What does that mean?
(Video edited for brevity original video @ Aspen Institute Youtube channel)
A Gutenberg Revolution…
…TV has made us think we are stupider than we are..
As often is the case I will hear something from someone that may have been said many times, when suddenly it clicks in a new way for me. Perhaps that is a commentary on my intellectual abilities or lack thereof, but I think it has more to do with escaping habitual thinking, if just for a moment. In this case it happened in the first seven and a half minutes of the interview/Q&A at Aspen Ideas.
Perhaps I am a little thick because I have found listening to Jordan Peterson for any extended period a little tedious at times. Not necessarily from what he says but likely the mind stretching and workout necessary on my part to follow him. Probably laziness more than anything, if I were honest.
But in this case, while most of the interview is a rehash with tweaks of what has been said many times, he comments on the fact of the internet and its ability to reach a lot of people, a given you might say, at this point in time, but what is striking is the fact that we are living in one of those periods of history that will be looked back on as a turning point, for a very long time.
It is probably more accurate to call it a convergence, and not all of the elements are compatible with one another. That necessitates decisions about the path we take from here.
We have heard from various sources about a great awakening. If you listen to the people heavily involved in the Trump movement in the U.S. you often hear the expression from the movie Matrix wherein the character Neo is brought out of the Matrix and sees it for what it is, which is now called being “red-pilled” in the lexicon of popular expressions. This is one type of “awakening.” Continue reading
Return To/Rediscovering God
The video is over one hour but very informative. I have written an essay in summary with my own thoughts interspersed with audio clips, which I will link here.
Although it is not a critical part of this discourse, the sad connection that for me shows a weakness from the 1960’s and tends to weaken Sheldrake’s credibility, is the incorporation of psychedelic drugs into the worldview, uncritically. It seems to me that an ideology, philosophy, or spirituality that tends to use psychedelics as even an enhancer, cannot help but be suspect at the outset. Graham Hancock is another one, in my opinion, who’s work is important and truthful, as well as challenging to the mainstream, yet who’s credibility is damaged by his allegiance to psychedelics.
Now I realize that what both Sheldrake and Hancock believe and propose does not require drugs in any way for their truth or practice. However, in the discussion of consciousness, it is inevitable that the subject of altered states of consciousness comes up, and of course the part that psychedelics have played in the past. Neither one seems to be willing to take a principled stand against the practice, and apparently that is because they do not have any such principle.
That seems to be, as I have pointed out already, an unfortunate artifact of the period in which Sheldrake and others came to prominence, but many others have been able to leave it behind, both in practice and principle. Continue reading