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.

The Real Ground of Human Existence

The Puzzled Primate (Sumi ink on paper)

The Puzzled Primate (Sumi ink on paper)

I am a simple human being, a minuscule but integral part of life, just like you. We were both born at a given point in time and space, and I do not doubt that our minds were thoroughly conditioned by slightly different versions of the particular cultural norms and values that also gave form to the minds of our parents and teachers.
As every human being that has ever walked on the surface of the Earth, we were educated to believe that we existed in separation from everyone and everything else. In many subtle and not-so-subtle ways, we were told that we were who we were because we were not like others  and that, conversely,  that they  were who they were because they were fundamentally different from whom we were. With this sense of separation firmly in place, it was easy for me to conclude —as it was also for you, I am sure— that the difference between the memories and desires constituting my identity and informing the particular character of my perception, thought, and action, amply justified indifference, if not open conflict and even violence, between you and I. Love between us was also possible, of course, but only when important similarities or peculiar contrasts were present, and even in these circumstances the resulting relationship would be stringently exclusive and prone to conflict, betrayal, and failure. 
In general, we have grown accustomed to the permanent distance that separates human beings, even though this distance has enormous mental, social and ecological consequences. Fortunately, there are minds that are keenly alert to the presence of these symptoms, the suffering they cause, and the grave dangers they warn about, and this very awareness frees them from the cultural and psychological programming that keeps others separate. Freedom is the perception that the real ground of human existence is not personal/tribal consciousness, but the mysterious stream of life indivisible.


This Is the First in a Series of Public Service Announcements and Reminders

At the Core of an Unsustainable Human Presence: "Us" and "Me"