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 issues with current knowledge.
Within the diverse survey responses of my fellow students were unifying themes.
- There was a strong call for a universal belief system that would be acceptable to everyone and that would honor the dignity of each person.
- There was an abiding respect for diversity that allows for and encourages both individuality and assimilation within our interdependence.
- There was a desire for a non-patriarchal belief system and an equitable distribution of power.
- There was a desire for a belief system that is more contemporary and more relevant to life in this world.
- There was a passion for social change and the elimination of inequities.
- There was a wish that people around the world would develop a global sense of community that transcends the limited notion of nation-states, because we all have fundamental needs in common.
- There was a call for truth and knowledge.
- Resonating throughout the responses was a clarion call for recognition of the sacredness of the natural world, and that the care and respect for planet Earth is a “sacred” duty.
I was encouraged by the results of that survey.
For many years, I spent countless hours sifting through volumes of information in hallowed university halls and the not so hallowed streets of many cities searching for answers.
Now, I discovered that the answers I found and the belief system to which those answers led me addressed all of the concerns that the survey revealed, and more.
In the next Blog, I will take you through an overview of what I perceive to be our problem.
Following that, in future Blogs, is the architecture—the design and structure—of the solution.
To be continued……