Archive for July, 2013

83 – It Baffles the Mind …

Monday, July 15th, 2013

It baffles the mind to realize how amazing human beings can be; smart as to be able to measure exactly where to land on the moon; curious as to discover the double helix of the genetic code; visionary as to unravel the constancy of universal laws; introspective as to comprehend that we are, as far as we know, the only creatures in Nature able to be aware of our own awareness.

And yet we stubbornly insist on reinforcing a Paradigm that is wiping out our chances for survival; a Paradigm based on the divisive and destructive concepts that Human life is detached from Nature, and that Progress is unlimited growth in a limited environment. We are not detached from Nature, we are in Nature and Nature is in us. Progress might be measured on Growth, but it is not Progress if not also based on Reason.

We live in a world gone awry; a world not very different from that of ancient and long gone civilizations (except perhaps for technological advances and unsustainable population growth). A world where the exploration of the incredible beauty, complexity and mystery of our self-reflective organisms is overridden by the consuming and god-like worship of avarice and power. A world where telling the truth is a dangerous thing. A world where our young are taught to loathe and kill other human beings.

We seem to be stuck on an evolutionary limbo, unable to move into a more humane and reasonable Humanity; unable to let go in Western Thought of the domination of concepts that, although wrong, are reinforced to perpetuate established Dogma:

1 – The limitations of our organic senses give us the misleading impression of having a body independent from our surroundings; it is thus we are unable … yet … to conceptualize the Fact that at the atomic, molecular and cellular levels from which we are made, there is no actual separation from the environment. The organized development of our bodies cannot be sustained without the constant interchange with our environment of physical elements and sensory information. Thus the concept that we are independent from Nature is wrong, yet it is reinforced to perpetuate man-created boundaries.

2 – Our organic senses do not allow us to perceive the self-determined and self-organizing movement of atomic, molecular and cellular elements toward Complexity and Order, and thus we have come to believe that there is no Purpose in Nature other than our own (think of atoms self-organizing into intricate and self-replicating molecules, and molecules into intricate and self-replicating cells). We are taught that Nature is mechanical and purposeless, disregarding the Fact that it is out of the self-organizing determination of the elements from which we are created that we come alive. The concept that Nature is mechanical and without purpose is wrong, yet it is reinforced to perpetuate the dogma of Reductionism … the belief that Nature, even Life, can be understood only by reducing it to its most minuscule particle-like elements.

3 – Progress in Human history has come to be measured by the Quantity of Growth with the exclusion of the Quality of Growth. The success of an individual or a group is symbolized by material wealth, or by the amount of supporters, or by the magnitude of power and control.  The emphasis on Quantity … with the exclusion of Quality … as a representation of Progress, is the result, and the cause, of our denial of the harmful impact of overpopulation on our survival. The concept that Progress is to be measured exclusively by the quantity of growth is wrong, and yet it is reinforced to promote political and religious dogmas: ideologies need followers and power needs subjects.

Our incapacity to see ground-breaking alternatives to these misleading concepts is crippling us from moving forward; it is blinding us from seeing a world different than that of Destruction and Division. So when, and if we are able to see the devastating impact of our worldview on our own survival, the almost unbearable question we must face is: How to move away and beyond our destructive and divisive Paradigm?

As monumental as this undertaking may appear to be, the first sure step would be to begin to teach children to think of themselves as natural systems … organized congregations of dynamic elements bonding into a mind-full body. Teach them that Homo sapiens are Special only because, as far as we know, we are the ones with the highest degree of self-reflection. Teach them that our bodies intuitively follow a universal blueprint encoded with the clear directions to attain a degree of permanence to self-generate and perpetuate Life, but also teach them that we have some control steering those directions. Teach them that as their organic senses won’t tell them the whole truth, neither will those who believe that their senses are the whole truth.

It does baffle the mind to realize how amazing we already are, and even much more when we know the potential of what we can be.

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82 – On Pleasure …

Monday, July 1st, 2013

Making love between two or more consenting and relatively mature human beings is not only the most natural, pleasurable and beautiful act in human nature, it is also the Force behind our evolution; it is, and has been, the catalyst for the unfolding of one of the most amazing, ingenious and destructive creations of Nature: the Human animal.

To bond, to reproduce, to survive … especially in the vibrant years of our youth … are some of the most potent instinctive urges that drive our behavior. But the urge to reproduce is the strongest, not only because it commands release, but mainly because it is laced with Pleasure.

But ignorance about how our instincts drive our behavior makes it difficult to accept the Fact that there is an animal inside of us; an animal driven by primal instincts, an animal limited by natural laws, an animal that demands release and rules most of our actions.

In the evolutionary record we have become, as far as we know, the only animal aware of our own awareness, but our actions are still mostly ruled by our instincts. Think of the many things our body does without our conscious input: breathing, dreaming, walking, pulsating, keeping a more or less steady temperature, waking up in the morning, getting sleepy and hungry and horny, keeping blood transporting nutrients to and from every cell …

The Human animal, as most living things in Nature, is a pleasure-seeking organism. But our stubbornness in accepting the dominant role of our own instincts, and the resulting disconnect between the primal forces that drive those instincts and our current inability to reflect on them, have built a monumental barrier to our understanding of how we have arrived to this point in our evolution; a barrier so deep and so divisive … even though it is a destructive delusion perpetuated by a selfish patriarchal mindset … which is clearly threatening our survival.

Coming into Life/Existence/Being was not of our choice; we are the result of a craving for Pleasure. But once born we become the messengers of the primal Force pulsing in every one of us, building pressure, demanding release, regenerating itself through us into higher orders of complexity.

Why do we let others impose on us their beliefs, especially when they are divisive and destructive, if we have the power of our highly evolved intellects? Why do we prefer to be told what we are, instead of exploring it ourselves, if it is truly not that difficult? There are things, of course, that are as yet beyond our comprehension. But there are plenty that are self-evident and truly beautiful about us: We embody, with some degree of control, an immensely complex organism whose adaptable design has been in the making for eons of time … out of the water, into reptilians, into mammals, into bipeds, into thinking organisms aware of our own awareness; we embody an instinctive and immensely intelligent organism endowed with a relative degree of freedom to self-reflect on the measure of our limitations and on the possibilities of our future.

So what is Pleasure anyway? Pleasure is the Hallmark of Evolution; a primordial instinct whose source we are yet unable to comprehend. Pleasure is seductive, demanding, exciting; a persuasive force shaping everything … shaping us … as the compass that determines how destructive or creative, forceful or consenting, ugly or beautiful we can be. Pleasure is the bond that fuses our estranged instincts and our self-reflective minds into the powerful catalyst that sways us into moving beyond the divisive barrier of the patriarchal mindset, seeking a future without hate and war.

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