“The mainspring of the strength of every race lies in its spirituality, and the death of that race begins the day that spirituality wanes and materialism takes its place.” ——-Swami Vivekananda 1The Annual Global survey of The World Economic Forum(WEF) revealed the dire situation of the world at present. More than 26,000 millennials around 181 countries were surveyed to get an idea of the priorities, concerns and attitudes of the citizens around the globe.
According to the survey, the top 10 most concerning world issues are-1. Climate Change and Destruction of National Resources, 2. Large Scale Conflict and Wars, 3. Religious Conflicts, 4. Poverty, 5. Government Accountability and Corruption, 6. Safety, security and well-being, 7.
Lack of Education, 8. Lack of Political Freedom and Political Instability, 9. Food and Water Security and 10. Lack of Economic Opportunity and Unemployment. In this scenario, spirituality is the burning need today for maintaining positivity in the world.
We have always understood that turning spiritual means to leave home and go to the forest, the person must not be involved with the process of life. These wrong notions illustrate a widespread and serious misunderstanding of both spirituality and humanity. Even writers like Pierre Teilhard de Chardin uttered, “We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Humanity is not a state of deficiency from which we need to escape through a spiritual journey.
Both spirituality and humanity are crucial and should complement each other in the process of becoming more deeply and authentically ‘human’-“Spirituality is the aspect of humanity that refers to the way individuals seek and express meaning and purpose and the way they experience their connectedness to the moment, to self, to others, to nature, and to the significant or sacred.”