As the world falls apart around us, I'd like to talk about the two group - or societies - which are at the root of what I see to be happening.
We are living in a world where no one thinks clearly: discussion of politics happens in terms of a "folk psychology" that is very, very opposed to the
mind sciences of the 21st century - in philosophy of mind, consciousness studies, experimental and behavioral psychology, cognitive science and
psychodynamic theorizing - in how the mind is thought about, and how a subject matter is treated.
I am horrified at what I'm watching on CNN. The topic is Trumps official decision to make Steve Bannon his chief strategist. Steve Bannon has
consciously admitted to his website - under his editorial leadership - being the "home of the alt right". This is happening right in front of us.
Anderson Cooper, ever the neutral - and because of that, potentially evil - respondent, handles conversation between Trump apologists and liberal
critics. The moderation hardly qualifies as a moderation - inasmuch as something of incredible significance is happening, and the anchor, in
maintaining a "neutral stance", essentially accedes to the flow of the existing social dynamic
, which is just another way of saying:
conditioning you - the audience - to a normalization of Trump appointees and Trumps methods, until all is set.
Set for what? That's what I
fear. The CNN anchors interest to be "neutral", even in the face of such impending lunacy - the acceptance and tolerance of specious reasoning and
incomparable comparisons - validates forms of argument, and thus, enables the perversion of reason, representation, and sane thinking that is required
to live and thrive in a democracy.
There is an almost Orwellian process occurring in our media - CNN, in particular, FOX news being long the paradigmatic exemplar of the most obscene
propagandizing - in which stupidity is allowed and tolerated, even as reasonable and intelligent people complain - again and again, the blank faced,
internally regulated narcissist republican spews more specious garbage, as if, in the interaction being had, a point wasn't just made.
This is a very frightening situation to be in. The issue is education - mental clarity, and the capacity to represent complex chains of ideas without
losing the "gestalt" of the whole. Sense Making
- the effort of the educated liberal, is LOST on the ears of the naive, poorly educated CNN
watcher, as the voices and the emotions and the identifications with political parties supervenes as the primary process in determining how the person
Attentional processes are essentially constructed by the above diagram. In every mental act, we are situated - we are somewhere to which are body is
probabalistically biased to process in a particular way. It is affective - non-verbal; it functions as an impulse, a direction, an orientation. The
non-verbal domain is the evolutionarily OLDER domain - often referred to as the reptilian brain, the very brain that Republic Donald Trump incessantly
manipulated in every single f-ucking word he spoke.
The I is me - my witnessing self. The witness - as any self-aware person knows - is in a sense "anterior" to the interaction with an object. All
objects are intrinsically fed through real-life-interpersonal experiences, and so, all thinking follows the 'tune' of interpersonal experiences of
being positively known by others.
We live in a culture that has distorted this process to the extreme. What nobody, or very few realize, is that their neurological dynamics are shaped
by these processes such that they reflexively dissociate
unwanted information. We are thus liars - not because were evil, but because were
trying to protect ourselves from suffering, or in the bodys language, metabolic fatigue.
I knew Trump would win because I felt that part of me that would have been excited by Trumps presence. I KNOW Trump. That is, I watched the
Apprentice, and so, my brain has a personal relationship with him - Donald Trump - the "object" representing an archetypal other.
If people merely empathize i.e. attune to the feeling relation that people have to certain ideas, concepts etc, you can "get" why and how they are
being motivated. Yet - the media never talks about these things - and why is that, if not because the media wants to manipulate you?
I hate being cynical - but I feel it is warranted, because something absurd is happening, and people are mindlessly "adjusting" more and more to a
changing political and cultural atmosphere. I hear liberal Jews descrying the perversion of reason - and yet, I think to myself: "hasn't this ultra
conservative backlash happened before"? Yeah - just 83 years ago, in 1933, in Germany. We see things shaping up quite similarly - if you see the
shifting conversations and the "new allowances" we make for Trumps inveterate lying; we hear childish reasonings about "Bannon controlling Trump" as
if that point should take priority over an ideological and characterological feature.
Watching the news POISONS the mind - if you aren't clever enough to recognize the lapses, breaks and holes in reasoning processes. If - as I believe -
you watch the news and are barely able to follow the conversation or make sense of any of the topics being discussed, your mind will collapse all
information in terms of the superficiality of affect - which of course, often seeks to act upon feelings of insecurity, vulnerability, and speak to
the "solutions" that many peoples mind-brains turn to to regulate their affect.
Didn't Trump say "he knew how to speak to people"? This man is so arrogant, that I am convinced he holds the average person with disdain - that they
are stupid unaware idiots who succumb again and again to superficial charm: the lower part - feeling, and not the upper part: content.
A New World
I can only look ahead and believe that there will one day be a time where people are educated about how their brain-minds self-organize as a single
unity - a single consciousness, but a consciousness inherently connected to the beings of others.
Hatred, arrogance, and anger, are pointless, delusional feelings which deny the fundamental co-emergence of our being. It never makes sense to fall
for what happens WITHIN the matrix.
The world is pressing us to respond. We need to respond with awareness, intelligence, and compassion.
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