Let's assume you come across an individual, for argument's sake a man. You can make out where he comes from. he'd ressed in a way which is non descript. Doesn' have an accent. What would you do?.
Relativity and connectedness between individuals
Often what makes someone interesting is some feature or sign from their appearance which relates to their background, or personality, or life. It's having an accent, a mannerism, or some other eccentricity which makes them stand out from the rest is what interests us in them. It's finding a connection by which you can relate to someone which makes them intersting to you. This is no different from relatives, which is based on the same concept.
This is based on the principle of mutual arising, and the connnectedness between an individual's appearance and their life, just as, if you have read that webpage, the relatedness and difference between the figures in the photo and the background. An individual is bioth their life and their appearance, and this is relative to everything else.
Disempowerment of the individual
Indiividualism disempowers the individual because it fosters a belief which is based on the illusion of separateness and individuality without any connection to the whole. Not only does this diempower the individual, it also devalues them. Therefore any political or religious ideology or belief which stresses the isolation and separateness of the individual disempowers the individual and devalues them.
This is where many people believe that the development of technology and the centralization of the government or State is a direct threat to the value of personality. In some ways it is but this is only because technology is being developed by personality working within the same collectivist-individualist paradigm and dynamic. Collectivism and individualism are the same.
But this is what is creating the illusion that the individual is functioning or operating all by themselves. This is related to the other beliefs that someone's thoughts, actions and deeds emanate from a place which is solely inside their skin, so we can point a fringer and say "There's where it started."
This leads to a wide variety of different mindgames, which include:
- games of praising and blaming
- the game of 'Who Started it?'
- the game of 'Who Can We Give The Jollies To?'
- the game of 'What can I Get Out of Others Today?'
- the game of 'You're responsible because'
- the game of 'It's not fair because...'
- the game of 'I've got more entitlement that you because...'
- the game of 'I'm better than you because..'
The welfare benefits system
An excellent example of disempowerment of the individual and the mindgames of praise and blame is the current UK welfare benefits system which also serves as a very good example of modern welfare benefit thinking by those who believe in any ideology on the individualist-collectivst paradigm. We have presented this on its separate webpage.
The truth about ideologies and belief systems
There is no ideology or belief system which makes you any better or any worse than anyone else. there is no difference between communism, socialism, fascism, conservatism, neoliberalism, any mainstream religion because they all promote social division through the collectivism-individualism paradigm and dynamic and the belief in separateness and false human individuality and isolationism. They are all part of the same mindgames above in disempowering people through contrived conflicts, blame games, and also promoting the supremacy of Self over others.
Ideology and responsibility
There isn no connection whatsoever between ideology and responsibility. Believing that responsibility is an aspect of ideology, for example in the popular concept of individualissm that a belief perosnal integrity and self-sufficiency gives someone a sense of responsibility is false and a complete misunderstanding of what responsibility is really all about. the fact that you believe in something does not make you any more responsible than anyone else.
Responsibility is a character trait like intelligence, or kindness, or compassion. Some people have it, and some people don't. There are certain backgrounds, certain interests, a certain awareness or understanding of relationship create responsibility in some human beings. Some people live this way not because they are beating themselves up or giving themselves sermons telling themselves that they have to behave better but because they've got the intelligence to understand that being responsible makes things better for everybody all round. This is the reality. Those who believe that others will become irresponsible never did have any thinking which would guarantee that others would become responsible. There is no such guarantee. If there were, we would all be robots or puppets without any autonomy.
Therefore responsibility is not connected to belief, it is related however to consciousness, experience and being connected to others and can be developed by developing all these three things - personal experience, connection to others, and perception of consciousness. Responsibility comes from having enough experience to understand that you are not separate from everything else, but that you are connected to everything else in existence.
There is also no connection between responsibility, which is connected to cionsciousness and individual (personal) experience and culpability which is an aspect of morality based on choosing wrong over right. However ideology on the basis of the collectivist-individualist dynamic confuses responsibility and culpability and oftens sees both responsibility and culpability as the same thing. This is why many people look down on the disempowered, the poor, because they are often seen as failing or even choosing not to take responsibility and be self-sufficient. They often fail to see that a lack of personal responsibility comes from believing in being separate from everything else and not being connected to everything else.
Existence is based on reality. There are two states of being - realuty and possibility - reality is what you experience and possibility is what you perceive based on your experience. However due to ideology many people confuse actual reality, that what really exists, with what we call cultural reality - the version of reality which is based on symbols, imagery, memes, myths, labels, and stereotypes.
This is reality. The image above shows mountains. We can all agree that the image shows mountains. There are no labels, no signs, nothing which can distort our perception that these are mountains. We can label the mountains, for example and say that this is the Himalayas, or Rocky Mountains, and you should immediately recognize that these are neither. But what if we were to maintain that they are? They're actually not, but we are illustrating the point that in confusing actual reality with cultural reality you can quickly lose sight of reality and become mroe focussed on the differences based on perception which can be found in cultural reality.
Culture and reality are two entirely different things. Culture is not based on reality but on our perception and being part of language and how we relate to one another. Culture is therefore based on illusion, on abstract physicality like time, money, and the labels we use to describe ourselves and others. Time is cultural reality, something created by Mankind. Sunrise doesn't take place because it is a certain time in the morning, it happens because of reality and it is humans who have decided that a day contains 24 hours and when the sun rises in the east that it is morning. Likewise money is cultural reality. Money is a unit of measurement to denote value and exists because we have a social consensus that money facilitates a system of barter between people for the exchange of goods, property, labour, and material possessions.
Cultural reality and people
Let us compare two images. Below is the first image.
Below is the second image.
Here we have two more images of reality. The image above shows the sea and below that we have an image of people. Observe how each individual person below is just like each individual wave on the surface of the sea. This is our concept of equality, because each individual human being is, in reality, no different from each individual wave of the sea, they go together to make up the whole. Inequality between people is based on cultural reality, not actual realiuty. Everyone is an individual human being until the point when you start thinking in terms of cultural reality and mixing up reality and culture, and start introducing labels and cultural stereotypes.
Black people do not exist in reality
There's no such thing as a black person in reality. There's just an individual human being. Black is just a label, just like disabled, white, man, woman, rich, poor, taxpayer, migrant, homeowner, professional, and all the other labels we use to desribe ourselves and each other. It's the labels we use to describe ourselves and others which cause us to judge ourselves and others. This is why we fight and struggle for more power, disempowering others. This is why rather than connecting to people and finding out more about them and trying to understand them we often choose to remain separate, aloof, indifferent, and disconnected. It is through this belief that this cultural reality is somehow reality we create most, if not all, of the problems we face in society.