This morning I was moved by a post on FaceBook from a person whose ideas often have great value for me. This morning, I was moved, not to agreement, as I usually am, but to thinking. This person had posted a photo from what what may have been a magazine or Ezine article that illustrated the decline in different languages across the globe. His comment was that this was a sad thing and was bringing with it a real loss of what he called ‘culture.’
My immediate response to the information in the picture had been exactly opposite. I was delighted.
One day we will be One World / One People… we’re on the way there now. To get to that point, some things will have to be left behind, language and ‘culture’ will surely be among those things. Religion may be another. Why must they be left behind? Because, as humans, our DNA is saturated with fear, a very physically based fear that is there to ensure the survival of the species, a fear that sees anything different – skin color, language, belief systems – as ‘Other.’ Other is unknown and, therefore potentially dangerous. This is a very primal thing and for most of us, a very unconscious thing, but it lives there, deep in our genes.
One day, by the time we have intermarried enough around the globe, by the time our mass consciousness has evolved enough to allow for a range of gender and an acceptance of spirituality as inherent parts of our beings, and hopefully not by the time we have managed to slaughter billions of humans in the name of power and money, one day we will be homogenous. Our genes will mutate and free us up for more useful pursuits like art and music and celebration. And, ironically, at that point, our differences – which will by then be Individual Differences – will be both appreciated and celebrated. Because we will no longer fear.
But to get to that point, humanity will have to stop being so personally invested in culture and language and religion and other things that sub-divide us into groups. But, you may ask, will it not be a very dull world without those differences? On the contrary, it will be even more diverse, even more colorful, each individual being flowering in its own very special way. When that time comes, “we” will refer to all of us, and all of us are One… already… we just can’t see it yet because of the cultural fog created by our very primitive DNA.