dogmatic of me to call for the alteration of holy texts – always a risky business as you say. But the fact remains that there exist poisonous texts that people consider ‘religious’ and use to justify inhuman treatment of others and that these are fundamentally affecting us all.

One cannot profess to abhor the state of the world – genocide, murder, theft, poverty, greed, abuse etc then say there’s absolutely nothing wrong with some key beliefs underpinning modern culture, the roots of which lie in Talmudic texts. Therein lies a determined ignorance of the role of some ideologies in perpetuating ignorance, a non-questioning acceptance of religious writings as a whole, that achieves nothing constructive when trying to identify the causes of our collective state of disease and heal them.

I accept there are important gnoses to be found in religious study – with no preference given to any one faith. Perhaps the time has come for humanity to co-create a new Humanity Handbook. One that borrows all the treasured pieces of wisdom and guidance from other texts and from our experience in this moment that would allow humans to explore and develop their spiritual selves in the realisation of what it means to be alive NOW.

The key issue with religion is that ‘the truth cannot be told so as to be understood’ – ignorance gets in the way, so many things are subject to misinterpretation by the mind with its preconceived ideas of what is and the different levels on which things can be perceived, that it becomes hard to express gnoses for others to apprehend. It is one of the challenges of this level to communicate in a way that can be understood by all.”

Share Button

7 Responses to Humanism, the Call of Our Better Angels

  1. Somoe December 19, 2013 at 5:33 pm #

    You honour me with your praise of my comment, Ariadna. I’m touched that you found it beautifully expressed. Thank you:-).

  2. Ariadna Theokopoulos December 19, 2013 at 6:05 pm #

    But it IS beautifully expressed, Somoe, and that’s not even the most important of it. It is authentic, fundamentally true and meaningful.
    Mellifluous nonsequiturs may also be true (as truisms) but meaningless in the context, much like Chance’s aphorisms (Peter Sellers’ memorable role) in Being There:

  3. Somoe December 19, 2013 at 11:19 pm #

    Thank you :-D
    Very good, I like Peter Sellers but i’ve never watched ‘Being There”. We’ll have to check it out.

    Daniel rarely fails to make me think deeply. As do you. I thought you made several very valid points in your critique of the theory of everything, and I found it very instructive – having myself fallen into the very same pit in more than one occasion. I found it quite perplexing he should take it so personally as an attack rather than an opportunity for growth, and i did have a good chuckle at your dry comeback on his response to you and delib. Nevertheless, I do think the ensuing thread covered some interesting points, not least of which, your spelling!

  4. Somoe December 20, 2013 at 12:12 am #

    I enjoy reading the deliberations following the articles, its a great resource to have minds such as those that visit here and offer up their ideas on any given subject. I like the unexpected nature – you never quite know who will be moved to comment and what their angle will be. I was reminded of the real benefit of deliberation in having an open conversation in which anyone can participate and where participants are not censored but may be argued with or supported by other commenters, new angles introduced that had not been considered. I loved David’s comment amidst all that hullabaloo. So supremely sublime and a joy to read!

  5. Ariadna Theokopoulos December 20, 2013 at 2:17 am #

    ‘Being There’ was the screen adaptation of a satirical book that can be appreciated more by knowing nothing about its authorship.
    Was it written by Jerzy Kosiński (whose English was not fluent at the time) or ghost written? Was it based on an original idea of his or plagiarized (per wikipedia: “most Polish critics immediately recognized [his book] as a version of Kariera Nikodema Dyzmy (Nikodem Dyzma’s Career) by Tadeusz Dolega-Mostowicz, a very popular novel from the interwar period)? Jerzy Kosiński was a fraud and by many accounts a repulsive human being.
    The movie is rather enjoyable though.
    My spelling…. I have no idea how many people’s names I have misspelled. Until now I recall only two cases brought to my attention on deLiberation, neither of them by the victims (you and David), but by others.
    The bad news is that I am getting worse: now I also have a bad case of transposition (as in “transpsosition”). If they find there is such a thing as adult-onset dyslexia, it should be named after me.
    “Supremely sublime,” yes. I am the barbarian local satrap loitering at the gate and pressing upon him, every time he shows up, vulgar, ostentatious gifts, the kind of offerings we, Numidians, are wont to offer (we, who say, “o, urbem venalem et mature perituram si emptor invenerit”) — but he is not of this urbs, so he does not tarry. We never know when he will ever return again.
    Back to the gate.
    PS It occurs to me that praising someone behind his back is not essentially different from maligning him behind his back: both are acts of furtive inelegant liberties taken with the name of someone who cannot defend himself. Let’s just hope he doesn’t see this.

  6. Somoe December 20, 2013 at 8:22 am #

    Oh dear! I’m forever putting my foot in it aren’t I? If you do read this – Sorry David. I did think you were remarkably restrained, Ariadna. :-)
    With regards your spelling I really did think it had improved considerably until that little episode – sorry i described you as hopeless:-( at it, Jonathon’s is much worse – It doesn’t surprise me he never registered the error ;-D So many people spell my name wrong – I’m often surprised when it is spelled correctly :-)

  7. Somoe December 20, 2013 at 9:49 am #

    Winter Solstice for us in this part of the world tomorrow. I wish all of you (in the northern hemisphere) the very best of short days and long nights. May this coming year bring forth the change we all wish to see for our home – Mother Earth – a healing, a balancing and restorative blessing for all. I pray this is the year we effect true change in the leadership and systems of governance of our nations where corruption has taken root.

    “i am keenly aware of the ubiquitous spiritual blindness which mars our present state, and threatens the healthy development of life on earth, but i also see much to love and admire in the human species.” ~ David Holden

    Joy and wonder,
    Love and laughter,
    curiosity and intelligence,
    inspiration, evolution and time in which the spiral dance of life unfolds.

Leave a Reply