The more we subscribe to the idea of ‘other people’—that is, of people separate from and unrelated to ourselves—the more suffering we create. Love does not make these distinctions. How can I say that I help others when the others are myself.
No, we cannot stop thinking. Yes, we can stop identifying ourselves with our thoughts. The process of dis-identification begins when we check ourselves for gullibility, when we stop believing every thought we think.
Fear exists in the head as thoughts. Thoughts are projected onto individuals or groups in the way that a movie is projected onto a screen. People who are ‘different’ know how this works.
A deepening awareness of how racism operates exposes a truth we’ve never understood or taken stock of: Our bodies divide and tribalize us, even to the reductio ad absurdum of skin colour.
Ego works like Facebook does, on a like/dislike basis. The problem with this is that everything I see represents an aspect of myself. What I like, I own. What I dislike, I disown.