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SOCIAL SCIENCE : THE SPIRITUAL BASIS OF CULTURE
As the elderly naturally begin to
lose interest in the outer goals of life we tell them that they are sick
and encourage them to do things to remain in the mainstream of worldly
seeking. The elderly are not able to grow in wisdom and become our true elders and teachers. We make
them into mockeries of the young. We do not respect them and they feel we have abandoned them. As
we live longer and the average age of individuals in our cultures increases this problem becomes
Any society which does not recognize the stages of life cannot flourish for long, just as a farmer
cannot be successful if he only knows the plants that flourish in one
season. Nor can any individual be happy if they are following the needs of a stage of life which is no
longer appropriate for them. Hence this ancient Vedic understanding of
the stages of life must be brought back again.
Society is not a two dimensional drawing. It has the invisible dimension of spiritual growth.
Without recognizing this we have a warped perspective on our existence. Vedic values aid us in
restoring this inner dimension to society as well as to our individual
existence. It is that power of aspiration that gives true meaning to human life and allows us to
appreciate the different levels and stages of our existence.