“Science is not enough, religion is not enough, art is not enough, politics and economics is not enough, nor is love, nor is duty, nor is action however disinterested, nor, however sublime, is contemplation. Nothing short of everything will really do.”

 – Aldous Huxley

 

As I read and write more, this is becoming central to my thinking (and feeling).

I would distill it down to:

Logos is not enough. Eros is not enough. Nothing short of everything is enough.”

Western civilization, which is expanding to becoming embraced by the entire world, is in transition. The domination of logos – the domination of materialism and science has run its course. Logos remains dominant, but that dominance cannot and will not be allowed to continue.

It is not a case of human survival – it is a case of human evolution, which is now largely psychological and cultural. I am not complacent about human survival, but I must admit that I am not really concerned about the survival of the human species. I am confident of that. We have been surviving for better than half a century with the possibility of a nuclear Armageddon. But survival is not enough – it has never been enough.

I’m more concerned about reaching a healthy state of life that embraces Eros as well as logos, the feminine principal as well as the masculine. The problems of the world reside within each of us – as psychological, spiritual and soul problems.

We face enormous challenges as a species, but our problems largely arise at the personal level – the level of the psyche and the soul.