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  • hardie karges 8:25 am on June 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: capitalist, , , dialectic, , , global village, , , , small planet, , totalitarian   

    #Dialectic Burrito Deluxe: #Marx or #Hegel, Tortilla or Bagel… 

    Marx and Hegel are almost (almost!) equally famous for their dialogues and dialectics, with themselves and others, materialism and idealism respectively, thesis antithesis synthesis, history somehow some way marching forward zig-zag drunkenly, reconciling opposites into higher syntheses supposedly, like a ball rolling downhill, picking up speed, bouncing from side to side, before finally choosing a middle course out of entropy as much as any conscious decision-making progress…

    And so we do just that, apparently, nomadic hunter-gatherers until we had the ways and means to settle down with plants and animals, sedentary farmer-herders until we had the ways and means to build elaborate cities with specialized skills, accomplished artisans-craftsmen until we had the ways and means to sell beyond our local ‘hood, market-based buyers-sellers until we had the ways and means to go long distances, peripatetic merchant-travelers until we had the ways and means to mass-produce anywhere any time…

    But that doesn’t seem much like any sort of Marxist dialectical materialism to me, defined by ownership of the means of production, more like a fairly direct progression in which the individual gives up more and more of his freedom, in exchange for property, as he gains skills, in favor of increasing creature comforts and more toys to play with, moving around less and less while settling down more and more…

    And arguably it’s just the opposite in politics, maybe in some sort of sub-conscious trade-off, more and more voting rights trickling down to the masses from upstairs, while those same creative people seem to sign their lives over more and more to those same rich and powerful corporations and corporate barons. So any true back-and-forth dialectic might be between economics and politics, playing one off the other to effect improvement in people’s lives, so maybe that’s what Marx meant…

    And the idealism dialectic seems similarly inconclusive, if more plausible, a fairly logical progression from nature-worship and fertility rites toward a more modern scientific view, but with major back-and-forth swings to and from superstition, particularly in the form of witchcraft, which was so widespread so recently as to beggar belief…

    If you’re from Sedona, AZ, then call that ‘divine feminine energy’ if you want, or whatever, but the fact remains that male control of the planet has increased in direct proportion to an increase in populations. In fact I think the theories of both Marx and Hegel are more predictive than descriptive, in that, while this supposed dialectic is hard to recognize in the past, it certainly seems as though it needs to happen now, that we need to make actual choices, rather than just ‘go with the flow’…

    Dialectic of Fun and Futures

    And if the recent past if any indication, then we are certainly in for a wild ride, the predominant democracy-capitalist paradigm first detouring toward a Communist-totalitarian alternative, then swinging toward an entirely opposite Islamic-fundamentalist one, with many of the former Commies indeed jumping ship for the democratic-capitalist joy ride, but without any real synthesis emerging in the process, at least not to my knowledge. Are we just swinging randomly, wildly and blindly?

    Or are the Communist-totalitarian and Islamic-fundamentalist extremes merely two faces of one larger paradigm? Neither is especially democratic, to be sure. And both have rather dark sobering perspectives on life, officially at least, if by ‘sober’ we avoid any mention of alcohol abuse. So in this analysis the dialectic would be between the fun-loving capitalists and its bleak barren totalitarian-fundamentalist opposite.

    I don’t think this is as far-fetched as it might seem at first glance, present gluttony vs. future sustainability, or fun fun fun vs. seriousness, nor do I think it’s a bad thing. The Western paradigm is bound to fail; it’s only a question of time. The ironic thing is that no Western country seems to have any desire to change even one single thing in the process…

    The first thing every prime minister says in response to acts of terrorism is typically something like: “We will never change our way of life to accommodate these terrorists.” Nothing? Really? Is that wise? Of course, these are violent terrorists, so I understand that, but isn’t their disgust of the West also shared by many non-violent sympathizers? And I reiterate: these are not the people causing global warming. That would be us…

    Of course the West HAS made some minor changes in consumption patterns, especially in Europe, which are capable of mitigating some of the grosser effects of climate change, but still: is not some larger change in lifestyle forthcoming, to at least offer some philosophical cover to an increase in sustainability?

    I mean: if we really want to reverse global warming for a more sustainable future, shouldn’t we at least pay some lip-service to concepts that already debuted quite successfully in the 1970’s, like, oh I don’t know, maybe ‘global village’, ‘small planet’, ‘slow growth’, ‘mother earth’, ‘no-growth’, ‘back-to-nature’, ‘commune’, ‘whole earth’, ‘ecology’, ‘environmentalism’, etc., etc.?

    But that just seems like a distant dream now, after the digital revolution and rise of Big Banking, financial ‘products’ and market ‘derivatives’, all of which separate us farther and further from our money, and control over our economy, which threaten to enslave us to technology and machines, far from our homes and loved ones, ever more dependent…

    But the main cause of ‘terrorism’ in the present would seem to be colonialism in the past—and Zionism in the present. If we are to survive, it seems there needs to be a radical paradigm shift, both philosophically politically economically and socially…

     
  • hardie karges 9:52 am on June 18, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , philkosophy, ,   

    #Buddhism #Christianity #Islam: All #Religions Work—if you let them… 

    IMG_1559All religions want the same thing—goodness in general, peace brotherhood compassion and mercy in particular. But their prime proponent visionaries—Buddha, Christ and Prophet—each saw different ways of getting there—non-self and non-craving first, love and forgiveness next, and then finally submission and surrender. And all of them can work, if maybe more appropriate for different groups of people at different times in history…

    In 5-600 BC, Buddhism was the perfect message, in a violent greedy war-torn world more or less centered around India, and ready for meditation (and anyone who imagines that the world was calm and peaceful before the advent of religion is tripping). In year 0-100 CE Christianity was spot on target for a world increasingly shifted westward to new fertile ground, the Fertile Crescent, and based on and around Roman power in the Mediterranean, ready for bread and circuses, passion and power… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 3:26 pm on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , colon, Deepak Chopra, , Klee Irwin, , quantum, reality,   

    What is #Reality? #Buddhism, #Quantum #Physics or Colon Cleanser, hmmm… 

    Okay, so I have my frustrations from time to time, doubts about my direction and misgivings about my methods, wishing I were more successful and feeling powerless to do anything about it. After all, these things do work themselves out, don’t they? Yes, they do. The problem is that I know exactly what to write to make myself more popular, but it just wouldn’t be honest, so I just can’t do it…

    I know exactly what people want to hear: that we’re all connected, that you are the center of the universe, that you and I are intimately connected to every living organism that has ever existed on this earth, that this very moment is the eternal now, that this is the eternal wow, that every moment that has ever existed is encapsulated in this very moment without end, that we’re all in this together, that one day there will be a better day and a better place… (More …)

     
    • tiramit 8:25 pm on June 15, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Thanks for this ‘connection’. Wow, incredible video: “all time is affecting all time all of the time” – making it up as we go along…

    • hardie karges 9:53 am on June 16, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Yes, indeed it seems that way, God help us…

  • hardie karges 7:02 am on June 11, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , Heisenberg, Jesus Christ, , , , Uncertainty Principle   

    #Buddhism and the #Uncertainty #Principle of #Nowness 

    img_0953There is no hotter topic in Buddhism these days, or New Age-y esoteric philosophy, than nowness—the Eternal Now, the Infinite Present Moment, etc.—not even mindfulness nor lovingkindness. This is at least partly due to Eckhart Tolle’s popularization of the topic, no doubt, but neither is there any doubt about where he got it, either—Buddhism and/or Hinduism…

    So I’ve got two questions in relation to this subject: 1) What exactly are we talking about, anyway, and 2) why is it so popular? Well, part of the problem with this issue is that it’s never really been defined, exactly what’s being referred to, as if that should be obvious, and any discussion would destroy some of its mystery, and hence some of its power, SO: I’m going to do the same, for the time being, and head to question number two… (More …)

     
    • quantumpreceptor 12:27 am on June 12, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Hello HK,

      Great blog I very much appreciate your take on the uncertainty principle it rings very true for me.

      However I might add that thoughts are definitely allowed in meditation. There are teachings that tell us not only that they cannot or should not be avoided and that they actually can be used as tools on the way. A good example would be this. You are meditating and you have a thought that keeps coming back and distracting you from your object of meditation. What to do? Focus on this thought and watch where it comes from, where it stays for a while, and where it goes when it ceases to exist. In this way the thought becomes the object of meditation and you will realize that you cannot hold on to the thought any better than anything else. This is explained in detail by the 9 th Karmapa in the book “ocean of deep meaning”

      Have an amazing day,

      QP

  • hardie karges 6:11 am on June 8, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , hippie, , liberalism, , , sustainability, , United States   

    #Political #Liberalism is Dying—and Uncool is the New Cool… 

    img_1069When the world is in chaos, normalcy is hip. For many decades now, we’ve worshipped the ‘adventurer’ out on the edge, bold and daring, whether in sports or art or literature or music: the wild man, the risk-taker, the bad boy, and all too often: the degenerate, drinker, drug abuser, and sexual deviant…

    That was all well and good in the British uptight Victorian era and its American 20th century post-war equivalent, during which we were sitting on top of the world—and our asses, all the while having fun fun fun while bombing the Hell out of Vietnam, the lady of the house staying home all day, taking care of the kids, with a little help from a hired colored hand, from the other side of town, from the other side of life, from the other side of the world, long time coming long time gone… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 5:40 pm on June 4, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: Android, Apple, Download, enlightenment, Gil Scott-Heron, jazz, , television   

    #Buddhist #Enlightenment Will NOT be Downloaded, Downloadable—OR Televised… 

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    In Spires In Thailand

    Author’s note: in the style of Gil Scott-Heron’s “The Revolution Will not Be Televised,” preferably with some light jazz music in the background…

    Enlightenment will not be delivered to your doorstep by drone, from Amazon flown and by PayPal paid, nor Bitcoin bought, but traded in kind and in species of the heartfelt kind, love and forgiveness and kindness and compassion and submission and surrender to that higher power that represents us all in the courtrooms of consciousness, and the guard posts of Godliness, the board rooms of the Bhagwan and the after-death chambers of pure heavenly delight, whipped and battered and dipped in divinity…

    But Enlightenment will not be downloaded…

    Enlightenment will not be brought to you in a half-time show of the 52nd annual Super Bowl Classic presided over by Beyonce’, Rihanna, Lady Gaga and Ariana Grande in glorious female profusion as they strut their stuff in sequins and fluff, while smoke and mirrors huff and puff in reflections and other assorted shiny stuff all around them…

    But Enlightenment will not be downloaded… (More …)

     
  • hardie karges 5:04 am on June 1, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , , , , , narrative, therapy   

    #Religion 101: Don’t just stand there; believe in something… 

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    The Golden Spires of Shwedagon Pagoda

    We westerners like to believe in things, and that is the way it should be, I think, even if we don’t always agree with the powers that be. Donald J. Trump was elected because most of his supporters believe in something, even if that ‘something’ is a bit unfathomable to the rest of us, even if DJT himself gets rich from his policies, while many of his most ardent supporters won’t get jack…

    But this goes way back in the American narrative: “We don’t accept charity,” said many a proud dusty son of Tom Joad, back in the Midwestern Depression-era ‘Dust Bowl’ that sent thousands scrambling for a better life in the California fields, orchards and vineyards, many of them only a few generations removed from the Enclosure Acts and potato famine that reduced the Scottish and Irish populations by half, from heights that will likely never again be reached, as long as there is a new frontier somehow somewhere… (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 2:46 pm on June 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Narrative therapy sounds intriguing … a creative remedy for those stuck in old dead (or dead old) stories? You paint interesting pictures here, as always …

      • hardie karges 9:18 pm on June 2, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        ‘Narrative therapy’ indeed sounds VERY interesting, just discovered by me, so hope to research and comment further, but seems that is one of the mind-brain’s ‘operating systems’, music possibly another, though I see visuals as the big prize here, just a hunch… Thx, Dave, for your comments, as always…

  • hardie karges 6:35 am on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply
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    #Dharma without the Drama: #Buddhism on the Half-Shell… 

    img_0545Buddhism is not supposed to be a religion to get all excited about in the first place, if it’s even a religion at all, but just the opposite, regarding the excitement, that is. That’s Christianity, or Hinduism, singing and dancing, playing organ and banging drums, maybe even a guitar or two, if you’re lucky, and a bottle of wine, singing about Adam and Eva, “In a Gadda da Vida”…

    But Buddhism is not like that, not at all, and maybe just the opposite, a bit gloomy at times, I frequently the cheery one in the group, and I’m at least bi-polar, maybe even tri, triple Gem(ini), at least metaphorically, but who’s counting? And if Christian hymns are the paradigm for the cross, carrying you away to places you’ve never really been before, in a swoon of frenzy, for Buddhism the paradigm is meditation, focusing on the right here and right now, where you’ve never really left… (More …)

     
    • tiramit 8:37 am on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Great, I never really thought before that the future doesn’t seem to hold as much as it did for us and therefore we’re less likely to wander off into it when we’re supposed to be in the here and now. But I see you’re writing for that kind of audience, and meditation is about sharpening our skills in ordinary presence, not so much about blissful realms. It’s this heavenly thing that Western newcomers to it think is what it’s all about, so they don’t stay with it for very long. What else can they do, it’s not everyone who has immersed themselves in a culture that’s so completely different from the mother ship for a number of decades and still be considered a farang…

      • hardie karges 5:14 pm on May 28, 2017 Permalink | Reply

        For me the only proper use of here and now is in meditation. Everything else is wishful thinking. I DO have a viable vision of the future, though, but it doesn’t have much to do with self-driving cars…

    • hardie karges 3:13 am on May 30, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      I should probably clarify that my hypothesis that ‘Nowness’ is thriving because of a bleak future sees that as a subliminal cause. I doubt that many people would admit to it…

  • hardie karges 8:11 am on May 24, 2017 Permalink | Reply  

    On Turning 63: Peace of Mind or Piece of the Rock? Decisions, decisions… 

    IMG_0089and the little voices inside saw me ‘starving hysterical naked’ and said, “get thee to a monastery, young man, before it’s too late, while there’s still time, before you do something you’ll regret, so as to lay down your weary crosses and your over-worked swords, and your virus-ridden little laptop thingie, at once and forthwith, for I sentence you to life without parole, to suffer in silence, and be very glad for it, free of the distractions and defilements that inevitably lead to karmic rebirth…”

    and the little voices inside are usually up to no good, it’s true, trading in envy and fear and their financial derivatives, by hook or crook, nail or snail mail, those little narratives with their own lives that must have closure, if not happy endings, while biological entities crave only succor and the means of acquiring it, for future reference and global access… (More …)

     
    • davekingsbury 3:59 pm on May 26, 2017 Permalink | Reply

      Love the way you cut loose here – how else to explore ideas of such complexity and do the inner nature justice?

  • hardie karges 6:39 am on May 21, 2017 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: aggression, , , , , lovingkindness, mindfulness   

    #Mindfulness and #LovingKindness: American #Buddhism–for Ex-Christians and Holy (rock-and-) Rollers… 

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    Don’t you just love the way any discussion of Buddhism in the English language tends to revolve around these two concepts—mindfulness and loving-kindness? “A spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down…,” I guess, or why else would Buddhism need to cop new words and phrases to brand itself for people who were most likely raised on rock-and-roll and Christianity?

    But for some reason this Buddhism-now concept of ‘loving-kindness’ never appealed to me. For one thing, it’s just not a very accurate translation of the Sanskrit word metta or its cognate maitri, whose various meanings generally range from friendship to compassion. Or maybe there IS no accurate translation. I’ve communicated with several people by e-mail about my desire to formally study Buddhism at the university level, and ‘with metta‘ is a standard sign-off. So why not ‘with loving-kindness’? Good question… (More …)

     
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