Posted by: lecubiste | March 23, 2014

Global Ethics

Forty years ago I experienced an event in my personal life that I didn’t know anything about when it hapened.  It’s called Nirvikalpa-samadhi.(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nirvikalpa  ). The experience added a new dimension to my consciousness.  The next several years were extraordinary to me as my mind and body adjusted to this new sense that had awakened in me.

I had to leave college because there was a continual conceptual flow in my mind that had nothing to do with school. I needed to give it time and I couldn’t focus on my studies anyway. This awakened energy continues within me to his day.

One of the aspects of the change in me was that I began to compose a scheme for an accounting of philosophy and the nature of being. As I began to divide reality into its constituent parts, I read the works of Ouspensky and others who had done the same. Over the years I found that almost every culture has had at one point or another an articulation of a system of belief to account for all of reality and how it is integrated.

I discovered the I Ching and the Tarot, and found similarities to them in MesoAmerica. It seems that all mystics who are affected by the awakening of kundalini find this strange compulsion to organize reality into some sort of wholistic system. At this point I have assembled a wholistic system myself, combining Western scientific understanding with the ancient Chinese system of the I Ching.

Thus it was that I found myself in New York City a few weeks ago, selected to speak at the annual Conference of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers, and Associations (WFUCA). My friends in the organization had invited me to speak on Global Ethics and Sustainability, an offshoot of my interest in global sustainability. Several hours before my speech I still had to compose it.

Mitsuhei Murate, Guy Djoken, and the author

Ambassador Murata, Guy Djoken, and the author

I produced from a natural flow Four Principles of Global Ethics:

  1. Respect For Diversity
  2. Acknowledgement of Human Rights
  3. Acceptance of Personal Responsibility
  4. Compassion for all Beings

In diversity, we need to realize that there are many cultures and many paths to God.  No religion has a monopoly on this Path, though several try to claim one. In  fact, some religions seem to have abandoned the mystical message of their founder and instead focus on prosaic morality and organizational operations.

Human Rights are universal and stem from the pursuit of justice, the basis for all legal systems. In so many places in the world, individuals are subverted by powerful persons and interests. Idealism is important for ethical behavior and this is ignored in places where journalists are imprisoned or killed, where women are victimized, children are used as sex slaves, ethnic minorities are denied equal treatment, the poor are relegated to living on the streets, and where plants and animals are driven into extinction with no thought for the health of our ecosystems and the future of humanity.

Personal responsibility must be assumed if truth is ever to prevail in the public arena.  It seems that no dictator can admit to a mistake, instead blaming and punishing others while their societies degrade into desperation and chaos. ‘Pride cometh before a fall’, while true humility is the sign of a great leader. We owe it to future generations to not leave behind to them for our legacy a world filled with toxic waste, nuclear weapons and waste, and a diminished and ailing global ecosystem.

Finally, compassion for all beings is in some sense not about others but about one’s self.  This is a fundamental tenet of Buddhism, but is found in the character of all founders of religions. If we allow ourselves to feel compassion for others, then we can also absorb the truth of the world around us. That truth is blocked by the failure to keep the heart open, our natural state of being.

I presented these basic values in a slide show.  They were very well received, happily for me. I was very impressed by the group present and all the great thinking that has gone on world-wide toward these issues I came away somewhat more hopeful about the future of our planet.


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