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Thoughts On the Theory of Unity -- "We Are All One"

Updated: Feb 7

The philosophical idea of what I'd like to call, the "Theory of Unity", has a very simple premise that seems to defy many people's conception of what existence is, simply because we were taught otherwise throughout our lives.

The theory says: "We are all one being". This theory might be acceptable to spiritualists and members of non-western religions, but when you tell a Westerner or any non-spiritualist, that we are all one being, they are likely to disagree with you.

What does it mean, to be a part of a bigger being, like a cell in a body, a bolt in a machine, and so on, and who might that one being be? Most of us were raised to believe that we are all individuals, distinct beings who are distinct from one another.

We weren't taught to see, you know, a stranger on the street, a dictator of a rogue nation, or any other human being that is unfamiliar to us personally, as someone that is a part of us; someone that we are a part of as well; someone with whom, together, we seemingly build a bigger being that is autonomous from ourselves.

Of course, to religious folk, that may be a god, and the reason why I don't refer to him with a capital G, is because Judaism, Christianity and Islam are not the only religions in the world, and there are polytheistic religions as well.

It is amusing to me that; people commit the fallacy of "ad-populum" and claim that Jehova/God is the only god for everyone else just because he is the most worshipped being on the planet.

But, of course, I digress. What I wanted to say is, that to some of you, this one being may be Jehova, or for certain Christians, his largely recognized son, Jesus Christ.

Nonetheless, if I am not mistaken, the idea that the creator of existence is existence itself, might've been initially created by Jewish philosopher Baruch Spinoza, whose idea made certain Jewish communities condemn him and even eject him from their territories. Even to this day, for some Jews, Spinoza might be considered a heretic.

This is because in Judaism, Jehova is supposed to be independent of this universe; an external creator who took around a week to create this universe and/or the world. In Judaism, he is granted the trait of personification, as if he were a person of his own, with thoughts and emotions that are independent of this universe.

He can be angry; he can be pleased, and so on. It is because of this attribution, that Abrahamic religions such as Sarmatianism still sacrifice animals for Jehova. I'm afraid that if a third temple is built on the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, ritual animal sacrifices will resume.

Of course, this is not a possibility in these times, if not in the following decades, at all, even though some people support this option.

Anyways, for those who follow religious texts, the philosophy that "we are all one" in a sense that "we are all Jehova/God", might technically be false, because at least according to texts such as the Old Testament, Jehova is an autonomous being, even if we, in theory, were made "in his image".

At least from a religious perspective, it is technically logical to say that "we are all one" because "we all came from one source" or because "we are all under the same design/plan" if we are to include determinism, the philosophy that eliminates the concept of freedom in favor of cosmic design.

However, if we are to only assume that the Abrahamic texts are true, a.k.a. the texts of Jehova, then it would be theoretically contradictory to assume that "we are all god."

The question of "What is god?" is something I never touched upon in this site thus far because this subject personally doesn't interest me that much, as I am an agnostic atheist. In other words, I don't believe in the divine, but I am still skeptical about my own beliefs.

After all, I cannot know for certain if divinity exists and is not just a product of the human mind to explain why we exist.

The claim that "we made up divinity to explain the reasoning of stuff", isn't by itself significant to determine whether or not there are divine beings or even any realm in existence that exists above or below physical reality.

Even the fact that we dream, have thoughts, and have mental states, doesn't necessarily mean that there is or isn't a "spiritual realm", as our mentality is a product of physical occurrences.

With that out of the way, the question still remains a mystery: Who exactly is that one being of which we all compose, and how can one infer that he or she is a component of a bigger, united being? Do we have a single consciousness?

It is difficult for me at least to agree, as I can't read your thoughts, and you, beyond your ability to read, can hear what I think unless I write it down or record myself in a video.

In the end, I am still clueless as to how "we are all one", as we are clearly separated from one another, both in body and mind. I don't even know who my neighbours are, nor do they know who I believe I am; many countries in the world remain unknown to much of the world because of how esoteric they are, like Micronesia, Kiribati, or Lesotho (forgive me if you are from there), and so on.

I can at least tell you, from a personal perspective, how I myself can "feel" the world, for lack of a better term. If you saw the videos where I'm wearing headphones, I did that on purpose, because they have a microphone. However, I almost never, in general, remove them, because I am very, very sensitive to sound.

If someone screams near me, for example, I can feel their voice inside of me, as if a smaller "version" of them exists inside of me and screams as well. The sensitivity is so great that I am capable of feeling my organs shake, but I don't know for certain if that's the case.

This is why I don't like having ears, as they are basically holes exposed to the soundwaves of the world. Since many people screamed and cried in my presence throughout my life, my ears made me automatically feel the same as them, even if I didn't have any other reason to be emphatic with them (they could be complete strangers).

Thus far, beyond my own "over-empathy" with other beings, an empathy that forces itself upon me when I'm physically exposed to people, I don't know or see how it could be possible that humans are interconnected to each other, to the point of being a single being.

However, like with my agnostic belief on religion, I won't mind realizing otherwise, should I actually be convinced.

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Tomasio A. Rubinshtein, Philosocom's Founder & Writer

I am a philosopher from Israel, author of several books in 2 languages, and Quora's Top Writer of the year 2018. I'm also a semi-hermit who has decided to dedicate his life to writing and sharing my articles across the globe. Several podcasts on me, as well as a radio interview, have been made since my career as a writer. More information about me can be found here.

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