There is a basic human need to qualify and quantify ourselves according to a group identity. Our interpretation of events and focus is on ourselves first, and then ourselves in relation to our groups. Psychopaths have much more focus on self, and empathetic individuals focus more on the groups. After a traumatic event, people occasionally find less need to focus on their group identity, and focus more on themselves and a few loved ones. Few people worldwide have this awakening, and most still have a need for group identity.
- People tend to divide themselves into groups as a means to foster an identity.
- The need to form an identity stems from ego-separateness, or the sense that we’re enclosed in our own bodies.
- By rising above our ego-separateness, we can avoid the conflicts that inevitably arise when we try to group ourselves.
“Most conflicts in history have been fought between groups who define themselves as different to one another, due to religion, ethnicity, or political beliefs.”