The idea of the Perennial Philosophy of Aldous Huxley leads one to the idea that God is too big for any one religion. How is it that sometimes people outgrow their religion of childhood? James Fowler, among others, has mapped out a model of spiritual development. Osho says that a person cannot enter into a spiritual life until he/she rebels against childish religious beliefs. Notes On A Spiritual Life intends to explore deeper understandings of an authentic spiritual life.
Thursday, January 11, 2018
Is it just for everyone to be happy?
On the path of the ego, it is believed that justice demands vengeance. Justice, on the path of the ego, demands that people are compared and found unworthy and offensive. We prefer to see other people found guilty and punished rather than ourselves. This preference in other people's guilt and punishment is based on our belief that justice demands it.
On the path of the spirit, it is believed that justice demands fairness. Justice, on the path of the spirit, recognizes and acknowledges that all human beings are children of God and as such fairness demands their happiness and high quality life all alike. Our function, on the path of the spirit, is to encourage people's happiness and high quality life like our own.
Is your God a just God? If so, your God loves everyone one of God's creations uncondtionally. As Sister Helen Prejean said in Death Man Walking, "Every person is worth more than his worst act."
Justice demands that everyone be treated is such a way as to increase their happiness and quality of life. Anything less leaves justice lacking.
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