Question: You say that integral education is not only essential, but it is the most important thing in life. What is so important about it?
Answer: Today nature puts us in a very tough framework when demands decline and a person has no need for anything except a normal, balanced, reasonable existence. We must make a transition from a society of unrestrained, unlimited consumption, although previously we thought our consumption would grow endlessly!
I was still a child when the Americans began advocating the consumer culture. They thought that it would be infinite, eternal, just like the communist propaganda on the other side of the world. But how could such a society be if we siphon all the natural resources from the earth and with them manufacture goods with built-in obsolescence, and so after a short period of use, we discard them into a landfill? As a result, cities are surrounded by huge garbage dumps that pollute our water sources and all the environment and our natural resources. We need to spend vast sums just to procure what is necessary for our existence: clean air, water, food, biological supplements and vaccinations, and huge purification plants, etc.
This means that the world has become more and more difficult because of the useless overproduction so that only a very few people (500 or 1000 people in the world) with exorbitant bank accounts that eventually will be useless for them as well, but they still don’t understand this because of their limitations. And for this we are destroying our only home, Earth?
I am not part of any environmental movement in any way. I am simply talking about the law of nature that obliges us to act differently. We are carrying out the main essential rule for our existence. These aren’t just nice words that teach us something beautiful; it is a necessity. We are beginning to feel it in our daily life.
We should understand that work hours can be reduced for a great number of people employed in manufacturing; we need this to raise ourselves to another level of development, a level of harmony with nature. Then we will begin to perceive nature differently, that it leads us, as it has done so during the many years of our development, towards a specific goal—to become equal to it.
What does it mean to become equal to nature? When we look at how the inanimate, vegetative, and animate parts of nature exist, it is clear that they simply exist. So what does man exist for? Is it only in order to live an ordinary “human” life? Then we are considering the human level as just a part of the animate world. Or is there another goal here that is above our perception?
We are able to study whatever is on a level of development that is lower than us, but we cannot examine what is on our level of development because a lower level can be examined only from a level above it. In order to rise to a higher level, we must attain integrality. Then we will be able to understand why man was created and what the purpose of his existence is. We shouldn’t push these questions aside thinking that they are childish and that they have no solution.
From KabTV’s “Foundations of the Integral Society” 2/26/12