The whole of humanity is a single family — but we do not remember this any longer
Question from the Internet:
“What are some previously held societal norms and concepts that many individuals are currently no longer in alignment with?”
There used to be some social norms — at the time of hunters and gatherers, norms that we can still observe in some indigenous communities — we have long forgotten in our dazzling rush for growth and development.
We completely forgot that in a society, we depend on each other, we are responsible for each other and that in a well-functioning society, the life, success and survival of the individual are tightly intertwined with the life, success and survival of the whole collective.
Our inherently egocentric, subjective and individualistic development brought us to a state where even the basic building block of society, the classical family, has become unsustainable. We simply cannot bear any longer the necessity and obligation to be responsible for another human being — even if that other human being is our own child, sibling or parent.
At the same time, we have evolved into a world where we all become globally interconnected and interdependent, a state that rendered humanity into a single family.
Thus we find ourselves in an explosive and unsustainable paradox between our instinctively selfish and individualistic aspirations and the actual evolutionary conditions we exist.
Today in “modern, especially western society”, each and every individual exists and behaves like cancer. And the rest of the “developing world” is racing to catch up with the west. We are literally committing collective suicide by blindly and instinctively following our insatiable human ego that wants everything for itself regardless of the consequences — exactly like cancer.
Our continuing and collective human survival depends on a unique, purposeful and practical educational method that can not only teach us but can make us “viscerally” feel how interconnected and interdependent we all are.
Only when we understand and tangibly feel that there are no “others”, but we are all individual cells of the same living organism, can we start acting positively towards each other — above and against our inherent nature.
It is this “against” the sharp contrast between our original and learned nature and behaviour that will provide us with a unique Human consciousness and perception of reality that will elevate us to a qualitatively much higher, truly Human state of existence.