Much more to come . . . But I came across the following sentence from Elias as I was preparing my next post, and it occurred to me that it was probably better to defer my drafting plans for the moment, and let Elias's bald sentence summarize what will be required of us if we are successfully to answer the fundamental question facing us.
The quote is from Elias's The Society of Individuals. It reads:
"It is probably not an exaggeration to say that, for most people, humankind as a frame of reference for we-identity is a blank space on the map of their emotions."
I'll follow up on this, you may be sure! How we maintain that blank space deserves some careful attention. We could do well to note how the engineering and maintaining of such a blank space enabled Hitler and his associates to detach the general awareness of the German people from their connectedness with those who were not deemed "Aryan". The German people did not engineer the Holocaust; they simply colluded with the processes that enabled others to bring it about. Our current populations are not immune from the possibility of doing something quite similar . . .
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