PRIMITIVE BELIEFS

Countless primitive beliefs and belief systems emerged on different parts of our planet at different times through our ancient history.   We call them religions.   We have had and continue to have many religions.   The effect of these unique creeds has not been to bring us together but to separate us permanently.  Read more

8. RADIO INTERVIEW WITH STEVE BHAERMAN, AKA SWAMI BEYONDANANDA

On January 2, 2018, I spoke with Steve Bhaerman, aka Swami Beyondananda, on his radio show.   Steve titled the show as follows:   7 WORDS THAT CAN CHANGE THE WORLD: CAN A SIMPLE IDEA COALESCE A MOVEMENT OF MOVEMENTS?   In Steve’s email announcement for the show, he wrote,   “At a time whenRead more

7. RELIGION

Is there a need for a “religion,” i.e., a belief system, in all of this?   The answer is that we require a set of beliefs grounded in reality and void of anything supernatural to guide us as we navigate through life.   More specifically, we need a vision relevant to the complex and increasinglyRead more

6. EDUCATION

An evaluation of our beliefs is always healthy and should be ongoing.   As we mature, our knowledge grows, our beliefs evolve, and our priorities change.   That which is antiquated and dysfunctional must be discarded.   That is normal and healthy.   At one time our planet seemed like an immense and limitless place.Read more

5. DEMOCRACY

A prominent United States senator said that the influence of money in political campaign financing “… is nothing less than an influence-peddling scheme in which both parties compete to stay in office by selling the country to the highest bidder.”   In her book, The Corruption of American Politics, veteran Washington journalist Elizabeth Drew wrote,Read more

4. PROFIT, POWER, AND PROGRESS

What can be said of profit, power, and progress in the interrelated and interdependent world in which we exist? What kind of people are we who allow grotesque disparities to exist between the affluent and the impoverished? How is it we allow nearly half of our human family to be doomed to a hopeless andRead more

3. THE PROBLEM

“Technological societies know how to create material wealth, but their ultimate success will depend on their ability to formulate a postindustrial humanistic culture. The shift from obsession with quantitative growth to the search for a better life will not be possible without radical changes in attitudes.” Rene Dubos, Celebrations of Life MEANS WITHOUT GOALS ManyRead more

2. RESULTS OF MY HARVARD SURVEY

Curious to know what my fellow divinity students at Harvard thought about the need for a new belief system, I took a formal written survey of their opinions.   Most, I found, were dissatisfied and felt a need for revisions to their belief systems or desired an entirely new one that would address current issuesRead more

1. THE ARCHITECTURE OF LIFE

Humanity’s challenges and problems are complex, severe, and compounded by the fact that we add about 1,500,000 people to our population weekly.   Life is full of peril. It’s always been and always will be full of peril.   Everywhere we turn, all life forms struggle to survive and reproduce.   As a consequence ofRead more