The late British Lord Sacks was an Orthodox rabbi, philosopher, theologian, author, peer and public figure. As the spiritual head of the United Synagogue, the largest synagogue body in the UK, he was the Chief Rabbi of the Orthodox synagogues.
His YouTube reflections on two important books about the demise of western civilisation, even civilisation itself, caught my attention.
He said something to the effect the basic rights of humankind were born of religions.
They were not. Religions only came after MERs.
His Lordship seemed to acknowledge this when he added the rights were revealed by what he called ‘God’.
He was still wrong because they weren’t issued by any mere ‘God’, not if my MERs are anything to go by.
The basic rights of all existence everywhere, known and as yet unknown, including humanity, come from the Reality historically experienced by true mystics.
I think his lordship would have agreed with the way I would put this, as follows, as a result of my mystic experiences of Reality (MER) – that the individual’s evolutionary path arises out of and is still guided by the Reality that created and nurtures all things. The human ‘God’ is too small to do this.
Lord Sacks goes on to warn us of the ‘new’ trends in society that challenge our basic human rights. He claims they are challenges to our fundamental (ie. spiritual), roots. He says these trends are far more dangerous than climate change or environment challenges.
But my experience tells me we will surely survive the ‘modern’ versions of what human-made history continues to throw at us by way of ‘wokeness’, religions, idealogies etc. in all their modern guises – none of which ever endure. ‘Obvious danger obviates danger’ is still as true today as when I reported it in a newspaper editorial in my early twenties …
Sadly, Lord Sacks and the two world leading best selling authors* he was reviewing represent the peak of human thought. One of the authors is an atheist, one a defender of Christiany, and Sacks of course was a leading religious Jew. Yet they feel they and their world are under threat of being abandoned to barbarity.
Barbarity, domestic and foreign, is hateful while it lasts, but it does inevitably fall under the weight of its own evil. Reality prevails.
All Is Well.
* Yuvel Noah Kararti, ‘Sapiens’, and Douglas Murray, ‘The Strange Death Of Europe’.
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