Separation

Violence

http://www.davidicke.com/headlines/ and Popular Philosophy Today

Fascinating idea. I find terming separation as “violence” to be a harsh misuse of the word, though.

What I would call it is creating an “in-group, out-group” type of elitism. Creating a social construct of “us and them.”

Granted, it is usually not the conscious intention of people with such labels to create such a division between them and their fellow man. But could it be possible that this is, truly, what we are doing by accepting such labels that divide us as “other” from our fellow man?

Or is it necessary for us to feel commonality with a small group of humans. Is it not possible to feel connected with everyone because of differences?

Sticky. Discuss. What are your thoughts? Are there labels you choose to carry? Why?

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8 thoughts on “Separation

  1. In your brain, the pulses of chemicals and electric… what is the difference between forced separation and violence? What is the differfence between loss and pain?

    Our ability to feel comfort is a narrow range, when discomfort is felt it tends toward pain in our anticipations. Not like me is pain, like me is comfort.

    Remember, pain and emotional discomfort have the same electrical/chemical pulses in our brains. “I don’t like you” and “quit standing on my fingers” have much in common. To ask others to endure the outgroup is like saying ‘endure this pain’ … ‘you’ll like it’

    In the end it is how you are able to define pain that makes a difference…

    • Not necessarily. 😉

      I’ve met far too many religious leaders, branches of religion, and religious individuals who encourage questioning and doubt.

      I used to believe that religion insisted that its way was right, by nature of being a “religion,” but evidence has forced me to doubt this as well.

  2. … and this is why Jesus refers to himself as “son of man”. Sure the title may come with other references, but read literally, he calls himself human. He also is able to connect with other humans from all walks of life.

    A shame that followers of Jesus choose to assume a title other than human. It makes one wonder how they can even consider themselves followers when they choose separation over connection.

    • I never did understand that. It’s the sole reason why I left Christianity: there is no reason, contextually, to believe Jesus = God, or that he ever claimed he was, or ever desired to be seen as such.

      All he ever did, according to what we have (Gospels), was relate to his fellow human being: be it prostitute, fisherman, pharisee, tax-collector, or whatever else shows up in the gospels.

      I don’t get it.

  3. Christianity in the west is facing the dual crises of comparative material luxury and the population’s exposure to a multitude of philosophies and religions. Typically, churches facing these crises react in one of two ways: retreat into conservatism and biblical literalism, or embracing liberalism. The former is the easier course, because it is more comforting, but it brings with it what I like to call “boundary issues” which are directly opposite to the boundary-crossing example set by Jesus of Nazareth.

    I, too, suspect that “violence” is too strong a word – but then I reflect on the damage caused to my psyche by those who imposed their “boundary issues” onto me, and think again …

    • Likewise…. I battle between reflecting on what was put on me, and back to the outer world. The former thinks it the worst type of violence. “Objective” me likes to be argumentative and overly logical…. Lol

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