20191229 prc Agape Theory_A structured approach

20191229 T07:20
Agape Theory: A structured approach to a new beginning for spiritual understanding.
Spiritual impulses have arisen in mankind since the beginning of our existence. The expression of that has now exceeded ten thousand religions and sects. That is surely more than enough. How, then, to distil that into principles that can be internationally agreed upon as universal, natural and independent of culture and language, history and religion?
A useful premise on which to begin, is that something so universal must have empirically verifiable roots. If each practitioner comprises a data point, even the present world population comprises a more than adequate data set on which to base a statistical analytical approach. If individuals of all prior generations were included, the numbers would be overwhelming.
Another useful premise would be that if it is true that spiritual identities exist outside of time and conventional physical space and have concern for suffering humanity, they might see the complexity of belief and its potential for the generation of conflict, and out of their compassion, offer a solution? They might find it difficult to generate enough cut-through of human tumult to be heard, but applying their wisdom should be enough?
Given that every change starts in a small number of minds and propagates through many more to reach a level of significance in a population until, if has sufficient merit, it is adopted into the educational system and systematically taught to each new generation as a reliable fact, such a solution must be simple in both principle and application. Also, to be accepted, it must connect to pre-existent contemporary knowledge so as to seem reasonable.
The flowering of religious thought is predicated upon private experience, realised by promotional tactics and even coercion, the details of which in many cases is lost to the historical record. Such is more obviously true for preliterate communities and ancient religions. Even contemporary practitioners and new religions rely as much on private experience as public celebration to establish continuity of their existence.
Did the preparation; did the practice; established the connection; continued the practice; got the result. Now, disbursement.
Disbursement is an odd word in this context, yet its meaning is apt. Distribution from a public fund is the meaning intended here. This derives from the notion that what has been received is for humanity, not the individuals receiving it. Hence the idea from wealth distribution, sometimes at the end of a life, is applicable, because what has come is a wealth of ideas, principles and experience for sharing with others, i.e., the public.