The Time-Tested Politics of Unity
and the “Anti-Civilization” Politics of Individuation

An Essay by The Divine World-Teacher,
Ruchira Avatar Adi Da Love-Ananda Samraj

Politics, society, and the common behavioral norms of any collective order are modelled in the likeness of the concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested reality that characterizes the collective generally. Therefore, if the prevailing concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested reality espouses the presumption that conditionally manifested existence is a unity (and is, for that reason, altogether characterized by, and to be conformed to, the sign of unity), then the collective order will be characterized by the politics of unity (with significant emphasis on collective order and the good of the whole), and by the social ideal of such unity, and by unifying (and self-abnegating or self-subordinating) behavioral norms and expectations (including such norms as cooperation, tolerance, and general peacefulness). Likewise, if the prevailing concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested reality espouses the presumption that conditionally manifested existence is not a unity (but, instead, is characterized by irreducible multiplicity, separateness, independent individuality, and polar opposition), then the collective order will be characterized by the politics of individuation (with significant emphasis on the fulfillment of individual will and desire, even to the degree of disregarding the collective will and desire), and by the social ideal of such individual fulfillment (and the intensive exercise of individual will and desire toward self-fulfillment, rather than toward collective order and the collective good), and by behavioral norms and expectations that correspond to the purpose of individual self-fulfillment.

The traditional, time-tested, and life-proven concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested reality is that of unity. Politics, society, and the culture of human behavior have traditionally been developed on the basis of a religious and Spiritual Realization of the unity of conditionally manifested reality and the Oneness of Ultimate Reality. And this Realization, confessed and communicated by men and women of great religious and Spiritual development (worthy of being respected as true and, rightly, normative authorities), has been the basis for those efforts and purposes of mankind that characterize what is called “civilization”. By contrast—except for the basic corrective demand that appropriate individual rights, and true individual well-being, and necessary individual integrity be properly respected and served—the political, social, and general behavioral signs and results of the concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested reality as a non-unity (or an objective multiplicity divorced from the Ultimate Oneness) can largely be described as the effort and purpose of “counter-civilization”, or “anti-civilization”, or even “barbarism”. That is to say, the political, social, and general behavioral signs and results of the concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested reality as a non-unity (or a realm of mere multiplicity, separateness, independent individuality, and polar opposition) are those of ego-glorification, general dissociativeness and separativeness, collective disunity and disorder, indiscriminate exploitation of all possibilities, abuse and disregard of every form of authority, the magnification of every kind of conflict and difference, the exaggeration of competitiveness, self-indulgence, and the purpose of material acquisition, the breakdown of community and collective culture, the devaluation and the waning of true philosophical, religious, and Spiritual endeavor, and the undermining of the fundamental morality of cooperation, tolerance, and general peacefulness.

Political, social, and general behavioral “materialism” (or “realism”) are bound to the concept (or philosophy) of conditionally manifested existence as a non-unity. And such political, social, and general behavioral “materialism” (or “realism”) is the overriding common pattern and motion of present-time global “civilization” (in spite of the always continuing propaganda that idealizes political and social “unity”). “Consider” this. And know that global peace, human freedom, and human well-being for all mankind depend on an individual and a collective change of mind, followed by a corresponding change of action. It is a matter of converting the mind and the life and the entire human collective to a right understanding of conditionally manifested reality (which is a great unity), and to a right (and truly religious, and truly Spiritual) submission to Ultimate Reality (Which Is One).

When the way of living becomes the active surrender of egoity, then the conditions of life will constantly prove the Truth.