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198 – What have we created? …

Friday, June 1st, 2018

What have we created that when faced with of a society

where the future is a bleak promise of constant conflict, destruction, intolerance, hate, cruelty, division, irrationality, deceit, inequality;

where half the population struggles to make ends meet while the other half struggles not to notice, and there is no time left to hear the young cries of distress;

where opioids and weapons of war are abundant and easier to get than a six-pack of beer;

where suicide is the third leading cause of death in young people between the ages of 10 and 24; *

where prostituted educational systems brainwash young minds to believe that it is right to promote the deadly corporate agenda pillaging the earth, stealing their future, obliterating hope;

a society so accomplished and resourceful, so promising, yet so distraught by intolerance, by our terrifying silence about the ravages we cause, the pain we inflict, a visionless future, that a seventeen-year-old in Texas, a nineteen-year-old in Florida, a fifteen-year-old in Kentucky … to name just a few of the kids behind dozens of school shootings … can come, with horrific premeditation, to the decision that the only alternative is to kill as many people as possible?

 What have we created?

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*Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

163 – What kind of society have we created? …

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

What kind of society have we created, where investigative journalism and the disclosure of abuses of power and the horrors of war, are grounds for imprisonment and oftentimes assassination?

What kind of society have we created, where dominant political and economic ideologies exercise the most horrendous acts of cruelty and destruction, with total impunity?

What kind of society have we created, when there are incontrovertible scientific proofs that the exponential growth of human activity is dramatically altering the atmosphere in which our lives depend, and these proofs are being veiled or flatly denied to protect the profits of corporations?

What kind of society have we created, when a population is weakened by an epidemic of opioid and chemical addiction, and those who produce are held responsible while those who consume are absolved of responsibility?

What kind of society have we created, where politics is based on deception; where organized religion is based on division; where greed overrides human decency; where the value of money overrides the value of human life?

What kind of society have we created, where entire nations are ravaged by conflict and war; where innocent people are bombed out of existence and their deaths trivialized as ‘collateral damage’; where little boys and girls are taught to hate, and kill?

What kind of society have we created, where levels of inequality are so monstrous that a small few can bask in ravenous wealth, while entire communities are destroyed by conflict and extreme poverty, while millions of children starve?

What kind of society have we created, where there are such levels of violence and poverty in the wealthiest and most powerful nation in History, that when a school Principal in an underserved and violent neighborhood asks a thirteen-year-old student: “Where do you see yourself in five years? his answer is “I don’t know if I am going to be alive that long”? *

Does it not hurt – our silence, allowing the inhumanity, the hate, the poverty, the sheer desolation, the killing of innocents?

Can we not, the creators of this society, the most intelligent and ingenious creatures we know of, do better than this?

*TED talks: Principal Nadia Lopez, Sep 2016

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158 – How Will History Judge Us? …

Thursday, September 15th, 2016

The most fatal enemies against the evolution of the Human mind are Greed – it makes us self-destructive – and Dogma – it chains the imagination.

As I visit other countries, other cultures, other peoples, I see the lasting effects of totalitarian domination … the trail of destructiveness; the deep scars, oftentimes fresh, from their unimaginable levels of cruelty. But as horrible as the effects of their domination have been and continue to be … Crusades, Inquisitions, Fascism, Communism, Colonialism, Kleptocracy … their impact is, for the most part, localized to specific regions. That is, until now, when under the harbingers of unabated Greed and blind Dogma, totalitarian domination has thrown our entire civilization, knowingly, into full-fledged Anthropocentrism (the fallacy that we have higher value than all other organisms and that Reality is to be assessed, exclusively, through human perspective). The consequences of this fallacy are already being felt in parts of the earth and will ultimately affect every single Human being.

The Human being, as far as we know, is the only creature conscious of its own capacity to self-reflect … to be able to look at its past and hope for its future, to imagine visions never before imagined … but Greed and Dogma have turned this capacity into a growing force of unsustainable and destructive consumerism with which we have already, irreversibly, altered the chemical balance of the environment that has allowed, and promoted, our evolution.

Greed and dogmatism, and the men who let their lives be enslaved by them, have condemned our Civilization to face its own decimation as Nature realigns the delicate equilibrium we have so thoughtlessly upset.

How will History judge those who, knowing the dire consequences of their irresponsibility, did not give a damn?

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111 – What has Become of Our Capacity to Reason?

Wednesday, October 1st, 2014

It has not been my intent to write about current events. My focus has been, and will continue to be, a Vision of an attainable world void of the dogmatism that leads us into division and hate and destruction, a Vision of a world open to our understanding of the natural processes from which we emerge into Life. But in lieu of the irrationality of current events, it is impossible to remain silent.

In the midst of an unprecedented environmental crisis, and without immediate threat to its sovereignty, the United States … with the subdued assent of its citizens … is on its march to war, again.

The ‘stated’ reason for this war is to destroy a brutal people who call themselves the Islamic State (or IS or ISIL or ISIS), a people engendered, mind you, by humiliation and hate for the gruesome devastation of their homeland.

But the ‘real’ reason for the United States to go to war is not to destroy ISIS, but to destroy its own weaponry (which was provided initially to rebel factions and is now in the hands of ISIS), and with full knowledge that the countries in the region are abundantly armed to handle the threat, to provide fresh new weaponry to ‘moderate’ rebel factions, thus gorging the ravenous apparatus of the greediest and most destructive corporation on earth.

We have done many irrational things in our evolution … it is supposed to be the way we learn … but instead of growing wiser, we are growing more and more irrational.

Nature has nurtured us for thousands of years, endowing us with the capacity, the resources, the intelligence, the ingenuity to advance the course of our development by imparting Education … free of dogma and the influence of money interests … to every human being on earth; to focus on expanding, not restricting, the reach of the human mind; and instead of inciting conflict, to resolve it with tolerance and understanding of its roots.

It is therefore terribly sad to see that in the face of the greatest environmental crisis Humanity has ever faced, the current leading power on earth … the people that showed us all a most beautiful experiment in Freedom … willingly walking, for all the wrong reasons, into the most irrational course imaginable.

What has become of our capacity to Reason?

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73 – An Intellectual Revolution is Brewing …

Friday, February 15th, 2013

Most of the men and women making the decisions that affect our survival are refusing to acknowledge … either by silence or negation … the destructive impact on the environment 1- of our unhealthy population growth 2- of the unsustainability of economic systems based on unbounded consumerism and 3- of the hate-promoting divisiveness of religious dogma.

These people are getting richer and richer while watching most of humanity struggle and suffer under their destructive decisions … decisions that are made selfishly and purposefully to promote increased instability and inequality.

These are the people supposed to create a better world for Humanity but are instead actually destroying it. How irrational is this! You and I won’t destroy – not if we are rational – the world that feeds and sustains us. And yet this is exactly what these people are doing.

The signs of our impact on the environment are unpredictable and impending. Everything we do that involves combustion is increasing the acidity of the oceans and the levels of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere, which already are, according to Wikipedia, higher than any time in the last 800 thousand years. These are colossal changes we are inflicting on the chemical constitution of the environment that supports all of us on earth.

Yet the profitability of multinational corporations continue to demand a growing number of consumers, and the livelihood of most organized religions continue to depend on an increasing number of followers. So by continuing to promote our abnormal growth and our unsustainable levels of consumption, these two Forces are accelerating a crisis of unprecedented dimensions.

But although the catastrophic signs are imminent, these guys won’t change. Our current systems of governance allow them, without consequences, to annihilate rationality, to assume power by deception, to let corruption and predatory greed go unchecked, to incite conflict for ideological or profitable reasons … and all done without regards for the devastation it oftentimes inflicts on human life. These guys are drunk with Power and won’t let go, even if it destroys us all.

But crises are the cauldrons of change. There is, especially amongst young people, an emerging level of higher rationality and a growing empathy for our world rebelling against the greed, the ignorance and the irrationality of our leaders.

An intellectual revolution is brewing amongst the millions that are being oppressed, or cannot find jobs, or are faced with the dismal opportunities of a stolen Future.

“There is a change in consciousness, the intuition that something big is possible; that a great change in the world’s priorities is within people’s grasp.”[1]

[1] From “Why It’s Still Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions” by Paul Mason

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38 – We are facing a Crisis as Humanity has never faced before …

Thursday, September 1st, 2011

Our most fundamental function, although we do it mostly unconsciously, is the constant transformation of energy into mass and mass into energy. We cease to exist when we can no longer do it. As organic systems, we require a steady supply of energy sources … oxygen from the air, nutrients from food … to fuel our development, growth, motion, existence, and are therefore totally dependent on the environment.

It is the same with the species as a whole.

The most fundamental function of the human species, although it is mostly imperceptible from individual experience, is the constant transformation of energy into mass and mass into energy. The species will not exist without a steady supply of energy sources and is therefore totally dependent on the environment that provides them. But although this is incontrovertible, we continue to perceive ourselves as independent from Nature.

We are stuck in a Paradigm that discourages our capacity to introspect about what we are in the scheme of the natural world, while encouraging instead the destructiveness, cruelty, divisiveness, and irrationality of our economic and religious doctrines … my ‘god’ is the true god, the measure of my success is how much more than others I can consume. These doctrines lead us to negate the devastating impact we are inflicting with our constant conflict and exponential growth on the environment that allows us to exist.

It took us eons of time to evolve the skeletal structure to stand erect; it took us millennia to become aware of our own awareness and start making tentative conjectures about Reality; it took us centuries before we could accept the fact that it is our planet that circles the sun. These facts undeniably demonstrate our capacity to alter the way we are and the way we perceive Reality, and yet, although intellectually we know we are just one manifestation of Life’s evolving processes, emotionally we still think that we are Life’s zenith.

Life is primeval, self-generating, self-perpetuating; it is the transformative Force that, in symbiosis with environments, experiments with myriad manifestations of existence … of which we are one … implanting everything with the urge to adapt and self-generate, so it can perpetuate itself into greater complexity.

Unlike any other creature we know of, we can purposefully fashion our neuronal connections through sensory perception from our internal and external environments: This is how we have developed the highest capacity we know of for introspection and rational thinking; it is how we can conceptualize the possibilities of the human potential; it is how we are capable to comprehend the clear signs of a species in crisis; it is how we can foresee the impending and life-threatening changes we are bringing about. But we are not encouraged to reflect upon these facts because they threaten the domination of irrational beliefs and an unsustainable economic doctrine.

As we incorporate and transform substances from the environment to substantiate our development, our exponential growth is dramatically changing the chemical composition of the planet’s atmosphere.  It is thus we are facing a crisis as Humanity has never faced before: Like a human being who is unable to accept the devastating impact of destructive excesses on his/her own body, the negation of the impact of our destructive paradigm has taken us to a point where we are irreversibly tipping the equilibrium of the narrow planetary band in which we can exist.

If we are unable to overthrow the domination of our dark, irrational, and destructive Paradigm, we will lose the amazing opportunity of delving into the knowledge that we are the creation, and co-creators, of a Primeval Order that not only builds our self-generating bodies out of microscopic cells … step by step, deftly, thoughtfully … but endows us with a mind that can discern that Order, and affect it.

Share the knowledge.

Revised May 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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21 – It hurts deeply to see the human spirit in chains …

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

We count on our political, religious, scientific leaders to be intelligent, visionary, rational, caring, true to their promises, so they can lead us into better lives and greater understanding of ourselves and our world. But instead, they betray us, they lie to us, they use the power we have given them to deceive us with the purpose to achieve their own agendas.

Their divisive religious dogmas coerce us into conflict and hate. –  Their dogmatic scientific method limits the avenues of knowledge by restricting inquiry into the spiritual and subjective side of human nature. –  Their unsustainable economic doctrines promote destruction and gluttonous consumption while pushing millions into horrible levels of humiliation, despair, and poverty. –  Their political and economic aims, aided by an unprincipled and gutless corporate media, are to build systems of power to manipulate us into extreme inequality and blind obedience.

And so, we are made afraid to question their intentions, even if their greed is enabling the destruction of our world.

The environment in which our lives depend is being pillaged, species are being decimated at unprecedented rates, innocent people are being killed by the thousands, and the corporate media hides the facts from us so the elite it cowardly serves can continue to profit out of wars and environmental devastation.

But the chains that imprison the human mind are made of old clay, they are brittle and breakable, they are of our own making, and they can be broken.

Imagine our transformation if we were free to demand discussion over the fact that, if we continue obeying the mandates of a narrow-minded, greedy, egotistic and vicious corporate elite, we will overwhelm, and even destroy the environment that gives us life.

Our existence can be immensely significant in the things we accomplish or in the changes we bring about … think about Einstein, Galileo, Rosa Parks, or even Hitler; we see our world differently because of what they did. We do possess the undeniable degree of freedom to affect not only our own development but the development of entire orders of organization. A true sense of Being in a world that sculpts us and can be sculpted by us, is not found in blindly following the dictates of others but following the dictates of our own yearning to create something that opens our minds to the world beyond the limitations of our organic senses, and to the Universe that pre-determines our existence yet sets us free to wonder.

If a neuron in our brain, endowed with the capacity to interconnect and extend the reach of its dendrites, can transform nerve activity into the realization of ideas and concepts, so a human being can transform the selfishness and greed that control our cultures into reverence for the opportunity we are granted to come alive once … this once … pregnant with the potential to make a mark in the world.

 “Help me. You see, we slip back, / without knowing it, from our advance, / into something we didn’t intend; where / we can become caught up, as in a dream, / and where we could die without waking.” Rainer Maria Rilke

 It hurts deeply to see the human spirit in chains.

 Reviewed February 2018

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17 – On the Concept of Free Will …

Friday, October 15th, 2010

The fact that in some circles the controversy between Free Will and Determinism in Nature is still debated, is a clear indication of how dominated we are by irrational arguments. As with Evolution versus Creationism, or Theism versus Atheism, some of us believe that for our claim to be true the opposing must be false.

Determinism is the concept that every event is pre-determined by antecedent causes and natural laws (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Free Will is the concept that we have a choice of a course of action from among various alternatives (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy).

Determinism and Free Will don’t oppose each other; on the contrary, they complement each other.

There is no refuting the facts that all naturally evolving systems (atoms, molecules, human beings, solar systems, galaxies) are components of a multi-dimensional Universe. But when a dimension, like the dimension in which human beings exist, is perceived from other dimensions (the dimension of our solar system, for example) we become indiscernible.

Free Will and Determinism are innate in Nature, but they are relative to the dimensions in which they are experienced and from which they are observed. 

To bring this concept to a level we can easily relate to, let’s try them on you, the person reading these words, as a current inhabitant of the planet we call Earth. You are without doubt or further discussion in possession of a relative degree of freedom to go places, choose from different options or decide what to do about tomorrow. But in a similar way as a neuron in your own brain, extending its tendrils to reach other neurons in the making of your mind, cannot be perceived from the dimension of your daily existence, your existence cannot be perceived from the dimension of the solar system. You are as imperceptible from that dimension, as a neuron is imperceptible from yours. Have you seen the beautiful images of Earth taken from space? … there is no sign of you in them. But there you are! Choosing. Trying to exercise your degree of freedom as best you can, yet at the same time knowing that environmental forces and the laws of Nature determine the color of your skin, the air that you breathe, the relative span of your life.

In the indomitable will to self-perpetuate, in the instinctive drive to bond, in the compelling urge to leave our mark in the world, Free Will is the engine of purpose and transformation, it is the fundamental force that makes us active participants in the unfolding or our own evolution, yet it undeniable that we are pre-determined to return to the ingenious unknown from where Life is created.

Reviewed February 2018

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14 – A form of mental colonialism controls our worldview …

Wednesday, September 1st, 2010

Myths are created by the human mind when faced with the unknown. But these same myths can be turned into destructive fallacies when used to control the way we understand our world, as is the case with the myths listed below:

The myth that humankind has been personally created, as we are today, by the imagined idols of ancient men.

The myth that unconditional obedience to the creeds of men in cloaks will be rewarded in “Heaven”.

The myth that Nature has been created for the benefit of man, and that man can exist without Nature.

The myth that Nature is mechanical and purposeless.

The myth that we can obliterate the truth of our simian ancestry by contriving Evolution into “might makes right”.

The myth that Success is a measure of how much we possess and how much we consume.

The myth that we can overwhelm the environment that gives us life without affecting the way we exist, or even if we will continue to exist.

These destructive fallacies have been turned into forms of mental colonialism to manipulate the way we understand ourselves; they distort the impact we make on the planet; they obliterate our capacity to think rationally and acknowledge self-evident and irrefutable facts.

Some of the irrefutable facts these myths obliterate are:

The fact that we are self-regulating, self-generating, self-reflective organic systems grown out of an ovum and a sperm into dynamic components of an evolving species.

The fact that we are fragile organic creatures totally contingent on a constant and balanced intake and release of energy sources … the same sources we are consuming and overwhelming.

The fact that it is due to the nurturing environment of a planet deep in the vastness of the Universe, that we have evolved the awareness of our own awareness and the capacity to conceptualize the Universe within which we exist.

The fact that we belong to a mammalian species with an insatiable and irrepressible sexual appetite – it took us about 10.000 years to reach a count of 1 billion, then about 160 years to reach 3 billion, then about 40 years to reach 6 billion … and counting!!!

The fact that although we are self-reflective, visionary and pregnant with the capacity to affect our destiny, we are also atoms, molecules, blood, guts, instincts, dependent on the mandates of our internal and external environments.

But we are brainwashed by the destructive myths of our own creation and have been made afraid to question their irrationality, thus irrefutable facts like the ones mentioned above are not even given our consideration.

For hundreds … thousands of years … we have obediently accepted to be ruled by the impaired notions of our myths with horrific consequences (wars, hate, holocausts, slaughter, rape, extinction, massacres, genocide), yet our impact on the environment has not been grave, until our exponential growth has brought us to a moment in our evolution when continuing to promote a worldview based on destructive fallacies will result in our extinction.

To understand what we truly are is critical to our survival. Shouldn’t we start talking about it?

Revised 11/18/16

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