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THE MISSING TRUTHS
When we look back, from our 21st century perspective, on the societies of the past, such as those of the Roman Empire or the Medieval Ages, we shudder at the things that were acceptable in those times.
Slavery, public torture and executions, gratuitous cruelty to animals done in the name of entertainment, exhibiting ill people as fun objects.
Incredulously, we ask, how could they have been so blind to such fundamental and obvious truths as that all people are created equal, that inflicting needless pain on other living beings is never justifiable, that sickness, whether of a physical or mental kind, needs to be treated with compassion and looked after.
Of course, some individuals in those past societies would have been opposed to those practices and held more enlightened views, but the Collective Consciousness of those communities saw nothing wrong with these actions and beliefs.
My question is how would our modern Western Civilisation appear five hundred, one thousand, two thousand years from now?
When those people of the future look back on our society and our beliefs, what would they think and what would they shudder at? What truths, that will be self-evident and fundamental to them, are we blind to?
Of course one can argue back and say that our society is in possession of all the truths, but surely that is an impossibly superior and insupportable position to hold.
Note that what I am asking is which fundamental truths we as a society as a whole are missing out on or have not accepted yet as being a fundamental truth.
Obviously there would be the more enlightened members of our community who do realise that we are blind to these truths, but these truths have not yet established themselves within our Collective Consciousness.
Consequently, just like the majority of the Ancient Rome citizens were either indifferent to or supported slavery and public torture, so are we indifferent to these truths not being put into practice or, indeed, if their very antithesis is put into practice.
Submitted to http://humanifesto.org
Swami Shankarananda gave a talk about this on 19, Aug. 2006:
satsung_190806.mp3 (10 min 30 sec, 4.8 mb).
Hear the full satsung (53 min.) and many more from Swami Shankarananda at http://shivayoga.com.au
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