We’re excited to welcome Steve Taylor, PhD, as the guest speaker at our ConnectIONS Live free webinar on Friday, January 22nd. Based on his recent book Spiritual Science, Steve will explain how human goodness — as manifested in qualities such as compassion, altruism and justice — is related to a sense of connection. Conversely, what we think of as ‘evil’ is related to a sense of separation. A sense of separation brings an inability to empathize, or take other people’s perspectives, and a preoccupation with one’s own desires and goals.
Steve will then explore whether separateness or connection are fundamental to human beings. Our culture assumes that separateness is fundamental, and this has had a disastrous effect, emphasizing and encouraging individualism and selfishness. As Steve’s philosophy of panspiritism suggests, human consciousness is a manifestation of a more fundamental universal consciousness, which is ‘transmitted’ into us via (primarily) the brain. When human beings experience our interconnection, we feel empathy and compassion. Altruism and social justice result from this. Our sense of separation is superficial and aberrational. One of the goals — arguably the main goal — of spiritual practices and paths is to transcend the sense of separateness and attune to our fundamental oneness. In this way, spiritual development is intimately connected with altruism and social justice.