Bipartisan Politics or Bipolar Disorder?
ABSTRACT: … WESTERN CULTURE ‘conservative-liberal’ bipolarizing politics is a psychological disorder stemming from confusing the DOUBLE ERROR based notion of LOCAL SOURCING for ‘reality’.
In WESTERN CULTURE conceptualizing of reality, the concept of EITHER ‘good’ OR ‘bad’ is understood using the abstract logic EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium, wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO. In modern physics as in the EASTERN Buddhist/Taoist, Advaita Vedanta and indigenous aboriginal cultures, the logic of reality is the ‘quantum’ BOTH/AND logic of the INCLUDED medium wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE as symbolized, for example, by the Tai-Chi (yin-yang) symbol.
This NON-BINARY understanding is CONSISTENT with our natural experience wherein the hurricane and the atmospheric flow one dynamic that the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR split into TWO. This is problematic for us WESTERN CULTURE adherents in that it introduces an ambiguity as to whether the FIGURE (hurricane) is stirring up the GROUND (atmospheric flow) or the GROUND (atmospheric flow) is stirring up the FIGURE (figure). In physical reality, the hurricane and the flow are relational manifestations of the one dynamic of relational TRANSFORMATION and while there are relations that may be harmonious or dissonant, there are no ontological binaries that support EITHER/OR logic. That is, IN THE PHYSICAL REALITY OF OUR SENSUAL EXPERIENCE, there can be relational harmony and relational dissonance in the yin/yang sense, but there is not such thing, IN THE PHYSICAL REALITY OF OUR SENSUAL EXPERIENCE, as the ontological dichotomy of ‘IS’ or ‘IS NOT’ as in ‘GOOD’ or EVIL’ and ‘GUILTY’ or ‘INNOCENT’ and other such binary abstractions that are the basis, in WESTERN CULTURE, but not EASTERN CULTURE, for ‘CREDIT’ or ‘BLAME’, ‘REWARD’ or ‘PUNISHMENT’, ‘ACCLAIM’ or ‘DERISION’.
In modern physics as in the EASTERN and indigenous aboriginal cultures, as Schroedinger puts it, ‘SUBJECT and OBJECT are only ONE’. This is the meaning of ‘mitakuye oyasin’ (we and everything are related) in the indigenous aboriginal culture.
The above introduction suggests why this note is entitled Bipartisan Politics or Bipolar Disorder, since there is no support in the relational dynamics of NATURE for the TWO OPPOSING VIEWS OF REALITY that manifest in the WESTERN CULTURE social-political divisions into ‘CONSERVATIVE (Republican) and LIBERAL (Democrat). This dividing into polar opposing political factions which permeates WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENT social collectives is a BIPOLAR DISORDER deriving from the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR (Nietzsche), as described in this note. THERE IS NO JUSTIFICATION IN REALITY FOR THE CONSERVATIVE – LIBERAL BIPOLAR SPLITTING since such splitting is based on disagreement over whether the root sourcing of societal production and advancement is the individual (conservative) or the social collective (liberal). THIS POLARIZING DIVISION into ‘conservatives’ and ‘liberals’ based on conflicting views as to the root source of production and advancement (i.e. is the deeper source the individual or is it the social collective) is innately unresolvable since there is, in reality, no such thing as the local SOURCING of actions and developments, there is only relational transformation (‘sourcing’ is abstraction coming from the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR).
What our WESTERN CULTURE has been constructing with the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR are story-book nations and corporations that become bloated idols from political praise, hollow idols that will not stand up to the test of the hammer.
There are more idols than realities in the world: that is my “evil eye” upon this world; that is also my “evil ear.” Finally to pose questions with a hammer, and sometimes to hear as a reply that famous hollow sound that can only come from bloated entrails — what a delight for one who has ears even behind his ears, for me, an old psychologist and pied piper before whom just that which would remain silent must finally speak out. … This little essay is a great declaration of war; and regarding the sounding out of idols, this time they are not just idols of the age, but eternal idols, which are here touched with a hammer as with a tuning fork: there are no idols that are older, more assured, more puffed-up — and none more hollow. That does not prevent them from being those in which people have the most faith; nor does one ever say “idol,” especially not in the most distinguished instance. … Nietzsche, Twilight of the Idols
There are many who proudly present untenable constructions as ‘reality’, falsehoods that come to serve society as ‘idols’, and we are drowning is such hollownesses while thirsting for something of substance. rising to the challenge of taking a hammer to the hollow idols may open the way for a more authentic shared reality..
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You may not agree with this view that the split into conservative and liberal politics is a psychological BIPOLAR DISORDER, but I can assure you that it is the view of systems thinkers like Erich Jantsch, philosophers like Nietzsche, Bohm and Schroedinger,and is fully supported by modern physics. That is; the split between republicans and democrats; i.e. the conservative – liberal split, comes from the EGO, and it was operative among WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS long before Donald Trump became president. The Republicans and Democrats have been deeply divided because of their ‘thinking differently’ and their different thinking comes from the EGO which gives us the sense that we have the powers of SOURCING actions and developments. But is this ‘we’ based SOURCING power rooted in the individual (conservative) or in the social collective (liberal)?
As Nietzsche has pointed out, this false (aberrant) notion of LOCAL SOURCING comes from the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR. If I say that the hurricane is stirring up the atmosphere, I am employing the DOUBLE ERROR. What Is really going on is TRANSFORMATION and there is no SOURCING of action and development as implied by ‘the hurricane is stirring up the atmospheric flow’, … or, … is it the case that ‘the atmospheric flow is stirring up the hurricane’? This is the innate ambiguity that comes about when we insert the notion of LOCAL SOURCING to explain the physical reality of TRANSFORMATION. TRANSFORMATION is NONLOCAL and IMPLICIT rather than LOCAL and EXPLICIT as we portray actions by our DOUBLE ERROR (NAMING and GRAMMAR) reduction.
We WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS split roughly 50/50 as to whether we think that violent atmospheric activity is stirring up hurricanes or whether violent hurricanes are stirring up atmospheric activity. IN REALITY, NEITHER IS THE CASE, … there is only relational TRANSFORMATION and the other stuff is, as Nietzsche has pointed out, the DOUBLE EROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR; i.e. we say; ‘Katrina is growing larger and stronger and is ravaging the city of New Orleans’. This personification in terms of a LOCAL AGENT of that which is in reality NONLOCAL TRANSFORMATION is not the case in all cultures’ language representations. In modern physics as also in indigenous aboriginal cultures, everything is related (mitakuye oyasin) and what unfolds, unfolds from relational transformation. If there is a fight and someone gets killed, the indigenous aboriginal society understands the problem in the NONLOCAL terms of relational dissonance in the community, and this NONLOCAL understanding is also the case in modern physics, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta; i.e. there is no LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments! The notion of LOCAL SOURCING comes from EGO and is given representation with the DOUBLE ERROR as Nietzsche also pointed out.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS LOCAL SOURCING OF ACTIONS AND DEVELOPMENT; not in modern physics and not in indigenous aboriginal cultures and not in Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta.
WE WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTs, because we believe in our own LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments which is what our EGO is all about, … (and here’s where the conservative – liberal split comes in), have to decide whether the individual stirs the social collective into action (conservative) or whether the social collective stirs the individual into action (liberal). These two opposing categories of understanding are described by Erich Jantsch in his three level model of social viewing of reality. The conservative is level 3 and sees reality as if he is moving about on solid ground so that his action is fully and solely his own, … The liberal is level 2 and sees reality as if he and the social collective are moving about in a fluid flow so that everyone’s actions are influencing everyone else’s so that whatever develops comes from the group and not simply and directly from the individual. The indigenous aboriginal and modern physics have the level 1 view in that they see the individual and the social collectiveas being ‘included in the flow’ (the Wave-field aka the Tao) in the sense of a wave-form in the wave-field (where figure-and-ground-are-ONE) so that everyone and everything is ‘related’ as in a hologram where the forms are made of the field.
Both the conservative and liberal view of self and reality assume that the individual is the source of their own actions and developments as in the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR, however, while the conservative assumes that the individual is the sole SOURCE of his own actions and developments, the liberal assumes that it is the social collective that sources actions so that while the individual ‘has his or her own actions’, these cannot help but be influenced by her inclusion in the social collective (e.g. if we are in a group of racers in a swimming pool, although our the effort we are putting in is individual effort, there is mutual interference since ‘the dynamics of the inhabitant are conditioning the dynamics of the habitat at the same time as the dynamics of the habitat are conditioning the dynamics of the inhabitant. — ‘Mach’s principle’).
Proverbs like ‘one bad apple sources spoilage of the entire barrel’ imply the conservative view while other proverbs such as ‘it takes a whole community to source the raising of a child’ imply the liberal view. NOTE THAT there is no suggestion of local sourcing in the modern physics and indigenous aboriginal, Taoist/Buddhist and Advaita Vedanta understanding of human behaviour.
The notion of LOCAL SOURCING comes from the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR and is a WESTERN CULTURE thing and it leads directly to the confusing bipolar split that manifests in the WESTERN SOCIAL COLLECTIVE as the conservative-liberal bipolar split. There is no solution to questions such as; ‘does the hurricane source the stirring up of the atmosphere or does the atmosphere source the stirring up of the hurricane’ BECAUSE there is no such thing as SOURCING. There is only TRANSFORMATION. In order to ground our constructions in reality, we cannot just be talking about the whorl in the flow as a two-some, the reality is that the sun, which is outside of the mental pictures of the twosome of whorl and flow is inducing the transformation that is manifesting as the twosome of whorl and flow, so there is a threesome here that complicates our expressing of dynamics and this stymied Newton who said; “An exact solution for three bodies, exceeds, if I am not mistaken, the force of any human mind” – Isaac Newton N.B. our intuition is perfectly capable of IMPLICITLY understanding three+ body movement and we employ such intuition in such situations as in driving in the crowded flow of the freeway.
But ‘explicit’ capture of three+ body movement is a different matter, and That’s why Newtonian physics stops at two bodies and reduces complex problems to binary logic based solutions. It is not hard to see how our WESTERN CULTURE has constrained everything to the BINARY like ‘good and evil’, right and wrong, ‘is’ and ‘is not’ etc. That is, our desire has been to ground everything in the EXPLICIT wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO and avoid the IMPLICIT wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-ONE (as with the hurricane in the flow example, and in modern physics and indigenous aboriginal cultures and the EAST, as with everything).
So, what I am saying is that the conservatives and liberals are not going to find the road to agreement because both of the understandings they have respectively opted for, are based on the abstract concept of LOCAL SOURCING which is NOT REAL and which comes from EGO and is popularized by the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR as Nietzsche pointed out. But of course it is so deeply entrenched in WESTERN CULTURE that some say (many more than just Rudyard Kipling) ‘EAST is EAST and WEST is WEST and never the twain shall meet’. The reality of EASTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS is consistent with modern physics while the reality of us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTs is not.
Ok, we WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS have been ‘dealt this hand’ but to continue to ‘play it out’ is doing a lot of damage to ourselves and everyone in our mitakuye oyasin collective, including he four-leggeds, the winged ones and the crawlers.
One can see how both conservatives and liberals ‘think’ and one can see that they are well intentioned people in both cases, … but one can also see the NEVER THE TWAIN SHALL MEET assessment as well, because there is no basis for bringing the two polarized sides together without dropping the DOUBLE ERROR based notion of NAMING and GRAMMAR based imputing of LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments which is where the EGO and the NATIONAL EGO (PATRIOTISM) come from. As one might expect, those individuals and nations that are the richest are most prone to crediting their riches to themselves as is the way of the EGO. And on this basis, those with the biggest EGOs will also be those who do the most blaming of SOURCING of bad actions and developments whether or not the emergence of harmful or destructive developments have long and deep roots in the transforming relational continuum..
The U.S. penal population of 2.2 million adults is by far the largest in the world.”Just under one-quarter of the world’s prisoners are held in American prisons. The U.S. rate of incarceration, with nearly 1 out of every 100 adults in prison or jail, is 5 to 10 times higher than the rates in Western Europe and other democracies. — The Growth of Incarceration in the United States Exploring Causes and Consequences (2014) Consensus Study Report
If people believe in the LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments, they must not only compensate the LOCAL SOURCERS OF GOOD and PRODUCTIVE actions and developments, … logical consistency demands they compensate the LOCAL SOURCERS OF BAD and DESTRUCTIVE actions and developments. NOTE THAT, there is no notion of LOCAL SOURCING in modern physics, indigenous aboriginal cultures, Taoism/Buddhism and Advaita Vedanta, and thus emergent developments are understood in the sense of NONLOCALITY, which is the basis of modern physics and the Wave-field understanding, as also in the Taoist concept of the Tao.
I know, … people look as indigenous aboriginal cultures and judge them to be inferior to us WESTERN CULTURE ADHERENTS, … but that is not the case where those who understand modern physics are assessing who has the best handle on ‘reality’. e.g; modern physics affirms that the indigenous aboriginal cultures, who do not give binary judgement the foundational role in their language constructions and understanding, have a discursive handle on ‘reality’ that is ‘modern physics consistent’.
What is needed, Bohm argued in his book Wholeness and the Implicate Order, is a new sort of language, one based on processes and activity, transformation and change, rather than on the interactions of stable objects. Bohm called this hypothetical language the “rheomode.” It is based primarily on verbs and on grammatical structures deriving from verbs. Such a language, Bohm argued, is perfectly adapted to a reality of enfolding and unfolding matter and thought.
David Bohm had not known when he wrote of that concept that such a language is not just a physicist’s hypothesis. It actually exists. The language of the Algonquin peoples was developed by the ancestors specifically to deal with subtle matters of reality, society, thought, and spirituality.
A few months before his death, Bohm met with a number of Algonkian speakers and was struck by the perfect bridge between their language and worldview and his own exploratory philosophy. What to Bohm had been major breakthroughs in human thought — quantum theory, relativity, his implicate order and rheomode – were part of the everyday life and speech of the Blackfoot, Mic Maq, Cree and Ojibwaj.” – F. David Peat, ‘Blackfoot Physics’
The bottom line is that the very emergence of the polar opposing groups we know as ‘conservative’ and ‘liberal’ come from the EGO based belief that those things which have NAMES (and TITLES), are imputed by GRAMMAR, to have their own local powers of sourcing actions and developments. This is bullshit that people of note like ‘managers’ use to pay themselves thousands of times more than they pay the average employee. That is the DOUBLE ERROR and EGO ‘in action’ while the conservative will pick the one person ‘most responsible’ for sourcing beneficial actions and developments to reward, the liberal will pick the ‘social collective’ (team etc.) that is ‘most responsible’ for sourcing beneficial actions and developments to reward.
In indigenous aboriginal cultures, as in the NONLOCALITY of modern physics, there is no assumption that there is LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments; for example;
Chief Maquinna of the Nootkas did not see the world dynamic in a producer-product LOCAL SOURCING context, but saw humans as humanings within the Great Harmony. Meanwhile, immersion in the Great Harmony aka the transforming relational continuum aka the Wave-field, is ineffable-because-nonlocal. In this understanding, because there is nothing LOCAL, there is no ATTRIBUTION of actions and developments since ATTRIBUTION is the inferring of a LOCAL SOURCE.
“ATTRIBUTION” — the action of regarding something as being caused by a person or thing.
In indigenous aboriginal (Potlatch) society, NON-ATTRIBUTION prevails as naturally associates with NONLOCALITY.
“Once I was in Victoria, and I saw a very large house; they told me it was a bank and that the white men place their money there to take care of, and that by-and-by they got it back, with interest. We are Indians and have no such bank; but when we have plenty of money or blankets, we give them away to other chiefs and people, and by-and-by they return them, with interest, and our hearts feel good. Our potlatch is our bank.” [for the full letter and associated context (jailing of first nations people for continuing with the potlatch tradition) see ‘First People First Voices’, edited by Penny Petrone, University of Toronto Press, 1991]
Ok, I realize that we are not all ‘of the indigenous aboriginal culture’ and neither was David Bohm, F. David Peat and Nietzsche. But as individuals, we do not have to ‘go along’ with this bipolar antagonism coming from the synthetic conservative – liberal polarizing split. Both factions ARE WRONG in assuming the reality of such bipolarity because both factions are assuming LOCAL SOURCING of actions and development. LOCAL SOURCING IS NON-EXISTENT ABSTRACTION, so that the arguing over whether the individual (conservative view) is the most basic SOURCE of constructive (and/or destructive) actions and developments, or whether the social collective (liberal view) is the most basic SOURCE of constructive (and/or destructive) actions and developments, is without substance.
For the indigenous aboriginal and also modern physics, we are all included in the transforming relational continuum wherein there are only relational dynamics and no such thing as LOCAL SOURCING of actions and developments.
we live in a world where there is much confusion over these issues due to the popularity of employing the abstract EITHER/OR logic of the EXCLUDED medium wherein FIGURE-and-GROUND-are-TWO so that we can assume that the hurricane is stirring up the atmospheric flow..?! … or is it that the atmospheric flow is stirring up the hurricane? Don’t look now, but the sun is a third party that is heating things up for all of us.
It seems as if the DOUBLE ERROR of NAMING and GRAMMAR over-abbreviates reality and thus gives rise to Bipartisan Politics that manifest as WESTERN CULTURE incipient Bipolar Disorder.
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