About One Divide®
One Divide® is a philosophy and theoretical framework that examines the origins of Emotional Warfare — the process by which individuals manipulate others to give themselves a sense of acceptance, belonging and security — the way it develops in individuals and how it affects everyday interactions, relationships and our overall human experience.
As outlined extensively throughout One Divide’s materials, the shaping of perceptions, persuasion and manipulation, even within our own selves, has never been more present than today. This is a problem, as the shift to a more progressive, pragmatic or critical way of thinking has magnified inequality between peoples and increased the imbalance between the belief systems or ideologies of various societal environments, communities and cultures. One Divide’s philosophy and theoretical framework allow us to interpret our own Patterns of Emotional Warfare playing out in our relationships with the people around us — as well as in our relationships with ourselves. Our sense of emotional security, achieved through social embeddedness, social identity and social status, is forever threatened through this self-perpetuating interplay of our Patterns of Emotional Warfare.
Deeply entrenched links between us as people are formed mostly out of our need for survival and in response to self-interest. Spoken and unspoken negotiations, compromises, mutual co-operation and, at times, compliance between our Patterns of Emotional Warfare make up the majority of what most of us experience, as emotional paradigms that we observed, learned and survived in childhood are recreated and thus brought into our adult relationships.
These Patterns of Emotional Warfare span across our lives or spheres of life. Any circumstance that involves group dynamics involves the threat of not achieving or maintaining the particular roles we desire in that setting. This fear triggers Emotional Warfare in all social, political, familial and professional contexts.
“We all wish to experience happiness, joy, love, trust, hope, intimacy, true connection with another and so on; we all desire to be successful in our lives personally and/or professionally or monetarily, with a sense of emotional wellbeing or emotional freedom, authenticity and control over our own destinies and personal value — even a sense of significance to our existence. However, all of this involves or relies on the participation of others — whether knowingly or unknowingly on our parts and willingly or unwillingly on theirs.
It is precisely this human story that has been utilized to the advantage and disadvantage of others — even through programs and therapies that promote ways for us to achieve such desires and experiences or promise to give them to us. Thus, we must become aware and ever mindful of our levels of Emotional Desperation and resulting obsessions with the Perceived Security that we obtain, maintain and/or win through the acceptance, belonging or compliance of another or others.”Identification of the Pattern of Emotional Warfare®
A Supplemental Guide to the Philosophy of One Divide®
One Divide examines the “common thread” of Emotional Warfare that has woven itself through mankind’s history and the overall human experience in order to properly understand its effects on us as a social species and to expose it, empowering the True Self, developing an overall state of wellbeing or emotional freedom and deepening spiritual growth. One Divide’s influences and principles span the Eastern philosophy of collectivism and the Western philosophy of individualism, as well as past and modern-day views that are central to humanistic or social psychology and philosophy. One Divide also examines and outlines the dichotomy between the physical and spiritual worlds which will arise for anyone seeking emotional freedom, as inevitably he or she will run into the paradox of security versus freedom — a deep-seated, universal quandary that lies in wait and has entrapped many.
Through the principles of the Philosophy of One Divide® and by gaining an awareness and explicit understanding of Emotional Warfare, you can achieve security in freedom — the balance we all need to live peacefully and interact respectfully and honestly with the people in our lives. Using an advanced method that allows us to master the interplay of Emotional Warfare, the Philosophy of One Divide provides a way to end our obsession with Perceived Security and the paradox of security versus freedom.
Ultimately, One Divide aims to help create a unified, elevated state of collective consciousness within the human race — true ONEness — through new behavior-pattern awareness that can be applied to a multitude of behavioral phenomena, including intra- and interpersonal agreement and disagreement modeling and person-to-person navigation techniques.
Origins of One Divide®
Edward Kroger, Founder of One Divide® and author of materials
Like everyone, I have my own story of survival and life experiences… and like most, I asked the very human questions of why.
Throughout life, I discovered the difficulty of finding true answers to those questions, and had even more difficulty having deeper, truthful discussions about my life experiences with those around me. Properly exploring them required a level of introspection and self-examination that many avoided — usually for their own emotional self-preservation. The answers I was looking for and the emotional growth I was yearning for within myself and with the people in my life remained elusive…
My questions centered on fundamental issues of human behavior, such as “why do we do the things we do?” or on a deeper, existential level, on concerns about my own existence, sense of identity and purpose in life. Some of my questions centered on larger social behavioral issues, such as “why do we do the things we do to each other?” or on a broader level, how we operate collectively as people or as the human race. I wasn’t hearing answers that logically fit some aspects of life, human behavior, personal discord and and interpersonal conflict that I intuitively sensed and could easily see.
Observing what I now define as Emotional Warfare and its Pattern(s) in others is something I believe we all have the natural instinct to do, as we do it for survival, but I didn’t yet have any sort of framework to help me understand what I was observing. I began a course of university study to address these questions. However, while attending the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (1991–92), I had a significant conversation — one that would ultimately lead to embracing independent study, as certain thoughts and concepts I had already developed on my own challenged the conventional wisdom of my peers and the academic world. Moreover, the natural skill set and level of critical thinking I had acquired from my life experience and the environment in which I had grown up made me reconsider the necessity of committing to a standardized, formal curriculum. I needed new information and a different approach to understanding the dynamics of human behavior than what was being taught in degree programs. Ultimately, I chose to leave university and pursue my own answers.
With this, a true journey and exploration into life itself began; eventually, after another significant moment in my life, a forced change in priorities led me to take a deep philosophical approach to this longstanding interest.
This significant moment came in the form of a severe back injury (at the age of 23) in 1996. The injury required several years of rehabilitation, and doubts of ever fully recovering forced me to a new level of inward reflection and self-evaluation. This triggered a higher level of insight into my initial concepts — which I had begun to develop and which now act as the Philosophy of One Divide’s core principles — and also triggered the beginning stages of a higher level of observation of others’ negative behavioral patterns and conceptual barriers that I may not have reached otherwise.
Ultimately, this forced examination into my own emotional realm (and its visceral relation to my physical being) turned a very early life crisis into an opportunity for life consciousness.
Like most well-founded conclusions, the answers to my questions began to formulate after an accumulation of life experiences within the personal and professional spheres of life. Whether these experiences were positive or negative, each acted as a stepping-stone to an awareness and knowledge base that could only have been acquired along the path least traveled.
After years of personal examination, emotional excavation and independent research and study, the Philosophy of One Divide and the theoretical framework of Emotional Warfare were completed. As in all true philosophical endeavors, the platform underwent a series of debates (or Socratic discussions) to disprove or prove its core principles. I was extremely fortunate to have several important discussions with very well-established individuals who have excelled in their professional fields and industries to establish that if the philosophy’s principles were correct, they would truly make a difference.
Obviously, there are several key influences that have helped to shape One Divide. Some psychological parlance and behavioral aspects of One Divide overlap with other theories of psychology and philosophy, which also have been generally accepted and/or proven to be correct, scientifically or theoretically.
All this has led to the formation of One Divide® and, most importantly, the Philosophy of One Divide’s principles (officially introduced in 2012) being effectively applied in real life by real people from various backgrounds, cultures and points of reference, with many successful outcomes — personally and professionally.
Vision of One Divide®
One Divide® is quite clear in its vision to create an educational platform about Emotional Warfare and its Pattern(s) — to use the principles and theoretical framework established in the Philosophy of One Divide and the field of Emotional Warfare to demonstrate the inherent, fundamental issues in human behavior that have yet to be fully examined, either regarding individuals or within the collective human species itself. This platform is built with the overall intent of elevating the collective consciousness and creating a movement toward ONEness.
Traditional models of behavior, theoretical frameworks, platforms of spirituality and/or philosophies that aim to achieve an overall state of wellbeing — whether it be within the individual person or within the human species — have failed to expose the common thread of Emotional Warfare and its Patterns, which have persisted throughout mankind’s existence, holding open the One (emotional) Divide that separates us.
One Divide’s mission to expose the instigator to all human conflict — the One (emotional) Divide — and spread universal awareness to end the use of Emotional Warfare has the core purpose of helping individuals find, defend and protect their independent emotional freedom.
Of course, this is to help ensure all of us have the opportunity to reach our potential not only as human beings but as the human race itself.