Jul 28

Fixing Humanity – one person at a time

Humanity has so many critical issues and there are just as many attempts to fix them. The standard operating procedure is to deal only with the results and not the causes. So, we feed the hungry, deal with violence and the threats of violence, and a world where much suffering is allowed to go on. What kind of people will massacre others in the name of some idea which has been fueled with hatred? How do we get at the root of these problems so that we don’t have to deal only with the end result?

  • Hatred (feelings) and ideology (thoughts). This combination is guaranteed to foster violence.
  • Attachment of feeling and thought is a prerequisite to separate one from others with different thought/feeling content.
  • Add hatred + ideology + attachment + group mentality and you have a recipe for violence.
  • Add a large scale group and you have potential for large scale violence, even genocide.
  • On an individual level, the primacy of content of consciousness means that you have separated yourself psychologically from others, except for your chosen or accepted group.
  • If you shatter the linkage of thought and feeling then you give up primacy of the content of consciousness.
  • If you shatter all linkage of thought and feeling then you achieve psychological liberation or spiritual awakening (same meaning, different words).
  • Conditioning is a complete package of thought/feeling linkages; a complex matrix of content of consciousness that we believe to be our life.
  • Conditioning is maintained by our thought processes keeping the entire matrix in order.
  • The spiritual journey is that journey to unhook these linkages in order to liberate ourselves.
  • To enter the spiritual journey while incorporating a new spiritual belief system is to substitute one set of content for another.
  • The key to the journey is to release or surrender the old thought patterns and not replace the content.
  • The goal is to purge the content of consciousness in order to Be.
  • Being is on the sensory side where thought has no influence.
  • The major sensory organs (eyes, ears, nose) are external and directed out to the world.
  • If the sensory side is dominant then we are connected to that which the sense organs touch.
  • We are connected to others because they are “out there.”
  • If thought does not intervene then we see the world as it is.
  • There is joy and freedom without the burden of thought.
  • When we meet others with the same orientation then joy and happiness is the medium of exchange.
  • Thought arises when needed (such as to write this blog posting).

2 comments

  1. I really like the way you have laid this out here, Larry.
    I tend to use the word “emptiness” to get at this. Do you think that meditation is helpful in reaching/approaching this state of BEing?

  2. Meditation as a strict discipline has limited value. Generally, meditative practice is perhaps 20 minutes per session per day. But a meditative outlook towards life is much more effective. For instance, taking a hike on a forest path for several hours. The entire journey can be a meditation if one gets lost in the sights and sounds of nature. The 20-minute meditative session will never touch the intensity of that simple walk in the woods. Perhaps meditative sessions are best suited to city dwellers that don’t have easy access to nature. So,maybe it is best to say the meditation can be where and when you find it. Once it is clear that a meditative outlook is where we find peace and joy, then direction and momentum can be established. At some point, the effort to maintain the thought-matrix (the ego) is not worth the effort and it starts to fall away for lack of interest. This process gets easier as we get older as we start to let go of non-essentials. It is also easier when we retire and are free of the pressures of the workplace.

    I agree that “emptiness” is an apt word to describe the absence of thought.

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