We enter into this world with an experience that is completely subjective and boundless without awareness of how to differentiate. Evolution has provided humans with the gift of very unique cognitive abilities that has enabled them to thrive and survive, at least until present times but his gift has come to be a yoke simply because we do not understand the whole of ourselves, that what we believe to be absolute truth is quite relative.
Shortly after birth humans begin to develop the ability to perceive in a very selective and relative way. Through the process of conditioning we come to increasingly rely on this way of seeing that involves the perception of the external world in terms of objects separate from the observer. We further refine this ability to reduce, separate and objectify most everything in life, coming to lose any connection we have had with that original subjective experience. Even with religion and nature, the few things that help us to retain some grounding in the subjective we come to see these in new terms, through these new means. Our culture and the related forums perpetuate this. Some of the more primitive and native cultures remain grounded in the subjective experience although western culture has gravitated towards a more complete embracing of this new perception and principles which are reflected in the value that they attach to objectivity, materialism and rational thought. They are universally embraced as means of understanding life events. We have all come to be conditioned to see life in terms of our reductionist, analytic and materialistic thought forgetting what we once were.
There has been a consequence in the abandoning of our subjective experience and although this is fundamental in the consideration of what we have emerged from; it has in general been forgotten and denied. In that denial there is a betrayal of what we are. There is a betrayal of authentic self that occurs in us and in our perceptions of ourselves as individuals. We can’t in reality deny what we have emerged from; it remains as an underlying, unconscious yearning to return to it, but as we embrace our more subject/object ways of seeing ourselves and life there is an ever present influence of the schism that exists, projected in our rigid believe of what we think that we know, however much our understanding may be missing something essential. In the end we become what we perceive ourselves to be. In the greater more absolute truth what we are and what we have emerged from is and always will be a part of whatever it is we create ourselves to be despite the fact we can not see it or measure it and however veiled it remains.
In summary a consequence of this dualistic development is the creation of the perception of separation. We have become blind to the connection that inherently exists with all else as well as with our own authentic nature. In the denial of our authentic self we deny our humanness. This seems to have enabled the carrying out of incredible atrocities, brutality and violence that human kind has been perpetuating for thousands of years.
I have doubts that our reliance on technological ingenuity will save us from ecological disaster. It is partly what has caused it. If we are to save ourselves and the planet it might be that it will come from being re exposed to a more eternal wisdom that we once knew. The step towards this realisation is in a way a simple one. It does not involve going back to an old way and forgetting what we have learned in our ability to objectify. It might simply involve a letting go of what we think and allowing for a more direct awareness of what we are and what all else is and how we fit into that and are a part of it. If we are able to remember and to live in a way of embracing what is more authentic and whole, it will of its own energy transform our perceptions in a way that we understand the limitations of our relativity truth.