Deus ex machina

This is a wonderfully written article that elucidates much regarding the misinformation prosecuted by those who seek to keep the plebeian mired in confusion. Pretty awesome blog worth checking out btw.

LIBERATE YOUR MIND… or not

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I don’t intend this as an indictment of any individual’s right to freely believe as he or she chooses.  I seek only to encourage an inquiry into the source of your beliefs.  The sale and promulgation of the Roman version of Yeshua’s life does not escape the clutches of free market capitalism, and if you subscribe to DirecTV (Comcast doesn’t offer Free Speech or Link TV), you can choose from over 15 channels peddling this “truth.”  In terms of dedicated bandwidth, only the Juiceman, “you’re too fat” videos and adults playing games top evangelical proselytizing.  This may not seem like something worthy of much consideration, but Judeo-Christian neoteny exerts quite a significant impact on society.  It’s therefore troubling that so many continue to apply a literal construction to this parable that attempts to explain our existence.

While the majority of society has evolved past the horned, pitchfork wielding constructions of Dante’s mind, there’s a large swath of the population that still believes the King James Bible descended from heaven with the angels in 1611.  All reasonable inquiry must be suspended as this sole text outlines the word of God and provides the ONLY path to salvation of us forlorn sinners.  This externalizing of a group of non-believers is a precursor to the “us” vs “them” dichotomous thinking that has also allowed for the prosecution of innumerable murders by men in uniform. If you’re gonna believe something, why not stick with the Jewish version of events, after all Yeshua was of that inclination.  Strict literal construction of the KJV is tantamount to believing the European and American textbooks about what happened to the native peoples of the Americas.  Ever read the U.S. version of the Iraq war?

The Abrahamic traditions as a whole, Judaism, Islam, and Christianity all ascribe to the Genesis model of creation. This construct inserts human beings into nature with a grant of authority to dominate life in the biosphere.  Man was created and placed into the “garden” as opposed to being a manifestation of the garden.  One need only look at the thinking that dominates corporate and governmental policy towards the environment for corroborating evidence. Most decision makers are comfortably with extinction, rain forest evisceration and poisoning of the air, soil and water to foster advancement of the human enterprise.  Such a profound discord between man and his environment results from a desire to exert mastery over Nature.  (I doubt it could be as simple as stupidity and greed)

This is not limited to a particular region as the tentacles of these traditions are long indeed. The reverberations of the Genesis hypothesis have run amuck on a global scale.  The dominant prevailing meta-paradigm is that we are autonomous units traversing the natural environment somehow independent from the latter. Nature and all manifestations exist only to foster advancement of the human societal machine.  While concepts are a whole lot more rarefied in abstract, without clean air, soil, or water we perish.

The now almost entirely exterminated Amerindian and aboriginal peoples lived with an implicit understanding that there was an interdependence with the environment.  These traditional shamanic cultures may not have possessed the language to articulate the theory of evolution but there existed an awareness of the underlying harmony of life on the planet.  They understood that we evolve from and with the environment.  There was a respect and reverence for the plants, the animals and the overarching web of life. Pre-literate societies inherently grasped the construct that man is the current highest expression of the Gaian mind underpinning the evolution of life.  These cultures were present-oriented and environmentally sustainable.  Then came the expansion of the European and Muslim empires and this 7 day version of events.  Africa, Asia, the Americas, wherever nautical pathways existed, proselytizing and conversion were the new order of the day.

The Bible and Koran were thrust upon the world at the end of sword and scimitar with reckless abandon.  These shamanic cultures would be marginalized, herded and systematically exterminated. Enlightenment would come in the form of morality and truth articulated by males in dresses.  For primates that emit small mouth noises to speak of truth is high order hubris.  All we have are language constructs that are used to elucidate abstractions. While a few remnants have survived the onslaught of Christianity, what remains of these Spirit aware cultures is today under assault and encroachment from McWorld and its bland progeny.

The repudiation of Nature to some position separate from mankind is an externality of Abrahamic theory.  The ability to embrace the majesty of the present and all adumbrations of the natural world would be replaced with cultures based on a sense of anticipation and a screwball theory about salvation. Forget the apple, this was the fall of man. Botanical varieties would soon become illegal and traditional plants like marijuana and peyote that peel away the dross and cleanse the doors of perception would be replaced with drugs that only serve to facilitate the problem solver mindset.  The momentary respite codified in labor contracts is even an urge to load up on caffeine.  And for the good worker bees that enrich the bourgeois coffers, feel free to overindulge in intoxicating spirits at “happy hour.” This Bud’s for you!

I love a single-malt as much as the next guy, okay you got me, a few single malts as much as the next guy, but alcohol only provides a temporary boost to the ego and facilitates no expansion of one’s consciousness. It often destroys families and health, and yet is freely peddled as the great elixir of pleasure.  Boundary dissolving plants like ayahuasca and psilocybin on the other hand, are vilified and treated as insidious threats to the fabric of society.  Eradication demands nothing less than the full force of state and federal police power. Why are we infantilized and dictated to regarding the exploration of our own consciousness?  Could these plants somehow enable an individual to pierce the veil of illusion promulgated by business and government interests? The last thing Madison Avenue wants is a conscious consumer, aware of the interconnectedness of all things, and realizing the sheer folly of paying $2500 for a handbag.  Governmental institutions have likewise spent tremendous sums of money to find some health risk posed by cannabis and have been unable to state any conclusively. (Please compare with the LD50 of children’s Tylenol, Benadryl, Ibuprofen, or any other alchemically derived remedy pushed by the drug dealers of big Pharma.)

The 20th Century may have seen the Genesis model limited to less-sophisticated segments of the globe, but the presented alternative is what Terence McKenna called the “limit test of credulity.”  I mean the idea that a being capable of self-reflection and globe spanning communication matrices could spring out of nothing for no reason whatsoever seems equally as preposterous. The “miracle” of the Big Bang is a prerequisite to the realization of any scientific truths. The scientific model acknowledges evolution, yet views it as a random occurrence. However, one need only examine the fossil record for evidence that the natural tendency of evolution is towards increasing complexity.  Life is evolving towards something and this is not random. One of the primary laws of information systems is that organization cannot exist in the absence of intelligence.  Moreover, the notion of humanity as an anomalous fluctuation seems to contradict the archaeological record.  Teleology is a branch of philosophy that is based on the principle that final causes exist in nature.  While we can shelve the grey beard Patriarch and notions of extrinsic finality, intrinsic finality holds that all life has within itself a natural tendency whereby its activity is directed towards the perfection of its own nature.  This may seem easier to reconcile with the observable evidence. There exists some undefinable power in nature that predisposes all things to come into a fulfillment of themselves.

Imho, the word “believe” signals the death knell of reason. At the point a sentient being begins to believe, he or she ceases to think critically.  My recommendation is that we eliminate the notion of belief entirely and merely entertain ideas. Our left-brain dominated culture seems oriented towards constantly changing the focus point of consciousness and this has rendered society confused. An “archaic revival” that facilitates self-reflection is necessary if we hope to avoid the fate that 95% of the species that have evolved on the planet have experienced – becoming a part of the fossil record.  There is nothing “sinful” about smoking some high grade herb and questioning the nature of your existence or using natural plant hallucinogens to explore altered states of consciousness. You owe it to yourselves to inquire into yourselves, your motivations, fears, likes, dislikes. And I think it’s Kant who encouraged that one should “act only according to that maxim whereby you can will that it should become a universal law.”

One love,

HJ

P.S. I have often wondered about the reasoning underlying armed terrorists operating with the force majeure of the state transgressing upon adult sovereignty and preventing the exploration of other states of consciousness within the confines of our own homes. Exploration of one’s consciousness is a sovereign right that does not require articulation or judicial decree for its existence. Journey inwards until space and time become as naught.

Perception Management

This is an interesting documentary highlighting the extent to which our opinions of the world are manipulated and shaped. Figured I’d share and increase the viewership. If you have the time, lemme know what you think. The first step in moving towards effective resolution of any problem is to acknowledge that a problem exists and its degree of pervasiveness.

Once there was a very rich magician who had a great many sheep that he would raise, fleece and then slaughter.  However this magician was rather crafty and very mean. He neither wanted to hire shepherds, nor did he want to erect a fence about the pasture where his sheep were grazing. The sheep often wandered into the forest, fell into ravines, and above all they ran away. The magician needed to find some method to prevent his sheep from leaving. Firstly, he hypnotized his sheep and suggested to them that they were safe and that no harm would ever befall them.  On the contrary, anything done was beneficial and even pleasant. Next, he suggested that he was a benign caretaker who loved his flock so much that he was ready to do anything in the world for them. The third suggestion was that if anything at all were going to happen to them, it was not going to happen just then, at any rate not that day, and therefore no need to think about it. Finally, the magician suggested to his sheep that they were not sheep at all, to some of them he suggested that they were lions, to others that they were eagles, to others that they were men, and to others that they were magicians.  And after this all his cares and worries about the sheep came to an end. They never ran away again but quietly awaited the time when the magician would require their flesh and their skins.**

“The lips of wisdom are sealed except to the ears of understanding.” – The Kybalion

HJ

**(Secret of Secrets – Osho).

Bang, you got smoked sucka!!!

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I would like to preface this rant by saying that it is not intended to trivialize the death of any individual that has occurred as a result of gun violence.  Honestly though, we’re out of our minds if we think imposing restrictions on card carrying members of the NRA will prevent the insane from turning the parking lot of Burger King into the next level of Call of Duty 4 Black Ops. We are a society nourished on the blood of war and our adoration of rational reductionism has debased life to series of random chemical accidents organized by several absolute physical laws.  A mechanistic culture with no respect for life and nature will experience internal reverberations of this mindset.  I am to the left of Lenin with much of my politics but see eye-to-eye with Charlton Heston on this one.  A gun is merely technology, a manifestation of man’s creative faculty. The forces that underpin rampant and reckless application of that technology is what merits closer examination.

Recently a flurry of news coverage regarding the enacting of laws aimed at limiting the 2nd Amendment has dominated the airwaves.  The powers that be are blatantly selling Americans on the notion that limiting the rights of individuals who legally purchase and own firearms, will somehow prevent the mentally disturbed from committing random acts of violence.  This is a manifestly incorrect assumption predicated on inherently flawed reasoning.  A society erecting obelisks to murder and an overall lack of humanity cannot legislate its way to peace and respect for the sanctity of life.  The overseers of decency condemn and criticize sexuality in the media, yet embrace stories and programming espousing state sanctioned killing, police atrocities, and violent displays towards others.  Dramas showing multiple murders within their allotted time slot are heralded as successes while the inadvertent display of a woman’s breast is a call to surrender the right to freedom of expression.   Am I the only one that finds this problematic? A callous society firmly entrenched in the dominator culture should expect its constituents to act accordingly.

The desensitization of an individual to violence begins in childhood.  Having been afforded an opportunity to view some “children’s T.V.” with my nephew, I am astonished at the prevalence of forceful themes presented for consumption.  Precepts presented to a subset of the population incapable of exercising any discriminatory judgment will be interwoven into the fabric of their respective thought processes.  Kids are subject to a tidal wave of violent images and ideology that engenders domination and subjugation of others before the age of ten.  Moreover, “the philosopher king” seems to have been replaced with “the brute” as the archetype of the protagonist. Characters that seem only to embrace the appetitive and spirited desires of Plato appear to occupy the majority of the bandwidth, leaving a rather thin sliver for a hero with rational wants. I humbly ask, will it not behoove the condition of man if we cultivate a desire in our children to seek knowledge and truth above all else?

The idea that these observations are meaningless since violence has always existed is erroneous.  While the assertion may be facially correct, the roles of television, film and the internet have served to exponentially increase the pervasiveness of displayed behavior grounded in domination.  It’s not surprising that a system founded on the Hobbesian philosophy of “bellum omnium contra omnes” or a “war of all against all” should embrace these themes, however, we ought not be astonished when violence is subsequently perpetrated against members of the social order.  (BTW, it’s time to bury Hobbes and his elitist Anglo view that we commoners are savages existing in a perpetual state of warfare.)

There has been a growing undercurrent within the class that Madison referred to as the “wealth of the nation” that civil rights legislation is becoming obsolete. Some are beginning to advocate the position that the U.S. has transcended its racist history.   Recently the un-elected emperors of the Supreme Court granted certiorari to cases addressing this issue.   However, nothing could be further from the truth.  Consider the following observation.  Following the shootings in Aurora and Sandy Hook where 100 people were shot, the perceived security of white, middle class America was called into question.  What resulted is that every politician from San Diego to Syracuse has jumped on the bandwagon that the 2nd. Amendment needs to be constrained in some form or fashion.  For decades however, tens of thousands have been murdered in minority communities by handguns yet the solutions presented took the form of tougher prison sentences, and a war on crime, drugs and anything else fit for a slogan.  If you foster a climate where life is not appreciated, the indiscriminate will comply by displaying a lack of respect for life. No legislative action can prevent this.

Shared traits with Connor MacCleod make it a redundancy for me to own any type of gun.  That doesn’t mean that the guarantees delineated in the Bill of Rights are of any less importance.  Given the actions taken by the legislature in the past 10 years (NDAA, Patriot Act, free speech zones, etc.) I believe that it’s incumbent upon Americans to ask why are the provisions guaranteed in the first 10 Amendments to the Constitution being systematically eviscerated.  If the shootings had occurred in Compton, Harlem, or a migrant worker community, would the men who know so little about so much be advocating an increased contraction of the Bill of Rights?  Lend me your ears, pay attention to what is being done in Washington DC supposedly on your behalf. With very few exceptions, the men who sit on both sides of the aisle have employers to whom they must report, and that cabal does not recognize general admission passes.  Examine the the sub-textual narrative before formulating your opinions as truth is never printed in legible font.  NewSpeak has run amuck…

Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety – Ben Franklin

One love,

HJ

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