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Despite itís catchy name and itís obvious existence as a response to The Religious Right, The Spiritual Left does not use a religious rationale to promote a political agenda. In fact, The Spiritual Left isnít really about politics or organized religion, at all. According to The New Websterís Comprehensive Dictionary of the English Language (1987):
So, what we mean by The Spiritual Left is Radical Spirituality, i.e., a stripped down, no bullshit, detourless path to enlightenment based completely on The One Life Principle---not on ritual, intermediaries (priests/rabbis/ministers/gurus), punishment/judgment/fear, the afterlife, or even a traditional idea of God. (See any of our articles to see what we mean.) As humans, we are both spiritual and temporal beings, but since the spiritual dimension is the ground of being, the temporal springs from it, not the other way around. Rather than trying to influence our temporal government to conform to our religious beliefs, we need to conform ourselves to our spiritual ideals if we want to create a government worthy of living souls. Amen.
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