October 14, 2010 § Leave a comment
Living amidst a vast expansion of scientific inquiry, we have understandably come to invest much faith in empiric reasoning. There is much imperative to do so, considering this manner of thinking is largely responsible for the complex infrastructure with which we are now endowed. However our adherence to scientific rationale has developed into a tendency towards conceptual isolation, and a loss of contact with the intuitive spirit, which is rarely recognized, and even more sparingly appreciated by the scientific community.
This repulsion seems to be a reaction towards the millenia of disruption caused by the molding of intuition by religious indoctrination. But the hostility enforced here is hypocritical and only serves to prolong the chaos. Intuition, regardless of the degree to which it is consciously recognized and interacted with, is an essential part of our humanness. It will forever be interwoven within our more deliberate creations. It is the sustenance that sustains the living foundation of our culture.
Our modern, shared experience is made possible by countless structures that have arisen and interlocked throughout time. The existence of the present moment implies this history. Civilization in its present form is a result of numerous intermediate states of development and an accumulation of all actions taken in response to environmental context… the basic principles through which life proliferates. This propensity for expansion is present in both biological and cultural life, but their essential driving forces contrast greatly.
Biological adaptation relies upon the ability of the organism to sequester enough resources to reproduce and successfully transmit it’s genetic information through the creation of a new being. The resources required to build and maintain sinew, leaves, bones, branches, sensory organs, circulation systems, and the rest of the living concoction are limited, and thus there is competition for these resources. Conversely, the growth of culture relies on cooperation. Our communal social dimension is built largely on information, which is conveniently easy to share with little cost. There is no vicious competition for information resources. Rather, they are enhanced through collaboration. Which is precisely why the hostility among varying schools of thought is so perplexing.
In an opinion article for SEED Magazine, David Weisman questions the concepts of unified mind and soul by citing the scientific insights derived from the examination of an anomalous physical occurrence, a stroke, or a cerebrovascular accident. Mr. Weisman describes a patient whose dysfunctional right brain was unable to recognize that her left arm was a part of her body and infers “your sense of unity, only perceptible to you, is a sheen on the surface, not a deeper layer of reality.” Through mapping this subjective qualitative analysis (there is no measurable ‘thickness of reality’), he blatantly caters to the scientific prejudice: “This leaves a distinct absence of soul, by whatever name. Importantly, this absence does not arise because of cultural biases and inertias, or because of overarching dogmas and hidden agendas and wishful thinking. It leaves an absence because the available data supports it and tends to falsify everything else.”
Weisman barely considers cultural context before dismissing it from his considerations. His conclusive statement is an uninformative smattering designed to convince the reader that all cultural significance has been overridden by ‘the available data.’ He offers no elaboration as all social implications are completely disregarded.
The concept of the soul can be associated with an infinite number of social and subjective conceptual interpretations, which have spurned major psychological adaptations, which have in turn become a significant part of value systems worldwide. Without even an inkling of this consideration, Weisman explains that “neurology and neuroscience […] have eroded these ideas, the soul and the unified mind, down to nothing.”
Mr. Weisman’s article embodies a major aspect of communication that is hindering our growth as a people: addressing conceptual communities as isolated entities. Humanity cannot be confined in this manner. Such thinking can only exist as a transitory phase. To avoid considering the conceptual realities of others is to deter maturation. Entertaining this attitude hinders progress and sustains ignorance.
It is imperative that we investigate the variety of factors contributing to our conscious experience. Yet biological anomalies and explanations will need to be interwoven into the ideological fabric that is already present in society. Our conscious experience is a great integration of many different perceptions and conceptualizations. Unification is a core aspect of expression, and the desire to express… Elements unarguably involved in the creation of Mr. Weisman’s article.
We cannot quench the ineffable qualities of human experience. There will always be poets roaming the streets, and there will be shattered glass in their wake through which hordes will pour through. Bodies will reverberate with endless music. Dreamers will lie in fields simply to entertain their humming sense of wonder.
September 28, 2010 § 1 Comment
There is a massive amount of creativity lying dormant in the mind due to cultural suppression. These resources are truly immense (or have the capacity to be), as there is an infinite amount of art, music, and writing available through wires and screens. There is an astounding amount of integration that is weaving into ever greater systems of complexity.
From a hypothetical point of distant observation, we can easily be inclined to question the point to all of this. But the destination cannot be idolized as a concrete, determined, stable state that is discretely verbalized or quantified in any capacity. The emphasis cannot be here, because that end point does not exist without the steps in between. Whatever imagined end point we can conceive, it relies entirely on the structure of time between the present and that end point. And so this fathomed ultimate coalescence of energy and novelty simply does not exist without the growths and decays that proceed in human reality leading up to that point.
This aspect of temporality will always be part of us, and is a tremendously important part of us. Just as physical existence is necessarily temporary, so is existing at a particular locus of (the consistent birth process of cumulative experience + the ever occurring integration of new conceptual processes and ideological tweaking).
Wisdom and happiness cannot be grasped and held, but must be realized in the context of the many fluctuations that contribute to the present moment.
We are in part defined by relationships, which are ever changing. To be aware of the multitude of influences, of information processing, of emotional realities that are ever occurring at any given moment… this is great step towards utilizing our creative potential.
September 28, 2010 § Leave a comment
Instating a figure of divinity is a vital component in the process of utilizing the exponentially increasing dimensions of human intellectual resources to achieve autonomous interactions with the raw and ultimate source of order and beauty in the universe.
Such interactions are desirable because they further increase the arrangement of life forces via culturally-saturated interactions: emotional and spiritual communication, the production of art, the development of increasingly complex symbiosis within cultures and among peoples, leading ultimately to the increase in stability necessary for ever higher forms of life to continue manifesting.
Our vision of God is at once a recognition of the order already established through life, and an acknowledgement of the forces and means required to enhance and sustain the cumulative vitality and direction of life.