a reply to: Dark Ghost
It's great! I love the honesty!
If people only knew how we 'scaffold' a higher-level regulatory logic into our brain-mind when we actually talk about what we feel
, then we
wouldn't be operating in the dark - in "mystery", as it were, to one anothers emotions. It is precisely because were so shame-prone - and so fearful
of that emotion (within our minds) that this dynamic keeps going.
Fact is, were all the same. We all deal with shame - and in a society which values competition, strength, and power, shame will necessarily be the
hidden 'shadow' that operates within our brain/mind as an unconscious referent i.e. something feared because of its destabilizing power. Because of
the unconscious consigning of shame to the darkness, everything which emerges from its shadow is literally a fantasy - unreal, because the mind is
forming its perception of reality without reference to the motivational-dynamics that function as the original cause.
Shames significance is
alluded to at the end of Genesis chapter 2- the very last phrase, following a description of the reality that Humanity existed within - "clinging
together as one".
Consider, for example, the concept of idolatry. When people hear this term, it immediately activates images of "judaism", "moses", "the old
testament", all of which, at least in the Christian west, possesses a dysregulating potential because of a still-latent antisemitism.
And yet there are secular philosophers with a spiritual orientation (the physicist Arthur Zajonc comes to mind) who use this word freely to describe
what happens when Humans begin to abstract from materially enacted processes
, and come to elevate the idea-form they perceive to be "more real'
than the actual material conditions which enact that phenomenon. Consider morality, and the basis of an "antirealistic" attitude towards how we relate
to one another. Philosophy for a long time, long before Kant, Hume, and Spinoza, and before Plato/Aristotle and the hellinistic tradition itself.
Idolatry is always - ALWAYS - an emergent property of traumatizing cultures,
and we see it appear again and again in imperialistic
civilizations. Why is that? Is it possible - as it seems obvious to me - that the way-of-being, and the effects generated by war-mongering cultures,
necessarily entails some defense against the trauma-affects-images that follow upon the execution of evil actions i.e. killing, raping - the cries,
the screams the images of suffering faces, etc? It has clearly been long forgotten among Human being's that we are dynamically constituted beings:
imperialism is EVIDENCE of idiocy - ignorance - not understanding the necessary consequences of violating physical principles.
Dualism is the result of an imperialistically oriented culture - and for good reasons: memory hurts the mind, and the individual members of the
idealizing group responsible for genocide and other Human suffering simply cannot metabolize what they have don to other peoplee: so they "hide" from
their own awareness of things. Does the Bible not also describe this dynamic: God 'searching' the Garden of the unconscious i.e. as the pang of
conscience (our biophysical dynamical orientation to affirm our gratitude/care for one another) and Adam/Eve (mind/body) "hiding" i.e. dissociating,
the presence of the 'afflicting' conscience?
It is precisely the absence of a scientific, physics-based "bottom-up" orientation that makes dualism plausible to people - but no doubt modern
science must be deeply subversive for those various elites of European/Arab origin who have relied upon lies/delusions to perpetuate their power in
the world. This deeply deranged, anti-ecological orientation which emphasizes only the "now" at the expense of past-future, is nothing but a
traumatological consciousness masquerading as 'real'. It is an illusion - a deeply disconcerting one, from my perspective, because it seems like
Humans are mindlessly unaware of the complementarity of the world we inhabit: life and death are also "complementary" - which implicates the other
parties whom our existence becomes entangled with, as somehow 'essential' to our agency in this world, and thus, functionally relevant to my own
experience of being/consciousness. In other words, I am skeptical that death is the end: we may just get to see how we've 'enlivened'/'disenlivened'
the others we've impacted in our living: the other side, hidden from our egotistical perspective while moving through the "emergent world" as Human
A horrible habit that needs to end is demonization: provoking people by representing them in a negative way to themselves/others is a retarded
practice that offers no resolution. If people are where they are, theres a reason for that. Consider the German children who grew up in the shadow of
WWI, and ended up becoming the vanguard of the Nazi movement. Here's what Vamik Volkan, professor of psychiatry and founder of the center for the
study of mind and Human interaction at the university of Virginia describes the dynamic:
“Under the influence of Nazi propaganda, German youngsters could no longer imagine their parents as loving caregivers. The idealized image of
Hitler and his representatives devalued any old image they might have had of their parents. Therefore, they had no internal motivation to mourn; we do
not struggle with giving up valueless images. Of course, many parents became Nazi’s themselves; under these conditions, youngsters “loved” their
parents as members of the idealized group, but could not mourn or feel remorseful about losing the images of their parents simply as parents.” –
Vamik Volkan, Blind Trust, pg. 78, 2004, Pitchstone
Volkan is describing the psychodynamic difficulty that Germans who were Nazi's or sympathized with Nazis had with mourning: it was because their
values had been "reordered" towards Nazi idealizations of grandeur - and away from normal mother-child and family dynamics - that they were both able
to do what they did (sadistic treatment of "others") and not feel or experience any remorse for it. Again:
“Because parents were taught to ignore their children’s cries and desires, children were forced to experience the sense that there was no
benevolent power in their surroundings and robbed of the opportunity to identify with a nurturing parent. Further, frustrated by their parent’s
behavior, children projected their own angry feelings onto the parents, imagining the elders to be more aggressive than they might actually be in
reality. In turn, they felt the only way to protect themselves was to become aggressors, tough kids. Indeed, they were “taught” that the whole
world was populated with aggressors and grew up under an injunction to show no sign of weakness. Hitler himself called upon them: “We ask you to be
hard, German youth, and to make yourself hard! We cannot use a generation of ‘mother boys’, of spoiled children.” Those children who exhibited
such supposed self-assurance and self-reliance, in turn, received official approval as valued citizens through the party organization for children and
youth. They were to be “above” being hurt, omnipotent beings who would inflict aggression on others perceived to be weak. Their own dependency
needs as seen in “undesirable” groups and individuals would become their targets. They did not know that their self-assurance was defensive and
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