The ‘Nevertheless’ Society

As the threatened escalation of events in Syria seems, at least, to have simmered down, we are left with the Nevertheless Dichotomy.

The United States has apparently backed away, at least in the immediate sense, of its widely blared announcement that the time has come for military intervention in Syria by outside nations — chief among them the U.S. Nevertheless, two million people have fled the country in recent months, creating one of the worst refugee problems the world community has faced in 50 years.

Russia and the U.S. have agreed on a timetable of one week for the government of Syria to identify, and begin the dismantling of, all chemical weapons in its possession by initiating a process of turning over those weapons to international inspection, control, and destruction. Nevertheless, 10 million people inside of Syria are homeless today, thousands have been killed in the two-year old civil war that has plagued the country, and the killing goes on in this very moment.

Leaving the specifics of the Syrian crisis aside for a moment and stepping back to a larger, global picture…we see that we have created around the world a Nevertheless Society.

From the Mind of Humanity has emerged scientific discoveries, medical miracles, and technological achievements creating enhancements in human life both breathtaking and laudible. Nevertheless, nearly 700 children still die every hour on the Earth of starvation, minorities of every identity continue to be persecuted, and our species forever finds it impossible to create a global experience of security, peace, health and prosperity for any but the tiniest percentage of its members.

(Note: This article is Part V of an ongoing series: The Nature of God and Life/an exploration of critical importance in our time.)

Our lives are today filled with modern “conveniences.” Nevertheless, for many people life has been emptied of higher meaning, grander purpose, and richer experience. And those “conveniences” — such as the ubiquitous cell phone, the ever-present laptop, the smartwatch, and now even Google glasses — have all made life more inconvenient, robbing us of what little peace and quiet and “down time” we had left. Our private moments are shrinking, even as our public persona is becoming more vacuous.

We are told that we are moving forward, forward, ever forward in our evolutionary process. Nevertheless, our path seems to be taking us backward, to a Might is Right moral code, to an Every Man for Himself reality, to a Kill or Be Killed consciousness.

This is remarkable for a species that tells itself that it has reached its highest level of awareness ever. It leads every thinking person to ask: Is it possible that there is something we don’t fully understand about Life, the understanding of which could change everything?

There are some who have said that sadness and suffering are natural conditions of the human experience. Yet my understanding is that sadness and suffering are not conditions, they are consequences. And consequences of what? They are consequences of our thinking.

Thinking is the tool that Life (read that, God) has given us with which to deal with events and circumstances, situations and occurrences in our daily experience upon the earth. Yet why do events and circumstances, situations and occurrences that produce sadness and suffering even have to arise?

The answer is circular. Thinking is the tool given to us to deal with events and circumstances, and thinking is the creative force that generates them.

Life will be experienced by each of us in the way that we think about its events—and the way that we think about its events collectively creates those events themselves.

That includes the crisis in Syria, the hundreds of dying children each day, and every other aspect of life — both good and bad — that we encounter and experience in the physical world.

How and why this is true…next in this series.

There is a way we can bring an end to the Nevertheless Society. That is what this series of articles is all about.

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  • Kevin Osborne

    Now the question is, what exactly is thinking? That line leads to freedom.

  • Jerry Lynch

    Nothing happens to me or for me; it all happens within me. Not just beauty is in the eye of the Beholder, everything is. Reality is only in the heart, and the life I get is there.
    These two paragraphs so perfectly encapsulate the “woe” in “Woe is me.”
    “There are some who have said that sadness and suffering are natural conditions of the human experience. Yet my understanding is that sadness and suffering are not conditions, they are consequences. And consequences of what? They are consequences of our thinking.

    “Thinking is the tool that Life (read that, God) has given us with which to deal with events and circumstances, situations and occurrences in our daily experience upon the earth. Yet why do events and circumstances, situations and occurrences that produce sadness and suffering even have to arise?”

    For me, the sense of separation from God is the fundamental sorrow of all my earthly woes.

    • Jerry Lynch

      Last sentence should have read, “The sense of separation from God is the fundamental sorrow ‘at the root’ of all my earthly woes.

  • RWalsh

    Neale, there is no such thing as “collective conscience”, and if there were it is already come to fruition. The world is encompassed with evil, not running away from it. The main problem is this. The world is playing with fake magic. Yes, fake. There is no such thing as Magic and the 666 hand signals and one eye commitments just aren’t working except with those that God has given up on. He leaves it to your own free will to come to Him. Yes, it happens within us. God is within us but I hate to tell you this, He is not with all of us. We shouldn’t be sad if we know the truth. Man is making this world what he wants it to be. The consolation is that God is getting ready to hit the “reset” button and some of us are o.k. and not worried. I just wanted to tell you that I read your books this summer (your first books 1 and 2). Then a funny thing happened. God told me to stop reading them and to write Him a little book and to have it published by October the 4th at the New Moon. I don’t know why. I just did it because He told me to. You see, back in 2011 I spent 16 days in my bedroom talking with God. He told me new things that no one can say, “I have heard of these things”, because God has not shared them until now. I wrote them in a notebook. Then he told me to be quiet. I did. Then He showed me your books in the library. I don’t like to read. He told me when He talked to you and when He did not talk to you in your books 1 and 2. He told me to stop reading. I did. First, He said, He did speak with you when He told you that the 10 Commandments were commitments to find your way back to Him. He said, “I did not tell him you are gods, man says that.” He also said He did not tell you, “It is o.k. to let your children see you naked.” He said there were lots of things you made up and you are misleading now. God said things about the Catholic Church too. God said many things to me and I wrote them in His Little Book that is published and available on http://www.lulu.com/spotlight/Steadfast4Infinity. I didn’t want to write a book. I am not a writer. He told me to. I did. He said you talked to Him so you would know I was telling the truth. I am.

  • Voidhawk

    I’m not sure I’d agree with your conclusions. There is a lot of evidence to show that we’re gradually getting better as a species. We’re less violent, fewer of us are involved in warfare, etc. We’ve never given so much of our resources to international aid or charity work, ours is perhaps the first generation with even the ghost of a chance of feeding and educating the world.
    At home, we concentrate more and more on environmental protection, on providing a fair and equal world to those around us, ensuring justice is proportionate and fairly applied. We get outraged by oppression and abuse of power and we’re trying to treat the mentally ill with dignity and respect. Compare a modern mental health clinic to, say Bedlam Asylum.
    If you want the quiet time and peace of past times then just press the ‘off’ button, walk away from the gadgets and machines interfering with your time.
    ~
    Every time in history could be described as a ‘nevertheless’ society depending on your point of view. In the fifties our standard of life was improving. nevertheless thousands died in conflicts in Panama, Suez, etc. In the 15th century the renaissance was bringing classical thinking back to Europe. nevertheless, the Spanish were busy slaughtering the people of south and central America.


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