Physics and Politics

Many of the problems of our modern world can be traced to the loss of meaning caused by an increasingly materialistic world view. The exaggerated portrayal in movies and on TV of man’s control of the natural world through science and technology has led many to believe that the body is a machine, the mind a computer, and that when the machine wears out, or is irreparably damaged, and the electric impulses of the brain flicker out, nothing remains. Violence, one result of this impoverished view of consciousness, is rampant in the civilized world today. But this need not be the case.

Many of the really great minds of science, Einstein, Schrodinger, Newton, de Broglie, just to name a few, were deeply spiritual and religious in the true sense of the word. Now there is incontrovertible empirical evidence that matter and the physical forces associated with it are just the tip of the iceberg of reality.

— Transcendental Physics (from the introduction by Edward R. Close)

The longer I do this, the clearer it becomes that there isn’t actually any separation between the struggle of our species to find a sane way of operating on this planet, and the struggle of the individual to find inner peace. It’s all one unified network of delusion, with threads tracing all the way up to the largest power structures in the world and all the way down into the innermost psyche of every individual.

Caitlin Johnstone

 

Tiki-Kon

In 1947, Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove that Native South Americans could have peopled the islands of the South Pacific, transported on rafts made of lashed-together balsa logs, and catching fish with crude bone hooks and cruder nets.  So he set out across the Pacific on a raft made of lashed-together balsa logs, catching fish with crude bone hooks and cruder nets. The book he wrote was Kon-Tiki.

Now that it is possible to use the technology of 23AndMe to trace lineages, it has been discovered that the indigenous people of the Amazon are closely related to the natives of Australia and New Guinea. Could it be that these people made the Kon-Tiki voyage in reverse as long as 50,000 years ago?

Archaeological anthropology is in an upheaval.  The traditional view that humanity has been on a steady upswing for tens of thousands of years is challenged by (among others) Graham Hancock. He argues for the existence of a highly-developed ancient civilization based on mystical technologies rather than material ones. Noah’s flood was real. It came at the end of the last ice age, when a meteor struck the glacier that covered the entire American midwest and melted it in a flash. There followed the Great Forgetting, so we have only myths and verbal traditions to help us remember a time before 12,000 years ago.

Jealousy

Une foule d’amants, que chez vous on tolère,
De vos facilités cherche à s’avantager;
La patience même en serait en colère,
Etes-vous un butin qu’il faille partager?
N’avez-vous rien à craindre, et rien à ménager?
Quoi! tous également attendent leur salaire
Avez-vous résolu de me faire enrager
A force de vouloir éternellement plaire ?
Enfin, si je suis las de ce que cent rivaux

Se disputent le prix qu’on doit à mes travaux,
Vous devez l’être aussi de ce qu’on en caquette
Votre honneur est en proie aux escrocs, aux filous
Et si vous excellez en l’art d’être coquette,
Je n’excelle pas moins en l’art d’être jaloux.

Isaac de Benserade, born this day in 1612

A horde of lovers you’ve invited in
Accosts me as I enter at your door.
Though liberality be far from sin,
This strikes me as a venal bidding war.
Is your abundance such as we must share,
Or will you choose the one who offers most?
Does one among them genuinely care,
Or seek they merely favor from their host?

You comprehend that it becomes you not
To genuflect before these knaves and boors.
Certes, you were born into a better lot.
You lose all honor with this coquetry—
But can my shame be reckoned less than yours,
To feel for you such gnawing jealousy?

— loose translation by JJM

Wisdom of the body

We turn our attention to the body so that we may take care of it and honor it. The human body offers us immense evolutionary possibilities. All the scriptures and spiritual teachings which have been passed from generation to generation cannot compare to the wisdom available if we are willing to submit to our bodies as students. It is an honor to be a human being — to have this body — even though there are times when the suffering and difficulties are great.

In order to discover the sacred possibility of our human embodiment, we must learn how to turn to ourselves and be with our experience in a way that truly honors our life here. This requires learning how to honor and bring dignity to each aspect of our life. We must learn what it means to attend to ourselves with absolute respect, even though we don’t really understand what we are, who we are, or where we are going.

Stephen R Schwartz

We don’t make demands on our feelings.
We simply give them the space they need.
We attend, allow, and respect. This is self-care.

 

Peeling away layers of delusion

People usually think that progress consists in the increase of knowledge, in the improvement of life, but that isn’t so. Progress consists only in the greater clarification of answers to the basic questions of life. The truth is always accessible to a man. It can’t be otherwise, because a man’s soul is a divine spark, the truth itself.It’s only a matter of removing from this divine spark (the truth) everything that obscures it. Progress consists, not in the increase of truth, but in freeing it from its wrappings. The truth is obtained like gold, not by letting it grow bigger, but by washing off from it everything that isn’t gold.
Tolstoy

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