With all the heated rhetoric going on in American politics I thought that it would be good to give this debate a spiritual twist.
This may be an oversimplification of the two divided viewpoints, but when you boil it down it seems that conservatives seek to promote personal success while liberals want social justice and change for all. One viewpoint challenges each of us to rise above the crowd and the other challenges us to advance the crowd. In a nutshell, one challenges us to distinguish ourselves as individuals, the other challenges us to unify.
Both political views point to each other’s downsides. Liberals warn that exceptionalism will lead to personal selfishness and the oppression of others while the conservatives argue that social justice will reward people regardless of their personal efforts (or lack of effort). It seems as though these two worldviews are hopelessly irreconcilable. However, God’s Grand Scheme requires that the human race solve this dilemma.
According to scientist/theologian, Emanuel Swedenborg, God’s Infinite character consists of three distinct functions – “Divine Love,” “Divine Truth” and “Divine Utility.” The third function combines the other two into something analogous to a marriage.
Swedenborg offers deep insights as to how this sacred three-fold dynamic created the manifest universe. These insights can throw some light on our political impasse.
Consider the present dichotomy in America from this spiritual dynamic: Truth distinguishes and Love unites.
Simply put, the ongoing process of nature to create coherent and increased complexity through self-organization requires the miraculous emergence and combination of new forms distinguishing themselves through the perfection of unity. This combination is affected through utility and purpose. Such a blueprint is obvious when we contemplate how each cell, tissue and organ in the human anatomy performs a specific function yet works in unison to perfect the whole. (Swedenborg even discovered that the angels of heaven were occupied in a similar organic fashion.)
Liberalism corresponds to God’s “Love” and conservatism corresponds to God’s “Truth.” They cannot exalt each other (as nature and angels do) unless they both can create systems that share similar ends and goals.
That the two political “parties” have great difficulties in coming together within human affairs tells me that people are hypnotized (by one or the other point of view) and that they don’t grasp what true spiritual (inner) growth actually involves—both. Thankfully, more and more people are starting to wake up and sense that a new paradigm is needed.
Again, this is an oversimplification. What do you think? (I will not accept any venomous comments.)