Supremacism – the belief or ideology of superiority, control and domination. That some particular group is superior to all others and has a right to dominate, control and subjugate others. (1)(2)
When we think of supremacy we tend to picture Nazis, war, mass genocides, white supremacy (e.g. Ku Klux Klan) or something similar and we tend to think that it is something that happens somewhere else in the world and/or that it is an extreme event and that we are not affected by it or do not partake in it in our daily lives – but is this actually true?
Supremacy is alive and thriving in our societies under many guises and forms that we may not fully realise or recognise. It is not just restricted to group activity but can also be present in our individual actions.
For example, people are being belittled, bullied, abused and harassed every day on the internet and social media. Children and teachers are being bullied every day at school. Workplace bullying is extremely common. Every parent who tries to dominate their children is engaging in it. Anyone dominating or abusing someone in a relationship is doing it. The mainstream media engage in it every day. Any form of discrimination is supremacy. And before you think that you do not engage in any of the above consider that even judging someone or viewing them as different, separate or inferior for any reason is supremacy.
Every time we hold someone in judgement we are treating them as less than equal to us and seeking to control, dominate and subsequently subjugate them. We may not like to hear or read this but this is actually what is occurring.
Every time we meet another human being, do we hold them as a fellow human being, a member of our own species and respect them as a highly sensitive being equal to all others? Do we see or sense this first and foremost or do we first see the differences or project our own ideas or expectations on to them and allow that to prejudice our perception?
Supremacy starts with our daily interactions and relationships – these are the seeds that are sown and grow quickly into tall toxic weeds.
A word that we may be more familiar with is bullying and this is the same thing on a smaller scale but still carries the same force as supremacism. As I have outlined in the examples above, some forms of bullying are obvious to us and some may not be so obvious.
Every time we do not treat others with decency and respect we are holding them as less than human.
As humans, we are all equally precious and highly sensitive beings that are loving by nature, so to hold another less than this is denying who they are, it is denying their very inner essence. In this denial we denigrate and reduce someone to be far less than who they are.
Everyone deserves at the very least, decency and respect because we are by nature decent and respectful. We know this must be true for when we do not experience decency and respect in our world we feel hurt, pain or suffering.
To be clear in this blog, I am not saying that we all need to agree with each other. There will be of course times when we have a different viewpoint on life, a different way of living, a different perception on what is truth. This is perfectly healthy and inevitable in any free society. There is a way to respectfully disagree if that is what is needed when an agreement or a consensus cannot be reached. So no one needs to be forced to agree, submit, conform or sign up to anything, for that would be supremacy in itself.
That said, there is a big difference between respectfully disagreeing and seeking to crush, destroy, dominate and suppress others simply because they have a different lifestyle, philosophy or point of view to yourself.
“A person who develops real understanding of life will have true compassion. With true compassion one will become free of suffering. Why is this so? It is so because true understanding means that you will know how to respect all the choices another has made, choices that have led to all that you see before you. You may not agree with the choices but respect for them must lead over the reactions you have to them. As you deepen your respect, your reactions lessen, then disappear.” (Serge Benhayon, Esoteric Teachings & Revelations Vol II, Pg. 71)
What we are talking about here is live and let live – the basic premise of true compassion. Allowing everyone the freedom to choose between differing viewpoints or ways of living and allowing them to co-exist and to cross pollinate, then eventually the one unified truth will naturally come through that benefits all of humanity. For this to occur there needs to be a genuine equal respect given to all and this will allow the real truth to emerge.
“Love for others and respect for their rights and dignity, no matter who or what they are: ultimately these are all we need. So long as we practice these in our daily lives, then no matter if we are learned or unlearned, whether we believe in Buddha or God, or follow some other religion or none at all, as long as we have compassion for others and conduct ourselves with restraint out of a sense of responsibility, there is no doubt we will be happy.” (Dalai Lama XIV) (3)
True compassion is not tolerance as even with tolerance (and the word gives it away) we are essentially begrudgingly putting up with another and pretending to get along with another even though we privately still see them as wrong or inferior, so tolerance is still supremacy.
We can be as nice and polite, friendly, cordial and even professional as we like and still feel superior.
Supremacy can be an attitude whether it is expressed outwardly or not. We may think we are not being judgmental or superior to others if we don’t say it openly but expression is in all of our movements too, so how we go about our day will carry this seed of superiority and separation even if we think we are concealing it. The truth is the recipient of this force still feels it too.
Could it be that there are some in this world who deliberately, aggressively protect or defend their views or way of living so that the flaws in them are not exposed? Is this more about self-interest and maintaining a dominance over others, rather than supporting humanity to find the answers to the questions that we all seek and that definitely need answering?
Supremacy is a force that is designed to suppress and subjugate humanity to be far less than its true nature. It holds us back as a human race.
So why do we seek to control each other and life itself?
It has been documented that supremacy is an ideology founded on fear which in some way justifies the aggressive or violent actions e.g. white supremacy. (4)
As we have all experienced, the world can be a harsh, unsafe place to be in and we have all been affected or hurt by the world in one way or another in our lives. So is it possible that supremacy is a form of security or protection or a way of coping with the harsh realities of life?
Perhaps despite its ugliness and despicability, it is a reaction to the harshness of the world and a method of controlling life from fear of being hurt by it again.
We do not need to judge anyone who engages in supremacy (including ourselves) but perhaps bring a greater understanding as to why it occurs and why it exists in our societies.
This is not to say we need to accept it either, as it is a form of abuse that should not belong in our world and we do need to be calling it out and saying ‘no’ to it wherever it pops up, starting with an honest look at our own lives.
The key to knocking out supremacy is firstly understanding that we are all one human race living on the one planet and in that sense equal. Secondly, we are all equally delicate, highly sensitive energetic beings and we have all been deeply hurt or affected by the world in one way or another.
We can easily feel this by simply looking deeply into the eyes of another human being and connecting to the precious essence of someone, which goes way deeper than any outer appearance, behaviour or belief.
If we accept this viewpoint, it becomes clear that we are all in this together and we all have a common experience of the world. It also becomes clear that it is ridiculous to be attacking or fighting or seeking to dominate each other.
Can we see that we have way more in common than we do have differences?
Can we feel the potential that we have to support and raise each other, with no-one left behind or left out, rather than clambering over each other to be at the top?
Can we work together to clean up the stinky mess that is this planet of ours, rather than simply fighting to be at the top where the air may appear to be slightly less putrid but actually still stinks?
Can we sense the inter-connectedness of humanity, designed to work together in collaboration for a bigger purpose?
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- Goodreads.com. (2019). A quote by Dalai Lama XIV. [online] Available at: https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/144337-we-can-reject-everything-else-religion-ideology-all-received-wisdom [Accessed 24 Feb. 2019].
- The Atlantic. (2019). The Resurgent Threat of White-Supremacist Violence. [online] Available at: https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2018/01/the-resurgent-threat-of-white-supremacist-violence/550634/ [Accessed 24 Feb. 2019].
By Andrew Mooney, Physiotherapist, complementary health practitioner, Cornwall, UK