137 – Why are We so Cruel?

We are so cruel because most of us follow, as ‘revelation’, the words of books filled with horrendous cruelty.

We are so cruel because from very early in Life we are taught to fear and loathe ‘the other’, to unquestionably obey an archaic and patriarchal belief system that has dominated us through millennia by inciting division and cruelty and disregard for life.

Like Hatred, and unlike Love which is innate in us … we are born wanting to love and be loved … Cruelty is learned and oftentimes incited very early in life. Along with Hate, Cruelty drives us … like no other animal on earth … to kill our own with increasingly sophisticated weaponry, to torture ‘the other’ with pre-meditation and degrading humiliation, to de-humanize those we want to oppress or destroy, to obliterate the value of life.

Isn’t this a troubling sign that something has gone terribly wrong with us?

How does a belief system dominated by Division, Cruelty and Hate take hold on our cultures and become so ‘normal’ that we allow its perpetuation without a second thought? How does a tide of vicious dominance that is almost as old as we are can be changed?

Only when bringing into focus the destructiveness of our dominant belief system and the horrifying fact that we are perpetuating it by inciting it on our children, can we begin to answer the questions – and only then we will be free to begin to explore a new belief system based on the self-evident fact that we are participants in a magnificent and creative Universal Order that, although it demands of us … as of everything in Nature … to consume other living organisms in order to survive, it also endows us … as no other creature we know of … with the self-awareness of our power to change and our need … even under the horrors of war and the ignominy of hate and cruelty … to love and be loved.

If we have the intelligence and the power to create a world of Division and Hate and Cruelty, why don’t we use our intelligence and our power to create instead a world without them?

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