On the surface, the collective certainly has no desire to self-destruct. But deep down in the depths of the collective mind, where we compulsively repeat the same patterns, over and over, ad infinitum...
…the collective actually loathes the individual ego and wishes to destroy it.
Yet, the individual ego equally despises the collective mass of human consciousness.
Neither wishes an end to itself, but both seek to destroy the other.
So which are “you”?
The ego fears and loathes the collective. It perceives the aggregate of human consciousness and belief as primitive, absurd and madly driven by gross fears and desires. It recognizes man’s inhumanity to man as a collective disease that only IT is immune to. The individual ego holds itself up as sacred, as it seeks its own personal awakening to a higher consciousness and a higher truth not available to the collective mass of human thought. The ego believes it is on a “hero’s journey” to one day transcend the collective HELL that it despises.
The collective fears and loathes the individual ego. It understands self-absorbed egocentricity as the very reason for man’s inhumanity to man. It lives in chronic sadness and fear over the pain and suffering individual egos inflict upon itself. The collective sensationalizes all individual acts of cruelty as not apart of itself. It seeks to extract out the guilty and supports severe punishment.
History demonstrates that following every collective uprising, the ego takes over until the collective must rise again. This is easy to be seen, because with every political uprising, one individual ego is sought out as leader. Nevertheless, as always happens, that individual ego is eventually vilified by the collective in its desire for punishment.
The individual ego cannot escape the collective, because the collective GAVE IT LIFE.
The collective cannot escape egocentric individuality, because the ego KEEPS IT ALIVE.
The collective is OUTSIDE, seeking control over what is INSIDE YOU.
The ego is INSIDE, seeking control over what is OUTSIDE IT.
Thus, the collective will always withhold its wonder from the ego and the ego will share none of its magic with the collective.
When the ego sees the outside as inside and the collective realizes that what is inside has never left the outside…
...there will no longer be a difference to get hung up on and point to.
Artwork by Beau White - "Becoming A Man (bit by bit)"