We live in times not dissimilar to Spanish Flu Pandemics in 1918-1920, followed by Depression of 1920-1921, resulting in the Lost Generation of 1920’s, then the Great Depression of 1929-1933 (Global unemployment 25%) and the rise of Hitler to power in 1933, and the rest is even more worrisome after that.
But there is a lesson to be learned:
Most people are threatened by group consciousness, a concept such as the collective good, a one-world overview,
or a God who exists in unity with all creation, rather than separate from it.
This fear of anything leading to unification and our planet’s glorification of All That Separates produces division, disharmony, discord-yet we do not seem to have the ability even to learn from our own experience, and so we continue our behaviors, with the same results.
The inability to experience the suffering of another as one’s own is what allows such suffering to continue.
Separation breeds indifference, false superiority. Unity produces compassion, genuine equality.
The events which occur on our planet- which have occurred regularly for 3,000 years-are, as said, a reflection of the Collective Consciousness of “our group” – the whole group on our planet.
That level of consciousness could best be described as primitive.
The Hitler Experience was made possible as a result of group consciousness. Many people want to say that Hitler manipulated a group-in this case, his countrymen through the cunning and the mastery of his rhetoric. But this conveniently lays all the blame at Hitler’s feet-which is exactly where the mass of the people want it.
But Hitler could do nothing “without the cooperation and support and willing submission of millions of people.
The subgroup which called itself Germans must assume an enormous burden of responsibility for the Holocaust. As
must, to some degree, the larger group called Humans, which, if it did nothing else, allowed itself to remain indifferent and apathetic to the suffering in Germany until
it reached so massive a scale that even the most coldhearted isolationists could no longer ignore it.
You see, it was collective consciousness which provided fertile soil for the growth of the Nazi movement. Hitler seized the moment, but he did not create it.
It’s important to understand the lesson here. A group consciousness which speaks constantly of separation and superiority produces loss of compassion on a massive scale, and loss of compassion is inevitably followed by loss of conscience.
A collective concept rooted in strict nationalism ignores the plights of others, yet makes everyone else responsible for yours, thus justifying retaliation, “rectification,” and war.
Auschwitz was the Nazi solution to-an attempt to “rectify”-the “Jewish Problem.”
The horror of the Hitler Experience was not that he perpetrated it on the human race, but that the human race allowed him to.
The astonishment is not only that a Hitler came along, but also that so many others went along.
The shame is not only that Hitler killed millions of Jews, but also that millions of Jews had to be killed before Hitler was stopped.
The purpose of the Hitler Experience was to show humanity to itself.
You want the world to change? Change things in your own world.
The Hitler Experience is profound in its implications and the truths is revealed to us about us. Yet these larger awarenesses live only so long as our memories of them live.
This is why Jews build monuments to the Holocaust and ask us never to forget it. For there is a little bit of Hitler in all of us – and it is only a matter of degree.
Wiping out a people is wiping out a people.
Hitler was created by us.
He arose out of our Collective Consciousness, and could not have existed without it. That is the lesson. The consciousness of separation, segregation, superiority – of “we” versus “they”, of “us” and “them” – is what creates the Hitler Experience.
The consciousness of Divine Brotherhood, of unity, of Oneness, of “ours” rather than “your / mine,” is what creates the Christ Experience.
When the pain is “ours,” not just “yours,” when the joy is “ours,” not just “mine,” when the whole life experience is Ours, then it is as last truly that – a Whole Life experience.
Hitler thought he was doing good for his people. And his people thought so, too!
That was the insanity of it!
The largest part of the nation agreed with him!
– Neale Donald Walsch in “The Complete Conversations with God”
I feel personally responsible for today’s world, and the inequalities in it. As a “white” person I too was comfortable in the world, ignoring the constant suffering of others, not conscious about what is going on in the world and that we all belong to the same race – Humans. And I allowed myself to remain indifferent and apathetic until now, but it became so massive a scale that even the most coldhearted isolationists as me can no longer ignore it.
It is our collective consciousness which provides fertile soil for the growing inequalities, as MOST of us are doing OK, so we go along with it. (The consciousness of separation, segregation, superiority – of “we” versus “they”, of “us” and “them” – is what creates the Hitler Experience. The consciousness of Divine Brotherhood, of unity, of Oneness, of “ours” rather than “your / mine,” is what creates the Christ Experience. When the pain is “ours,” not just “yours,” when the joy is “ours,” not just “mine,” when the whole life experience is Ours, then it is as last truly that – a Whole Life experience.)
INCLUSION. Taking responsibility on me for what is happening, as I was feeding the collective consciousness with ignorance and apathy. But now I am feeding it with love, inclusion, abundance and with “ours” in mind and spirit.