Beyond the highly propagated fragmentation of science and religion in current thought, and the resistance to reconceptualize these complementary systems of knowledge and practice, there are, in general, voices that resist change, especially at the level of principle. They refuse to believe that the assumptions they hold dear are not useful. Yet, civilization is in crisis. The fruits of outworn assumptions have gone rotten. If long-cherished social assumptions are no longer bearing the much needed fruit, and are no longer promoting the betterment of the world, then what is stopping us from simply discarding these assumptions and adopting new ones to operationalize? After all, the value and validity of assumptions lie in the results garnered from applying them to social reality – assumptions are all equal until they are tested through application. Let us apply science in the realm of civilization-building itself; let us be evidence-based. If assumptions no longer serve humanity’s developing requirements, then they are no longer valuable or valid; and new assumptions need to replace them. Change is an immutable law of our reality. What is the harm in adopting the assumption that humanity is one? That science and religion are complementary? That human beings are noble? That beauty directs our purpose? That individual and social well-being are inextricably linked? That a world civilization beckons humanity, one that will be governed by justice, one that will achieve a dynamic coherence between the material and spiritual requirements of life, one that will be rich with knowledge from all people?
Tell, which do you prefer: the assumptions that led to our current crisis of civilization, or those listed above?