Excerpt: David responds to the question, ‘Where do you see the role of spirit and the dimension of the sacred in this transition that lies before us?’
“Imagine, being in the dark and you are the attorney for the human species. What case would you make to all the critters that have been rendered sentient and given voice? How would you defend human kind?
“I do think that there is a defence that can be made, and believe we have to make it. We have to understand, not just that we can survive, if we develop all this gadgetry, if we are just smart enough, but that we are good enough to deserve longevity. And, I think the point of that exercise is simply this: If we knew why we should survive, we would better understand, I think, how we might survive.
“So this is not an idle debating question, and it takes you to the core of spirituality. What do we owe? How are we obliged? What do we owe to the far distant future? What do we owe to the distant past? What does it mean for us to be stewards or trustees?
“And that takes you back, if you push those questions far enough to: Who are we? What are we? Was our role here on this planet simply to dig up carbon and release it to the atmosphere and then expire? Was that what we were all about? I don’t think so. I think that there is a higher destiny waiting for us, but that means for us that we will have to find common ground, politically, morally, and spiritually.
“That does not mean all believe the same thing, it means a common ground of tolerance, acceptance, forgiveness, love, compassion, before we can find the higher ground by which we might survive. Let’s call it sustainability or whatever term fits. The task is finding common ground in the very best that humanity has been and the very best that humanity can be, and that in every way will be a spiritual task. It will not be a technological kind of thing.
“And it will happen — one final note here — it will happen with a level of spiritual leadership rather like a Gandhi, or Desmond Tutu, or Martin Luther King, who is able to articulate a level of reality that is impossible to articulate if we only focus on materiality.
“If our debate does not go further than the language of neoclassical economics, we are done for! Because you cannot make an economic argument for human survival, you have to make a spiritual argument for human survival. We are worth it, and we are worthy of it in that higher sense.”
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