Consciously Creating Culture
Prescription for the Removal of the Tumor Called Hate
Racism and inequality can’t simply be stopped — they require healing
I write these words today, as a woman of Chinese and European descent raised in America.
In me, an adopted holistic Eastern Buddhist philosophy meets with an ingrained theistic Western faith.
My stoic & diminutive Asian heritage blends with my gregarious & ambitious Caucasian ancestry.
I am bred of duality expressed as harmony, and I say:
No one is born evil.
No one is born racist.
No one is born hateful.
No one is born a rapist.
We are born into poverty and perceived scarcity.
We are born into erroneous concepts of the “other”.
We are born into layers upon layers of ancestral & societal trauma.
We are born into a pseudo-religious, territorialist, capitalist society that profits off of thievery.
In this technologically advanced age, we rely on devices to spread information, and as we’ve been taught that “knowledge is power”, we become complacent with appreciating this stage in human evolution. Yet with 1.407 billion hectares of arable land in the world, 8.9% of people — or 690 million — still go hungry. A study published in 2012 found that total consumable crop production already exceeded population, with the ability to feed 10 billion people. The current world population is just shy of 7.8 billion. How many would suffer, if they were given all they need to survive?
Those “in charge” won’t allow us to believe that there is enough for everyone. They would prefer to hold the reins and pit us against each other while they profit off of our confusion and rage. Blame has been cast on every single group at one point in time or another, for the various problems in society. But these problems are created, not inherent. So too is the blame manufactured and used as a tool for control. Who would look at anyone else with anything other than love and care, if we removed the veil and ignored the words of demagogues?
Generation after generation of criticism and condemnation compile and fester into pain and guilt of existence. Our family unit is the first group within which we crave acceptance, our natural survival instinct making us feel that we must conform in order to belong and receive the care we need. Yet our emotional center senses deep down that we are wrong to participate in hatred of other cultures, or even the superiority of our own, and consciously we can see that eventually we all must leave the family to live among the rest of the world.
Babies and young children feel no difference among peers of other races, until they’re indoctrinated into the more narrow views of the family tree and societal models. We are all created of this Earth. Who would choose to participate in small-mindedness if it didn’t appear to be a requirement of belonging?
Today’s society offers us mixed messages on a constant basis. Major religions preach holiness and purity—while condemning non-believers to an afterlife of suffering or even declaring war to change their views. Sexuality is repressed and therefore explodes in scandal and abuse. Value is assigned to virginity while sex and nudity are used as marketing tools.
Women’s bodies in particular are policed so that they can be sold back to us — and to go full-circle, it’s the perversion inherent in the industrialization of agriculture which introduced the concept of ownership over one another in concepts such as marriage and slavery. Likewise, the earth is raped and pillaged so that resources that ought to belong to all of us, are redistributed at will, and at arbitrary prices, by those at the top of the pyramid scheme. Tell me: Who would rob another of their life, if they didn’t feel themselves robbed in some way?
So what is my prescription for the removal of the tumor called hate? Empathy. Pure, radical, boundless empathy, for anyone who has fallen victim to societal phobias and discriminatory rhetoric, which includes every one of us at some point in our lives.
It’s not enough to share our stories of fear. It’s not enough to implore our individual, segregated, algorithmic echo chambers to end racism. It’s not enough to speak out for those who have been targeted, or incarcerate those who have transgressed. It’s not enough to donate to charity.
We must look deeper at the root causes of bigotry, and practice something that has become increasingly more and more difficult as intellectualism has taken over. The utopia we seek, the advanced future that can truly make us proud of ourselves as humans, will not be found in moving further toward separatist technology—it will come about when we return to the initial program designed by nature whereby we take care of each other and share resources. The points I’ve outlined above illustrate the microcosmic-macrocosmic relationships between people and Earth, between individuals and society at large — showing us that small actions eventually become magnified.
Straying from the path of goodness is inevitable in this version of society, but we can reverse it. First, we must re-center in our collective heart and understand that no one lives without being tainted by the ills invented by our overlords, and imitated by the masses to feel a sense of belonging. Even those “in power”, and those who perpetrate acts of desperation deserve our empathy, for it is obvious that they have been the most negatively affected. When we can all step outside of vengeful egoism, and truly accept, perpetuate, and popularize the idea that no one deserves any less or any more than anyone else, we move forward in equality. Beyond being “brought to heel”, those who inflict pain need to heal. We all do.