10/30/2018

A Dog and a Man Walk Into a Bar...

Outline re-write #1

Fundamental misunderstanding about all of society:
  • You and I are not separate.
  • My (and your) personality is not you, not me, it is a collection of attributes, but it is not you, not me.
  • The not you/not me is just now.
  • Just this moment that is still now. There is no past or future, there is only now. Only not separateness.
  • But we just don’t realize it.
  • By our very existence we only live now. All of us living now, together in this present NOW.


From this basic misunderstanding comes rating these created differences.

By assigning values to everything, then we can then DE-value those that are not like our pasted on personalities.

Once we have valued everything, then we can desire attributes and objects and things of all variety.

And from desire we learn cruelty, suffering, envy and all that stuff.

Although conjured out of fictional separateness the pain and suffering is real.

A monk asked Joshu, a Chinese Zen master: "Has a dog Buddha-nature or not?"
Joshu answered: "Mu." 

My take:
The dog and me and you are not separate.
Buddha nature is not “having”

10/07/2018

My Sweet Little Weltanschauung

Outline for life the universe and everything
Track1
  1. Assigning “value” is the starting point for our dis-union.
    • *The nature of value implies we are the center even if we assign higher value to others
      *Recognizing there is no authority setting the "standards"
  2. Does our dog have Buddha nature or not?
    • *Accepting otherness
      *Springs from assigning value
  3. Sun faced Buddha, Moon Faced Buddha
    • *Accepting the moment with no value
      *Also connected to “value” and “worth”
  4. The Platonic Ideal and the path to confusion
    • *Brian Eno’s grand theory
      *Math is a human constructions dealing with real world physics and engineering
  5. Living a fictional life
    • *Race, elites and ranks - all fictions
      Nations, Sports and clubs
  6. There is only NOW. Always has been and always will be
  7. And above them all is MEANING
    • *Asking for “meaning” is to ask the wrong question.
  8. Eight: there is surely an 8
Track2
People and society

Bits and Pieces to be tied together
Society is physical world overlaid with invisible chalk lines to give the illusion of meaning
Conversation is the carrier wave
The connection is unspoken and embedded in the carrier wave
You are not your personality
Enneagram example of recognizing the box you live in

10/02/2018

First you get the POWER!

People with rediscover the value of joyful sobriety and liberating austerity only if they relearn to depend on each other rather than on energy slaves. The price for a convivial society will be paid only as the result of a political process which reflects and promotes the society-wide inversion of present industrial consciousness.

Tools for Conviviality by Ivan Illich

8/27/2018

Changing the Lenin



Another Bookmark for a future post.."Conservatives" as true Leninist

Since hearing Steve Bannon's claim in an interview to be a Leninist, I wondered what he meant but until now had not followed up on it. I've been reading Democracy in Chains and there are quotes in there by founding members of libertarian think tanks like Cato and Heritage that also claim to be be leninist

So when reflecting again on the Bannon quote now, I assumed he meant political actions as multi faceted attacks on all aspects of politics and culture. Basically not just win votes or change minds but to control all possible avenues of influence. I may have puzzled out part of it but this googling found article seems convincing and has a bit more to it.

Sephen Bannon, President Trump’s chief political strategist and, after Trump, the most powerful man in Washington, once declared proudly: “I am a Leninist.” He was talking to a New York university academic who had written extensively on communism and the former Soviet Union. “What on earth do you mean?” the professor asked him. “Lenin wanted to destroy the state and that’s my goal too,” replied Bannon. “I want to bring everything crashing down and destroy all of today’s establishment.”
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Two days after Lenin seized power in Russia almost exactly a century ago, he began an assault on the press – and his successors in the USSR did not let up for the next 70 years. In the few months between the overthrow of the tsar and Lenin taking power, a relatively free press had sprung up, almost all of it vigorously opposed to Lenin, who was written off as a dangerous demagogue. When his Bolshevik party mounted a successful coup and Lenin made himself, in effect, dictator of Russia, one of his first acts was to censor the press, which he called “a weapon no less dangerous than bombs or guns aimed at us … Why should we place it in our enemies’ hands?”


https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/06/lenin-white-house-steve-bannon

But maybe the underlying connection is simply your political opponents are the ENEMY and you use what ever means in your power to conquer them. And THAT is what the modern conservative movement is about. They are the virtuous and as many of those virtuous warriors love to quote..

Tolerance in the face of tyranny is no virtue. Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice. And moderation in the pursuit of justice is no virtue..
.B Goldwater

Compassion and empathy are at best ill advised (even though well intentioned) but wrong and at worse a desire to pervert the soul through a culture of dependency. The fact that the rich no longer have to give money to the poor or helpless is a natural by product of their virtuous nature.




Lenin would very likely have identified 2017 as a revolutionary moment. He matters today not because of his flawed and bloody answers, but because he was asking questions similar to those we are asking today. In his quest for power, Lenin promised people anything and everything. He offered simple solutions to complex issues. He lied unashamedly. He justified himself on the basis that winning meant everything; the ends justified the means. Lenin was the godfather of post-truth politics. Powerful people have learned depressing lessons from him.

i can see why Bannon and Cato like him

6/09/2018

kak·i·sto·cra·cy

kak·i·sto·cra·cy

[kakəˈstäkrəsē]

NOUN

government by the least suitable or competent citizens of a state.

"the danger is that this will reduce us to kakistocracy" ·

•a state or society governed by its least suitable or competent citizens.

"the modern regime is at once a plutocracy and a kakistocracy" ·

"the man on the street must share part of the blame for allowing such a kakistocracy to entrench itself"