Separation.

Jiddu Krishnamurti

“When you call yourself an Indian or a Muslim or a Christian or a European, or anything else, you are being violent. Do you see why it is violent? Because you are separating yourself from the rest of mankind. When you separate yourself by belief, by nationality, by tradition, it breeds violence. So a man who is seeking to understand violence does not belong to any country, to any religion, to any political party or partial system; he is concerned with the total understanding of mankind.”

– Jiddu Krishnamurti

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7 Responses to Separation.

  1. His point is not easy to understand.

    • The DV8 says:

      Well, he says over and over again that the mind can’t be free while it’s constrained by religious teaching, but I think he’s talking about something else here — the way that religious and national identities divide people into “us” and “them.” If my identity is X, then somebody else is Not X. He’s Other. I’m buying into the kind of group identity that in many instances leads to violence between groups.

  2. So in a sense he’s saying ethnocentrism breeds violence? If so, there are thousands of real life examples throughout human history.

  3. The comment by Krishnamurti doesn’t make much sense. I think that he just selects some “tags” that he personally doesn’t agree with, and then says that identifying yourself as one of them separates yourself from others. But that principle is nonsense and illogical.

    For instance, if I created a party or religion that was in favour of unifying humanity as one, without division, and called it “The One Humanity Party”, then under Krishnamurti’s logic anyone who joined the group and said they were a “One Humanitier” would be dividing themselves from everyone else. Simply identifying with name doesn’t necessarily make you exclusionist or hateful of others, does it?

    Dave

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