As 2016 draws to a close, there are people from all walks of life, throughout the world, who share one attribute, along with one New Year’s wish. These are the ‘US persons’ – those individuals who USA says are inexorably connected to the USA, most commonly due to birth on American soil. Their collective New Year’s wish – to be free of the inequities associated with being deemed a ‘US person’.
During an interview regarding his book, ONE MIND, How Our Individual Mind is Part of a Greater Consciousness and Why it Matters, Dr Larry Dossey says: “Our problems are enormous: global climate change, environmental degradation, pollution, overpopulation, water scarcity, hunger and food insecurity, endless wars, religious strife, degradation and acidification of our oceans, on and on. Nearly all these problems are caused by individuals who represent a particular culture, race, tribe, country, or religion, who are competing with other individuals of different views. We cannot see beyond our individual self, our tribe, our religion, our culture. All of these problems are compounded by greed and selfishness…. It is going to be difficult or impossible to confront these problems intelligently without dealing with our fragmentation and sense of separateness. We need a profound shift in our sense of how we are related to one another. I believe this shift is possible by re-imagining how we connect with others through our consciousness. The “us-against-them” competitive model is not going to see us through. A shift to a One-Mind perspective may be our best alternative — a sense of unity that is experienced at our deepest emotional levels.”
The human rights grievances associated with being a ‘US person’, although justified, may seem trivial compared to the plethora of issues threatening the survival of humanity and our planet. Nonetheless, they are representative of a lack of ‘One Mind’. When governments and financial institutions, consisting mostly of individuals who are lucky enough not to be classified as ‘US persons’, support, enable or enforce ‘US person’ laws (i.e. CBT, FBAR, FATCA currently, but who knows what else in future) in the misguided belief that harm inflicted on a minority is justified to ‘protect’ the majority, or worse deny there is any harm being done at all, we all lose. And when as individuals or groups we silence, label, deny, invalidate, discriminate against, or marginalize others, even in our comparatively small spheres of influence, we all lose.
“Just as a parent chooses to protect his or her own children, we sense, through the One Mind, that we must protect our relations with whom we share consciousness, which includes all of life on earth. The new ethic makes it possible to expand and revise the Golden Rule. We no longer say, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Now we say, “Be compassionate to others because in some sense they are you.” ”
Happy New Year.