The statement ‘We are the world’ can be posed, in a slightly weaker form, as the question:
Is the consciousness of another similar to one’s own consciousness?
‘They’ - other human beings - feel and think and laugh and hate and have affection and suffer; and I also feel and think and laugh and hate and have affection and suffer. So we are not very different in that respect.
Other human beings, no matter how removed from us - whether geographically, or in terms of education, culture, temperament - share more or less the same contents of consciousness. I don’t think this is debatable.
However, to take the next step, which is to see or feel that one’s consciousness is the same as another’s consciousness, is not yet clear to me.
We can readily perceive the similarities in our different consciousnesses, but to say they are essentially the same human consciousness is one step further.
In general, what prevents us from seeing, from feeling, our common kinship with the rest of humanity?
Obviously, it is ‘I’, ‘me’ and ‘mine’.
This is expressed - at the level of society - as all the mental images we have built in ourselves as “a fence of security—religious, political, personal” (Krishnamurti). This seems to be primarily what divides us and keeps us separate.
Krishnamurti has said
When you observe the world, you see that all human beings go through,
more or less the same forms of
suffering, anxiety, insecurity [etc] …
So is there a difference,
apart from labels,
apart from culture,
as an [American, Russian, English, French, Indian, Chinese; Muslim, Hindu, Christian, Buddhist, etc]
and you? …
The psyche is the content of its own consciousness.
And that consciousness is shared by all human beings.
(Chapter 7, ‘Consciousness is shared by all human beings’, from the book Where Can Peace Be Found?)
However, my question is: what do people feel or think is the step missing between
seeing and feeling the obviously shared similarities between human beings (with respect to our shared contents of consciousness), and
having a perception of the essential sharedness or sameness of our common human consciousness?
What is the step that is missing here?