Humanity is at a crossroads but while many of us sense that something needs to change if we are to progress from where we are now to a better place, few appear to realise what exactly that might be. This is why we have all these schemes for outer change, political, social, environmental and such like, all of which are totally pointless if not actually harmful. What is needed is spiritual change. That is the only solution to the problems of the contemporary world. But the words 'spiritual change', taken by themselves, mean different things to different people, and so we need to be more specific about what it actually involves.
Spiritual change demands radical transformation not just a simple reorientation of current attitudes. It requires going in a completely new direction to the one we are taking at present, and that means realising that the fake substitute for religion of our day, which is leftism, is in fact an evil in that it redirects moral energy from its proper spiritual end to a materialistic humanism in which the presumed happiness of mankind in this world is the only yardstick for goodness. The sentimentalised compassion of the left, the means by which it attempts to steal Christianity's thunder, seeks no other end than the relief of suffering in the here and now but it quite fails to address the problem that the root cause of suffering is man's rejection of God. How could it address this since the rejection of God is what leftism is all about?
For many people in our secularised modern world spirituality, if they consider it at all, simply means observing the basic ground rules of leftism and seeing all humanity as one with human rights to the fore, the standard liberté, egalité, fraternité package. No mention of God or the transcendent unless these can be fitted into that framework. Humanity is what comes first and the reality of God, if it comes at all, is very much secondary. But the vision of man's proper end that puts his needs and desires and goals anywhere else than in God, and seeks his fulfilment in the physical world, is profoundly anti-spiritual. And that means it is evil. What else is evil except that which is against the spiritual? True spirituality means recognising the fundamental reality of God and viewing the human race in the light of that reality. It means seeing our purpose as being fulfilled in a higher plane of being not here in this physical world which is principally a school and a testing ground. It also means acknowledging the transcendental source and objective reality of the Good, the Beautiful and the True, the fundamental characteristics of creation that leftism has done its best to destroy over the last couple of centuries which it has done by attacking them as they are and then redefining them according to its distorted, limited, twisted and shrivelled conception of what is.
Spirituality is not found in a declaration of human rights and demands for love, peace and harmony to be established in this world among human beings as they are outwardly. This is a completely false conception of it that inverts the true hierarchy by putting the material world and its concerns above the spiritual. Genuine spirituality demands that we aspire upwards to seek a union with God on his level, so rising above exclusive identification with our worldly selves. It requires love but love in the spiritual sense does not mean validating the sinful, fallen world. It means seeing and prioritising the deeper, truer reality behind it. Thus spirituality is not about justifying the world as it is. It is about transforming it by going beyond it. The world is then taken up not left where it is in the darkness and illusion of a created thing separated from its Creator.
If you aspire to think of yourself as a spiritual person, you must examine your heart. If you are satisfied with what you find there, you are a lost soul. But once you can accept that you are a lost soul you have made the first step towards redemption. If you have fallen a victim to the propaganda of leftist ideology that pretends (and it is a pretence as you can see in the eyes of the ideologues) to believe in the sacrosanct unity of humanity, ask yourself on what is this based? If all humanity is one, why is it one? Unless its unity comes from an over-riding higher reality, it amounts to nothing. And if it does come from such a reality you have an obligation to search out what that reality might be. Only the fact of God can give this idea of the unity of humanity any meaning. To leave him out of the equation is nihilism and for the honest nihilist nothing can really matter. This is your choice. God or nothing. If it is God then you had better make the effort to understand something about him through prayer, meditation etc. If it is nothing, as in the leftist vision of the world it must be, then any pretence at moral superiority is the purest hypocrisy. At least, be honest.
The two signs at the crossroads read God and nothing. Those who would point to a third sign that reads spirituality without God are really just taking the scenic route to nothing. For God the Creator is real and if you are not with him, you are against him.