Why is it that humanity is unable to overcome fundamental problems such as personal anxiety, economic and educational inequality, interpersonal violence, and war? Is it that we are condemned by our very nature to live in permanent division and acrimony, or is it that our present mental and social condition is an aberration of our true nature?
If one examines carefully the historical record and the mental and social disorder prevalent in our own day, it becomes evident that at the root of it all lies the self-centered thoughts and actions with which each unit of human consciousness struggles to attain whatever “more and better” means to it and its cultural groups of reference. Humanity is and remains chronically at war with itself because everyone of its integrants is forcefully asserting in the present (and projecting onto the future) the essentially self-serving contents of an exclusive, and therefore limited tribal and personal record of experience. In failing to transcend this dysfunctional mental and cultural memory mold, even the best of our intentions end up serving its continuity.
On the other hand, full awareness of our consistent historical and personal failure to stop ourselves from endlessly hurting one another, makes evident that the only real solution must involve the end of the self-perpetuating sense of separate psychological and cultural existence with which every new human being is brain-washed regardless of where or when she happens to be born.
Yes, at first glance this proposition may sound to many, not just counter intuitive, but idiotic if not outright mad. Especially offended by it are generally those who, being still thoroughly controlled by tradition and personal opinion/habit, would consider the height of irresponsibility not to be “someone”; someone identified with particular forms of secular and religious ideology and, therefore, taking an active side on this or that cause meant to heal some particular ill or to ameliorate the effects of at least some of the multiple disasters threatening us today.
There is no denying that it feels good to be held upright in the safe folds of a particular consensus within which one can think of oneself as a good and productive member of society doing what seems both possible and necessary. However, what anyone thinks and endeavors to do within this same general context of cultural fragmentation and self-centered thought, is generally insufficient and ultimately counterproductive. It is not only that the limitations and the inevitably self-serving bias of separate personal/tribal being pollute thought and action, but also that by reason of their origin and purpose, what anyone thinks and does within the realm of mental conditioning is automatically at odds with the equally limited and biased thoughts and actions undertaken by other persons embedded in other groups and motivated by different memories, values, and goals.
There are, of course, some actions intended to improve the self and develop society that, even if they are insufficient in more ways than one, are still good and necessary. However, to dedicate oneself exclusively to localized ameliorative actions is to have missed seeing the experience-based programming of the personal mind (oneself ) as the root cause of a persistently chaotic and sorrowful condition affecting the species as a whole.
A mature sense of responsibility inevitably leads to a full and independent perception of one's mental existence taking place within a general mindset that has for thousands of years created division, conflict, and sorrow, and that is presently putting in jeopardy the very survival of the species. The accuracy and completeness of this perception is, in itself, the revolution in consciousness that is so urgently necessary. The mind that by itself finds the way to function free from the blind-spots and general insensitivity characteristic of exclusive cultural and psychological identification, is a sane, intelligent, and caring mind.