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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Divide and Conquer: Here’s Why Cruelty Against Humanity Doesn’t Move You


The human mind has a tendency to put people into groups and create an “Us vs. Them” mentality. For example: in politics (Republicans vs. Democrats); in war (India vs. Pakistan); in sports (Real Madrid vs. A.C Milan); in culture (Conservative vs. Progressive); in religion (Christianity vs. Islam); in economic status (Rich vs. Poor); in marital status (Singles vs. Married); and in sexual orientation (Heterosexual vs. LGBT).
When you associate with a group identity, it doesn’t have to be a bad thing. But when you start using your chosen identity to dominate the group you don’t identify with, the “Us vs. Them” mentality transforms into “Superior vs. Inferior,” which can divide humanity and destroy world peace.
The Brexit referendum is a classic example. A country that believed in divide and rule has just had one stuck on its backside. The British inflamed and exploited the religious, linguistic and cultural differences in the Indian society by playing off one part against the other to establish their Empire that plundered the country for nearly 200 years. The Brexit vote recomposed a generational divide based on divergent economic interests into a generational culture war that would suit only the interests of the Right.
"Distract. Disinform. Deceive. Divide and rule. Plutocrats and conformists who crave power are still in control...." https://discussion.theguardian.com/comment-permalink/88624867 
In his 1964 speech “The Black Revolution”, human rights activist Malcolm X hit the nail on the head:
“The greatest weapon that the colonial powers have used in the past against our people has always been divide-and-conquer. America is a colonial power. She has colonized 22 million Afro-Americans by depriving us of first-class citizenship, by depriving us of civil rights, actually by depriving us of human rights.
“America’s strategy is the same strategy as that which was used in the past by the colonial powers: divide and conquer. She plays one Negro leader against the other. She plays one Negro organization against the other. She makes us think we have different objectives, different goals. As soon as one Negro says something, she runs to this Negro and asks him, ‘What do you think about what he said?’”
The latest incarnation of the U.S. government’s divide and conquer strategy was witnessed at Standing Rock, where activists were protesting the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline. To keep the activists under control and stamp out any sparks of resistance, the government used militarized police, pepper spray, tear gas, water cannons, and less-than-lethal weapons unleashed with deadly force.
This tyranny and a complete suspension of the Constitution at Standing Rock was sold to the public as necessary for keeping the peace because the 318 million Americans neither stood up for those being targeted nor renounced the acts of oppression in one voice. John W. Whitehead points out in his book Battlefield America: The War on the American People:
“This failure to speak truth to power has resulted in whole populations being conditioned to tolerate unspoken cruelty toward their fellow human beings, a bystander syndrome in which people remain silent and disengaged — mere onlookers — in the face of abject horrors and injustice.”
Late to this but looks powerful--only way to heal divide is real dialogue, debunking myths &lies, seeing each other's humanity. @VanJones68 https://twitter.com/vanjones68/status/794585035370205184 
Divide and conquer, the oldest military strategy in the books, is being unabashedly used by the evil to manipulate the humanity to execute its agenda. It keeps people focused on their differences so they never agree on anything; to prohibit the populace to join forces against a common threat; to label anyone seen as opposing the government — whether they’re Left, Right, Liberal or Conservative — an extremist; and to stifle public outcry — on endless wars, private prisons, or economic collapse. Heather Rodgers notes:
“Many people are quick to label themselves and join certain groups and allow those labels and groups to become their identity. Many constantly allow this to be something of debate more so than the logical truthful facts. The debate of which label or group is better becomes the debate not the facts of the argument.
“If we can stop doing the work of those that want to control us by stopping the labeling, grouping, and division of ourselves, we will move mountains. We are all a part of humanity. We need each other in this battle. Division will not serve us well. We have to stand together. We have to help each other stand up to our potential.”

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