It seems that in the most fundamental way, man is changing. We are losing our humanity. We worry too much that others are trying to defeat us, or to destroy “our” way of life. We think that to survive, we must lash out at the world to keep it the way we want it to be. I think fear is the primary reason for this. The fearmongers are busy stoking the flames to keep us in this mode. I pray that, like so many times in the past, this fear will be overcome.
The current fearmonger-in-chief, who was recently dejected from the Oval Office, does it to get attention. His extreme narcissism DEMANDS attention. Unfortunately, stupidity, as shown in my current weekly series, is the primary way that allowed embers to become a bonfire. (Click here to see that series)
I have come to adamantly believe that there are two very different sides to all of us. The good side gives us empathy, and the dark side drives us to selfishness. The good side is responsible for our humanity. We are all in this together, and the more we help each other, the better all our lives will become. The bad side is primarily about selfishness.
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It’s about balance, isn’t it? Perhaps from an anthropological view, emotions such as fear, selfishness, and distrust had a redeeming quality as they protected us from jumping into dangerous situations. But openness to new ideas, selflessness, and trust also benefit us. We’ve gotten the balance out of whack somehow. I lived through the McCarthy era, but I was too young to be aware of anything beyond my family life. I wonder if it felt then like it does now.
Yeah, Yin/Yang has been around throughout our history, and as you say, probably from our original need for surviving. I was around in the McCarthy years also, that was where I got my first taste of politics. I don’t think he had much more of a backing than to just keep him in power for those three or four years. Today, people just seem to be driven by hate instead of primitive fear. But, then again, that is also happened several times in our history.
I just dreamed that when we got around to solving all the major biological and technology challenges that social things would follow, but it seems to be reversed. I guess that is another post…
Thanks again for your insight.