Erasing Negative Labels and Identifying Yourself

All of us have been trained by education and environment to seek personal gain and security, and to fight for ourselves. Though we cover it over with pleasant phrases, we have been educated for various professions within a system which is based on exploitation and acquisitive fear.
~ Jiddu Krishnamurti

We are all by products of our environment and what we have been conditioned to. Ask anyone what they identify with and you will have Black, White, Christian, Hindu, Muslim, American. From the time we’re young we have been carried to Church, the whole conditioning of being a Christian and that being the only way to Heaven or as a Hindu or Muslim you will have an upbringing on similar lines.

When we’re in school we’re taught about wars and how great our Individual countries are, plus we get to hate on countries, such as in India we all have at some time disliked Pakistan. Although for me the only time this was at the surface was at the time of an India Pakistan match, the only cricket I used to watch in my life.

The structure is so intact that all these normal things are actually skewed towards hatred, racism and most importantly division.

The Benefits of Division

Our labels keep us separate, it creates a perfect dualistic scenario of us and them. This is beneficial to systems who want to stay in power, systems that want to exploit and systems that thrive on greed. The Divide and Rule technique, in politics and sociology, is gaining and maintaining power divisively. Historically, this strategy was used in many different ways by empires seeking to expand their territories.

Elements of this technique involve:

  • Creating or encouraging divisions among the subjects to prevent alliances that could challenge the sovereign, and distributing forces that they overpower the other.
  • Aiding and promoting those who are willing to cooperate with the sovereign
  • Fostering distrust and enmity between local rulers
  • Encouraging meaningless expenditures that reduce the capability for political and military spending

When you read the above techniques used, I’m positive that you will find some of these methods, if not all you, being used. So the actual benefits of divisions isn’t for the lay man or the masses in general, there are carrots no doubt, but more for the man in charge.

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“We experience ourselves our thoughts and feelings as something separate from the rest. A kind of optical delusion of consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us.”
~ Albert Einstein

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