Panentheism provides for a universal holistic system which gives us a united interpretation as to what it is we believe, observe, and reason. It strengthens us as individuals and as a species. It fuses our religions, sciences, and philosophies into a model demonstrating our purpose and thereby strengthening our resolve to protect the rights of the individual while understanding our importance as a species within the Universe. A Universal Holistic System provides us with a means of reinforcing one of the primary axioms we have learned during our development as a species: “United we stand, divided we fall.”
Until we unify our three means of perception, we will remain a divided species. Until we unify our three means of perception, we will remain ‘a house divided’ into three factions: religion, science, and philosophy. Until we unify our three means of perception, we will remain ‘a house at war with itself’ and ‘a plum ripe for the picking. Religion, science, and philosophy are three entities that we, you and I, have created. They are entities we have cultivated, shaped, and helped evolve over thousands of years. They are entities that have been so good to us yet so viciously damaging to us. They have been entities we have encouraged to remain independent of each other, suspicious of each other, and antagonistic towards each other. Unifying them does not eliminate the ‘good’ they have to offer us. Unifying could, however, significantly reduce the negatives they will inflict upon the future. Until we unify these three means of perception, they will remain our own self-inflicted nemesis.
- Consciousness, being, is composed of the same ‘substance and essence as God’
- You do not dissolve into nothingness upon death
- ‘Living your religion rather than leaving your religion’
- Two moral absolutes:
- Protect the right and ability of the individual to travel life unimpeded
- Travel life unimpeded
Religious, scientific, and philosophical perceptions appear to lie closer to our hearts than anything physical we could name. We are willing to give our blood for them, die for them, and in some cases even give up the lives and blood of our children and spouses for them.
Heidegger states: ‘Meditative thinking demands of us that we engage ourselves with what at first sight does not go together at all.’Science, philosophy, and religion are the most obvious example of ‘what at first sight does not go together at all.’ Scientific perceptions, religious perceptions, and philosophical perceptions not only avoid each other; they intentionally antagonize each other.
Religion embraces the existence of a ‘Divine Being’. Science and philosophy both support this perception: science with its concept of ‘Primal Cause’ and philosophy with its concept of ‘First Cause’. Science embraces the existence of a ‘Universe’. Philosophy and religion both support this perception: philosophy with its concept of ‘reality’ and religion with its concept of ‘creation’. Philosophy embraces the existence of a ‘being’, the individual. Religion and science both support this perception: religion with its concept of the ‘soul’ and science with its concept of ‘life’.
These three fields of developing perceptions – science, philosophy, and religion, have been with us for thousands of years. What could they possibly have to offer us that would generate the ‘ground and foundation…for the new autochthony.’? What is it the three – religion, science, and philosophy – have to offer that ‘…lies at hand; so near that we all too easily overlook it.’?The fact that science, religion, and philosophy have been with us so long is exactly what makes them lie so ‘near’. This close proximity may have been the very reason we have overlooked the ‘new ground and foundation’ they have to offer. Philosophy, science, and religion have offered us three independent means of developing perceptions regarding our significance as individuals and as a species. History has recorded over and over again the results of such divided perceptions. Now we have the opportunity to fuse scientific, religious, and philosophical perceptions of reality into one Universal Holistic System and examine the impact such a united perception would have upon ourselves as individuals and as a species.
Presently society basically keeps science, philosophy, and religion separated. Presently, the three – science, religion, and philosophy – work to keep themselves separated. A fused perspective does not replace philosophy, religion, or science. Upon mutual agreement, the fused perspective is placed below the three to act as a foundation, for the individual, and for our species. The fusion of the three would not replace any of the three nor would it replace all three as a whole. Each of the three – our ability to reason (philosophy), our ability to observe (science), and our ability to believe (religion), have their own unique characteristics which can never be replaced by the other two. Religion deals with the abstract. Science deals with the concrete. Philosophy deals with understanding how the abstract and the concrete are related.