posted on Sep, 2 2019 @ 11:46 AM
I think one of the genuinely most astonishing traits of human beings - and this is not quite their fault given our sensitivities - is that we
pathologically confuse social convention with ontological reality. These are not the same thing, yet their effects are carried out within the same
medium - our 'brain-mind'.
How many people live a life of wanting to be 'a hero' in their own 'story'? How many people genuinely believe that they are at the tip of the
ontological pyramid of their existence, and not reality itself? How many people ignore massive facts like 1) development 2) evolution and 3) the very
concept of process? How many people ignore that process creates 4) structure, and such a structure is not a coincidence, but a reflection of causal
laws - which is to say, reflects true ontological reality (ontology means metaphysics, or 'ultimate reality')
When someone gets fangs and dresses up as a cosplay character, what motivates this behavior - besides garden variety psychopathology? Oftentimes there
are occult beliefs, which have this one concept at its root: I am the king/queen of my experience of reality.
From whence does this profound delusion emanate? There are many powerful factors, but at the top of the pyramid is 1) how humans mutually affect one
anothers perception of reality, and hence, make certain values seem real by how they affect you; these values also have a long history, so the person
is 2) deeply impressed, or wooed, by the 'ancientness' of a doctrine. They confuse ancientness, or age, with eternal. Clearly, the evolutionary i.e.
archeological, record of human beings is varied, and complex, and shows many different ways of being that are fundamentally correlated to ecology. You
are an expression of an ecology. There are no archetypes that precede human existence. They are emergent from our participatory sense making
with one another.
So there was once a time, then, when this massive delusion didn't exist, where people didn't equate existence with suffering, and certainly would
not have gotten carried away to think that there was any fundamental correlation between existence and suffering.
Yet this is the basic belief of many gnostics. Spirit = spirit and matter = matter. Above the hips "im angelic", and below the hips "I'm
demonic". There's a logic to this claim, but it is not an ontological truth i.e. consistent with a complex analysis of causal processes and the
effects they create for psychological experience and ones phenomenological experience of being. People accept these claims only because other
people believe them as well, and to be a part of a group brings coherency to people.
It's because of this that death can bring not the angelic fortitude of overcoming the 'evil archons', but quite the reverse; dissociation is
stripped away because the canalizing functions of your brain networks are taken away. The delusion is stripped because you are no longer in control
i.e. you can't direct your own experience through dissociation/idealization anymore. The ecology of spirit takes over.
So where do these beliefs derive their authority from? Dissociation. Dissociation is a bottom-up brain based process which organizes from the
brainstem, anesthetizing experience so that external events no longer have their usual 'oomph'. Depersonalization (loss of ones experience of being
a person and self in relation to other persons and selves) and derealization (loss of the sense of 'solidity' to reality). Dissociation is
fundamentally about self-protection, and so its a defense mechanism in relation to external events. This is the evolutionary and developmental basis
of this process, which, if its to be appreciated and understood properly, should take priority to all other considerations.
But this is not going to 'fit' with many people's experience, because according to them, the material world is a 'shadow' of a 'truer' realm.
This is where we get into mysticism, and ultimately, into concepts like 'spirits' and 'psychic' powers. A particular goof that reality plays on us
is making us think that there are two realms - a spiritual realm and a material realm; but for many very well educated people, this dualism is
fundamentally incoherent, as reality is only controlled by one principle - symmetry, and symmetry is expressed in a spatiotemporally extended manner,
so that things change and transform in a sort of complementary relationship with asymmetry - but the 'difference' is not equivalent: symmetry is
more primary than asymmetry. To summarize so far: reality is structurally a function of 1) symmetry, and this is symmetry is expressed through 2)
processes of transformation, which creates 3) ephemeral structures. Since in evolution, 'matter' precedes 'mind', a coherent understanding of mind
necessarily derives from tracking the way it evolved in animals, and therefore, recognizing the way genetic constraints preconfigure our behavioral
systems to know the world in ways that precede our consciousness i.e. as infants, we need certain things. But if these thigns aren't present,
our brains are taught via intense neuroplasticity to seek the same meanings that those around us are imposing on us. Hence, social convention creates
utter confusion for human beings, leading to delusional beliefs of being 'gods', when in fact, and will one day no doubt be learned, you are a
subsystem of a much grander, much more amazing mega-system i.e. the universe. And you do not program it - it - its laws, make possible what you
It is the acme of arrogance that humans could look at the world and have such little reverence or awe for its sheer size. But this is what metaphors
do: social asymmetry creates elitism, elitism creates a hyper egocentricity, which makes people think the self is everything, which makes them think
that even the universe is a function of a higher 'human self'...Isn't it obvious that the imperialistic cultures, or even the chieftains, would
necessarily posit these beliefs, given their life-ways are fundamentally inconsistent with the truth of the universe?
So what does my depressing and sorrowful analysis ultimately mean for the gnostic who wants to believe lies - so long as it means more fun and power
as long as they live? Will ignorance 'win the day', as Basilides taught? Or will knowledge 'teach' the individual that, they have merely been
ignoring the primacy of social interactions and the way others affect us - such a trite and obvious thing which the megalomaniacal have structural
Well, for me at least, it means a lot to give gifts - to those new people, children, infants, others, who can be positively structured by your
relationships to them, so that reality will not appear in the painful way as it seems for the dualist who thinks he has found an "alienated" Godhead
perspective which will forever protect him from what he dissociates from in self-protection. The 'allo-centric' or 'other-focus', to me, is a
beautiful paradox: if you want to make reality better, start with the other, and only afterwards will you be rewarded i.e. be treated in a similar
way. This means that although I may do this because I want to help myself, I also experience a great deal of joy and peace being able to bring
goodness and joy - an experience of being so unlike the one I was born into - into the lives of other humans.