70 – A World Without Dogma …

Humanity is facing a Crisis of monumental proportions: An ecological breakdown impelled by our unsustainable population growth. But under the greed for Power and Control of religious, economic and political dogmas, most of our leaders refuse to engage in any discussion that insinuates a need for change, or to accept the fact that what they believed to be Progressive in the past is today a threat to our survival.

Amidst the imminent signs of an Environment in crisis, they stubbornly continue to reinforce a Paradigm based on:

  1. Economic doctrines of unlimited growth and consumption disregarding the fact that humankind is completely dependent on the environment,
  2. Political doctrines with no other vision that dominance by brute power and the instigating of conflict and turmoil,
  3. Religious doctrines that deceive, divide, and promote their greed for supremacy through ignorance and hate.

This Paradigm is engulfing us in dread, fear, violence, fanaticism, and destruction. It is derailing the fundamental purpose of Science and Education to foster the freedom of the Human Mind to aim for a world of peace and greater self-knowledge.

I would like to borrow an example from a presentation in November 2012 by Ernesto Sirolli in TED.com, which is reminiscent of our dilemma. In 1860 a group of experts gathered to assess the future of New York City. They came to the consensus that the City had no future; that New York City would not exist in a hundred years. In order to mobilize the increasing number of its inhabitants they would need to bring in millions of more horses and, as it were, they were already buried in manure. Those experts were making their conjectures based on a dirty technology that would eventually overwhelm the feasibility of the City. They never imagined that the automobile would soon come into the picture.

We are at a similar point in our History. Our ‘experts’ see reckless consumerism, unlimited growth, constant conflict, deception, division, as the end of our time.

But if Education and Science abandon their submission to our current Paradigm and … supported by their immense wealth of knowledge and the powerful ingenuity of the Human Mind … take instead a leadership role in the formulation of a New Paradigm, we can have a world where Politics, without dogma, is the advocate and guardian of a Vision for Humanity based on Freedom, Knowledge and Moral Principles; where Economics, without dogma, is the promoter of sustainable, equitable, and responsible Progress; where Religion, without dogma, is the guiding force towards tolerance and the freedom of the Human Spirit.

It has never been done before, but we have done a lot of things that were never done before; it is thus we have come to be one of the most incredible creations of Nature. Let’s do away with dogma; it is destroying us.

Revised February 2019

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