Summary of “What Would Happen If Everyone Truly Believed Everything Is One?”

Despite the prevalence of this belief, there has been a lack of a well validated measure in psychology that captures this belief.
While certain measures of spirituality do exist, the belief in oneness questions are typically combined with other questions that assess other aspects of spirituality, such as meaning, purpose, sacredness, or having a relationship with God.
A belief in oneness was more strongly related to feeling connected with distant people and aspects of the natural world than with people with whom one is close! Also, while a belief in oneness was related to actual experiences of oneness, there was no relationship between a belief in oneness and feeling closer to God during a spiritual experience.
In their second study, the researchers looked at values and self-views that might be related to the belief in oneness.
A belief in oneness was also associated with feeling connected to others through a recognition of our common humanity, common problems, and common imperfections.
At the same time, there was no relationship between a belief in oneness and the degree to which people endorsed self-focused values such as hedonism, self-direction, security, or achievement.
There is an abundance of identity politics these days, with people believing that their own ideology is the best one, and a belief that those who disagree with one’s own ideology are evil or somehow less than human.
Even if some adults may be hopeless when it comes to changing their beliefs, most children are not.

The orginal article.