If Extended Consciousness Went Mainstream Tomorrow, How Would the World Change?

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Thought it might be interesting to speculate in a "just-for-fun", imaginative way: How would the world change if your preferred model of spirituality, life, the universe, and everything were to be suddenly accepted by mainstream science and society?

Some questions to consider: How would society change? How would arts/entertainment change? How would politics change? On a personal level, how would your work life or career change? How would your relationships change? How would your hobbies change? How would your inner life change? Etc.

(It may be helpful to briefly mention what your preferred model is at the beginning of your speculation.)
 
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http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html
Andrew Sims, past president of Royal College of Psychiatrists: "The advantageous effect of religious belief and spirituality on mental and physical health is one of the best kept secrets in psychiatry and medicine generally. ... In the majority of studies, religious involvement is correlated with well-being, happiness and life satisfaction; hope and optimism; purpose and meaning in life; higher self-esteem; better adaptation to bereavement; greater social support and less loneliness; lower rates of depression and faster recovery from depression; lower rates of suicide and fewer positive attitudes towards suicide; less anxiety; less psychosis and fewer psychotic tendencies; lower rates of alcohol and drug use and abuse; less delinquency and criminal activity; greater marital stability and satisfaction… We concluded that for the vast majority of people the apparent benefits of devout belief and practice probably outweigh the risks.​



http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/skepticism-big-lie-activist-skeptics.html
Research shows that belief in the paranormal and religion can be conducive to the health and well being of people. These beliefs can help people cope with grief, divorce, job loss, the fear of death, particularly in the terminally ill, and can deter suicide.
 
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http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2015/03/video-lecture-by-john-lennox-explains.html
Andrew Sims, past president of Royal College of Psychiatrists: "The advantageous effect of religious belief and spirituality on mental and physical health is one of the best kept secrets in psychiatry and medicine generally. ... In the majority of studies, religious involvement is correlated with well-being, happiness and life satisfaction; hope and optimism; purpose and meaning in life; higher self-esteem; better adaptation to bereavement; greater social support and less loneliness; lower rates of depression and faster recovery from depression; lower rates of suicide and fewer positive attitudes towards suicide; less anxiety; less psychosis and fewer psychotic tendencies; lower rates of alcohol and drug use and abuse; less delinquency and criminal activity; greater marital stability and satisfaction… We concluded that for the vast majority of people the apparent benefits of devout belief and practice probably outweigh the risks.​



http://ncu9nc.blogspot.com/2012/09/skepticism-big-lie-activist-skeptics.html
Research shows that belief in the paranormal and religion can be conducive to the health and well being of people. These beliefs can help people cope with grief, divorce, job loss, the fear of death, particularly in the terminally ill, and can deter suicide.
Great answer, Mr. Smith!
 
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Thought I would develop a graphic for my blogsite, which describes ignosticism (and my personal derivations therein) and current view of spirituality. It fits to some degree your question Dan.

I have not lived a particularly easy life, and recognize the bars of this prison. But I find (and I will not go into the circumstances) that inner spiritual power grows under this model. That does not serve to make it 'correct', nor does such imply that the world would become instantly better if everyone held to this understanding. Of such knowing I cannot boast.

The Gilded Hell.png
 
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My model of spirituality is at an individual level. Most people would neither get it nor implement it correctly. There is no dogma to be consumed and followed. Thus, I do not think it would be useful for most in society. So society wouldn't change much, if at all.

To me "spirituality" means nothing more or less than focusing on the non-material aspects of our being and learning about those aspects' connections with other non-physical forces and beings.

A satan worshipper is 'spiritual" - I don't agree with the practice at all, but it is a spiritual practice.

The model involves;
1. Making oneself physically and psychologically tough - not hard, cold, cruel, crude - just tough; meaning resistant to self-pity and self-importance (really, self-pity flows from self-importance).
2. Engendering a true sense of humbleness - this flows partly from the elimination of self-importance in item 1, but goes deeper and is the result of being exposed to experiences that build confidence, yet simultaneously demonstrate that every day is a blessing and that but for the grace of god, there go I.
3. Develops a personal code of honor and ethics that are more important than whatever it is that might make a person deviate from said code of honor and ethics. Among the prescribed attitudes and behaviors is respect for other people and all living things. No one/nothing bows to you and you bow to no one/nothing. You may have to fake it to navigate along your way, but you don't mean it (the bowing, that is).
4. A solid education in the humanities combined with a field that causes one to think cleanly and logically.

1,2,3 and 4 occur simultaneously and are iterative/feedback loops. Training is rough and unforgiving, yet a sense of humor is encouraged.

Time in training - approx. 10 years (note: one has never "arrived". It is life long process. 10 years should suffice to move onto the next evolution)

5. Meditation is introduced along with, perhaps, a form of yoga.

References and refinement of 1 - 4 continue

Time in training - approx. 3 years

6. More intense methods are added to meditation. This could be psychedelics and/or spending days gazing at the shadows of things, instead of the things themselves and/or immersion in flotation/isolation tanks, walking backwards for a day a time, etc. - Exercises that will help stop the consensus earth bound reality as it has been habituated and that open one's perception to previously access denied zones of one's consciousness.

Time in training - varies by individual; 1 to 5 years

At this point we approach the goal - to realize the totality of one's being as a spirit. To perceive what is not normally perceived by our day to day ego bound mind. To understand that there is more to us and more to the world/universe than we ever imagined - and that we can experience it. To be free. And to understand that our nature is to be perceptually fluid (ok..maybe there is a little dogma, but it has to be experienced directly - at which point it isn't dogma to the experiencer).

What comes next is the realization that, being free from the conceptual and perceptual bounds of every day ego life on earth, there is no reality except the path we walk; a path of the heart and soul and the knowledge we gain along the way and, perhaps, the love we share as well ( if it is in the individual's nature to be love giving).AND to be able to direct our fluid perceptual capabilities with our will or intent.

So I could see implementing this for small groups of people in something like a shaolin setting/Taoist Warrior/Monk Temple.

I wouldn't want to change society. I think that is dictatorial and takes people as powerless children. That is cruel to do to people, though many think it "spiritual" to treat others as incompetents and victims. Let people decide for themselves what they want and let them live with the fruits of their decisions.

Or maybe implement a lite version of the program I described above for everyone starting in grade school. Of course with all the snow flake crybabies and assorted other weaklings, the program would last about a minute before the protests, lawyers and lawsuits.
 
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But I find (and I will not go into the circumstances) that inner spiritual power grows under this model. That does not serve to make it 'correct', nor does such imply that the world would become instantly better if everyone held to this understanding. Of such knowing I cannot boast.
Thanks, ES. Appreciate your thoughts here.

My model of spirituality is at an individual level. Most people would neither get it nor implement it correctly. There is no dogma to be consumed and followed. Thus, I do not think it would be useful for most in society. So society wouldn't change much, if at all.

To me "spirituality" means nothing more or less than focusing on the non-material aspects of our being and learning about those aspects' connections with other non-physical forces and beings.
Thanks, Eric Newhill. This is an interesting perspective. I hadn't been looking at things like this, but I see where you're coming from.
 
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Thanks, ES. Appreciate your thoughts here.


Thanks, Eric Newhill. This is an interesting perspective. I hadn't been looking at things like this, but I see where you're coming from.
Just my outlook. I could be wrong.

If you want to change society, then the conspiracy theorists will see you as an evil genius mastermind behind everything that happens and they will hate you like the "CIA" ;-) - especially if the change was a natural evolution/unintended consequence. Then "woke" people would resist your change.
 
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Just my outlook. I could be wrong.

If you want to change society, then the conspiracy theorists will see you as an evil genius mastermind behind everything that happens and they will hate you like the "CIA" ;-) - especially if the change was a natural evolution/unintended consequence. Then "woke" people would resist your change.
Understood. I was thinking of natural evolution/unintended consequences when I wrote up the question.
 
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These two quotes by Titus Rivas summarize very well my preferred model of spirituality:

My own conceptualisation of reincarnation is personalistic. I hold that the mind is not some impersonal or collective category, but the life of a constant, substantial self.
AMNESIA: The universality of reincarnation and the preservation of psychological structure

An individualist spirituality is not about collective entities, but about the interests of individuals and their relations with other individuals. Therefore it concentrates on spiritual concepts that put individuals first. Examples of such concepts are personal immortality, personal growth and personal love.
Libertarian Spirituality

On a personal level probably nothing would change, because I already hold this view.

Jim_Smith already mentioned the positive effects of belief in the paranormal and religion. I think that people could cope better with grief and lose the fear of death. At the least the fear of death and the anxiety it causes would be greatly reduced.
 
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