I remember family get togethers when I was a kid. After dinner, the women would go to the kitchen and the guys would be in the living room. Since I wasn't interested in babies, relationships and recipes, I would find an inconspicuous place to listen to the men. Uncle Bob would usually kick things off by bringing up some controversial topic, then ask the other guys what they thought about it and when it started getting really hot, he would lean back in his chair with a bemused smile as faces turned red and voices got louder. It was obvious that he was getting a charge out of the heat.
Occasionally, I receive email links by far-right conspiracy
theorists with all the details of how the demonic Democrats are manipulating we
the people to control our wealth and our lives (or lack thereof) if we allow
them to stay in power. The Democrats email their constituents for support to
prevent extremist takeovers from the far right that will send us back to the
stone age socially and make America a dictatorship whose ruler will assuage their
followers’ fears with seductive promises."Divide and conquer" worked for the Romans, until it came home, and many of our habits of rule are still under their influence.
However, the Democratic party seems frozen in its insecure idealism about the state of American distrust concerning what is really happening in government. They function oblivious to growing distrust and seem to believe that there are enough reasonable people that democracy with its business-as-usual habits will prevail. But what is that business. Most of it is hidden from people who don’t have time or connections for extensive research. I’ve observed the effects of group fear on even well-educated good-hearted people and noticed that it is quite literally a hypnotic process. The so called, but I believe false patriots have wedged themselves into the cracks of fear. Fear is an out of balance, vulnerable state of mind, that shatters reason and distorts perspective, until only a bitter cocktail of imagined ingredients leading to a dreaded outcome are ingested.
The truth is, very few of us really do know what is going on in Washington under the radar, and our politicians tell us what they want us to believe while they ask us for monetary assistance to beat the “bad guy” opponent in the next election. It seems to those of us on the outside that money has become the only factor of success and therefore determines the value of any concern. I’ve noticed that the “experts” who always claim to be on the side of their targeted audience while stirring up fear on YouTube and TV, are speaking to people’s financial vulnerability while making loads of money on the sale of their books exposing the evil agenda of the opposition.
But is any party really in control? It seems to me that politics has become a diversion to keep “us” focused on the dreaded “them”. I suspect that the rhetoric, demonstrations, YouTube revelations and promises are distractions from the things we have no control over, nor do the politicians who seem to have themselves become distractions. While the political parties are wrestling and promising, the rich keep getting richer, the poor get poorer, inflation soars, and corporate entities move us wherever they want us to go.
I’m sick of hearing “left” and “right”. Left of what, and right of what? If right is conservative and left is progressive, I’m totally confused about what is being conserved from the past or envisioned as progress for the future. If the system was working properly, I would think that there would be a flow from past to future, and that conservatives would be preserving something of value to be used in the future and liberals would be augmenting past values and updating them in real time to survive and meet a common future. Instead of genuinely addressing the problems of real people, it seems that politics is about manipulating the people’s hopes and fears to help candidates get to a platform where they can work for powerful forces of which we, the people have little or no awareness. We are like fish biting at skillfully artificed flies at the end of a transparent line.
When people don’t have a realistic view of the powers that are playing them, they have a sense of vulnerability that is easily stirred into fear, paranoia and then rage looking for an outlet. No one can live with fear and a state of helplessness very long. It must have a target and possible correction or broils internally until it becomes sick, or mad. Thus unstable young men go on killing sprees in places where large numbers of people come together. The people they kill, and wound are usually random targets, not enemies but unspecified victims, just as the shooter is often lacking a sense of identity, place, or purpose. In a sense, the victims are icons of the one who victimizes them, sacrificial victims of the shadowy perpetrator. In this way, it’s a hopeless religious act.
Our modern world, with Scientific Materialism as its orthodoxy, leaves a huge gaping hole where the Great Spirit of our cosmos once was. According to this material canon, we should be happy to be free of the horror of religion past with its inquisitions, holy wars, hatred of physical pleasure and dread of eternal damnation to an endless fire for those who choose to disagree, or even dislike the terms. The European and mid-eastern god is certainly a terrifier. Something had to be done to take the sting out of this maniacal deity. However, the replacement has not satisfied. Even the hope of artificial intelligence to find a way for us to live forever without any spiritual assistance, leaves us unsatisfied. Smart and proud perhaps but empty. I can’t avoid thinking of the billions of beings behind us and the unfortunate victims of fate and war who won’t be able to enjoy life as a forever bot. To me it is an unsatisfactory answer to an unfulfilled problem.
I’ve come to look at earth life as a school, and earth and its siblings cycling around our life source, the Sun, as one family in an incomprehensible mega-verse of trans-cosmic families. I can’t imagine us ever knowing its truth only from the outside. But I believe as participants, we are wired to experience its essence by penetrating to the core of our membership—a heart to heart connection.
I wonder how many times humankind has been in this position in history, and even pre-history, since I believe Plato’s story of Atlantis, and the increasing evidence that we have been influenced in the past by more advanced life forms from other parts of the cosmos. There are few indigenous peoples that don’t have stories about beings from other realities, either dimensional or planetary who seeded them or guided them in the deep past. Mainstream science doesn’t yet acknowledge any evidence of this hidden past, and there is plenty. Science has become another rigid orthodoxy which causes me to believe the doctrinal barriers will eventually collapse. They are already struggling to maintain their crumbling walls against the blows of unwanted evidence. As with any other belief system, careers and hard-won reputations are at risk.
However, my greatest concern is the compartmentalization that seems to be endemic with information overload. There are so many narratives about reality to choose from that in reaction people are becoming more narrowly focused rather than better informed. YouTube and social media are a free for all, and the various opinions all have their followers, depending on whatever gives some sense of emotional satisfaction be it thrills, safety, or the desire to have a special heads-up. It’s endless! You can learn a foreign language, practice yoga, listen to great music, follow history, your favorite rock stars, or choose your favorite conspiracy theory. But there is no way to know the validity of theories and unvetted ideas flying around for anyone who is hooked on a flavor to catch and pass along. COVID19 augmented the menu. The mystery surrounding its origins and the controversy over vaccination with its quick development and enrichment of big pharma made it a perfect topic for conspiracy theorists and political rhetoric. However, it seems to fit the uncertainty of the times. Ironically, the bigger the choice of subjects and opinions, the narrower the focus has become. There is little critical thinking involved.
Maybe nature is threatening to give us another hard restart, as happened with the meteor that killed the dinosaurs, or the destruction of Atlantis and the great flood. Humanity has had several wipe outs. It would be splendid if we could avoid another restart from zero.
I have this suspicion now and then that there may be parties hidden behind the curtain of our simulated drama that are giving us a nudge toward the precipice by encouraging our discord and escalating wars. They wait in the background for us to self-destruct with the expectation of replacing us or molding who remains to their purpose. We’ll never make it through this dark tunnel to the light at the other end without the wisdom of the heart. We’re all in this together and when we forget that we are on the way of becoming another extinct species or servants for our robots.