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False Paradigms of the Left

False Paradigms of the Left

Roger Golden Brown

 

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Copyright 2016 Roger Golden Brown

 

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Also by Roger Brown:

 

Heading Out

Encounters

The Truth Seeker’s Handbook

Incontrovertible Truths and Wisdom

Space Hobos Tilling The Earth

 

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False Paradigms of the Left

How even forward thinking people are toeing the line.

 

Premise

First of all, let me clarify why I am aiming my critique at the left of the political spectrum. It’s because the right is one big false paradigm and there is no point in picking it apart. But the so called left deserves scrutiny.

Because in the world today we have such a low bar of what we consider rational, the left is considered liberal when in fact the left seems to really just operate under a kinder and gentler mass hypnosis that is none-the-less destructive and extremely dysfunctional.

 

Foreword

The keyword here is hypnosis. I have observed when having discussions with people how common it is that people have a base set of standards that have absolutely nothing to do with functional reality; they are simply an accepted (from parents, church, teacher, scientist, authority figures) set of beliefs and accordingly behavioral patterns. Choices are made completely out of awareness. Actions are taken with the blind assumption that it’s ok. And conversely when rhetoric or actions or attitudes contradict their paradigms, these are viewed as extreme, crazy, idealistic, and even dangerous. Dangerous to the status quo that is the fundament of their stability; all that the unquestioning mind has to hold onto.

This is essentially the roots of fascism. Yes, I know, it’s a heavy word to use to criticize the liberal left. But it’s true. I grew up in Seattle and for high school I went back East to a private boarding school in Pennsylvania. In spite of not having really been political at all at this point in my life, but being a student of human nature, I observed something very interesting. I noticed that on the East Coast people were classified as conservatives or liberals. Upon further observation I realized that these were two ends of a very limited spectrum. The indoctrination was deep. What was missing in this spectrum was the concept of a free thinker; someone who observed and reflected and wasn’t beholden to any camp.

Now I must say that many of the things I have been saying as a voice in the wilderness for pretty much all of my life are now being expressed more and more by many people. During the Occupy Wall Street days it became clear to me that a new generation of souls have arrived that really don’t see why we can’t have it all. They see ideals not as fools errands but as realistic attainable ways of life; it’s just that the old assumptions, capitalism as an assumed standard for one, don’t work and have to go.

This strikes fear in the hearts of those who won’t let go. Broadly speaking, these people fall into two categories: those who are just plain greedy and profit from the way things are and really don’t give a shit about anyone else, and those who are just too afraid to rock the boat, sometimes out of timidity and sometimes out of fear of anarchy.

To those who fear anarchy I can only say look around you. It’s already here. We have corporations taking public property (forests, oil, coal, minerals, water), commandeering it, plundering it while leaving a polluted wasteland behind, then selling it back to us at an obscene profit. We have weapons manufacturers lobbying our elected officials to make war so they can turn a profit. We have people being locked up in private for-profit prisons to meet quotas made with the government.

So to the point of this paper: The left end of the political spectrum does seem to be a little more compassionate. I’ll grant them that. But the policies and social standards that they live by and argue for are, for the most part, incredibly destructive at their core.

And to those freethinkers in the media and elsewhere who are open beyond the hypnosis and paradigms I outline below, I applaud you. Keep up the good work.

Let’s look at some of the false paradigms of the left.

 

False Paradigms of the Left Table of Contents

 

Premise

Foreword

The Economy Must Grow

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

Being Competitive

Robots Steal Jobs

You Need Money to Live Well

Dates That Are Set To Accomplish Environmental Goals

False Choices

Empire

Drugs

Summary

About the Author

Other Books by Roger Brown

 

The Economy Must Grow

The world has morphed with international trade and global behemoth corporations into a consumer oriented society. In this rush for stuff things become our hope for a better life. Standard of living is measured in stuff and creature comforts. Sure, people still give lip service to romance and togetherness, but effort is bent towards stuff. And this creates the first reason why the economy shouldn’t grow. More stuff for everybody infinitely just isn’t possible.

Accepting the capitalist system as a given is certainly one of the best examples of the mass hypnosis that grips society. The idea that there is an alternative is treated as fantasy. And things are further complicated, especially in the United States, as any sort of cooperative economic system that smacks of socialism strikes fear in people’s hearts. Clearly there is movement outside of this hypnosis but it gets very little support from the political left.

And in our current system “growth” is almost universally hailed as being a necessity and the cornerstone of a healthy economy. This is not true. Economic growth is at best inevitably doomed and at worst, virtually death energy. The idea that all must grow is an addiction. Borrowing from the future and taking resources as it does is like a heroin addiction. It’s something foreign in the system that compels the system to remain in a state that is not natural and does not meet the basic needs of the system. The taking care of physical needs and mutual support facets have been superseded and overridden. “Growth” is a monster that has taken on an energy of its own and become the primary need and hunger.

If you look to Nature as or for an example, what do you see in terms of growth? All animals and plants grow, reach a mature level where they fit their niche in the system, then stop growing. From that point on what might be called growth is inner growth. Developing wisdom, efficiency, expertise, and energy towards progeny – a new generation to continue.

Curiously our economy’s hunger for continued growth in size neglects all of these. In its being compelled by its primary drive – its addiction – it has no time, awareness, or inclination to grow in wisdom or develop creative ways to take care of needs at a stable physical size. What’s more, the level of resource consumption and subsequent dross, and greed, in general, are not taking care of the preparations for the next generation’s ability to continue to care for each other.

Similarly, in a personal vein, the paradigm of growth in size has short circuited the individual’s personal awareness of the desirability of and sensitivity to the fundamental health of growing in these ways – wisdom, efficiency, expertise – after growing “up.” People feel a need for “more.” Quantity and mass have replaced quality and flow. Nature, being functional, provides an example of healthy growth, its patterns, and scale. And it behooves us to always look to Nature and search our souls for solutions that support our health and continuity and happiness.

Jobs, Jobs, Jobs

The whole world is stuck on this paradigm. The jobless rate has become the standard for why countries have problems. It is the reason people struggle. It is the reason people are idle which consequently causes crime and unrest.

The entire narrative is predicated on the fact that there is no communal structure and everyone has to fight for themselves while working for the man. There needs to be communal structures at all levels; communal work structure, communal health structures, and nurturing communal structures for free time.

The way things in our culture, and increasingly in the world, are right now we have the owner and/or boss person running a business and hiring workers. Certainly this can be a functioning model but it rarely is. Without compassion and a real personal relationship between boss and worker this system is far too prone to letting greed get the better of people; further, this greed is promoted throughout the system as a virtue. Getting ahead and being able to be secure in a competitive world is seen as good. The paradigm now is that even the lowly worker with hard enough work can rise to this position themselves. The game is on.

So what can we do about it? The answer is ridiculously simple. Collectives. In recent years there have been examples of people organizing collectives. New Era Windows and Doors in Chicago, for example, took over a window factory after the company they worked for failed. Their business model is based on “enough.” Enough pay and benefits to live with dignity. Without 95+% of profits being sucked off by one or a few people a rational way of living and working is possible.

Also, as societies become more and more commercial, other communal structures that should evolve naturally and probably would evolve naturally free of the fear of being left out in the cold are lacking. An example of this is barn raising. In a healthy community everybody would come together and contribute as they can to accomplish something for the greater good.

The jobs, jobs, jobs paradigm is a recipe for eternal struggle and is one of the most pervasive and insidious beliefs that the left buys into.

Being Competitive

Across the political spectrum we hear how the United States must be competitive. You hear even the left wing talk show hosts saying, “we’ve got to be competitive with China.” No. No. No. We’ve got to cooperate with China. Everyone has to cooperate. It is the competitiveness that separates us all. Yes, there can be healthy competition. Healthy competition is good in sports. Maybe it was good in the space race. But when the loser goes hungry or their health suffers, competition is not good.

Part of this drive to be competitive is how the emphasis on schooling is related to being competitive in the market place. How awful is it to take beautiful young, naturally creative people and train them to be functioning commercial units. A school system packed with eager enthusiastic children who are being encouraged to find their own passion purely because it turns them on and not as a means to a commercial end would yield young adults who will bring about the changes we really need. And the fear that failure spells doom must be eliminated; changes need to take place outside the school system so that students can really follow their passion.

This is a case of the left failing to look outside the box. The solutions the liberals see is better training instead of a glowing vision of a new improved generation of free thinkers.

Robots Steal Jobs

I hear this over and over from news and talk show hosts on the left; robots are taking people’s jobs. I have heard this from some of the people I most respect in the media. It seems this hypnosis runs deep. It seems like a kneejerk reaction to anything that keeps people from working more. This is ridiculous. Just as explained above regarding the jobs, jobs, jobs paradigm the evil is not addressed as people panic as they feel trapped and are driven to work more for the man.

Robots don’t steal jobs, people do!

Let’s imagine a simple work scenario. Let’s say you have a small company; a cooperative with 5 employees, each working 5 eight hour days per week. That is a total of 200 hours of work per week. Now lets say one of the group walks in one morning and says, “hey guys, check it out. I did a little hunting and found this robot which is perfectly suited to do some of the work we do to produce our product.”

Should you be freaked out because your job could be threatened? No. You should be glad that your life just became a little easier.

So, lets say, for the sake of argument, that this robot can be paid for with only a small investment and once up and running it requires very little maintenance. So it turns out that this particular robot can do about 40 hours a week of work that the 5 employees have previously been doing. This is great. In a sane world this is what would happen: The workers, as a group, now only need to do 160 hours of work. 160/5=32. Voila. Everyone gets a day off. You have just entered the world of the 4 day workweek. It really is that simple.

So why don’t we see this? First and foremost, it’s because most companies aren’t collectives. Let’s say in a similar company to the one above, there are 5 workers and a boss; a boss who prioritizes his or herself over the employees with little concern for their welfare. For that boss the decision is simple. Fire one of the 5 workers, the robot replacing one of them, and all the profit from that robot goes right into his or her pocket.

The whole system is topsy turvy and completely out of balance because of the inequities created by those who do not have the welfare of the community at heart. Clearly, robots can help us work less and produce more. The dream of a work week of less than 40 hours can be realized.

So, instead of mindlessly going into fear mode and blaming something that is actually very useful, it’s time the left wakes up and directs their ire towards the greedy heartless capitalists who make the rules.

You Need Money to Live Well

When I lived in Santa Fe, I and a couple of friends went to a kind of retreat place called 10,000 Waves, where we enjoyed the hot tub and sauna and a beautiful serene environment. At one point I was thinking how, yeah, money can actually buy luxury such as this. Then it came to me that people all over the world have this without paying. It’s just part of their lives. It has nothing to do with wealth. People have saunas and hot tubs and communal pleasures and entertainment as a part of life. It is totally perverted to separate it and charge money. It’s like in our society they take everything of natural living away from us and sell it back to us in its most perverted form.

I once had a kind of epiphany about how the money paradigm enables poverty. This is what I wrote: Like the Atlanteans taking over domination of earth by demonstrating their crystal power, now, on this planet, first military, then more so money power has taken over earth. Other civilizations have invalidated their will and accept the money paradigm, which enables money to be used as a weapon. Having accepted the money paradigm, poverty is now possible. Poverty is the consciousness of more will oriented people denying their will and accepting the paradigm of control as status through material.

And this lofty status that money has been given, when accepted as a paradigm, multiplies the consequences. The rich get richer, the poor feed the rich. One way this is manifested that is rarely challenged by the left is the ease with which people across the social spectrum invest in big banks. Several years ago, during the Occupy Wall Street days, when there was a focus in the news on the awfulness of the big banks, there was some recognition of a movement to move your money into credit unions and other local banking institutions. And while it got some press, it never seemed to catch on. This is such a simple thing. Again, it comes down to communal thinking. The pull of the big banks is benefits. The downside is that you are giving your money to people who are using that money to make your life miserable. If not directly, indirectly.

This correlates with the lack of thought given to other ways the money paradigm, while looking good on the surface, actually undermines our lives. On a personal level, accumulating money and the leverage it gives us in life make the amount of money we have and saving on bargain purchases seem desirable. It’s not that simple. There are many side issues around making more and more money and spending money superficially efficiently that affect the big picture which will come back to haunt us. It is often the case that the ways in which money is made has consequences. It is often overlooked that beyond the obvious value of having more money left over today, the money you have may be worth less tomorrow because of your actions.

Efficiency must be, by definition, that which is the best for the balance and the harmony of the whole. Good feelings, pleasurable feelings and compatibility must be measures of efficiency. Justice must be taken into account. Values and ideals must be factored in. With true efficiency ease instead of dis-ease will prevail.

The liberal left is deeply attached to money and in its most idealistic moments dreams of elevating the 3rd world so they can participate in our game. It rarely validates communal experience as an option.

Dates That Are Set To Accomplish Environmental Goals

Slowly, as more and more people recognize environmental issues, pressure is put on representatives in government to legislate for better standards and goals. But the problem is that it is all a charade. Even the politicians who truly believe in the necessity of these changes are totally hypnotized into believing that we don’t dare shake things up too much; yes, we must save the planet but not at the expense of shaking things up too much.

Forever laws are passed that guarantee us better mileage for our cars in 20 years. Or a reduction to a reasonable amount of some toxic pollutant by 2050. For one thing when so much time is allowed to make the changes, there is really no pressure; in the span of such a long time new lawmakers can come along and reverse those laws; they don’t have much teeth. And when so much time is allowed, there is no need to get on the ball; it creates a kind of “we’ll get around to it” attitude.

The time frame needs to be radically shrunk. There has to be a simple recognition: either we are going to do this or we aren’t. And for even the biggest changes, like for example ridding the planet of energy from oil, think of a span of 10 years. Seems too fast? Is that really too radical? Now think of all the energy put into instruments of destruction that takes place in ten years. Think of the billions of dollars that were spent, millions of tons of metal that was manufactured for bombs and jets to destroy Iraq. Think of all the factories that are still building newer better nuclear bombs. Think of all the people in so many factories spending so much energy to build pipes for oil and to construct supertankers.

Heck, every car manufacturer retools all of their assembly lines every year just because people want their new car to look different and have new features. In 10 years we could retool the planet. Imagine after Pearl Harbor, the Congress meeting and deciding we would have our factories churning out enough planes and battleships to meet the crisis by 1975. It’s ludicrous. And so is the time frame we accept to deal with global warming and other environmental issues.

False Choices

Politicians love to give us false choices that are repeated by the media and even the left wing pundits pass them on to us as reality. One example would be the Iran nuclear deal. First of all the entire narrative was a lie. All empirical evidence shows that we are a much bigger threat to Iran than they are to us. We have prominent politicians chanting “bomb Iran” and we have military bases surrounding the country. But since we are a benevolent power and they are evil, they are not allowed to have nuclear weapons. Khadafy gave up his weapons of mass destruction and we blew him away. Truly no country should have nuclear weapons, but we are talking hypocrisy here.

Regarding the deal with Iran, pushing for the deal, President Obama warned that “any future president that wants to prevent Iran from having a nuclear bomb has only one option. If the deal isn’t passed, then the only option is war.” Really?! And this became the paradigm of the left. Our good democratic president wants to seal this deal because it is the only thing between us and war with Iran. And what this did is not only further the myth that we, as good guys, want to do this to avoid war for the betterment of all, but it gave us license to attack Iran should they not meet our standards; not as an aggressive force but as a necessity.

This is just one example of false choices given to us on a daily basis by the government and the media. One needs to be extremely aware of the narrative. It is one of the most insidious features of a government that few people seem to be even aware of. Obama is very good at this. We are told a story and it is implied that this is how we should see it.

The media is really good at promoting these false choices and arbitrary narratives. They do it in some cases because they want to further them, but they also do it because they are just as hypnotized as everyone else.

Something else that is really common in pretty much all of the media, left to right, that is similar, is when reporting what some politician says, they say instead what the politician wants you to believe. If, for example, Obama says, “I want to end the war in Afghanistan” you will see headlines saying: Obama Wants To End The War. This is horrible journalism. There is no evidence for this. It perpetuates the myth of authority being trustworthy. The headline should read: Obama Says He Wants To End The War.

Empire

The United States has an empire of epic proportions. We have a military that is as big as the next 10 biggest militaries combined. We have 800 military bases in 70 countries; all the other countries in the world have 42 foreign bases. Last year we carried out special military operations in 150 countries. We are the only country whose military is omnipresent around the globe. And it is not idle. Control of natural resources and control of conditions to meet our “interests” is the goal. Obama went so far as to say to the United Nations, the world body where we supposedly work out our differences, “The United States of America is prepared to use all elements of our power, including military force, to secure these core interests in the region. … We will ensure the free flow of energy from the region to the world.”

The false paradigm here is that we are not an empire. The idea of the United States being an empire seems to fall into the category of conspiracy theory. When we hear in the news that one of our battleships faced off against a Chinese ship in the China Sea nobody bats an eye. But imagine what the news would be like if this took place in the Gulf of Mexico. Imagine for a minute if the Russian, Iranians, and the Chinese regularly stationed battleships in the Gulf of Mexico. People would be shocked.

There seems to be a mass hypnosis that assumes it’s normal and fine for the US to dictate the standards for the planet. This is one of the most destructive paradigms in American society. America is empirically the most violent, destructive and brutal country on the planet, by far. We, as a country, make more people’s lives miserable than any other country, by far.

Every once in a while a story will emerge that puts the US in a bad light, like attacking the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Afghanistan, for example. But even as stories like this evoke a discussion about the behavior of the United States, what is almost never brought up is what the hell we are doing there in the first place.

The United States military is an evil. That is fact. The false paradigm is the pervasive hypnosis among so many good people that simply refuses to acknowledge the reach and intent of the United States military as totally perverted and wrong down to its roots.

Drugs

Out of the mouths of left leaning politicians and media, there seems to flow an endless stream of statements that distort the whole picture of drugs in the world. Well meaning people are forever saying things and using words that completely distort the picture and create false narratives which makes the solutions to drug related issues more remote.

One is the forever repeated phrase of “drug violence.” The violence is not drug violence; it is money violence. Whether it is the addict robbing for money for their fix or the drug lords fighting over turf, it is all about money. If all drugs were legal, all drugs could be bought at such ridiculously low prices (or self grown) that we could effectively end all “drug violence”. We could end the slaughter taking place in Mexico almost overnight. The first step is that every time someone is tempted to say “drug violence” they need to say “money violence because of drug’s illegality”.

And here I want to critique some wrong thinking about drugs that comes from well meaning people and groups who want to help but actually muddy the waters. In a recent survey which came to me in an email from the Drug Policy Alliance there were several questions that puts the person trying to answer them in a situation where to do so is to buy into false paradigms.

The first question was a multiple choice question:

Most people agree that the drug war has failed. What do you think are good alternatives for dealing with drug use in our society? (check all that apply)

- Legalize all drugs (i.e., legally regulate their production and sale)

- Legalize just marijuana

- Treat personal drug use as a health concern, rather than a punishable offense

- Invest more resources into effective drug education and prevention

- Focus on policies that reduce the harms of drug use and addiction

Right off the top the choices in the first option are too limited. There is no option of just legalizing all drugs. It is assumed that if you believe in legalizing drugs, then you must believe that the government should regulate their production and sale. It’s no more the government’s business if I grow, make, or sell drugs or where I get my drugs than it is if I take them. If people have concerns about quality and want to make sure that their heroin is pure, then by all means have a system where certain dealers’ heroin is regulated and government approved and people can choose that option if they want. But don’t legislate that all drugs must be regulated.

And then the two options regarding drug use as a health concern and offering drug education corner the respondent where other options are possible.

In the first one there is no option to treat some drug use as a health concern; it’s all or nothing. Yes, there are addicts that need our compassion and help but it is absurd to think that all drug use is a health issue. This is still buying in to the drugs are evil quagmire.

In the second drug education and prevention are lumped together. This option in the survey seems to indicate that drug education would naturally lead to prevention, and seems to imply that is desirable. Certainly drug use can sometimes be a positive thing in and of itself and it’s ridiculous to think that every time someone takes drugs, it is in weakness. Honest drug education would teach people how much heroin or alcohol can ruin your life but it would also teach the benefits (and risks) of an acid trip in the rain forest.

And more on the health issue. In an email from Jill Stein, the Green Party’s presidential candidate, a very rational voice from the way far left, even she promotes a false paradigm, mentioning meeting with activists concerned about drug laws, citing someone who had been locked up for 13 years for possession of 36 grams of crack cocaine and saying “a substance many health experts consider less harmful than alcohol.”

This is really counterproductive. Who cares if it was 1 gram or 10 kilos? This is supposed to shock me because it was only 36 grams, intending to evoke more sympathy than if it they had been caught with way more. And who cares how dangerous it is?! This is not the point. Even if it kills you, it’s nobody else’s business. We don’t need experts. We don’t health evaluations. We need to do the right thing because it is the right thing and make all drugs legal because it is nobody else’s business what we do with our own bodies.

Then we can begin rationally dealing with any issues caused by drugs as a community and work to make things better. Think. Certainly more people are killed and lives ruined by cars than drugs. But we don’t make them illegal; we work with the reality that we choose to have cars and now what can we best do about it.

Summary

There are big changes coming. What’s happening in the world now is that everybody must decide which side to take. Everybody must decide to get together as a community and end war and physical conflict, take care of each other, and save the planet from even more catastrophic upheaval OR to continue along the path of resistance to unity, and to real freedom, and continue in denial. The decision is whether to expand in love or to contract in fear.

Martin Luther King said it so well. He saw it. “The arc of the moral universe is long, but it bends towards justice.” People are evolving. In people’s hearts and souls kindness and an abhorrence of abuse and suffering is growing. Unfortunately, with the earth’s climate so out of balance and with the horrors of war carried out as business as usual, the time is now.

The good caring people of the left harboring false paradigms need to get out of denial and the avoidance of the discomfort of change, rub the cobwebs from their eyes and participate, and to stop believing anything they are told and develop a curiosity and hunger for the truth.

Be excellent to each other.

 

About the Author

I was born in Seattle and spent the first 30 years of my life in the Pacific Northwest. Well, except for 4 school years in a private Quaker boarding school in Pennsylvania, which was a great communal living experience. I think this had a far reaching and profound effect on my life. I have since lived in many different places, mostly favoring the West Coast; Olympia, Bellingham, San Juan Island, San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz, Santa Fe, Maui, Kauai and currently Sebastopol, California. Integral in my experience has been a number of trips to Europe, mostly spending my time in the area around Innsbruck, Austria, where I have so many dear friends.

Work has also been varied; most of it being for myself. I have worked as a carpenter and with a partner built 2 houses in the mountains (one in Idaho, one in Washington) using almost exclusively hand tools. In Santa Cruz, I started my own business building and selling portable massage tables of my own design and did that for many years.

I love music; my favorites being classical music of the more sublime nature (Debussy, for one) and psychedelic era rock of which I consider the Beatles to be the ultimate. My favorite instrument is the human voice. Music has been a cornerstone of my life and has carried me through many peaceful and turbulent times.

I love to get out and ramble around on my mountain bike. It keeps me young; not the exercise so much as the playfulness and freedom of it.

And my most recent passion is playing strategic eurogame board games with friends.

Check out my interview and author page on Shakespir here.

Other Books by Roger Brown

I have five books finished at this time. They are:

 

The Truth Seeker’s Handbook has been published in print and as an eBook. I kept journals for over 20 years, writing almost every day. Much of the philosophy, the struggles leading to learning and the attitudes that helped me get through life appears in this book. It has a section dealing with major life themes, one about our relationship to the Earth, one retelling stories of serendipity, and finally a section of reminders to help along the way.

Excerpt from The Truth Seeker’s Handbook:

Delight in truth at all costs. We really must accept everything we experience. Simply say, yes, this is happening to me. We tend to avoid and repress and choose against less pleasant feelings. What a rip-off! They offer powerful information as to what is going on; information as to the reason why we don’t at the moment have pleasant feelings. The desirable feelings validate flow and rightness. The unpleasant ones are the ones needing the most attention.

 

Heading Out is poetry and prose and has been published in print and as an eBook. Cryptic and cosmic might be good words to describe these writings; word adventures. Poetry is an individual thing and I can’t say for sure you will like them, but look for it and check out the free eBook sample.

A short poem from Heading Out:

Popsicle process brings freedom … in heat.

What was ice yields a watery treat.

When we allow ourselves to have what we need

That water fertilizes and brings life to our seed.

 

Encounters is about encounters with women in my life that were romantic and sometimes intimate but does not include the girlfriends or lovers of duration. It is all journal entries in real time; usually my initial feelings, the encounter evolving, and finally myself seeking resolution and completion for myself and hopefully us. These encounters took place mostly during my 20’s and 30’s and are very gutsy and emotional. I have been a very emotional person and it may surprise some people to read a man’s feelings essentially unedited.

Excerpt from Encounters:

I approached her during a thunderstorm downpour on the main sunning deck (at Harbin Hot Springs). I was attracted to her and felt an immediate thrill from and affection for her. I wanted her. I spent some time with her and got to know her a little. I slept next to her on the sleeping deck. She let me know she needed space. She removed my hand gently from her body, but didn’t let go. She held my hand a few moments more. What a beautiful softening of the space between us that she required. I was hurt and felt rejected, although I appreciated her communication and integrity. I cried. Strange sleep. Dreams. I felt again defeated but fought it, hung in there.

 

Incontrovertible Truths and Wisdom may still need some finishing touches but the eBook should appear soon. This is a compilation of most of the journal entries which didn’t appear in any of my other books, but that I felt needed to see the light of day. I organized them into such categories as Cosmic, Philosophy and Attitude, Love, Society, and several more.

Excerpt from Incontrovertible Truths and Wisdom:

I heard Earth Angel on the radio today and thought about the American Dream and its surfacing in the 50’s and the dreamy songs reflecting it. I was overwhelmed with a rush of rightness. Sure it is distorted. Sure its means are destructive. But the dream – to have comfort and ease and the time and space to relax and expand, time to create, to have comfortable homes is fine. It sparked a spiritual movement which unfortunately was complicated by an awesome opportunity to be corrupted by material and sensory numbing diversions. But the dream itself, it’s not only the American Dream but a soul’s dream. To mellow a life in a body. To find harmony. I’m all for it.

 

Space Hobos Tilling the Earth . Finally, during my 20+ years of journal writing I wrote down a ton of dreams. They filled an 800 page MS Word document. I trimmed it down to the most interesting; cosmic, bizarre, revealing. I probably won’t publish this in print unless there is a demand for it, but see no reason not to publish it as an eBook. It needs some more work and will be a while. It is named after a dream’s revelation of what we are all doing down here.

The title dream:

I dreamt there was a really exotic expensive neighborhood and somehow it burned. An old lady commandeered a bulldozer and ran amok, smashing things and eventually getting stuck in several feet of mud. Then I was computer selecting parts of the neighborhood to repair or modify them. The most memorable dream-like event of the night was that I awoke once with this phrase sounding in my head: Space hobos tilling the Earth.

 

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False Paradigms of the Left

The keyword here is hypnosis. I have observed when having discussions with people how common it is that people have a base set of standards that have absolutely nothing to do with functional reality; they are simply an accepted (from parents, church, teacher, scientist, authority figures) set of beliefs and accordingly behavioral patterns. Choices are made completely out of awareness. Actions are taken with the blind assumption that it's ok. And conversely when rhetoric or actions or attitudes contradict their paradigms, these are viewed as extreme, crazy, idealistic, and even dangerous. Dangerous to the status quo that is the fundament of their stability; all that the unquestioning mind has to hold onto. This is essentially the roots of fascism. Yes, I know, it's a heavy word to use to criticize the liberal left. But it's true. I grew up in Seattle and for high school I went back East to a private boarding school in Pennsylvania. In spite of not having really been political at all at this point in my life, but being a student of human nature, I observed something very interesting. I noticed that on the East Coast people were classified as conservatives or liberals. Upon further observation I realized that these were two ends of a very limited spectrum. The indoctrination was deep. What was missing in this spectrum was the concept of a free thinker; someone who observed and reflected and wasn't beholden to any camp. Now I must say that many of the things I have been saying as a voice in the wilderness for pretty much all of my life are now being expressed more and more by many people. During the Occupy Wall Street days it became clear to me that a new generation of souls have arrived that really don't see why we can't have it all. They see ideals not as fools errands but as realistic attainable ways of life; it's just that the old assumptions, capitalism as an assumed standard for one, don't work and have to go. This strikes fear in the hearts of those who won't let go. Broadly speaking, these people fall into two categories: those who are just plain greedy and profit from the way things are and really don't give a shit about anyone else, and those who are just too afraid to rock the boat, sometimes out of timidity and sometimes out of fear of anarchy. To those who fear anarchy I can only say look around you. It's already here. We have corporations taking public property (forests, oil, coal, minerals, water), commandeering it, plundering it while leaving a polluted wasteland behind, then selling it back to us at an obscene profit. We have weapons manufacturers lobbying our elected officials to make war so they can turn a profit. We have people being locked up in private for-profit prisons to meet quotas made with the government. So to the point of this paper: The left end of the political spectrum does seem to be a little more compassionate. I'll grant them that. But the policies and social standards that they live by and argue for are, for the most part, incredibly destructive at their core. And to those freethinkers in the media and elsewhere who are open beyond the hypnosis and paradigms I outline below, I applaud you. Keep up the good work. Let's look at some of the false paradigms of the left.

  • ISBN: 9781370373628
  • Author: Roger Golden Brown
  • Published: 2016-08-19 13:00:15
  • Words: 6564
False Paradigms of the Left False Paradigms of the Left