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									Government, Politics and Spirituality
Origins of Nationhood and Government
All life emanates from the single source (God, Spirit...). On taking
physical form we become distant from that unity and adopt a distinct
individuality. The purpose of physical incarnation is to experience that
disconnection from source and those things that can only be experienced
through interaction with other incarnate entities. As such the knowledge
of our origin is hidden.
In the beginning, incarnate entities existed independently. However, the
mechanics of evolution demonstrated the benefits of co-operation. Working
together each member achieves more than it could in isolation. Thus
groups, tribes, nations, societies... were formed. To be effective each
group needs rules, and a means of enforcing those rules (laws). Hence the
need for leadership (government). At essence laws encourage selflessness
by curtailing selfish behavior.
Governments have enabled enormous human progress on the material plane by
providing the infrastructures that promote enterprise and creativity, eg
who would bother to make an effort if his neighbor could simply come
along and snatch the fruits of his labor? Government-provided health,
education and welfare services underline the sanctity of life, a very
Spiritual ideal. Without the benefits of formal government humanity
probably couldn't have reached its current heights.
But there is a negative side to government. Most notably the wars
perpetrated in "national" interest. Such behavior indicates Spiritual
immaturity. Unfortunately the technological progress that created a whole
a host of weapons of mass destruction outstrips our Spiritual growth,
hence the tragic devastation caused by warfare. More subtly, all
governments curtail individual liberty and freedom of expression to some
degree.
Many forms of government have existed and continue to exist, ranging from
the jungle-like dictatorship where the strongest holds dominion over all
else, through to democracy in which everyone has a say on who leads, can
lobby the leadership, and even run for the job themselves. Though
democracy appears, and probably is, the most agreeable form of
government, consider that most democratic governments enjoy (sometimes
substantially) less than 50% of the possible votes, and are not the
choice of the majority. Furthermore, even their supporters probably don't
support every single policy and detail.
Politics and Spirituality
Politics is the process of proposing governmental policies and arguing
the merits of those policies over others. That wild differences of
political opinion have always existed and continue to do so proves only
that there is no single best way. Indeed there is not even common
agreement as to the role of government, never mind how it should be
achieved.
Elections are a barometer of the current state of society's Spiritual
progress. If one happens to live in a democracy should one participate,
and if so, how? While on earth our Spiritual duty is to engage with
earthly affairs (else we wouldn't be here). As election time approaches
we ought to familiarize ourselves with the available options. You might
find one choice better for you personally, while another favors society
as a whole. If so, it becomes a question of degree, eg can you sacrifice
a little extra tax in return for vastly improved public health services?
Remember, abstention is also a valid option, though ideally it should
come from a considered decision rather than apathy. In the final
reckoning, be guided by your inner instinct.
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this life, this world, is not the totality of our existence. In fact, it
might be just one small part of something much bigger, just one tiny step
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