Joe on “rising above limitation and restraint.”

Joseph Chilton Pearce on the dynamic of biology and culture is well-worth the length of this interview. And THE BIOLOGY OF TRANSCENDENCE: A BLUEPRINT OF THE HUMAN SPIRIT is certainly worth the read.

In this interview with Duncan Campbell, he discusses the reasons culture is violent. He explains that by its nature it inhibits our biological drive toward transcendence. We are creatures designed to adapt and change. However, culture is not. Culture demands status quo. This tension will always build into a rage. Governmental powers that understand this have learned to shape narratives so that “an outside force . . .is organized” into a demon. The building internal rage of the individual is then culturally focused around an externalized block to the drive toward adaptability. It diverts the attention away from the self and toward other and releases the rage there.

And much more. Talk at its best.

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The Power of Community

The Power of Community cannot be overlooked. Our story around community has been corrupted through some erroneous beliefs about biology and evolution, which has created a cancerous culture.

Education researcher (and Kentucky native) Joseph Chilton Pearce has pointed out, “We have a name for cells that don’t work for the good of the whole organism. We call them ‘cancer’.” Pearce worries that a false understanding of our human role on the planet has led to tumor-like behavior on our part, rather than healthier kinds of growth.

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This is an exploration of the power of story to keep us trapped in our current mindset. Charles Eisenstein makes clear the necessity for a new story for the Western world and those cultures emulating us.

Separation is not an ultimate reality, but a human projection, an ideology, a story. As in all cultures, our defining Story of the People has two deeply related parts: a Story of Self, and a Story of the World. The first is the discrete and separate self: a bubble of psychology, a skin-encapsulated soul, a biological phenotype driven by its genes to seek reproductive self-interest, a rational actor seeking economic self-interest, a physical observer of an objective universe, a mote of consciousness in a prison of flesh. The second is the story of Ascent: that humanity, starting from a state of ignorance and powerlessness, is harnessing the forces of nature and probing the secrets of the universe, moving inexorably toward our destiny of complete mastery over, and transcendence of, nature. It is a story of the separation of the human realm from the natural, in which the former expands and the latter is turned progressively into resources, goods, property, and, ultimately, money.</blockquote

“My Favorite Parenthetical Thought”

“(Contained
within cosmic
laws is the energy of grace,
which animates
what we call higher motivation
when a universal law
emerges in our psyche
during a decision making moment,
it comes
as a messenger of grace,
as well as psychic motivation.
In contrast,
traffic laws on the highway
are not ‘grace-filled.’
They are order-keepers
of the mundane
world that lack
the animation of grace.
However,
an intuitive ‘hit’
to slow down
for no conscious reason,
which then turns out
to be a life-saving act
because another car
was out-of-control,
is an act of grace
operating in the mundane
world.)”

Carline Myss, April Salon (Year not recorded.)

Bully or Coward?

Why Wouldn’t our Children Bully?

It should be no surprise that bullying of and by our children has come forward as an issue of concern in America.  Look at the adult examples all around them.  Look at the tenor of our foreign policy, regardless of who is in power, regardless of the year.  We have bullied the world more or less since our inception.   Do you think that the sense of entitlement that motivates this adult and national behavior doesn’t influence and shape our children?!

Specifically, take a look at our current political ad campaigns.  Candidates are trying to shout, push, and fight their way into power so that they can “take back” Congress, or “keep” Congress.  And the candidates refuse to take responsibility for so doing—it’s just politics.  They say that they are victims of the very system they claim to have the strength and wherewithal to change, their espoused motive for seeking election.  I guess their plan is to stop bullying once they win their seat.

Then take a look at how are we responding to the bullying our children are experiencing?   If we are doing anything (the constant specter of litigation haunts those who are in the position to take action, often keeping them frozen in a feeling of futility and fear for their livelihoods), we are trying to crack down on the bullies.  Enforce rules.  Legislate the problem way.  Isolate them.  Expel them.  We are using bullying tactics to rein in the bullying.

Would it not be wiser to look at the underlying reasons for the behavior?  Attempt to come to terms with the cause rather than respond to the effect?

What is a bully?  A coward.  Per our habit, in our usual media blitz of the topic du jour, we tell stories about victims.  Then we ask the perpetrators, “Why would you behave this way?”  The resounding answer in this case:  “I wanted to belong.  I wanted to be part of the cool group.”  Read:  I’m insecure.  Read (here we go):  I have low self-esteem.  And why wouldn’t they?  Why wouldn’t they?

Parents are too busy chasing the dollar to parent.  Our leaders are too busy jockeying for positions of power to govern.  The talking heads are stuck in the blame game.  Our teachers and healers are busy covering their asses, the constant specter of litigation haunting them.  And all of this driven by a twisted and obscene notion of success and entitlement set in motion by [don’t touch the sacred cow] capitalism.  Not capitalism per se, but the perverse corporate capitalism we practice.

This bullying is a symptom of a malaise that plagues our country.  We need to be honest about some of our core beliefs as Americans.  We need to look at what we expect from our children, and why.  Ask any parent what he/she wants for his/her child, and he/she will answer, “I just want him/her to be happy.”  And what does happy really mean?  Comfortable, successful.  So we need to wrestle with our notions of comfort and success.