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Capital and other isms

June 9, 2010

Felt called to share an insight I had about why we are where we are today.

If insights are of interest to you, please do read on…

I was walking down a dark alley in Bangalore the other night and I realized how darkness is Enemy Number of Capitalism, of supply-side-ism.

24X7. Keep the lights on. Darkness is where all bad things happen. In the light everyone is safe, productive etc.

I’m sure no one here can refute the fact that society would degenerate into total chaos in the face of an extended blackout. Enough examples exist to prove this, many in recent history. The jungle, on the other hand, with all it’s “wild” animals is calm, really calm in the dark, for the most part.

Taking light to the world is a major corporate agenda, everywhere in the world.

And in keeping the bright light burning, and here is the big Aha!!!…. we are married to the Solar, the Yang, the Fire Fire burning bright etc. All of our externalized endeavours, except  art, are almost exclusively based on fire, manifest (broadly speaking) as heat or light.

In the resultant 24X7 lightedness, the Lunar or the feminine has been drowned out. The fractal effects of that are visible all around us, in the general debasement of the feminine, draped to look like the “celebration” of the feminine, in classic maya-time double-speak.

The debasement of the feminine is equally the debasement of the masculine and so we live today in the midst of a bonfire of identities.

The role of this machine by which I am in-sightning you is rather all too clear.

Pondering this stuff, which I thought was pretty deep and meaningful, I trolled the net as is my wont and came upon this stunner. Please set aside some serious time for a net read (an hour or less) and do please read:

http://brighton.ncsa.uiuc.edu/prajlich/forster.html

If you’ve read this far, you’ll see the significance, more so even if you read the equally stunning writing below. I’ve lost the  link but I hope this is a faithful excerpt…

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In communism the state became the new father and god. Meanwhile in the West, science, materialism, and the quest for personal power became the guiding force.
Currently, powerful global corporations and their political and media puppets have become our new parents and priests. In this “advanced” society, our minds are increasingly controlled and manipulated by these forces. In the name of egalitarianism there has been a leveling of society toward the lowest common denominator. In our new “hive” mentality, people are regarded as mere objects, living in mass-produced houses and wearing mass-produced clothing, each one looking the same as the next. With the machine as our inspiration, we are turning into object-producing, mechanical beings who constantly repeat mundane tasks that give us little or no pleasure.

Today most humans spend very little time communing with nature, their children, or each other. Hour after hour, day after day, women and men sit in their cubicles giving their lifeblood to corporations in exchange for money that will buy worldly thrills and conveniences. Or they sit in front of television and computer screens, pacified, hypnotized, and programmed by other people’s thoughts and images.

In our current Age of Iron, dominated by the forces of chaos and confusion, entranced by the flickering vibrations and images of our technological wonders, pumped full of pharmaceuticals and food additives to enhance our sensations or ease our pain, we have not only lost our fundamental virtue and integrity, but we have literally lost our minds.

According to the ancient teachings, by the end of the Kali Yuga the majority of humanity became divorced from the world of spirit and totally immersed in the concrete sensory and phenomenal experience. Yet the Tantras, or sacred texts of the Indo-Tibetan tradition that were created specifically to speak to those of us born in this dark age, say that even the intensity of this material focus can be employed in the pursuit of enlightenment. These teachings tell us that we have the ability to heal our confused and unstable way of life, to restore a sense of harmony and balance. Whether we are in the final phase of the dissolution or, as some teachings argue, merely the beginning of the end, it makes no difference…..

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Interesting I hope.

Thing is the farther we get away from the center, the longer it will take us to return…….. but then again can tides be stemmed or do the wise satisfy themselves with the knowledge of how to read and navigate them, “reaching” into headwinds?

12 Comments leave one →
  1. July 2, 2010 5:22 pm

    nice info you deliver here..

    • July 3, 2010 1:49 am

      Thanks xchange. Feel free to participate via comments.

  2. July 14, 2010 8:08 am

    ditto xchange…though i have to admit, i’m reading these pieces serenaded by shubert via pandora. and then i think, i’m reading you and your ideas over the internet.
    no risk, no reward and you gotta admit: haven’t we always been machines made out of meat? this all just reads inevitable.

    • July 14, 2010 9:23 am

      Indeed we are machines Slycaen.
      Interestingly, the holy grail of machine-hood is self-awareness. Same as the goal of all spiritual/mystery/esoteric schools.
      Interesting eh?
      The masses will remain bound in their machine reality.

      The few strivers/seekers will leap into self-awareness. Or at least an attempt at self-awareness.

  3. Slycaen permalink
    July 14, 2010 9:43 am

    Being a machine implies being engineered…by an engineer. Or is it possible that we’re just an accidental combination of hardware, software?

    Also, if we are a certain caliber of machine endowed with enough awareness already that The Quest for Total Self Awareness is even cognitable, what of the machines we are creating today? Will it eventually be in their ability to strive for the grail as well? Do I smell a pattern?

    • July 14, 2010 9:57 am

      Indeed Sly, your nose has a firm hold on the scent here.
      Newtonian actions have newtonian outcomes. Very predictable, yes?
      We are now, in every fractal sense, living in a world where complexity is breeding further complexity.
      Self-awareness is a function of complexity. So for example, a single cell bacteria may not be self-aware in a cognate sense while a complex human has the capacity to be.
      So, a pattern indeed. An increasingly complex pattern at that. High Frequency Trading, High Frequency Cell Phones, High frequency travel… complexity breeding complexity.

      Who’s to bell Schroedinger’s cat?

  4. January 29, 2011 8:23 pm

    Hi Anadiant,
    I have enjoyed your commentary at zero hedge and very much enjoy your work here.
    In looking over lit cities at night I have been struck by the thought that the whole vista is a testament to the fact that people can’t trust each other. Vast amounts of electricity is being wasted, night after night, all over the earth, because people can’t trust each other.

    • January 30, 2011 8:23 am

      Nice to have you hear Brian.
      And yes, funny that Electricity builds trust eh? We do not trust the darkness or ourselves in darkness either.
      Very interesting indeed. Thanks for digging deep and writing in.

      • brian kennedy permalink
        January 31, 2011 9:09 pm

        Yes, or light builds trust, or light allows trust.

        Also interesting that as we move into darkness, we put out our hands in front of us. One thing this means is we fear losing our heads more than we fear losing our hands.

        If we were completely responsible for transcending fear, we could live with a lot more flair (flare?)

        • February 1, 2011 2:38 am

          Comfort with darkness is very liberating indeed Brian. And if we transcend fear, we live in truth, an unfearing place.
          And probably a lot more flair too.
          And I think what your observation says about the hands/head is that the hands are a lot more tactile and antenna-esque than we like to admit. You don’t have to touch to feel if you know what I mean.
          🙂

  5. June 12, 2011 2:40 am

    I spent many weekends on a remote mountain top when I was growing up, and then fled civilization for a few years as an adult to live there with my young family. The stars seemed so close…the night felt so open…when we had fire it was mystical. I’ve never felt so safe or at peace. Of course, you could typically count the people on the mountain with two hands. And yet, we left…drawn back toward civilization, and the lights……..

    • June 18, 2011 12:25 pm

      “comfort with darkness is very liberating…” as Vivek said…and we have consistently drawn back toward civilization, and the lights, and the comforts. False security, I might add.

      Is it due to the genetic fault we inherited? After all HE seek companion !? (And we are supposed to be in HIS image). Hummmm.

      And so the darkness force dread us, continuously?

      And there was a wise man said: “You have to be happy in hell…” Ha!

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