Why Does Humanity Have Dementia?

By Richard Mills, Training Manager, Lightwater, Surrey UK

There is a tendency for us to look at a person who has an illness, disease or condition, and attribute the fact to the individual. This may be valid and perfectly understandable and there may well be individual factors – genes, lifestyle choices and the like – that make that person more susceptible to such things. Research into these factors is certainly very appropriate. But rather than looking at the person solely from the individual perspective, might we equally ask ourselves why do we have dementia? Or why do we have autism? Why do we have cancer or diabetes?

Do we only take note of particular situations when they begin to affect us directly, or someone close to us? Maybe it would be helpful if we looked at humanity as one body rather than as the 7.5 billion individual people we currently see ourselves as. What is the increase in breast cancer telling us as a race? What is the incidence of prostate cancer in men saying to all men? What does autism tell us about how we are living? Or heart disease? How would life look if we accepted that as well as our individual bodies, we are also part of One Body that is all of us together?

The notion that we live life in isolation from each other allows us free reign to act independently and to live in a way such that we are only responsible for ourselves. It is however, almost impossible to truly live in isolation from others, such is the interdependent nature of our lives. In fact, whether we are aware of it or not, we all have a deep inner sense of togetherness, of family and of being part of a whole that is greater than us.

What if we were all to accept responsibility for dementia, even if we do not have it or we just know someone who has it? Can we accept responsibility for dementia because there is dementia in humanity? Could we all accept responsibility as a race for the fact that ‘we’ have autism? What if we were to all accept responsibility for the fact that ‘we’ as a race have cancer or whatever other illness, disease or condition you care to name?

If we are willing to accept such responsibility in our lives the obvious question that arises is, what do we do about it? We feel helpless because we don’t know what the answers are – other than those treatments our amazing medical professions have already discovered. Is accepting responsibility just doing nothing though? It all feels very different when we come together as one body and accept responsibility for what is happening to us. We remove the individuality from the situation and come together and this is living responsibly. This is embracing those with the conditions and is in fact an act of Love. When we do accept responsibility, we are empowered to make different choices in our lives and in how we live.

Might the individuality actually be part of the problem in the first place – the fact that I feel individual and cut off from the one body of beings that I am in truth a part of? Might our disconnection from this ‘body’ actually mean that we are more susceptible to these conditions?

We have not experienced what it is like to act as one body of humanity in recorded history. We have examples of what can happen when we do work together to defeat a common enemy. Odd as it may seem, people who have lived through wars speak fondly of the togetherness felt as people unified against a common threat. Perhaps we need to look at illness and disease in this way, as a call to unite and to live responsibly.

Serge Benhayon proposes that:

‘. . . if everything is energy, therefore everything is because of energy.’ (Serge Benhayon)

What is the energy of humanity? What energy do we choose to align with and thereby contribute to creating? What ‘energetic’ ocean do we choose to swim in? Is our combined energy part of the problem that is illness and disease? Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not?

If we look at the content of the internet to get a reflection of where we are as a body of people, or if we consider our illness and disease rates, divorce figures, crime statistics, wars, domestic violence, modern day slavery, drug and alcohol use, obesity etc., we can see that we have some serious issues in our world. Are we truly living responsibly? Is life just about our individual existence or are we equally responsible for the greater whole that we are surely a part of? What if we were to choose to live more responsibly so we have a world where we embrace our unity, our brotherhood and our innate connection with each other? We’ve tried living in separation and it hasn’t worked. What if we were to practise living in Oneness instead?


Read more:

  1. Dementia – what is really going on? 
  2. Dementia – is it truly a mystery? 
  3. One plus one equals three. 

Related tags – healing illness and disease

845 thoughts on “Why Does Humanity Have Dementia?

  1. A magnificent proposal that will, in centuries to come, be supported by science catching up to the ageless wisdom that has always said that there is no separation that the interconnectedness of all is a given and that we literally are all one.

  2. If, a tree falls in the woods 100 miles from the nearest person, does it make a noise? Have we tried to live this way? When we choose not to see and hear, is how we have embraced the way we are living now. And as you have said Richard, it is not working! It is well past time for a change!

  3. ‘But rather than looking at the person solely from the individual perspective, might we equally ask ourselves why do we have dementia? Or why do we have autism? Why do we have cancer or diabetes?’ This is so important for us to realise that humanity is affected by what happens to each and every single person in it, we are never truly separate, even though we may act that way.

    1. So true Michael, and yet we have a life made for us that is all about individuality, and recognising feats of the individual, to such an extent that the idea we are all of the same stuff, from the same place and that we are all affected by everything is too far reaching to fathom. But when we look at the evidence of how we feel in response to our collective woes, we can see how true this is.

  4. “Are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not?”What a pertinent question Richard and one that surely needs pondering. If as you quote in your blog;
    Serge Benhayon proposes that:
    ‘. . . if everything is energy, therefore everything is because of energy.’ (Serge Benhayon) we can only come to the conclusion that, yes, we are responsible for All the maladies in the world. The life and wellbeing, or not, each and everyone of us creates for ourselves every day, energetically contributes to the bigger picture. That which we create never pertains just to ourselves, and until we begin to realise, know and live energetic responsibility life as we know it will not change. It is in this knowing that responsibility becomes imperative, not just for ourselves but for humanity.

  5. Is it possible that perceiving ourselves as isolated individuals actually separates us from all that we are? Hence, in order to feel the fullness of our true and innate being – and the sense of wellbeing this supports – we must appreciate our interconnectedness with everyone and everything, that we are one with the all not just an insignificant and minuscule aspect of it.

  6. I really love the depth and the power in changing the question from why do some individuals have a condition to asking how come we, humanity, have that condition. How are we living, what are we accepting and what are we ignoring that we have the foundation for such a condition. The space offered for growth, expansion and evolution through this approach is huge.

  7. Yes, as a humanity we have come together in common causes for the good of all of us and achieved amazing things. So, if all choose to be separate from all others over time have we just forgotten that humanity exists and we are part of it?

    1. It doesn’t seem to make sense that we ‘come together for common causes’ and then revert to living individual and separate lives afterwards. Perhaps we need to realise that humanity is the true ‘common cause’ and the responsibility of us all.

  8. ‘Odd as it may seem, people who have lived through wars speak fondly of the togetherness felt as people unified against a common threat.’ similarly in certain jobs we are called to work very closely in teams and this has been my experience too. Situation where we must put aside individualism as the consequences would jeopardise the safety of the team – had not equated this to life in general in this way before now however it goes to show the responsibility we have in our actions in life.

  9. ‘Why does humanity have dementia?’ – if we do not fall for solution based answers to this question and really explore the impact of the way we are living (ever more reliant on stimulants and distraction for one thing), might we unveil a natural pull to unify and connect with one another and that it is the resistance to this that leaves us so bereft and checked out, with dementia becoming more and more prevalent?

  10. What energetic ‘ocean’ do we choose to swim in… ? we know from history that the energetic ocean that the world chooses promotes conflict war greed power and corruption – so the question becomes do we choose that same ocean within us, or is there another option – the choice of the love that we are from.

  11. With the rising rates of illness and disease, it would be beneficial to consider what is occurring in relation to the quality of how we are living life. Rather than just seeking solutions, we need to consider an answer.

  12. What if, we are all single cells of one big person that just happens to be called Humanity! What occurs when one cell goes a bit off the rails and becomes a little bit radical? They have a way of affecting others and spread to more and more till large areas get affected. How can Humanity move forward when we are continually taking one step forward and two backwards?

    1. Love it Steve. Yes, just as we are made up of billions of cells, so are we one cell of the billions that make up humanity.

  13. I love the responsibility this blog calls out showing us what is really going on in the world and our part in this and how things can change from here by the very way we are living communicating and moving every moment is beautiful and important with the integrity called for us all to live.

  14. It is a totally different way of looking at things when the question posed is ‘why do WE have dementia, autism or whatever illness as a whole, rather than seeing ourselves as separate individuals with no responsibility to anyone or anything.

  15. The sanitation around disease is another cover-up to divert away from the horrific situation humanity finds itself in today – as a result of the separation you call out here Richard. People die in pain and suffering from diseases that corrupt the body physically, in a reflection of the corruption we bring upon ourselves by walking away from the preciousness we are. This is not a blame, it is a matter of fact, what is happening to us as a human race to wake us up – eventually, from the desolation we have chosen to be in, while all along we have so much glory within us, so much beauty, that simply needs our loving care and attention to emanate and be what our bodies move with.

  16. It would be very interesting to look at whether there was much dementia at all 100 years ago. My guess would be not very much but I cannot be sure of course. I suspect that before television checking out was less prevalent.

      1. In truth no Matilda, we do not even want to understand what true responsibility looks like. I know because I didn’t either and am still getting to grips with just how irresponsible I and all of us can be..

  17. Most of us go through life with blinkers on, not willing to see the mess that as a global race of people we now live in. Illness and disease is telling us very loudly that this cannot continue, and it is time to look at the micro of our own bodies, and the macro of the world at large and consider a different way of living. A way that incorporates love, responsibility and oneness. These are not pie in the sky ideals, but realities shown to us loud and clear by the current state of ill health in the world.

  18. “Might the individuality actually be part of the problem in the first place – the fact that I feel individual and cut off from the one body of beings that I am in truth a part of?” What a great question to ask here Richard. By keeping ourselves as individuals we really do create seperation between each other and the more we do it the more the divide between us grows as we just focus on our own lives and ignore what is going on around us. This ‘indulgence’ in our own issues potentially catches up with us though as we become less and less engaged in the world and the vital part that we have to play in it.

    1. Do we then value our issues and keep stimulating them because they are our excuse to not look at the grand level of responsibility we all have?

      1. This is quite probable, yes. Making our issues important is a great excuse to keep our focus away from the bigger picture of the reality of what is going on in our society and therefore a reason to not get involved in anything outside of our individual lives.

  19. It’s a totally different way of looking at life and illness if we think in terms of ‘we’ instead of ‘I’. It makes us ponder on where we are at as a human race and what we are collectively a part of. It calls for an increased level of responsibility to approach and respond to life in this way.

  20. Re-reading this blog I can appreciate just what an awesome call to humanity it is that the problems we face collectively are all of ours to look at, we cannot in truth be separate, only in our choices of how to behave.

    1. Hmmm, that’s powerful Michael Chater. ‘We cannot in truth be separate’ but we can believe it to be so and hence live a lie.

  21. I feel the individuality leads to an arrogance in the way we live, I call it the ‘behind closed doors’ effect. There is so much we do when we are on our own, when we think no-one can see us. It might involve eating, watching, doing something that if there was someone else there we wouldn’t do, or would think twice about. I am starting to see the deeper layers of this behaviour in me and seeing how I have a choice to address it and in so doing free others to address it as well. I see it as making a choice to stop adding to the cesspool of abusive, self-destructive behaviours that lead to lifestyle illnesses. I don’t really know if it makes a difference, but on the off-chance it does, then I can do and should do.

    1. What a ‘rude awakening’ we would get if we saw that there are in fact no ‘closed doors’ or walls and that everything is in fact completely transparent. But then the point is not to stop doing something because we might be seen but because of the effect it has on others – and the pool of energy we all ‘swim’ in.

  22. I love the bigness of this question, ‘Why does humanity have dementia?’ because it makes it less and less possible to side step the fact that by our choices we are all contributing to our current rates of illness. Living in an ever more checked out way with each other, is it surprising that rates of a disease like dementia are increasing?

  23. This is a powerful statement and one that requires us to ponder on deeply as it invites us to take responsibility to a whole other level – “are we then all responsible for illness and disease whether it manifests in our individual body or not?” The way that we live affects everyone and that is going to take some time for humanity to really understand and live the truth of it in full.

  24. There is so much that we don’t want to take responsibility for, illness and disease is at the top of that list. We want to continue to feel that heart disease just pops up one day, or that we are the unlucky ones if we get cancer. But in truth, it is how we are living, no doubt about that at all, and those who do not want to know or understand that, is their choice, however will understand perhaps one day the link between lifestyle choices, responsibility and illnesses.

  25. “What ‘energetic’ ocean do we choose to swim in?” Yes very true, and a great question. Are we choosing some days to enjoin in the rot, which is enjoining people when they react emotionally to people, situations, relationships, everything. Or enjoining to your own rhythm, your own heart, walk, tone and life. We are confronted daily to enjoin into the emotional one, that keeps you wanting, eating, speaking, behaving in a way that is individual and not very loving or understanding, or there is a choice to move and live in a way that does foster and allow understanding and love to be at the fore.

  26. There are so many ills for which we might ask why does humanity have this, or that if we really were to take responsibility, such as why does humanity persist with poor lifestyle choices, with consuming things other than what is nutritious for our bodies, with filling our heads with stuff when we have a whole body to relate to. Serge Benhayon has been making sense of the “why” in so many instances of our human condition that starts to empower us to make different choices.

    1. Events in Manchester this week have caused me to ask ‘Why does humanity have terrorism?’ If we are not living and expressing all the love that we are, what is our part in this?

  27. Alongside with treating/supporting people with illnesses we should be delving in to the root causes and exploring how exactly we have arrived at a place with more sophisticated technology than ever before but also with more illness and disease than ever before.

  28. Humanity has dementia because we, on the whole, will do anything and everything to forget the true reason we are here, and that is to return to the love we already are, which means we need to take responsibility for our every thought, word and action. Seen we are, on mass, committed to forgetting and distracting ourselves, it is not surprising that dementia is such a growing problem.

  29. Richard when I hear about the state of humanity I get the real sense that we don’t consider how we are part of everything, we consider if we are sick or have a problem but not the whole, not all the issues and certainly not how we are part of something that we may not have ourselves. If we really looked at this our outlook on life would be very different.

    1. It seems to me that when we do consider that we are part of everything, we are as a consequence more fully ourselves. It feels like the more responsibility we are prepared to embrace, the more of ourselves we reconnect with.

  30. It is so important for us to realise that humanity is affected by what happens to each and every single person in it, we are not separate.

  31. “Are we truly living responsibly? Is life just about our individual existence or are we equally responsible for the greater whole that we are surely a part of?” Just one of many great questions that you ask in this piece of writing Richard, and one that we should all pay due respect too. For if we all chose to live lives that were more responsible, we would surely improve our relationships with each other and ourselves simply by default, which would potentially lead to better health and increased productivity with little or no stress.

  32. It’s totally topsy turvy that war should be a factor that brings us together, to unite, for if connection like this was lived in a consistent lived way there would be no war, no separation in the first place.

  33. “Are we then all responsible for all illness and disease?” This is a big statement and on the surface it can seem that we are looking for something to blame. But it’s actually saying each and every choice we make…makes a difference.

    1. Quite so Jennifer. And there is a big difference between responsibility and blame – if we use the word responsibility in its truest sense.

  34. It is huge what you are presenting here Richard – the fact that we all can take responsibility for where humanity is at in full. If there is an illness within humanity, then why is it only the responsibility of the individuals or the doctors. I love how you approach this – it makes things so much bigger. Humanity is sick, regardless of if I have an illness or not. So from there it is my responsibility to live in a deeply loving way and reflect this to others.

  35. On my drive home from work there is a placard on the lawn of a house that says ‘Drive like your kids live here’. I love the sentiment here for it exposes how differently we behave when we truly value something – or a person – in our lives. How would it be if we valued everyone that much and we adopted the phrase ‘live like you are responsible for everything’ – or something of that ilk? What would we choose to do differently if we accepted such an immense / absolute level of responsibility?

    1. Great question you raise here Richard. What would it look like indeed if we were to bring the same values to absolutley everything thing we did, rather than just the people or things that we are directly related to? I imagine our lives, and the world would be very very different, and probably significantly more harmonouis if this were the case.

      1. Yes, Sandra, this blog brings home the immense responsibility we have towards each other and the ripple effect of our actions or inactions.

  36. I just love this blog. Thank you Richard. We are indeed all responsible for everything that happens. There can be no blame when we are living from this truth. There is a sense of working together and evolving together that is liberating and takes responsibility to a new level, a new level that brings joy in its wake.

    1. We don’t often hear the words joy and responsibility in the same breath do we? But it is true – when we are willing to embrace responsibility in its fullness, joy is there waiting for us.

  37. This blog should be on the front page of newspapers and shared with the health secretary but the reality is that most people do not want.

  38. There is no doubt that disconnection from our bodies causes all sorts of illnesses, dementia being one. We are indeed the sum of our choices; the responsibility is always ours to make wise and self loving choices, thus minimising and preventing illnesses. Thank you Richard for sharing your experiences and your wisdom.

  39. If we all choose to live in Oneness, I am sure many illnesses and diseases would greatly decrease. Harmony will be our natural way of life and living in brotherhood would be our norm. This way of life is already being lived by many and I am seeing examples of this in The Way of The Livingness.

  40. Everything in this life is set up for us to not be with ourselves and to check out of life, be it social media, films, books, sport, friends and family catch ups; basically anything that we can think of where by we are not feeling our bodies in what we do. The moment we let anything rule us, we are checking out. At first I didn’t think that this was an issue for me, but then when I brought my attention to it I realised how much I was not with myself.

  41. A brilliant concept … imagine every government in the world addressing a health problem… all the resources… leaving no stone un turned… they would surely end up on the doorstep of …. Universal Medicine …. Where else!

  42. All of humanity living as one organism, much like the billions of cells in our body cohabit and work together, no different really, and if cells start to mutate, cancer can develop….this is a reflection of what is happening in society, there is illness and disease and it is increasing and this tells us something about how we all live together, it is not down to bad luck, or one person’s choices, it is all of us involved in the environment, quality and health of this planet.

  43. Living in oneness, sisterhood and brotherhood, I am all for that also Richard. There is no doubt that living an individuated, outside our bodies life certainly has not worked; our world is in a mess with dementia being just one of the consequences of this culture we have created.

  44. It all feels very different when we come together as one body and accept responsibility for what is happening to us. We remove the individuality from the situation and come together and this is living responsibly. That alone would be a monumental energetic step for humanity that would ripple out to the heavens and back, if we could all accept that we are all connected and have created our world.

  45. I don’t know much about cancer but I recall reading something about cells acting in a way that is disharmonious with the rest of the body. If this is the case, is the prevalence of cancer offering us a reflection of how we are living – with individual ‘cells’ creating disharmony for the whole?

  46. A very profound point you make here Richard – that when someone is presenting with an illness or dis-ease we see that it is happening to them, to that individual alone and it is for them to heal. There is truth in this and a responsibility, yes. But there is a greater responsibility for us all to consider. We don’t look at it as a condition that is affecting us as a humanity, as in truth if a condition is affecting one of us, it available to us all to be affected by. If we were to look at the well-being of humanity, as a whole, and the conditions that we are being affected by, we would see that there is a huge disconnect in the way we understand not only health and well-being, but our part in it as a collective. With the rise of dementia that is taking hold of more and more of our elderly, our potential elders, it clearly does seem to signify the disconnection we are living with, for ourselves, with our bodies and with others. Our bodies here are reflecting a condition of separation, which has us living disconnected from who we are, the Brotherhood that is our natural way of being, where in working together to heal, learn and grow we become more aware of what our true potential as a unified humanity is.

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