Our understanding of individuality as Separate from God was radically changed when that “not cuttable” atom was found to be “cuttable.” Einstein, Darwin, Carl Yung, and many others unknowingly defined individualism and began cutting it up to determine what was in and what was out. Everywhere in the age of discovery and later in the age of communication the focused was on how to divide up the whole.
Corporation’s today brand name their identity for power. “Who I am” entitles my capacity to exploit the environment and relationship for my own benefit. This attitude and value for individual self was an unprecedented social shift. 500 years ago there existed a percentage of kings, emperors, pharaoh, sultan types.
A few in power are a small crowd at the top with the control.
Today we have an unprecedented variety of domains and kingdoms owned by individuals. I myself have a small empire, granted it is two houses and a studio full of icons and I live with the illusion of freedom over tomorrow. We are the chosen few and can extend inclusiveness or deny access. Our new social paradigm has come to enthrone the successful individual at the expense of the un-aggressive marginalized masses.
Religious institutions as well as governments no longer hails the pilgrim who is unique and different acting in communion with the whole. Rather, they stamp out members with mediocre conformity who have curious free thinking perspectives. Hyper-individualism is what happened to Adam and Eve; they separated themselves from the unified consciousness by believing they could be separate from God. All is not lost; perhaps this transition is part of evolution. We are moving from an era of communication were what “I” say is important, to an era of “We” are a web of interconnectedness Not Separate from God.
For us to arrive where peace flourishes we will all have to develop a true self and help each other accomplish the same. When we ground a true understanding of “I” and from there realize deeply it is the same “I” existing in everyone.