Like the website that hosts it, this blog is only concerned with using art and brief texts to uncover the bias and other limitations of thought conditioned by memory and tradition, thus also revealing how this largely unacknowledged tribal egotism that affects all human beings creates and sustains the systemic disorder and violence of the world in which we all live.

Without a radical awakening to the immense distance between our mental and social reality and the truth, we are condemned to continue living in the same cruel division, conflict, and sorrow to which we ourselves sustain with our personal memories, thoughts, and desires.

Are We Already Half-Dead?

Perhaps the greatest paradox of our times is that while one would have to be half dead not to see that humanity seems bent on destroying itself, this mad suicidal tendency is entirely due to the fact that most of us are, indeed, half dead.

Would fully alive, and therefore sensitive and intelligent human beings not be greatly concerned about the fact that the human species has evolved divided by different and competing secular and religious tribes, each made distinct by the particular territories, traditions, and ideologies they all feel compelled to defend and project onto the future and at any cost?

Especially troubling to any keenly alert mind is that this chronic segmentation of the species has damaged the human mind itself, and that each individual hiding behind and acting out a particular manifestation of its generic sectarianism and egotism is responsible  for persistent conditions of extreme injustice and violence generating endless sorrow in the world. The persistent dysfunctionality of this mental system, its deployment of the most destructive technologies and weapons imaginable, and its wholesale disruption of the life support systems of the planet give an almost suicidal character to the general psychological, social, and ecological circumstances in which we find ourselves today.

A crucial aspect of the dull sectarian provincialism characteristic of the typical human mind is the insistence and force with which it permanently seeks to protect and, if possible, expand itself. The dangerous general circumstances that this mindset has brought about demand radical personal and cultural change, but individuals everywhere are basically unwilling, or outright incapable of freeing themselves from the divisive ideologies and personal experiences propping up their separate identities and propelling forward their exclusive fantasies of self-fulfillment. Every cultural enclave encourages its own version of progress, and individuals everywhere work tirelessly for their personal development and to advance their relative social position, but all the traditional forms of psychological and social change only serve to sustain the same cultural division and provincial self-centeredness that have plagued the entire course of human history with their intrinsic disorder, conflict, and sorrow.

A mind sensitive and intelligent enough to see all this and act accordingly is, by necessity, one that is free of identification with any particular constellation of cultural and psychological commands predetermining, and therefore restricting perception, thought, and behavior. Full awareness of what is actually going on at every instant is radically unprecedented, not only because it has no representational roots in the past (except for the knowledge necessary in practical matters), but also, and even more crucially because it does not project any predetermined mental content onto the future.

Being free of dysfunctional cultural patterns and the constraints of a mechanically self-projective personal identity, the aware mind is, in itself, the change that our present circumstances and the on-going horror of human division, cruelty, and suffering demand from each one of us. Only a fully detribalized and impersonal mind sensitive enough to see and comprehend the entire tragedy of humanity is capable of bringing about the sanity, social integration, and harmony with life that the species as a whole desperately needs. Anything else is only more of the same mechanical psychological and cultural modifications that have brought us to the cliff's edge where we stand now fearful and befuddled. 

The challenge posed by this quality of awareness is not as esoteric and impossible as it seems. All it takes is the willingness to see and understand the constrictions and absurd claims typical of the self conditioned by cultural and personal experience, that very perception is already beyond them. What matters is not what anyone may think about this or that, but the indivisible, and therefore unthinkable mystery of life: what actually is.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Life is Both the Observer and the Observed
                                               (Ink on tile)     

Perhaps the greatest paradox of our times is that while one would have to be half dead not to see that humanity seems bent on destroying itself, this mad suicidal tendency is entirely due to the fact that most of us are, indeed, half dead.

Would fully alive, and therefore sensitive and intelligent human beings not be greatly concerned about the fact that the human species has evolved divided by different and competing secular and religious tribes, each made distinct by the particular territories, traditions, and ideologies they all feel compelled to defend and project onto the future and at any cost?

Especially troubling to any keenly alert mind is that this chronic segmentation of the species has damaged the human mind itself, and that each individual hiding behind and acting out a particular manifestation of its generic sectarianism and egotism is responsible  for persistent conditions of extreme injustice and violence generating endless sorrow in the world. The persistent dysfunctionality of this mental system, its deployment of the most destructive technologies and weapons imaginable, and its wholesale disruption of the life support systems of the planet give an almost suicidal character to the general psychological, social, and ecological circumstances in which we find ourselves today.

A crucial aspect of the dull sectarian provincialism characteristic of the typical human mind is the insistence and force with which it permanently seeks to protect and, if possible, expand itself. The dangerous general circumstances that this mindset has brought about demand radical personal and cultural change, but individuals everywhere are basically unwilling, or outright incapable of freeing themselves from the divisive ideologies and personal experiences propping up their separate identities and propelling forward their exclusive fantasies of self-fulfillment. Every cultural enclave encourages its own version of progress, and individuals everywhere work tirelessly for their personal development and to advance their relative social position, but all the traditional forms of psychological and social change only serve to sustain the same cultural division and provincial self-centeredness that have plagued the entire course of human history with their intrinsic disorder, conflict, and sorrow.

A mind sensitive and intelligent enough to see all this and act accordingly is, by necessity, one that is free of identification with any particular constellation of cultural and psychological commands predetermining, and therefore restricting perception, thought, and behavior. Full awareness of what is actually going on at every instant is radically unprecedented, not only because it has no representational roots in the past (except for the knowledge necessary in practical matters), but also, and even more crucially because it does not project any predetermined mental content onto the future.

Being free of dysfunctional cultural patterns and the constraints of a mechanically self-projective personal identity, the aware mind is, in itself, the change that our present circumstances and the on-going horror of human division, cruelty, and suffering demand from each one of us. Only a fully detribalized and impersonal mind sensitive enough to see and comprehend the entire tragedy of humanity is capable of bringing about the sanity, social integration, and harmony with life that the species as a whole desperately needs. Anything else is only more of the same mechanical psychological and cultural modifications that have brought us to the cliff's edge where we stand now. 

The challenge posed by this quality of awareness is not as esoteric and impossible as it seems. All it takes is the willingness to see and understand the constrictions and absurd claims typical of the self conditioned by cultural and personal experience, and in that very perception go beyond them. What matters is not what anyone may think about this or that, but the indivisible, and therefore unthinkable mystery of life: what actually is.

Attending to the Birth of Spring - I

Spring's Angelic Visitation