there are lots of apparently separate problems making the news…. let’s boil them down.
- climate change = humans are separate from (and implicitly better than) nature, and, therefore, can regard the rest of nature as a disposable resource
- racism = humans w/ certain concentrations of melanin are separate from (and implicitly better than) humans w/ different concentrations of melanin, and may therefore discriminate accordingly
- terrorism = humans w/ certain worldviews are separate from (and implicitly better than) humans w/ different worldviews and may therefore violently attack and seek to destroy those humans’ worldview and way of life
- economic inequality = humans w/ certain types of attributes, knowledge and/or skills are separate from (and implicitly better than) humans who have not developed those, and may therefore hoard unlimited amounts of wealth – sometimes millions of times more than those other humans
- war – humans w/ certain worldviews are separate from (and implicitly better than) humans w/ different worldviews and may therefore either seek to forcefully convert their worldviews and systems, or violently attack and seek to destroy those humans’ worldview and way of life (sound familiar?)
- violence (gun-, domestic-, and any other kind of violence) – beings who perceive themselves to be threatened, wronged or attacked by “other” beings (who are implicitly less or worse than themselves) may therefore seek to attack, destroy or kill those beings
there are countless other examples. …but they all boil down to the same thing.
the ego’s sole function is to make “others.” Other-making is what creates the illusion of separation. This illusion is not “bad” in and of itself – in fact, we couldn’t be having a human experience without it.
the trouble is – we believe it. we believe that the superficial identities we create to navigate through this experience (e.g., human, male, white, good, etc.) are fundamentally real – and likewise that our perceptions of the identities of “other” beings are fundamentally real as well. the illusion has become so imbedded within our “Western” systems and institutions, making it very difficult to perceive it as what it is (much like a fish has no concept of water).
but the inescapable fact is that:
everything that exists…
shares Being in common…
with everything else that IS.
everything else that exists…Is…just like us…
i wonder what would happen if we all
- refused to believe in the fundamental reality of our superficial identities…
- experienced the commonality of Being
- and recognized the ego’s sole function as:
- useful for navigating our daily existence,
- but ultimately irrelevant to our experience of the commonality of Being.
would all of these problems still exist?
if so, I wonder how…