We ended yesterday’s meditation with the fifth and sixth of Gandhi’s “social sins,” that of educating without character building and science without humanity.
The latter includes inventions like the social media that can spread hatred and lies just as easily as love and truth.
Martin Buber believes that humans are unique for our capacity to invent lies. Other species do not invent lies.
The lie is the specific evil which man has introduced into nature. All our deeds of violence and our misdeeds [derive from our lies]. The lie is our very one invention, different in kind from every deceit that the animals can produce.
When our speech compromises truth, society collapses because “the basis of men’s common life has been removed. The lie has taken the place, as a form of life, of human truth.” Speech then breeds delusion in peoples’ hearts and illusions and falsifies the relation of soul to being. Duplicity or a “double heart” takes over.
To walk one’s talk and not just talk our talk seems to be central to the survival of community.
When truth goes out the door, so too does justice, as Thomas Aquinas instructs us when he says, “the proper objects of the human heart are truth and justice.” An investment in lies is an investment in injustice.
Lying is a distortion of our fifth chakras which are meant to be birth canals for putting our wisdom and truth-finding into the world.
For Gandhi, God is truth. Telling lies then is a form of atheism. In many religions, Truth and God are synonyms. In Christianity, one “I am” saying is this: “I am the way, the truth and the life.” The Bhagavad Gita declares that a world without truth is a world without God and in such a world, desire alone will rule.
Another danger Gandhi alerts us to is science without humanity. Thomas Berry who used to say that “the nuclear bomb has already gone off” in the world. Why? Because we have been creating so many chemicals over the last 50 years without asking the question of how they affect the quality of water or soil and the food supply that all life and living things depend on.
Adapted from Matthew Fox, Sins of the Spirit, Blessings of the Flesh: Transforming Evil in Soul and Society, pp. 321, 313-332..
And Matthew Fox, The Tao of Thomas Aquinas: Fierce Wisdom for Hard Times, pp. 101-108.
And Matthew Fox, Naming the Unnameable: 89 wonderful and Useful Names for God…Including the Unnameable God, pp. 58f.
And Matthew Fox and Bishop Marc Andrus, Stations of the Cosmic Christ, pp. 117-122.
To read the transcript of Matthew’s video teaching, click HERE.
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Queries for Contemplation
What follows from Martin Buber’s observation that lying is unique to the human species? Do you think it says anything about Thomas Aquinas’s observation that one human being can do more evil than all the other species put together?
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