We Are One
I have often heard the claim “we are one.” In the best possible world, all
humans would recognize others as brothers and sisters, not in the usual familial
sense where brothers and sisters fight among themselves, but in an ideal sense
of loving, respecting and protecting close kin.
You could argue that an ultimately good future religion would champion this
single truth and provide guidance towards sustaining harmonious coexistence. To
know that we are one is to transcend human nature. Although different teachings
have suggested that transcendence is the goal and offer practices to achieve the
goal, the task is formidable and seldom, if ever achieved.
The simplest explanation of the difficulty is that differences are more
important to humans than similarities. We now realize that no two individuals
are identical. Groups of humans differ by appearance, beliefs, abilities and
languages. Differences are built into our genes.
When you acquire true knowledge and acceptance of the diversity built into human nature, you are ready
to begin a valid journey toward We Are One.
Human nature and human destiny lies within programs in the old brain.
Individuals can transcend the old programs by diligent learning and practice but
individual effort and learning does not change the genome. Whatever we value
about civilized human existence - culture, knowledge, social justice, respect
for human rights and dignity must be practiced anew and stored as modifications
of each person's neocortex. Success at humanitarian efforts within a society
reveals that portion of human attitudes, beliefs and behavior that can be
modified and/or are supported by innate tendencies.; Failure of moral authority
reveals the extent to which innate negative tendencies prevail no matter how
diligent the effort to modify or suppress them.
Each person must understand and modify four innate tendencies:
1. The tendency to criticize, blame and punish others is inevitable in
humans and opposes the tendency to cooperate with and care for one another.
2. The tendency to form exclusive groups and discriminate against others is
also universal and opposes the tendency toward tolerance and peaceful
3. The tendency to covet the property of others, to lie, cheat and steal is
also universal and opposes the tendency to respect the integrity of the other,
to cooperate and share.
4. The tendency to anger, hatred and killing is also universal and opposes
the tendency to recognize the common humanity in the other and opposes the
intelligence of seeking ones’ own well being by protecting the well-being of