a reply to: schuyler
If you follow the alien/ufo threads at all you will know that the "greys" reportedly say that the body is just a container to be shed, so they don't
really value it and don't care of they "die."
And why on earth would anyone take "their word" to be true?
If you think of it from a Jungian perspective, shorn of all the mythological babble, the gray would then be seen to be no more than a symbolic
reflection of the self's own functionally structured constitution (meaning a life history has created this image). "Grey" as in "unsure". Alienated -
outside the knowledge that makes a Human, Human. And it seems to get the sybolisms to a T: the orbitofrontal cortex is absent (the very part of our
brain which generates a conscious control on the flow of feeling) and the parietal and dorsal areas of the brain have enlarged - as if the alien were
a self-projected "prediction" that somehow communes back upon itself, just as the schizophrenic hears "disembodied voices", the grey is a reflection
of the self's constitution - the object of its own creation - albeit, doing nothing more nor less than what its circumstances and affordances
Self-reflection such as this should be a signal to pay attention, and perhaps, worry about the state of your being. And yet, knowing what I do about
the delicate nature of our being, fear typically rules the day - especially powerfully in those with a flippant, dissociative and disconnected manner.
They misunderstand - essentialize - their own way of being, as if in reality, they have achieved "enlightenment". No. Greyness doesn't work, because
right and wrong exist - past and future matter, indeed, this is why we are able to do what we do in the world: we "re-member". We hold pertinent
information learned in the past to structure a coherent response in the present. Similarly, we prepare for future circumstances by learning from the
Evidently, then, the "power of now" is only partial - a pivot point, for sure, but not something to be invoked to escape the exigencies of living with
others - whose needs we must respect if our own are to be respected; and thus, the feeling we call "care" and "love", are in fact metabolic solutions
- a phenomenologically emergent power arising between two actors - that serve to regulate the flow of energy between and within them. A bigger brain
has the paradoxical consequence of increasing awareness of suffering. And awareness of suffering is quelled by turning to others to love and help us.
A massage releases endorphins in Humans - and all social animals. Construction - and further complexification of structure - happens through
connection, not disconnection.
Ultimately, this is as faith-based as evangelicalism. It cherry picks information and posits all sorts of claims about the nature of reality to
support its position. And having brought forth that knowledge, the narrative emerges - the self begin to feel calmed and assured by its own
And God - Universe - Nature - laughs. Surely, if there were a reality beyond us - some superior organism or being, the behavior of humans on this
planet is monstrously self-confused. It doesn't understand itself - and resents, having tricked itself into thinking that hatred and anger can good
for you - as opposed to being the very affective mediums which charge shoddy self-confabulations.
I know reality is difficult - particularly when you've lived so long on the other side. The relationality of being therefore turns an effort to
"self-correct" as a disgusting, hateful, difficult, or depressing effort. From the vantage point of Cain, the biblical figure, having made a mistake -
having the memory and affective valence of that mistake - casts yourself in a shameful light. The mistake is hated even more because the self can then
reflect on the creator who made the possibility for him to make this mistake, and now expects a return from the mistake, even though its hard and
This is what a dynamical system is about. Negative feelings are representations of dynamical activity - i.e. metabolism. A system must "search" a
platonic phase space before it can chance upon a solution - and discover a more stable, robust and complex organization.
It's that interim period that everyone fears - and which leads to reifications about self, identity, and the informing nature of affective experience:
as if the more audacious beliefs the self has could be sustained under certain affective experiences - as if experience wasn't emergent i.e. could not
be controlled by the direction of a disembodied and alienated center.
Were followers - no matter what direction we take, we follow.