Only Us

Don’t mean to spoil anyone’s fun, but this us versus them mentality is an illusion, or rather a form of hallucination.

One of the largest problems in the world today is this whole “us versus them” mentality and we see it played out every day in so many subtle ways from political talking heads to religious extremists to adverts telling us we’ll be cooler or in the know if we get that thing that does that stuff.

And many of us at this time on this planet subscribe to this. Which is perfectly natural. How natural? Try thousands of years of instinctual behavior when we were broken into smaller tribes trying to survive with limited resources and food. And this mentality continues. Many like pointing to Darwin as a proponent of “survival of the fittest,” despite it only being mentioned twice in his book “The Descent of Man,” whereas love is mentioned 93 times.

But here’s the thing; that “us versus them” mentality sells. It makes people click on news headlines and watch various videos and news clips by saying “This is what THEY are doing/saying!” This mentality of “us versus them” also provokes and evokes certain emotions and feelings, because once we click on the headline to read the article or watch the video we can say, “I’m happy because I’m not them,” or “Look at them doing and saying those things which I don’t approve of. What scoundrels! What madness!”

Here’s the thing we are forgetting in all this, there’s only us. Any problem we face is a human problem. It’s not “their problem.” It’s all of our problems. But this whole “us versus them” mentality keeps us divided, because when we’re divided, it makes it hard for us to work together. Politics, at least in the states, exemplifies this beautifully. Both political parties each seem to have a set of “issues” that they supposedly champion, and both political parties are constantly running around saying “My issues are more important!” So instead of working together, they’re both bickering and they whip their supporters into frenzies to bicker with the “other side,” instead of reaching out, working together and having conscious conversations which find solutions.

A wise person once told me, “The only thing we as a human species know for 100% sure is that we are here, on this planet, in this time, together, right now.”

There is no them, only us.

Now, I realize that, in addition to having/being on this ride and working on this cosmic puzzle we each have our own walking path to journey. This is part of the balance and duality paradox we must learn to move through. But by the same token, because we have our individual journey’s doesn’t mean we must only focus and commit to that while ignoring the others around us.

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