To insist on only being able to see things without a spiritual perspective or at some distance from our material reality, is to merge ourselves with our exterior reality or to capitulate to the endless induction of empiricism and to the endless marketing of this material reality. This however, is not to say there is no material reality and there is no need for empiricism, but it is to say not all of reality is material, especially the most important parts of reality and that is our relationship with our families, friends and all the rest of humanity. And to live only one part of reality, means you live with illusion and illusion eventually becomes a complex malaise, instead of a simply profound experience, if one is not actively seeking to incorporate both the material and spiritual realities into ther lives and is not seeking to understand the proper relationship of one to the other.
This is why our politics has become so empty as of late and this is why we clamor about the lack of leadership in our institutions. Our politics, whether it be the environment, welfare entitlements, taxes or budgets and its attendant political rhetoric and sound bytes only focus on the economic reality of the individual and ignore anything that has to do with our collective spiritual needs.
Innately our souls, timeless as they are, resist the flat, sterile and unimaginative limits of this type of logic, rhetoric and marketing over time and searchingly ask, as in the sardonically titled Peggy Lee song, Is That All There Is? Our souls seek to be guided by something more profound, something more symbolic, something more morally rational, and something more sacred. Something that ultimately appeals to our inborn moral imaginations. Our souls ultimately want peace from the seemingly, conflicting, and chaotic world that materialism, individualism, and sensationalism have created and cannot ever hope to contain.
Virtue which holds in balance individual freedom and moral order and brings about peace within ourselves cannot be reduced, desecrated or even obliterated by limited empirical, legal, and material definitions, which in the end make honesty, patience, chastity, modesty, family, loyalty, work and love all relative values reduced only to either physical need or situation, thus making them only one-dimensional, or flat, and for the most part unmeaningful and oftentimes divorced from the consequences of the new, pithy and marketable mantras they induce.