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June 26, 2017


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I have always been most perplexed by the association "humanism" and morally relativistic end-justifies-the means "marxism". I consider myself a radical humanist is so far I uphold - unlike Marx and his followers - the absolute unconditional validity of human rights and indeed of animal rights and of a universal moral law (dharma) which applies to all sentient beings. However when most people speak in the name of "humanism" it is obvious that they must have some theory regarding the question: what is man ? And this will lead to some political theory. I have found that such "humanism" often goes way beyond upholding universal moral truths to being simply a vehicle for a dogma or ideology surrounding their own definition of man (i.e. imposition of limitations on man). I see the most important aspects of man being the moral law and the realization of divine consciousness (which has no limits) and these two are intimately related. I do not see how denying or impeding the essential right and duty of human beings to attain to spiritual awakening and realization or destroying the culture associated thereto (which is what materialist marxism is ultimately about) can be considered "humanism". On the other hand there does indeed seem to be historical evidence of cultures of spiritual realization coexisting within morally bad social structures (i.e. violations of human rights within the context of slavery, serfdom, feudalism, cast-systems etc). But history shows that marxist attempts of "reformation" (and violent occupation) has been filled with with the same level of immorality. The question is: to what level can the true Dharma not only lead to the spiritual awakening of the individual but also transfigure the structure of human society and human behaviour ?

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