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January 31, 2013
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Letter: A commentary on culture

Commentary on culture

“The question is not what we do about guns but what do we do to keep our children safe?” When we want to understand something, our usual response is to ask a question. The question itself implies a lack of understanding. How we think reveals information about ourselves.

What can we discover in the question? Each of us wants to be safe through belief. Or unconsciously, we don’t want to be safe at all. What we really want is to have our way. Out of confusion, questions are asked which strengthen self identity and become institutionalized as government. The government then becomes the authority. That is the essence of our culture.

Contradiction will always be in our nature as long as we perceive division between what we are and what we should be. If we want to live in a peaceful world, then we must live peacefully. That requires an ending of conflict in ourselves. The authority of our institutions can never make that happen.

When we ponder our own existence we seek purpose while thinking that existence is meaningless. This duality has led to the rise of religious and spiritual explanations about what I am. When we are constantly labeled in our interactions, we become isolated in relationship. When we are confronted with differences in opinion the signals that are transmitted in the brain are the same ones that energize the sense of self. In this defensive state the mind becomes disconnected and rational thinking is no longer possible.

As we grow up our moral compass is forged by our environment so our actions are often the result of the validation we get from society. We are unconsciously conditioned into the society we live in, which then energizes the same hegemony from one generation to next.

John Malik


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