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A new Garden of Eden in the 21st century

Suppose God, the Creator of heaven and earth, exists. Then it doesn't look good for humanity. We have arrived at a situation as during the Flood or in the time of the Tower of Babel . God, if He exists, will intervene. That will be a disaster that destroys almost all of humanity and a disintegration of all international organizations, of the European Union and of all attempts to unite countries. It is not predictable what form that disaster will take. That can range  from a natural disaster, a devastating war to a worldwide epidemic.  

After that disaster, the remaining part of humanity comes to mind. Two pillars will support the new era: family life and respect for nature with all its fauna and flora. The newborn human being will refrain from all the technological mess and will be content living of what nature in his environment offers him. Old landscapes will be restored by demolishing highways, airports and industrial sites. In short: the new man will raise the Garden of Eden in all its glory. He will keep far away from the Forbidden Fruit: that is all that the people with their limited knowledge have come up with and that has led to the almost total destruction of the Earth as it was created by God.

After the Flood, whatever form that disaster may have, and after the Babel chaos, the New Age of Spirituality begins. Instead of modernism with its technological developments, its materialism, the depletion of natural resources, the madness of air pollution, mass tourism, the insane bustle on the roads and in the sky, the narcissism of man, the superficiality of thought and the emptiness of social media, people will focus on what really makes sense of a human life. The meaning of life lies in the responsibility for each other and for our environment. Each action will consider whether it can be justified, whether it contributes to the well-being of fellow human beings, including future generations, and whether that action will not harm fauna, flora and nature in general. No waste ends up in the rivers, no piece of plastic is added to the ecological disaster caused by previous generations in the oceans.

Responsibility for each other means that every citizen is part of a "network of solidarity". Nobody is unemployed. All talents get a chance in those networks. From the networks of solidarity, at local, national and international level, numerous initiatives are taken to give all children the best opportunities to develop their talents; to provide the best care to the sick, the disabled and the very old; to manage biodynamic agriculture in their own region and to protect and keep the national heritage accessible.

Spirituality also means that in education the emphasis is on classical literature and on the texts that underpin our civilization. Lifelong learning means that adults have the opportunity to undergo continuous training. For those who are religious, meetings are organized in churches and synagogues to reflect on the wisdom of the Bible. The purpose of this spiritual education is to ensure that the aim of politics, the aim of the economy and the aim of education is to inspire people to take responsibility for their fellow human beings, for those close to them, people far away in developing countries and future generations that will have to live on the planet that we leave behind for them. 

In the spiritual age, politics is not a struggle between opponents, but a joint project to bring peace, well-being and prosperity to the world. Economy is not meant to give all advantages to a small group, but aims to combat poverty and misery all over the world. Education does not only aim to provide the child with the appropriate education, but also has the child's first and foremost goal as a good person.


   © Juliaan Van Acker 2020