I was listening to a lecture series about the Axial Age given by Professor Mark W. Muesse (Rhodes College, PH.D., Harvard), and the concepts that came into being in that era seemed to have particular resonance for the era we’re in.
Here are a couple of earlier posts about the Axial Age to catch you up to date if you’re not familiar with that term for the comprehensive advancement of human thought, specifically as it pertained to the freedom of choice inherent to each individual:
What the Axial Age means to you
The Cambrian Explosion, the Axial Age and you
I’d scarcely gotten into the series when I was struck by the idea we’re likely in the early stages of Axial Age 2.0. To me this second Axial Age began with scientific inquiry overtaking superstition as a means of understanding our world. But I don’t believe it ends there!
We’re only in the beginning stages. Let’s say we have 600 years, as in Axial Age 1.0. Who knows the wonders that can be conjoined in another few hundred years time: Channelers and physicists may meet somewhere along a string theory — or somewhere else for that matter. It’s an exciting era, only in its infancy.
Already consciousness is presupposed as fundamental to the exploration of quantum physics. Consciousness — attention/choice — is integral to some of the most perplexing and wonderful Alice-In-Wonderland quirkiness exhibited in the realm of micro-reality.
Some are already exploring the idea that consciousness may be fundamental to reality in ways in which we can’t quite articulate at this stage of our scientific development.
So imagine an Axial Age 2.0 where the world is freed from religious dogma by scientific inquiry into the nature of reality . . . and our spiritual awe is amplified . . . by scientific inquiry into the nature of reality.
It’s already happening.
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