Insecurity vs. Oneness with Ram Dass

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The more insecure people get, the more they’re frightened by existing conditions.

Unless they are aware of this and can transform the fear, they will contract, and they will build an “us vs. them” mentality. They will create a boundary and see an enemy. And that’s really the history of our country. It has been so focused around having an enemy, whether it’s drug lords or Hitler or whatever it is. In a way, you can abstract it into the preoccupation with the plane of polarities, the plane of two, the plane where there is good and evil, dark and light, positive and negative, yin and yang, whichever it is. That it’s in the two, that the “us” and “them” exist.

How you respond to that world of two has to do with your consciousness, whether you choose to live in the world of two, or if you live in the world of one.

When you can enter into group identity with the ability to be in it but not in it, that’s a value to everybody in that group, as well as everybody that knows you, or knows about it. It doesn’t seem to me that it’s possible to be an incarnate without being a member of a group or groups. I think our identity in society is through our complex reference identity through groups. We’re part of families, ethnic groups, race, sexual identity, economics, and so on.

So the question is whether our action of being participants in these groups creates an exclusivity in “us” and “them,” psychologically, and it depends on where your head is at, as to what the act you do creates. Now, if you join an exclusive country club that has a very strict membership policy, then you are feeding into something at that point. Your action is feeding something that is divisive. You’ve gotta look at whether within the nature of the group itself, there is exclusivity. See, that’s an interesting one.

-Ram Dass