A Rarely Voiced Perspective.

It’s not everyday that you read a criticism of feminism at all, let alone from a female.  While the blogger doesn’t directly confront feminist philosophy, or the traditional (religious?) philosophy either, it is implied in her arguments.  

As a male in his thirties I can’t say I couldn’t relate to her commentary, especially the near-non-existence of  positive, competent, virtuous male archetypes in media, as well as the issues she raises about establishing an identity, and how status informs relationships.

I was also very intrigued by her analysis of “reproductive currency”.  That is well worth further investigation, and is probably an essay in itself.  It is definitely an interesting lens to look at a culture through.

Do yourself a favor and read.

The Rainbow of Consciousness

The title I chose sounds a bit like childish fantasy, doesn’t it?  That’s why I couldn’t help but include the song from the muppets, a memory from my childhood. Yet isn’t this how our modern sensibilities would have us approach the idea of consciousness, as a fantasy, as something from our childhood; after all, are rainbows not merely an illusion?

Certain varieties of Buddhism, predominantly in the Tibetan schools, describe the achievement of total realization as the attainment of the rainbow body (also see here, here, and here).  Yet the sceptic could rightfully point out this is in no way proof that consciousness exists, and could in truth turn out to be little more than the mirage of religious dogma.

along with illusion, I’ve heard consciousness described as an accident of evolution, as well as bundles of neurons performing parallel-like operations, but this does little to elucidate the experience of the phenomena.  One definition I particularly appreciated, expressed by Mark Passio in a recent seminar, defined consciousness as: the ability to recognize patterns; I would add to that, the ability to in-form or create patterns, for, whether this is true, it certainly pertains to our experience of the phenomena of being conscious; and also, the experience of choice or volition is a fundamental part of the phenomena.

It would seem that it is often here, the context of volition, that dispute has arisen.  The idea of free will is largely perceived in these “modern” times, if it is perceived at all, as an anachronistic fable designed to torture Christians in-so-much as you can either be obedient to the will of god, or not.

In recent history, social engineers such as Frederick Taylor Gates, Frederick W. Taylor (no relation?), George Estabrooks, Jose Delgado, or William H. Gates (no relation?) have had little use for the concept.  These utopians who saw and see the population as “meat machines”, a phrase not uncommon at the turn of the twentieth century, have reproached the idea of a “ghost in the machine”  as a malfunction.

But for thousands of years really, predominant narratives have come and gone that in many ways serve to diminish consciousness, and there-in assert justification to dictate existence.  These narratives reveal their character in metaphors chosen to delineate the nature of being: there is the Judeo-Christian metaphor that the people are sheep and the priest the guiding shepherd, or the “fisher of men” metaphor of the Nazarene, or Hobbes’ Leviathan where the people are the body of the state organism, or the Newtonian clockwork universe, billiard ball determinism of the causa prima, Locke’s blank slate, Weishaupt’s illuminations, the human resources of the industrial revolution evolving into the scientifically managed grand machine of society imagined going into the twentieth century, now yielding to the newest metaphor, input-output programmed computers, or the current burgeoning metaphor of a human internet. (It should be noted that in each generation respectively, these were not viewed as metaphors, but as reality)

Yet in spite of colossal resources and efforts the illusion of consciousness has persisted, and the social engineers have found their attempts to control and maneuver “the masses” has proven surprisingly elusive (often with hellacious costs).

This raises a question in my mind.  Could it be that the opposite is the mirage? The more we are devoted to the concept that there is no consciousness the farther away it moves, like a rainbow.

Narrative of Health

The prevailing concept of allopathic medicine, and the dominant narrative of our culture in general is that germs are the cause of disease.  Yet if you were to go back only a little over one hundred years this concept was only just taking shape, and the opposing viewpoint was that the “terrain” of the body determined whether someone were to show the symptoms of disease; that is, if your body was not operating properly it promoted an environment of illness.

An analogy I heard to describe this second form of thinking was that if we were to see a pool of stagnant water on the ground surrounded with mosquitos we wouldn’t conclude that the mosquitos caused the stagnant water; rather, the stagnant water provides an ideal place for mosquitos to breed.  The same can be said for systems of the body.

Despite the fact that modern medicine chose one direction over the other, the debate was never resolved.  With the creation of antibiotics like penicillin, and the immediate results observed, a lucrative new kind of medicine began to take shape, and with it a narrative for what health is: mechanistic, impersonal, measurements, sterile, chemical, operant, the lack of illness, just luck, genetically predisposed, Science.

Perhaps this is just me, but it seems as though, subliminally, a predominant meme of “health” is that it is external, something received, though with different words—a blessing.

A Parable On Leverage

(Paraphrased from Richard Grove, where I first heard it):

What if I was to tell you that if I were to face eight chess grandmasters simultaneously I could defeat at least half of them? Would you bet on me, or against me?  Consider this, I would be able to essentially pit one grandmaster against the other, by mirroring the moves made by one, and using it against the other, thereby being able to defeat at least half of my opponents despite using only my opponents minds and energy as the tool for my success.

If You Don’t Learn To Write Your Own Script…

you unwittingly become the actor in someone else’s script.

(The above is a quote from John Taylor Gatto during an interview with Richard Grove called The Ultimate History Lesson)

This video gives us a glimpse at the contours of the cave wall. It illustrates consensus false reality suggested to us through a ubiquitous source for information.

The implications about the delivery mechinisms that are in place, and the firewalls against misuse should be concerning.