Fragmentation and Division

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Fragmentation in terms of inward and outward division is one of the root cause of all human suffering. While this can be approached in many ways let us view it from the point of view of our holding opinion and conclusions. Whenever we stick to a point of view we immediately separate ourselves from others. Let us say I am a Hindu but hold a particular belief to be the cornerstone of being a Hindu. In this very act I separate myself from others and division always causes inward and outward conflict.

Does that mean that I cannot have any opinion. This has to be seen at two levels. There are times when we see the truth of a thing very clearly and there is no mistaking about the correctness of our views. Yet there would be others in this wide world who in their ignorance see exactly the opposite of what is the truth. In this case too I should have no problem as I do not cling to an opinion and others opposing it are not in any way undermining my vision of truth or the fact of what I see.

Often things are not that black and white. We partially perceive things and this gets added on to the other opinions that we hold. Moreover, subjectively we may be convinced that we see clearly when we do not. In such a case it is better to be as skeptical of ones own point of view as we are of the other. It is this openness that could form the bedrock of a harmonious relationship.

seeker's picture

I don't think that what you

I don't think that what you term as fragmentation is the cause of suffering, it's our automatic confrontation-based attitude that build on top of this fragmentation that does all the trouble.

Inwardly however, I think that this very fragmentation is key to inner peace - one must dis-identify with the voices and elements within himself that he used to take as himself (again without confrontation and condemnation) in order to arrive to simply being.

seeker | Tue, 10/14/2014 - 06:37
joejo's picture

"that you may be children of

"that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous." Matthew 5:45

Inward fragmentation is as dangerous and the cause of outward division for as Alan Watts puts it "Outwardly, I am one apple among many. Inwardly, I am the Tree.”

The dis -identifying that you speak of is to be done very carefully for it is not between good and bad sides of oneself but all of what we consider as self (ego matrix) on one hand and (bare) observer (without any qualification or holdings) on the other

By taking whole of oneself we try to prevent fragmentation. Individual can rightly be said of one who is indivisible.

joejo | Tue, 10/14/2014 - 13:09