Leap of understanding

In so far as the current abusive, corrosive and destructive political economy relies on our ignorance for its power, there is no easy way to describe what is necessary for us as individuals to evolve, thereby bringing about transformation. Nor is any one source likely to be revelationary on the path to enlightenment. In Daily Pickings, we try to highlight thinkers and writings that may be useful on our evolutionary journey. This first article is striking in how it suggests there is no one definitive path:

A Genuine Actor: Francesco Serpico by Edward Curtin
Or in the words of Nietzsche’s Zarathustra, a book that serendipitously fell into his hands when he was alone in a friend’s humble chalet in the Swiss Alps and shocked him with its relevance to his own experience: “‘This is my way, where is yours?’ thus I answered those who asked me ‘the way.’  For the way, that does not exist.”

We do have a tendency to look to others for answers, which is natural enough: how else are we to learn? Perhaps the way to evolve is not to study (wo)man as he/she is but what we can become.

THE PSYCHOLOGY OF MAN'S POSSIBLE EVOLUTION by P.D. OUSPENSKY
In 1934 I wrote five preliminary lectures which gave a general idea of what I was studying, and also of the lines along which a certain number of people were working with me. To put all that in one, or even in two or three lectures, was quite impossible: so I always warned people that it was not worth while hearing one lecture, or two, but that only five, or better ten lectures could give an idea of the direction of my work. These lectures have continued since then, and throughout this time I have often corrected and rewritten them.

Critical Thinking's analysis is being shared with disparate groups and individuals but more importantly, we're trying to "walk the talk" of CoCreative Learning in engaging with "others", ie. people from a wide range of communities and backgrounds. This coming Saturday evening, we are engaging with members of the Muslim community in London. It is an open meeting to which all are welcome.

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0 #14 James Walter 2018-02-14 04:28
Quoting Janos Abel:
James, I like to take up the very informative "FYI" part of your post in a later comment.
For now here are some thoughts about the other bits.

Quoting James Walter:
...Are you saying I am god, that what I say changes reality? Where is your logic and evidence here?

No, I was saying that until we say something is not possible there is a chance, however small, that it may be done somehow... by finding, for example, an element that was missing in a past attempt.

Quoting James Walter:
...The only chance we have is collapse. Then we might have a chance to change the world. [However,]In the past, when it has been a true people's revolt, the worst have risen to the top.

So not much consolation there.

Quoting James Walter:
Without control of the media and the schools, no one is going to "evolve".

Agreed. Unless these misused tools can be taken from the power-mad, they remain seemingly powerful.

"...It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion." - William R. Inge.
It is more accurate to say that some of the sheep took to cannibalism. This precision may not change the situation, but at least we know that it is some of us who are the danger.

"Democracy is a joke"
Actually, it is worse. It is a lie since we do not have democracy but a deceiving semblance of it.


Agreed!
 
 
0 #13 Janos Abel 2018-02-13 22:50
James, I like to take up the very informative "FYI" part of your post in a later comment.
For now here are some thoughts about the other bits.

Quoting James Walter:
...Are you saying I am god, that what I say changes reality? Where is your logic and evidence here?

No, I was saying that until we say something is not possible there is a chance, however small, that it may be done somehow... by finding, for example, an element that was missing in a past attempt.

Quoting James Walter:
...The only chance we have is collapse. Then we might have a chance to change the world. [However,]In the past, when it has been a true people's revolt, the worst have risen to the top.

So not much consolation there.

Quoting James Walter:
Without control of the media and the schools, no one is going to "evolve".

Agreed. Unless these misused tools can be taken from the power-mad, they remain seemingly powerful.

"...It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion." - William R. Inge.
It is more accurate to say that some of the sheep took to cannibalism. This precision may not change the situation, but at least we know that it is some of us who are the danger.

"Democracy is a joke"
Actually, it is worse. It is a lie since we do not have democracy but a deceiving semblance of it.
 
 
0 #12 Janos Abel 2018-02-10 14:01
Apologies for this delay in responding.
There is a lot to consider and so many other claims on limited time.

Would that some of the hundreds of CritThink followers showed some interest also...
 
 
+1 #11 James Walter 2018-02-04 09:51
Response to Janos:
"Saying that “the below average people have no chance against them” even when they know what is being done to them is to make it so." Are you saying I am god, that what I say changes reality? Where is your logic and evidence here? And moreover, it is not just the bottom half, but about 65% or even more. The average is also dropping. 10k years ago, the average brain weight/pound was higher than today. The 65%+ don't read books on economics, psychotherapy, how to make the "Corrections" system (really revenge and warehousing system), why alcohol should be banned, etc. The are not only not too bright, but ignorant.

"This will justify the complacency of "good people" to do not much about serious social problems." I have strived all of my adult life to change the world. I know thousands of others that have done the same. Nothing has changed. To admit reality, to know from where you start is essential to changing the world. Telling people to "evolve", besides being a meaningless word without a structure of ideas, concrete ones, is like telling them to sprout wings and fly.

The problem is that the mentally ill, clever people control the media, the banks, the means of production, and the commons, which means that in a democracy there will be no changes. The only chance we have is collapse. Then we might have a chance to change the world. In the past, when it has been a true people's revolt, the worst have risen to the top.
Without control of the media and the schools, no one is going to "evolve".

And FYI, I have had three non-profits and pumped up the UK 911 movement from a room of 5 people to hundreds - not to take anything away from the great contributions Noel and Ian have made after I left.

I spent 80% of my fortune, $10 million going around the world, pumping up 911 movements, trying to correct prison corrections, trying to educate people about psychotherapy and make them more rational.

I know what I am talking about. People only revolt over economics. JFK, RFK, MLK, Gulf of Tonkin, Gulf War I and II, the Spanish American War, the First World War, the embargo of Japan's oil, an act of war, so they had to attack, the fire bombing that the US and UK did, crimes against humanity, and atomic bombs, the assassinations of elected leaders the US and the UK did not like, Libya and now Syria, the list goes on and on and on. The clever and cunning sociopaths won every time! "It takes in reality only one to make a quarrel. It is useless for the sheep to pass resolutions in favour of vegetarianism, while the wolf remains of a different opinion. - William R. Inge. Democracy is a joke
 
 
0 #10 Janos Abel 2018-02-03 18:15
Quote:
Quote:
It is the cunning and clever minority with nothing but "intelligence" who are the problem.

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country." - Edward L. Bernays
I really agree with you and that was my point. The below average people have no chance against them. However, I would add to your phrase, the mentally ill, "clever and cunning people." I say mentally ill because if they were really clever and cunning they would not sabotage society since they, their children, and their "friends", if they have any, have to live in it. They are sociopaths, missing out on the best feelings of life.
I am not quite sure what we are agreeing on here.

The Bernays quote indicates why you can say that half of the people are too stupid to improve their society. Saying that “the below average people have no chance against them” even when they know what is being done to them is to make it so.

If the above-inteligen ts were ethically advanced also, they would not tolerate the “mentally ill” intelligentsia perpetrate the Bernays type manipulation of public consciousness.

By the way, this thread is still about social change towards a better state of society: personal improvement in the context of social change.

To recap, I wanted to qualify this statement in the blog “...what is necessary for us as individuals [is] to evolve, thereby bringing about transformation. ..” because it puts all responsibility on individual humans to change the world by improving themselves. The strong form of this is to say that “the only thing we can change is ourself”. And it is a short step from that to say that a grossly unequal society, for example, is so because of individual selfishness. So we must evolve into more generous individuals if we want a world to be more generous.
This will justify the complacency of "good people" to do not much about serious social problems.
 
 
0 #9 James Walter 2018-01-30 15:10
Quoting Janos Abel:
Quoting James Walter:
Quoting Clive Menzies :
Quoting James Walter:

"CAN" is the operative word, and only by those with superior thinking abilities. Half of the people are below average intelligence. They cancel out the top half. That is why it will never happen in a democracy


Measures of intelligence (IQ tests) are part of the means of control. Having a high IQ is no claim to wisdom.

Currently reading Godhead (Griffin and Tyrrell) which refers to Keith Joseph, Thatcher's Svengali. No doubt, highly intelligent but highly flawed.

The heights of power are conquered by the most devious and unscrupulous, not the wisest. Which is why, we can't allow hierarchy. The "clever bastards" will always screw over the rest of us.


Half of the people are below average intelligence, by whatever measure, by whatever test. I and you live among them. We know this to be true. All those guys at the football games, watching the get rich shows, watching porn, fashion shows, reading romance novels, superhero movies, getting high on whatever soma, power, art, whatever, not thinking at all - these guys are the vast majority


Afraid this does not engage with Clive's point.

It is the cunning and clever minority with nothing but "intelligence" who are the problem:

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
- Edward L. Bernays

I really agree with you and that was my point. The below average people have no chance against them. However, I would add to your phrase, the mentally ill, "clever and cunning people." I say mentally ill because if they were really clever and cunning they would not sabotage society since they, their children, and their "friends", if they have any, have to live in it. They are sociopaths, missing out on the best feelings of life.
 
 
0 #8 Janos Abel 2018-01-30 14:19
Quoting James Walter:
Quoting Clive Menzies :
Quoting James Walter:

"CAN" is the operative word, and only by those with superior thinking abilities. Half of the people are below average intelligence. They cancel out the top half. That is why it will never happen in a democracy


Measures of intelligence (IQ tests) are part of the means of control. Having a high IQ is no claim to wisdom.

Currently reading Godhead (Griffin and Tyrrell) which refers to Keith Joseph, Thatcher's Svengali. No doubt, highly intelligent but highly flawed.

The heights of power are conquered by the most devious and unscrupulous, not the wisest. Which is why, we can't allow hierarchy. The "clever bastards" will always screw over the rest of us.


Half of the people are below average intelligence, by whatever measure, by whatever test. I and you live among them. We know this to be true. All those guys at the football games, watching the get rich shows, watching porn, fashion shows, reading romance novels, superhero movies, getting high on whatever soma, power, art, whatever, not thinking at all - these guys are the vast majority


Afraid this does not engage with Clive's point.

It is the cunning and clever minority with nothing but "intelligence" who are the problem:

"The conscious and intelligent manipulation of the organized habits and opinions of the masses is an important element in democratic society. Those who manipulate this unseen mechanism of society constitute an invisible government which is the true ruling power of our country."
- Edward L. Bernays
 
 
0 #7 James Walter 2018-01-26 15:17
Quoting Clive Menzies :
Quoting James Walter:

"CAN" is the operative word, and only by those with superior thinking abilities. Half of the people are below average intelligence. They cancel out the top half. That is why it will never happen in a democracy


Measures of intelligence (IQ tests) are part of the means of control. Having a high IQ is no claim to wisdom.

Currently reading Godhead (Griffin and Tyrrell) which refers to Keith Joseph, Thatcher's Svengali. No doubt, highly intelligent but highly flawed.

The heights of power are conquered by the most devious and unscrupulous, not the wisest. Which is why, we can't allow hierarchy. The "clever bastards" will always screw over the rest of us.


Half of the people are below average intelligence, by whatever measure, by whatever test. I and you live among them. We know this to be true. All those guys at the football games, watching the get rich shows, watching porn, fashion shows, reading romance novels, superhero movies, getting high on whatever soma, power, art, whatever, not thinking at all - these guys are the vast majority
 
 
0 #6 Clive Menzies 2018-01-26 13:40
Quoting James Walter:

"CAN" is the operative word, and only by those with superior thinking abilities. Half of the people are below average intelligence. They cancel out the top half. That is why it will never happen in a democracy


Measures of intelligence (IQ tests) are part of the means of control. Having a high IQ is no claim to wisdom.

Currently reading Godhead (Griffin and Tyrrell) which refers to Keith Joseph, Thatcher's Svengali. No doubt, highly intelligent but highly flawed.

The heights of power are conquered by the most devious and unscrupulous, not the wisest. Which is why, we can't allow hierarchy. The "clever bastards" will always screw over the rest of us.
 
 
0 #5 James Walter 2018-01-26 12:29
Quoting Janos Abel:
Quoting James Walter:
...We have co-opted and changed the meaning [of "evolution"], not that I disagree,...

This changed meaning describes a process that can be influenced to a significant degree by ourselves as a thinking and purposive species, "conscious evolution" like.


"CAN" is the operative word, and only by those with superior thinking abilities. Half of the people are below average intelligence. They cancel out the top half. That is why it will never happen in a democracy
 

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