That paradigm holds that only what can be seen, heard, touched, and felt is real. Anything invisible, insensible, untouchable is dismissed as unreal.
It closes the door to such things as the truth that God exists, that other life forms like angels, invisible to us, also exist, that life continues after the death of the physical body, that higher and lower dimensions exist, etc.
The truth is actually the reverse of this paradigm and the paradigm hides that truth from us.
Empirical materialism restricts our attention to what turns out to be separative, divisive and ultimately illusory. It limits our ideals in a way that doesn’t allow full consciousness, aliveness, self-expression, or satisfaction.
Human rights, as they’re presently discussed and outlined, don’t take into account the fact that life is spiritual, that we’re souls housed in physical bodies, having a temporary human experience, that life is shaped, guided, and conditioned by universal laws, and so on.
They don’t take into account the purpose of life, the Divine Plan for life, and the way the world actually operates.
The purpose of life is that each being realize its true essence. That true essence Archangel Michael often calls “the divine spark” – the soul, spirit, Christ, or Atman. Jesus called it the pearl of great price and the treasure buried in a field. That spirit is a “fragment” of the One Spirit that God is.
The Divine Plan is that all people shall unfold their understanding until at last they realize their essence and are “re-united” (we were never not united) with God. The Divine Plan is also that higher-dimensional beings help lower-dimensional beings to complete their journey from God to God. And they do so out of love, rather than out of any idea of gain.
The way the world actually operates is according to universal laws such as the law of karma, that says that what we sow we reap, the law of attraction, that says that what we want (and don’t want; energizing a desire or goal is the key) is what we attract to ourselves, etc.
In my view, human rights are inspiring. I certainly cnnot think of a more inspiring document than the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which certainly guided my actions and words as a former human-rights decision maker.
But their inspiration is limited as long as they don’t base themselves on the total round of life.
When we limit our vision and understanding to events that take place solely on the material plane, perceived by our senses, we cut ourselves off from the aid of higher beings, who respect our free will to do so, wander blindly in a world much smaller than it is, and find no lasting solutions to our common problems.
To say that we have the freedom to assemble, to believe as we wish, to marry whom we choose, and so on is fine as far as it goes. But it doesn’t go far enough to build a world that truly works for everyone.
And yet, when people attempt to break out of the paradigm of empirical materialism, scorn is heaped on them, ostracism is visited on them, laws are invoked against them, and so on.
I respectfully and peacefully decline to cut myself or us off from the assistance available from the higher dimensions. I decline to deny myself the insights that come from relating to what are essentially invisible sources.
As a society, we often try to persuade others to adopt our own point of view. In this instance, it isn’t empirical materialism that needs to emerge or continue as the accepted point of view in the field of human rights; it’s heart-centered consciousness born of an adequate appreciation of spiritual realities.