Human Journey Blog

Welcome to the Human Journey blog. We are adding this feature to our site to help highlight aspects of human nature that affect our lives today, often without our even realizing it. Understanding natural human behavior can help us address the most pressing issues we face and nurture a more harmonious and desirable future.

In this initial post, let’s consider the need for a sense of coherence in life, the feeling that our lives have some order and stability and that we can expect things to proceed in a way that makes sense to us.

As Robert Ornstein points out in God 4.0, this need is clearly inherent in all humans. In fact, as he explains in his chapter, “Why Religion?,” this need is likely a big reason why religion has played such an important role throughout human history.  Partly, he says, this is because “God is the quickest and easiest explanation for how the world is organized . . . It is the all-embracing, universal reason.” (p.200)

But religion has survived over the ages because it has done more than assuage our need for coherence and stability. Perhaps most importantly, Ornstein cites Idries Shah’s The Sufis as asserting that religions have “successfully promoted group survival and conscious evolution” by enabling people to see beyond the formal framework to reach a “special experience” that can lead us beyond the confines of our everyday lives (p.208).

Watch: New Thinking Allowed – The Nature of Higher Consciousness with Sally Ornstein

Understanding how our minds evolved can help us see their limitations. And consciously moving beyond those limitations allows us to see connections and solutions that are otherwise invisible, a step that is becoming more and more urgent as the problems we face seem to intensify every day.

For more information on the possibility of conscious evolution, see Robert Ornstein & Paul Ehrlich, New World New Mind.

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