The Organism of Humanity: An Analogy
What follows is a short article I wrote concerning the brotherhood of man and the Analogy of the Organism of Humanity or the Anatomical Analogy. It is fairly short - a mere three-four pages in length, to be precise. It is not necessarily a matter of Pythagorean Hylozoics; however, this article - and many that I write - are very much inspired by my knowledge of esoteric matters.
The Organism of Humanity: An Analogy
(PICTURE) Rose Cross
"Not my will, but thine, be done" (Luke 22:42).
In a global age such as ours, where we are hard-pressed to solve a variety of significant global issues ranging from the escalation of tensions between various bodies to a looming food and water shortage, this short meditation is imperative. If we are to survive the 21st century, then the idea of the brotherhood of man must, of necessity be realized by the vast majority – and especially by those who would find themselves in positions of power and influence. This idea must become the sole impetus of action in global affairs and effectively supplant the selfish tendencies which have, hitherto, been the dominant factors. It is cooperation that will solve the problems, not competition – the sooner we learn that lesson, the better.
Reasonably, the very first step towards successfully addressing the variety of significant global issues we are facing at this particular juncture is to foster a sense of global unity or brotherhood. As this sense of global unity or brotherhood grows, so too will a sense of collective responsibility which will serve as an impetus for action. The first step is to promote the idea of the brotherhood of man. It is the love of our brothers that will flower forth into that concern for their well-being. As it currently stands, most attempts to address these significant global issues are doomed to failure in the long-run by virtue of the fact that the sense of unity or brotherhood was not emphasized first and foremost. So long as we continue to spend an inordinate amount of time and resources squabbling over our petty differences, there will be no enduring solution to these issues.
The purpose of this short meditation, then, is to present a particularly useful analogy concerning the brotherhood of man in a bid to convince people to consider that the brotherhood of man is not just a nice idea, but a reality; to convince people that global cooperation is not just a nice idea, but a necessity.
The Organism of Humanity
What follows, then, is a presentation of the Analogy of the Organism of Humanity or the Anatomical Analogy. This is a most potent analogy; however, it is admittedly somewhat complex due to the nature of the sciences involved. Those who are altogether unfamiliar with the basic principles of anatomy and physiology might experience some degree of difficulty in comprehending and understanding the analogy of the Organism of Humanity or the Anatomical Analogy.
The fundamental functional unit and building block of the organism is the cell. The organism is, itself, composed of an astronomical number of these cells. A cell is, itself, a separate and distinctly unique functional unit; however, each cell exists as part-and-parcel of a community of related cells called a tissue. The related cells in a tissue work together as a group, a functional unity of diverse cells, to achieve a particular end; likewise, each tissue exists as part-and-parcel of a community of related tissues called an organ and organs exist as part-and-parcel of a community of related organs called an organ system. Altogether, they make up the organism.
As it is with the organism, so it is with the brotherhood of man. Every man, woman, and child of every race, class, and creed is akin to one of the cells in the organism of the brotherhood of man. Every man, woman, and child or every race, class, and creed is a separate and distinctly unique functional unit of the whole in much the same way that the cells are, themselves, a separate and distinctly unique functional unit of the whole. Every man is his own; however, just as much as cells exist as part-and-parcel of a community of related cells, so too do men exist as part-and-parcel of a community of related men. These groups of men are like the tissues in the organism, a community of related men who work together to achieve a particular end; likewise, there is a series of increasingly over-arching communities which are, themselves, analogous to the organs and organ systems of the organism. For example: a group of individuals make up a family, a group of families make up a civic community, a group of civic communities make up a city, a group of cities make up a state, a group of states make up a nation, a group of nations make up a continent, and a group of continents make up the world - roughly speaking, of course. The idea is that individuals enter into smaller groups and smaller groups enter into larger groups. The fundamental functional unit and building block of the brotherhood of man is man. The various religions, races, and nations are, themselves, as many different tissues, organs, and organ systems in the organism of the brotherhood of man. The organism is a functional unity of diverse cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; likewise, the brotherhood of man is a functional unity of diverse men and their communities.
Hatred: the Cancer of Humanity
This analogy, as potent as it is, can even go one step further, for it has in it the ability to shed some light upon the problem of hatred. The organism is composed of a functional unity of diverse cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems. These diverse components must necessarily work together harmoniously least the organism become diseased. Disease begins where these diverse cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems fail to cooperate. One of the most common diseases, then, is cancer, which occurs as one cell or group of cells ceases to cooperate with the rest of the organism. As the cancerous tumor grows and spreads, more and more cells and groups of cells cease to cooperate with the organism, affecting the ability of other healthy cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems to effectively contribute to the overall wellbeing of the organism. As the cancerous tumor grows and spreads, vital functions are finally disrupted and the organism, the host of both the healthy and cancerous cells, dies.
As it is with the organism, so it is with the brotherhood of man. If every man, woman, and child of every race, class, and creed is akin to one of the cells in the organism of the brotherhood of man, then every hateful man is akin to one of the cancerous cells for he has, by his hatred for his fellow man, ceased to cooperate with the with brotherhood of man. Every hateful man, by his hatred, disrupts the proper functioning of the groups to which he belongs in much the same way that a cancerous cell or group of cancerous cells disrupts the proper functioning of surrounding cells, tissues, organs, and organ systems; likewise, groups of hateful men are akin to cancerous tumors in the organism of the brotherhood of man. They are all sickly and diseased in much the same way and they go about spreading their sickness by the expression of hateful thoughts, feelings, word, and deeds. We all know what happens when a cancerous tumor grows and spreads in the organism - is it really so difficult to see what will happen if we will not do everything in our power to stop the growth and spread of hatred: the cancer of humanity?
If we are to survive the 21st century, cooperation must necessarily supplant competition. Love must supplant hatred. It is imperative that the idea of the brotherhood of man is realized, at least to some small degree. In our global age, the isolation of a peoples and their problems is a thing of the past. We are, all of us, responsible for one another. Feigning ignorance will no longer be tolerated. In our global age, if we will not work to promote the cause of brotherhood, of humanity, then – even by our inaction – we promote the cause of inhumanity. In our global age, we are – all of us – citizens of the world. It is about high-time that we all started acting like it. There will be unity, there will be brotherhood. The power of love that is ushering in this age – an age of reason, law, order, and harmony - will be an irresistible force, an unstoppable force. For once, after so long a time, men will look upon each other as brothers again.
Thanks for your time,