Open Source Spirituality

Yo's core doctrine and beliefs are created and refined as Open Source documents. Like the Wikpedia, the Open Directory and Open Law projects, which take after the Open Source movement, the Open Source Truth Process endeavors to harness the power of Internet communication to cultivate and develop the most thoughtful, meaningful, and moving religious inspirations that have ever existed. No longer must humanity be chained to the limited beliefs found in the neighborhood of each individual's birth and growth. The Internet enables a spiritual community to form in which the best in human thought and insight can be available to everyone, wherever they live.

As such, Yo is a Living Religion whose core writings will evolve over time as people from all over the world provide input and improvements. Not only do we believe the collaboration and combined insights of all the members allow for a more intelligent and deep religious vision, we also believe that the process itself is inherently beautiful and spiritual. Indeed for Yoans, one form of the most profound religious experiences consists of our involvement in the human community, our engagement, struggle, cooperation, and commitment to the Yoan vision for ourselves, our families, our species, and our planet.

Or, to hear how Saint Timothy put it, press "play."

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The evolution of the religion will be based on proposed changes, peer review, discussion, and finally incorporation of improvements. Through this process of open dialogue, debate, and discussion, participants will gradually uncover, refine, and document the Truth. How can we refine "the Truth?" As Socrates said (in Plato's dialogue, Gorgias):

And if I am to carry on the enquiry by myself, I will first of all remark that . . . all of us should have an ambition to know what is true and what is false . . . for the discovery of the truth is a common good. And now I will proceed to argue according to my own notion. But if any of you think that I arrive at conclusions which are untrue you must interpose and refute me, for I do not speak from any certain knowledge of what I am saying; I am an enquirer like yourselves, and therefore, if my opponent says anything which is of force, I shall be the first to agree with him.

Maybe Socrates really had such an open mind. However, despite his expressed eagerness to change his mind, our experience teaches us that proponents of an idea are not usually the first to agree with convincing counterarguments. Indeed, The Way of Yo emphasizes Devotion, Embodiment, and Engagement, and the core Open Source Truth Process precisely because, even with "open minds," agreement is so often hard to achieve. Yet, Socrates eloquently put forth the ideal for which we strive.

Longer discussions of what is meant by Truth can be found at numerous places on our website (and elsewhere). For now, let us be clear that by "Truth" we simply mean the clearest expression of a system of ideas and beliefs that is most consistent with reality as it is directly experienced. Thus, our current version of the Truth is our closest approximation to an unattainable ideal: A system of ideas that is completely and perfectly consistent with the world as we experience it.