New Directions for Human Development

It is very easy to get caught in the idea that human life and powers of action are fixed and we are locked into the existing mould of activity.  We tend in many cases to either deny the reality of newly developed powers of mind, life and body, or, if we accept them, we may treat them as witchcraft, subjective fantasy, or at least, something exceptional that can only be realised by a very few.  A new subjective age having as its basis the mind and the psychic sense however, can open up and usher in tremendous changes in the way we relate to our lives, to other people and to the direction and destined development of humanity.

Sri Aurobindo observes:  “It would give it from the first a new tone and atmosphere, a loftier spirit, wider horizons, a greater aim.  It might easily develop a science which would bring the powers of the physical world into a real and not only a contingent and mechanical subjection and open perhaps the door of other worlds.  It might develop an achievement of Art and Beauty which would make the greatness of the past a comparatively little thing and would save the world from the astonishingly callous reign of utilitarian ugliness that even now afflicts it.  It would open up a closer and freer interchange between human minds and, it may well be hoped, a kindlier interchange between human hearts and lives.  Nor need its achievements stop here, but might proceed to greater things of which these would be only the beginnings.  This mental and psychic subjectivism would have its dangers, greater dangers even than those that attend a vitalistic subjectivism, because its powers of action also would be greater, but it would have what vitalistic subjectivism has not and cannot easily have, the chance of a detecting discernment, strong safeguards and a powerful liberating light.”

Sri Aurobindo, The Human Cycle: The Psychology of Social Development, Chapter 23, Conditions for the Coming of a Spiritual Age, pp. 252-253

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