On Security or: A Lack Thereof

A sense of security in one’s needs, while comforting, can essentially never be guaranteed; and can hence be a dangerous illusion. That said, not having the illusion of security makes it difficult for people to not feel insecure, leading to worry, leading to unproductive thoughts, and/or leading to behavior that is not fruitful.

As living creatures we are by necessity driven by our insecurities. If we do not have enough food we are insecure in our dietary needs and seek food. If we do not have a good set of teeth we are insecure about our chompers, and seek a dentist, hopefully. If we don’t have nice clothes we might be insecure about our appearance (I find this last one to rarely be true with four-legged creatures – dogs seem to be particularly secure without any clothes for example, probably because of that sexy fur).

Food Security Index 2013

Food Security Index 2013 (Photo courtesy of http://maplecroft.com).

It is possible to feel secure, even while acknowledging that in reality security is an illusion. First, in my experience, one must acknowledge that they do in fact have insecurities. This is a trying experience because making that first admission to oneself can have a snowball effect that may lead to what good ole Al Franken would call “stinkin’ thinkin’ rearin’ its ugly head.” I find stinkin’ thinkin’ to be very annoying so I recommend that this be thought of as a gradual process of becoming more secure by acknowledging insecurity where it exists when it is found as it is found.

In other words, nobody is really helped by sitting down and making a list of all the things they feel they lack. That’s just kind of depressing. All of us benefit from asking ourselves why we are really doing what we are doing. For example, why do I blog? I suffer some insecurity about the state of affairs with the public in general. I want people to feel more secure. Why? We’re all somewhat more insecure because of all the insecure people running around in the world and the havoc they are constantly unwittingly wreaking against themselves and others as a result.

We need not play on each others interests merely to survive dear reader. Every drop of insecurity that falls into the pond of humanity ripples outwards like everything else. I hope this drop will ripple out appropriately. We just have to trust our best judgement regarding each situation we encounter. It sounds easy but it isn’t. It is so easy to just follow orders.

That said, obviously, no one is an island; we can benefit from experience and good counsel. We have the capacity to hold each other up or down. We had best start holding each other up more and sooner rather than later because there are a lot of insecure people in the world.

Once one knows their insecurities, they know what is driving them. That’s when one can take the wheel away from their insecurities and start driving themselves instead of being driven by their insecurities.

With love,

Impartial Juror

Our Path

Our path is a lonely one,

And at times it is treacherous.

So much has been lost,

Ancient knowledge,

A Treacherous Path

A Treacherous Path (Photo credit http://mikesthailandtravels.blogspot.com/)

Traditions of teaching.

Mentors, what are they?

We are the generation

That must mentor itself;

Starting from scratch,

Sniffing for clues,

As to the true nature

Of reality.

Because our forebears

Have have been overcome,

Or neglected their duties,

To pass on the wisdom

Of our people;

And those who came.

And so we sniff for clues,

Scratch at the dirt,

Peek inside.

Avoid the prying eyes

Of a consciousness that does not accept

The underlying truths,

The self-evident realities,

Hidden in every corner,

That we don’t believe in;

And don’t see.

So now we know

Why we must hold onto each other

With all our might.

We are all we have.

The chain will not be broken,

Because we will not let go.

It does not end;

And neither do we.

Three (Original?) Thoughts

The Golden Spiral

The Golden Spiral
(Source – Wikipedia)

Inner space is as infinite as outer space.

Where there is life there is hope.

Religion is a box; spirituality is a golden spiral.

The Free Men and Women

Sometimes naked,

Sometimes mad,

Now the scholar,

Now the fool,

Thus they appear on Earth,

The free men.

— Attributed to a Hindu verse from Avadhoota Gita (though I am unable to verify this).

What is Love?

What is love?

It isn’t something that has limits,

Distance doesn’t affect love,

Time doesn’t affect love,

It is patient,

It is persistent,

It isn’t control,

It is freedom with security,

It can’t be destroyed,

But it can be created,

It is just a connection,

It may have already existed,

It may be a new connection,

It doesn’t cost anything,

It isn’t heavy,

It lifts you up,

It doesn’t take,

It just gives,

It doesn’t take up space,

It just fills space,

With music,

Resonance,

Vibrations,

Like the ones in your heart,

It is the music of the universe,

That’s all the universe is,

That is why I have enough love for everyone,

Love is free,

And I make it out of nothing.

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P.S. Thanks to Arbor T Elf for his additions/help/guidance.

Alex Grey, Joe Rogan, DMT and Tool (NSFW)

This is an ancient rant by Joe Rogan on some radio show. Back in the days of The Man Show I thought Joe Rogan was just another comic, and of less than average intelligence. I was wrong.

Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault Debate on ‘Human Nature and the Ideal Society’ (with English subtitles)

This debate is required viewing for anyone who appreciates the work of either of these two great minds.  It takes place in 1971 as the war in Vietnam rages on.  They discuss their respective specialties, human nature, the direction of society, society’s institutions, class warfare, capitalism, Marxism, anarcho-syndicalism, and much more.

This article from Roar Magazine (which claims a share of the credit for translation) about the debate adds some interesting background information and contains a full transcript of the discussion.

There is also another complete version that doesn’t appear to omit anything except the additional commentary; though most would probably benefit from the clarifications of the commentator included in the first video.

“The Network,” the Inevitable Destruction of Us, and Our World Unless We Change Our Ways

Video

As Jürgen Habermas explained, the ‘lifeworld’ of everyday social and moral action and interaction has now been long subdued by the ‘systems world’ of the free market and money.  It was true in the 1970’s when “the Network” was first written and it is more true each day that we allow money and power to dictate our actions instead of our mutual interest in each other, morality, and preservation of our world.  Am I getting through to anyone?  Trees are real.  Rocks are real.  Thoughts are real.  Emotions are real.  You are real.  Power isn’t real.  Money isn’t real.  Money and power are figments of your imagination, they exist only insofar as you think they do.

The fiat currency system and the focus on percentage-based economic growth foisted upon us by those devils we call companies, governments, economists, advertisers, and capitalists is destroying our world, our cultures, our societies, and it will eventually destroy us.  The cycle of endless consumption to continue economic growth cannot continue forever.  Planned obsolescence is a great example of this.

If you don’t think corporations are that evil then ask yourself how long your next computer will last.  Two to four years if you are lucky.  Ask yourself how long your next operating system will last.  Two to four years if you are lucky.  Ask yourself how long each part on your car will last.  Ask yourself how long your next cellphone will last.  Ask yourself how long your next video game console will last.  Ask yourself how long your next TV will last.  Ask yourself how long tapes, CD’s, DVD’s, and mini-discs lasted; and how long will Blu-Ray discs last.  Why is it cheaper to buy a new printer than to buy a new ink cartridge?  Why is it nearly impossible to refill an ink cartridge rather than replace it?  Why do we continue to use fossil fuels when solar power, wind power, and ocean currents could easily supply us with all the energy we need for the rest of eternity if properly researched and managed.

Profit and greed are the primary motivations of our individualistic, adolescent, greedy society.  Why do you think George W. Bush told us to not worry, suggesting we instead that we go out and shop after 9-11.  Well, he did want us to worry, (or it wouldn’t have happened) but he also wanted us to continue to consume.  The masses couldn’t figure it out in the 1970’s.  We can only hope that they will be able to figure it out before it is too late.  Perhaps the continued degradation of the chain of life is more easily recognizable now.  I will keep trying to point it out.

Stop worrying about yourselves and your money.  It is all an illusion.  There is only us, the one interconnected system of life called Gaia, and we are being killed by the systems world with our willing participation after being brainwashed by a group of short-sighted, greedy, capitalist elites who want to be served like kings for eternity by the rest of the population.

We live in an age where, because of our advanced technology, we could all live in comfort and easily only work 2-4 hours each day.  But our endless desire for more stuff, largely generated by advertisers, is necessary to prop up an unsustainable economic model and is requiring two people to work 40 hours each week to just barely scrape by in each household.  Unemployment isn’t the problem.  The idea that everyone should be employed and working 40 hours a week is the problem.  The fact that we allow the capitalist class to take 90% of the profit from the work we do is the problem.

We live in an age of technological progress and increased production that could allow us to use the vast majority of our time to sit and think, make art, enjoy the company of our loved ones, explore space, explore consciousness, and work on even better technology that would allow us to work even less while producing even more efficiently; yet we live in perpetual fear that a machine will take our job away instead of make it (and our lives) easier.  Wake up America.  If we don’t change our ways soon the dream will surely be dead.