106 – On Human Greed …

Greed, in human terms, is an immoderate and selfish desire … for power, wealth, food, fame, recognition … beyond the dictates of basic survival needs and comfort, and that, exploiting a moral weakness, overwhelms our common sense.

Greed is ancient in Human history; stronger in some early civilizations than in others and more insidious in men than in women.

Erich Fromm described greed as “a bottomless pit which exhausts the person in an endless effort to satisfy the need without ever reaching satisfaction.”

Prompted by overindulgent hunger for power, or possessions, or wealth, and most recently by the dominant economic creed that “Greed is Good”, Greed has come to obliterate our common sense to such a degree, that most of us are oblivious to the fact that our greed is destroying … like greedy cancer cells … the host that provides our source of Life.

Immoderate Greed is a learned, not an innate characteristic in human evolution. I don’t think early humans were dominated by Greed before the Agricultural Revolution   when everybody worked together for the benefit of the group. It might have developed in us as a perversion of the accumulation of winter supplies, or a perversion of the need to expand into more territory as groups grew larger, or a perversion of the struggle for power and recognition as the need for leadership arose (these are but assumptions), but however this perversion came to dominate human nature, it has now turned into a vice that throws us … most of us … into a sick, aggressive, insatiable and destructive competition to have more and more, with absolutely no regard for the consequences of our ill-conceived urge. A terrible consequence of this perversion … with its rapaciousness, trickery, manipulation, deceit, violence, disregard for human decency … is the dreadful monstrosity of corporate greed.

It is thus we have created a world where Scavenging and Hoarding are more protected and promoted than the Welfare and Happiness of people. We have been taken hostage by an irrational and insatiable Force that does not take our lives into consideration, but instead demands the levels of rapaciousness threatening our survival.

But we have now the technology to unite the voices of the world to help us understand, and overcome, this destructive Force that is taking our lives hostage; ruling us with immoderate Greed completely devoid of common sense.

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105 – The Creative Order of Nature …

There is a creative Order in Nature … the Implicate Order as David Bohm, the American physicist, called it … that induces all things in Nature to self-organize with a degree of self-determination towards higher orders of complexity. But this Order is not effortlessly perceived by the human mind under current paradigms.

Our understanding of the creative Order in Nature is obstructed by 1 – a scientific Paradigm that teaches us that creativity and self-organization in Nature are but the result of sheer Chance and 2 – by a religious Paradigm that teaches us that Human beings are creative and self-determined because we are separate from and better than Nature. And yet, upon scrutiny of empirical knowledge, the fundamental capacity of all things in Nature to self-organize with creative self-determination becomes apparent:

All things in Nature … without exception … although utterly unique (no other one exactly like me in the entire Universe, no other solar system exactly like ours in the entire Universe), instinctively self-organize into the distinctive characteristics of a common genus.

All things in Nature … without exception … consume energy sources from immediate environments (foods, oxygen for us; kinetic energy, heat for our planet) to fuel the relatively pre-determined yet adaptable organization of our bodies.

All things in Nature … without exception … grow into Complexity out of the fusion of fundamental elements (ovum and sperm for you and I; stars and star remnants for galaxies) sensing the demands of environments and, whether by instinct or self-determination, seeking the equilibrium of Order to endure.

The capacity of all things in Nature to self-organize … and re-organize … with a relative degree of creativity and self-determination toward order and complexity is the primordial Process we have come to call Evolution. And although this creative and self-determined Process is beyond our understanding, it clearly induces all things to reinvent themselves from within … pregnant with ingenuity … bending the rules of genera and environments.

The capacity to perceive this natural Order, and to realize we are a part of it, is the most awe-inspiring feeling a human being can experience. And yet this capacity is obstructed by the same institutions with the most power to help us understand it: a scientific Paradigm bent on teaching us that the creative Order so evident in Nature is nothing but the result of sheer Chance – thus inducing us into uncaring devastation; and a religious Paradigm bent on separating us from the natural Order – thus inducing us into a world of division and conflict.

How different we will be when the creative Order of Nature is not veiled by wars and fear and hate and so much destruction? How different!!!

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104 – Paradise …

Under a system of false and dogmatic beliefs which supports the control of self-serving elites, most of us are coerced into believing the irrational concept that Paradise is not the world … tremendous and gentle, raw and ephemeral, tiny and immeasurable, devastating and creative, horrid and amazingly beautiful … in which we are born to experience the wonder of Life, but that it is instead an imagined garden-like place from where we were thrown out, long ago, as punishment for wanting to Know!; or that it is an imagined heaven-like place where we may be allowed to enter, after we die, but only … only … if we submit, unquestionably, to the dictates of dogmatic beliefs the likes of: There is always a foe, oftentimes imagined, to be exterminated; happiness is achieved through greater and greater consumption without regards for the damage to the environment; my idol-deity, not yours, is the true one; we can understand everything, everything … atoms, cells, the entire Universe, Life itself … by breaking them apart.

This set of destructive beliefs, perpetuated through fear and deceit, obstructs our innate desire to explore the evident Truth that the world we live in … with all its misery, struggle, incredible beauty and profound mystery … is Paradise: The only Home where we can Be and love and grow and try to be happy, the only Home we all instinctively search for, the only Home where we can imprint our legacy.

The horrors that dogmatic beliefs bring upon us are painfully evident: Genocide; constant conflict; hate; complete disregard for the value of human life; the acceptance of lies and theft and destruction as natural, the estrangement from common sense and moderation and the knowledge of oneself, the devastation we are imposing on the environment that engenders and sustains our lives.

By surrendering to the coercion to look for Paradise in a fantasy and not in the world of experience, are we not … with knowledgeable intent … ravaging it? And by doing so, are we not driving ourselves – hard – into levels of devastation we cannot even comprehend?

The enslaving grasp of Dogma on us is fierce, but even fiercer is the liberating freedom of the Truth.

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103 – On Vacation …

I will be posting again on June 15, 2014.

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102 – The Living Universe and Us …

There is no doubt in my mind … not a bit, not a trace … that, like you and I, our Universe is a living organism.

This idea is based on the Fact … as much as our current scientific focus (Reductionism/Materialism) wants to deny it … that nothing is engendered into Life from something that is not alive.

If you and I, like our Universe, were born into being from something small … very small … already knowing how to build our own bodies into magnificently complex and evolving organizations of myriads … upon myriads … of diverse yet common components.

And if you and I, like our Universe, instinctively learned how to create our own components, making them ingenious and with a knack for experimentation, yet obedient to the primal urges to survive and adapt and bond and regenerate.

And if you and I, like our Universe, adapted     and continue to adapt … untaught … to changing and oftentimes adverse environments … manipulating and being manipulated … while relentlessly moving onward, seeking stability.

And if you and I, like our Universe, relentlessly seek stability … oftentimes by instinct, yet sometimes with self-determined choice … overcoming detours and accidents and trials and mistakes, until we no longer can, and dissipate back into Origin.

And if you and I do these things … self-creating, self-organizing, learning, adapting, experimenting with ingenuity, seeking stability, moving onward with a degree of volition … because we are alive. And if our Universe is fundamentally doing these same things… self-creating, self-organizing, learning, adapting, experimenting with ingenuity, seeking stability, moving onward with a degree of volition … does it not follow that, like you and I, the Universe is alive?

When we ultimately incorporate this Fact into our perception of the Universe, our quest will then not be to find what the Universe is, but what Life is.

This transition will change us dramatically, especially when we already know that we are … as far as we know … the universal component with the highest degree of self-awareness in Nature. And even if we discover other high forms of self-awareness, the implications of embarking on a new quest to understand Life are monumental because, although Life is in you and I … we feel it, we are aware of it, we move it, it moves us, we are one of its myriad manifestations – minute and immense, creative and destructive, powerful and tender … Life is, as yet, incomprehensible to us.

And so, like the pioneer cells in a new born human mind … reaching within    and far away from us, seeking connections, sending probes (dendrites?) deeper and deeper into the intricacies of our inner and outer worlds … we are Pioneers, you and I, in the self-awareness of the universal mind.

Just think about it!!!

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101 – Without Dogma we can face our Destiny …

Power is an easy path to the obliteration of Reason and the Humane in man. Power drives man to become set in his ideas, less flexible, less open to compromise, more and more dogmatic.

When a man, blinded by dogmatism, gets in positions of Power … family, gang, heredity, work, community, religion, politics … he feels impelled to assert his manhood, not by openness and empathy and a desire for wisdom, but by imposing his dogmatism on those he can control; usually by claiming to have a Right, or to know better, or to have a ‘special connection’ with a higher being.

In Politics, dogmatic men close the doors to Compromise and Peace and Justice.

In Science, dogmatic men close the doors to the Subjective and the Intangible and the Mysterious.

In Religion, dogmatic men close the doors to Rationality and Tolerance and Truth.

In Economics, dogmatic men close the doors to Moderation and Selflessness and Equality.

There are very few instances in our History when the attainment of Power has not corrupted the desire in man to seek great deeds for Humanity without the ulterior goal of strengthening his Power.

In the lower animals, seeking Power in the male is mainly driven by organic instincts, which lead to aggression and dominance over the contender(s) with the purpose to subdue and gain status.

But over our evolutionary development, the human being has acquired a high degree of self-reflection, which not only differentiates us from most animals, but gives us the capacity to reflect upon the consequences of our actions and decisions when we let them be dominated entirely by instinct and the blinding force of Dogma.

The dire status of our world … constant conflict, aggression, fanaticism, irrationality, hate, genocide, rape, rapacious greed, extreme inequality, inhumane poverty, atrocious levels of cruelty, oppression of women, environmental devastation, … clearly demonstrates that most of the individuals leading Humankind are still highly driven by dogmatism and instinctive drives, with very minimal capacity for self-reflection on the impact of their decisions on the peoples who they have come to control or subjugate.

It is uncanny to see these individuals, blindingly protecting those that support their hold on Power … even if they are on a destructive and self-serving rampage … disregarding, and oftentimes obstructing, human ingenuity to find solutions for the great challenges we are facing under their dictatorial and utterly selfish leadership.

We put them on those positions of power. We can then demand with millions, billions of messages that they listen to us. And if they don’t, we’ll replace them for someone who will.

Not until we recognize the harmful role of Dogma will we be able to open the gates to the immensurable reaches of the highly self-reflective human intellect; not until then will we be freed from Obstruction and Irrationality.

Without Dogma we can face our Destiny as pioneers in the evolution of Self-reflection in Nature.

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100 – Let’s Recreate our Future …

The political, economic and religious hierarchies we have supported throughout our history use Deception, Fear and Division to deny us the knowledge of our amazing potential to create a civilization where Education, Moderation, Tolerance and the avoidance of Dogma are instead our leading values. To control us, they perpetuate beliefs on outrageous fabrications the likes of: Our purpose in life is to submit without question to the will of an omnipotent and vengeful made-up deity; Heroism is the will to die and kill ourselves and others for someone else’s ideals; the measure of Success is boundless greed without regards for integrity, respect or environmental devastation; Nature is a resource for Humanity’s consumption.

These hierarchies control a subservient media to instigate in us a feeling of irrelevance and dread through a constant focus on Scapegoating, Consumption, Conflict and Fear; they have twisted us into rewarding those who lie and steal while punishing those who tell the Truth; they have sequestered Education to promote an unsustainable and destructive corporate ideology; they label as un-patriotic those with the courage to question their irrationality; by instigating reactionary behaviors against our own humanity, they drive us into incredible levels of hate and cruelty, and to fanatically annihilate anything that challenges their dominance.

When will we come to the realization that we don’t need this; that we are better than this; that it will destroy us if we don’t change it?

It is dreadful to think about the horrible future our dominant hierarchies promise us – – so detached from the world of happiness and love we all desire.

After thousands of years under the domination of the destructive forces of Dogma, Terror, War, Intolerance, Greed and Deceit, we possess now the intelligence, the will and the collective power … in the same way we have the power from within to redirect, recreate and shape our future … to recreate and redirect our cultures into a rational, moderate, tolerant, educated and more humane civilization.

A multitude of us, with a Vision in mind, is an unstoppable force.

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99 – The Significance of Being Alive

It is astonishing, isn’t it? that the tiny little creatures we give Life inside of us … those we call ovum and sperm … contain, when they fuse together, the entire information, and the primal urge, to recreate a whole new being, a brand new creature endowed with some replicated characteristics yet utterly unique and infused, like you and me, with the energy of Life, and the capacity to procreate, and a degree of freedom to change and be changed. But this could not happen without a receptive and supporting environment.

This is how we re-generate our progeny. This is how we reinvent ourselves. This is how we have evolved from the early hominids into beautiful and ingenious creatures: Fully erect; incredibly dexterous; able to communicate through complex mediums; able to look back into our past and plan for the future; able to look at the stars and wonder; able to sense Destiny … in our wishes, in the things we accomplish, in our capabilities, in how intelligent and magnificent we can be … but this is also how we have come to populate almost every habitable niche on the surface of the earth, overwhelming the environment that has allowed us to get to be what we are today.

There is no creature we know of as beautiful and ingenious as we are, but under Deceit and Greed we seem unable to comprehend the fact that we cannot exist without the natural world, and so we are overwhelming it with our explosive growth, and so we are altering it in ways that may not support us any longer.

The significance of being alive is, for most of us, the awareness of the experience of being alive … the toil, the happiness, the pain, the anguish, the pleasures, the falls, the triumphs, the wonder, the interdependence of it all … and the intelligence to know that we cannot be alive, nor our progeny, without the natural world we are now drastically altering for the benefit of a few.

The challenge then is, for most of us, to make those blinded by greed and the corruption of power, understand what is evident to us.

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98 – Fracturing The Indivisible …

Between the Divisiveness of organized religion (my religion is the ‘true’ religion, not yours!) and the Reductionism of current scientific focus (we can understand Life, our Universe, everything, by separating primary elements!), we have managed … with our very young, fallible and easily influenced minds … to fracture The Indivisible, separating ourselves from Nature … as if we were not made out of it … and perpetuating the myth that we are a ‘special creation’.

We are ‘special’ but only in the sense that, in addition to the fact that we  have been engendered … as everything in Nature … with a primordial set of survival instincts (the instincts to nurture our own development, to adapt to environments in ingenious and creative ways, to generate our own elements, to perpetuate our kin), we have also been provided with the advantage to unfold in relatively stable yet demanding environments; environments that have supported our development by fueling our evolution, challenging us to innovate and begin to learn and, ultimately, driving us to develop into the most highly self-reflective organism we are aware of.

But the Truth remains that we are specks of life in the unfolding of Nature; frail, needy and yet fiery organisms completely dependent on the primal self-organization of our bodies and on the support of a propitious environment.

Our fracturing of Nature into opposing and seemingly unrelated realms … Micro-cosmos versus Macro-cosmos, Energy versus Mass, Mind versus Matter, Nature versus Us … and accepting, as rational, the absurd idea that we can be independent from Nature and exist as in isolated cocoons, have fueled our incapacity to see the Evident: That we are made out of Nature and cannot exist without Nature.

Our fracturing of Nature is akin to removing fish out of water, and believing that they can exist without it.

Hard as we may try, Nature is indivisible and will not reveal its essence unless we see ourselves as one of its creations.

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97 – Why?

What would it take for Humankind … for us, each and all of us … to see that the major forces forging our Destiny are obstructing our intellectual advancement and endangering our chances for survival?

The religious, political and economic paradigms that dictate, and try to dominate the way we think and understand ourselves and our world, are powerful yet human forces rooted on destructive principles: Organized religion is based on Division and thus incites hate and intolerance; political principles are based on Conflict and thus incite war and mistrust; economic principles are based on Limitless Material Growth and thus incite greed and the ravaging of our environment. These forces vie for Power and Control; and since their subsistence depends on followers (greater numbers equal greater influence), they conceal the severe consequences of overpopulation on the fragile equilibrium of the atmosphere in which our lives completely depend.

Although there is no doubt that we have been able to change ourselves and our world in amazing ways through scientific and technological advances, it is also clear that … induced by intolerance, the instigation of constant conflict and the plundering pursuit of material wealth … we are changing the chemistry of the atmosphere.

There was already a period on earth’s evolution where the over-production of oxygen as waste by an emerging bacteria … Cyanobacteria … precipitated an epochal change on the chemistry of the atmosphere, causing the extinction of all life for which oxygen was poisonous.

By augmenting the content of carbon dioxide [CO2] in the atmosphere, we are precipitating such an epochal change in the chemistry of the environment in which Life as we know it depends.

The early catastrophic extinction was involuntarily incited by primitive, unconscious bacteria; but this time, with the clear awareness of those blocking our understanding, we are willingly doing it.

If we all have … each and all of us … the relative power to change ourselves and our environment in beautiful, pioneering and creative ways, why do we allow destructive forces to determine our destinies?

Why? WHY!

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