Originally posted by Skyfloating
reply to post by Kailassa
The Illusion of "me" vs. "other" probably comes from the false notion that if there is no separation, everyone will be the same and things will be
Now you've hit on what I believe to be the cause of creation.
The original one-that-is-all got tired of everything being the same and decided adding some other to the mix would make it less boring.
The other could only ever be an illusion, but, being part of the illusion, it's quite convincing and entertaining.
Adding greed and fear to the mix gave a better sense of separation and added the possibility of all sorts of adventures as some people were driven by
these feelings to do detrimental stuff and others were driven to try and stop them.
It didn't take long for this sense of other to be exploited by those suffering excess fear and greed. They taught groups to put aside their own
ideals and adopt those of the group, becoming a tool to be used by the puppeteers. - Of course evolution helped with this, as people who were part of
an integrated society were more likely to have their children survive.
So now both present society and evolution and manipulation all combine to make us think in terms of generalities, grouping people into generic thems
who we regard as so different to ourselves.
- Which makes threads like yours, helping people think about such assumptions, pretty important.
In my opinion its possible to be as ONE without being the same, without loosing individuality, without loosing national identity, with
maintaining full diversity.
There will always be differences, but on a deeper level our similarities are much greater.
The trick is to get people to feel their similarities, while respecting and valuing their differences. Then we can be a community of Earthlings
instead of a morass of warring groups.
[edit on 23/5/09 by Kailassa]