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The Violence of Us Versus Them

The Violence of Us Versus Them
By John Harper

Ego Identity is Still the Current RAGE

When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind. - J. Klrishnamurti

Recently, I listened to a podcast that gave me a lot to ponder given recent events like those in Charlottesville and Las Vegas. It appears that there is a resurgence of “us versus them” which threatens much of the progress of the last decade or so toward a more global community. The polarization of the American political system, nationalism such as MAGA, North Korean nukes, Brexit and Catalonia are a few examples of this trend.

As I listened to this intriguing podcast, I noted time and again how the Diamond Approach addresses many of the issues, dynamics and evolutionary forces for the maturation of consciousness and the emergence of real human beings.

When we are trapped in identifying with our conditioning, beliefs and past, real change is impossible to entertain. So, this post is for those who recognize the dynamics of anger, rage and hatred lurking in their psyche and want to explore some options for liberating themselves from their grasp.

Below is a brief outline of the podcast with a few comments (in italics) and links (in bold) that relate to specific teachings within the Diamond Approach which support students in deepening their understanding of the unconscious forces that drive much of behavior and identity. read full article »

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