In a nutshell … or

Gettin’ to the meat … or

“That which is of highest value”

Ok. How do we determine value? Peanuts vs. brazil nuts. Off the top – when i buy a can of mixed nuts it usually has a whole lotta peanuts and a few brazil nuts – ergo, i guess brazil nuts are more valuable in our economy. Scarcity = increased value, but is that intrinsic?

Consider processing. I can tear the tissue paper shell right off the peanut, while the brazil nut requires a tool and effort. If i was trapped in an empty room with a pile of both kinds of nut, the peanuts would be more valuable – no barrier to consumption.

What about a pearl in an oyster shell? No direct actual survival value, but in our society a much higher value. Why? Because its a symbol of wealth potentially attracting more wealth. So the pearl, as symbol, is a form of ‘meta’ wealth, at least at this level of sub-totality (civilization) in which agents interact. Value is determined by environment, which is the manifestation of our relationships. In some smaller situations, as stated above, peanuts may be more valuable than pearls.

What takes precedence, the whole or the part? In this world it appears that for the vast majority, priorities are determined by the immediate, the local, the individual among a multitude of sub-totalities – other individuals, families, communities, or allegiences of beliefs, or of skill sets, or of other power players – all pointing to the necessity of survival of all the various agents or  groups. While there may be degrees of cooperation among some of these parts, the dominant form of relationship is conflct/competition.

Conflict implies games with winners and losers, which in itself implies eternal struggle. Is it possible to end conflict and thereby ensure survival for ALL agents? If so, how?

Reduced to the smallest  of survival systems – that of the individual – air, water, and peanuts (or grains of wheat) may have more value than a warehouse full of pearls. Within a political system, symbols of wealth have more relative value – because the system will endure – despite the loss of individual agents due to the scarcity of survival necessities – winners will increase their winnings up to a certain point. Failure is built into the system. As competitors become more skilled at ‘winning’ symbolic wealth (fiat currencies, status, power positons, etc.) actual wealth is destroyed, simply because, in this physical world, at this point in history, resources – time, space, energy, and matter – are finite.

We have devoted the energy of evolution to the exploration, mapping, and controlling the limits of our environment – the outward – but to the mechanism that is doing this work, the human psyche, we remain ignorant. (Ignorant – root word – to ignore, implies will, conscious effort.) Why?

Why do we fail to confront our self? Because of death. Fear. It is fundamentally incomprehensible, within the framework of space/time/energy/matter, because it implies the ending of not only all the winners and losers, but of the entire structure of what humanity has created – civilization – symbolic wealth (but not necessarily actual wealth).

But this whole determination of value, this civilization, is actually a small sub-totality within the framework of a conscious universe. Civilization has divided itself from the whole. Granted, it grew from a seed of survival mechanisms, genes and memes, but it was so successful, so powerful within the confines of individual survival rates, that our whole mind was sacrificed for the individual mind.

Therefore i contend we are not conscious of ‘that which is of highest value’.

Tuff Nutz 2 Krak …

and assorted saddle burrs …

so over the years i had some. I s’pose, for some folks, the ‘god’ issue been a tuff nut. I say that ’cause they’re so many references and intense discussions around ’bout belief or not. To me the discussion just a distracting irrelevency, i can’t devote any energy to it. It appears to me the talk arises out of an uninformed comparison of obsolete abstract symbols, dead memes.

Somewhere in here is a trend, within myself, to be hesitant toward krakin’ some nuts. Ya know like how a childhood trauma might scar ya fo’ life? Maybe like lettin’ the genie outta the bottle.

My first krakt nut bit me in the ass. When i was a kid i couldn’t understand how there could be such a thing as war. What could be so bad that i would be willin’ to go kill somebody? Well, at age 21, after i lived with a woman for a year, i understood well, simply by measuring the depths of my own emotions. And that was a game with no winner, just two casualties.

So, in the interest of pluckin’ the splinter out my brain, having taken a year each of western philosophy and eastern civilization, not only did i study the ‘new age religio-philosopher theosophy types, but much of the consumer grade, big chain bookstore literature in psychology, sociology, science, history, and current events.

And outta all that K and Bohm rose to the top.

Now here some nutz rattlin’ ’round my brain, courtesy of K:

1) you HAVE to be good
2) the observer is the observed
3) any movement of the ‘me’ is violence
4) is there action without will?
5) is what K says true? yes or no
and what are the implications?

Approaching these questions, its like when Neo, having swallowed the red pill, touches the mirror and …

count the hours of the day

Being fixated on a non-event.
One right after another.
Conjured up out of our common mind.

The stories that already been told.
‘Cause they the only ones we know.
Pressed on us by a multitude of video screens.

Since the beginning,
was a story that ended
with the birth of our civilization.

Born of a monotheistic desert culture of incessant war,
ridin’ on the back of the civilization of wealth, technology, and order – Rome –
a warrior culture,
a spartan ideal,
unconquerable.

Even by the cosmos?

Time for another story.

Anarchy?

Tribes?

Occupy?

Time is short.

The Rich White Folks Downtown

The rich countries successfully repress the citizenry.

Its only in the poor countries that any movement toward radical social change is visible in the streets on any scale relative to the larger society.

At least we have proof – direct evidence – of the emerging global consciousness – its the common man, the protester, the 99% from the bowels of society – from which the seed of a new creation will emerge.

The rich countries have for so long now, by virtue of their material wealth, been able to narcotize and hypnotize their populations. The ‘best and the brightest’ have been fostered by the elite, the architects and engineers of control, forever furthering the elite agenda.

You see the trend – the more the citizens push for justice, the more the power exercises its boot and fist. The slaveholders have anticipated this, witness the militarization of the local police.

If the common man does show any effectiveness, the power effectively employs its tools of control – propaganda, police, entertainment, antidepressants, state run media. All suppress consciousness.

So, whats up? What do we do? We, in the rich countries. Realize it aint all ’bout us. Us being the citizens of wealth (where obesity is a bigger health problem than starvation). Look where the seed sprouted – a fruit vendor immolated himself, sacrificed himself – look at the people like him, the real common man of whom we are a small part. Look at the countries from whom america extracts wealth. There is the fertile seed bed of the full consciousness of truth that will engulf the planet.

on the conscious act of promoting certain memes and allowing others to die

i don’t know what all happened … but i do know … it had to have been in 1976 when i first encountered K’s words. Now, i had been briefed by some of the works of Ouspensky, Watts, Ram Dass, Osho, Gibran and others, but it was as if, in that first moment of encountering K that it was so obvious that K had the straight dope. It appeared to me that there could be no better expression truth. I still think that.

But what boggles my mind is … why haven’t i changed? Why do i not live that truth every day? Well …

I got a thousand and one excuses. So, ultimately, i must say … i don’t know, not in words i can state, but i can kinda sense it, there in the background, in the shadows. I guess its fear, or the desire for some kind of glory, or the fear of not achieving, or … all that. And its all bullshit.

So … what i talkin’ ’bout aint a meme. Its a living energy. But, yeah, we gonna associate certain symbols or memes when we reference that state of mind …

Anyway, what grabbed my brain function first was the idea of the immediacy of what he termed ‘psychological revolution’ (from the book “The Awakening of Intelligence”). It didn’t take place in ‘time’, like “now or never”. Its like grabbin’ holt ta the business end of a double edged blade (or maybe like the razor’s edge?) ’cause if it aint now, ya stuck with the never. K pointed out that any action taken less than a complete transformation of the mind was just sowing the seeds of sorrow. But in that first moment of observation, before ya start tryin’ ta measure any change, ya here now. Thats the blessing.

Then there was what he called ‘meditation’, total negation equalled the Cosmos. Awesome. And i applied what he said, at that time, and gained some experience … so why haven’t i changed?

But even more than all that … i have no excuse. Why? ‘Cause i was in his presence. There is no comparison between whatchin’ the vids or reading the books and encountering the force and light that exploded and radiated from this guy. I bear witness.

That force and that light are what i talkin’ ’bout when i say to be “wholly conscious”. Consciousness is primary. It permeates, it creates, it is the source of the universe – and we can’t, have never, nor ever will … be separate from that.

We are embedded in consciousness. Even when we are “unconscious”. When we sleep, there is still a consciousness that keeps our lungs breathin’ and our heart beatin’ and our food digestin’ etc., and allows us to dream – a whole ‘nother dimension of consciousness. Of course, for most of us, even when we’re ‘awake’ we only semi-conscious, ’cause we still bein’ driven by thought, just like dreamin’. And then when we die … consciousness … er, well, anyway … the implication is that right now here, our brains aren’t separate.

Not only are our brains functionally the same, built up out of billions of years of evolution, so are our ideas, images, emotions, symbols – the whole structure of our thought, the memeplex, – is pretty much the same the world over. We all want to love and be loved.

So why haven’t i changed, i mean like each moment perfection, now and forever …