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CAPITAL HAS AN UNRELENTING GRASP AROUND OUR THROATS
From the polluted air we breathe, to the hours of living-time stolen by our bosses and landlords, to the nourishment we eat – less and less do we have control over the foods we consume. Unless we are very privileged, we are forced to eat foods soaked in toxins at the cost of our health and livelihoods. We are forced into complicity over the further theft of lands for the propagation of these crops; lands that are poisoned and exploited, just like everything capital touches.
Monsanto’s exclusive control over seeds, land, and life itself, is merely a more invasive extension of proprietary laws into our lives. But Monsanto, along with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the GMO’s that they together propagate, are not an isolated issue to be concerned with. It is neither the “greed” of capitalists, nor the recklessness and insincerity of lawmakers. The predatory nature of Monsanto only exposes the involuntary and logical effect of an economic system that thrives off the exploitation of human labor and consumption – the appropriation of individual desire, health, and happiness. We are alienated from our bodies, our dreams, and each other.
The state can only be blamed if one ignores its obsession with colonization of other lands and bodies. Politicians aren’t corrupt – the complacency which allows their office buildings to stand happily on stolen land, allows elections of individuals to “represent” us (or at least the 53% of Americans who vote) … we are corrupt for not Occupying these practices and places ourselves.
Strong people don’t need strong leaders. And nature doesn’t need capitalists’ patents for us, in its name, to oust these unaccountable overseers. It is time to start anew – and reformism is not the answer. There is no such thing as capitalism with a human face.
“What a liberation to realize that the voice in my head is not who I am. Who am I then? — The one who sees that.”
– Eckhart Tolle
STATES OF CONSCIOUSNESS
In Consciousness, the starting, waking state is that of the ordinary, Rational Mind. This state is defined by Ordinary Consciousness and Sense Awareness. It rests on the ever-growing-to-do-list, worry-bound, don’t-forget-to-take-out-the-trash-and-sometimes-go-smell-flowers kind of breathing-smelling-hearing-tasting-and-feeling-things level of reality.
Immediately below this state in the hierarchy we find Dreams and a bit further down is where the Subconscious and the Subliminal Self churn and stir themselves. Hypnosis impinges on these level and may occasionally allow for the liberation of bottled-up agony and fermented solitude. Dreaming, however, along with socializing, reading, and, of course, exercise and physical activity, work out the subliminal kinks in the mind and squeeze out the toxins quite satisfactorily most times, but the higher (and infinitely more enjoyable) stages require more focused and serious work, and greater commitment, to have any claim on the transcendental territory therein contained…
When we can set foot on higher ground, we are climbing (initially at least) a ladder that rests on the substrate of Ordinary Mind. Here we can see Higher Consciousness manifest a small fraction of its true potential in terms of Inspiration and in feelings of Peace and/or Revelation. But, at this level the Rational Mind is still in control and only allows limited bandwidth (probably 1 Kb/s combined throughput) on the ladder’s rungs and rails – and even climbing (transitively & figuratively) one thinking-man up the ladder per day is a neat trick in this epoch of history. Just consider. How much of the minority-portion in which we can breathe of our time are we NOT spending on matters of the Spirit, on feeling for the universally-accessible-but-rarely-accessed essence of things anyways? To make it worse, people nowadays don’t seem to care about ‘that kinda shit’ and those that do are (or intentionally make themselves) invisible and hence cannot be considered exemplary counter-examples to the spiritual malnutrition of the age.
But I digress (and thus continue onto what should be the highest level of consciousness).
The highest level of consciousness is, as you expected, the domain of the Sassy Spirit, the arena for Mossy Meditation, and the profoundly quiet, clean and wooden, Court of Contemplation. Really though… Transcendence is the approaching of both self and absolute in a kind of trance of dancing blue flames in which the body’s boundaries begin to dissolve and are dismissed as the evenly-spaced energy and information packets of which they consist. Merely ideas. Alone and afloat.
Unfortunately, even at the fire-dancing stage certain degrees of freedom can and often are distinguished – and the abstract, artificial division of self and other is again guarded, protected, i.e. allowed to stand.
This castle-moat effect around the self happens habitually and automatically, especially when we live in a world of words and constantly add “evidence” to our pools of doubt that we keep filling up in order to convince ourselves of our separate nature from that of our distantly-kept loved ones and fellow humans. In such swamps of ego-negativity the distance, indeed, only grows when we try to “transcend” all on our own. And yet why do we both know this and also so-obviously-fundamentally at the same time NOT know this (considering the evidence readily available in our behavior)?
It is here that we should take a critical look at the rolling, snowballing, ever-expanding ego momentarily and these things will perhaps be made more clear than they have been up to and including this point – in this essay, I mean…
The inertia of the Ego, as we know, is strong and heavy. We constrict ourselves by our constant and mostly-unaware way of working and stretching it out into the career-, life-, family-, status-, and goal-oriented pursuits of our lives. Now don’t get me wrong. This is the game of life. It should be, it must be played. These things are not undesirable or un-pursuit-worthy, but often they end up blocking the long-dormant channels running through our stomachs (those that start from the origin, from the source, from the initial point of the big bang and run up vertically through space and time – to what? — To the 11-th dimensional tri-tonal non-dualistic non-material non-conceptual gods of orgy-pleasure and enlightenment that are waiting for their old playmates to come back home and build castles in the sand with them, that’s what!) and we are filling these holy channels up with status-oriented-classist-materialist, earth-destroying, mtv-youtube-infotainment-website-channel activity and all the other garbage of that ilk all the time. And take it from me, mon frere: Your channels do not need to be filled. (Dump that meme!) When they are empty they are at their absolute fullest.
So we see that the inertia of Ego is strong. The patterns of negativity, our inherited neuroses, and our bad habits are ESTABLISHED. With Pride. Since 1909. Deeply Rooted. Really. So? What to do? The answer is to find a way to break out of your cycle. Try to create something NEW and NOVEL. Creation is the highest-level cognitive (and I might argue Spiritual) task there is. Make some art then, or write in your journal, form a club, or plan a social event. Take your genes (an operating system), your psychology (out-of-date software), and your personality (80′s themed). They do have a bit of sway, sure. But — they are ultimately impermanent, non-dictatorial. You must then recognize and claim and reclaim your freedom to do things differently at every step of the way. You’ve got Genetics, Culture, Society, Psychology, and Mental Habits to reroute you, but however much you choose to abdicate your will to these things, you are still, at root, free to do otherwise. So show it to the world, and show it to yourself. You are free.
Remember: there’s no need to climb and creep up some rickety transcendence-ladder when already your own creative-flowing-liberated-and-also-liberating essence can just float in the direction you choose. Now go. Float.
“Once you come to know yourselves, you will become known.”
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
Perfection of divinity
is everyone’s duty
Perfection of divinity
is everyone’s duty
Don’t waste your time
livin’ for the vanity
We are creatures of faith
victims of destiny
which we create
Now we living on a higher vibration
’cause we take it to the heights of creation
Now we living on a higher vibration
but we take it to the heights of creation, yeah…
You know what I’m talking ’bout
don’t tell me no
Baby I could scream and shout
But I won’t
Listen to me now
Now we livin’ on a higher vibration
Then we take it to the heights of creation
Let me take you little higher
And then you take me little higher
♪ ♪ ♪ ♪
by adminadam in quotes
ONE — “Things are not what they seem. Nor are they otherwise. Deeds exist, but no doer can be found.”
What does he mean by ‘no doer’? This connects directly with the concept of no self; just as all other things, phenomena are transient, illusory, etc., so is the self. Actions are real in that they have an effect on people and produce certain outcomes (everything is interdependent), but the self that can look back on the action is already not the same self anymore, because of impermanence… Funny, isn’t it?
TWO — “We are what we think. All that we are arises with our thoughts. With our thoughts, we make the world.”
To the extent that we have any self at all, it is that which stems from our thoughts — these are the bases of the words we speak and the actions we perform. And our thinking patterns largely determine the ways in which we view all the things that “happen to us”, from the biased, individual perspective that is. Perception is reality, basically.
THREE — “Teach this triple truth to all: A generous heart, kind speech, and a life of service and compassion are the things which renew humanity.”
We all have those days when one person’s unexpected kindness turns us around, snaps us out of the gloom, leads us to do a double-take on the stinky-rotten-nature of this ugly Monday morning, or whatever morning it happens to be. Lift each other up, people! One cookie may be enough…
FOUR — “I do not believe in a fate that falls on men however they act; but I do believe in a fate that falls on them unless they act.”
Wait too long and the universe will find some way of getting you out of your house, out of your pajamas, and you very well may not like it. Attack the day, non-violently that is, be proactive and claim your fate — or else you’ll be letting it claim you. Perhaps with one of those new sloth-seeking anvils. Watch out!
FIVE — “When you realize how perfect everything is you will tilt your head back and laugh at the sky.”
(Looks at sky and laughs — “Ha HA!”) … This quote is symbolic of the irony of realizing that enlightenment is nothing more than a direct experiencing of reality. And of course once you have done all the work needed to clear your mind of obstructions, it becomes exceedingly easy to maintain clarity. A perfect ‘enlightened’ experience is also a perfectly accurate experience of reality. How easy it is to ‘keep arriving’ once you get there…
Thank you Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and of course Alan Watts, for this epic short film.
It is a film that touches on: Evolution, the nature of intelligence and the self, and the hoax of our modern success-centered lives.
It is a video meant to put us in our places, and also ask us to evaluate what we have built for ourselves.
Is this what I wanted to be doing?
Am I missing out?
What is my focus?
And hopefully we can, with honest answers, begin to shift our trajectory or maybe just dance a little more in life; have some fun, eat drink and be merry, that’s where I see the value in this film.
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