Archive for year 2012
The warrior spirit in each of us that seeks to defend the vulnerable deserves respect, but I am not so certain of career militarists. Continuation of strife is continuation of their employment and status. Churchill’s hard military mind supported the harsh terms of the Treaty of Versailles that ended the 1914-18 WWI; a ‘Carthaginian peace’ that would ‘bully’ and abuse a new generation of innocents, and so obviously infuse them with anger and hunger for vengeance that cartoons in the newpapers of the time were predicting another war when German newborns reached that age of majority; 1918 + 21 = 1939. (more…)
Author’s Prologue: This essay speaks to general dysfunction in the world arising from the values and beliefs of a now globally dominant Western civilization. A science-fostered aberrant belief in the ‘here and now’, aka ‘being’, as the ‘source’ of dynamical behaviour lies at the heart of this dysfunction. But, as scientist-philosophers such as Ernst Mach and Erwin Schrödinger have shared, our Atman [here-and-now ‘self’] is our Brahman [our everywhere-and-always ‘self’]. (more…)
Yes, I AM asserting that ‘it makes sense’ to describe Western civilization as a CULT whose social behaviours are distinguished by its members having a ‘core belief’ that ‘time’ is something ‘real’.
No, this is not an esoteric argument and if you bear with me for just a moment, you can see clearly how it relates to that ‘something different’ about the now-globally-dominant Western civilization as compared with, for example, aboriginal cultures.
And yes, I do believe that this ‘issue’ is relevant to almost everything we see happening on daily news broadcasts and in our everyday lives and thus that we should be bringing it into our discussions on ‘the issues of our times’, and if we do not, we will be unable to understand these issues ‘in depth’.
How does this ‘belief in time’ reduce to some common terms that can give anyone of us ‘traction’ to talk about it?
An ‘easy entrée’ is to compare Western justice with aboriginal justice [restorative justice], as follows; [see also this critique of the physics community as sampled in Morgan Freeman’s narrated Through the Wormhole production: Is Time Real?’] (more…)
The dam is about to break [my opinion] that will lead to a radical transformation [reformation?] of Western culture; i.e. it won’t be ‘Western culture’ as we have known it any more. (more…)
Part I Graphical Aids for Exploring the Relation of Conscious [personal] to Unconscious [collective]
The first part of this essay consists of a suite of ‘thought experiments’ supported by graphical ‘thinking-tools’, to ‘set the stage’ for an integrating discussion as to the nature and origins of ‘the conscious’ [personal] and ‘the unconscious’ [collective]. Part II is a written discussion based on dialogue and reflections on how we come to our view of world and self and the relation between two [or, alternatively, how we distinguish the conjugate aspects of ‘self/inhabitant’ and other/habitat’ from the unidynamical world we are included in]. (more…)
I don’t know anyone who does not appreciate the values captured in Paula Underwood’s story [told in her capacity as keeper of the Native American oral tradition], ‘My Father and the Lima Beans’. It is a very simple story, taking less than three minutes to read. Meanwhile, the values implicit in this story are virtually opposite to the values in our modern Western society, suggesting to me that Nietzsche was right, there must be a ‘revaluation of all values’.
The rediscovering of holodynamic living implies such a ‘revaluation of values’. ‘Holodynamic living is the view that comes to us in a ‘relational understanding’ of the world we live in.
Another Native American [Kiowa] author, Scott Momaday, seems to go just as directly to heart of the matter as this excerpt from the life experience of Abel in ‘House Made of Dawn’ captures;
“… and you just looked around at all the new and beautiful things. And after a while, the trader put some things out on the counter, sacks of flour and sugar, a slab of salt pork, some canned goods, and a little bag full of the hard red candy. And your grandfather took off one of his rings and gave it to the trader. It was a small green stone, set carelessly in thin silver. It was new and it wasn’t worth very much, not all the trader gave for it, anyway. And the trader opened one of the cans, a big can of whole tomatoes, and your grandfather sprinkled sugar on the tomatoes and the two of you ate them right there and drank bottles of sweet red soda pop. And it was getting late and you rode home in the sunset and the whole land was cold and white. And that night your grandfather hammered the strips of silver and told you stories in the firelight. And you were little and right there in the center of everything, the sacred mountains, the snow-covered mountains and the hills, the gullies and the flats, the sundown and the night, everything — where you were little, where you were and had to be.”
What do these two stories have in common?
[see also the five-minute overview of this essay]
Part I: The flip from ‘man belongs to the land’ to ‘the land belongs to man’
Introductory Poem: The White Man’s Re-awakening
The globally dominating ‘way of doing things’, the self-imposing of land-ownership-based sovereigntism on the entire living space of the earth, the self-imposed primacy of a money-based, profit-oriented ‘economy’ evidently derives from a ‘twisted way’ of understanding the world dynamic, which seems to have gotten a foothold first in Europe and proceeded from there to ‘infect’ the world, largely by force, followed by acquiescence and co-optation, as in the forced conversion of aboriginal ‘man belongs to earth’ to the ‘machine world view’ of western civilization where ‘the most powerful machinery ‘owns the earth’.
For many people living within this globally dominating belief system [aka ‘Western civilization’], the name of the ‘most powerful machine’ is God. For others [worshippers of science], it is ‘the machine that goes by the name ‘organism’’, and more particularly, the one we call ‘man’. (more…)
Atlantic Hurricanes: 2008 Season
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Hurricanes are emergent forms in a continually transforming ‘relational space’. They are like ‘sailboaters’ that derive their form, power and steerage from the dynamic habitat they are situationally included in. At the same time, they seem also like ‘powerboaters’ whose animative sourcing seems to originate locally, from out of their internal processes.
Ernst Mach, Friedrich Nietzsche, Henri Poincaré and others [the ‘relational theorists’] contend that this ambiguous non-duality [aka the relativity of habitat and inhabitant] pervades nature, that it applies to man just as it applies to hurricanes. We can ‘feel’ some truth in this. From our own experience, we seem to be born into a relational space, a web of relations that is always calling to us to ‘rise to the occasion’ [e.g. as our parents age and/or pass on] and to let our development and behaviour be orchestrated by the ‘opening’ that presents to us in the dynamic habitat that we are each uniquely situationally included in.
Yes, its also true that we can think of ourselves as rational-purpose-driven powerboaters that start planning, in their own right, ‘who they are going to be when they grow up’. But, unless we are robots programmed with the celebrity profiles of media personalities, our assertive actions take on ‘real meaning’, like the hurricanes, from the unfolding situational [spatial-relational] dynamics we find ourselves included in [the hurricane emerges, develops and acts in the service of restoring balance in the ‘dynamics of the habitat’ (thermal energy flow-field) it is situationally included in].
In this case, our animative sourcing does NOT simply come from our interior, from our craving for ‘power’ to make things happen according to our individual preference, but, as Nietzsche suggests, the animative sourcing of our development and behaviour comes from our ‘Will to Power’, from our sailboater’s innate need to ‘rise to the occasion’ of the dynamic situations we find ourselves in. To be coming purely from our notionally ‘internal’ powerboater ‘make-things-happen-the-way-we-want’ power would blind us to, and deny us our natural opportunity to answer, nature’s call to us; ‘to take our place in the natural scheme of things’.
Is the ‘powerboater’ view of ourselves, then, nothing other than … ‘Maya’, … ‘Fiktion’, … ‘schaumkommen’, …. mere ‘appearances’? (more…)
This is the end of human history, the end of the growth of humanity.
These words sound ‘kind of like’ Biblical prophecy, why is that? It is presumably because they seem to speak to the absolutes of ‘existence’.
There IS something BIG going on that the above words literally address, if we examine them carefully. (more…)
The Source of the Duplicity in the Globally Dominant Colonizer Culture
Peter D’Errico has written a clear and credible, if disturbing, account of the duplicity of the colonizer culture, that permeates U.S. ‘Federal Indian Law’ and its administration, entitled ‘American Indian Sovereignty: Now You See It, Now You Don’t’.
This following essay describes the source of this ‘duplicity’ which permeates the globally dominant Western ‘colonizer culture’, while tying it to a schism in the foundations of scientific understanding (more…)