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You don't have to be a new age bohemian or break out the chakra crystals on a regular basis to acknowledge the existence of a "collective consciousness," a concept which simply refers to the current shared views and perspectives of a society. As is most often the case in people, the views and perspectives of a society tend to evolve and mature over time.

50 years ago, the collective consciousness of the U.S. held that segregation was OK. Had we reflected more, perhaps we would have realized sooner the simple ignorance of this view, and wouldn't have needed such a messy movement to help us come to our senses. But reflection and second-guessing have never been our strong suit. We're much more interested in winning the argument.

Today, we look back on that time with dismay. How could we have been so stupid? And yet we're no less sure of ourselves, no less eager to defend to the death the various views we've chosen to identify with. On a personal level, we’re emotionally removed enough to reminisce on the naivety of our youth, or even laugh at our shortsighted indiscretions of a few years ago. But the conflict in our lives now? We have no greater inclination to look for its source in the mirror today than we did at any point in our lives.

Thankfully for us humans, as sure as the universe expands outward, our collective consciousness is on a constant trajectory up. The question, then, is not whether we're better off or smarter than we were 50 years ago. Clearly, we are. The question for those concerned about our present and future state of affairs is whether our collective consciousness will evolve quick enough to salvage a world worth living in. Will we be able develop a more sane, sustainable way of interacting with the earth and each other before it’s too late? Will we finally enable socially conscious couples to answer in the affirmative the now commonly pondered question of whether or not it is moral to bring a child into the world? To many, the recent appearance of not only the Occupy movement, but the numerous other ongoing revolutions around the planet, offer some hope that our collective consciousness just might be in the process of going into overdrive.

So what exactly does that mean? What is wrong with our consciousness now and what would a more enlightened consciousness look like? It would express itself in different ways, but perhaps the most succinct way of summarizing it would be that a more enlightened consciousness would greatly enhance humanity’s ability to self-correct. In other words, by taking a genuine interest in the actual issues at hand, and giving the issues themselves priority over our own tendency to personalize and defend previously self-identified views on those issues, we would greatly enhance our ability to make effective decisions, as well as our ability to make adjustments to those decisions if an oversight is made.

Why did we segregate 50 years ago? Really, how did it happen? Back then, great debates were held among society’s thought leaders, grappling with that ever so high-minded conundrum - the sensibility of using skin tone to classify a particular strain of humans as inferior. Were those debates held in good faith? Were they honest attempts at increasing understanding and arriving at the best possible solution for all, as they were no doubt purported to be? Or were they more like a boxing match? Knockdown drag-out affairs with the sole motive of vanquishing the opposition, with no greater understanding achieved, no clarity gained, and with both participants always emerging bloodier than before.

Nevertheless, as the specter of injustice grew so ugly and offensive in our collective consciousness as to become unavoidable, we were dragged, kicking and screaming, into reforms that allowed us to reclaim the moral solace needed to sleep at night. But that solution, like all our other solutions since then, was a band-aid. It stopped the bleeding, but our ability to handle the knife was none the better. Today, however, there is the palpable sense among many that, at last, we have arrived at a critical point - a recognition that continuing to use band-aids is no longer good enough. We have to learn, finally, how to better handle the knife.

Armed with this new skill, humanity will regain its recently neglected but perfectly natural ability to see ridiculousness in the moment, rather than having to wait years for hindsight’s 20/20 vision to kick in. We will empower ourselves to identify propaganda - not only in the world, but in our own minds as well.

In that spirit, in the midst of our rapidly expanding collective consciousness, what are the typically unexamined aspects of our society that, if viewed without the usual filters of pre-established dogma, blind acceptance or stubborn ideology, could only be seen as utterly and undeniably ridiculous? These aspects might be political or religious institutions, systems of governance, laws, cultural norms, ways of doing things, or mere states of mind. Plenty of things come to mind for me, but for the sake of respecting the internet’s brevity bias, I’ll save those reflections for the future, and welcome yours as well.

This post and others appears at Primitive Times, a new media source documenting and reflecting on these primitive times, currently focusing on the Occupy movement.

Originally posted to Primitive Times on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 01:05 PM PDT.

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  •  Media is largely responsible (6+ / 0-)

    in my eyes, for a lot of problems we have with the collective consciousness right now.  It takes a lot to pull that wool from over your eyes when there is a constant barrage of lies being spewed at you and the viewpoints presented are incredibly narrow.  Delegitimizing the major media outlets is step one in that fight.

    There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

    by AoT on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 02:04:37 PM PDT

    •  Agreed. (1+ / 0-)
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      Most people are simply too busy to realize the inherent corruption of having the overwhelming majority of their information and entertainment provided by an extremely small number of self-serving, self-preserving institutions. The internet is definitely helping in this regard, but still, it takes a lot more effort to be informed and most people simply don't have the time. Little by little, I do believe we're waking up though.

      Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

      by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 03:40:05 PM PDT

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  •  Very nice (0+ / 0-)

    But a little over the head for many knuckle draggers here.

    Every little bit could wake a couple more up, thank you.

    This was a long time ago, they probably called him
    a conspiracy theorist or tin hatter.

    The military industrial complex killed him, bush I groomed
    in the cia, when reagan took office there were 50 distinct
    media companies, now it is 5 and those said to share the same board of directors. They can do anything they want.

    Reagan said the problem was govt then proceeded to
    blow out deficit spending via the military industrial complex kensian spending theory forgetting if you build it the boys will want to play war.

    Once addicted to the debt koolaide it is difficult to turn back and it built and built financializatio ponzie leveles upon the original reagan debt just to maintain the interest on the reagan debt with more debt, until it is finished.

    When it is finished when they can't sell any more debt to finance interst payments, and then they
    start just printing counterfeit and leveraging up the military adventures, for libyan gold, or urganda oil, it never ends.

    stick a fork in it.

    And it doesn't matter who is president there is no difference at the central planning control levels.
    Next you get white obama ( romney ) and seemless
    debt war ponzie terror.

  •  Why stop there (0+ / 0-)

    This might as well have occured today, point by point.
    Of course the reference to the communists is translated
    to the central command authority, some call the globalists, the military industrial complex, the illuminati, in any case the owners of the American's
    taxation and armed forces.

  •  This is called (0+ / 0-)

    #EtherSec; it's a joy to behold.  I write a lot of EtherSec as well, let me know if you'd like some links.  You may want to add EtherSec to your tags.

    Thanks for helping me get back to center, I need it right now.

  •  ok, I liked this (3+ / 0-)
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    AoT, Killer of Sacred Cows, annan

    I like anything that raises the level so maybe we can start to think clearer - just a little clearer than before.

    Many of us have moaned about how the repubs have taken us back 40 or 50 years in their war on women. Is it because we all didn't get it the first time? Do we have to relive it all again so EVERYone gets it? That women don' t have to live in the 19th century anymore - that we get to determine when and if we have babies? Well, I got it in 1966 when I made my first appointment to get birth control pills (Whoops, not married yet!!)

    Here's another - when do we all get it that loving someone is the big important thing and who the heck cares if you happen to love a man - or a woman?? Forming a relationship is the transforming thing for yourself and for everyone around you.

    OK, here is another - when do we ALL get it that we are wrecking our planet home? That the USA lifestyle is not sustainable anymore - not even for us?

    Is it things like this that you are talking about????

    So intolerant of intolerance!

    by redstella on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 06:09:40 PM PDT

    •  Well... probably. (2+ / 0-)
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      Is it because we all didn't get it the first time? Do we have to relive it all again so EVERYone gets it?
      Yes, we do.

      The people who fought for women's rights, at this point, are all pretty much dead. Yes, there are many feminists who have been fighting to sustain and increase women's rights, but this kind of discrimination hasn't been something that women, as a collective group, have experienced in the last fifty years - not the way they did before Roe v. Wade and other important rulings which the Wrong have been trying to roll back ever since.

      What's happening to women now is what was happening to women in the 1930s, 1940s, 1950s. And for the first time, the first generations of women to grow up with the protections that are being stripped away are realizing what it would mean not to have them.

      The Wrong has awakened a sleeping giant. They just don't realize it yet.

      "You're on your own" within the context of a society IS sociopathic. - kovie

      by Killer of Sacred Cows on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 07:00:15 AM PDT

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    •  Yes those are good examples. (0+ / 0-)

      Particularly about the planet- I am dumbfounded every time I hear someone say "Yes, we have to address global warming, but we have to do it in a way that doesn't harm our economy." Well, if there's no planet, then there's no economy! And could it be that our economic ways themselves, our need for neverending growth, is the cause of the problem? If that's more important to us than the planet itself, we're doomed.

      Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

      by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 04:03:03 PM PDT

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  •  I don't see it. (1+ / 0-)
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    Thankfully for us humans, as sure as the universe expands outward, our collective consciousness is on a constant trajectory up. The question, then, is not whether we're better off or smarter than we were 50 years ago.  Clearly, we are.
    Rather, ugly aspects of the (largely capitalist) world-system have been superseded by newer and still ugly aspects of the (largely capitalist) world-system.   Goodbye American apartheid system; hello global warming.

    The obvious aspect of "collective consciousness" is that it builds on that aspect of learning which collects and tests knowledge to "find a better way."  The problematic aspect of the "constant trajectory up" is that learning is all-too-often chained to capitalist discipline, to the human being as an adjunct to historic processes of capital accumulation.

    The question at hand for this era is one of whether or not some new process of discipline can be created to supersede capitalist discipline before it's too late.

    "nobody can do everything but everybody can do something." -- Gil Scott-Heron

    by Cassiodorus on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 06:10:40 PM PDT

    •  It's called #EtherSec (0+ / 0-)
      The question at hand for this era is one of whether or not some new process of discipline can be created to supersede capitalist discipline before it's too late.
      It's the cultivation and dissemination of unity consciousness as it relates to social interaction and politics.  A lot of us are doing it.

      There is only one life, all sentient beings share it.

      •  This is not a new idea (3+ / 0-)
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        In fact it is ages older than any of us.  The point Cassiodorus was trying to make was that we collectively are not on an upward trajectory necessarily.  We has been for the last few decades, but nothing is guaranteed.

        There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

        by AoT on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:06:14 PM PDT

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        •  You may (0+ / 0-)

          Have a different experience of unity consciousness than I do.  The concept of it being a "new" idea is bizarre from my standpoint; the application of it to current reality is "new" in that the dynamics have never been the same as they are now, nor from any one moment to the next.  Beyond that, no, nothing under the sun is "new."

          Regarding the upward trajectory issue, many of us feel the upward trajectory momentum has taken a sharp lurch upward recently.  If you're thinking about it as opposed to feeling it, it's probably correct that it's not an upward trajectory.  Very few of us who feel it disagree about the upward trajectory.

          •  Nothing has ever been the same as it is now (2+ / 0-)
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            And of course I have a different experience of unity of consciousness, don't we all?  My point is only that upward only applies if you're thinking, because up is an intellectual concept, not an emotional or intuitive concept.  Yes, those other forms have borrowed the language, but they are easily corrupted by the language.  Things aren't looking up, they're looking different.  And that might be better, but it's too soon to tell.

            There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

            by AoT on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:47:28 PM PDT

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            •  I disagree with this (0+ / 0-)
              My point is only that upward only applies if you're thinking, because up is an intellectual concept, not an emotional or intuitive concept.
              In meditation, I often feel myself vibrating higher or lower.  There is not only a distinct body sensation, but a different emotional sense, shift in perception and intuition, and different flow of thoughts.  I call that higher, because it feels higher.  It also feels cleaner and lighter.

              This is not the same thing that is happening when I'm reading or solving problems.

          •  Let me suggest an alternate perspective. (0+ / 0-)

            "nobody can do everything but everybody can do something." -- Gil Scott-Heron

            by Cassiodorus on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 10:19:09 PM PDT

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  •  beautiful, beautiful (3+ / 0-)
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    Xavier Onassis EMTP, AoT, annan

    I have read this diary over and over again today.  Even though it is about race, it applies to so much more than attitudes about race.  
    The evolution of our collective spirits begins with each of us.  We need to constantly examine ourselves and strive for that self-evolution within our personal lifetimes.
    We must have the strength to not be so heart broken as we navigate through those far less enlightened and stagnant, the evil of unconsciousness, and witness the pain and suffering inflicted upon us and others.  It is so hard not to lose hope and become discouraged.
    We must constantly reflect and forgive ourselves as well as, others and evolve ourselves personally.
    Gloriously, the process never ends.

    •  Thanks, glad you enjoyed it. (1+ / 0-)
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      Of course, the diary really isn't about race. Segregation was just the most obvious example I could think of to illustrate how "collectively unconscious" we're capable of being.

      I agree that evolution, and progress, for that matter, really begins with each of us. It starts with us, then we can expand out to our families, neighborhoods, communities, etc., to build the better world. It won't come from the top down, whether that "top" is government, corporations, or any other self-preserving institution.

      Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

      by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 03:34:15 PM PDT

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  •  Hopefully the universe won't start contracting (1+ / 0-)
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    Which is cosmologically possible, the universe is expanding at the moment, but it's not clear it will continue to do so - just as it's clearly possible for consciousness to shrink (say, when civilizations fall and men revert to survival mode). I get nervous when people say progress is inevitable, and not the result of human striving.

    If you take the long-term view, I think our times are even less enlightened when it comes to issues of material wealth and greed than even the distant past - there has been a devolution of consciousness in that respect. The thoroughly modern corporation is the Babel Tower of greed run amok, and I wonder if their present form might seem foolish to a more enlightened age, as indeed they would have to a more primitive one.

    •  You make some good points. (0+ / 0-)

      I think instead of saying progress is inevitable, a better way of saying it might be greater awareness is inevitable. By simply living on this planet, one acquires experiences which can only increase their knowledge and awareness. Things like science and technology- it isn't really possible to regress or become more stupid in this regard, is it? Our technologies and knowledge can only become better and more refined.

      The example you give about a civilization falling apart still in my mind illustrates a greater awareness of the population. If the world system today were to collapse, that wouldn't necessarily mean a collapse of awareness. It could mean that people have finally seen through the veil and decided to stop participating in our destructive tendencies. This would obviously be very chaotic and tumultuous, but perhaps required for the flowering of a more enlightened world, and not any more reflective of a lack of awareness than what we see today- the unconscious perpetuation of a corrupt system.

      I agree that, in many ways, we are far more ignorant than we've been in the past, particularly when you look at our culture and some of the stuff on TV. At the same time, however, I do believe more and more people are feeling a sense of inadequacy about it all and sensing that there is a better way, which is the feeling that sparked the Occupy movement. So, in terms of consciousness, I'd say we're both worse off and better off than we've ever been, and certainly much more ready for a fundamental shift than we've ever been in my lifetime, at least.

      Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

      by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 02:54:19 PM PDT

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      •  Sorry, I didn't mean to sound argumentative (0+ / 0-)

        And honestly, your diary is beautifully poetic. I, too, agree there seems to be something a bit different about this moment and its possibilities, but I'm sure many in the 1960s (hippy-ism) or 1920s (pacifism/flapperism/womens' rights) or 1870s (socialism/nationalism) would have said the same, and I'm not sure the results bore out the expectations of the poets.

        "By simply living on this planet, one acquires experiences which can only increase their knowledge and awareness. Things like science and technology- it isn't really possible to regress or become more stupid in this regard, is it?"

        Unless, of course, the lessons of past ages are forgotten, or hidden, or obfuscated. It might say something that the genesis of all our primary religions seems to be inordinately concentrated in the distant past. Although, it's probably true enough there is more of everything in this age, and less of any quality, so any new religions we have fall by the wayside almost as quickly as they start.

        Personally, I think we have a great social consciousness, a great collective consciousness of our experience on this planet - but if it's not handed down properly to the next generation, much will be for naught. A collapse of civilization (say, the fall of various Chinese dynasties or the collapse of classical civilization) is a break in the tapestry of progress that can erase all or part of the story.

        •  Not at all. (1+ / 0-)
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          Didn't think you were being argumentative. Nothing wrong with disagreeing or challenging something. You really do make some great points in ways I hadn't considered, so it's adding to my perspective and causing me to re-reflect on things. I have nothing to counter it with other than to say thanks.

          This, by the way, is the reason this moment does feel a bit different and more promising for me. The internet. The fact that I can broadcast my perspective to the world, and then have it updated/refined by someone else's perspective, is truly amazing. We are able to access limitless amounts of information and limitless other minds without regard to time or space, which has never been possible until fairly recently, and now we are really starting to take full advantage of its potential. It is rapidly increasing our awareness and intelligence and breaking barriers on a scale never before seen. Lets hope it leads to something good.

          Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

          by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 10:39:03 PM PDT

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  •   "...our collective consciousness is on a constant (2+ / 0-)
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    trajectory upwards."

    Maybe. I hope so. I can see occasional evidence.

    But this statement is an assertion, not a fact.

    The tenuousness of our existence on the thin skin of this big blue marble is overwhelming. Historically, culture, enlightenment, art and everything else of civilization has fallen before, in the face of mass ignorance, superstition, and hate.

    Remember those McCain rallies?

    •  The only way to make the statement true (0+ / 0-)

      is to fight for it.  Generally when I see people who are active in fighting for a better world making this statement I take it as a statement of hope.  When I see people who aren't active in making the world better I see it as a statement of passivity.

      There revolution will not be televised. But it will be blogged, a lot. Probably more so than is necessary.

      by AoT on Sat Mar 17, 2012 at 09:08:08 PM PDT

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  •  Repeat Major Theme, all encumbents out (0+ / 0-)

    At least O has proven that there is no difference,
    ok I will give him this pass maybe he was blackmailed,
    he still has to go.

    This is the pivotal moment of awareness for many, there
    is no legitimate govt, no party, no democracy, just the central command authority.

    Can you imagine they can buy or blackmail any law and call it legitimate from the democratic process, what a scam.

    If you teach the 20+ year senate permanent dictators a lesson about treason upon their oath, you could begin to make a difference.

    I will take any replacement of O, at least any transition period slows the globalists timetable, but still the same
    warfare, taxation, debt, terror.

  •  NY Times has an article that is apropos (2+ / 0-)
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    (You can always read NYT if you are following an external link.)

    Despite what you might have learned in Economics 101, people aren’t always selfish. In politics, they’re more often groupish. When people feel that a group they value — be it racial, religious, regional or ideological — is under attack, they rally to its defense, even at some cost to themselves. We evolved to be tribal, and politics is a competition among coalitions of tribes.

    The key to understanding tribal behavior is not money, it’s sacredness. The great trick that humans developed at some point in the last few hundred thousand years is the ability to circle around a tree, rock, ancestor, flag, book or god, and then treat that thing as sacred. People who worship the same idol can trust one another, work as a team and prevail over less cohesive groups. So if you want to understand politics, and especially our divisive culture wars, you must follow the sacredness.

    "I don't want to blame anyone. I just want to know how lowering taxes on the rich creates jobs" --Informed citizen at Congressional town hall

    by Time Waits for no Woman on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 07:52:53 AM PDT

  •  The idea of progress as the diarist raises (0+ / 0-)

    it here is somewhat naive.  As was pointed out above, we have short and culturally bound perspectives and it is easy to mistake change for progress.  Examining what is actually entailed in our idea of progress is worth some effort.  Try "The True and Only Heaven", Christopher Lasch.

    Where are we, now that we need us most?

    by Frank Knarf on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 08:27:44 AM PDT

    •  Hey Frank, I respond to this (0+ / 0-)

      in a comment above called "You make some good points." To summarize- It's true, progress isn't inevitable and I didn't mean to imply that. I would instead say greater knowledge and awareness is inevitable, which can lead to a number of possible outcomes. It may lead to massive civil unrest. This, however, wouldn't necessarily mean a loss of collective awareness. It might mean that society at large has become more aware and finally seen through the corrupt system. Obvious recent example- the Egypt revolution. Violent and chaotic, but undoubtedly signifying an increase in the awareness and consciousness of a civilization.

      Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

      by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 03:11:37 PM PDT

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      •  You're my favorite new DKer n/t (0+ / 0-)
        •  Thanks. (0+ / 0-)

          I'm honestly not sure how much I'll be here though. I'm not very political, and most people here seem to basically toe the line for establishment dems. But maybe that's who I should be trying to reach?

          Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

          by Primitive Times on Sun Mar 18, 2012 at 10:55:08 PM PDT

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          •  Yes (0+ / 0-)

            I wouldn't argue with any of that.

            I think that the EtherSec need is profoundly underserved within this community.  Really, you can't imagine how refreshing it has been for me to see you here.  

            The people in the "Rescue Rangers," who selected your diary for broader publication, apparently agree.  The more EtherSec-ish a piece of mine is, the more likely it is to be rescued, in my experience.

            There is a lot of kowtowing to establishment Ds, as you noted.  There are also some who get that the MSM does prowl here for stories and contributors, and so they toe that line.

            If my own experience can be any guide, you will get ignored a lot, a few people will be really touched by what you've written, and as you commented above, we can have this incredible sort of interaction that's never been available in the human experience before.

            The more ether sec-ish something is, the less love it will get.  However, I feel that without promotion of unity consciousness, this is just a digital dog pack.  Lots of barking and jumping, fighting over scraps, marking territory.  And we do have other people here on a similar track, too.

            Last week my frustration with the way things are in the world reached critical mass.  I got to the point of deciding to go on Fox News in order to get the progressive community to listen to me, since if you aren't playing the game on our side, the only other people who get heard are on Fox.  That would be blogger suicide.

            Someone from here talked me down, though.  Though my voice is often mocked and almost always dismissed, a small handful of people apparently truly derive value from it and don't want to forfeit me.  And today I sat by my koi pond, prayed and meditated, smelled the jasmine, felt the connection, and I'm strong again.  In the interim, your diary was a life preserver for me.  Really, it was important.

            For an example of how things go here, check out the diary I posted today called The Deal with Catholics.  I'm sure you'll get the point of that.  Then look at the comments.  You'll see the same chain reaction of you to me, then me to others.  You'll also see some people whose minds are so rigid and angry that there's no talking to them.

            I hope you will also contribute to #EtherSec on Twitter, a small but vital part of the revolution.

            •  I just read some of your posts. (1+ / 0-)
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              Really enjoyed them. Your passion shows through in your writing. I can see why you connected with my post as we cover a lot of similar ground. I've thought the same things about OWS's response to cops needing to be more mature and reflective of the more enlightened world they are seeking.

              If you haven't visited these sites, I recommend and They're a little "out there," but they definitely focus on the whole collective consciousness/paradigm shift thing that most seem to dismiss here. Reality sandwich is a standard news magazine. Evolver is the same company but similar to this site where anyone can post their own writing. Definitely tons of Ethersec there.

              When you say you went on Fox News, what do you mean? Are you a political commentator of some sort?

              Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

              by Primitive Times on Tue Mar 20, 2012 at 07:24:05 PM PDT

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              •  Thanks (0+ / 0-)

                We EtherSec/unity consciousness types do tend to spark each other.  See what I mean now, about how underserved this need is?  There are some hot diggity EtherSec-ers on Twitter, too, but very few.  We just have to keep putting it out there.  Are you familiar with Lee Camp and his Moment of Clarity?  Outstanding IMHO.

                I will definitely look up the two sites you mentioned, and reblog your piece with linkage.  Just haven't had time to do everything, you know.  Spring has sprung, and I hope to get a chance to get some plants in the ground, maintain my koi, etc.  Ever so EtherSec, my property, and I definitely need the stress relief.

                I didn't actually go on Fox, but was frustrated enough to be prepared to.  Someone from Anonymiss talked me out of it.  As frustrating as it is to try to get such an unpopular message heard, and as much as it feels like I'm just barking in the dark, the truth is some people do get my message, and when they do, they find it important.

                So, while I'm in no way giving up on calling the emperor naked, I'm not going to do it on Fox.  That would be the blogger equivalent of self-immolation.  It would get my point across for a minute, then the right-wing nutjobs would have a field day, and I'd be banished forever not only from here, but from anyone ever listening to me again.

                The ultimate clincher, though, is it would effectively end my police activism.  And that unfortunately has to be more important than my feminist outrage.

                •  Thanks for the Lee Camp rec. (0+ / 0-)

                  Hadn't heard of him but like what I hear! He seems very similar to Bill Hicks, another of my favorites.

                  About ethersec- Wouldn't you say the entire OWS movement is ethersec? Of course the messages can be a bit discombobulated, but at it's core, I believe OWS is a very spiritual movement and all about trying to get people to recognize unity consciousness and have a world system that embodies that.

                  I wouldn't be afraid to go on Fox News if I were you. If you're confident in your views, there's nothing to be afraid of. If people want to excoriate you, that's their business and it just exposes them for who they are. And if someone says something which causes you to rethink or change your view, that's fine too. It's about truth, not winning the argument. The reason I wouldn't go on there is because I feel those people are unreachable. It would just be a waste of time.

                  I've found the best way to reach people is to simply treat everyone with respect and not view anything as a confrontation. If someone attacks me maliciously, I just ignore it and address their points as best I can. This usually surprises them and shows that, even if they may not agree with me, I'm at least someone that really does care about the issue at hand above all else, making it harder to demonize me. Even if I don't reach them, perhaps I'm reaching someone else reading the interaction.

                  Primitive Times...A new media source and Occupy think tank.

                  by Primitive Times on Wed Mar 21, 2012 at 01:32:44 PM PDT

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                  •  I appreciate that (0+ / 0-)

                    Funny you say that about Lee Camp, he definitely reminds me of Bill Hicks too.

                    I agree wholeheartedly about OWS and unity consciousness being part and parcel.  It astonishes me how many Anons and Occupiers disagree.  I think it just demonstrates how little awareness there is of unity consciousness, even on the left.  It can be daunting.  I believe if they saw what you and I see, yes, it would be painfully obvious.

                    About Fox, I wouldn't be going there to talk to their people, I'd be going there to get heard by my people.  I know they're deep into the crazy over there, and their audience doesn't link to basic reality, much less deep reality.

                    Ultimately it's not just that I would be excoriated, but excommunicated. I would become completely ineffective as an activist, and there are things I fight for that are larger than myself.

                    I don't know.  It's frustrating.  I need to meditate on it more.

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                I just pulled up reality sandwich; on the left is a thumbnail for a video featuring the Buddha Hayagriva with his consort.  This is not only a highest tantric initiation I have taken, but is the exact image on my computer wallpaper.

                NO SHIT.

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