Leo's Blog: Infinite Insights — Page 11
Here's a really good analysis by Fareed Zakaria of what's going on in global politics:
He is talking about transitioning Europe and the US to Spiral Dynamics stage Green.
Politics is basically about evolving our identity as a nation. The turmoil we're seeing in politics today is the result of old, ethnocentric, nationalistic identities struggling to evolve into new, more global, more multicultural, more cosmopolitan identities. As the world gets smaller due to digital interconnection, ease of travel, migration, and inter-racial relationships the old national, cultural, and ethnic boundaries will inevitably get blurred, leaving many traditional egos feeling their identities threatened.
What is required is an openmindedness to a new, wider identity. You can no longer just be an American, a German, a Muslim, a Jew, a man — you must open yourself to being a global citizen, a human. It is not sustainable to maintain isolationism and nationalism in the face of a rapidly evolving global marketplace. The globe is only going to interconnect more, not less. Diversity will be thrust in your face whether you like it or not.
Zakaria cites political scientist Francis Fukuyama as saying, "Identity is the deep-seated psychological need to be recognized as possessing dignity." But this fails to appreciate the depth of the problem. Identity is not merely a psychological need, identity is an existential, metaphysical imperative. Threats to one's identity are not merely perceived as a psychological annoyance, but life-threatening. Because identity is not a physical, objective fact but a conceptual construction. One's identity and one's reality are deeply enmeshed and mutually reinforcing.
This is why stage Blue and Orange egos resist stage Green with such passion. To the ego this feels like battle to the death. Because it is death! Death = loss of identity. And the ego will always lose!
But it is also a rebirth into a larger, better, truer you. Your true identity is infinite.
The trick is to get over yourself. (Which of course no one wants to do.)
What people fail to understand about politics is that it's not merely a personal preference for various "good" or "bad" social and economic issues. No! Politics is a battle to invent "good" and "bad"! Politics is a battle to the death to define one's identity, reality, and to rig the structures of society to maximize the survival of one's ego. This is why you don't find much truth in politics. Its purpose is the opposite of truth: survival through fabrication.
Politically in the US and in Europe things are going to get worse before they get better. Stage Blue & Orange are entering their sunset phase in the highly developed Western countries, but they are not going away without a fight. Be prepared for backlash and desperate death throes over the next 50 years. Be prepared for lots of propaganda, fake news, demonization, and disinformation campaigns. This is how the devil plies his trade.
Here's an excellent salvia trip report. It gives a sense of how radically surreal consciousness can get. Salvia is one of the craziest psychedelics. I've heard descriptions like "I became a glass of orange juice" or "I drowned in a waterfall of Post-It notes."
Saliva is a dangerous psychedelic which I do not recommend, and certainly never do it without a reliable trip sitter.
This is how Spiral Dynamics stage Blue reasons about morality:
In reality, murder is NOT wrong precisely BECAUSE God exists! God IS murder! How could God be infinite and yet exclude murder?? In the eyes of God, nothing is wrong. Only in the eyes of a big fat ego — like Dennis Prager (above) — is anything "wrong".
This is the fundamental delusion of conservatives — they all tend to be moralists.
Oh, the ignorance!
Your mind's interconnectedness, placebo vs mushrooms:
Now that's what integral thinking looks like! :D
- The Guardian: LSD's Impact On The Brain Revealed In Groundbreaking Images
- Journal Of The Royal Society: Homological Scaffolds Of Brain Functional Networks
Vernon Howard is the one of the greatest least-known nondual teachers of all time.
If you've ever wondered why I sometimes deliver teachings like I am talking down to you, it's because I love Vernon's acerbic, in-your-face style. He has no qualms belittling you like a school girl.
When he speaks, your dumbass listens:
This is nonduality for people who love getting schooled for the devils that they are.
Damn, I love it! The epitome of masculine compassion.
Here we answer the question, "How are metaphysics and epistemology connected?" This is what 2500 years of Western philosophy and science have failed to understand:
Here's what I mean by Get Rich Quick Schemes & MLMs
I recorded this a few days ago and was planning to release it next week, but seeing all the Trump craziness happening in the news this week, it feels appropriate to release it now.