Brian’s Reflection: Monday, Oct 6, 2008
There is no happiness for people
at the expense of other people.
- Anwar Sadat, President of Egypt,
assassinated on this day, 1981
I could dredge up a million quotes from people of every walk of life who make Sadat’s point ….. politically, psychologically, mystically, religiously, philosophically, etc.
I am definitely basically a Jungian. I deeply “believe in” the Collective Unconscious. We ….. and all that IS ….. are interwoven and connected with each other. Part of each other. Part of humanity and of the stars and of the seas and of the Earth. What we think, do, affirm, hate, support, value deeply affects everything else. No wonder we are in such a chaotic state! It isn’t because of our Diversity. It’s because we see Diversity as a threat. It is a threat to “I”; but it isn’t a threat to “We”.
Balance is what we need. Individuality is important. Uniqueness is “god-given”. But what is individuality for? Isolation? Or is it for taking one’s place, brilliantly, strongly, in the one fabric of Life?
I think the latter.
The human community will only founder in heartbreak and in pain as long as there are scapegoats, on whom we can cast the sin of our isolation and the loneliness of our delusion of disconnectedness. What we cast our unhappiness on, thinking it will wander into the desert and carry away the consequences of our un-love, will always return to haunt us.
There IS no happiness for people at the expense of other people.
This is a Truth woven into Reality. There is no exception, on any level. To think there is ….. is Delusion.