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Paul Hague

Resolving Humanity’s Existential Crises

Paul Hague is one of those rare people who combine a mathematical mind with a deep understanding and study of psychospiritual revelation and knowledge. An innovative engineering manager at IBM, Paul brought his skills as an information systems architect in business to a life-long commitment to understanding and articulating the roots of the global crises we face today, and the way forward.    

At the World Economic Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos on 17th January 2024, Antonio Guterres, Secretary-General of the United Nations, said this:

“ We have no effective global strategy to deal with the existential threats posed by runaway climate chaos, and the runaway development of  AI without guard rails. “ He went on to say that many of the systems that were in place during the Cold War have been eroded or undermined. And that “instead of nuclear disarmament, there is talk of nuclear re-armament.”

Guterres highlighted the three major crises that humanity is wrestling with today. These could be summarized as:

  1. We humans are fighting each other with weaponry and words, as we have been doing for thousands of years, currently particularly in the wars in Ukraine and the Middle East, as well as in the impending elections in the USA and the UK.
  2. There is much talk today about AI powered machines taking over our lives, indicating how little we understand what it truly means to be human, blessed with self-reflective intelligence.
  3. The existential threat of abrupt, irreversible climate change driving Homo sapiens ‘wise human’ to extinction much sooner than most people are ready to face with understanding and equanimity.

One reason why we are not able to resolve these crises is that evolution has not yet ‘become fully aware of itself’, which Julian Huxley, author of Evolution: The Modern Synthesis, saw could happen one day in the collective. In 1957 in a visionary essay titled ‘Transhumanism’, he wrote, “As a result of a thousand million years of evolution, the universe is becoming conscious of itself, able to understand everything of its past history and its possible future.”

Sir Julian Huxley

Looking ahead, Huxley thought that by “destroying the ideas and institutions that stand in the way of our realizing our possibilities”, we would be able to understand human nature, and what it truly means to be a human being. If evolution were to become fully conscious of itself, we could transcend our limitations, fulfilling our highest potential as ‘spiritual’ beings, free from the suffering that has plagued humanity through millennia, often caused by collective, cultural, and personal traumas.

Essentially, I can track this process in my own life. I began exploring the root causes of the three major existential crises facing humanity today at the ages of 7, 38, and 74. A major turning point came when I saw that technological development could not drive economic development indefinitely. Since May 1980, when I resigned my innovative marketing job at IBM in London, I have been using my own skills as an information systems architect in business, to develop a methodical system of thought needed to create a life-enhancing global economy, one that would give everyone the opportunity to realize their fullest potential as a human being.

Albert Einstein wrote in 1946 that, “A new type of thinking if essential if mankind is to survive and move to higher levels. Past thinking and methods did not prevent world wars. Future thinking must prevent wars.” In 1980 David Bohm, Einstein’s successor, took a giant leap towards healing humanity’s fragmented mind with his theory of the Implicate Order, a holistic system of thought, which incidentally unified the incompatibilities between quantum and relativity theories.

In turn, with the transcultural, transdisciplinary nature of the internet acting like a mirror for our systemic thought processes, the underlying data structure of the Web could be used as a skeletal frame for the integration of all knowledge into a coherent whole. This is the solution to the ultimate problem of human learning, which Einstein mistakenly thought could be solved within the specialist discipline of physics. However, like other materialist scientists, he excluded the vital synergistic psychospiritual energies within us, which drive creative evolution and give meaning and purpose to our learning and enjoyment of life.

One reason why Einstein did not include nonmaterial energies in his cosmology is made clear from a statement he made in 1931, “The belief in an external world independent of the perceiving subject is the basis of all natural science.” However, in contrast to this, Erich Fromm wrote in To Have or to Be? in 1976, that if we are to avoid psychological and economic catastrophe, “We need a humanistic science of man as the basis for the applied science and art of social reconstruction.”

This art and science of the psychodynamics of society is what I called the Unified Relationship Theory (URT), which unifies the energies within the Akashic Records with the four material forces recognized by physicists. In my experience, the words God and Universe both signify the totality of existence, which I equate with the Sanskrit word Satchitananda ‘Bliss or Absolute Truth of Consciousness’. By taking the abstractions of mathematics and computer science to the utmost level of generality, the contextual foundation and coordinating framework for this elusive ‘theory of everything’ is in what I call Integral Relational Logic (IRL).

Although evolution can continue to create structures of ever-increasing complexity in the world of form indefinitely, this universal system of thought has carried me ‘home’ to Wholeness, which is ultimately indivisible, like Jiddu Krishnamurthi’s notion of Truth as the “pathless land”, beyond time. IRL and the URT are thus the result of evolution becoming conscious of itself within us humans through profound self-inquiry.

In particular, the URT includes a mathematical model of 13.8 billion years of evolution. By starting afresh at the very beginning, this evolutionary model brings the divine origin of life into science, which Charles Darwin omitted to mention in On the Origin of Species in 1859.  I have therefore come to realize that evolution actually takes place in the Eternal Now, rather than the mechanistic horizontal dimension of time, as this diagram illustrates.

This entire creative process is paradoxically guided by the fundamental law of the universe, that is the Principle of Unity, in which Wholeness is the union of all opposites. This universal, irrefutable, paralogical truth is key, for the only way to resolve the existential crises that humanity is facing today is by adopting a harmonious ‘both-and’ way of life, in contrast to the divisive ‘either-or’ systems of thought. For, as we are all interdependent, we cannot live in love, peace, and harmony while fighting our fellows for a slice of the monetary pie, within the traditional work ethic.

Free of the sense of a separate identity, we would realize that we are all interconnected in Wholeness, never separate from our Immortal Ground of Being and Cosmic Soul for an instant, despite what religion and science teach us. For, as the Sufi poet Rumi beautifully put it, “Love is the sea of not-being and there intellect drowns.”

Paul Hague can be reached at paul@mysticalpragmatics.net

 

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