Story 21 - 'Empty' People
"Now I am going to tell you what I mean with that," I said
I explained that a human being is a sentient being. This means that we have the capacity to
be aware of ourselves, of who we are as the tallest species of life in the universe, as far as we know it. Then, as we utilize this capacity we discover in this realization a treasure that is imbedded in our humanity, that literally demands that we treat one another with the honor and dignity that our wondrous humanity inspires. Thus, we recognize love as a fundamental principle that unfolds out of our self-respect, and our respect for one
another and for what we are as human beings. We also recognize this discovered principle to be a universal principle, because we all share the same humanity; the same beautiful Soul, as it were; the same intelligence; the same creativity; and so on. Thus, we recognize the principle of universal love as a fundamental, universal principle of civilization. We acknowledge this principle in countless different ways as we enrich one another and enrich our world with
it, as for instance with beauty, music, art, literature, poetry. Thus, we recognize in this principle of universal love that we are all married to one another by the humanity that we all share.
This knowledge of our universal marriage, or universal love, creates a mutually supportive civilization, a civilization that we feel honored to enrich with the fruits of our labor and our intellect. In this manner we build this civilization; a human civilization; and stand up for it and protect it, and fight for it if need be. We are even prepared to fight for our humanity when there is little hope that we will see the rewards for it in our lifetime. Still we are committed to do, what must be done to, to assure the survival of our civilization as a worthwhile testament
to the fact that we have lived as a human being on this planet.
Having said this, I picked up the empty glass again and the bottle that I had labeled, the science of universal marriage, and filled the empty glass a quarter full.
I explained further, that as human beings we also have a variety of physical needs. We need food, clothing, shelter, water, energy, transportation, household goods, educational materials, cultural materials, health care, and so on. And we need industries to produce these goods, and infrastructures for the industries. Also, we need a financial system that furnishes an equitable interface between the individual needs of people, and their labor to fulfill these needs. We call the whole structure,
with every part working together, an economy.
I suggested to the students that they might find it interesting to search for the underlying principles of that economy. I suggested that they should ask themselves where society's wealth is located. Is it located in money? Is it located in property? Or is it located in its productive industries that fulfill its needs, and in the human ingenuity and labor that operate these industries? Evidently, money is the least contributing element, and therefore the least valuable element of the whole equation, being nothing more than just a regulatory tool. By the same token, the human element becomes the most essential, and therefore the most valuable element.
I suggested that if this underlying principle is understood, an economy functions well, because the focus will them be placed on what matters most, like on society's scientific and technological development, the development of its skills, its health, and the development of efficient energy sources and processes that increase the effectiveness of human labor.
Having said this, I picked up the glass again, and the bottle that I have labeled the Science of Physiology, or physical economy, and filled the glass to the half-full mark.
I pointed out that there is another major area in which the human being stands miles apart from the animal world, and that's the domain of dialog. Animals are able to communicate with one another in a primitive sense, but only human beings are capable of linguistic dialog. We have developed languages, complex languages, that give us the capacity to share our discoveries and to preserve them for future ages by which which we, individually, gain a certain immortality. Except this is only the smallest part of the human, linguistic dialog. We are
also constantly in communication with ourselves. When we face a paradox, we use our spoken language to evaluate the evidence. We speak to ourselves in our thoughts, as we search to discover the underlying principles. In this communication with ourselves we begin to discern the applicable universal truths. Without a complex language, our thoughts will be fettered to primitive perception. In such a case our dialogs become useless
chattering and accomplish nothing. That is why Homer, for instance, who practically created the Greek language with his epic poetry, is being recognized as the foundation for the Greek Classical Period that became one of the greatest periods of scientific achievement in human history. In like manner did Dante lay the foundation for the Golden Renaissance.