Western civilization is based on delusion, with a false conception of the Universe, as the Totality of Existence. This psychological disturbance affects ever aspect of our lives, from the classroom to the boardroom and the bedroom.
Erich Fromm was one of the first to point out that we live in a sick society in the 1940s and 50s in The Fear of Freedom (Escape from Freedom in the USA) and The Sane Society. In the latter, the titles of the first two chapters were, “Are we Sane?” and “Can a Society be Sick?” answering them with a resounding ‘NO!’ and ‘YES!’, respectively.
Then in his greatest masterpiece To Have or To Be? in 1976, inspired by the Buddha and Meister Eckhart, Fromm said that if humanity is to avoid psychological and economic catastrophe, we need a holistic art and science of humanity as the basis of social reconstruction.
Invoking Self-reflective Intelligence and using my skills as an information systems architect, computer scientist, and mathematician, I have spent the last forty years developing the necessary self-awareness to be free of the delusions that so grievously affect the society I live in.
Life, bubbling up from the Divine Origin of the Universe, experienced as Consciousness, has healed my fragmented mind in Wholeness, as the union of all opposites. However, to reach the understanding I have today, I have needed to pass through an apocalyptic awakening, revealing the Universe’s innermost secrets: how it is intelligently designed and what it truly means to be human compared to computers with so-called artificial intelligence.
Furthermore, I have needed to adopt the most radical change in the work ethic since the invention of money some 4,000 years ago. Money is the primary immortality symbol, providing citizens with a precarious sense of security and identity in life because Western civilization teaches that humanity is separate from Divinity, as the Immortal Ground of Being that we all share.
This division is another symptom of our sick society, which we can best call schizophrenia ‘split mind’, out of touch with Reality. Not the least, we are taught from an early age that we must fight and compete with our fellow human beings for a slice of the finite monetary cake, causing much suffering and catastrophic ecological damage today.
So even though some know that Consciousness is all there is and Love is our Divine Essence, I live mostly in solitude, wondering if I could make a worthwhile contribution to society as a wise elder before our inevitable demise during the sixth mass extinction of the species on Earth.
To explain the dilemma I face in life, I have recently written a short piece on ‘The Meaning of Life’, answering the question, “What is the meaning of life?” that Nicolae Tanase, known as ‘Excellence Reporter’, asked me, as a contribution to his Encyclopedia of Life.
I have followed this up with a two-page monologue answering another Big Question of human existence, as I experience it, “Who are we?” This is available on my website for the Alliance for Mystical Pragmatics, with the motto ‘Harmonizing evolutionary convergence’.
A few have acknowledged the potential contribution that I could make to society, as a new Acknowledgements page on this website describes. However, we are, as yet, lacking the liberating cooperation that we need to collectively awaken to Total Revolution, as Vimala Thakar urged us to do in Spirituality and Social Action: A Holistic Approach in 1984.