Before we talk about ethics and cosmo-ethics, it is important that we talk about consciousness level. So, what do I mean by consciousness level? Simply that we are not who we think we are and need to make an analysis detached from our culture and instruction to be able to better arrive at a closer understanding of our essence. I somewhat covered this topic in the text “What Is The Measure Of Your Spiritual Wisdom?“, although the focus there was different. Still, reading the text can be helpful to better understand what I am about to present next.
Our consciousness level reflect all of our innate ideas. All the wisdom we have incorporated to our soul and that will express themselves independently of our present culture and knowledge. Think about this: who would you be if you were to incarnate in a primitive planet where the local humanity hasn’t developed any form of legal system or ethical code; perhaps just a mystical and rudimentary religious code largely based on fear from a angry and vengeful God? Who would you be in this planet and under those circumstances? Who would you be without all the things you have learned in your present life? Would you intuitively know about love? Would you intuitively care about others? Would you intuitively exercise charity and defend justice? Would you develop a different concept of God, which perhaps you would keep for yourself? Would you try to share your thoughts and feelings with others? Who would you be if no one was telling you when growing up what is right and what is wrong, what is ethical or unethical? Would you accept robbery and murder or would you intuitively refute those things, even if largely practiced by all of the other individuals around you? Would you practice their religion? Would you develop a sense of belonging or would you feel this place cannot be called home for you? Keep following this rationale and you will understand what I mean by consciousness level.
Your consciousness level is you at an essential level, despite of your culture and much beyond your personality. It is the development you have achieved as an individual intelligence throughout your history and that can then be defined as you personal attributes which should be expressed regardless of place and time. Think about those who have largely distinguished themselves from the crowds throughout the history of humanity – Jesus, Siddhartha, Aristotle, Plato, Newton, Einstein, Gandhi, St. Francis, etc. What allowed them to do so? Did they distinguished themselves only intellectually, or also morally – and if so, why? I believe they all distinguished themselves from the crowds of their time at a consciousness level. At the essence they were above average and that’s what made them a role model of that crowd’s development over centuries or millennia. The crowd at Jesus time (that would be us!) could hardly understand anything he was saying. Two thousand years have passed and the crowd today (and that would be us again!) can at least conceptually understand what he was saying. The question then is, how much more time we need to do the things he did as he himself said we would (see John 14:12)?
I hope I have been able to make it clear at this point that your consciousness level is not what you express on a daily basis. What you are in your daily life is an expression of your consciousness level within the framework of acquired knowledge from your culture. There may be a lot of things about ourselves which are inhibited by our culture. Change the constraints and our wildness will suddenly show itself. At our present consciousness level, we sometimes still need hardships to learn about ourselves and actualize who we are. The challenges we face put us in contact with our own imperfections, allowing us the opportunity to operate self-actualizations that will lead us to a greater connection with ourselves and the cosmos. For an enlightened soul, any burden is light, all challenges are easy. So, at our present consciousness level, hardships are still necessary as not to let us stagnate or fall into pretentious illusions that the work has been completed. There is nothing like chaos to show us who we really are. Dr. Robert I. Simon, MD in his book Bad Men Do What Good Men Dream notes that “(…) psychiatrists know that if people are removed from their normal world, without their usual external controls and surroundings, they may take liberties that previously they could only imagine. For example, after a major disaster, there is always looting. Many of these looters are people who never before considered robbery. Usually, there are so many looters that the authorities must institute martial law to regain control of the situation. Members of a crowd act in ways that they would not consider as individuals. A crowd does not take away thinking or control as much as it take away an individual’s conscience.” So now we have a basic understanding of what I mean when referring to consciousness level and can advance to ethics and cosmo-ethics.
Cosmo-ethics adds the word “cosmo” (from cosmos) to the concept of ethics to try to take us to think on a more universal way, reflecting not from the standpoint of our own culture or planet but from the perspective of individuals and a human collectivity inserted in a much larger perspective – the perspective of the cosmos. It embraces Jesus’ teachings for “loving God above all and each other as he himself loves us”. It embraces the Spiritist teachings of charity, more precisely, “without charity there is no salvation”. It embraces the values of fraternity, understanding, harmony, charity, respect to all everything and everyone, etc. All spiritual teachings of all times are simply a path to cosmo-ethics – which is above all religions and spiritual concepts; it contains all the truthful and useful pieces of them. I could still go on and on about it, but I guess you’re getting the gist of it.
So, to conclude, I’d like to leave a few questions for your reflection. What drives your personal ethics? (Is it maximum pleasure, profit, physical well-being, the well-being of others, etc.?) If our recent astronomical inferences makes it patent that intelligent life most likely exist somewhere else in our universe, why they haven’t contacted us? We do have countless UFO sightings and it appears that at least some of them might be able to reach Earth. The point to explore here is not what UFOs are; but to make the reader consider whether possible extraterrestrial being assumed to be able to reach Earth somehow could/woud (at least in general) act on a cosmo-ethical way, waiting for our readiness for contact, slowly watching our advancement and perhaps even helping us advance to a consciousness level where we understand we are simply one among many civilizations in the universe and with them are able to live in harmony. Naive? Why almost every movie that covers the extraterrestrial topic portrays them as space pirates? Could that be that we are simply projecting our own thoughts? Are our expectations from them simply a reflection of our own consciousness-level, making us still unprepared for ostensible contact? Against the logic and evidence, who are the pirates?