Archive for March, 2011

27 – Power and Greed turn Us into Monsters …

Tuesday, March 15th, 2011

Isn’t it horrible to know that those we voted into positions of power under promises to improve our world, lied to us, and are now accomplices to the forces pushing us on a path to self-destruction?

Isn’t it horrible to know that those making the decisions that affect our lives are monsters? There is no other definition for individuals who, having at their fingertips the imminent facts of an environment in crisis continue, for their own benefit, to perpetuate the unsustainable and destructive economic doctrines of Consumerism and Exploitation.

Power and greed have made most of them so out of touch with Reality, that they have become utterly irrational and cruel. Just look at them, covering up for blatant thievery and corruption, promoting wars that kill thousands of innocent people and throw millions into abject misery and despair, endorsing the impoverishment of our educational systems, allowing the media to be stifled by corporate interests, supporting the corporate destruction of the environment, selling our future for the breadcrumbs that corporations throw at them. And all just to satisfy their insatiable greed.

Corrupted by a total lack of empathy and vision, these individuals are deluded by a historical record that tells them that the way to subjugate us into supporting their greed is by keeping us 1 – entertained with banalities 2 – in constant fear of created or imagined threats and 3 – ignorant to the point where we don’t even know how, nor see the need, to question their total disregard for the truth and the welfare of Humanity.

But times have changed, and under the dangers of exponential population growth, the oppressive tactics that worked for the lords of empires long gone are now devastating our environment in massive and catastrophic scales.

We only exist – politicians and economists included – because there is a narrow layer upon the surface of the planet that sustains and nurtures our evolution. Under the destructive Paradigm most politicians and economists perpetuate with the only purpose to fill their pockets, we are altering that layer to such a degree that human life, as we experience it today, may not be possible any longer.

How different our world could be if their efforts were instead focused on inciting a revolution in learning … like those incited by Galileo and Darwin … by propagating knowledge based on incontrovertible facts to open our intellects to a new vision of Reality; a vision in which we see ourselves as parts of Nature, and not its lords.

Revised February 2018

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26 – The Obliteration of the Spirit by Science …

Tuesday, March 1st, 2011

How amazing it is that inquiry into the spiritual dimension of human nature … the intuitive knowledge that we are connected to ‘something’ or ‘someone’ larger than us that gives us life, order, direction, purpose, wonder, and the capacity to be aware of our own awareness … is inhibited by ‘that other religion’ we call science. And thus, to ponder about the meaning of what we call our soul, our spirit, our mind, we are left either to the machinations of men in cloaks who perpetuate beliefs made-up thousands of years ago to control the human mind or to the oftentimes good-intentioned seekers exploring creative venues of understanding.

The world of our feelings, emotions, and passions; the world of our happiness and sorrows, of our need to love and be loved, of the intangible and the immeasurable; the world of the overwhelming brutality and beauty of Nature; the world of visions and dreams; the world in which love is born and where hate is instigated; the world in which concepts like Peace, Revolution, Creativity, Liberty, Hope, Awe, begin to take a physical shape, this world is arrogantly repressed by the physical side of science simply because it can neither be measured nor put into equations. In its jealousy for measurement and reduction, the physical sciences have turned into a dogmatic enterprise that presumes it can decide what Reality is, and what it is not.

Yet hidden behind their arrogance, there exists a conspicuous Reality that encompasses not only the objective dimensions of Nature … the measurable dimensions of atoms and systems and bodies … but also its subjective complement … the immeasurable dimensions of Creativity, Desire, the need to bond, the will to exist; a Reality where object and subject, body and spirit, complement each other so creatures like you and me can self-generate and self-reflect.

Reductionism, the methodology dating back to the philosophic thought of ancient Greece, continues to dominate our current scientific method, thus perpetuating the belief that the only way man can understand anything in Nature is by reducing it to its minutest parts. This approach is obviously limiting since under its hegemony science has not been able to explain the source of Life nor what more than 90% of our Universe is.

Our wonderment at the unending creativity of Life; our amazement at the inner knowledge of cells that know how to re-generate, organize, and create a mind; our astonishment at the instinctive knowledge of the body to take control of the entire organism when the mind is wandering or searching; our surprise at the realization that we can reflect on our past to plan our future; our awe in the presence of the beauty and destructiveness of Nature, these are subjective characteristics of the human Spirit yet grounded on the reality of the objective world. The dimension of the human spirit, of the mind, of the soul, cannot exist without the dimension of the atomic elements from which it sprouts into being. And equally, the dimension of the atomic elements cannot exist without the spiritual dimension that gives them order and incites them to bond and congregate into amazingly complex, self-generating and transformative forms of existence. Yet the physical sciences continue to claim that to know the nature of Reality only the objective world is worthy of exploration.

Is it not science, one of our noblest enterprises, supposed to open the mind instead of limiting it?

Revised February 2018

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