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Bridging the Great Divide

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Most of my articles take on two primary themes, ecological and spiritual.   In my spiritual writings the passion is towards understanding the unity of religious thought coupled with the need to move beyond ego and ethnocentric dogmas in order to "grasp" the unifying thread beneath spiritual teachings.   My second focus is ecological which primarily focuses on the local food movement in order to kindle a healthier atmosphere for the planet and to empower people in moving beyond their dependence on government and industry.   As Kissinger supposedly said, "Control the oil and you control nations, control the food and you control people."   Is it time for us to stop allowing ourselves to be controlled?   Perhaps this is the Planet's wish too.   Indeed are you truly separate from Her?

These two focuses, ecological and spiritual, blend together and marry as one.   In our modern culture, we operate under a "divide and conquer" mentality that keeps us at war with our sisters and brothers across the globe.  

The function of the "Divide and Conquer" ethos is to make us blind to the truth of the "bigger picture" via entertaining political debates to vote for people that are ultimately revealed to be funded and supported by the same rich elite that is lining everybody else's pockets.   For example, Obama has a Monsanto (genetic engineering firm) representative on his cabinet as did George Bush.   Is the divide between Republican and Democrat really all that great if they are supported by the same monetary and corporate powers?

How did we fall for this? It is simply by manipulating and increasing the vanity of the people.   As Snow White was knocked unconscious by the apple of Vanity (Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of the all), we have likewise been knocked unconscious in our political, religious, personal, and interpersonal domains by the same self-righteous witch.   This is why we have to be the greatest nation on Earth or THE only Religious Institution or philosophical orientation that holds the doctrine of Truth or the only way of seeing the world that is right (e.g., dogmatic atheism is as bad as a dogmatic Baptist or Jihadist Muslim).

Furthermore, in our industries, from food production to automobiles to education, we are into standardization.   This process of production mirrors the arrogance of our political, religious, and philosophical beliefs.   If you aren't a Democrat, Baptist Pragmatist you are scum of the Earth!   Yet, if you take a quick walk into the woods (if any are left in your area) a rich diversity of life will be revealed to you.   As the saying goes, one never walks into the same river twice.   The same is true with every step you take in the woods.  

For a well functioning ecosystem, diversity is necessary.   Interestingly, some of the "founders" of the United States realized this as evidenced by the motto, "E Pluribus Unim" or "in the many one."   Violating that law is dangerous.   It is dangerous in ecology, school settings, political orientations, spiritual orientations and so on.   A Biblical teaching such as "love thy neighbor as thyself" at this point becomes more than a statement to be nice.   It simply is a primary law of the uni-verse.  

Diversity is necessary for unity which is why you never walk into the same river twice and why every step in a forest reveals a fresh scene.   Even as barren as the Moon is, there is a different perspective with every step you take.

In relation to this, Epistemologist Gregory Baetson ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gregory_Bateson )     identifies our task as a species beautifully.   That task is to identify the pattern that connects.   The wild diversity inherent in the world reveals a pattern.   Everything is built and functions in relationship to everything else.    Even a simple unconscious act such as your breathing affects the atmosphere.   You breathe in oxygen and breathe out carbon dioxide which the trees breathe in and then they breathe out oxygen.   At this level of knowledge, you can realize yourself as being a part of a planetary dance alongside everything else.  

How can one be alienated knowing this?

Begin there and you will ultimately come to a place where you will not have any issues with alienation.   Indeed, you will join in the poetry of the Hindu Upanisad which sings,

"It is above

It is below

It is, in fact

This entire World

And when one knows this

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Burl is an avid writer and publishes to OpEd News. He is author of "Sophia's Web: Reclaiming Wholeness in a Divided World," which has been accepted for publication by Pari Publishing. Burl's primary passion is in the unity of world religions to (more...)
 
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"Mirror Mirror on the wall whose the fairest of th... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 11:31:38 AM
Mirror, Mirror on the wall.....is the story just s... by Burl Hall on Thursday, Feb 9, 2012 at 12:09:38 PM
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