why we need
Are you tired of the polarisation in society? Have you had enough of insults, personal attacks, stereotypes and meanness? If so, you are not alone.
This is a serious and growing problem. The unwillingness to listen to other points of view makes it difficult to find solutions to urgent problems that plague our world.
Polarisation is fuelled by hatred and contempt. It is dumbing down like nothing else. People live in different fantasy worlds and fall prey to all sorts of illusions.
Is there any counterforce to this?
Welcome to my homepage! My name is Erik Pleijel. The purpose of this website is to promote a particular idea that I feel very strongly about.
This idea is old and proven, but in our time it is almost forgotten. I will try to introduce it in the form of an 8-step guide. Keep reading and everything will become clearer!
One cause of polarisation is bad religion. It brings out the worst in people: fear, narrow-mindedness, selfishness, hatred, prejudice, etc. The paradox is that people claim to believe in a loving God! How does this make sense?
One possible answer is that it is a belief in conditional love. Setting conditions is an attempt to control people: "If you behave, you will be rewarded and not punished!" Taken too far, it can stifle human development and maturity.
Many churches speak of unconditional love. Such faith is not about control but trust. It is not based on reward and punishment, but on freedom and responsibility. This opens up a better way.
You laugh and make fun of others because it's amusing. Schadenfreude is a source of – joy. Even the feeling of being wronged can become a wicked pleasure. It can provide an excuse to lash out in lustful anger.
Pleasant emotions = good emotions?
They are not necessarily the same thing! It is easy to deceive oneself.
A primitive moral compass is quite natural for animals. They have not acquired the knowledge of good and evil. They only understand the difference between pleasant and unpleasant.
Understanding the world is a bit like doing a jigsaw puzzle.
Piecing things together is easy and fun! With stubbornness and poor judgement, you can create any image you want. You begin with the image you want to see – and adapt the pieces accordingly.
In symbolic terms: Jerusalem can form an alliance with Athens.
In the polarised debate there are often simplistic answers to complex problems. There is one thing that can counteract this and that is classical education.
We need to learn how to put the puzzle of the world together more wisely.
We need more antidotes to polarisation. Yoda in Star Wars said:
Of course it is important to be able to feel fear and anger. It could be a matter of survival. Anger can be an important driving force in some situations. But there is a risk.
Courage means not allowing fear to rule over reason. It is about keeping a cool head in order to see more clearly.
Justice is about creating inner order, according to Plato. For example, it means being able to resist the temptations of power.
Hope (in the Christian sense) is an inner force that is "not of this world". It is independent of the ups and downs of life. It is a source of strength even when the future looks bleak.
Solving the problems of our time requires practical wisdom, common sense and good judgement. Polarised debate undermines this. This is because many people are drawn to extremes and have unbalanced views.
It is often a matter of finding the right balance between two opposing poles. For example:
Idealism and realism.
Unity and diversity.
Collectivism and individualism.
The public debate is often characterised by political correctness and political incorrectness.
Politically correct means being respectful but not sincere. It easily leads to hypocrisy.
Politically incorrect means saying what you think without showing respect. It easily leads to bullying.
Our plagued and tormented world needs more people who choose the path to integration.