Exclusivity: The Downfall Of The Human Race 1

Homo sapiens has never seemed to learn how to handle its exclusivity!

Perhaps, we derive this by living within the confines of a world where our bodies exclude us from ever really knowing anything outside of ourselves. We are trapped in our bodies, yet yearn to know others as well as we know ourselves ?an impossibility we can never ever get over, and have never learned to reconcile. So, we created the �group.?And, the group has plagued us since we emerged from our prehistoric caves. Today, the group has even come to characterize us, as a species. Perhaps, we simply love to characterize ourselves as different from everyone else; and everyone in our group as the same as us (a lame way to overcome that knowledge of others we can never know, by identifying them with us, through outward appearance or beliefs). We even created our Gods in the image of our group and us. The God of the Jews; the God of the Moslems; the God of the Christians; the God of the Hindus, and on and on; all, the derivations of the groups who created them ?exclusive, as to appearance, belief or just having something in common. The enigma of Gods who created all, yet only favored one particular group! Again, the bogeyman of exclusivity creating even the minds of Gods. Is it no wonder that this same bogeyman would later create the exclusivity of atheism; yet another type of exclusivity without any God at all!

And it always seems to end the same way too ?slaughter! The various slaughters of the Bible (that book of love); or the Koran (another book, supposedly of love); or, the holocaust of the Nazis, who thought that no one else but the tall Nordics should exist; or the slavery of the Blacks in the Southern United States, where racism became the exclusivity that caused more hate and slaughter.

And then there is the exclusivity of Nations. Again, people divided from each other because of artificial boundaries ?but, again the same result: the slaughter of war.

But even within these Nations, division is expressing itself once again in the different divisions within the Nation: Political Parties; the suburbanite vs. the city dweller; the rich vs. the poor; and as the latest slaughter in Los Angeles shows 2 : the lonely and estranged vs. the social establishment!

Perhaps it is this final plea, ending in slaughter, from a lonely estranged youngster, that shows us just how serious this dilemma of exclusivity has become.

So, finally we ask the question: can we ever overcome this chink in the armor of humanity (this exclusivity) that causes all of the problems this world is experiencing?

Humanity also has another extraordinary capacity available to it ?the capacity to love. Although today�s organized religions talk about love unendingly, their concept of it is a kind of love with rules and even judgments attached. This kind of judgmental love is the kind that only causes division, instead of the unity any real love is supposed to seek. This is a result of the organizations leaching their way into the doctrines, and creating a love that is a kind of membership, instead of the unlimited acceptance that any love should always represent. The result is all the divisions and resentments we see religions causing today; even going so far as the mass murders, we are seeing in the religiously motivated cults like the former IRA, and the current Islamic fundamentalism.

The capacity to love is found in all human beings. The problem is to divest it from the needs of the self, which ends up tainting it, like the loves that religions have created attached to their own specific belief systems. And that is the whole point of love; it should be an unlimited capacity to unite, without any provisos of any kind attached. The kind of love I am speaking of never presents provisos, of any kind, because it is, by its very nature, unlimited in its unwavering acceptance. That is why the Christ spoke of it in the context of �the little children? Whether you believe the Christ to be a God or not here is essentially immaterial; for what he said about love captured the true essence of it, whether you believe in his divinity or not. Unfortunately, the religions that sprung up around his doctrines have really lost the most important essence of his teachings: the concept of love, and its true nature found in its unlimited acceptance.

Again, we are torn in a conundrum of sorts; a conundrum, which splits us between this natural proclivity toward unlimited acceptance, and the practice of the exclusivity our wills provide to divide us from others ?that favors our Ego�s drive to make us feel important or exclusive. Somehow or other, even the will itself has ended up becoming divided from itself, as Freud showed so long ago. The social part of the will (the Ego) has separated itself from the lowest parts of the will, which wallow in the exclusive world of the self (which Freud called the Id). And, it is the Superego, which really exerts the primitive love (the same the Christ spoke of) that tries to unite the will to society through decreasing this internal fascination with the self. Thus we all swing back and forth, in a continual battle of sorts, trying to reconcile our attitudes toward society with this "exclusiveness" the Id forces on us, in line with the survival instinct our animal origins have ingrained in us.

This battle has today even spilled over into our societies and their structures and proclivities. We see it today in our social classes and the economy, which has also become a method to place us in the social hierarchies our societies have built around it.

But the problem is that the human is an animal no longer. And the exclusivity which was nurtured in him, as the result of his animal origins, and its survival instinct, are actually harming him in the divisions they cause in his social structures. Thus the classes and groups, religious, political, economic, whatever, are breaking down the societies he created to let him survive. Thus, this exclusivity, which was a result of the survival instinct implanted in him, through his animal origins, is actually getting in the way of his social method of survival, the society, which his rationality has created to let his species survive.

And, to top it off, as I mentioned in my previous essay on this same subject, even his rationality and intelligibility are built on the concept of division, and the creation of objects by dividing things into classes of objects; once again, fostering the idea of exclusivity on him.

So, the solution to this mania of exclusivity, and the division it causes, is to realize that humanity is not a collection of groups at all, but a single family. A family that may show many different forms and manners of living, but are actually only a single class: the HUMAN class, into which we all fit. And, we must also realize that there is but one rule that applies to all human beings, above all other laws or rules of conduct, a golden rule, which actually defines the human condition: "do to others as you would have them do to you". This rule, which existed long before any of the current religions or governmental structures humanity has created, is still the standard operating procedure for human beings.


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1 This essay might be called a sequel to another essay I wrote some time ago called: �Stopping To Take Stock Of Things?/B>, at the end of my book �The Philosophy Of The GOOD?/B>. There I referenced the previous essays of that anthology; here I tackle more of the results of exclusivity, and the possible solution, through examining the method through which exclusivity acts on the human psyche.

2 These killings were committed on May 23, 2014, in the Isla Vista neighborhood at the University of California Santa Barbara. The perpetrator was a lonely, estranged student who stabbed three students to death and shot three more, and injured thirteen others.



Originally Published:

June 3, 2014


June 26, 2014