The illusion of separateness and independence from the rest of existence permeates the ego-viewpoint within which most of us live and act. We judge events and relationships solely on how we perceive them to affect our own perceived interests, desires, goals and needs. We therefore may act in ways that are actually contrary to the larger needs of society. The issue of climate change, for instance, is one where the perceived goals of various “for profit” companies and their investors and managers, and their impact on things like the job market or general robustness of the economy, as well as the manufactured desires and needs that people accept as essential in today’s world, is leading to what could become potentially the greatest catastrophic event for humanity as the impacts of increasing heat, sea level rise, increased disease vectors, changes in agriculture, reductions of fresh water availability, pollution, plastic waste and changes to the oxygen/carbon dioxide balance of the atmosphere (to name a few of the impacts) create macro effects on not only human civilisation but all life on earth.
A gnostic being, acting from the standpoint of unity of all creation, and understanding the need for diversity of countless species and individuals, will be able to act, not from the limited light of the mind under the impulse of the vital-ego, but from a view that sees and understands the balance and harmony needed to have the eco-sphere and bio-sphere stay in balance with real needs and opportunities for development. Finding a balance between economic goals, individual needs and the macro-impacts on the environment and the climate will be more easily achieved when the viewpoint is one that starts from the unity of all creation.
Similarly in relationships between gnostic individuals and others, mutual respect and goodwill would be the basis of an understanding that sees the need and role for each in the complexity of the social and economic systems. Gnostic individuals may occupy any position in society and contribute to its overall development, whether in leadership roles or in carrying out needed tasks with no need for self-aggrandisement.
Sri Aurobindo writes in The Life Divine: “A spiritual or gnostic being would feel his harmony with the whole gnostic life around him, whatever his position in the whole. According to his place in it he would now how to lead or to rule, but also how to subordinate himself; both would be to him an equal delight: for the Spirit’s freedom, because it is eternal, self-existent and inalienable, can be felt as much in service and willing subordination and adjustments with other selves as in power and rule. An inner spiritual freedom can accept its place int he truth of an inner spiritual hierarchy as well as in the truth, not incompatible with it, of a fundamental spiritual equality. It is this self-arrangement of Truth, a natural order of the spirit, that would exist in a common life of different degrees and stages of the evolving gnostic being. Unity is the basis of the gnostic consciousness, mutuality the natural result of its direct awareness of oneness in diversity, harmony the inevitable power of the working of its force. Unity, mutuality and harmony must therefore be the inescapable law of a common or collective gnostic life. What forms it might take would depend upon the will of evolutionary manifestation of the Supernature, but this would be its general character and principle.”