3 comments on “one big week

  1. Cultures are different. People do have different identities. That’s what makes the world so interesting. On its own this isn’t at all a bad thing – certainly better that one shared or common identity – how bland would that be (or perhaps is that becoming with the growing global westernisation). The problem, as you say, is that somewhere along the line “different” is misconstrued to mean “better”. I’m not sure what it is in the human psyche that needs to say that because I’m this, I’m sure as hell not that. It does indeed seem a fucking waste. I wouldn’t consider a blueberry pie better than a bag of kumara chips. They’re just different.

  2. Cultures are different but the people really aren’t. People generally associate with the culture they are in usually while totally ignoring the fact that when it comes down to it we are all the same. The culture is just a collection of shared beliefs, which individuals take on board as ‘them’.

    The common identity that underlies these beliefs, the immortal spirit, soul, beyond mind, god form or whatever it is called is universal and the true us. All the rest of it, this culture, shared identity etc is just learned. We are taught that these differences are what make us who we and what are.
    People forget that they can choose to disregard everything they have been programmed with and step outside the boundaries of their culture to become conscious.

    I don’t think this necessarily means becomming bland ‘same same’ mono-cultures, it just means that the choice to be who you are is that, a choice rather than the inherited mindset of being so very different to the other people we ‘share’ the planet with that it becomes ‘us/me’ against ‘them’.

    Am I making sense? A lot of this is the first time I have tried to organise my thoughts along these lines and it is hard to get these ideas across in a sensible fashion eh?

  3. This all makes sense. In principle I’m of the same view. Wouldn’t it be nice if mere tolerance of other (people, ideas, cultures) was replaced by embrace. The difficult bit is moving the predominant world view. Not an impossible task, but not an easy one. I don’t think it is that “people _forget_ that they can disregard everything they have been programmed with”. It is more that they have _never known_ that these forces are working upon them, or equally that even if they are given a glimpse of other possibilities, of choice, they just don’t see the attraction. It is not everyone that wants to “step outside the boundaries of their culture”. It is familiar, it is a security blanket. Making a change seems too much like giving up all sense of belonging. It is much “easier” to operate within the default construct.

    You have to first see the big picture, awaken, understand and truly believe that this new way of thinking, of being, is worthwhile for yourself and for the world as a whole. Fostering this releasation in people is probably the greatest challenge facing the world today. Everything else stems from this.

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