Consciousness

The bedrock of a strategy that can subsume the world’s population in assuming responsibility for our collective destiny is the consciousness of the absolute oneness of humankind. Deceptively simple though it may be, the concept that humanity constitutes a single unified people presents fundamental challenges to the way most institutions of contemporary society discharge their functions. Whether in the form of the adversarial structure of partisan government, the advocacy principle practiced in civil law, a glorification of the class struggle between diverse social identities, or the competitive spirit dominating so much of modem life–in all these arenas conflict is fetishized as the mainspring of productive human interaction. It represents yet another extension of the materialistic interpretation of life that has progressively consolidated itself over social organization in the past two centuries.