Thursday, April 20, 2017

Capitalism Is A Destructive Living Thing

Capitalism inevitably and by virtue of the very logic of its civilization creates, educates and subsidizes a vested interest in social unrest.

Joseph Schumpeter, the Austrian-born American economist, political scientist and Harvard professor wrote those words in his book, Capitalism, Socialism, and Democracy. Professor Schumpeter was the Finance Minister of Austria before he became a Harvard professor.

Capitalism is a living thing. Capitalism is constantly in motion and the system continually reinvents itself in order to survive. In the process of reinventing itself, Capitalism creates social unrest. As Schumpeter mentions, there is an element of creative destruction in a capitalistic society. Entrepreneurs are, by design, the destructive force that supports economic growth. Entrepreneurs destroy long-established companies, and they undermine the institutional boundaries of Capitalism. They keep investors happy while they look for difficult developments and unsustainable growth. Capitalism inevitably leads to some type of socialism.

We often wonder why the world acts and reacts the way it does. The global economy is the grandchild of basic Capitalism. It is capitalism on steroids, and those steroids are causing a great deal of negativity in the world. The negativity surfacing from Capitalism is manifested in political elections, social programs, religious teachings, and economic decisions. Capitalism rules politicians, educators, healthcare professionals, and even social workers. In order to get anything accomplished, people must think and act in a capitalistic way.

The eventual demise of Capitalism is not upon us, but it is imminent. An element of self-responsibility is boring holes in the walls of Capitalism. A spark of socialism is in the air, and eventually, that spark will become a flame. The flame of socialism, as Schumpeter said, is the product of Capitalism, and socialism is not all bad. Socialism of some kind will light the way and create a sense of social calm in future generations.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Neurotic Events

Private beliefs can distort the events that connect an individual with other people. We all interpret events in a personal manner, but there is a psychological meeting ground where shared events become personal events. Private symbols are thrust over sense data, and the result is a physical world that impacts the framework for experience and human relationships. The conscious mind interprets sense events, and freedom of action for physical and psychological mobility occurs. Our imagination colors and charges this mobility, but the power behind this action is our emotions.

Emotions are in overdrive right now. Our mobility is interrupted by our distorted beliefs. We believe the world is in trouble, so our focus is on trouble. The troublemaker is an emotional individual who colors his world using sense data that borders on paranoia. His paranoia is hidden under nationalistic banners. The paranoid organizes his psychological world around his obsessions, and he disregards everything that does not apply until all things around him conform to his beliefs. Unprejudiced sense data would bring relief, but the fine balance between mind and matter is compromised and rules in one direction.

People have followed paranoid people for years. There is a certain attraction between people who disregard the beliefs of others. Paranoid champions turn into fanatics sooner than later. Some have already crossed the border into the world of fanaticism. Fanaticism has a strong hold on the human aspect of the psyche. Religion is deeply immersed in fanaticism, and so are political and social institutions. The trick is to recognize the distortions before they become habit forming. Jumping from one fanatical idea to another is addictive. Individuals are swayed by the sizzle more than the taste of the fanatical belief. Fanatics ignore the psyche’s grandeur, and their connection to nature is eroded, when fanatical behavior becomes the norm. Life becomes a grand imbalance wrapped in neurotic events.

Friday, February 3, 2017

The Challenges Of A Self-Righteous Leader

No one is as fanatical as the self-righteous. America has its fair share of self-righteousness. One high-profile new political leader is a stern idealist. He believes in an idealized good while simultaneously believing man is fatally flawed. In his mind, man is filled with evil, and man is naturally prone to bad rather than good intentions. He believes in the absolute necessity of power, and he believes that individuals are powerless. Individuals can’t alter the march of evil, and the corruption he sees in the country, and in all other countries. No matter how much power he achieves, other groups and other countries have more power. But their power is evil. Even though he believes in the existence of an idealized good, he feels the wicked are more powerful. The good are weak, and they lack the energy to overcome his concept of evil.

This leader sees himself as just. Those that don’t agree with him are his moral enemies. He believes he is surrounded by the corrupt, and he will use any means at his disposal to bring down anyone that threatens the presidency or the state. He will use an idealistic tone to make people believe in him. But our impulses don’t lie. This leader is a fanatic that wants to rule instead of lead.

When does an idealist turn into a fanatic? If someone tells us, we must follow this decision or that one blindly, and in complete obedience, there is room for concern. And, if that decision is the only right way toward an idealistic good, then we are dealing with a fanatic. If he tells us to kill for the sake of peace, he does not understand peace or justice. And if he tells us to give up our free will, and follow his decision, he is a hopeless fanatic.

Through our mundane choices, we affect the events in our world. The mass world is the result of multitudinous individual choices. Our choices are rooted in impulses, and impulses are energy geared toward action. Some impulses are conscious, some are not. Even our private impulses are based on the greater good of the species and the planet. The fulfillment of the individual will automatically lead to the betterment of the species. Our impulses will override the power of this fanatic, just like they have through the centuries.

Fanatics create diversity to feed their self-righteous ego. At some point, the diversity becomes a type of unity. Through our inner desire to experience the challenges of a delusional leader, we become what our impulses tell us we are.

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

A History Of Denials

The greater life of every individual exists in the framework that originally gave it birth. What that framework is, and how it functions, is a mystery. Seeing the self in physical form is a major accomplishment. No amount of information or the accumulation of a vast amount of facts gives us the inner knowledge we use to grow from an infant into an adult. That journey is one of the most difficult journeys in physical life, but it is also one of the easiest thanks to the connection we have with our inner nature. We intuitively realize we are immersed in and a part of our physical growth, and it seems to happen on its own. Growth happens through the framework we lose contact with, while we focus on the world we live in.

Religion has been the vehicle we use to connect to our inner nature. But the messages within religious thought have been distorted by eliminating knowledge that does not conform to accepted beliefs during certain time periods. People often leave religions searching for that eliminated knowledge, and some people never find it. Churches have altered many of the old records that explain our inner framework, and we accept the distorted beliefs. Those beliefs hinder us from relying on the natural growth and learning process within our inner framework.

The attainment of adulthood means a lack of purpose for many people. Their only purpose is to rely on religion to give them guidance, and that often means denying the physical body or procreating for the sole purpose of keeping the human species alive. We interpret the private events in our life through these powerful myths. We create a history of denials in order to conform to our filtered assumptions and perceptions about our individual reality.

If our greater life exists in this unknown framework, then death is not an affront to life. It is a continuation inside the framework of our own nature. Going back to that framework is an individual accomplishment and the beginning of a life that explains why we accept the history of denials in this physical life.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

New Age Election

Imagination is the catalyst for creativity. What we imagine becomes our reality in one way or another. We like to tweak what we create. We color our creations with emotions, influences, and associations. Our experiences are filled with the wet paint of expansion. We don’t believe that. Just like we don’t believe we expand in storms. All kinds of storms. Nature shows us how we react in storms. People die in storms, and death means the end to us. But storms also create a transformation of consciousness. Nature highlights that transformation by dividing itself into four seasons. We go through different psychological storms that break down our bodies and poison our minds. We create those psychological storms in order to experience and feel them in this reality. Our imagination never fails us in a storm or in the calm.

The recent election has created a storm for many people. The thought of a New York businessman as president is a scary one for many people. This election created a mental storm, and that storm is colored with fear, anger, joy, betrayal, and sadness. All of that energy is floating around the planet, and it will manifest in all of us, in some way.

This is not the first time that someone was elected with a hidden agenda or a plan that goes against popular opinion. The world is more connected now. Past elections were nationalistic creations. This election was a global one. The world wants a major storm. The world wants politicians and lawyers to ride in the rumble seat of life for a while. Lawyers and politicians created a system that started off with a resourceful bang. But the bang turned into a colossal nuclear explosion of principles, and fragments of those principles are scattered like autumn’s dead leaves.

So this new storm is bringing new leaves to our psychological playground. No one knows what those leaves will look like, but we all know they will be different. We could be in the winter of our psychological season, freezing in agony from a senseless choice, or we could be heading for the hot summer begging for rain to put out the fire of overactive egos. Some of us want to create a spring shower that will make new political creations grow within us. Others want the slight touch of fall to clear the nasty legal debris that sits by and waits for a chance to infect us with unwanted political rhetoric. Whatever creation we choose one thing is certain. We will all experience this new age election in our own way, and we will all expand from the psychological season we choose.

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Individual Mental Patterns

There’s a great deal of talk about climate change. Some people deny the fact that people are influencing that change. That’s okay. Believing that it is not happening doesn’t stop the planet from expanding and growing into another version of itself by using us. The planet is more conscious of what we do than we are. And there is a reason for that.

Religion has not been very kind to us. When there is talk about individual invisible mental patterns, religion credits God, especially when things happen that can’t be explained. That’s okay too. But our individual mental patterns do exist just like climate change. Our ideas can’t be denied or credited to some unknown force even though those ideas can’t be located anywhere in the body or brain. Scientists probing the brain have yet to discover one idea in a genius or a fool. But we all have ideas, and we create a lot of stuff using them.

I say religion hasn’t been kind to us because our individual mental patterns have been compromised by religion. Our ideas are filled with thoughts and feelings. Ideas do impact how mankind is organized in any given segment of time. The ideas created by the individual mental patterns of every person alive contribute to the psychic atmosphere of the planet. The seasons, floods, and other natural disasters are the products of the collective ideas, thoughts, and emotions of every person alive. But we don’t believe that, and that’s okay. We believe God is behind those ideas. According to most religions, God creates the psychic atmosphere, not us.

And therein lies the conundrum. Many of our beliefs are rooted in religion, and many of those beliefs help us deal with the complicated as well as false perceptions that have been tattooed into our psyche. And, those beliefs impact the psychic atmosphere we live in. On one hand, we ignore our individual mental patterns in order to conform to religious dogma, and on the other hand, we question why God has done something irrational like electing Donald Trump or killing thousands of people during an earthquake or flood.

But we are moving, like the earth is moving, to another state of awareness. As we get closer to that state, many of the old beliefs are falling from our religious tree of life. New ideas are brewing, and those ideas are tearing the religious created shroud off of God. What we believe is, awareness is the work of individual mental patterns that influence the mass consciousness. Religion has separated us from those mental patterns for thousands of years. Our mental patterns are responsible for what we experience in any reality.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Other Corners Of Our Canvas

Creativity has no use for barriers or compartments. Life is creative art. Life is the opened ended canvas on which we paint. We use ideas, impulses, perceptions, and thoughts to express our creativity on that canvas. Thanks to those tools, we inhibit and compartmentalize our painting. But even though we mark our canvas with beliefs that become facts, there is a part of our canvas that escapes into other realms of awareness that defy space and time. There is a framework of eternal creativity where a part of us still paints, but our objective painting blocks us from sensing our expressions there. The greater life of every creature exists in that framework. That framework is an ever spiraling state of existence where our painting and all paintings are constantly changing.

We use knowledge to help create what we experience. Knowledge is automatically changed by the auspices of each consciousness that perceive it. Knowledge is translated into specific details on our canvas. But an emotional brush also appears from the inner realm of this spiraling state of existence that adds color and depth to every canvas. Religions help explain that state of existence using specific details and those details put a barrier around our creativity. The emotional realization of our extended creativity is barricaded in a corner of our canvas. Intellectual knowledge keeps our connection to other states of existence in that corner, so we change knowledge to suit that corner of our painting.

What and how we paint is also questioned by the aspect of the self that exists in that knowledge filled corner. But there are other corners of our canvas that allow us to expand our creativity and the canvas itself. Those other corners are portions of our consciousness that are carried to other states of existence that are far from dark, lonely and chaotic. They are also much different than the concepts of nothingness and nirvana. Those states are where different kinds of consciousness meet, communicate, and paint on their canvas and ours.