While I began reading this as a hopeful call for the acceptance of spirituality replacing religious failure, it did not rise above that failure. The rise of the new spiritual awareness is inherent in the unity of all things in this universe. Sentient creatures sense, seek to understand, and prefer to follow this as it is the foundation that supports compassion. Compassion nourishes mindfulness that is a matrix of unity and equity.

Religions are evolved mythic forms that included spiritual awareness but subjugated it to authoritarian rule. The mythic story forms were continuously copied with minimal adaption. That has long been known with awareness of the failure of the old religious systems always growing in successful cultures where well being and education is expanding.

As this evolves the old religious systems become increasingly corrupt as their only value is in justification of bigotry, hatred, misogyny, and xenophobia. These are the tools of authoritarianism and demagoguery. They are too weak even in this to be used to manipulate any but the most limited people.

Sadly they are still useful to the authoritarians in distracting people who struggle to salvage and extract the spiritual value entangled in these systems. These people could be part of the force for spiritual growth and awareness but have to exert all of their energy in constantly editing the failed religious systems to find value that justifies their continued involvement. They must ignore so much that it becomes difficult to think or see good in all its forms around them or identify the evil that they support.

The near infinite diversity of this awareness is what I always hope to see.

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Educator, CIO, retired entrepreneur, grandfather with occasional fits of humor in the midst of disaster. . .

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