Are the moral values directly related to spirituality? How you define spirituality?
2 days ago I was participating in a group discussion in preparation for a short speech when this topic came up. I found interesting how extremely different can be people's views. Even more interesting is how some people define spirituality. I would like to have your insight...
Spirituality is a broad concept. Its the possibility of reaching out to the universe through a collective connection with everything around us. Spirituality is understanding and having a deep connection and appreciation for all things created including the little ants and bugs. Its the universal act of compassion. Its a deep understanding of why we are here on earth. Its about understanding our purpose of having been born in this world. Spirituality is accepting that there is a force that is beyond us that exists in the universe. Spirituality means many things to many people. Spirituality can also be tied to religion. However, I think spirituality can stand on its own. Many people who say they are religious may not show any of the qualities of spirituality. Morals is our values of right and wrong. We can also get our moral values from religion or from one self. However, moral values are more personal in that its individual concept of right and wrong. However, spirituality takes on a universal theme. We cannot always say that a person's moral values holds the essence of spirituality. Its individualistic. Spirituality can also be seen as containing the word "spirit" as the holy spirit. There we have the concept of God (whomever we wish that to be). However, we are talking about a universal theme of God. The way of God being the way of goodness. However, that may not be your morals and values. When the two tie in then we can say that spirituality is directly related to our moral values. We can refuse to help an ailing man and say that this is our morals. Then go ahead and connect that to spirituality. I hope I am making a point here. Thank your for this food for thought.
I believe our initial moral compass is developed during our "formative years". Parents and family along with religious/spiritual experience or lack of create our base foundation. In order to want to do "the right thing" there must be something in you that would (feel bad) if you did the (wrong thing). Anyone who lacks empathy or a guilty concious probably only thinks of life in terms of what (they) want.
Having said that experiences later in life can cause an individual to lean in a different direction. Someone who has been taken advantage of learns to protect themselves by looking out for themselves first and foremost. Another person known to be selfish and is down on his luck but one day is helped by a stranger may decide to pay it forward when he's on his feet. As human beings we are constantly adjusting to circumstances in our lives.
Need for Spirituality in my opinion is a basic human nature, something like feeling hungry or thirsty. We feel curious and go on looking for answers to the questions which puzzle us and we end up finding the most vital piece of information that spirituality is and always has been within us. We can only perceive its presence or absence. read more
I've been trying to find an answer to this question for years and now that you've raised it I'll list some of the thoughts that came to me.
Spiritual teachings say, "we're spiritual beings in physical bodies" this being said it would appear we operate in a mode of learned response and instinctual/visceral response.
The instinctua/visceral coming from a place of non-reasoning, a place of gnosis where we just know (without thinking) something is or is not the thing to do; this place I'd define as our spiritual center, that place from which we receive a sense of right-action and of compassion; insensitivity coming from questioning this compassion in the context of our learned behavior and our ego.
Spirit is, I would say,99% of who we are yet that 1% of physicality is who the majority say we are as shown by our measure of reality: that which is seen. Our phrase "seeing is believing" attests to this. Spirt is boundless and limitless without form, it is the unseen force, that stuff in which we mill around and interact; it's the life force. Spirituality is a belief in this life force; It is not religion, though religion if approached rightly, is a stepping stone. Spirituality is often referred to as metaphysical, a transcendental awareness.
Having listened and read that most of us do not acknowledge spirituality, the idea of morality, though very humane, seems to be a response to fear. Having observed some causes and effects we have a fear of painful consequences, thus "do unto others as you would to you". Morality is a response to free-will, everyone assuming freedom is absolute, their way is the right way-it's attempt at order yet though it speaks humanely, seems a concession to our lack of understanding of the unseen.
I don't think they have to be. I think they can be super related, but you don't have to believe in a higher power to believe in right and wrong.
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