An open letter to members of ISIS, Al Qaida, the Taliban, and those wanting to join or to become local cells of violent action against the dominant world order.0
It seems evident that the circumstances of one’s life, the web of relations one is born into or falls into, shapes one’s behaviour so that there can be no understanding of violent conflict by confining one’s analysis to ‘acts’ as if they derived fully and solely from those through whom relational social tensions channel and manifest. It also seems evident that if one is brought up with a strong belief in morally judging behaviours as ‘good’ and ‘evil’, that this will shape one’s responses to perceived abusive treatment by those ‘in power’. (more…)
Western society is a scape-goating societyΨ. Using the ‘bewitchment of language’, binary logic and intellectually idealized ‘absolute space and time reference frames’, it persuades the interdependent human forms of their absolute ‘independent being’ and self-authorship of development and behaviour, so that the ‘individual’ that makes a disturbance, is held fully and solely responsible for such disturbance. One person is held to be ‘guilty’ and all others ‘innocent’.
Instead of community balance and harmony being understood in terms of equilibrium in an interdependent relational matrix as is found in nature;
“[In nature]… “the individual parts reciprocally determine one another.” — Ernst Mach
… Western civilization has seen community harmony in the light of an absence of disturbance-makers. The ‘disturbance-maker’ concept is based on the assumption that humans are ‘independent beings’ with free will who are masters of their own acts, so that actions that clash with and disturb the dominant social dynamic, however dysfunctional that may be, are considered fully and solely responsible for the disruption. (more…)
I feel inclined to summarize what is precipitating out of the mist, … for my own philosophical inquiry ‘notebook’. The sharply resolved impressions that are arising from exchanges with another, … which is bringing into coherent confluence his many exchanges with others with my own many exchanges with others, not to mention their many exchanges with others and those others many exchanges with others.
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I see two options for the makeup of the world; (more…)
To write on the topic ‘The Decline/Transformation of Western Civilization’ gets difficult quickly, when the point is brought up that our ‘operative reality’ derives from the architecture of our language, and that our noun-and-verb Indo-European/scientific language, like the language I am writing this essay in, falls radically short in its ability to capture the physical reality of our natural experience. (more…)
160 million people have died in wars in the 20th century of which nearly 100,000 were Canadian (0.0625%). Many more were injured or crippled and suffered continuing emotional distress. In a New York Times article ‘What Every Person Should Know About War’, one can find the grim statistics.
Lest we forget, war is an insane approach to resolving conflict that the remembrance of casualties does not always bring us back to.
In Canada, as in other countries, young men, and increasingly, young women, sign up out of loyalty to their country, respect for its military that stands on guard for it, and their trust in the judgement of its political leaders. Many have given their lives in the service of their country.
Others who we have called ‘the enemy’ have done the same and in general, the Canadian military has been a far safer place to be than in the opposing forces. (more…)
Preface: In a world that is fluid where ‘relations are all there is’ (a unum wherein plurality, as in a plurality of whorls-in-the-flow or ‘relational forms’ is only a plurality by ‘appearances’), “life is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans”. The fluid world of our natural experience is a world where there are no things with fixed ‘identities’ that we can anchor the authorship of cause-and-effect actions to. In nature, the individual forms reciprocally determine one another; i.e. an ecosystem is where relations determine forms rather than vice versa. Developing an understanding of the world/self by way of intellectual RE-PRESENTATION of noun-and-verb language-and-grammar anchored to forms that such language imputes fixed identity (subjecthood) to, puts us at odds with the fluid physical reality of our natural experience. Poetic use of language (e.g. intentional ambiguity combined with linguistic resonance) melts the fixing of identities of the forms and, in allowing them to ‘float’ and take on meaning as relational nexa, affirms that ‘relations are all there is’ in the world of our natural experience. Poetic representation avoids the conflict that arises between the physical reality of our actual relational experience and an intellectually idealized ‘operative reality’ constructed from a linguistic plurality of ‘existing things’ depicted as local jumpstart ‘authors’ of actions and results.
“What we observe as material bodies and forces are nothing but shapes and variations in the structure of space. Particles are just schaumkommen (appearances).” – Erwin Schroedinger
“Space is not empty. It is full, a plenum as opposed to a vacuum, and is the ground for the existence of everything, including ourselves.” — David Bohm
“Fields of force are the primary reality, and ‘matter’ a secondary or derived phenomenon” —Michael Faraday
I can’t escape from this persisting imperative that is living inside me, or am I living inside of it, … to try to ‘remind’ others of an important, invisible but intuitable ‘reality’ beyond the intellectual constructs of language, which, while it can’t be articulated, is the actual physical reality of our natural experience. I know that sounds crazy, and it seems crazy, but it is not letting me off the hook, just because it seems crazy. (more…)
It has been suggested by Moonhawk (MIT linguist) and others, that “the entire Western worldview — logic, reason, science, philosophy, categories — the entire ‘civilization’ enterprise of which academia is a part” is a scam, in the sense that it is built on the error warned of by Ernst Mach, of “regarding the intellectual machinery, employed in the representation of the world on the stage of thought, as the basis of the real world [of our natural experience]”, … that arises from our noun-and-verb architecture of language. (more…)
1. In the big picture of the universe, it seems as if ‘everything is mutually dependent’ as in an ‘ecosystem’;
“[In nature]… “the individual parts reciprocally determine one another.” … “The properties of one mass always include relations to other masses,” … “Every single body of the Universe stands in some definite relations with every other body in the Universe.” Therefore, no object can “be regarded as wholly isolated.” And even in the simplest case, “the neglecting of the rest of the world is impossible.” – Ernst Mach (more…)
The year 2014 has almost passed, so says my western psyche, while my indigenous intuition suggests that the ‘now’ of the relational activity continuum is a year later in its unending evolutionary unfolding than when I was experiencing the ‘now’ a year earlier.
Landslide-like emotional ‘breaks’ [reconfigurings of the social relational matrix] along with a criminal trial and conviction have unfolded and gathered form in the continually unfolding relational plenum, like storm-cells in the solar-irradiated atmo-hydro-bio-sphere. I know now that these are not ‘events’-in-themselves, but new wrinkly folds in the continually transforming relational One-ness structure that will soon divulge what nobody anticipated, giving us the “life that is what happens to us while we are busy making other plans” [John Lennon]. (more…)