Unfortunately the problems of the world continually afflict my consciousness. I somewhere got the dim idea that my psyche could perhaps be relieved by talking about them. Here's another:
Our dear departed Joseph Campbell gladdened the minds of most of us in former years. I found his first book, The Hero of a Thousand Faces scintillating and would recommend it to anybody. I had some problems with Joseph, but one thing he said impacted my brain with an eternal shock.
He talked about the three stages of human consciousness:
In the first the focus is on the family. Dad (or Mom) is God; we children without question believe and obey what they say.
Then the child goes to school, enters the outer world, makes friends, forms attachments and has moved into the tribalistic stage. The top friend takes the place of Dad or Mom. The facet of tribalism that got my attention was this:
All positive affect is focused on the tribe, and all negative affect outside. (It made me think of the
Japanese (of World War II)-- beautifully courteous and considerate of their own, and excessively brutal of others; they were a tribe with a vengeance (I know I'm in grave danger of being corrected, and can only say that I have great admiration for the Japanese of today.)
A tribe can be any social group: neighborhood gang, glee club, athletic team, church, nation.
It's a tribe because it looks inward and has no use for the rest.
The third stage is to join the human race. "Love your enemy, pray for them that despitefully use you..." We're all headed for the third stage, but pray God it may be soon.