Look at what were seeing in the middle east today. Can we identify what the common theme is? Should I even bother with these sorts of rhetorical
games? Probably not. Truth be told I am utterly exasperated with the way some people allow themselves to think; and the problem is, from the get go,
is their inability to perceive the "how" in relation to the word "think". Can they look at their thoughts - or the perceptions they have - and examine
their aetiology? Or, more simply, can they entertain an alternative reality? And do they understand that maintaining an alternative position is what
counts when thinking "objectively" - that is, your own position being "held as an object" along with other objects in your mind? And most of all - the
presence of emotion. Do you feel it in your body? Do you feel it tugging at you?
I'll cool it with psychoanalytical lingo and get to the point. The people who shamelessly came to the defense of Hamas and even argued that "israel
had no sound basis" for assuming Hamas was responsible for the kidnappings should - if they were able to hold themselves responsible for their
positions - experience some sort of bodily shame: somatically. They should feel it. But chances are the forces of evolutionary adaptedness will impel
dissociation within their captainless minds.
With politics in particular, the personal life-story and narrative of the individual (their "relational unconscious) is present in everything we
think, and becomes stronger and more rigid when the subject matter is "electric" - highly emotional. If intelligent ET's exist chances are they ignore
us: our capacities to create are great and all but our ability to REGULATE OUR OWN AWARENESS is pathetic. We must appear as nothing more than
egotistical animals - worse than animals, because at least animals can claim ignorance - a lack of ability to objectify its experiences and the
realities it engages; whereas we, human beings, cream of the evolutionary crop, currently exist within a social-context where people don't even
realize that they cannot think accurately - correctly - without dialling down their emotions and paying attention to how incoming information is
affecting their internal dynamics.
As I have said again and again and will continue to point out as a preamble to every post I write: pay the # attention to your psychological
processes. But who am i kidding? You need some basic knowledge to work with in order to "understand" the events which emerge within your psyche. So
with that said, here are two terms all of you should get to know: self-as-subject and self-as-object. The great American psychologist William James
referred to these two states as the "I" and the "me".
For example, before you debate any issue with someone else, consider this OBJECTIVE REALITY: how much do I know about this subject? Because knowing
implies not knowing, you also have to consider that there are things you don't know which your present estimation of the matter may be overvaluing.
Thats the first part in not thinking like a 10 year old. The second part is considering what the OTHER party knows about the matter. And the entire,
you're staying attuned to your body, to the feelings you're experiencing: because the feeling we have determine the range of things we are able to
Think for a moment how shameless that Hamas leader is in divulging Hamas' role in catalyzing this latest round of conflict: the kidnapping of those 3
Israeli boys. From whence does this boldness come from? I'll take a wild guess and assume it might have something to do with the "stellar" successes
of ISIS in Iraq, Syria and now Lebanon. In noticing this, I am paying attention to a fundamental reality: Hamas is IDEOLOGICALLY aligned with the
Islamic State (or ISIS/ISIL). With them there is the Muslim Brotherhood of Egypt, Al Shabab of Somalia, Boko Haram of Nigeria, Al Qaeda (whose leaders
only denounce ISIS because Ayman Al Zawahiri couldn't be Caliph), and many many others.
Islamism is a terrifying reality for many Christians, secularists, moderate Muslims and those who do not conform to their idea of how a human being
should be while alive in this world. But when Israel is mentioned, astonishingly, and for those of us who actually care about the future of our
species, an equivalence is drawn between the two. It is this immoral, lackadaisical action of thought which allows people to maintain their personal
feeling of disliking Israel; but in the same breath, they are forced to dissociate or repress the reality of Islamism. This is what anger and
narcissism do to us: they create within us a profound state of disorder where black can be become white and white can become black. Values we may have
in our more lucid moments cannot be upheld because positions we hold in another part of ourselves prohibits clear thinking.
Islamism is contemporary humanities Nazism. The barbaric and senseless murder of James Foley confirms and also highlights for us the nature of this
menace: they cannot be appeased by anything we do. Their ransom was utterly unreasonable - in this sense they are one and the same as Hamas. Asking
for 130 million for one life: who in their right mind would consider that a reasonable demand; as if the exorbitant figure wouldn't forestall all
brooding on the matter?
Anyways. My whole point is: please, please, pay attention to your thinking.
Whats happening today in the middle east is tragic. The face of the Yezedi girl is imprinted on my mind. The last look on James Foley's face as his
killer brings his knife towards his neck is seared into my memory.
Why is this happening? Ignorance. All of it is just ignorance. Ignorance of self. Ignorance of what it means to be human. Ignorance of how our parents
helped form who we are and how we think. The ignorance that lets someone decapitate another human being and the ignorance of another person thousands
of miles away who can't care less about it. And the worse ignorance of all is the ignorance of the fact that all we need is compassion for one
another. Earnest and careful reflection on other peoples experiences. And most of all, the deep awareness that life is precious; we only have one go
at it. And we should each feel a stake in the happiness and wellbeing of others.
edit on 22-8-2014 by Astrocyte because: (no reason