compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
Civilization is not necessary for the spiritual progress of the individual.
However, it does provide the opportunity to learn that the empty pleasures
and apparent benefits that civilization brings are actually worthless - mere
illusion - and the opportunity to eliminate the desire for (the attachment to)
these. The only progress that matters in the long run is spiritual progress.
Historically, all civilizations have collapsed as a result of their own excesses;
they are impermanent.
(See Wisdom in The Milk Is White - Part One, Chapter 9 - The "Quo Vadis?"
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