As modern 21st century humans, we tend to focus more of our attention on our current epoch, and in some ways have lost sight of the lessons provided to us by our ancient ancestors. The rapid pace of life in our time and the abundance of sources for both information and distraction have made consideration and contemplation of the achievements of ancient times less and less prominent. Our concerns about the challenges we face in our day, with the many troubling developments in various regions of the world, give us pause, and yet some of these same challenges were also faced by our predecessors in ancient times.
We have a distinct advantage in this epoch, with our modern technologies and scientific advancement, for solving many of the difficulties which were beyond the reach of our ancestors, and yet, with all we are capable of doing in our day, we still don’t seem to be able to avoid many of the same pitfalls which befell the peoples of the ancient world.
Eventually, if we are to progress and evolve and survive as a species, we must find a way to learn from the past and apply our considerable human progress to the task of avoiding the mistakes, which led to the demise of the great civilizations of the past. One of the most important steps we can take in this direction, in my view, is to find a way to understand ourselves more completely, and to turn away from the violent rhetoric and the politics of competition, and instead, look forward and beyond the temporal trappings of borders and empires, toward a more positive outlook based on an awareness of our common humanity and the unity of all life in our world and that which might exist elsewhere.
There is much work to do to gain in our understanding of our true nature, and my contention that “Life is the Spirit,” feels right to me. In this episode, I examine briefly the path from the ancient world, and how my own experience of life seems to indicate the existence of a much broader world of consciousness.