"A volunteer physician in Venezuela added, “We Cuban doctors devote everything to love and solidarity because that’s what we’ve been taught since we were little, in school.” This was a founding principle of the Cuban revolution.
“Cuba’s robust medical internationalism contradicts the common-sense, bleak view of human nature, the dominant narrative of hyper individualism and the profit motive.”
Often I’ve explained this idea that there are a variety of driving motivations that flesh can be made heir to.
In the U.S. empire, the archetype of naked self-interest, competitive personal advantage, and “hyper-individualism” all connote Mars and by extension, the central place that militarism holds in our society.
The profit motive, a variation on the theme of “the love of $ representing the root of all evil” signifies “mammon.”
But Love is stronger than both and love is not much taught in the U.S.
The Protestant Work Ethic now merged with a particularly cruel form of Calvinism promote an ethos of punishment.
Pornography and violent video games reduce women to objects to use, abuse, and even denigrate, disrespect, and destroy. These images make love impossible.
And it’s the absence of love that tears a society apart impeding its capacity to cohere. That, in turn, makes violence all the more probable thus feeding the state that Mars and Mammon prefer.
Many take the end product of these twisted behaviors–inculcated through religion, the economic system, and the competitive “jungle” that life has become for too many–and extrapolate from this “evidence” the conclusion that human nature is violent.
That’s like taking opinion polls on population pools that have been so long and thoroughly conditioned by mass media memes and stating that the polled opinions somehow represent some naturally occurring belief.
As nature teaches, it all begins with a seed and from a cognitive perspective, that means “seed thoughts.” Just as Monsanto holds primacy in today’s U.S. agricultural system, seeds of thought are similarly toxic and devoid of LIFE.