Human philosophy struggles for emancipation from dogma and tradition. Our science is engaged in the agelong contest between truth and error while it fights for deliverance from the bondage of abstraction, the slavery of mathematics, and relative blindness of mechanistic materialism.
Mathematics, material science, is indispensable to the intelligent discussion of the material aspects of the universe, but such knowledge is not necessarily a part of the higher realization of truth or of the personal appreciation of spiritual realities. Not only in the realms of life but even in the world of physical energy, the sum of two or more things is very often something more than, or something different from, the predictable additive consequences of such unions. The entire science of mathematics, the whole domain of philosophy, the highest physics or chemistry, could not predict or know that the union of two gaseous hydrogen atoms with one gaseous oxygen atom would result in a new and qualitatively superadditive substance liquid water. The understanding knowledge of this one physiochemical phenomenon should have prevented the development of materialistic philosophy and mechanistic cosmology.
Technical analysis does not reveal what a person or a thing can do. For example: Water is used effectively to extinguish fire. That water will put out fire is a fact of everyday experience; but no analysis of water could ever be made to disclose such a property. Analysis determines that water is composed of hydrogen and oxygen; a further study of these elements discloses that oxygen is the real supporter of combustion and that hydrogen will itself freely burn. Such is the case with us human beings.
You cannot really know a person as a result of a single contact. You cannot appreciatingly know their music through mathematical deduction, even though music is a form of mathematical rhythm. The number assigned to a telephone subscriber does not in any manner identify the personality of that subscriber or signify anything concerning their character. Love is the secret of beneficial association between personalities. Every phase of personality experience on every successive level of universe progression swarms with clues to the discovery of alluring personal realities. The true destiny of human beings consists in the creation of new and spirit goals and then in responding to the cosmic allurements of such supernal goals of nonmaterial value.
The goal of existence of all personalities is spirit. Spirit is the basic personal reality in total creation, and personality is basic to all progressing experience with spiritual reality. Material manifestations are relative.
Mind is the technique whereby spirit realities become experiential to creature personalities. And in the last analysis the unifying possibilities of even human mind, I the ability to co-ordinate (energy- matter) things (mind) ideas, and (spirit) values, is supermaterial.
The human intellect can grasp much of the meaning of three functioning levels of finite (time and space) reality:
1. Matter. Organized energy which is subject to linear gravity except as it is modified by motion and conditioned by mind.
2. Mind. Organized consciousness which is not wholly subject to material gravity, and which becomes truly liberated when modified by spirit.
3. Spirit. The highest personal reality. True spirit is not subject to physical gravity but eventually becomes the motivating influence of all evolving energy systems of personality dignity.
Spirit is the fundamental reality of the personality experience of all creatures because God is spirit. Spirit is unchanging, and therefore, in all personality relations, it transcends both mind and matter, which are experiential variables of progressive attainment. In the evolutionary cosmos, of which we now live, energy- matter is dominant except in personality, where spirit, through the mediation of mind, is striving for the mastery.
The brighter the shining of the spiritualized personality, the greater the shadow cast by the intervening mind upon the material investment. In time, the human body is just as real as mind or spirit, but in death, both mind (identity) and spirit survive while the body does not. A cosmic reality can be nonexistent in personality experience. And so, the Greek figure of speech the material as the shadow of the more real spirit substance does have a philosophic significance.
The goal of human self-realization should be spiritual, not material. The only realities worth striving for are divine, spiritual, and eternal. We mortals are entitled to the enjoyment of physical pleasures and to the satisfaction of human affections; humans are benefited by loyalty to our human associations and temporal institutions; but these are not the eternal foundations upon which to build our immortal personality which must transcend space, vanquish time, and achieve the eternal destiny of divine perfection and eternal service.
Temporal securities are vulnerable, but spiritual sureties are impregnable. When the flood tides of human adversity, selfishness, cruelty, hate, malice, and jealousy beat about our mortal soul, we may rest in the assurance that there is one inner bastion, the citadel of the spirit – that indwelling spirit (right now) indwelling your human mind, which is absolutely unassailable; at least this is true of every normal-minded human being who has dedicated the keeping of their soul to this indwelling spirit of the eternal God.
After such spiritual attainment, whether secured by gradual growth or specific crisis, there occurs a new orientation of personality as well as the development of a new standard of values. Such spirit-born individuals are so remotivated in life that they can calmly stand by while their fondest ambitions perish and their keenest hopes crash; they positively know that such catastrophes are but the redirecting cataclysms which wreck one’s temporal creations preliminary to the rearing of the more noble and enduring realities of a new and more sublime level of universe attainment.
An effective philosophy of living is formed by a combination of cosmic insight and the total of one’s own emotional reactions to the social and economic environment. Remember: While inherent urges cannot be fundamentally modified, emotional responses to such urges can be changed; therefore, the moral nature can be modified, character can be improved. In the strong character, emotional responses are integrated and coordinated, and thus is provided a unified personality.
Deficient unification weakens the moral nature and engenders unhappiness.
Without a worthy goal, life becomes aimless and unprofitable, and much unhappiness results. Be exhorted to exercise experiential faith; depend not on mere intellectual assent, credulity, and established authority.
Education should be a technique of learning (discovering) the better methods of gratifying your natural and inherited urges, and happiness is the resulting total of these enhanced techniques of emotional satisfactions. Happiness is little dependent on environment, though pleasing surroundings may greatly contribute thereto.