How did we get this way? And has valuing exclusion over inclusive cooperation been a winning long-term strategy? Maybe it’s served a very few very well, but the masses have experienced a far different evolutionary experience, filled with lifetimes of grief, loss and indentured servitude.
Humanity’s collective history documents how the masses were typically treated as unworthy or undeserving of happiness, respect, comfort, or even safety. Those lifetimes of suppressed resentment and rage, at the hands of exclusionary leaders, became unforgivable when we understood how the rules, laws, and social mores were actually designed to guarantee we would never attain the false dream of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” for ourselves. Even if we did raise our social and/or economic status with their help, we would shoulder a karmic indebtedness to our ‘masters’ throughout eternity. Such indebtedness only perpetuates more resentment and future karmic obligation which will need rebalancing in future lives.
So who are these excluders and what are their motivations? These (almost exclusively) men may harbor deep insecurities (not feeling safe or good enough), compelling them to need control of those they fear might threaten them or their families. They may display a total lack of empathy for others or have an insatiable addiction to being catered to and showered with admiration. Once in charge, their overlord positions create a sense of artificial superiority that fills their voids and insufficiencies, falsely reassuring them how mightily worthy of power they are. Some come from ancestral lines whose birthrights automatically perpetuate their lofty positions and excuse their hubris. Others lust after what they’ve never had and feel entitled to take what they tell themselves they deserve. They’ll even preemptively take what they want before it’s denied to them. And, when projecting their lack of (Self) trust onto others their behavior becomes unconsciously self-justified as does their cruelty, selfishness and greed. Their levels of inhumaneness may even become a source of pride and celebrity, if their outrageousness distinguishes them from their predecessors. And of course there are those who can only feel of value if they diminish the value, or worth, of others to give themselves a sense of supremacy.
Now, let’s fast forward to today to witness the cumulative impact of unaddressed inhumane and inequitable persecution. Never vented reactions to lifetimes of oppression, resentment and arbitrary social separation, is boiling over in our streets and in our politics. People are no longer willing to live by the minority’s self-serving rules.
How can this cycle of winners defeating losers, and losers retaking control of the winners, be stopped? Any minority-ruled hierarchical system, that consistently creates losers, who might forgive but never forget the treatment they’ve experienced, has no ultimate winners.
However, egalitarian citizens have the power to restore democracies around the world, and defeat authoritarianism, when the majorities defy minority-rule and take back their countries from self-appointed excluders.