Is peace a natural state for us?
Question from the Internet:
“Is peace our mind’s natural state?”
It depends on what we mean by the “mind”.
If we look at the biological body for example, on the level of our aware consciousness we might be in complete peace, tranquility, while on the cellular level there is a constant struggle, fight for survival, incessant give and take, endless dynamic adjustments that contribute to that “higher peace and tranquility” we feel when we feel at peace.
When we look at individual people in human society, through their interaction with others, we see the same ‘single-cellular” activity, each making constant — conscious or unconscious — calculations how to benefit for the self in any given situation, how we can prosper, succeed, survive at each other’s expense in our endless fight for superiority.
There is nothing we can do about this since we are all driven by the same egocentric, subjective, fiercely, and proudly individualistic nature that defines itself through comparing the self to others, trying to get above, overcome those others all the time.
Moreover, contrary to cells of the body or any other part of Nature, we are missing that instinctive inclination, subjugation to the general balance, homeostasis that is all-important for life.
We all behave, exist as cancer cells, consuming, destroying everything for our own sake.
Thus within our own, instinctive mind, we do not find peace and as a result, as long as we act selfishly, egotistically, subjectively there will never be peace in the world either.
But we have the ability, chance to build a unique, unprecedented “collective mind”, where we all interconnect and cooperate in a mutually responsible and mutually complementing manner — similarly to the cells of our bodies — above and against our instincts, inherent cancer-like program.
This will give us our true, Human advantage over anything else in Nature, creating this collective, systemic mind, cooperation, and mutual integration — with each other and through it with Nature — consciously, in contrast to our original state.
And this — consciously, methodically achieved — “peace of the collective mind” will make us Nature’s only conscious, actively integrated, and at the same time independent observers and partners.
Thus peace becomes our collective’s mind “Natural” state above and in contrast to the original, “unnatural”, individual cancer-like, destructive state.