| Without that pursuit of spiritual
liberation, the pursuit of economic freedom must result in some
partiality, corruption or exploitation because the outer is
inherently limited. Economic happiness for all is a myth because the
proliferation of external desires only causes more want and hence
Nor is the present global problem
simply a clash between East and West or ancient and modern values.
The East has its materialism and it can become more materialistic
than the West in time because Orientals are more dedicated in
whatever they do. The real question is of the dominant values behind
civilization. In this regard European culture lacks the maturity and
spirituality to show the way to a real compassionate world order.
Unfortunately more mature Asian civilizations have been so decimated
by colonialism that they have lost confidence in their own deeper
traditions which could save them. Instead they flounder, often
becoming worse than their oppressors, following an even more blatant
corruption, materialism and violence. In this regard the West today
often looks more moral and spiritual than what is happening in many
governments and economies in Asia.
Humanity stands at a time of crisis
and the present worldwide economic boom may not be a sign of a happy
new age but of an impending collapse. While this may not occur over
night, the signs of its eventuality over the next few decades can
clearly be seen, unless the course is changed quickly. We are
entering a new century of continuing environmental decay and the
minds of people are eroding in front of an ever more vulgar mass
media. Unless we are prepared to radically alter our ways and work
hard to correct the negative forces we have set in motion, we are
creating only sorrow for the future of our planet for many
generations to come. We must learn to give up all forms of
exploitation and strive to heal not only ourselves and our nations,
but also our entire planet and all of its creatures.