•    Why Should I Care if My Own Ox is Not Getting Gored?   

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    Why Should I Care if My Own Ox is Not Getting Gored?


    If you choose to accept, as a society standard, the mind-set of the individual who only cares when “his own ox is getting gored” — then DON’T expect anyone to care when YOU get gored and slaughtered within that same environmental framework of callous indifference.

    On the Serengeti Plains, the lion singles-out one zebra from a herd of many hundred, and the lion has his way with that lone zebra — BECAUSE the zebra herd does not realize that their strength in numbers could easily and decisively defeat a few attacking lions. Because a zebra apparently lacks the cerebral resources to figure this out, he adopts a tunnel-vision policy of “every man for himself” and he simply does not care about the danger to all UNTIL he himself is getting thrashed and devoured. By then, it’s far too late to start ‘caring’ about the lion danger.

    Humans, however, are credited with having far greater intelligence than the zebra. But if this assumption of superior human intelligence really is true, why does such a huge majority of human beings cling to a zebra-like tunnel-vision mind-set that says “I don’t care because my own ox is not getting gored?” It’s important that we understand “WHY” because this prevailing tendency is robbing humans of a tremendous, mammoth survival advantage that we would otherwise be enjoying as a species, to insulate humans rather securely from a torrent of life’s real dangers. WHY are so many humans surrendering or obliterating this enormous advantage?

    The answer is, quite simply, a grotesquely distorted, inaccurate perception of ‘self’ and of ‘other.’ The typical individual — commonly self-absorbed and drowning in his own ego — tends to harbor an acutely bloated, lofty, inaccurate estimation of his own wisdom and intelligence, while maintaining a typically low regard for the well-being and intelligence of ‘others’ — whom he staunchly differentiates from himself, as inferior. As a consequence, when such a bloated, dishonest egotistical mind-set encounters a “victim” he most often does NOT empathize with or identify with that victim because he erroneously perceives that victim as being an ‘other’ that is inferior to himself.

    Thus, such a dishonest superiority-plagued mindset assumes, without justification, that this inferior ‘victim’ probably caused his own demise and injuries by doing something ill-advised or stupid which no person of superior intelligence (like himself) would ever do. This rationale tries to justify this distinction between ‘self’ and the ‘other’ (victim) by reinforcing the bogus assumption that “I CAN help save ME by virtue of my superior intelligence, but I can NOT help save the ‘other’ (the victim) — precisely because of their profoundly inferior intelligence.” A compressed restatement of this sentiment would read: “You can’t save people from themselves – – from their own self-inflicted stupidity — so just focus on saving yourself.”

    Every victim will tell you that ANYONE can be a victim — even a brilliant, intelligent genius. The 9\11 World Trade Center victims and their families would tell you “they did not deserve that calamity — they did not do anything stupid or irresponsible to ’cause’ the misfortune inflicted on them.” The families and parents of the little children ruthlessly murdered in the Newtown school massacre know, with certainty, that those children did NOT do anything wrong, or stupid, or irresponsible to cause the tragedy inflicted on them while they were in their school.

    Only a LACK OF Intelligence and Honesty could produce such a “blame the victim” mind-set that doesn’t care until one’s own ox is getting gored. This lack of intelligence “blame the victim” mind-set is sociopathic — in the extreme, and it’s both dishonest and, ironically, self-destructive.

    Ben Franklin understood this when he said, at the signing of the Declaration of Independence, “We must all hang together, or assuredly we shall all hang separately.” In essence he was saying, “Don’t wait until your own ox is getting gored before you unify forces, because by then it will be too late.”

    Humans are blessed with a supreme survival advantage in this World – Intelligence – and we are squandering it and nullifying it on a mass scale, by allowing our acute, gargantuan narcissistic egotism to utterly distort and falsify our perception of reality, leaving us exposed with a soft vulnerable underbelly. Why aren’t logic and sound reasoning skills taught in elementary school, junior high and high school? Why do educators stress rote memory skills and the accumulation of ‘knowledge’ – as a database of ‘things’ knowledge, while utterly ignoring the logic and reasoning skills that are indispensable for disclosing the vital implications embedded in this database of ‘things’ we have knowledge of?

    Our educational teaching system is obsessed with giving us a torrent of ‘things’ to remember in rote fashion, as though a treasure-trove of trivia database facts is all we need – – – without teaching even the rudiments of logic or reasoning skills necessary to responsibly ‘process’ all that data. In so doing, humans are squandering and nullifying the greatest survival advantage we possess — Intelligence and Compassion.

    We continue to do this at our own peril. We cannot long endure if we continue to allow acute emotional egotism to trump reason and distort reality.


     

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  •    Religion’s Mortal Wounds   

    Scales of a Balanced Justice

    By-Line: Religion’s Mortal Wounds: Organized mainstream religion suffers self-inflicted mortal injuries which impugn its integrity and gravely threaten its historical World standing forever. We see this problem manifesting exponentially in the 10-fold growth of mainstream “Religious Fundamentalism” Worldwide. It is the politicizing of religion for political gain in power struggles worldwide. The ground-zero question is: “What is in the nature of mainstream religion itself, that makes it so amenable to such hijacking manipulation?” Quite simply, the answer replies: “Mainstream Religion Has Forsaken Spirituality.” Substituting the epistemology of Rationalism for the epistemology of Insight and Compassion has proven to be a catastrophic mistake. This is, at its core, an epistemological problem. (See, “Rationalism Religion & Dogma – The Three Wicked Sisters” and “Has Religion Forsaken Spirituality?“).

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