I believe that at death a human being’s soul is re-absorbed into the supra-personal spiritual presence behind the universe. I believe that personal human individuality is acquired at the price of being separated from this supra-personal reality. I feel that this price is high, and I am therefore glad that it has to be paid for a limited period only. The value of my temporary personality is, for me, two-fold. It allows me to live among other temporary personalities whom I love, and it gives me the possibility of personal achievements. But these personal achievements have value, it seems to me, only in so far as they are of some good to other people. In that case they redound “to the glory of God”. I am here using a traditional Christian phrase for a human being’s spiritual need to serve the spiritual presence behind the universe, besides serving his fellow men and women.
Surviving the Future, OUP, 1971