One Humanity — The prescription for human salvation
The two principal perils facing mankind today are narcissism and
schadenfreude. Narcissism causes us to subconsciously prefer 'our
own kind,' though in reality all of humanity is 'our kind' irrespective
of nationality, belief or appearance.
Schadenfreude exacerbates this
egoistic mindset as many (if not most) of us derive pleasure from the
misfortunes of those of whom we see as separate and apart from
ourselves. Unless and until we get control of these two
destructive forces and realize that our path to salvation is in 'loving
our enemies' as Christ and others have said, we are doomed to
self-fulfilling apocalyptic prophesies.
Combatting the two-headed beast of ego-induced
self-destruction will require an alteration of the didactic framework.
We can begin by eliminating the use of the term 'multi-cultural' as it
has become anachronistic and self-defeating.
TRUTH is, there is but one culture
with multitudinous manifestations. Within the multitudinous
manifestations of the MONOCULTURE, there are individuals seeking to
EXPERIENCE THE CAPACITY RANGE OF THE ENTIRE HUMAN RACE. Their desire is
to comprehend and reflect the totality of both humanity's current and
potential states. These individuals are the philosophers (i.e.,
'lovers of wisdom').
Because of the enduring work of the great philosophers and others,
humanity now has the resources necessary to begin to emerge from our
ethnocentric, tribalistic stage. Stimulating this cause are the
ever-increasing effects of globalization (e.g., commerce, communication,
and travel) as well as the growing awareness that the exclusivist
narratives that have been imparted to us are no longer resonant.
This confluence of factors is thus producing the aggregate impetus for
the declaration that we are, in fact, ONE HUMANITY.
"I don't need faith, I have
experience!" — Joseph Campbell
"Do you want to read history or make
history?" — Vince Milum
A path to
Step 1. One must have the capacity to
achieve enlightenment (otherwise one must hope to be a vicarious
participant in the enlightenment experience).
Step 2. Preparedness (one must be a
seeker who is ready to embrace the totality of reality and be prepared
to endure the trials that are confronted on the path to enlightenment).
Step 3. There are two parts to step
Step 3A need not be completed before beginning Step 3B.
3A. Information download. This is a life-long process which
requires tapping into as many and varied knowledge resources as is
possible. It is important to remove all of one's (imprinted) filters.
Thus, challenging one's own filtration system is key to fulfilling this
3B. Synergistic synthesis. At this stage, one is able to put
together the pieces and see how all the discrete elements of our being
(both self and society) are of a larger whole. Integration is the key.
Step 4. After achieving a measure of
individual enlightenment, one has a duty to help others (both
individually and collectively) achieve their potential. This,
then, will enable the co-evolutionary development of both self and
NOTE ABOUT SYMBOL: The Ama-gi is an ancient
Sumerian cuneiform word meaning "freedom"*; it is believed to be the
first instance of humans writing that concept down.
(Source: Wikipedia) As taught by the Great Prophet of Islam, "there
is to be no coercion in matters of faith." If we take but this one
aspect of one of the world's great religions and apply it in all aspects
of our daily lives, would not the world be a much better place for
*The oldest known word with such a meaning
comes to us from ancient Iraq. The Sumerian "ama-ar-gi," found on
tablets in the ruins of the city-state of Lagash, which flourished four
millenniums ago, derived from the verb "ama-gi," which literally meant
"going home to mother." It described the condition of emancipated
servants who returned to their own free families. (Source: The New
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