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Why "us" & "them"?

There are so many ways to go about analyzing this idea. I'm curious to hear what your thoughts are, and if you think we as humans need to think in these terms?

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  • Jul 24 2011: Colleen: Hmm...Yes I personally feel threatened by not knowing. I find this a "neutral" position and instinctive...
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      Jul 24 2011: Hi Robbie,
      I think it's common to feel threatened by something we do not know. What happens when we open the mind and heart to "knowing" more about that which seems threatening to us?

      It may be "instinctive" on some level because we feel we want to protect ourselves from something? However, as evolved humans, we have a brain that can logically determine what we actually need to protect ourselves from, don't you think? For example, some of the thoughts that cause the "us" and "them" seperateness are racial, political, religious. We usually don't need to protect ourselves from those who are a different color? Those who have different political or religious beliefs? And yet, we often do use those issues as a way to seperate ourselves? Even if we have a different skin color, political or religious belief, we can still recognize the interconnections, don't you think?
      • Jul 24 2011: Makes sense just easier said than done. Kinda "once bitten twice shy" reasoning...I personally recognize your response as correct. Implementation is up to ones unique surroundings.
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          Jul 24 2011: I think/feel that "implementation" is up to each of us as individuals...or not...we have a choice. I understand that sometimes when we have been "bitten" we sometimes don't want to extend ourselves again. I've had so many enjoyable, wonderful experiences because I reached out to others, that I know I will continue doing it for my own pleasure and gratification. Sure, I've been "bitten' a few times, but overall, have recieved way more "gifts" from the experiences.

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