September-October 2017 (Vol. 13, No. 5)
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Were you aware that a fetish (n.) is anything, such as the stock market, falsely believed by primitive peoples to possess divine, magical or supernatural qualities?
Did you know that disclosure (n.) is when they finally tell us everything and nothing changes?
The Angel’s Dictionary, winner of the 2017 National Indie Excellence Award for Humor, defines these terms this way—so they must be true!
Here’s another deliciously veracious definition from this Spirited Glossary for the Little Devil in You boasting over 500 laugh-out-loud entries spanning 160 pages …
waffle: (n.) breakfast of politicians.
And several more …
antidepressant: (n.) any of various energetic techniques for warding off parasitic friends, colleagues, and family members.
bathroom: (n.) where Americans go to argue about gender while the country goes down the toilet.
census: (n.) being counted so we can be discounted.
Dowist: (n.) blind believer in the stock market.
fanny-pack: (v.) to put on a few extra pounds during the holiday season.
global warming: (n.) result of excessive hot-air emissions by climate scientists.
hospital: (n.) where the healthy go to get misdiagnosed and the sick go to get mistreated.
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“Irreverent in its honesty and take-no-prisoners approach, The Angel’s Dictionary: A Spirited Glossary for the Little Devil in You is an honest appraisal of words in terms of today’s sensibilities. Sol Luckman has picked up where writers like Mark Twain and Ambrose Bierce left off over a century ago, identifying new associations for words and phrases to match what they really represent today […] They say many a true word is spoken in jest, and perhaps Luckman’s humor is a well-timed wake-up call to be heeded while we still have time to ask important questions.” Readers’ Favorite
“Much of society has lost its sense of humor for fear of melting the heart of the next snowflake down the road. I say, turn up the heat. It is much needed … The Angel’s Dictionary does this with wit and charm worthy of notice.” Andrew L. Foss
“The Angel’s Dictionary is a sardonic antidote to the trite and asinine slogans and catchphrases—the basic language—of Big Brother’s thought-control system. On one level, it’s light and witty comic relief, and beyond the playful satire, it is scathingly accurate! If you’re in need of some conscious, fun, and thought-provoking wordplay then you might start with The Angel’s Dictionary. Warning: reader may experience symptoms of higher consciousness, greater clarity, and general merriment.” Brendan D. Murphy
“I’ve never had so many belly laughs in my entire life. [This book] is absolutely witty, ‘spot on’ and I LOVE IT … The Angel’s Dictionary (Devilish as it may be) adds a quality of ‘lightness’ in bringing about such laughter. I do sincerely feel we may each gain by experiencing more and more laughs in meeting the existing chaos.” Doris Moreau
From the Back Cover
In this knee-slapping dictionary for coming to terms with modern culture (or lack thereof), politics (so-called) and life (such as it is), award-winning author Sol Luckman (Snooze: A Story of Awakening) reinvigorates satire to prove that—though we might not be able to change the world—we can at least have a good laugh at it.
Then again, maybe laughter can transform the world!
genetically modified organism (GMO): (n.) member of the public who has regularly consumed the biotech industry’s food products.
Taking a page from Ambrose Bierce’s scathing satirical masterpiece, The Devil’s Dictionary, The Angel’s Dictionary updates the genre to include blistering contemporary references and no small sampling of risqué humor to make adults giggle like mischievous teens.
entanglement: (n.) quantum physics term for when the sheets wrap around two bodies in space.
treason: (n.) crime against one’s country and its people punishable by reelection.
shadow side: (n.) self you encounter when you do not look in the mirror
FEATURED IN THE SEPTEMBER-OCTOBER 2017 ISSUE OF DNA MONTHLY
1. “Why You Should Not Trust Medical Experts” by Brendan D. Murphy
2. “Will Medical Magic Mushrooms Make It on the Ballet Next?” by Alex Pietrowski
3. “Is Choosing to Be a Victim a Taboo Subject?” by Jon Rappoport
4. “Crow’s God: Ego Dissolution & the Evolution of the Self” by Gary “Z” McGee
5. “Hegelian Dialectic Explains Why Some People Always Get What They Want” by Barbara Minton
1. Why You Should Not Trust Medical Experts
Brendan D. Murphy
Is it just me or are “free countries” like the US and Australia increasingly suffering from epidemics of human complacency, gullibility, and laziness?
These are the traits that breed tyranny in all its “glory.” In the realm of medicine, placing inordinate amounts of trust in designated “experts” is one symptom of our collective complacency. Most people seem to prefer to outsource our intelligence and capacity for critical thought to someone else, someone we’ve been conditioned to trust.
For example: “We asked an expert what would happen if no one got vaccinated and this is what they said, etc., etc.”
Asking “an expert” in this kind of context is an appeal to authority, a basic logical fallacy.
It’s a very appealing way out of actually investigating a subject in depth and thinking for oneself (appealing for some people, that is). Appealing to the authority of an “expert” is just too tempting for many chemically-addled humans at this point. Why painstakingly develop your own sophisticated viewpoint when you can just parrot what an “expert” has pronounced from on high without a second thought? They must know what they’re talking about, right? Why else would they be appearing on TV or radio as an “expert”?
Instead of placing all of your faith in someone promoted as an “expert,” how about something like this:
I investigated for myself and assessed the merits of arguments put forward by MANY “experts”, I learned HISTORY, I read scientific papers, studied clinical evidence and the testimony of endless insiders/whistleblowers, I listened to thousands of bereaved parents, investigated the Vaccine Injury Compensation Payouts ($3.5 billion and counting) and how hard it is to actually achieve justice, I studied the politics of medicine and vaccination (as well as human psychology), I weighed the evidence from all angles, and reached logical conclusions based on said evidence—far too much to get into in a short blog post.
But don’t worry, I’m sure your single “expert” knows what’s going on and should be completely blindly trusted, just like a Catholic would trust the Pope.
Vaccines, historically, were NEVER crucial in protecting ANY form of society, “developed” or otherwise. The idea of vaccines is to simulate the natural immunity acquired by a community’s contact with a disease—the evidence that vaccines work as advertised is, pardon my French, piss poor. Historians know that sanitation, hygiene, quarantine, water filtration, and better nutrition are to thank for the eradication and/or control of diseases and the reductions in mortality. All of the major reductions in disease mortality happened BEFORE vaccines were introduced as a result of these methods and interventions in living conditions, and moreover, there were some diseases whose mortality rates dropped in parallel and yet there was no vaccine even developed for them! What? You mean to say that vaccines have been given undue credit? Oh yes, absolutely.
In reality, vaccines succeeded in creating a raft of new diseases and harm (encephalitis, paralysis, developmental delays, autoimmunity, genetic damage, and on the list goes), a fact which is actively suppressed by the “authorities,” the same people who censor films like VAXXED and demonise anyone who asks legitimate QUESTIONS as they promote a cult-like ideology and social movement that promotes blind acquiescence over and above critical thinking and investigation.
In Australia we have reached the point where we value sacrosanct medical ideology over individuality, independent thought, and integrity in medicine. We value medical dogma over freedom, in point of fact, or the “authorities” do at least.
The Truth about Experts
“Experts” are people promoted by the pharmaceutical/medical Establishment to reinforce entrenched politically correct medical dogmas that tend, in the case of vaccines, to have little correlation to reality, if any at all. The job of the “expert” is merely to reinforce the lucrative status quo created by a multi-billion dollar industry.
Do you think industry will give that up voluntarily by admitting the truth? Why do you think industry fought so long to control medical education, hmm? In-doctor-ination! Imagine having hordes of mind-controlled board-certified shills out there pedaling your toxic wares for you and calling it “best practice medicine”!
Imagine if, at the same time, they also demonised and diminished the value of all of your economic competition?
If you can’t overcome your egoic investment in the PC version of reality for your own sake, at least do it for the children who rely on adults to protect them from junk science and shitty medicine.
The Logic of Forced Medicine in a “Free Country”
There is a disturbing social undercurrent of medical zealotry in some nations, including both America and the Land Down Under. Some people just don’t seem to comprehend that you can’t have both “freedom” AND compulsory medical interventions. In the West it is a joke what we kid ourselves as constituting “freedom.” People push for mandatory vaccination and punitive measures for those who choose differently for their families, and at the same time have the dimwittedness to adhere to the “we’re a free country” fable.
It may have been once—and it could be again—but not through the coercive powers of government as it enforces medical tyranny by removing the freedom to CHOOSE. Without free choice there is only violence, coercion, extortion, and mind control. (Mind control is essential to getting the public to the point of fastening the chains to their own ankles, or in this case, campaigning for the erosion of freedom by forced medicine.)
You can’t have it both ways.
When you advocate for mandatory medicine, you advocate for medical tyranny—and you do it against the best available evidence.
Freedom means facing the unknowns and uncontrollables of life and having the capacity and the RIGHT to choose the responses to those challenges (real or imagined) that make the most sense to you. Freedom means that you can make that choice without fear of punishment or retribution (by government or anyone else); otherwise all you really have is a dilemma, not free choice.
You’re stuck between a rock and a hard place and all the while your government insults your intelligence by discouraging personal investigation, posing as the definitive arbiters of “truth”—truth that is just so self-evidently “true” that you’d have to be a crazy conspiracy theorist to exercise the audacity to dare researching the foundations of that “truth”… right? Because only baby killers are skeptical of government and medical authority figures, right? Only irresponsible luddites would investigate these things for themselves, right?
Only fans of disease epidemics could possibly entertain the thought of sustained personal investigation into narratives offered by government as gospel … right? Only paranoiacs would entertain neurotic thoughts causing them to want to assess the evidence on which medical authorities and government spokespeople base their opinions … right?
Which side of history do we want to stand on in the end?
Totalitarian regimes rely on many of the psychological and behavioural traits exhibited by people who are hostile to questioning the medical status quo: blind faith, unquestioning loyalty to the “leadership,” high levels of trust, fear of the unknown, abdication of responsibility for thoughts and decision-making, the subconscious drive to conveniently lay the blame for society’s ills on a subset of dissenters who raise questions or exhibit considered scepticism, and so on.
It’s just so much easier to be on the bandwagon than have the gumption, nous, initiative, and courage to critique the bandwagon ideology … until it’s YOUR child that the medical system damages and betrays, like the millions of others.
Unfortunately then it’s too late, and you yourself become a statistic: one of the many parents who bitterly regrets their blind faith in the featured “experts” of the medical system, experts who cannot help you undo the damage, and worse, will deny all responsibility and connection to it in the first place.
Freedom means having the option of not playing this sick game.
This article was first published and is copyrighted by Global Freedom Movement. It is republished here with permission.
Co-founder of Global Freedom Movement and host of GFM Radio, Brendan D. Murphy is a leading Australian author, researcher, activist, and musician. His acclaimed nonfiction epic, The Grand Illusion: A Synthesis of Science & Spirituality, is out now! Come and get your mind blown at www.brendandmurphy.net.
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2. Will Medical Magic Mushrooms Make It on the Ballot Next?
Alex Pietrowski, Waking Times
Oregon recently made international news for passing a state bill to decriminalize possession of some hard drugs like cocaine, meth and heroin, demonstrating a progressive option for an end to the disastrous war on drugs. The motivation for this is largely economic, as Oregon struggles with prison overcrowding; however, we do know that legalizing drugs has many positive benefits, as demonstrated in Portugal.
This is especially true when the emphasis shifts from looking at drugs as a criminal issue to seeing it as a health issue. The researched medical benefits of cannabis has even opened the door for legal recreational weed in several US States, and society is benefitting in many ways.
Pushing the envelope in this regard, a group in Oregon is drafting state legislation for the 2020 ballot to legalize psilocybin mushrooms for use in mental health treatment context within a regulated clinical framework.
In other words, medical mushrooms may be the next move in the war on the war on drugs.
This only makes sense, because not only are mushrooms the world’s safest recreational drugs, according to a recent study, the psychedelic experience brought on by ingesting psilocybin is widely beneficial for mental health, and especially powerful for treating depression and anxiety.
The Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) is the first group in the nation preparing draft legislation which would create a legal framework and industry for people to experience psilocybin mushrooms as treatment for personal and mental health issues.
Introducing the idea of “psilocybin services,” the OPS is outlining a model for supervised psychedelic experiences:
The Oregon Psilocybin Society (OPS) is proposing a framework for legalizing and regulating the use of psilocybin, a naturally occurring psychoactive compound produced by more than 200 species of mushrooms. The proposal is being formatted as a ballot initiative measure which aims to make supervised Psilocybin Service—shown safe and effective in research settings—accessible to the public here in Oregon. Under the proposed measure, any individual over 21 years of age, upon attaining medical clearance from a physician, could participate in a sequence of sessions, provided on-site at a state licensed Psilocybin Service Center. The service progression would include, at minimum, a preparation session, a psilocybin administration session, and an integration session. All sessions would be facilitated by trained and certified Psilocybin Service Facilitators who are registered with the state. [Source]
Founders of the OPS, Tom and Sheri Eckert, were recently interviewed by Troy Farah of the Psychedelic Times, and expounded a bit on the idea for such services.
Tom Eckert: The initiative is getting behind the idea of what we call Psilocybin Services, which is basically following cues from the research. That means supervised services, with a progression from assessment and preparation to psychedelic facilitation and integration afterwards.
Sheri Eckert: Right, so it’s regulated: it’s not making it legal to possess psilocybin; it’s making it legal to have a psilocybin experience.
TE: … and to access it through a licensed service center. We want to create pathways for people to get involved with facilitating these services.
SE: At the same time, it’s important to note that it’s not a medical-based service. In other words, you don’t have to be diagnosed with PTSD or depression or something like that in order to have the service, but you would have to be over 21 and cleared medically.
TE: It doesn’t have to be a hospital or a clinic or anything like that, but the psilocybin has to be tied to a place and there have to be regulations around that place to ensure safety, protocol and so forth.
You won’t be growing at home, and you won’t be providing services at home: it will be at specialized brick and mortar facilities. We want to make it community-based, essentially, so it’s not tied up with hospitals and clinics. It is a different model and modality and we’re feeling out what the vision is … and it’s exciting!
In short, the OPS is pioneering a potential future where those seeking mental wellness, without depending on pharmaceuticals, may be able to sign up for a mushroom trip with a qualified guide in a registered facility.
This is interesting and exciting news for those who understand the positive effects of magic mushrooms, but one has to wonder why grown adults need this many layers of bureaucracy overseeing something as simple and natural as eating a plant that grows abundantly around the world.
Furthermore, who wants to take a trip on mushrooms in a state authorized facility? Shouldn’t intelligent, responsible adults be free to eat magic mushrooms in a field on a sunny day if they so desire? Why do big brother, the medical establishment and the police state need to insert themselves in an individual’s own exploration of consciousness?
This article (Will Medical Magic Mushrooms Make it on the Ballot Next?) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is published here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Alex Pietrowski and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this copyright statement.
Alex Pietrowski is an artist and writer concerned with preserving good health and the basic freedom to enjoy a healthy lifestyle. He is a staff writer for WakingTimes.com. Alex is an avid student of Yoga and life.
3. Is Choosing to Be a Victim a Taboo Subject?
Some people apparently think there are no fake victims, only real ones.
They believe that if all the oppression in the world were magically lifted tomorrow, people would suddenly become independent.
This is not my conclusion.
When I went to junior high school (it wasn’t “middle school” then and “junior” wasn’t considered a dangerous pejorative that could ruin young minds), the concept of a victim, as we use it now, didn’t exist.
Can you imagine it? There was no special ed. There were no federal funds paid out for each “specially abled” child. No one used the word “victim.” There was no such thing as ADHD. There was no such thing as a clinically depressed child. There were no shrinks hovering around ready to make diagnoses and dispense drugs.
This junior high had a cross-section of kids from different economic and ethnic backgrounds.
Did cruel things occasionally happen? Were there a few bullies? Yes. Was it paradise every day? No. Were there injustices? Yes. But all in all, it was a good school. Kids learned. Most of the teachers were fair and just.
Beyond a shadow of a doubt, more learning took place in that school than in a comparable school today. It wasn’t even close, by any reasonable standard of measurement, like literacy.
And in terms of the kids feeling safe and free (as free as anyone can be in a school), again it was no contest. Things were better then than they are now.
The word victim was never used. Kids didn’t wear victimhood like a badge. It didn’t take a village. We didn’t have the incomparable advantage of knowing we were all on Spaceship Earth, and yet we did well.
We somehow managed to struggle through without being taught about sex in the classroom. No one told us about the need to respect every point of view. In fact, there was no social training at all. We never sat around in class and had group discussions with the teacher.
We all knew the principal was an idiot. We knew who the bad teachers were and who the good teachers were.
No one promoted “sharing and caring.” No one.
By today’s standards, we were living in the Stone Age. Yet, we got through it. We weren’t ever treated as victims, and we didn’t know what victims were. Kids understood they either succeeded or failed. If they failed, they didn’t make it to the next grade. It was stark and simple. No one objected.
Yes, in some respects, school was a real pain in the neck, but we bit the bullet and kept on going.
If someone from the future had showed up and told us about ADHD and what it was, and what the drugs were, we would have called him crazy. We would have laughed him into oblivion.
Flash forward 60 years…
“Oh, but now there are so many more distractions. TV, computers, the Internet, cell phones. And drugs, porn, divorced parents, guns, junk food, advertising. Kids today need more help. They need more caring adults.”
No, actually, kids need schools where the rules are simple and stark. You learn or you don’t learn. You behave or you don’t behave. You aren’t a victim.
Over the last 60 years, a culture of victimhood has become a major industry. This culture, as it turns out, doesn’t really solve very much at all. It engenders more problems. It invents endless excuses. It piles up baloney to the level of every kid’s eyes. It gives a kid an out.
The people who promote victimhood make their living by promoting victimhood. That’s the clue. They’re hustlers.
There are a few fuzzy boundaries when you differentiate between a real victim and a phony one. It isn’t perfect. Nothing is. There is no system that can protect everybody. But, all in all, you’re far better off unloading the victim culture than you are expanding it.
And expanding it is what happens when the pros and hustlers take over. They’re liars right down to their shoes.
Many parents are complicit. They’re looking for an out, too. They want to have outside people make sure their kids are all right.
The federal government and its allies take this point of view: if you don’t go along with the culture of victimhood, you’re a monkey wrench in the machinery of progress. You’re standing up for yourself.
Once upon a time, self-reliance was a given. In order for it to be a given, there had to be a concomitant principle: if you don’t rely on yourself, you’re going to be in trouble. The two ideas go together.
People accepted this.
You pass your courses or you fail and repeat the grade.
That wasn’t considered an onerous burden. It was a fact of life.
Then, there was a change. “I” was replaced by “we.” That was the “new idea.” It sounded good. It sounded interesting. It sounded hopeful.
But it was a con. The “we” was fake. It wasn’t about cooperation in a family or in a real community. It was high-flying and political and vague.
It was an out. It was a way to choose victimhood. In fact, it became, over time, a way for voluntary victims to bond with one another. “We’re in bad shape, and we demand help.”
And help arrived. It arrived, along many fronts, in the form of the removal of the need to be a strong individual.
That was the key in the lock that opened the door, so the old culture of self-reliance could flow into the sea and disappear.
“But there are real victims!” people say. Of course there are. Since there are oppressors, there are victims. But I’m not talking about that. I’m not talking about that at all. I’m talking about choice, about choosing to enter the dim realm of the put-upon.
And if you don’t think many, many people have made that choice, you’re not watching.
When I was in ninth grade, my teacher told us what deus ex machina meant. God from the machine. It was a dramatic device through which, in a play, the characters were rescued from their terrible troubles, at the last minute, from Above. It was a cheap trick.
Well, there are millions of people who, after choosing victimhood, have come to believe in deus ex machina. One way or another, the cavalry will come over the hill. They count on this. The cosmic lottery ticket will turn up.
Just wait long enough, and the payoff will appear.
This has NOTHING to do with cooperation in small groups or families. It has everything to do with a gathering malaise.
This whole culture is designed to provide people with a way to fall back on their weakest instincts. This culture becomes more violent and vicious, because it encourages massive self-esteem based on nothing.
There is a ready excuse for every shortfall, an excuse for every shortcoming and every crime—with parasitic intellectuals inventing newer and newer reasons to exonerate all behaviors everywhere, under the flag of tolerance and understanding and even freedom.
Do we need liberation from actual oppressive criminals and their systems? Of course.
Do we need liberation from people who surrender themselves to victimhood?
More than ever.
Copyright © Jon Rappoport. All Rights Reserved.
The author of three explosive collections, The Matrix Revealed, Exit from the Matrix and Power Outside the Matrix, Jon Rappoport was a candidate for a US Congressional seat in the 29th District of California. Nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, he has worked as an investigative reporter for thirty years, writing articles on politics, medicine and health for CBS Healthwatch, LA Weekly, SPIN Magazine, Stern, and other newspapers and magazines in the US and Europe. Jon has delivered lectures and seminars on global politics, health, logic and creative power to audiences around the world. You can sign up for his free emails at www.nomorefakenews.com. To read about Jon’s mega-collection, Exit from the Matrix, click here.
4. Crow's God: Ego Dissolution & the Evolution of the Self
Gary "Z" McGee, Waking Times
“To fall in love is to create a religion that has a fallible god.” —Jorge Luis Borges
“Trickster god is god’s God,” Crow says, peering from behind The Branches of Lost Time. These branches are a metaphor for our misremembered synapses. They symbolize our having lost touch with both our own nature and with wild Nature, our forgotten link between cosmos and psyche, our misunderstanding of how we-the-microcosm makes up a vital aspect of We-the-macrocosm.
Crow is here to remind us. But Crow’s medicine is harsh. It is ruthless: a tearing apart, a torn off Band-Aid. For Crow is between worlds like no other creature. His moon-eye sees the light. His sun-eye sees the dark. And his shadow is the grayest thing in the universe: the Middle-gray, the Middle Way, casting itself over and above all things. Smearing out yin-yangs, he reveals how nothing is separate; how everything is connected to everything else in a glorious melting down of black and white, dark and light, life and death, finitude and infinity.
Crow is here to remind us that we need to get over ourselves. He is a black beacon in a room filled with blinding light. He’s the Dark Truth in the sugar-coated ointment. He is here to trick us out of unconsciousness. He is here to crucify the ego. But more importantly, he is here to resurrect it as a mighty tool for the self-actualized Soul.
“Buddha is dead. God is dead. The path is littered with insufferable egos. Even your own ego has an enlightened sword penetrating through its self-righteous heart, and your soul is all the stronger for it.” —Seven Signs You May Be Unfuckwithable
Don’t worry so much. Ego death doesn’t hurt. What hurts is realizing that you’ve been, as they say in Zen, “tied to a post without a rope.” What hurts is admitting that your ego is nothing more than a front for your multilayered self. What hurts is letting go of your expectations. What hurts is letting go—full stop.
Crow is here to help you let go. Crow’s medicine has just the right amount of humor disguised as honor and compassion disguised as courage to fill up the humble pie disguised as a red pill needed to get you past the blue-pill addiction of your un-mighty ego. Sure, Crow shoves it down your unwilling and reluctant throat with a beak blacker than dark matter and harder than God’s Femur, but he gets the job done with a humor of the most-high.
He’s a necessary amoral agent: Zeno’s Compass, Ockham’s hellraiser. He’s here to flip your worldview on its head, to vivisect the animal of your knowledge, to cut what you think you know about the way the world works in half and pluck out the organs of all the things you take for granted. He’s neither gentle nor comforting, but he is sincere in his exact fierceness. He must be, in order to reveal yourself to yourself. In order to transform your whiny, woe-is-me placation into a mighty self-overcoming revelation.
No easy feat, dissolving egos. But Crow does so with pluck and aplomb, with molten mettle and mercurial moxie. The letting go process is easier if you just give your ego over to him to chew up (courage), digest (cocoon) and eventually shit out (rebirth), but he doesn’t mind stealing it from you like a thief in the night either. Actually, he would prefer pulling it out of you kicking and screaming and begging the gods to save you. He would rather stamp out the little light that blinds you so that you can finally see the bigger light that awakens you.
Don’t worry. On the other side of this beautiful annihilation is a soulful illumination: a Three-eyed Raven. He has come to carry you to a terribly exquisite juxtaposition: the gloriously painful journey of self-overcoming.
Evolution of the Self
“Life is a process of becoming, a combination of states we have to go through. Where people fail is that they wish to elect a state and remain in it. This is a kind of death.” —Anais Nin
At the fork of in the path, at the crossroads, where yesterday’s you meets today’s you in bardo-perfect juxtaposition, there is a psychosocial reckoning at hand. There is an existential decision to make: get busy adapting and overcoming, or get busy stagnating and succumbing. The cliché phrasing is “get busy living or get busy dying,” but on the Path of the Three-eyed Raven there is room for dying (rebirth) as a steppingstone for growth toward living life more profoundly, adventurously, and on-purpose.
So here you are, in a state of in-between, unmolded clay. You’ve been rocked to your foundations with the realization that you are not your ego, that you’ve only ever been unmolded clay. You’re no longer that, and not yet this. You’ve emerged from your ego’s death with your soul bloody from a thousand and one cutting questions. Your ego is now a pulsing blister inside you, oozing indifference and apathy even as it begins filling itself with interdependence and empathy. It leaps and bounds inside you, a terribly beautiful wound turned primordial womb that purges pettiness and superfluity even as it begins impregnating itself with the world.
Crow is satisfied, perched up high, licking his razor-sharp beak, filled to bursting with the rigid invulnerability of your ego bulging inside him. But the Three-eyed Raven is anything but satisfied. He sees the Infinite Game being played out. He sees how you are an integral catalyst for the progressive evolution of your species. He is a symbol for your ego’s rebirth. The most wide-awake aspect of you that invulnerably and soulfully flexes out; that individuates and self-actualizes as it perpetually overcomes the vicissitudes of self, and thus the vicissitudes of life.
With Crow’s medicine in one hand and your wide-awake ego in the other; with Crow on one shoulder and the Three-eyed Raven on the other, you are ready to self-overcome. You are ready to existentially crush out. You are ready to bridge the gap between man and overman.
Don’t be afraid of this vulnerable power, though it is both the scariest and most powerful thing in the universe, save for the power of a good sense of humor. Embrace it. Be fearless with it. Use it as a tool to leverage wonder and numinous experience into your life. Use it as medicine for a profoundly sick society. You—the you not drowning in ego pettiness and woe-is-me religious placation—are the one the world has been waiting for.
This article (Crow’s God: Ego Dissolution and the Evolution of the Self) was originally created and published by Waking Times and is printed here under a Creative Commons license with attribution to Gary “Z” McGee and WakingTimes.com. It may be re-posted freely with proper attribution, author bio, and this statement of copyright.
Gary “Z” McGee, a former Navy Intelligence Specialist turned philosopher, is the author of Birthday Suit of God and The Looking Glass Man. His works are inspired by the great philosophers of the ages and his wide awake view of the modern world.
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5. Hegelian Dialectic Explains Why Some People Always Get What They Want
Ever wonder why some people are so good at getting what they want? It’s because they have learned how to manipulate others into surrendering their power to them. One of the most effective tools used to achieve this is the Hegelian Dialectic. Whether you yearn for power over others or just want to protect yourself from being manipulated, it’s time to study this principle.
Amazingly, the Hegelian Dialectic requires only three simple steps and can be mastered with only a small bit of practice. When you fully grasp how it works, you will be able to understand events and happenings in a new light. Here are the three steps as they are used in today’s world. Off course they are begun with an end goal in mind.
Step One: Create a conflict or problem where none existed before. Make this problem so compelling that others will want to see it solved.
Step Two: Broadcast and publicize the problem. Escalate its importance and play to the emotions of people to the point where they become uncomfortable enough to clamor for a solution.
Step Three: Get what you want by providing that solution and getting everyone on board with it.
This solution is one the public never dreamed it needed until the conditioning of the first two steps was implemented. Most often the outcome is that people think something great has been done for them, when in fact they are simply succumbing to propaganda.
Here’s a simple example of Hegelian Dialectic at work in the dairy industry. The goal is making more money.
Step One: The dairy industry decides to sell skim milk close to the price at which whole milk is selling, thus having the delicious and valuable milk fat left to sell separately. But skim milk tastes terrible and almost nobody wants to buy it. So it is decided that the public must be made to believe drinking skim milk is healthier than drinking whole milk.
Step Two: The aim here is to instill fear in people, so that they will want to start buying skim milk. Strategic people such as mainstream doctors and nutritionists are recruited to help spread the word that drinking whole milk is bad for your health. Perceived authorities make announcements in popular mainstream media claiming that the fat in milk is dangerous and responsible for many of the bad health outcomes of today. Parents become convinced that they would be ostracized and thought of as bad parents if they served their children whole milk, even though they themselves grew up drinking whole milk without any problems. When common sense is thrown out the window, the goal of step two has been accomplished.
Step Three: The dairy industry rushs in to save the public from the terrible fate of having to drink whole milk. Skim milk is presented as the perfect solution. Various products such as flavored, colored and sweetened skim milk appear in school cafeterias and in the grocer’s dairy case. Everyone feels good because they have been saved from the evils of milk fat. And the dairy industry has almost doubled its profits.
The Hegelian Dialectic Can Be Used to Manipulate Anybody about Anything
Of course the Hegelian Dialectic is not just for manipulating people over health issues. It is in use in the political area too, and has been for some time. A prime example is the goal of the Nazis to gain power in Germany and the rest of the world in the 1930s.
Step One: The new Chancellor of Germany, Adolf Hitler, wants to be a dictator, not a politician. His intent is to forget about the confines of rules and quickly establish his dictatorship so he can get started on his Nazi revolution. But there is opposition from the Communists to this power grab.
A plan is devised by Hitler and Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda for the Nazis, to burn down the Reichstag, a German building akin to the British Parliament, or the Capitol in Washington D.C., and to blame the fire on the Communist opposition.
Step Two: After the fire, Hitler portrays himself as maddened and infuriated, and he tells the Germans that they have been too soft on Communists. “Every Communist official must be shot”, he screamed. “All friends of the Communists must be locked up.” Hitler then scripts the media coverage of the fire, and he and Goebbels fill news outlets with lies about how the Communists perpetrated the fire as part of a plot to grab power in Berlin. Soon after, the news heralds Hitler and the Nazis as the saviors of Germany.
Step Three: Hitler demands an emergency decree to put an end to the crisis. Since he is now perceived as a hero, there is no opposition. The decree allows him “Restrictions on the personal liberty, on the right of free expression of opinion, including freedom of the press; on the rights of assembly and association; and violations of the privacy of postal, telegraphic and telephonic communications and warrants for house searches, orders for confiscations as well as restrictions on property, are also permissible beyond the legal limits otherwise prescribed.”
With this decree, the Nazi dictatorship is established.
Georg Wilhelm Hegel, an observant philosopher who lived two centuries ago, was the first to explain the Hegelian Dialectic, referring to the three steps as thesis, antitheses, and synthesis. He saw it as a way to easily create oneness of mind. Since Hegel brought it to light, the principle has been repeatedly used to achieve power, status, control, and wealth.
Hegel observed that one type of government or society (thesis) gives rise to another that is the polar opposite (antithesis). After these two sides battle it out for a while with no resolution, everyone is ready for change. A third type of government or society (synthesis) is then created.
The example of the Nazi rise to power follows this pattern. The battle between democracy and communism rages on until everyone is frustrated and wants change. In steps the Nazis.
It is easy to see the principle at work today in the effort to create children who will grow up being unable to intelligently participate in their democracy, giving government the autonomy it so craves.
Step One: The federal government wants to grab control of the education system from the states to remold it, so it creates the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) and provides it with money. This money is handed out to schools on the condition that they accept the strings that go with it. Little by little the handouts are increased, and state control is eroded. To fulfill ESEA mandates, academic programs morph into social programs, and watered down curriculum becomes the norm.
Step Two: The watered down curriculum manifests in lower test scores and increasing illiteracy. Teachers become the fall guys for the lack of achievement of the students. More social programs are thrown at the problem, and the school day and school year are extended. Parents also become fall guys as schools progress in controlling the parent-child relationship by pitting parents against their children over school issues. Yet the issue of children’s failure to learn is never addressed. Parents and the public at large clamor for a solution.
Step Three: This last step is being played out now, as we are taught to despise the individual and embrace collectivism and living social. The circle of intellect is shrinking as all thought that veers from the center is found to be suspect by those who now track our every movement. It appears that the individual will soon be extinct, having been stripped of uniqueness and now valued simply as a commodity. Along with the loss of individuality goes the ability to advocate for one’s self. The new generation will likely emerge as a willing participant in its own enslavement.
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Barbara Minton is a school psychologist and the author of Dividend Capture, a book on personal finance. She is a breast cancer survivor using bioidentical hormone therapy and a passionate advocate of natural health with hundreds of articles on many aspects of health and wellness. She is the editor and publisher of AlignLife’s Health Secrets Newsletter. See other articles by Barbara at http://alignlife.com and http://www.naturalnews.com/author358.html.
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