The Nature & Purpose
Of Human Existence
Egregious thought resident in primitive psychology sparks psychosis and manifest into malignant behavior.
Discourse provides means to search out truth that has yet to be found. This is done through shared concern and collective inquiry. It foregoes redundancy to work outside ‘known and accepted’ norms of knowledge to generate imaginative insights into humanity’s pressing challenges and ways to solve them. It means facing challenges for which there are no direct or immediate answers that through dialogue to delve deeply into what is not known with forthright persistence. It will require a willingness to be personally and professionally vulnerable that when supported by objectivity, effort, flexibility and adaptation will realize tangible results. The potential benefit to be derived from pooling our collective ability to resolve major challenges far exceeds current levels of comprehension.
We bring together the experience of diverse groups of people—academics, religious faiths, scientists, futurists, laypersons, policy makers, government officials, business professionals, non-government organizations, development practitioners, and others to contribute to the discourse taking place on major topics that influence human existence. Specifically, how principals underlying each can be used as a base from which to explore commonalities that might then be useful as planning tools to advance global human development.
However, the primary intent is to extend our investigation beyond human rationally to accept a much broader conception of knowledge that draws not only on scientific inquiry but also on knowledge-systems that address the spiritual and mystical dimensions of life. This will help in achieving a real sense of purpose and the essential perception of wholeness. This has potential to both reward and reshape human understandings.
Perceptive imagination, moral vision and spiritual insight to create secure pathways to guide human endeavors.
Science & Religion
The relationship between science and religion has been a subject of study since classical antiquity, addressed by philosophers, theologians, scientists, and others. Perspectives from different geographical regions, cultures and historical epochs are diverse, with some characterizing the relationship as one of conflict, others describing it as one of harmony, and others proposing little interaction.
Science acknowledges reason, empiricism, and evidence, while religions include revelation, faith and sacredness whilst also acknowledging philosophical and metaphysical explanations with regard to the study of the universe. Both science and religion are complex social and cultural endeavors that vary across cultures and have changed over time. –Wikipedia
In what way does science and religion complement each other, establish validity between the two, and how can this resource be used to manifest human endeavor?
Unity of Humankind
“In the light of this unity of all mankind, which exists in law and in fact, individuals do not feel themselves isolated units, like grains of sand, but united by the very force of their nature and by their internal destiny, into an organic, harmonious mutual relationship which varies with the changing of times. And the nations, despite a difference of development due to diverse conditions of life and of culture, are not destined to break the unity of the human race, but rather to enrich and embellish it by the sharing of their own peculiar gifts and by that reciprocal interchange of goods which can be possible and efficacious only when a mutual love and a lively sense of charity unite all the sons of the same Father and all those redeemed by the same Divine Blood.” - Pius XII on the Unity of Humanity, October 20, 1939.
“The Quran places emphasis on the oneness of human beings. It introduces the idea of common human origin and ancestry at four different places and says that humans have their origin in a single cell or soul.” -Teachings of the Quran.
“The entire structure and philosophy of the Baha’i teachings revolves around the oneness of humanity. Baha’is believe that all of us come from the same ancestors; that we all have one common humanity; that we share our DNA and our heritage and our earthly home and our Creator.” -Baha’i Teachings
Human Genome Project. “The knowledge that there is a basic human structure which we share with all other human beings means that we have an absolutely basic humanity. This awareness of a common nature has the important function of protecting individual persons from discrimination on the basis of any individual or racial characteristics.” - The study of genetics can reveal the unity of all life. The Irish Times, 4 June 1996.
We conclude that the ‘Unity of Humankind’, as a guiding principle, has inherent positive influence, and when fully understood will have far reaching implications to edify the human condition.
Moral Principals. Basic moral principles represent the wisdom of human experience over the ages. They are generally agreed upon, but not by everyone. Not all inclusive, a few deemed necessary to edify humanity to advance global human development are offered for consideration:
Autonomy – The right or condition of self-government.
Beneficence – Generous, and doing good. Actions taken that result in doing good.
Abstention of maleficence and nefarious activity
Fidelity –Faithfulness to a person, cause, or belief, demonstrated by continuing loyalty and support:
Justice –Just behavior or treatment: a concern for justice, peace, and genuine respect for people. The quality of being fair and reasonable.
Veracity –Conformity to facts, accuracy, habitual truthfulness.
Spiritual Values. Edification requires raising your values to a higher level and then to translate that attainment into action. Values represent the essence of knowledge acquired by humanity over myriad millennia to give us the knowledge for growth, development, accomplishment, and continuing progress. Values are spiritual skill-sets that focus our attention and direct our energies to even higher levels of accomplishment. Their impact on human endeavor are related to the following:
Advancing culture and civilization
Achieving collective action is a problem inherent to manifesting collective will. It is posed by disincentives that tend to discourage joint action in the pursuit of a common goal. Collective action occurs when a number of people work together to achieve a common objective. However, it has long been recognized that individuals often fail to work together to achieve some group goal or common good. The problem lies in the fact that while each member in any given group may share common interests with every other group member, each also has conflicting interests. If taking part in a collective action would be costly for some, then those impacted might not want to take part. If some believe that the collective act will occur without their individual contributions, they may opt for a ‘ride free’.
David Hume pointed out the problem in 1740, when he said in ‘A Treatise of Human Nature’, that although two neighbors may agree to drain a common meadow, to have a thousand neighbors agree on such a project becomes too complex an issue to execute.
Manifesting collective will is a major challenge confronting humanity. Ref. britannica.com.
“Let's go invent tomorrow rather than worrying about what happened yesterday.”
Human development policies must not just be about only one segment of the world’s population but must actively address the wellbeing of the entire global community. We strive to build consensus through robust collaboration among diverse populations to come to a common understanding of the values we share. In this way dialogue between different world-views can overcome fragmentation to build trust and advance mutual cooperation.
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