Clashes Everywhere Breaking Apart Nations

As I write this problems are occurring predominantly in three nations in the world: Ukraine, Venezuela and Thailand. Mostly, these problems are due to minority groups within these nations who so identify themselves with ideas or understandings outside of those that underlie the majority consensus that drives these nations that they want out or want to take over. Well, that’s what we surmise is going on. I’d like to speculate that is not what truly underlies what is happening.

I speculate that the real problem is trouble understanding the role and importance of the individual. Without an understanding of this every country is doomed to the same fate as the ones already mentioned.

In other posts on this site, mostly concerning religion, I have attacked the idea of selfishness. If you are reading this and now find yourself confused as to why I would tout the importance of the individual please read on. What is selfishness? Isn’t it really the idea of our own selves so exalted, as understood to ourselves, that we fail to see ourselves in context. Sometimes it is that circumstance’s evil twin, when we fail to find enough within ourselves to configure an identity so much so that we find the missing parts in the things offered by others as answers to this problem: nationality, ethnicity, family, work, charity, you get the picture. Either way both of these attack our ability to see ourselves within the immediate context that surrounds us every day.

We live around people, other people who each have their own stories leading them into contact with us. Those people, individually, are just as important as we are. Righteousness is how we deal with them. I didn’t say self-righteousness. True righteousness sometimes points the finger at us when something goes wrong. The thing is, that kind of finger pointing is not a judgment, it’s meant to instruct us about how to behave within our context going forward. Those lessons add to our wisdom. They help keep us in context. Judgment does not keep us in context because it subverts either the idea of other’s equality with us or our equality with them.

It’s useless to hold onto wrongs committed against us, unless the lack of their address keeps us in a place where we can’t act properly within context, like when a wrong is not committed singly, but anew each day, and that wrong prevents us from being ourselves. Seldom do those kinds of wrongs exist on the level of nationality, or ethnicity, or class, or gender. Oh yes, wrongs at that level do hold us down, and they do occur so as to renew themselves daily, but they don’t hold us down to the point where we can’t see our own context. Too much identification with them does, though. The kinds of wrongs which do hold us down are more those of lack of communication, miscommunication, misrepresentation, self-deception and the like. When those truly harmful wrongs subvert the idea of the individual they harm democracy as much or more so than those other wrongs do. They halt society. They encourage judgment leading to weird or harmful patterns of behavior as people attempt to see themselves in the darkness they provide.

What I’m really talking about is love. Love doesn’t really live at the blown up level of the nation. It lives between individuals. It directs our recognition, our respect and our behavior toward others.


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