Imaginatively Different

Sometimes the most basic and transparently self evident ideas are the ones least preached on.

So here, one foundational idea….

There is no place for combining religions and violence. Religions must seek a world that is imaginatively different.  That is our cherished role.   One that even the most enlightened elements of liberal, market driven Western democracy cannot supply.

As Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the British Commonwealth put it…

What the secularists forgot is that Homo sapiens is the meaning-seeking animal. If there is one thing the great institutions of the modern world do not do, it is to provide meaning. Science tells us how but not why. Technology gives us power but cannot guide us as to how to use that power. The market gives us choices but leaves us uninstructed as to how to make those choices. The liberal democratic state gives us freedom to live as we choose but refuses, on principle, to guide us as to how to choose.

Science, technology, the free market and the liberal democratic state have enabled us to reach unprecedented achievements in knowledge, freedom, life expectancy and affluence. They are among the greatest achievements of human civilization and are to be defended and cherished.

But they do not answer the three questions that every reflective individual will ask at some time in his or her life: Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live? The result is that the 21st century has left us with a maximum of choice and a minimum of meaning.

“Meaning” is our task and no small one. “Meaning” leads to a world imaginatively different.


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