Karmic Roots of Tribal Conflict in Africa

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For those distressed by the recent ethnic violence in central Nigeria last weekend as well as by similar outbreaks in other places, this message offers understanding and hope.

There is a longstanding pattern within many African nations of enduring hostility of one tribe toward another.  This pattern did not just begin with the present era or the last century.  Nor did it begin with the colonial period of occupation within various nations,  though that greatly influenced the enduring frustrations and resentments that affected the minds and hearts of many.

Instead, the underlying issues of rage and resentment came from a deep tap root of frustration with one’s lot in life, identified with rivalry between tribal groups.  These groups exist in relationship to individuals in the manner of a bond of loyalty, blood loyalty.  Such ‘blood loyalty’ is part of the psychic structure with which certain individuals are born.  It is part of their internal karmic picture. They are not just being conditioned by present circumstances to adopt particular attitudes.  Rather, the attitude through which tribal identification takes place supercedes the value of the individual.  This attitude is part of the karmic inheritance that many come into embodiment with.

For many African nationals living in areas where ethnic strife predominates, the learning in this epoch is about movement away from group identity toward individual identity

For many African nationals living in areas where ethnic strife predominates, the learning in this epoch is about movement away from group identity toward individual identity, and away from sacrifice of others when conflict occurs toward the pursuit of a peaceful resolution of conflict.  This is not a simple task, for the emotional valence that fuels blood loyalty is very strong.  Nevertheless, the movement toward respect for individual identity is growing and is liberating democratic forces within African nations that are ready to care for the rights of individuals, of minorities, of women, of formerly disenfranchised portions of the population.

Such movements are not as newsworthy as actions of violence that affect many people.  Nevertheless, these movements are growing.  The new moral center of honor and respectability is replacing the old moral center of corruption and greed, of self-seeking and self-serving that has been so prominent among certain African nations.

For the future, the spiritual evolution of each being will lead them in the direction that all go in, namely, toward greater self-awareness and greater willingness to look at the inner motives that lead to conflict with an eye toward understanding rather than toward lashing out.  Disregard for individual human life, whether of man, woman, or child, is progressively being replaced by a movement toward understanding, with awareness taking the place of indifference.

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