Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Our Normal Forefathers

Long before a thermonuclear war can come about, we have had to lay waste our own sanity. We begin with the children. It is imperative to catch them in time. Without the most thorough and rapid brainwashing their dirty minds would see through our dirty tricks. Children are not yet fools, but we shall turn them into imbeciles like ourselves, with high IQ’s if possible.

From the moment of birth, when the Stone Age baby confronts the twentieth century mother, the baby is subjected to these forces of violence, called love, as its mother and father, and their parents and their parents before them, have been. These forces are mainly concerned with destroying most of its potentialities, and on the whole this enterprise is successful. By the time the new human being is fifteen or so, we are left with a being like ourselves, a half crazed creature more or less adjusted to a mad world. This is normality in our present age. . .

The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one’s mind, is the condition of the normal man.

Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd, and thus to be normal.

Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years.

That incredible description of a normal man was written by R.D. Laing the Scottish psychiatrist. Laing wrote the 1967 book The Politics of Experience and the Bird of Paradise. His thoughts played a large part in existential philosophy during that decade. Normal men always have good reasons for their behavior. Normalcy is based on the beliefs of any given culture. Those beliefs hold a vast number of associations in them, so normal is a relative term.

We come into the world surrounded by certain beliefs. Beliefs are native to the culture experiencing them. We fill our conscious mind with a rich psychological environment. In that environment natural beliefs become normal truths. As we aged we become more accustom to our conscious mind, and begin to examine the beliefs that the conscious mind calls truth. During our lives we adopt the pervading beliefs of our focused reality. Beliefs are like the weather. They form patterns and react like low as well as high pressure systems. Some generate local experiences while others sweep across the globe like a raging storm. Our ideas are as natural as the weather and just as forceful. Normal is the consensus of our forceful beliefs.

Normal is a mode of awareness based on current as well as past core beliefs. We use our core beliefs in religion, science and politics to fuel most other beliefs so acts of destruction, separation, and fear are interlaced into our experiences.

Our old beliefs and myths are our normal forefathers. We guard them and honor these forefathers until we discover that normal is ever-changing. Normal becomes not normal as our beliefs about the self change.

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