Spirituality versus morality and ethics part 2

15 B  Our spiritual leaders and prophets know what is good for us. Isolated sects are a striking example. A world religion has to be open to criticism, considering its massive following. It can be asked whether this criticism is heeded. It depends how the hierarchy within the church relates to political hierarchy.

In theocracies ‘truth’ is the monopoly of the church. It then depends on the spiritual maturity and wisdom of church leader whether independent and critical reports from the media are possible.The purity and relevance of religious morals and ethics have been obscured by personal glorification, centuries of abuse of power, ever more openness of the media and increased de-mystification of nature by science.

Morals and ethics are not the exclusive dominion of religions. There is a prominent influence by philosophers, sociologists, psychologists and political movements. The analysis of human behaviour in all its diversity, brutality and grandeur resulted in theories exonerating groups of people from power abuse, oppression, discrimination and misbehaviour.

Atrocities were thus explained away scientifically. Man is not prone to fair and justified behaviour. It is a tall order to put high morals and ethics into daily practise. This view approaches the reality and history of mankind better: ‘Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you’. It is a fata morgana in a desert full of naïve and wishful dreams. It is based on a pessimistic view of mankind. But I think a realistic view, considering the history of the world.

The influence of main political movements, such as fascism, communism, socialism, liberalism and nationalism is paramount in local government, law and morals. In countries under totalitarian regimes the ‘truth’ is the monopoly of egotism and it is only there to serve the interests of the leadership.

There is no such thing as purity. In democratically governed countries the extent to which coalition partners need each other determine the extent to which groups are equally and justly represented in political decision-making. Compromises required to reach political agreement determine the direction and justification of rules and regulations.

How a society maintains its noble principles of law and order gives an indication of the true state of morals within that society. The same mechanism of erosion applies as with religiously based morals. The truth is harsher in reality than in dreams. In their response to misbehaviour, political leadership, population and the law, self-interest and power abuse also obscure pure, political-theoretical principles.

Moral principles tend to be obscured by religiously or politically inspired, non-independent scientific research.The principle of the spirit should provide insight into what drives human behaviour, history and evolution. The synthesis of matter – spirit and the antithesis of matter – antimatter are the driving forces of evolution. Matter wants to dominate antimatter, whereas the spirit wants them to co-exist safely and solidly.

The art of living is to recognize the unimportance of riches and pleasure through spiritual maturity. When this insight is gained, the uncomfortable feeling of money and power being substitutes for happiness disappears. This insight is usually gained the hard way, but it is the perfect basis for selfless and pure morals, allowing everyone their justly deserved part. Morals should be selflessly phrased and practised, preferably free from religious or political movements.

Intercommunication of these movements is required to achieve diverse and balanced morals that apply universally and are eternally valid. The spirit gives a clear meaning and intention: Do unto others, as you would have them do unto you. When consistently adhered to, this view is a solid basis for a better and more pleasant life for all people on earth. It is the right way to reach Nirwana and to continue the new thesis of spirit and antimatter.

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