“We need an unprejudiced mind to see what-is; we cannot see what-is and respond to it if the mind is trying to change or suppress it. We resist what-is because we are afraid of the unknown, or because what-is contradicts what we have been conditioned to believe, or because it threatens us. The resulting fear prevents from us accepting what-is. (…)
Action that arises out of acceptance is different from action that arises out of rage and hatred. Action that arises from a state of surrender is less contaminated with judgment and the need to hurt others. We simply do what needs to be done without labeling the situation as good or bad according to the ego’s criteria.”
Psyche and the Sacred: Spirituality Beyond Religion
What does ‘the ego’s criteria’ mean? Could it mean our cultural presuppositions, the judgments which we make sense of the world around us? Everyone lives out their lives through the filter of their experiences, their memories of the past as well as their hopes for the future. Their fears, their ideals: these are the colours that paint the landscape of our perspective, that tint our understanding of others as well as ourselves.
But what implications do these judgments hold for what we understand as ‘human’? To be human, this basic humanity, is common to every encounter we make. What does this mean – to be a sentient, conscious creature in a world rampant with the, increasingly subliminal, violence of dehumanisation, that is, the violence of labelling, discrimination and cultural degradation? Indeed, what is dehumanisation if not a denial of individuality as well as social identity?
Entitled Magazine seeks to explore personal viewpoints – to allow a space for observation, expression, and comprehension. We, the editors, have chosen this theme for our inaugural issue as it has become ever more critical to remind ourselves that in a world of perceived divisions, abstract distinctions and unrecognised privilege, we still share something in common. This issue offers stories, opinions, or even perhaps just a day-to-day impression of what it means to be human in what can seem like a dehumanising place. Whatever it is, these works will fill you with compassion, stimulate your curiosity and might even afford a moment of identification. We invite you to encounter Entitled Magazine with an open mind, as, all in all, these are everyday testimonies of the difficulties facing us all.