Who Are the Destroyers of the Constitution?
The hateful harangue raging across America is tearing our country apart. It’s described in the major media as Democrat vs. Republican, Left vs. Right, liberal vs. conservative, progressive vs. neoconservative. Each side in the divisive diatribe wraps itself in the flag, claiming the moral high ground and the ultimate justification for its stances, patriotism.
This brings us to the highest aspect of freedom: spiritual freedom. In the entire spectrum of human knowledge, exploration and aspiration to unlock the mystery of existence and find enduring happiness, there is only one key, one answer: spiritual freedom. It was stated clearly by Jesus when he said to his disciples, “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:32). .
In other religions and sacred traditions, there is a similar understanding of spiritual freedom as freedom from self-ignorance and self-delusion, from vices and character flaws, from negative emotions, destructive compulsions and anything else which generates human unhappiness and prevents us from living God-centered or Spirit-centered lives of love and service to humanity. That perspective, which is the collective highest wisdom known to humanity, is called the Perennial Philosophy.
Freedom is indivisible. It embraces every aspect of our humanity—both outer and inner, external and internal. It applies to our physical, mental, social and spiritual dimensions because we have the capacity—the free will—to choose what we do and how we behave in all those dimensions of life. If freedom is reduced in one aspect, that bears on all others. To quote President Reagan again, “Freedom is indivisible—there is no ‘s’ on the end of it. You can erode freedom, diminish it, but you cannot divide it and choose to keep ‘some freedoms’ while giving up others.”