Exploring the Frontiers of Consciousness in a Divided World
Recently, I have delved into the complex analysis of the politico-economic situation in Ethiopia and Somalia as part of development aid projects. This exploration has once again confronted me with a harrowing reality: on one side, anonymous populations suffer and die from hunger, drought, and disease, or are uprooted, treated as superfluous burdens. On the other, political leaders, driven by fanaticism or an absolute belief in the correctness of their ideas, engage in conflicts under the guise of the common good.
This situation is not new, but it has taken on particularly troubling modern forms. Today, targeting military personnel in conflicts has almost become taboo, leading to an increase in civilian casualties, who are reduced to mere statistics. These individuals, anonymized and objectified, elicit fleeting pity before being forgotten, leaving us, somewhere, relieved to be “on the right side.”
Another modern phenomenon is the interventionism of powerful nations in the internal affairs of other countries, offering advice, funding, and sometimes indirectly supporting dictators. These actions, often orchestrated through international organizations without any democratic control, exacerbate the divisions between peoples and their rulers. The gap widens, the population revolts or distances itself from elected leaders, disconnected from their fundamental needs for peace and dignity, questioning the concept of democracy in Western countries.
Another characteristic of our era is the outsourcing of conflicts. Great powers no longer fight directly but project their differences onto nations like Ethiopia or Afghanistan, turned into arenas for ideological or economic experiments. The arbitrary drawing of borders, a legacy of colonialism, has fragmented communities and fueled ethnic conflicts, sometimes to the extent of genocide, in the name of deities or ideologies.
These cycles seem endless. Can we hope for an end to this system? Some around me believe so.
What we observe on the international stage is also replicated in smaller human groups, where a “leader” often emerges, thirsty for power, money, or territory, ready to destroy all forms of life. To break this cycle, it would be necessary for these leaders to raise their level of consciousness, to understand the futility of their quest in the face of death’s inevitability. But changing perspective is far more complicated than it seems. This leads us to question: is it possible to evolve beyond our conditioning, or are we doomed to perpetually repeat the same patterns? Is a change in consciousness feasible, and if so, what could induce it? Do we inherently need authoritative figures, or is this dynamic a social construct?