I’ve been thinking of our society as a body lately. I know I’m definitely not the first to compare society to a body but I’ll share my thoughts anyways.
Taking a close look at our bodies we can realize what a marvel of co-ordination it is. Our bodies are composed of trillions of cells, each doing their part to ensure the survival and optimal performance of the whole body. Each cell is doing its own thing, yet each cell magically fits with what all the other cells are doing and creates harmonious existence for all. Each cell “knows” it will receive exactly what it needs from the rest of the body in order to continue its existence. It also knows its own validity and integral nature to the whole body. The rest of the cells and the body consciousness, which is the sum of the consciousness of all the cells, also know the integral nature of each cell and make sure to give each cell the optimal conditions required for the cell’s fulfillment. A healthy body is made up of fulfilled cells.
It’s not hard to see the comparison to society, but our current society is a reflection of a sick body. In society’s body, the mass consciousness or the authority, does not realize the integral nature of the cells (the general population) and seeks to force the cells to be something they aren’t. The cells are not their natural selves, do not know their own validity and integrity, do not get the optimal conditions for their own fulfillment and so contribute to create an unfulfilled, sick body. The heart of our society, which is our economy, distributes life-blood unevenly to perceived “more worthy” aspects of the body. These aspects grow to create monstrous tumours and start draining the entire body of life. As a result, society’s body is riddled with tumours.
Now, what we normally do with tumours in our own bodies is cut them out and usually avoid dealing with what caused the tumour in the first place. We live in a state of fear, calling the tumour an “accident” or seeing it as a result of our genetics. We see ourselves as victims of the tumours and the over-multiplied cells of which they are composed. Many times, even after cutting out the tumour, another takes its place and the cycle continues. At this point we turn to radiation and make the whole body suffer so that we can deal with the tumour. The same goes in our society, where we see ourselves as victims of certain tumorous aspects instead of truly taking a look at how we created them in the first place. We create the cycle of cutting out old tumours and recreating new tumours. We then punish the whole of society with austerity measures and whatnot so that we can deal with the tumours. It seems pretty plainly visible to me.
You can obviously see how we need to change our society in order to make it healthy again. It is not a matter of cutting out the tumours. Rather, it is about providing optimal conditions for all the cells to each seek their own fulfillment. A healthy society can only be formed by fulfilled individuals, each being themselves and yet contributing to the whole by doing so.