The Ultimate Act of Freedom

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The Ultimate Act of Freedom

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Cognitive Dissonance

 

Which came first, the chicken or the egg? I ask not because I require an answer, but rather because I desire to ask better questions both of myself and of the world around me. Asking a question that seems to compel the questioner to chase his or her tail is not as pointless as it may seem if the query can be redirected to challenge ‘common’ knowledge or long standing beliefs.

So let me try again with a different question. Which came first, the sociopathic leadership or the seriously dysfunctional populace? I suspect the answer is both and neither.

As with most symbiotic codependent (dysfunctional) relationships, there is no Yes or No, Right or Wrong, Black or White answer. Asking which came first is missing the point since one component of the relationship cannot exist as it does now without the other, at least not for long. A better question might be…..why do we believe there is a defined cause and effect relationship that creates the present day insanity when the very nature of insanity itself requires none in order to exist?

As I have said several times before in my comments and contributing articles, insanity is the ultimate in perfection. It is self replicating, self sustaining and most importantly self affirming. Nearly all sane (or near sane) entities cease and desist wasting energy on useless or self destructive tasks once its futility or danger is obvious and affirmed, often by outside forces or authorities but occasionally by self examination which prompts self awareness.

Insanity on the other hand is its own sole and ultimate authority which in turn acts as the energy source to keep the perpetual motion insanity machine marching forward toward a parabolic blow off of self annihilation. The potentially lethal mistake we all tend to make is in believing that there is only one flavor of crazy. There are in fact seven billion variations of the base product, uniquely customized in cut, color and clarity to meet our own individual needs and perceptions. So in effect the problem is not they, those and them, but us, we and me.

A Mind of its Own

I’m certain you have seen any of a dozen variations of the comedy routine where out of the blue the comedian’s arm or hand becomes possessed and tries to choke the comedian or otherwise attack the body that the arm is attached to. Suddenly the appendage has a mind of its own and that mind is usually extremely self destructive. It can be hilarious stuff when performed well, with a classic example being Peter Sellers as Dr. Strangelove.

Dr. Strangelove

Of course we all know this can’t really happen. A person’s brain controls all the appendages via the central nervous system, aside from certain special conditions such as a disease of the body. So while the body’s ‘operating system’ pretty much functions independently of our conscious awareness, essentially utilizing its own firmware/software routines, we (as do all other animals) command our assorted joints and appendages with broad commands to suit our needs and wants.

For example we think ‘I want that over there’ or ‘I want to pick that up’ rather than thinking about moving individual muscles. Though I suppose it could be argued that we don’t even ‘think’ about these commands in the same way we think about those financial problems that have been bugging us. We just sort of see or perceive that we want to do something and the internal software routine figures out the details. Either way, the only (perceived) difference between ‘we’ and the flea is that ‘we’ are conscious, and we believe the flea is not.

Perhaps it is this ability to command our appendages that afford us our false sense of perceived independence from, and control of, the body. Yet in so many ways it is our body and not our mind/consciousness that actually controls the appendages, though not in the direct sense of the word ‘control’. We spend our entire life attending to the needs of the body; feeding, sheltering and tending to all its various needs whether physical, emotional or psychological. And yet we maintain to our dying days that ‘we’ are in control of the body, rather than at a minimum acknowledge the obvious codependency.

Codependently Dysfunctional

In so many ways the human mind and the body are engaged in a symbiotic codependent dysfunctional relationship. Dysfunctional because for as long as the conscious mind believes it is the master of its domain (when clearly it is not) the relationship is not a healthy one by any stretch of the imagination. This error of perception (actually a deliberately staged continuous deception perpetrated by external sources) is one of the reasons I often speak about looking within, of understanding our motives and dependencies in order to move deeper down the rabbit hole.

We carry this potentially fatal disconnect with us when thinking about and interacting with not just the physical world around us, but with the social order and the so called powers that be, aka ‘our’ leadership. We believe ourselves disconnected from the world around us; particularly from those who we believe ‘control’ us or who are ‘leaders’ in our world. We speak of this phenomenon by using distancing terms such as they, them and those. We consider ourselves divorced from the cause and only subject to the effect.

And yet all around us we see on a daily basis various examples of nature interconnected, of animals moving and acting as one even though they are seemingly as disconnected from each other as we perceive ourselves to be separated from one another. Watch carefully as birds flock, fish school and cattle herd. Even a stand of trees or a patch of wild flowers will communicate with each other either through interconnected root systems, pheromones or other (un)known methods or processes. But communicate they do and it is only our denial that prevents us from recognizing the same in ourselves and others in the human herd.

Choice and Free Will

Choice and Free Will

That which we try to ignore, outright deny or reject out of fear controls us, oftentimes on a deeply subconscious level. This concept as it applies to ‘them’ is very difficult for most of ‘us’ to grasp, let alone accept, principally because we believe ourselves to be ‘in control’ of ourselves, but not at all in control of, or responsible for, ‘their’ actions other than possibly in the most indirect and inconsequential way. No one rain drop feels responsible for the flood, yet here comes the rain. Can you say hip waders?

Why is it that throughout history every so called leader has demanded consent (some demand more nicely than others) from the population, regardless of whether the consent is coerced, connived or freely given? Think about that carefully for a while rather than to just dismiss it off hand with any of a dozen rote responses. A symbiotic relationship, no matter how dysfunctional or self destructive, requires consent from all parties at some level to function as it does.

As ridiculous as this may sound nothing truly compels us to consent even when the ultimate violence is threatened if we do not comply, that of (extreme) distress and/or death. We can choose death, though many will argue that to choose death is irrational or insane. However as I said earlier, that which we try to ignore, outright deny or reject out of fear controls us, oftentimes on a deeply subconscious level. And the vast majority of ‘us’ ignore, deny or reject seriously contemplating ‘our’ own death, whether by natural causes or externally applied violence.

We wish to believe that we live in a cooperative society; that we participate of our own ‘free will’. And yet when we see those flashing lights in the rear view mirror or open that demand letter from the IRS or ‘Justice’ system we do not actually participate of our own ‘free will’, but simply because a threat of (ultimate) violence is implied if we do not.

Still, this is consent simply because there is/are alternative(s) available. We consistently take the softer easier way and comply, then rationalize and justify it as reasonable, rational and sane. It is important that we recognize the difference between ‘free will’ and ‘consent’ because in so many ways they are very different concepts.

Since we make the (un)(semi)(fully)conscious decision to comply in many ways we are ‘willingly’ part of the very system we rail against as predatory and abusive. While many might argue that this is all just semantics, I contend that the world would be a very different place if we had the courage to consider the always available alternative choices other than the softer easier way of complying. Please notice I said consider, not agree. One must always (seriously) consider everything even if one does not agree.

In most, but not all cases, our pain comes not in knowing what we should do, but in actually doing it. In fact most of our emotional/psychological pain springs from the cognitive dissonance of trying to ignore, deny or reject that which we know to be true and correct.

The ultimate act of freedom is to seriously consider breaking the chains that bind us. And those chains are not physical and won’t be found binding our wrists or ankles, but rather they are self imposed upon our own minds. Freedom, true freedom, can only begin when we willing choose to start down the path of personal sovereignty and total personal accountability.

 

01-17-2014

Cognitive Dissonance

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blindman's picture

i give the goldfish in the air a 50-50 chance
of ever seeing another watery home. if he makes
it/she makes it i say the likelihood of a few
goldfish suffocating on the table increasing and
the result of this experiment may hinge on the
gender of that first flying goldfish.
.
i guess that makes me nothing more than an observer
in a controlled thought experiment. either way
it is a provocative image.

tip e. canoe's picture

maybe this is one of the reasons why gender is becoming blurred?

a hedging of bets?

blindman's picture

i'm not sure, with the fish, what stimulates release of
reproductive seminal fluid. probably has nothing to do with the
phenotype of the female physical form, so that was likely
an erroneous observation/surmise on my part.
so back to the sheep! overpopulation results in
effects such as starving and competition for food
resulting in the biological breakdown of organs and
systems thereby restricting or limiting attention to gender
relevant or related cues in such a population.
obsession with reproductive related activities might be
the luxury of overfed biological life forms, like yeast
and what not; teenage boys and marketing gurus, like that.
the domain of kings and princes?

blindman's picture

then again perhaps there is no literal freedom.
maybe we don't have the time or money for it?
.
in the main text above it is intimately
attached to responsibility and accountability,
right there is a big clue to the thing. we
know that every act has repercussions and
no one is aware or could be aware of all of that.
one could act thinking they are doing the greatest
good and really be just doomed and their acts could
be the cause of that doom without even knowing it.
and then there are other people, sartre's hell, that will
build on that act or creation and the question of
accountability becomes a joint affair to some degree.
.
so there is no freedom per se and no single personal
accountability for much of what we do. of course there
are obvious examples that disprove this but the point
remains for much of what people do and the behaviours
we consider normal. consider driving a car.
if you drive poorly and run over a dog or person on
crutches and kill them you were free to do that and then
become accountable for their demise. but what if you drive
safely and have no incident, even receive an award for
your excellent driving skills and miles covered and then find
that the exhaust from automobiles in general has been identified
in increased respiratory disease in your area? are you still
free to drive and are you accountable for the treatment of those
diseased patients?
.
so we have systems of review, law, debate, adversarial
contest, scientific inquiry and the rest and these all have
rules that must be adhered to as we search for the right
and the true or the just to preserve and protect our/someone's
"freedom", life liberty and such.
of course all this provides jobs and income for a great many
in this system but none of it fixes the plumbing when it goes
bad. it doesn't fix the roof or deliver the pizza or make the
bed, it doesn't grow the cabbage or raise the children.
.
i started out with the idea "if you want something done right,
do it yourself." that was the idea as it relates to freedom
and accountability. now throw in technology and time acceleration
due to technology and it becomes obvious to me why fewer and fewer
things are done right anymore and somehow this impacts all our
freedom and accountability going forward, together.
where is the freedom when the mind recognises something must be
addressed and one is compelled to act to fortify a circumstance or correct a
particular problem or set of problems; when the solution must
be the right solution, the job must be done correctly or done
right? there is no freedom to screw it up and do a poor job of it,
is there? is that freedom , because there will always be accountability.
.
the fact is most people become overwhelmed and give up or
avoid the entire process at all turns; even the most obsessed need
long rest to reconsider and regroup.
it seems to me that terence mckenna was correct regarding the
nature of the group mind or culture of post modern industrial
and global urbanisation.
"It seems to me that culture, at least this culture, is a shabby lie." t.m.
.
if it remains the impenetrable fortress, an accepted at face value
bludgeon based on language and words that have become the tools
of the system of money, these masters of delusion who know not
what they do will be cornered into using it(culture/mind)as a weapon of war
to save their positions and sacred presumptions concerning the
rightness of their habits and favorite behaviors.
so maybe we are all free to choose a path but once that path
is chosen it has demands that are neither negotiable or avoidable
and there may be no going back? there is our freedom telling
us to stop and think, stop and feel the world we have made
and take account of ourselves.
.
one has to ask the right questions to get the
right solutions if that is even a possibility
and there are those who will never approve of those
questions being asked. never. their main function
and occupation is to keep the gate closed.

tip e. canoe's picture

so time to find another gate?

blindman's picture

the great way has no gate. ...
.
The Great Way has no gate.
Clear water has no taste.
The tongue has no bone.
In complete stillness, a stone girl is dancing.
.
Zen Master Seung Sahn

Deer Hunter's picture

We become servants of those things that we obey, we obey that which we have yielded ourselves to.

If true, obey God not self.

tradewithdave's picture

Okay...

The Kingdom of God is within you... check.

The chicken is a priori which trumps existentialism, Sartre, etc. Check.

The wages of sin is death. Big problem for personal accountability.

The gift of God is eternal life... Good News!

What did I miss? Oh yeah... Free choice can be co-opted via "choice architecture" where free will cannot as we are made in God's image.

http://tradewithdave.com/?p=10911

TacticalZen's picture

I have been a student of economics since I first studied in college over 35 years ago.  I've followed the monetarists, the Keynesians and neo-Keynesians, and ultimately the Austrians.  I cannot shake the theories of the Austrians, and that our economic systems and currencies have not collapsed (yet) continue to confound me.  It is my problem and only mine.  However, it is terribly difficult to explain to any lay person that what we use to exchange and store value (our money and economic systems) are fundamentally corrupt. Try to explain why limits on extraction of precious metals, and currencies tied to those metals better mimic real growth compared to contrived alternatives of man (the FED) results in only confusion by others.  And worse, to attempt to explain the fairness and alternative values of non-socialist solutions to those who have spent their lives supporting and living in a socialist society are challenging beyond my abilities.  I'm just not as articulate as Ayn Rand or Ludvig von Misses, or Hayek.  Perhaps the edifices of socialism must ultimately collapse on their own before the whole of society sees the embedded corruption of socialist systems.  The free markets envisioned by Austrian theory followers results in the most number of decision makers.  To my mind that is the most democratic of all possible systems.  By contrast, socialist systems have few who decide, many who follow.  By that measure we have been primarily a socialist society for a long time.  And ultimately, we are only as free as we are willing to be.

new game's picture

simple answer is that "this is the way the human species has evolved". history tells no lies.

this is how we will align ourselves for now. it will change with enough time.

herders to gathers. re incarnate me to pre-euro invasion as an american indian...

ha

TacticalZen's picture

I have been a student of economics since I first studied in college over 35 years ago.  I've followed the monetarists, the Keynesians and neo-Keynesians, and ultimately the Austrians.  I cannot shake the theories of the Austrians, and that our economic systems and currencies have not collapsed (yet) continue to confound me.  It is my problem and only mine.  However, it is terribly difficult to explain to any lay person that what we use to exchange and store value (our money and economic systems) are fundamentally corrupt. Try to explain why limits on extraction of precious metals, and currencies tied to those metals better mimic real growth compared to contrived alternatives of man (the FED) results in only confusion by others.  And worse, to attempt to explain the fairness and alternative values of non-socialist solutions to those who have spent their lives supporting and living in a socialist society are challenging beyond my abilities.  I'm just not as articulate as Ayn Rand or Ludvig von Misses, or Hayek.  Perhaps the edifices of socialism must ultimately collapse on their own before the whole of society sees the embedded corruption of socialist systems.  The free markets envisioned by Austrian theory followers results in the most number of decision makers.  To my mind that is the most democratic of all possible systems.  By contrast, socialist systems have few who decide, many who follow.  By that measure we have been primarily a socialist society for a long time.  And ultimately, we are only as free as we are willing to be.

OC Sure's picture

Aristotle answered your rhetorical question in his Metaphysics; the chicken had to come first. Actuality precludes potentiality. ...so much for antinomy. And then of course there is this totally relevant sonnet;

 

Åpotheosis:

O the relentless power of the will

to guide the mind to instruct the body

to do what must be done to fulfill

self promises, supremely, not shoddy.

It never chooses to yield or sit still

this independent, sole minority

focusing with unassailable skill

says, "NO!" to asinine authority.

O the unstoppable power of will,

ultimate captain and shaper of soul,

the one who puts I in Me to instill

righteous self discipline, thought, and control.

     So it is, my mind controls my body,

     thus it follows, no body contols me.

                     -OC Sure

 

 

 

the grateful unemployed's picture

and the chicken is the eggs idea of a way to get more eggs. [machines rule]

Cabreado's picture

Disappointed to see the emphasis on codependence, even more so if you're going for the psychological/emotional definition.

I'm worried that you are giving too much credit where simpler and more intense problems exist, and (left to fester) flourish and eventually overpower...

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Such as.....? Tell me your thoughts on what are the simpler and more intense problems that exist.

madmax1965's picture

Very thought provoking aritcle.  Thank you!

YHC-FTSE's picture

Very nice. One can't help thinking that if you think on a subject long and deep enough, you invariably come to similar conclusions independently.  

Anyone who has ever debated in public, particularly those who practice law at the bar, knows how easy it is to make a convincing argument for or against any subject with enough skills in language. That's why great efforts are made to present only pertinent facts in the court room, because it is so easy to lead people to your point of view. Knowing that fact does not make us any less susceptible to showmen and manipulators who dig deep into our desires, instincts, and even compassion to lead us where they want. They use words like freedom, liberty, wealth,  patriotism,  hero, to massage your ego, delude you with fantasies about living in the great nation on the planet,  throw out strawmen for you to focus your hate, espouse the rights and lives of others while crushing civil liberties at home and murdering children abroad as a matter of national policy.  That's what I can see with my own eyes,  yet to point it out makes me the enemy in theirs.

As CD implores, lead yourself. Be responsible for your own actions. If faults are found in your personal life, internalise them instead of trying to find external reasons. The present moment is the aggregate result of every decision you ever made in your life, so if you are not happy,  learn to make better decisions! 

WTF do I know?  Nothing really.  Even with all the letters after my name, every day I am constantly surprised by my own ignorance on so many subjects I curse my own short lifespan and puny mind that I cannot ever touch even the tiniest fraction of a percentage of the knowledge available on this insignificant little planet, let alone what may be available in the rest of the universe.

It's good to have perspective.  If more people knew just how big our solar system is, and how tiny that is in relation to our galaxy, which in turn is unremarkable and miniscule in relation to the universe, maybe they'd be less inclined to have such delusions about their own importance,  have more reasons to lead happier productive lives, be more considerate to all the other creatures we share this real estate with, and maybe,  just maybe, take joy in sharing their lives with others, instead of all the hate, greed, and deceit that characterise the lives of human beings. 

Aussiekiwi's picture

Very cool, big thumbs up.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

It all begins within. And I feel sometimes that we focus so intently on the external so that we may ignore the internal. The road to perdition that way be.

tip e. canoe's picture

Joesph Campbell wrote a book (his last perhaps?) titled the Inner Reaches of Outer Space.  in it, he made the case that the exploration of space was simply the continuation of our search for inner meaning, in that the laws that govern the universe are also acting within us.

perhaps this is the reason for the inability of most to ponder the universe that YHC laments.   most simply do not wish to see the awesome wonder of the universe reflecting within them.    they do not fear the revelation of their miniscularity (is that a word? if not, it is now),

but fear the intense power that exists inside of everyone, for that would mean that they would have to shoulder their share of the responsibility.

this tether between freedom & accountability is still ripe for exploration.  methinks we've only just scratched the surface.    thanks again for giving all of us kindred spirits a forum to collectively chew, cog.

Bearwagon's picture

"It all begins within." And that's exactly where it ends, too!
Everything emerges from me - and everything returns to me!

Mad Muppet's picture

Which came first, the sociopathic leadership or the seriously dysfunctional populace? I suspect the answer is both and neither.

 

I beg to differ, as the former could not remain in power until and unless the latter exists (at least in this country). A 'functional populace' would vote the bums out before they could harm the society.

 

As to why we're so fucked up, well, Junior, it's because we've been overcome by the Communists. See for yourself...the Goals of Communism:

 

[From "The Naked Communist," by Cleon Skousen]
 
1. U.S. acceptance of coexistence as the only alternative to atomic war.
 
2. U.S. willingness to capitulate in preference to engaging in atomic war.
 
3. Develop the illusion that total disarmament [by] the United States would be a demonstration of moral strength.
 
4. Permit free trade between all nations regardless of Communist affiliation and regardless of whether or not items could be used for war.
 
5. Extension of long-term loans to Russia and Soviet satellites.
 
6. Provide American aid to all nations regardless of Communist domination.
 
7. Grant recognition of Red China. Admission of Red China to the U.N.
 
8. Set up East and West Germany as separate states in spite of Khrushchev's promise in 1955 to settle the German question by free elections under supervision of the U.N.
 
9. Prolong the conferences to ban atomic tests because the United States has agreed to suspend tests as long as negotiations are in progress.
 
10. Allow all Soviet satellites individual representation in the U.N.
 
11. Promote the U.N. as the only hope for mankind. If its charter is rewritten, demand that it be set up as a one-world government with its own independent armed forces. (Some Communist leaders believe the world can be taken over as easily by the U.N. as by Moscow. Sometimes these two centers compete with each other as they are now doing in the Congo.)
 
12. Resist any attempt to outlaw the Communist Party.
 
13. Do away with all loyalty oaths.
 
14. Continue giving Russia access to the U.S. Patent Office.
 
15. Capture one or both of the political parties in the United States.
 
16. Use technical decisions of the courts to weaken basic American institutions by claiming their activities violate civil rights.
 
17. Get control of the schools. Use them as transmission belts for socialism and current Communist propaganda. Soften the curriculum. Get control of teachers' associations. Put the party line in textbooks.
 
18. Gain control of all student newspapers.
 
19. Use student riots to foment public protests against programs or organizations which are under Communist attack.
 
20. Infiltrate the press. Get control of book-review assignments, editorial writing, policy-making positions.
 
21. Gain control of key positions in radio, TV, and motion pictures.
 
22. Continue discrediting American culture by degrading all forms of artistic expression. An American Communist cell was told to "eliminate all good sculpture from parks and buildings, substitute shapeless, awkward and meaningless forms."
 
23. Control art critics and directors of art museums. "Our plan is to promote ugliness, repulsive, meaningless art."
 
24. Eliminate all laws governing obscenity by calling them "censorship" and a violation of free speech and free press.
 
25. Break down cultural standards of morality by promoting pornography and obscenity in books, magazines, motion pictures, radio, and TV.
 
26. Present homosexuality, degeneracy and promiscuity as "normal, natural, healthy."
 
27. Infiltrate the churches and replace revealed religion with "social" religion. Discredit the Bible and emphasize the need for intellectual maturity, which does not need a "religious crutch."
 
28. Eliminate prayer or any phase of religious expression in the schools on the ground that it violates the principle of "separation of church and state."
 
29. Discredit the American Constitution by calling it inadequate, old-fashioned, out of step with modern needs, a hindrance to cooperation between nations on a worldwide basis.
 
30. Discredit the American Founding Fathers. Present them as selfish aristocrats who had no concern for the "common man."
 
31. Belittle all forms of American culture and discourage the teaching of American history on the ground that it was only a minor part of the "big picture." Give more emphasis to Russian history since the Communists took over.
 
32. Support any socialist movement to give centralized control over any part of the culture--education, social agencies, welfare programs, mental health clinics, etc.
 
33. Eliminate all laws or procedures which interfere with the operation of the Communist apparatus.
 
34. Eliminate the House Committee on Un-American Activities.
 
35. Discredit and eventually dismantle the FBI.
 
36. Infiltrate and gain control of more unions.
 
37. Infiltrate and gain control of big business.
 
38. Transfer some of the powers of arrest from the police to social agencies. Treat all behavioral problems as psychiatric disorders which no one but psychiatrists can understand [or treat].
 
39. Dominate the psychiatric profession and use mental health laws as a means of gaining coercive control over those who oppose Communist goals.
 
40. Discredit the family as an institution. Encourage promiscuity and easy divorce.
 
41. Emphasize the need to raise children away from the negative influence of parents. Attribute prejudices, mental blocks and retarding of children to suppressive influence of parents.
 
42. Create the impression that violence and insurrection are legitimate aspects of the American tradition; that students and special-interest groups should rise up and use ["]united force["] to solve economic, political or social problems.
 
43. Overthrow all colonial governments before native populations are ready for self-government.
 
44. Internationalize the Panama Canal.
 
45. Repeal the Connally reservation so the United States cannot prevent the World Court from seizing jurisdiction [over domestic problems. Give the World Court jurisdiction] over nations and individuals alike.
Fíréan's picture

A 'functional populace' would vote the bums out before they could harm the society.

Would a  truly "functional populace" have need, or wish,  to vote a bunch of anybodies and relinquish powers of control and responsibility  to that group persons ?

Nobody's picture

CD
I am a poor reader, so my take is probably all wrong. That said:
It would seem that you and many of the commenters looked upon this as a choice between 2 extremes. The mention of the killing fields of Cambodia set the tone...yet, there were many Cambodians who chose a third way. By leaving the situation and moving on. One might say that this was the choice you made recently. It has happened again and again in the history of mankind, from the first hunter gatherer leaving the continent of Africa to Einstein leaving Germany and the Vietnamese boat people.
It may forestall the inevitable, but that may be generations in the future.
It is one thing to stand your ground and die a death as a man rather than a sheep. But a wasted life manning the ramparts against superior fire power is stupidity writ large, and is it not about our children's future and how we protect them as being the end game after all.

Bearwagon's picture

You raise an interesting point, namely that a choice between two extremes is not a choice at all - it is a double bind. Choice begins with at least a third way. And there always is one -  we are just not always willing to accept it. Hidden behind every "must" in our life, there lies a choice we just don't like.

Ckierst1's picture

People need to realize that from the beginning of our republic, freedom meant different things to different people, that they had differing expectations of the distribution of the fruits of revolutionary success, that lots of individual and regional ends justified political means, they sure as he'll didn't agree on the form of government they wanted or the distribution of political power in their society, and they didn't necessarily have a predisposition to act in good will for their fellow countrymen, some of whom didn't support the revolution or didn't give a damn one way or the other. These things critically influenced the constitutional convention, the selection of national leadership and the consolidation of the nation afterwards.  This was the founding generation of revolutionary patriots.  Things variously deteriorated politically and socially afterward.  There were foreigners manipulating, controlling and directing our revolutionary actors and events from the outset, including Rothschilds, who always play all sides of the game, profit from both sides and are always looking to stir the pot by creating strife.

falak pema's picture

Cog Dis is now Sidharta's son.

"Sitting in the morning sun....Sitting on the dock of the Bay watching the tide roll away..."

? Otis Redding-Sitting on the dock of the bay - YouTube

Reaper's picture

People make a choice to not reach a higher level of maturity. Most are happy to advance to the level of a domestic dog, who has token freedom, but is fed and lovingly cared for by his owners. Freedom is a higher level of maturity and development, as in a mature wolf compared to a mature dog. Freedom is to leave the safety provided by your master, owner, king, or Central Committee. Government or leaders are the substitute parents which many crave, fearing the freedom of full maturity.

purplefrog's picture

"We are called to a glory far beyond our deserving, and, except in rare moments of grace, beyond our desiring."

C.S. Lewis

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Could not have said that better. Thank you.

We are not trapped in 'human nature' unless we wish to be.

blindman's picture

"It seems to me our journey through life reflects a natural and fundamental process from unconscious to conscious, from ignorance to true awareness, from reactivity to a profound sense of place and purpose. This is a human journey, a journey that fulfils the purpose of being self-conscious in the way human beings are. As light is an attribute of the sun, so self-consciousness is an attribute of humanity. In other words, we comprehend ourselves. Our process is to do with this particularly human attribute of self-comprehension. In our awareness of who we truly are, transformation occurs, naturally and spontaneously in accord with the intelligence of the universe. In our willingness to be transformed is our purpose in the ascent of consciousness. In the words of C.G. Jung, “As far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.” Life is not just about being. It is a mysteriously creative process of being and becoming." love's alchemy
.
The Ascent of Consciousness.
Exploring the dynamics of human evolution. (as appeared in Elohim)
http://www.lovesalchemy.com/Site/the_ascent.html
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comment: the unexpected and profound can and usually do occur in
an instant, like a flash in the dark or a bolt of lightening.
everything changes yet remains the same. a memory from childhood
told me so and there must be a near infinite number of other
examples of this common and known to nearly everyone.
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"Beyond the appearance of separation is unity. Consciousness is all there is. Consciousness as all there is, is unity. The seers, both ancient and modern, have always pointed out that our suffering arises because we believe we live in the world. In truth the world lives in us. As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe so beautifully expressed:

The ‘outer’ world is all ‘in here’.
This mystery grasp without delay,
this secret always on display.
The true illusion celebrate,
be joyful in the serious game!
No living thing lives separate:
One and many are the same." l.a.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

You always post the neatest stuff. Often I get lost in your links and time flies. I need to get outside this morning and cut some wood for the wood stove boiler (an hour a day keeps the doctor and the cold away) so I'll save your links for later.   :)

DaveyJones's picture

nice. Have you looked into rocket stoves

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Not yet. We need a small wood stove for the main level as a back up in case all hell breaks loose and power is down for months. I only have enough propane on hand for about 2-3 weeks of standby generator power, a little more if I cycle back and forth between the main generator and portable gasoline powered units.

That rocket stove looks like it would make sense in our walk out basement, something we currently keep warmer than 50 but less than 70. Warm floors make for warm paws. :)

blindman's picture

nice heatmaster,
provocative post mr.c.d.!

Azannoth's picture

I have a pretty simple theory and I did not even invent it :)

Basically you take the 1st and 3rd Newtonian Laws of Nature and combine them.

All energetic systems follow the path of least resistance unless acted upon by an outside force or an obstacle.

The Brain or Consciousness is an "energetic system".

What this means is that people or anything that we would consider alive, will do not the maximum but the minimum to survive.

Everybody(this applies to all living beings but lets just consider the human case), has an inherent "energy level" which is how much physical/intellectual prowess they have at their lowest energy output.

Will inherently skim this line while trying to survive, ofc when a Lion starts chasing you you will increase your energy output to the max but only till being "safe" again, than you will revert to the lowest output possible.

The Powers that Be obviously know this, so they are trying to create as "Safe" of an environment as possible(no guns, to fast driving, helmet always on, no danger allowed, etc.) through law and policy to artificially lower our instinctive "awareness level", this neatly explains why "socialists"(although they are more accurately to be called "Slavers") try to force us into a state of perpetual excitement avoidance and survival instincts shutdown.

 

So the ultimate enemy is not external(although they are sure trying) but the Ultimate Enemy is within us, it's our own reflex to passivity that we need to combat 1st before we can even dream about winning against any external foes.

Obviously things like Fluoride, Aspartame, Chemtrails, HAARP, Processed Foods, high Sugar foods, Estrogen and estrogen stimulating chemicals, etc. are also all designed to chemically induce a state of pasivity in all of us.

Fenix DesMontagnes's picture

In many aspects, this comment is spot-on.

There is indeed a great power within the life force that operates in many spheres, and it is within the interests of certain parties that the consciousness of the multitudes is to be kept at a low level, and within preordained paths. Before civilization, one's consciousness was in a relatively more elevated state. Danger lurked about every corner, friend and foe were not clearly defined, and 'personal sovereignty' was a matter of course.

Within the mechanism of the civilization paradigm, such elevated consciousness is problematic, in that individual power threatens the stability of the system. I would point out that 'TPTB' diction is contradictory to CogDis's premise in this well-written article; it is merely the nature of the system that local statutes (Law is *not* the word) promote a mundane life that promotes safety and complacency.

This is not to deny the fact that many people do seek power over others, nor to make a claim that those sort of people have a strong moral compass. Yet, their tactics, while favoring the stability of the social fabric and promoting life in dullsville, are not entirely synonomous with 'excitement avoidance' - in fact, much of their manipulation plays upon utilization of instilling terror in the populace via carefully placed Fnords. However, your mention of 'energy levels' is quite astute, but the full scope of that force is best left occluded.

My first post! Many thanks to ZH for its mediocre articles, and its stellar commentators. A nod and a green to you, Az, and a heartfelt thanks to CogDis for his renewed and ongoing contribution to the expansion of our personal wisdom and growth upon this rock.

(I do hope my next comment will have a proper avatar; I made a mistake somewhere along the line.)

[Edit: Oh! There is the avatar!]

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Welcome and congrats on the first comment. I do hope you stick around and comment often because your mind and soul work very well together.

tip e. canoe's picture

nice avatar, great 1st comment.

perhaps the TERRORTM that is used is done so to keep people within the double bind that bearwagon mentions below, to keep people within the boundaries of the conditioning, within a predictable subset of choices.    if so, what Az detailed seems to be similar to what tradewithdave below calls "choice architecture".

yes, not exactly "excitement avoidance" but mainuplating the collective endorphin response towards a narrow set of circumstances that have already been planned well in advance.

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

"So the ultimate enemy is not external (although they are sure trying) but the Ultimate Enemy is within us, it's our own reflex to passivity that we need to combat 1st before we can even dream about winning against any external foes."

Thank you for that observation.

I often say to myself and in my articles that...."I was the problem, I am the problem and I always will be the problem." Personal accountability and sovereignty begins and ends within.

new game's picture

as my brother repeats "look in the mirror and keep looking"

the mirror to self realization. 

another great one "you cant take back what you say"

also

that foe can be one great friend(yourself)

and

some tools for mental tool box, understand:

histrionic, narcissistic and anti social traits/behaviors

(forgive your parents) as your journey will take you.

your tree is only as good as your roots...

messymerry's picture

A possible solution:

 

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MtMM (Mindfulness thru Moving Meditations)

 

 

131206 Life should be like climbing a mountain. We work hard, and we develop skills. Also, we stop frequently to rest, catch our breath, and contemplate on the majesty of the place we are.

Due to the combined pressures of population and technology, our lives have turned from a long gentle ascent into a race for the peak. We endure a marathon of agony and despair while we constantly search for meaning. History shows us the population curve is an asymptote. The march of technology follows a disturbingly similar curve:

http://www.globalchange.umich.edu/globalchange2/current/lectures/human_pop/human_pop.html

We cannot change the fact of our place on the time-line. What we can do is make the best of the time we have, for in the end, time is the real currency of life. How we spend it defines our existence.

With these realities in mind, what can we do to make the best of our time here on Earth? Well, I'm afraid a complete explanation is beyond the scope of this email... ;-) That being said however, I am studying the effect of meditation and mindfulness on our coping ability. Using yoga as a sort of moving Mandala we actualize calmness and clarity,,, stillness* if you will. Through this process we establish a set of priorities that are not externally imposed, but originate internally from our own desires and beliefs.

Namaste,

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Links:

* Erich Schiffmann - Moving Into Stillness

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mindfulness

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mandala

Vet4RonPaul's picture

Mr. and Mrs. Cog,

I found this to be a truly brilliant piece of writing and thinking.  Thank-you very much for sharing.  I found some themes that reminded me of my Jesuit education and challenge my current behaviors.  I especially think there is a link between the value Jesuits put on daily and evening self-reflection and your essay.  I conclude that most people that read this with an open mind will be glad that they did and feel like a better person for it.  Thanks again, vet4ronpaul  (he's still my hero!)

Cognitive Dissonance's picture

Self reflection and looking within seem to be speaking about the same thing.

Language is so clunky. When are they going to perfect the Vulcan mind meld?

no more banksters's picture

"The ultimate act of freedom is to seriously consider breaking the chains that bind us. And those chains are not physical and won’t be found binding our wrists or ankles, but rather they are self imposed upon our own minds. Freedom, true freedom, can only begin when we willing choose to start down the path of personal sovereignty and total personal accountability."

Before that, we should probably understand the cause, what truly means freedom:

"Therefore, the lack of Vision leads to a more terrifying result concerning the concept of Liberty: Liberty has been downgraded to a more fundamental level since the "lobotomized" brain has lost its capability to imagine ideal situations beyond the limits imposed by its nature."

http://failedevolution.blogspot.gr/2014/01/how-western-societies-lost-th...

blindman's picture

"It seems to me that culture, at least this culture, is a shabby lie." t.m.
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Terence Mckenna - Finding your purpose, turn your back on culture and ideology
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OiOQAYfQfAM

Sean7k's picture

Well Cog, 

While this may be the status of things for many, I have found myself seeing a different point of view. One important problem: you seem to ignore the survival instinct and its' effects, as Million Dollar Bogus perceptively nails. 

However, this is a small issue of little import if one sees the world in a different light. I see a playing field, our bodies and minds are just tools and we are seeking a result. We may not achieve the result, but within the confines of a set of rules, we must labor to find a better path. The result we seek is an individual one, as people are at different stages in a greater life. 

Of course, we function within a whole that forces us to make choices. These choices provide answers, some good and some bad. In the end, we can measure our progress and move on or repeat. Still, the result is more important than the constraints of the game. 

The herd mind is an interesting subject, just as revolution seems a worthy goal, yet the game has remained the same for millenia, ragardless of the best efforts of the best characters. 

We could accept that there is a force that exists to destroy us and spend our lives in distress and violent hate. Or we could rise above it, each in our own way, to embrace a greater wisdom. Whether you believe in Jesus or not, his teachings can be very useful, for there was no finer exponent of liberty. Even to the point of self sacrifice. However, he taught that the journey was individual, not collective. It is not of this world, but of another.

We can spread light or darkness, we can heal or injure, we can love or hate and so doing we define and give form to whom we are. It may do great good or we could be killed for our efforts. For a period of time, we are players of this game on earth and for some reason we have been made capable of great actions. We interact on so many levels with all the life that surrounds us. In a great understatement, we call it life. It is a gift of the greatest purport and I think it matters how we choose to accept it. 

If all this is a lie, then the alternative is not worth contemplating. A single span of years dependent on the ruminations of walmart addicts and pyschopathic elites? If energy can not be destroyed, than SOMETHING exists farther down the road.