The Third Understanding – The Relationship between

                                                                                            Belongingness and Ethics


Conscience is each person’s connection to the Life Force.  The Life Force may be described as the “esemplastic power of creating nature”, (Coleridge), or the “spirit….manifest in the laws of the universe”, (Einstein) or the moving God called by any name or no name (many religions).

The Life Force has a presence or a connection to everything.  Its presence is absorbed by each species or connected to it, in the way peculiar to that species.  For humanity, or human beings, the connection is each person’s conscience.

In this connection or conscience, there is true equality in the species.  In the conscience,  the lowest common denominator and the highest common denominator are the same.  Every human being may gaze into the eyes of another human being and know equality.  Conscience then is the universal touchstone for humanity, the essence of  belongingness, the human participation in cosmic consciousness or Spirituality.   In this belongingness,  every human being may feel the bond of the great human family.  In this belongingness,  there are no enemies.  From this belongingness,  human beings may devise the ways by which they may live collectively and individually in harmony with the Life Force and each other,  always remembering that their guiding light is the warmth, peace and the inate understanding of human equality that will guide them as they proceed to live their lives or act in their own family, society, culture or nation.

The male of the species learns belongingness from the eyes of his mother, from the caress of his mother, from the voice of his mother, from the care and concern of his mother.  His mother and her beingness is his birthright.  His birthright  can never be taken away from him even if his mother is separated from him at birth and another woman assumes the role of his nurturer, or if no woman nurtures him. The woman’s example of beingness and belongingness is his birthright.

Belongingness is felt most powerfully at birth.  Woman is synonymous with belongingness because of the womb, the birthing channel of the Life Force.  Belongingness and ethics have the same source, the conscience.

Here is the difference between belongingness and ethics: belongingness is the gift of equality, in the realm of spirituality which is infinite.  Ethics is a science, the science of morals.  Morals are determined by actions.  The actions of human beings are determined by individual wills.  From birth humans develop their will or will power which guides their individual actions.

Conscience is inherent, will power is developed.  In human beings,  will power may or may not be guided by conscience.  When it is guided by conscience, it submits to or chooses,  those actions which are in harmony with the Life Force, God,  or the covenants of Belongingness.    

A person’s will determines that person’s choice of actions and actions determine character.  The highest character or the most ethical person is the one whose life’s choices are guided by the conscience, the connection to the life force or spirituality.


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