Since my last entry here on this topic the world has suffered the tragedy of Nice in France, the death toll in Turkey after a coup attempt there, and the ambush that killed three police officers is Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Before that, Dallas. Before that, Orlando.
Before that Zliten in Libya (60 dead), Sharaban in Iraq (100+ dead), Eei-Adde in Somalia (63-dead), Deir-ez Zor in Syria (300 dead), and the list goes on. And that’s just in January of this year alone.
Every day people are dying for no reason other than that they were in “the wrong place at the wrong time.” Innocent people, including children and the elderly. Totally innocent people, guilty of nothing save being in the line of fire (or courageously placing themselves in the line of fire as a matter of their sworn duty) when the anger of others has erupted.
How can such a thing continue to occur in a species that fancies itself to be highly evolved?
On this planet today, there is a belief held by 95% of the people that is killing us.
Unless we find a way to alter this belief, the terrorism plaguing our species will not abate.
This belief is not the direct cause of the violence we inflict upon each other, but it absolutely creates an environment in which such savagery — rather than feeling unnatural, wildly inappropriate, repulsive and repugnant — feels totally acceptable to those who perpetrate it. And that number is increasing daily.
The belief that produces an environment of acceptability is the belief in separation. The vast majority of the human race has embraced this belief. We believe we are separate from each other, separate from Life Itself (in that we have nothing to do with its process except to endure it), and separate from God (if we even believe there is a God).
This belief is our aloneness in the Universe has led to our creation of a defense mechanism called tribalism. We’ve decided to join with others who we think, though they are separate from us, are similar enough to us to share common interests. And so we are not quite so alone.
The Tribalism of Separation has caused us to think in terms of “us” and “them” in nearly every area of our lives. And this is what has caused Orlando and Dallas, Nice and Ankara, the killings of and by police, the terror of and by ISIS, the verbal attacks of and by Mr. Trump, the anger of and by people all over the world leading to revolts by ballots and bullets against The Establishment everywhere.
Humans are no longer willing to submit to the established order of things — an order of things that has created global groupings of The Have’s and The Have Not’s — a few people living in Plenty while plenty live in Poverty.
Sadly, those living with poverty and its pains do not know how to revolt against it without causing further separation, and those living with plenty and its pleasures think only about how to stop the revolt of those in poverty and pain without doing very much about it. Thus, both groups perpetuate the very thing that has caused all the terror to begin with.
All of this can be solved with one simple remedy: an approach that if adopted by all of the world’s people, both the Have’s and the Have-Nots, would bring an end to our tribalism — and the anger of isolation that so frequently accompanies it — virtually overnight. The challenge is that our species does not seem to know exactly what the real problem is.
So, as I mentioned in the first article of this series, we keep trying to solve it as if it were a political problem, or an economic problem, or a social problem. Or, worst of all, a problem of insufficient power or force being used to get our way.
Yet all need not be lost. We can still heal the anger that is producing the conditions that is fueling the violence that has been flowing both ways between the tribes of humanity throughout human history — and that continues to affect and infect so many people to this very day.
We will not be able to do so, however, unless we stop to collectively understand that nuance and nature of the problem itself.
NEXT, Part Three: What is really going on, and why it is happening.