Our evolutionary present continuously transforms itself into our past. History is always a creation of the past. To this ‘today’ we can never return. We will always have to find new applications for its heritage. This constant interchanging creation is the stuff of evolution. From a materialistic perspective our evolution is guided by increased knowledge. More important however is the social evolution that is supported by the ever-changing underlying Idea. This ‘Idéa’ (Gr: ἰδέα) determines the meaning that we give to life and from it we derive the nature of our relationship to the world.
Idealist thinkers from East and West have always been exploring this underlying Idea, both in a religious and in a secular sense. Their main aim has always been to improve the state of the human being. By envisaging this ideal they mean to create a just society in which everybody can autonomously develop the inherent potential of what it means to be human.
The Loss of Ideals
At the beginning of the 21st century we see a regrettable collapse of the idealist purpose. The dominant current of the economic-political structure of the world is no longer directed at the creation of a just society. The benefit of all has been replaced by a greed-filled frenzy aimed at obtaining the maximum gain for a few at the expense of all. The senseless exploitation of human and natural resources in the past has created a crisis and is now acknowledged to have severe consequences for the living conditions on this planet.
Individual and Social Illness
Yoginâm Frédéric Antonious sees the increasing estrangement from our transcendental nature as one of the fundamental causes of the present predicament. On the individual level such an estrangement leads to increased anxiety, stress, disease and unease. On a social level it is demonstrated in unbridled exploitation of basic human drives, such as greed and lust for power, both in open aggression as well as in highly sophisticated and subtle management.
How to Be Well?
Our transcendental state of being is rooted in a oneness in which we all share. Acknowledgement of the Oneness of Being is affirming our natural state and will therefore lead to greater individual and societal Well-Being. It will not only generate tolerance but also an embracing of differences. It will invite a respect for others and their endeavour. This is essential for the globalising current of the world in which cooperation has to replace domination as the main orientation.