What is at the root of conflict between mankind? (EcoTrain QOTW)

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This weeks ecotrain question of the week is a real deep and meaningful, and something I have thought a lot about over the course of my life.

What is at the root of conflict between mankind?

My first instinct would be to say politics. In the past this was usually within religious dogmatic structures but these days it permeates many more areas of life. So many wars have been fought over religion, and thousands were tortured in the name of god during the inquisition. The division between religions, the schisms, crusades, witch hunts and ideological separative agendas were all pushed by political power groups. Mini governments within various religions whose main objectives were far removed from the religion's core values. At a root level these atrocities were committed out of a greed for power and perpetuated through fear.

Let me make it clear, I do not blame the core beliefs and ideological tenants within most religions, they're usually very similar and focused on communal harmony. It is the political maneuvering within the hierarchy of religions, and communal governance systems, that perpetuate conflict between mankind.

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To use the inquisition as an example, the practices of witches in the middle ages were relatively beneficent when taken in the context of the times. These were times when doctors prescribed leaches for pretty much everything, and later mercury was used to treat various diseases, such as syphilis and typhoid fever. In such a climate can we really claim that a wise woman who combined intelligence, a use of medicinal herbs and ritual story telling to achieve healing was an instrument of the devil? Shamans have been following this precise formula for millennia. Or is it more likely that the catholic church needed to demonize a group of people to create a fervor to counteract the rising tides of protestant doctrine and other religious schisms.

I know the answer to this, but I think even the majority of modern day religions folks might agree that the inquisition was a political machination. A construct of a papal dictate to create a common enemy to leverage control through fear.

Fear of the unknown is a powerful divider and history shows that dogmatic doctrines follow patterns of creating figures of fear.

How does any of this relate to the question?

This dissection of one of the atrocities of religious fervor is not meant as an attack on anyone, rather an example of the greed for power which I spoke about, perpetuated by political actions and often justified through the fear of the unknown. This is my answer to the main question.

What is at the root of conflict between mankind?

Greed for power perpetuated by political actions and justified through the fear of the unknown.


Moving swiftly on 😆

This all leads me on to some of the follow up questions in the ecotrain post.

One thing that is very clear to me is that communities that prosper are ones where peoples needs are being met! But what are those needs, and can they ever be fulfilled?
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Anyone who has lived in poverty understands the truth of inequality in how society is structured! Everybody in the world could have their basic needs met if the human collective unconscious wasn't diseased with the greed for power. Essentially, all that humans need to thrive is enough healthy food, clean water, a healthy mindset and a clean/healthy place to live. Also, most important is love.

I left the best for last!

Love, whether it be from a fellow human being, love put out into the universe, or received through the cyclic nature of things. Love is a universal constant of our internal worlds. Even a sociopath loves... unfortunately the only person they love is themselves, but it is still love that they crave. I feel like this kind of hints at the roots of this overwhelming greed for power in the human psyche.

There is so much conflict in the world within the macrocosm and microcosm, and even internally within ourselves. What is at the root of this conflict?
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When the need for love is internalized, and that internal need is perceived as not being met, anger, bitterness and resentment can fester. People in positions of authority will often exorcise all of these internalized feelings by projecting this out into the world through negative behavior.

Power + neurosis = pain and suffering.

Just look at Hitler!

I can't answer to the question of how these conflicts can be solved on a larger scale, only to how I address my inner conflicts negating that disease of greed for power. For me it comes with silence, it comes with observing nature and it comes with turning off the mind. I truly think that this is a vital thing for human kind to learn! The ability to shut off the noise and return to the source. Not to give up on all the day to day activity of building, living and striving for positive society; but to find moments of peace where they can see that there is something behind the activity that is beyond value judgement.

I recognize that what I'm talking about in how my meditative practices have opened me up to moments of intense clarity, is what some people feel when they pray. This is the strange dichotomy of being caught between an atheistic mindset and an agnostic one. For me that great unknowable that I sometimes get a glimpse of during meditation is just that; unknowable. If someone wants to label it as god then that is fine.

The ancient Sufi mystic Rumi once said:

In every religion there is love, yet love has no religion.

Rumi


The age old problems arise when a big enough group of people get together and label that unknowable feeling, then someone in a position of authority says 'this is what it is called, anyone else calling it something else is a heretic.'

This is the difference between experiencing and labeling.

This is politics at its heart!

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I think it is the essence of life that drives conflict. The Ying Yang's eternal swings create light and darkness, oppression and freedom, love and fear. Idealists will always try and come up with the final solution to everything to reach eternal love, but without knowing create new conflicts along the path. Those who seek to control and dominate will lift the new freedom movements without wanting to. The middle path offers liberation from the wheel of Karma but it is not easy for our egos to surrender. Much as we may complain, we are addicted to this rollercoaster of high and lows, and will continue to live it until we are finally ready to let go. I do however agree on that we all crave love, and this is the one true medicine. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

Those who seek to control and dominate will lift the new freedom movements without wanting to.

This is really interesting, and I think it can turn out this way in some cases.

I see the Yin Yang interplay in nature, prey/preditor, the cycle of life from death and decay in the seasons etc. And you are 100% right that it is not easy for our egos to surrender.

This is key for how I personally approach trying to get off the rollercoaster once in a blue moon. It's nearly always the ego that keeps me trapped in cyclical thinking. But even the act of noticing when it's happening allows for those moments when you can escape the narrative the ego is constantly constructing.

we all crave love, and this is the one true medicine.

Awesome m8. Couldn't agree more.
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Essentially, all that humans need to thrive is enough healthy food, clean water, a healthy mindset and a clean/healthy place to live. Also, most important is love...
Love, whether it be from a fellow human being, love put out into the universe, or received through the cyclic nature of things. Love is a universal constant of our internal worlds.

This resonates in me. Love is the way out of conflicts between humans. If there is love, there are a number of values ​​necessary to prosper and live happily.

Yeah, love and understanding are key for sure. It sounds a little hippy dippy ;-)... but that doesn't make it any less true.

Thanks for your comment, and reading my post zeleiracordero :)

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wow you really answered this well and really hit it, in a way it is hard to pinpoint what it is exactly as so many things come into play, but yes greed which leads on to manipulation and so much more, I have still to write on this so I will not go into it more. But I totally relate to your answer and yes to love bring it on I say xxxx

it is hard to pinpoint what it is exactly as so many things come into play,

Yeah, I agree and I think that this Ecotrain QOW is going to be more of an encyclopedia of answers to this thorny issue. Like maybe between 7 or 8 people the answers could emerge.

but yes greed which leads on to manipulation.

Lol, if I tried to cover all the causes of humankinds intetnal and external conflicts I'd still be writing 😂

I think I definitely focused more on the external in my post.

In the words of someone from my home town who understood these things:

Love is all you need

Look forward to reading your answer TrucklifeFam 👍

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I will come back and read this later because I don't really want to influence my own thinking about this question which hasn't quite formulated yet. Xx

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No worries Riverflows :)

wow raj! really special post here, THANK YOu for taking the time to write such a deep and meaningful post.. SO much to take in!

Politics, mmm. yes that patriarchal system that envelops everything, right down to our language and inability to even express ourselves using it..

Love that you end with meditation.. a few of us have mentioned this, and wow. so good to see so many people on Steem and beyond talking and even practicing it now..

this is a good sign! <3

thank you for taking part this week raj! hope to see you again soon on the QOTW!

Hi Alex.

Love that you end with meditation.. a few of us have mentioned this, and wow. so good to see so many people on Steem and beyond talking and even practicing it now.. this is a good sign!

Yeah, I agree. I think its the best thing for taking you out of yourself to see beyond the ego and all the negative mind-chatter. I could have wrote a lot more about meditation in this post to be honest, but I wanted to focus more on the external than the internal.

I usedto meditate a loit more than I do now about 8 years ago... and then I kind of stopped becuase of some things that happened in my life, and it was a bad descision because that was the time I most needed that perspective that meditation brings. I recently started going to the meditation group in the naturalmedicine community and it has been wonderful to find that peace again. Ha ha, however brief the moments of clarity, they merge in with your everyday thinking to level everything out I find.

I'll try and do more EcoTrain QOW. I'm one of these writers that has a million ideas and especially on steem, I just go with the inspiration. I've got a lot of deadline writing tasks outside of steem so here I just go with the flow lol :)

I totally agree with you and share a lot of similar thoughts in my response. Religion, a big problem. Greed, a big big problem. Politics, another issue. Love, a solution. Great and very meaningful post @raj808

Thanks thegreens

yeah, it is a doozy of a dilemma really. How to govern the world without government ;)

But in all seriousness, this post seems to focus on religion a lot, but it is definitely the politics within organised religeon I'm focusing on. The corruption that happens to perpetuate human suffering definitely comes from our current political structures imo. But on the personal level, if more humans could work on their inner world, there would be less of the 'will to power' crowd around ;)

Thanks for checking out my post.

So true! Everything can be corrupted and used against its intended purpose. Religion, democracy, even just love. And I agree, it has to do with power, greed, and imposing influence over others. And you can see this from the top institutions in the world, down to a kindergarten beauty pageant.

Everything can be corrupted and used against its intended purpose.

I think you've hit on a good point here... it's unfortunate that in pretty much every political construct throughout history, corruption proliferates.

I do think humans have the potential to evolve out of this preditory modality. After all, if evolution can happen on a biological level, maybe it can happen on a psychological/spiritual level.

Some people say 'it is just human nature'... but that doesn't mean we can't evolve our nature imo.

Thanks for commenting and sharing your thoughts stortebeker 👍

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