I highly recommend a visit to this site for insight into the deadly serious game self-consciousness is engage in these days through modern civilization. Below is a comment I left there.
There appears to be a fractal force within reality which is cyclic. The Maya dug into this phenomenon deeply and offer wisdom on the process. J.J. Montagnier in his thought-provoking work https://energyshifts.net/the-cyclic-reordering-of-civilizations/ elaborates on this ancient wisdom of the stars and nature. The Mayan calendars offer insight to the cyclic influence to man and his organizations. This is worth reflecting on because it appears humanity is near a point of departure.
Carl Schmidt said “A society built exclusively on progressive technology would thus be nothing but revolutionary; but it would soon destroy itself and its technology.” Alan Watts said “Someone or something beyond conscious control must overthrow the Devil at the right moment, for, being an archangel he can read thoughts and is always aware of the intention that precedes the act. He can be defeated only by an act without prior intent. “let not your left hand know what your right hand doeth.” Now in Christian terminology this “someone or something beyond conscious control” is called the grace of God, and grace is held to be the only means of overcoming the machinations of the Devil, that is, of the vicious circle into which self-consciousness can lead us.” This is, put simply, being natural. Let go of fear which drives man to control his environment. Fearing fear somehow leads to the attempted mechanization of the very beat heart of life.
The cyclic expresses determinism and free manifested in play for only nature can enjoy itself and overcome. In an ascending level of abstraction naked intelligence embraces itself in self love only to die and be reborn in connection to the sacred. Aldous Huxley said “For the radical and permanent transformation of personality only one effective method has been discovered –that of the mystics.” Mysticism is the only means to live this process but mysticism is itself cyclic so one can’t remain awakened nor can one remain in the self-reflected ego. Civilization in abstraction has its own fractal expression of this mystic cycle. It appears the end of the process is the age of the machine which is the age of death. Currently one can imagine we are at that very furthest point of paralysis that comes with mechanization when the machine runs away with itself.
I am a naturalist based upon the connectivity of the Native American with oral culture and the real science of living. I am a mystic with our vast spirituality of consciousness respecting comparative thought. I am an enjoyer of Taoism because its deepness is beyond me. I seek to emulate the natural process that governs man. Be natural and nature will support you. Unfortunately, man is now mostly urban and organized. Nature is to be controlled and manipulated in the service of intelligence. Some how this is nature and its process because exceptionalism does not apply to nature except within nature. Man is just an expression of this process.
The rebirth will likely be post civilization because like the mechanization of intelligence, civilization will destroy itself. Abstractions aside, we the individual go on living among the dinosaurs of these abstractions with needs of the flesh. If awakened and transformed then humility and acceptance call on one to build a life boat and embrace a disposition of palliative care. The denial of death is difficult until the journey is embraced. It is then we can embrace the cyclic and live. This results in optimistic pessimism of living the journey and dying a good death.
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Very good post. Shoal. Excellent. It made me think of one of my all time favourite books;
Zen and the Art of Making a Living – by LAURENCE G. BOLDT
Extract – Pages 95 to 97:
“The Grail Quest or the Bourgeois Nest?
Work is one of the great topics of humankind. We can know no people—their culture, history, art, or religion—without understanding their approach to work. In seeking to understand a historically distant
culture, the anthropologist is interested, not only in the work these people did and how they did it, but why they did it.
It is not enough for the anthropologist to know of a people’s artifacts and technologies; she must know something of their myths if she would understand them. In the same way, we cannot understand ourselves without a knowledge of the myths we live and work by. In this introduction, we will briefly
explore a central myth that has shaped our attitudes toward work in the modern age. We will then suggest an alternative vision of work for the postmodern era.
Myths shape our attitudes and aspirations in ways we scarcely recognize, grabbing hold of our imaginations and channeling our energies into prescribed patterns of behavior. Today, our dominant
myth about work is the myth of “a world of little kings.” This myth provides a social ideal, a measure for judging the relative worth of various activities and members of society. It is a view of life that
many today are finding to be personally empty and socially ruinous.
Modern Times: Man in the Machine Age
It all began—not with the water wheel or the steam engine, the railroad or mass production—the modern world was born with the ticking of a clock. We don’t really know when the first clock appeared in Europe. We do know that by 1335, the people of Milan could hear their all- mechanical town clock strike out the hours. Later in the same century, domestic versions of the clock became available throughout Europe. By the sixteenth century, we had personal time in the form of the watch.
These early “time machines” were harbingers of a profound shift in the world view—one that would touch virtually every aspect of human life— the dawn of the machine age.
We have been gearing up ever since. Time has become more precise and more “valuable” as the years have rolled by. Today time is money, as every child in day care knows. We save, borrow, and spend
time until our bodily gears are exhausted. If we could travel back in time, we would, no doubt, have a difficult time explaining to a thirteenth-century peasant that today we “have no time,” that we feel
under time “pressure,” that time is “getting away from us,” that we are in a “time crunch.”Gears, clocks, and hourly wages just weren’t known in the Middle Ages. Man lived by the calendar, the sacred holidays and festivals marking the passage of cyclical time, recounting an endless drama of life, death, and regeneration.
While calendarial time is based on nature’s seasons and the earth’s place in the universe, clock time is an abstraction of the mind. The shift from calendar to clock time took natural man into an abstract, linear world, sectioned off into minute particles. Life was no longer to be organized around the rhythms of nature but around a machine—the clock.”
[Extact taken from: Zen and the Art of Making a Living – by LAURENCE G. BOLDT –
Copyright © Laurence G. Boldt, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1999 All rights reserved]
Amazing, JJ, I was thinking about clocks and their metaphysical primal expression as the embryo of the dawning machine age as a subject of a future post. The age sprung forth with the clock. I am also delving into the nature of the pendulum which is a component of many mechanical clocks. Apparently, we are connecting metaphysically, lol. I downloaded the book. I will get a hard copy for my library. I am a coinsurer of Zen works. I have multiple Alan Watts books.
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Yes, you mentioning Taoism made me think of this book – and the same author has a book titled: ‘The Tao of Abundance’.
Here’s a recommended watch – the latest discussion with Simon Michaux – he touches on a lot of factors that match our observations too:
A dicussion on morality …
JJ, I think 5 years is debatable for the whole system. I see a hypothermic response where the core regions consolidate energy, economics, and resources at the expense of the periphery. Here the periphery will be nation state but also regions within regions. This will be the end of the world as we know it in an era of “Emergency”. Discretionary directed wealth will evaporate. Rich and poor alike will experience abandonment, dysfunction, and the irrational. This will take different forms for rich, middle class, and poor.
The rich will find their abstract wealth heavily discounted and, in many cases, worthless. They will find many of their physical assets stranded. Summer homes and toys won’t be viable. They will be directly exposed to needs that will require personal effort. This will be a dramatic change from the days of services for hire.
The middle class will turn into the working poor and struggle to manage a 40% discount on their way of life. Gone will be many of the enjoyments of this group like gave them motivation to work hard and save. Yet, many in this group will be those who are positioned well in niches that will have a future. Those will small and nimble businesses. Man, who are hard workers, younger, and in the right niches will find purpose.
Many in the working poor will become homeless. Many are just going to die. The thermodynamics of energy point to this. So, we are going to see mass starvation occur in waves and in zones that can’t support humans. These areas are the already overpopulated cities and places that can’t maintain habitable living without big energy inputs. These places would be those that have climate extremes but also areas resource poor with water, energy, and food.
We are going to see disasters happen that won’t be rebuilt. Tornados, Hurricanes, and earthquakes will not be recovered from. Mass migration will overwhelm places nearby. Industrial areas that are highly toxic will also become uninhabitable. The most troubling are the many radioactive waste ponds that dot the earth that could go critical.
Social situation is a tricky one. We may see wars that will hasten the decline and destroy areas because there will not be recovery. We may see a coming together of regions that can benefit from cooperation. We will likely see both situations. Hopeful the world will not engage in a global conflict with nuks but of course the globalist are hell bent on the fourth turning happening in their own image. This of course is the wrong approach on all metrics of survival. I see them as the Dr. Strangelove with policies of madness that cults engage in near the end. It may be the case their elites will be eliminated sooner than later by their destructive polices becoming so unpopular with the masses that they are collectively lynched like a Mussolini.
I could go on and on. You and I both understand this. The majority of the population are in cognitive dissonance and this is on all levels. It is hard to live in the surreal world of a doomer. Honest science is not allowed anymore among leadership. I am doing what I can to batten down the hatches for the coming storm but there is only so much that can be done. Luck is going to play a big part in this.
I agree with your overall assessment, Shoal and won’t elaborate on it – you have covered it all. That’s why I try to also focus on the spiritual, because without the spiritual it would be very hard to make it through. Man can not live from bread alone, he also needs spirit.
On that note, here’s a power-track about mechanization: