It was more than thirty years ago that I embarked upon a journey to discover the root causes of the world’s problems. I think I’ve made some progress in that. There are so many things that separate us from one another, from God, and from nature.
I think John Lennon was inspired when he wrote the lyrics to the song Imagine. Along those lines it occurs to me that much of the problem derives from our being overly identified with inherited mindsets. Each of us is born into and indoctrinated in a particular nation, culture and religion, all of which shape and color, and even distort our perceptions of God and reality. But the true nature of God is revealed from within, not from without. The true Self, or Divine Self, cannot be realized by following ANY particular set of rules, rituals, and formulas.
I think the current wave of “fundamentalism” represents a desperate seach for answers about how to live, how to avoid divine punishment, and how to guarantee one’s reward in some imagined afterlife beyond death. While the various “wisdom books” can be helpful in affirming ongoing revelation, they are no substitute for it and should not be worshiped as icons.”The way” cannot be contained in ANY book.