What worries me is the growing political power of those ignorant of the lethal effects of ‘wokeness’, left wingism, socialism, on the freedom of the individual versus state totalitarianism.
This is against humanity’s destiny in Reality.
Any heightened consciousness of human development, that only comes through individuals not totalitarianism, has always provoked totalitarianism to impose severe consequences on free individual development.
Just look at Ananias and Sophia of the bible, and the USSR, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, pre-reform India, Cuba and Venezuela. QED!
Former U.S. President Trump has turned out to be a pragmatic but finally disastrous antidote to the persistent lust for totalitarianism that plagues human progress.
The good news is, this too shall pass, because totalitaranism is artificial. It always falls under the weight of its own inherent evil* (lack of Reality).
The bad news is totalitarianism has historically killed, maimed, mentally and physically crippled, tortured, imprisoned unjustly, impoverished and banished, tens of millions in its literally classical diabolical process.
Sadly, totalitarianism, though passing, can survive many decades … This time, let’s see if obvious danger obviates the danger …
*After being smuggled into and out of the European Iron Curtain countries a few times I was back in the safety of a western European city. I was billetted temporarily in an anonymous house with an old hand smuggler on his way out there again, a stranger to me. He asked for my impression of where I’d been. I told him I was so depressed at what I had seen of the enslavement into medieval peasantry from a once modern thriving culture. He laughed. He said, “Don’t worry friend, Communism/Socialism is falling under the weight of its own evil all over eastern Europe, even Russia.” I thought he was balmy. I had seen and heard what I had seen and heard.
International socialism was in top gear then, full of a lethal power and an insidiously applied influence of leaders of a political party with less than five per cent membership of its people.
A few years later the Berlin Wall fell.
East, West, Right, Left – it’s all irrelevant Keith. The human world is a disastrous and cruel mess and always has been. I have been far better lately by refusing to contemplate the world at all.
Reality – ah now there is something to aim for. Freedom from all the nonsense and madness we see around us and have seen since the world began.
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“East, West, Right, Left – it’s all irrelevant Keith. The human world is a disastrous and cruel mess and always has been. I have been far better lately by refusing to contemplate the world at all.”
Yes, me too.
One of the ways a Master introduced his kind of meditation was by saying how the never quiet mind has to be stopped. This could not be done by attempts to stop it. The stream had to be diverted, replaced. This is achieved by powerful and powerfully practiced meditation.
Later on he scandalised an older lady follower of his by telling us he silenced the ever persistent streaming mind at the end of some days, or in human crises, to get himself to sleep by the meditation he’d been taught and taught us. The lady worried this was misuse of ‘divine’ work? I didn’t think so. I still use his meditation, even for getting to sleep.
Is meditation for Seekers and Mystics, part human as they may still be, the refocusing necessary to avoid the artifical human mythomanias that clutter the Way?
This particular school called for meditation two and a half hours every day, but not neccessarily all at once. “Can’t you afford 10 per cent of your (human) life a day?” the Master used to say.
Best wishes, Keith.
Truth is the first casualty of modern medias. I find it hard to turn away, because there are consequences. But I don’t know where to find the truth, or how to act. Worst of all I bring my own biases to it, and go on an opinionated journey driven by my deep fears, and other attachments. So I come to accepting not knowing and live on the political cultural landscape like a dead fish in the water. It is difficult and painful, and I do not know the answer. But I did read in a blog recently a conversation where Yahweh said “look after yourself, other people are my responsibility.”
I stopped meditating a few years ago when an inner voice told me, to my surprise; “You don’t need to do this to be with me.”
Thank you for your post.
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You wrote: “Truth is the first casualty of modern medias. I find it hard to turn away, because there are consequences.”
Non spiritual consequences are our own creation, I find. They give us a warning to examine and avoid their causes as being none of our business. They’re stumbles on the Seeker’s path.
“But I don’t know where to find the truth, or how to act.”
By the sounds of it you don’t have to. The truth is enveloping and developing you if the Seeker tradition of, “That which you seek, seeks you” is true.
“look after yourself, other people are my responsibility.”
I got the gist of this message myself very early on. I was told Reality was in charge and I should just enjoy life. I remember wailing, “but I have no propensity for enjoyment.” I still don’t, but got no reply, except years later I was told very firmly, “All Is Well”. It took a long time for me to “get” that.
The religious tradition, Let go and let God” comes to mind. Even the worldly Stoics had similar insights, though I’m not able to find a reference to a particular source.
“I stopped meditating a few years ago when an inner voice told me, to my surprise; “You don’t need to do this to be with me.” ”
Fascinating. Rings profoundly, absolutely true from my experiences.
I don’t think we’ve been dumped here without a care in the human experience. We’re not alone, uncared for.
Kind regards, Keith.
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