The concept of the oneness of humankind provides an ideological foundation upon which humanity can understand its own reality in a way that conduces to its prosperity and harmony. It is an ontological truth of reality, a teleological end and method which provides direction to the evolution of humankind, and a latent truth relative to human agency. Within the context of oneness, many, if not all, social and spiritual concepts take on new meaning. Our discourse, for instance, has demonstrated one such re-interpretation of history through the lens of oneness. Let us take, as another example, freedom. Freedom too is re-conceptualized in the context of the principle of oneness.
Freedom is essential to human life. Whole nations, entire generations, and famous heroes have all fought to create and to preserve freedom. Vast societies have formed and fallen around the question of freedom. Why, it may be asked, is freedom so important? What is its purpose? And for what are we free?
Humanity is one interconnected social body. Freedom as a concept, therefore ,is moderated by others like it, such as justice, collective well-being, capacity-building, and others. The purpose of freedom, like so many other principles, is to facilitate contributions towards the maturation and prosperity of the whole human form, including its every constituent member. This implies freedom has limits – if it is a means towards prosperity, any freedom that leads to oppression, tyranny, disunity, inequality, or injustice is not proper and cannot be allowed. Historical examples abound where freedom facilitated oppression. Freedom is a necessary prerequisite for each individual’s personal investigation of reality and its truth; yet the resulting knowledge must principally be applicable towards human betterment. Freedom, within the context of oneness, its exercise – and restraint – spring from cooperation and consultation, and not as much from legality and rule of law.
That every individual should enjoy freedom of thought, word, and action is not a promotion of the cult of individualism. Nor is framing freedom in the context of societal well-being a violation of individual rights. Transcending the difficulties associated with these extremes, we understand the concept of freedom within the context of oneness.
Do you have thoughts regarding the relationship of freedom and oneness?