Spiritual values are much needed in global human development platforms as they realign an aspirant’s sense of self-worth with the overall strategic endeavour, a process considered by many to be of utmost importance. Pursuing spiritual objectives within a cohesive global public policy means that platforms placed for human development when entwined with processes of governance become more influential than previously experienced.
The spiritual or cultural functions of the sciences, the arts, religion, education…produce ideas values, invention and expressions of human attitudes. These spiritual functions give meaning to our lives, teaching us to be [humane]; or [if we are not careful] they pollute our reality by pathological attitudes and destructive values. This must be avoided.
Spiritual and cultural wares enhance further spiritual activity and affect the economic and socio-political sectors. The cross-catalytic interaction of the spiritual order with the other orders [economic and socio-political] is the most important source of renewal for human existence. If it is too weak, human existence becomes materialistic or bureaucratic. The danger then exists that life can become too spiritual and thus enter a world of fantasies.
The process of spirituality has several themes: (a) an enhanced governance; (b) it fills aspirants with an inspiration which translates into love, joy, wisdom and peacefulness, all which supports their commitment to service; (c) a constant reminder that inevitable testing awaits, i.e., the danger of being robbed of the very circumstances previously considered so important, and primary due to an overindulgence in materialistic pursuits; and (d) focusing on short-term materialistic objectives means loosing sight of plans and sustainable objectives to be played out over extended time-horizons.
The sustaining character of spiritual knowledge extends far beyond the physical world of matter. It connects the aspirant with the profound, that creative force present throughout the universe.
Perhaps the best way to think about a spiritual approach to the world is to contrast it with a more common materialistic approach. The materialistic approach relies on empirical evidence provided by the five senses, i.e., what we can see, hear, taste, touch, or smell. This approach depends on the outer appearances of things to decide how and what to think and feel about them. It fixes whatever may be wrong or out-of-place by moving things around to effect the appearance of outer changes. This relegates efforts made for human development and processes associated with governance to shortsighted and short term endeavours.
In contrast, the spiritual way is to see beyond mere outer appearances commanded by the five senses to an intuitive perception of the causes behind outer conditions. The spiritual approach may change and uplift the aspirant world by first transforming and improving their foresight. They are then better able to position themselves in ways that exert a positive influence on the world around them. This fosters long-term commitment to be of service to humanity. It also guarantees sustained and progressive human development over the long term and fulfils the greater need for governance to guide and manage an evolving global community.
One of the main teachings of spirituality is to look within and find what you seek within yourself. The external world is ephemeral, temporary, and ever changing; in fact, the physical body will die one day, sweeping all those worldly accoutrements away like a mere pile of dust. However, your inner realm is timeless, eternal, and very profound. A topic for future discussion.
Although religion and spirituality are often used interchangeably, they show two distinctive aspects of the human experience. Spirituality is the wellspring of divinity that pulsates, dances, and flows as the source and essence of every person. It relates more to your personal search to finding greater meaning and purpose in your existence and improve your interactions with others, of which religion can be a part, no matter what belief-system you hold, to include atheism, agnosticism, and animism.
Religion is most often used to describe an organised group or culture sparked by the fire of a recognized spiritual individual. It acts with a mission and intention of presenting specific teachings and doctrines while nurturing and propagating a particular way of life.
Religion and spirituality can blend even when different religions can look unlike one another, though in essence their principles are almost the same. Loving and respecting all religions does not mean that you have to agree with all their doctrines. Some participants bow to colorful statues of deities, others listen to inspired sermons while dressed in their Sunday finery, and yet others set out their prayer rugs five times a day to bow their heads to the ground. Regardless of these different outer manifestations of worship, the kernel of religion is spirituality, and the essence of spirituality is the belief in a Supreme Being.
As one becomes more spiritual, animalistic aggressions of fighting and trying to control the beliefs of other people are cast off. But spirituality must be pursued within boundaries to avoid the danger of being captivated by a ‘world of fantasies’, in which case, extremism can become the standing norm.