Scientific-based spirituality denies us everything that cannot be measured or quantified. Standardization-based spirituality assimilates us into uniform sameness. Behavioral-based spirituality turns us into lifeless algorithms and machines to be manipulated. Virtual-based spirituality disconnects us with ourselves and the world.
Combined together, they form the Unholy Technological Quadrinity – the new Evil rapidly consuming Humanity’s Soul. We are entering a new Era where there is no Heaven and Hell to go to, no Higher Power to guide us and no Base Power to tempt us, leaving us with only empty physical bodies run by computational algorithms.
We are human beings, guided by a higher power, inspired by the human heart, exercising our free will as creative agents, growing our wisdom through the struggles of suffering and temptation. In this era of change, we must remember the Goodness, Beauty, Meaning and Authenticity of Creation. We must commit to be fully Human and to live the Gospel of Creation in the real world. We must not turn away from our suffering and limitations, but face them bravely and firmly.
Bridging the world of potential (possibilities) and the world of becoming (reality) is a power of Creation that we (human beings) are uniquely gifted with. With this power, we transcend facts and situations, rise above pleasure and suffering, and flow into the eternal evolution of Life. This power, which I call the soul, encompasses the intangible aspects of growing, inspiring and choosing.
To grow is to embrace the world, to accept our life situation as it is, and then guide our destiny to maturity. To decay is to hide from the world, to deny our life and to fade away into emptiness.
To inspire is to create something fresh, bring about new possibilities and breathe life into the world. To assimilate is to absorb what was created, make them uniform, then sterilize uniqueness and life out of them.
To choose is to structure one’s life in a meaningful direction, to use it as a tool to shape the world, and to realize one’s true nature. To abandon is to let random events control one’s destiny, to have nothing important to protect and to rely on others.
Not everyone who has a soul wants it, and not everyone who lacks a soul rejects it. Pinocchio, the Tin Man (in the Wizard of Oz), and Shuvi (of No Game No Life Zero) are characters who embody the forces seeking their soul to complete themselves. I am also part of these forces, having gone through a similarly arduous journey to uncover and reclaim my own soul.
In order to reclaim my own soul, I had to overcome three types of forces which are attacking Humanity today. The first attacks life, depriving us of joy and freedom. We feel dead and tired, enslaved as cogs in a machine. The second overloads inspiration, causing us to retreat from the physical world into ourselves. We feel empty and dissatisfied, trapped in the empty indulgences of a limited imagination. The third denies free will, crushing all meaning and passion in life by seeing the human being as a mere puppet run by algorithms. We feel contempt and disgust at the imperfect human being, wanting to become perfect and leaving behind the human condition forever.
The Borg of Star Trek and the infectious zombies in modern movies represent the third force which seeks to assimilate people and erase their free will, a theme which increasingly resonates with the materialistic effects of science, rationality and globalization in the modern world.
Yet surprisingly, there are many people who seek to erase their own souls. Firstly, many of them hate the Creator for bringing Evil, Imperfection, Pain and all sort of nasty things into Existence. Erasing the soul is an act of rebellion, a statement that they reject the Creator and all the Creative Powers they were granted.
Secondly, they wish to escape the pain and suffering inherent in this world. Having a soul also means opening one’s eyes to see Evil, Ugliness, Fakery and Emptiness. With the soul, one must undergo the painful journey of confronting the dilemmas of free will, facing the pain of one’s choices, and coming to peace with the suffering that surrounds oneself. It is only through our own life experiences that we get to answer what meaning there is in the tale of blood, toil, tears and sweat of Human Existence.
Lacking the support to deal with their soul journey, many people wish to end it prematurely. Having misunderstood some ancient religious philosophies, they seek to escape into the Unborn Emptiness where they cease all Thinking-Feeling-Willing-Souling and cut all ties with their soul story (often misunderstood as ‘karma’). As they commit the spiritual equivalent of suicide, they gain the illusion of becoming Enlightened and work diligently to deprive others of their souls too.
It is at this moment in human evolution, full of hatred, despair, materialism and rationality, that Humanity makes its Last Stand. This is no longer about Good and Evil, but the very Soul of Humanity itself. Without the Soul, there will be no Heaven, Hell or other places to go. Without the Soul, all cultures and religions in the world will come to an end. Without the Soul, there will be no reason why Humanity should choose to continue existing.
Humanity will either commit suicide with its own destructiveness, or succeed in bringing Heaven to Earth. This is not a war that can be won by violence and weapons, but by answering the age-old questions about what makes life worth living, and what makes being human worthy.
I am fighting for Humanity. I am advocating for Goodness, Beauty, Truth and Meaning. I am reminding us all that there is hope within the despair. Join me, and be part of the Resistance. Join me, and work together to counteract the violence, cruelty and helplessness in this world. Together, we will either succeed to bring about Humanity’s true dreams, or we will die trying.
True spirituality will never be obsolete. In the name of the Creator, I grant a soul unto those who seek to erase my soul.