Isn't Western Civilization
Western civilization through
technology has succeeded better in giving material benefits to a
larger number of people, though it remains to be seen whether this
is an enduring phenomenon or will lead to some collapse owing to the
exhaustion of the planet's resources. Western civilization has been
better at recognizing the political rights of people, which are
generally personal and materialistic rights to happiness in the
Yet at the same time Western
civilization has not provided any real spiritual benefit to people.
It has fed the body better, perhaps, but it has starved the soul.
This is like giving a person a better car to drive but starving
their body. It is improving the vehicle but not the person who uses
True humaneness consists not
of merely providing better food, clothing, shelter, medicine or
human company to people, or giving them greater freedom to get these
things - however necessary they may be - but of making us aware of
our greater humanity, which is universal intelligence. To be humane
means to treat others as we ourselves would like to be treated.
This means not only to treat
other people like we would treat ourselves but also treat animals
and all of nature as we would treat ourselves. Otherwise our
humanity itself is a curse upon Nature and will eventually undermine
the natural basis of our own life, such as is happening today with
the destruction of our natural environment, which is generally done
in the name of progress and human advancement.
We should strive to be
humane but unless we recognize the Divine Self as the true reality
our humanity is a partial view that must exploit some other part of
the world as less than ourselves, as well as failing to discover our
true human potential, which is in universal awareness, not in
material, social or intellectual gains.