Apparition of Jack

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  1. One thing I've found useful in situations like this is to be conscious of language itself - when someone calls you a "dirty communist" for advocating for universal healthcare, for instance, taking a step back and understanding that "communism" is just a symbol that represents a mental construct that in itself represents a whole different bunch of ideas, the sting gets taken out of that comment. All language is inherently dualistic, after all, and often what one person means when they use a word or phrase will be intepreted completely differently by another person.
  2. When even a stage Orange MSNBC pundit is saying Bernie will likely be the one to win in Iowa, you know the direction the winds are blowing. The biggest threat to his nomination is the Biden voters who like Bernie's ideas but still think he's "too unelectable" because of a misplaced fear of the socialist label, since there’s a lot of them and they’d need convincing if Bernie is to have a shot at the nom. But it can be done. At this stage Warren isn't a player IMO. As people interested in consciousness and collective awakening, I think it's important that we support Bernie Sanders and do everything we can (within reason) to help seize this opportunity and move America up towards Green.
  3. I've decided to delete this post. I am unconfident that the information I put fourth was helpful.
  4. @Leo Gura Do you fear death? I remember in one of your "live awakening" videos you said you don't care if you live or die, but for some reason I am compelled to ask anyway.
  5. A fantastic example of two people elaborating on the Green mindset vs the Orange mindset, especially towards the end of the video.
  6. I like Rare Earth, he has good insights, but I’ve noticed he’s stuck in the secular-rationalist-materialist paradigm as far as explaining religion and mysticism goes. Still, he makes interesting videos.
  7. @Leo Gura Finding “local” examples of non-duality and mysticism is one of my favourite things to do. For instance Indigenous Australian culture is full of subtle hints to non-duality, it’s just that this gets overlooked in favour of a more boring reductionist approach to their mythology
  8. @Hypnofrik So long as science clings to the materialist paradigm, true AI will never be possible.
  9. Are you sure you're not still putting out those vibes into the world yourself? True selfless love has absolutely no concept of "strength" or "weakness." It just does what it does always - love selflessly, no matter the context. If you are having issues where other people perceive your love to be "weak" (or perhaps you perceive them perceiving that), then it could mean you still have latent issues with manifesting love, perhaps this time directed at yourself.
  10. Yes, of course. That phrase was the one I was most hesitant to include in this post because I knew it would be the one that would make people feel uncomfortable the most, but I felt compelled to write it anyway. Integration between nations will obviously be an uncomfortable process, even for the most advanced people in a society. I know a lot of Orange/Green people who talk about international peace and multiculturalism who would still feel a backlash against the idea of joining another nation, since national identity is something we still have deeply ingrained inside of us. It would have to be a long-term process that is conscious and considerate of all parties involved, since it would be such a big change for everyone. Focusing on the positives of integration - better wealth, better education, reduced risk of war, more technological opportunities, hell, even better sex - would do a lot to convince people to get on board.
  11. One way I try to look at this is break down what people's different passions are. You're right that if everyone just did the first thing that came to mind that made them feel good, nothing productive would happen and society would collapse. But I still feel like there are ways to improve the lives of even people who are most comfortable being simple worker drones or something like that. For instance, a lot of hands-on, routine-oriented people might find some enjoyment and security out of getting work at a large furniture factory, but over time the excessive hours and poor conditions of that factory might start getting to them. In such a situation I would say that, instead of dropping out of that and going and becoming a wandering guitarist, which would be a lifestyle that doesn't appeal to them, they could simply start their own furniture shop, but one that values craftsmanship and quality over cheapness and quantity. They could still have that routine, but it would be a routine that also lets them explore their creativity in a way they never knew they had. They're not traveling the country in a van playing gigs at hipster bars, but they're still engaging with the creative processes of life in a way that makes sense to them, and moreso than what they were before.
  12. In his Conscious Politics series Leo talks about promotion and creation of a singular world government as part of his policy ideas, and it's been something I've been mulling over for the last while. Like many people I used to think such an idea was just a pie-in-the-sky fantasy that sounds nice on paper but ultimately wouldn't work and would cause more problems than it solves, but as I've been increasing my consciousness and looking at world issues on a deeper level, I've come to see the wisdom in such an idea. Think about it - as we move forward in the 21st century, the processes of globalisation, technology, immigration and so on are only going to increase, not decrease. Yes there will be obvious backlashes to these things, as we've already seen to some extent, but the conditions are such that the set-up for increasing global integration is more or less inevitable at this point. Plus, the collective issues the world faces - climate change, income inequality, national tensions - need to have broad, inter-national co-operation in order to solve, not just local governments trying to fix these things piecemeal. Not only that, but, based on what I've observed, a unified "global culture" is already starting to emerge, depending on the places you live and the people you interact with. You could meet, for instance, a woman born in India, raised in Spain, educated in the UK and now living with a Japanese husband in the US, and it will feel completely natural. The old idea of "solid," distinct nation-states that served humanity in the 19th and 20th centuries is starting to lose its cultural hegemony, IMO. So then let's talk about the benefits of increasing government integration between nations. If nations start to come together and operate in a more unified manner, the ability to distribute resources where they're needed will increase massively. For instance, if Canada and the US unite, you could drastically improve the health standards in Alberta by getting rid of the expensive taxes on imported medical technology from the US, which would do a lot to reduce the rates of cancer, heart disease, and so on in that province. Or if France and Germany united, then access to well-built German electric cars would improve dramatically for French drivers, which would do a lot to reduce emissions for France. Plus, if we are to get serious about space travel and colonising other planets, then the only realistic way to do that would be to have as much co-operation between countries as possible, and to share the most amount of resources, time, expertise, etc. possible, because such an undertaking will require these things on a level that a single nation alone wouldn't be able to accomplish. Another benefit would be the obvious reduced risk of war and conflict between nations. If, say, eventually India and Pakistan unite, then the threat of armed conflict between those two countries - as well as the endless blaming each other from both sides, and all the cultural tensions that exist between them - would disappear, as instead arguments over land and resources become mediated through the unified India-Pakistan authority, rather than through trying to negotiate between two different authorities. Of course there are downsides to this too. As national identity is still a key part of most people's psyches, telling people that they will now live in a nation with people who (for the time being) have a distinct language and culture to them won't go over well with a lot of people. Plus, the fact of the matter is that distinct local cultures will be hurt by this - for instance, using the France-Germany scenario, French people will begin to see more German beer, more German words, more German songs in the places they live, and in Germany people will begin to see more French wine, French words, French songs and so on. The ideas of "Frenchness" and "Germanness" would get muddied, and for a lot of people that will seem very alien and confusing, especially in the short term. But the benefits of this over the long-term would be that people begin to feel a sense of connectedness with people they previously didn't - after 50 years of France and Germany being one country, a person born to French parents would no longer see a person born to German parents as an "other", and would at that point probably share the same values, ideas, and even language (a French-German hybrid.) Plus, the two cultures coming together would create benefits too - Germans would learn to appreciate taking life easy and leisurely from French people, and French people would learn punctuality and industriousness from the Germans, which would improve the lives of both peoples. Or, to put it in other words, this new French-German synthesis would be greater than the sum of its parts. Now, obviously such ideas are still relatively far off in the future from happening in real life, but I think for us here at Actualized.org it's a good thing to start thinking about, since it'll help us clearly navigate the direction the world is headed. Prior to WW1 and 2, the idea of an international organisation that works to prevent wars and promote harmony wouldn't have been possible - the two most powerful countries in the world before this - the British Empire and the Germany Empire - would have never agreed to solve their disputes through an impartial international organistion, especially since they had such great success previously using force of arms instead, and the result was the two most destructive wars in human history. But then, the UN was created, and the mechanisms it utilises has helped prevent the two newest most powerful countries on the planet - the USA and the USSR - from going to war with each other. Instead, the UN helped the USA and USSR resolve its disputes diplomatically instead of military, and ended up presiding over the most peaceful and prosperous time in human history (despite some wars in hotspot regions during this time.) So if a Unified World Government seems unlikely or impractical, then just remember so did the UN, and the massive period of peace and prosperity it created. Yes, there will be problems with greater international integration, and no one is saying it will be an easy or straightforward process, but for the sake of humanity's long-term evolution and consciousness, I think it's actually one of the most realistic and practical things we can help create. What is everyone's thoughts on this?
  13. @Leo Gura I consider debating with people like Ben Shapiro to be like debating a four year old who is convinced society is run by a giant purple monkey and that anything bad that happens is a result of this monkey’s temper tantrums. Their positions are so nonsensical and absurd that to treat them as some sort of coherent narrative is wrong IMO.
  14. I love learning languages, it gets you to think about how you look at the world and makes you feel accomplished when you speak the new language with someone else I feel like learning languages is one of the best hobbies anyone can take up to improve their overall cognition/self-assurance/self-development/worldliness