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Перекликается с недавней аналитикой "уровня бог" от блядей из Сбербанка, который (внезапно) узрел резкое сокращение размеров частного бизнеса в России, в особенности в секторе малых и средних предприятий, и выводом что, де, связано это "с отсутствием у россиян склонности к предпринимальству".
По следам раздумий о событиях в Екатеринбурге. Заранее прошу прощения у обижающихся.#russian #lang ru #Russia #society #development #psychology #religion #life
Мой научный руководитель Юрий Николаевич Гаврилов – светлая ему память – как-то сказал (и мне запомнилось): «Человеческое сознание от природы иррационально». Простыми словами: мы окружены придурками, и разумно мыслить могут немногие, да и то лишь в результате немалых умственных усилий и преодоления предрассудков.
Есть, грубо говоря, два типа обществ. В одних власть базируется на массе недоумков и культивирует тупость, в итоге консервируя отсталость. В других поощряются люди, способные на независимое рациональное мышление, проявляющие инициативу, не ориентирующиеся на стадное и рабское сознание. К первым относятся, например, теократии (как там в Коране? «О те, которые уверовали! Берегитесь многих мыслей! (49:12)»). Вторые – члены ОЭСР, задающие миру темп научно-технического развития.
Воровская власть – да еще и столь нагло воровская, как в России – строит общество первого типа, где публика не должна сознавать, что ее стригут, как баранов. Полагать что это достигается одной лишь массированной отупляющей пропагандой, было бы неверно. Насаждаемое сверху религиозное мракобесие – тоже лишь элемент системы, опирающейся на недоумков. Самоизоляция от внешнего мира (см. «импортозамещение» и прочие патриотические изыски) – такой же элемент, и не единственный.
Главный инструмент по сдерживанию рационального мышления – это перевод как можно большей части населения в госсектор (по данным ФАС, там сконцентрировано уже больше 70% активов российской экономики). Давить малый и средний бизнес, поставить людей к госкормушке, не дать им проявлять экономическую самостоятельность и принимать независимые решения – это работает. Чем больше стадо, зависимое от зарплаты в госучреждении или на госпредприятии, тем меньше процент «креаклов», пытающихся просветить человечество. Тем более, что творческая личность – это в первую очередь личность, чуждая стадности и посему не способная сформировать в своей среде работоспособную иерархическую партию.
И поэтому, уж простите, я не верю в победу противников строительства еще одной церкви в перенасыщенном церквями районе Екатеринбурга. Гуляющие в сквере неорганизованные думающие личности ничего серьезного не могут противопоставить инертной, но послушной властям массе иррационально мыслящих, разучившихся думать или ленящихся думать людей. Будь то православнутые или путиноиды. Их больше и они - опора и основа власти.
"Individual Differences Research"
All informal tests should be taken with a grain of salt. Especially short ones.
IDR Laboratories has some tests based on peer-reviewed research which are designed to measure what guides your personal moral foundations, what principles you find important. Some of their tests appear more ... serious than others, while others (like the Pooh test) verge on the whimsical. But the moral foundations and political views tests seem to have some worth.
I mean, OK, there's the usual obvious problems. A lot of these questions are too simple to be answered with an agree/disagree slider. "America has gone too far in being tough on crime." Um, America is FUCKING SCHIZOID about crime. We throw the book at people for victimless crimes and fill prisons with non-violent offenders to guarantee the profitability of the private companies that run the prisons, while turning a blind eye to politicians and industrialists who commit white-collar crimes that destroy or empoverish entire communities. "Pharmaceutical companies should be allowed to sell experimental and unapproved drugs as long as they are clearly marked as such." Um, SELL? No. Conduct fully informed volunteer trials of for terminal or chronically ill patients with no other hope of recovery? Abso-fraggin'-lutely yes.
"What's the worst that can happen, Doc?"But ... Well, hey, it's insight. And all of us could use a better understanding of ourselves.
"Well, the drug could kill you, instead of your cancer."
"And the best?"
"Well, it MIGHT cure you. But it's a long shot."
"...Fuck it, I'm in. 'Might not die' is an improvement over 'Dead in three months'."
Oh, my scores? Well, on the moral foundations, I'm 86% care, 78% fairness, 56% purity, 50% loyalty, 53% authority, 64% liberty, per the test. That tracks somewhere in between "left-liberal" and "conservative". No surprises there. On the political issues, 70% care, 30% proportionality, 35% heritage, 63% liberty. That tracks mostly "left-liberal" except for the liberty, which is way up in libertarian territory. But, y'know, I answered a LOT of these questions from a mental position of, "Well, that's pretty much a dick move, but, y'know, it's your life and you're free to choose what consequences you bring on yourself, as long as you don't fuck up anybody else's life." That's kind of a lot of the way I am.
Note that none of these results can be considerd in any way fine-grained, and with only 36 questions per test, they're not very rigorous. But, well, there you have it.
#neurologie #psychologie #psychiatrie #schriftbild #demenz #veränderung #frage #handwriting #dementia #picture #question #krankheit #disease #neurology #psychology #psychiatry #links
We’ve long known that the environments we live and work in impact our physical health—and that we can be harmed by things we may not even realize we’re being exposed to, like lead or air pollution. It’s also not a new idea that our physical surroundings may weigh on our mental health as well.#psychology #psychiatry #MentalHealth #environment
Unmarried couples living apart have the highest levels of sexual satisfaction while married couples are among the least satisfied, finds a new German study (n=3,207) of sexual satisfaction among seven relationship-status groups. Only unmarried individuals with no partner scored lower than married.
Social media effect 'tiny' in teenagers, large study finds | BBC News
The effects of social media use on teenage life satisfaction are limited and probably "tiny", a study of 12,000 UK adolescents suggests.#technology #SocialMedia #health #psychology
Family, friends and school life all had a greater impact on wellbeing, says the University of Oxford research team.
People’s Sense Of Control Over Their Actions Is Reduced At A Fundamental Level When They’re Angry Or Afraid – Research Digest
During major bouts of anger or fear, people can end up taking extreme and sometimes violent actions. But they often say that, in the moment, they didn’t feel responsible for those actions – they “lost control” or “saw red”. In the UK, under certain circumstances, a person accused of murder can even claim that this “loss of control” led to them killing their victim. If successful, this defence can reduce charges to manslaughter.https://digest.bps.org.uk/2019/04/30/peoples-sense-of-control-over-their-actions-is-reduced-at-a-fundamental-level-when-theyre-angry-or-afraid/
Now the first study of its kind suggests that there is some truth to these claims. Participants put into a fearful or angry state really do seem to have a reduced sense of agency, according to a paper published recently in Experimental Brain Research, raising questions about the accountability of people going through extreme emotions.
The findings suggest that normal sleepers activate a markedly different brain circuit while reliving emotional memories from the distant past as compared to when they are exposed to novel emotional experiences. In patients with insomnia, however, the brain circuits recruited with reliving distant emotional memories overlapped with the circuits recruited during a novel emotional experience....#psychology
I've personally realized a lot of positive growth from understanding my own Meyers-Briggs Type. For example, as an Extrovert, I have a tendency to think aloud and seek energy from interactions with others; learning that not everyone does their best thinking that way means I am now much more mindful about giving Introverts more time to think and recharge, listening and not steamrolling them in meetings or conversations, and in my personal life, forcing myself to stop and appreciate silence.
There are many other examples, but the general principle is that having knowledge about my own tendencies gives me the information needed to intelligently adapt my behavior and choices to actively compensate for weaknesses and apply strengths at maximum leverage when appropriate. So my behavior as observed externally is probably often NOT what one would expect of my type, and sometimes even opposite. The point is, my Meyers-Briggs Type isn't me... It's a tool that provides some information as to how I might behave if left unconstrained by external factors, social or professional expectations, or my own free will.
I think where we run into big trouble with personality tests is twofold: 1) trying to apply them to others, for any purpose, but especially for pigeonholing judgments like who would be good at what job, who should be promoted, etc. Because, again, behavior is malleable and trainable, and no matter one's type, we generally have a a lot of choice of how to behave and grow, and what behaviors we observe in others may not be anything close to their internal preferences/tendencies. 2) Taking the results of our personality test results as identity rather than information. As the podcast gets into, we are so quick to make anything a tribe or group identity -- it's part of how we are wired as social primates. But the real danger is then our chosen tribe becomes an excuse for that tribe's stereotypical behavior, thus reinforcing the opposite of what I think the information is best used for, which is self-awareness and informed action based on knowledge of our tendencies.
#personality-tests #psychology #npr #mbti #meyers-briggs #brain #personality #behavior
Aphantasia: Ex-Pixar chief Ed Catmull says 'my mind's eye is blind' | BBC News
The former president of Pixar and Walt Disney Animation Studios says he has a "blind mind's eye".An insight into a condition that's more common than you might think
Most people can close their eyes and conjure up images inside their head such as counting sheep or >imagining the face of a loved one.
But Ed Catmull, 74, has the condition aphantasia, in which people cannot visualise mental images at all.
#psychology #neurology #aphantasia #hyperphantasia #visualisation #creativity
Screen time -- even before bed -- has little impact on teen well-being | Science Daily
Data from more than 17,000 teenagers show little evidence of a relationship between screen time and well-being in adolescents. The study casts doubt on the widely accepted notion that spending time online, gaming, or watching TV, especially before bedtime, can damage young people's mental health."Online, gaming, or watching TV," fine. But cyber-bullying, coercion, and watching nasty videos can have a massive impact. It would have been nice if someone related to the research had mentioned this.
#internet #psychology #psychiatry #MentalHealth
World Autism Awareness Week - National Autistic Society
It's World Autism Awareness Day today the 2nd of April 2019. Find out more about autism, Asperger Syndrome, and the autistic spectrum at the URL below. And who knows, maybe you can help.
#autism #Asperger #health #medicine #psychology #neurology #psychoneurology
Intellectually humble people tend to possess more knowledge, study finds
People who are intellectually humble tend to score better on a test of general knowledge, according to new research published in The Journal of Positive Psychology. The new findings also provide some insights into the particular traits that could explain the link between intellectual humility and knowledge acquisition.https://www.psypost.org/2019/03/intellectually-humble-people-tend-to-possess-more-knowledge-study-finds-53409
#intellectualism #iq #psychology
6 months before the Purulia Arms Drop I participated in an Ananda Marga debate about whether terrorism could ever be justified. Ananda Marga was a pacific revolutionary organization that denounced both the materialistic philosophies of capitalism as well as communism. The focus of the ideology was primary yoga and meditation but there was a lot of emphasis on social justice and activism as well. My friends in Ananda Marga were fans of the libertarian socialist ideas behind the Mexican Revolution of 1910, the Spanish revolution of the 30’s and most especially the Zapatista revolution in Mexico which was still occurring at the time of this debate. Nobody in the debate could really defend terrorism. We evaded the idea of terrorism and focused on the justification of using force against the state by violent revolution. However, the other side said our idea of revolution was not terrorism because it is a declared political and revolutionary military movement which does not target civilians like terrorist attacks. We were ideological rebels, but nobody was aggressive enough to really talk about terrorist attacks. I led our team in the debate and we could argue that the capitalist system is more terrorist than any terrorist organization, but when the opposing team asked me specifically if that gives us justification to use violent force against the system which would include attacking innocent civilians, we could not argue this position. We could not even pretend to and we clearly lost the debate. The leader of the other group was a Vietnam war veteran who was very well spoken and even though it was all a structured formality, his sincere non-violence stance made us somehow feel that we were in the wrong and did not want to be a part of the debate.
There were many brilliant people in Ananda Marga, especially in India and Anandamurti’s organization became the enemy of the state, both the national capitalist state as well as the local state of Bengal, which was governed by communists. Anandamurti infiltrated the state by creating an army of civil servant yogis who follow a strict definiton of morality, Yama and Niyama. Anandamurti worked for the Indian railways and many of his disciples worked in various levels of government. Having these leaders apply yogic principles in society would help establish a new order of non corruption. Spiritual people who perform their duties with honesty and noble character will be loved and trusted by others. These highly respected ethical leaders would be the vanguard of a new society and collective spiritual awakening. It was very clear that this is the type of spiritual revolution that Anandamurti wanted. He was not non-violent like Gandhi and thought that sometimes force is needed in a revolution, but his efforts were clearly focused on spiritual and social revolution. The organization he created was revolutionary and instead of battalions of soldiers he created battalions of social service workers who teach the ancient principles and practices of tantra yoga.
In the early days Indira Gandhi’s (Nehru's daughter) regime wanted to incorporate Ananda Marga into the Indian state. When Anandamurti refused then the trouble started. This assault on Ananda Marga only helped the movement to expand beyond India. When I visited India just a few months after the debate, I went there in full confidence that I was in the company of peaceful rebels persecuted by the state but I never once thought that Ananda Marga would end up in the middle of an arms deal and a failed revolution which got me thrown into jail and an Indian Supreme Court trial for charges of terrorism.
After returning from India and being declared innocent in their Supreme Court I stayed at an Ananda Marga community in Missouri. Some black, unmarked helicopters began to appear periodically during the meditation retreat. I recalled the debate 6 months earlier and could hardly believe the absurd situation of the present. I saw the leader of the opposing debate team, the Vietnam Veteran, and he was frantic about the helicopters. He said they were sent by “them.” I thought he meant the CIA or the government, but he started speaking about reptilian beings. This person who read Chomsky and had very enlightened and clear political views now seemed to be under the sway of Alex Jones. Most people thought that we were being harassed by the government because of what had just happened in India. They wanted to make us nervous, that we were being watched. Their strategy was obviously working. A few years later Ananda Marga was placed on the FBI’s top ten terrorist organization list. We were simply dumbfounded. A.M. was up there with the IRA and Al-Quaeda and Hamas, but what had A.M. ever really done as far as terrorist activity? Sure, they got in some scrapes in India when they tried to defend themselves from the government who violently attacked them but they were the ones who always got massacred and never massacred anybody else.
Anandamurti was a very mysterious person. He was first put under surveillance by Nehru before the Independence from the British Empire, while Nehru was leader of the Congress Party. Nehru liked the letters that the 17 year old student had sent to Congress and they were read aloud. People wanted to know who this youth was. He eventually initiated some revolutionary leaders in congress into tantric practice. By the time of the 70’s A.M. was infiltrated by the CIA. I know people who saw Anandamurti perform many “miracles” in front of many people in A.M. Many of these miracles involved healing but it was also known that Anandamurti knew all sorts of things. When my Vietnam veteran friend was planning on going to India he was very nervous because he was a secret chain smoker and he was afraid of getting a scolding from the guru. He had heard rumors that Anandamurti knew everything about his disciples and that he even scolded them for things far in their past of which nobody else knew. When he arrived he entered Anandamurti’s room with great apprehension. Anandamurti stared sternly at him and then smiled saying “smoking is just a bad habit, not a crime.”
I know so many people with so many similar encounters with Anandamurti. I even saw that some of the elder disciples also had some mystical knowledge and healing powers. There is no doubt that Big Brother knew about the mysterious powers of this great yogi. I truly believe that A.M. was infiltrated and disintegrated not because they were a terrorist organization but because they never wanted the world to know of the great man behind the great and humane revolutionary ideas that they were so frightened of.
As a liberal arts student that had just graduated the university, I went to an Ananda Marga ashram to do doctoral studies on tantra yoga when the arms drop occurred. Far from being an mere academic experience, I was becoming deeply immersed in the very high spiritual vibration at Ananda Nagar. It was clear that much spiritual work had been done in this environment. I felt that my meditation was 5 times as strong there! By just closing the eyes, one enters into deep, effortless meditation in such an environment. Despite all that has happened with Ananda Marga, those experiences always help me remember that the philosophy and spiritual practices of Ananda Marga have a very pure origin.
The Arms Drop Movie Trailer
After a nice meditation one morning I hear there was an arms drop in a nearby village and then the military arrived. The arms drop was a typical botched-up Ananda Marga operation and the arms fell in the wrong place and it was reported to the local police and military. They discovered it just in time. The simple locals live like people from thousands of years ago. They discovered these unknown objects which had very nice boxes and canvas bags. At the time they were making cob houses and were just about to throw some sturdy hand grenades into the cob mixture.
I contemplate my memories of Ananda Nagar the weeks before this incident and remember how there was a humurous, supposedly ex-Marine with a USMC bull dog tatoo giving fitness training to illiterate tribal boys who were employed by Ananda Marga. At the time I really believed that Viirendra, the ex-Marine, was helping train official guards to protect the election boxes of the Indian state for the upcoming elections. It sounded rather odd that the Bengali government would trust its foe Ananda Marga with such a duty, but I didn't criticize this inconsistency at the time because I was so distracted by the humorous environment of the "fitness training." Virendra finally got to be in charge as a drill sargent. He had some sensitive yogi qualities but was really a jar-head at heart.
The trainees underwent rifle training one day with a b.b. gun. All 30 of them took turns with the one and only b.b. gun. It was just like the one I got on my 8th birthday. An old guard of the V.S.S. (the elite guard of Ananda Marga) took pride in being the leading official and decided to instruct the trainees himself. He instructed one boy to point the gun at a nun, who like us, was peering over the fence and snickering at these antics. "Okay, you hit the target, now point the gun at the nun, right between her eyes," the guard said. The nun was laughing and screaming at the same time saying "no, no" while we were roaring with laughter at these Gomer Pyle antics. Viirendra grabbed the gun, invoking the archetypal drill sergeant from Full Metal Jacket and screamed, "I'm gonna shove that gun up your ass, soldier." That sweet nun and the Indian boy fortunately couldn't understand these words. It was all too comic and absurd to accept as reality. This is ample proof that Ananda Marga is not essentially a terrorist organization. The system tried to impose it on them with infiltrators like Viirendra, but militant radicalism really wasn't in the nature of the majority of the monks and nuns.
Viirendra disappeared the day before the arms drop and we simple observers were sent to jail. A few years after that I hear that there is a pentagonal meditation room in the Asheville, N.C., in an Ananda Marga community where Viirendra has settled. That is ironic because in my experience, people in Ananda Marga, especially in the U.S., put special spiritual significance in architecture, especially architecture for meditation rooms. Hexagons and hexagrams are more of their style, not pentagons. They chose the design and didn't purchase the building as such.
Prior to this home, he lived in a recluse ranch in Colorado where a proud monk named Krsnananda would visit him. Krishnananda told me himself that Viirendra had to report to the people in the black helicopters that came to see him at his hidden ranch. Krishnananda also told me that his brother, who is also a monk, was in the airplane when the arms were dropped. As a cresciendo I also get news that Ananda Marga made it on the top 10 terrorist list of the FBI around the year 2000. This understanding turned my whole Ananda Marga experience upside down and inside out. All the while that I was lost in deep meditation at Ananda Nagar and beginning my studies at the research institute, these miscreants were planning an international conspiracy with the CIA against Ananda Marga.
The producer of the documentary cites another author that considers it is likely that Kim Peter, or Nirvananda, was aided and protected by the CIA. The producer leaves the question open for scrutiny. Some people in Ananda Marga were informants to the CIA and the senior members of the organization knew of this. Kim Peter worked in North America with a gang of Ananda Marga monks. He is still seen as a Robin Hood type of figure. In the beginning, they only smuggled electronics into India to raise money for orphanages and schools. However, they later moved on to greater ventures. Many members of this underground mafia extended into immoral and dangerous international mafia connections. Some were caught and forced to be informers to the FBI and the CIA. I knew who some of these people were and I think they were used as tools to help frame Ananda Marga as a terrorist organization. After the Purulia arms drop Ananda Marga was placed on the FBI’s top 10 global terrorist groups list for several years. Now, they are practically non-existent in North America.
The Cultural Gatekeepers
When I studied the psychoanalytical theories of Freud and Lacan I was left with the impression that they were entering psychological dimensions that were not just subtle in their understanding of inner, psychological life but also delving into the sophisticated dynamics of how the social world, the symbolic, linguistic forms of meaning enter into, qualify and condition individual psychology at very deep levels. This was especially true with Lacan. By psychoanalytically unravelling neurosis one discovers the whole chain of mental conditioning between the inner, psychological order and the outer, symbolic order, of all of the clashes and conflicts between the two. Lacan’s sophisticated theories of how social symbols and models condition individual psychology are a map to the nexus of how what is outside becomes a part of what is inside.
This seemed like exclusive knowledge. I was in my last year of undergraduate studies and had never even heard of Lacan until I enrolled in this graduate course. To this day, I hardly ever meet psychologists who know of Lacan, except for in the French speaking world. I was left with the impression that this knowledge could be very useful for Big Brother. If we can unravel neurosis with psychoanalytical understanding of the symbolic, linguistic order of of social meanings, could one also learn how to induce neurosis into the symbolic order? Who else besides psychologists might be interested in such a sophisticated analysis of how people get programmed, consciously and unconsciously, by the symbols of meaning in our cultural world? I was inspired to write the following account when I came across this article the other day:
After the Arms Drop I was immediately thrown in jail with a few other people but soon released under house arrest. I wasn't allowed to go anywhere, but just to stay within Ananda Nagar and continue to enjoy deep meditation. The public scene around Ananda Marga after the arms drop was all very fun, especially when I was used as a public speaker to defend Ananda Marga in front of the press. It was all a game to me until I realized I didn’t know what was really going on and was unknowingly lying to the BBC and India Times when the Ananda Marga Central press secretary sent me to give interviews. Several months went by before I recognized the faces in the newspapers as those of Ananda Marga monks who had been visiting the ashram with our arrested companion, Devashish., that was later thoroughly questioned by the CBI. They were planning the arms drop at this time. The infamous Kim Peter Davies was an Ananda Marga acharya, Nirvananda. All the while I was helping Ananda Marga to blame their old foe, the communist party of Bengal, of falsely defaming Ananda Marga like they did so many times in the past.
When the CBI interviewed Devashish. they kept him in the interrogation room for hours and had his best agents interrogate him. Obviously I was nervous. Later, knowing that he had to give the rest of us some kind of reason why Ananda Marga is being framed as a terrorist organization and why we are under house arrest, he decided to give us a story.
He was sincere. I never thought he lied about anything because they were very humiliating confessions. He told us all about the underground Ananda Marga mafia and how they operated. Most of it seemed pretty innocent compared to most mafias. In the early days they were simply smuggling electronic equipment into India to sell on the black market. The money was funding schools and orphanages in India and Africa. Nirvanananda was the most successful in these schemes. Anandamurti prohibited these activities but many people still participated in them because it was very easy and few considered it immoral. I realized that I had even participated in this unknowingly by agreeing to carry a video camera into India for a monk who would later sell it to an Indian contact. If immigration were to ask me what happened to my camera, I was to say that it was stolen and that was the end of the case.
However, I did expect that there were a ton of things that Devashish. wasn’t telling us. He confessed that he had been to federal prison twice for his activities with Ananda Marga mafia. He had worked in various counterfeit operations with the great Ananda Marga mafia giant and pimp, Karunananda. He only confessed to counterfeiting and credit card scams.
I suspected that he had been compromised by somebody, by the FBI, or some agency. He told me that the FBI came to his house during the 84 Olympics in Los Angeles and spoke to him the whole day about how Ananda Marga are terrorists. He argued the contrary but the FBI agent had all kinds of inside knowledge of Ananda Marga and cited conversations of Anandamurti that were given only in closed circles. The FBI agent argued that followers of Ananda Marga believe Anandamurti is “Taraka Brahma.” They had subtle arguments about how this is a belief system and not some official doctrine, as the agent wanted to argue. This was my first piece to the puzzle of how Ananda Marga got infiltrated, was thoroughly studied, and later disintegrated.
We were under house arrest during this time and so I could begin to see how the criminals of Ananda Marga had been utilized by Big Brother to step up their criminal activities to the next level. The very same people behind the smugglers got involved in an international arms deal that was monitored and controlled by M.I. 5 agents from England.
I began to recall Lacan and think of all of the complexities and dissonance that this whole Ananda Marga experience was creating. Ananda Marga was a very complex world view, an alternative and revolutionary society in all of its aspects, and Big Brother was afraid of them for this. I contemplated the Ananda Marga from the texts and the immediate Ananda Marga culture of which I was immersed in while being under house arrest in their “Mecca” of Ananda Nagar. Now I am seeing that there are so many other voices that could try to define what Ananda Marga is in contrast to the official doctrines and the norms of the movement. The mafia activities were a great contradiciton to the ideology, for example. And now I had to consider that there are now really intelligent and powerful people who are trying to impose and define what Ananda Marga is all about and that they are only interested in its destruction and dissolution.
I couldn’t get to far into such conversations with Devashish. He had already said enough. I did have some intellectual conversations with him about parallel subjects and we discussed the ideas of Lacan. He was very familiar with these ideas, much, much more than I was and told me about Derridas and Foucault as well. He seemed like the perfect, diabolical CIA agent that I imagined in the university, somebody that could analyze alternative movements and study their complexities and understand how to manipulate and control cultural and social symbols by very subtle means. I began to ask so many questions.
I think we need to hunt down Devashish. and have a conversation with him. Devashish made a joke with me just after our court case and the deportation to the U.S. He said, “Have you seen Nirvananda’s new face yet?, he looks great with the plastic surgery.” I asked him: “Have I ever seen Nirvananda?” He just laughed and walked away.
Dogma, Dissonance, And Dissent
While I was a student at The University of Texas at Austin, there was a story passing through the psychology department of how a group of drunken fraternity boys pushed a piano through a window that fell 10 floors and killed 2 people in the street below. All of these bone-heads got together and decided they were not responsible. They collectively blamed the victims. "Why were those stupid people walking the streets at 3 am?" they argued.
We marveled at this phenomenon of "cognitive dissonance." Cognitive dissonance is a mental state that occurs when there is a major contradiction in the habitual thought structures of the ego. The ego seeks consistency with its thoughts and projections so that there is a centered and consistent self-concept. A powerful event that is different and contradicts the projections of its habitual reality creates a state of dissonance and inner tension in the mind. Instead of being only superficial and frivolous boys, they are now guilty of killing innocent people. They thought they were good people, perhaps the best, and now they are seen as criminals. To neutralize this cognitive dissonance, this state of tension induced by a great contradiction and confusion to the ego's reality, one has to invent excuses that serve the confused ego and create an acceptable story so that one can continue thinking in the same way as before so that one's projections about oneself and one's “reality” are not contradicted and interrupted. The defensive and guilty psyche must avoid at all costs this painful state of cognitive dissonance. We are all cognitive misers and always look for easy excuses and pretexts rather than the complex truth. If you can not find an excuse, then you live in torment. In the case of frat boys, they can not bear the social censure and personal guilt and simply pass the blame on some "other". This is, of course, much easier when each individual has the rest of the "team" supporting him.
These superficial socialites with the Greek letters were often conformist nationalistic and patriotic types that become model citizens and leaders in capitalist society. Very few individuals on our planet are given the privileges and liberties of these fraternity boys. Although this is an extreme example of selfishness and a complex and contradictory self-serving bias, the irresponsibility and selfishness of these students really reflect the mentality and biases of materialistic, capitalist society in general. Western capitalist countries have committed mass genocide all over the world and have interfered in the natural evolution of so many cultures and still continue to subjugate and exploit them. Within those imperialist societies there is also so much exploitation, inequality, and injustice. The frat boys tried to blame their victims to justify their own irresponsibility. Similarly, the the entire collective mentality of a society can be manipulated by the media spin-doctors, priests and politicians to become bigoted or racist and blame social problems on the poor, the blacks, latinos, or some other people in another country. And if we are about to invade another country for their natural resources we can generate a nationalistic and xenophobic sentiment to justify ourselves and thereby placate our cognitive dissonance.
Under the shadow of materialism, we live more separated and isolated and care mostly about our own selfish well-being, or perhaps only our near and dear ones. The dominant stream of materialistic culture fosters desires that are based mostly in material comfort, and so often tend towards excess. Few think about the consequences of such a life-style; the environmental degradation, economic exploitation of other people on the planet, and widespread degeneration of the human soul trapped in this materialistic, deterministic cage that so much of our world has become. Not many people are concerned about economically motivated wars motivated by our military-industrial complex that undermine democracy by sabotaging the economies and governments of weaker nations. Such destructive acts against humanity create psycho-social illnesses. Our entire society has become mentally ill as we have distorted our most fundamental human values by accepting militant nationalism, multinational corporate domination, and lies like Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Irak. We are constantly forced (at least if we are honest) to see how our society so often goes against democracy and humanism, while at the same time we try and maintain the idea that we are the most humane and democratic.
Most of us are just like repressed frat boys on the inside. We ignore the reality of our immediate community, society and our planet and prefer to watch TV and buy strange things to fill our spiritual and existential emptiness. Nobody will criticize me if everyone is living in the same way, each in our own island. It can not be bad if everyone else is part of the scheme, if some narcissistic and selfishly biased ideals give one an opiate to filter anything that may create the cognitive dissonance when one realizes that all of this makes one really unhappy. One can buy something new to fill an inner void, seek some adventure to divert the ego when it is bored and empty. Or when Conscience begins to tell you that your world is destructive one may continue trying to raise the flag a little higher than one's cognitive dissonance. Our selfishness, conformity, laziness and ignorance enables individuals and society to continue their impunity and irresponsibility while we remain existentially dazed and psychologically divided.
Our mundane and selfish mentality will not take responsibility for the damage that it is creating all around the world. Most people trapped in materialism do not care so much about what happens to people in other places, as long as they continue to live in material comfort. Their biased ideological distortions and selfishness hide the ugly truth that our imbalanced socio-economic system must steal the natural resources and brutally exploit the labor of others in far away lands, and even create wars to do so. This predatory lifestyle is responsible for so much destruction and suffering for the rest of the planet and its people. Under globalist capitalism, the first world is the parasite of the third.
Personally, I have received great benefits from being born in the first world: a good family, education and a safe environment in which to live. However, things change when one peers out of the false security bubble of a world that is really only sustained by perpetual violence, exploitation, and political subterfuge. One begins to look outside of the box to find true human culture and spirituality. With humane culture, art, literature and meditation one develops a natural, spiritual and universal consciousness. It is natural that one's socio-spiritual awareness expands and one begins to see and understand the terrible things that the politicians, bankers and corporations are doing to the world. So that a few can live in wretched excess, the masses of humanity have to live in misery. And for what end? The modern materialistic society of the U.S. and europe is so full of mental pathologies that people often end up suffering more than the oppressed and exploited in the third world. Often I see more light in the eyes of the indigenous who live under tin roofs in the mountains than in the people of modern suburbs where I grew up. Though poor and forgotten, at least those people still have a piece of land and have not been forced into overcrowded urban slums to be devoured by the capitalist matrix. There are still people who are truly of this earth.
However, this situation is an absurd instability that can not last. The people whose profession is to lie and create war and destruction are in a deep part of their psyche actually well aware of the weaknesses in their networks of lies. No matter how sick and distorted their minds have become there is always a live witness that sees through their game of lies. They are not dumb beasts, but degenerate intellectuals ridden with extreme cognitive dissonance. There remains some portion of an inner awareness that makes them uneasy and restless within as they continue to trap themselves in exponentially greater lies without.
Whether we are speaking of the corruption and exploitation in our government, religion, or social group, the dynamics of power and mental manipulation within these distinct structures share a common psychological ground. We enter this world weak and ignorant and we require much struggle and effort to overcome these debilities, whether they be physical, mental, or spiritual weaknesses. Some people are more strong while others are weak, some are more sharp and others are dull. The strong lead or control the weak. Such is the law of nature at all levels: physical, mental, and spiritual. The only problem with this law is how we define "strength" and "weakness" and how people are treated in accordance with those definitions. When leaders become too empowered and selfish, they begin to exploit their followers economically, socially, and ideologically. Eventually their dogmas, prejudices, policies become completely corrupt and go against the common good. Then begins the process of manipulation that trick us into believing and following something we should not. And finally tyranny and repression toward all who resist their hypocrisy and impunity. This cycle causes untold harm to individuals and just as certainly as it brings death to empires. This is essentially the same pattern for all types of social manipulation and spin-doctoring whether we are speaking of the exploitation of the ignorant and weak by the shrewd and strong in the religious, economic, cultural, racial or class structures.
When rational and moral human beings are forced to believe in something irrational and immoral, we become existentially confused and psychologically fragmented. We are overcome by cognitive dissonance. We can never develop a clear picture of reality because the cognitive models we acquire about ourselves and our worlds are so often very contradictory. From the yogic point of view, the Aham or feeling of “I am” can never reconcile itself with the Mahat, the pure feeling of “I exist” which is eternal and pure and unconditioned by the external world. The “I-am” or ego is midway between the inner and outer worlds and so is in part socially conditioned. It is not really separated from the Mahat within, only limited definitions of the ego make it appear as such. Without progressive spiritual culture we are stuck in an imposed and warped definition of the “I am” that doesn’t permit us to see the true “I” within.
The victims of cognitive dissonance imposed by the priests or the politicians are always ready, in their confusion and dissonance, to accept some story that makes sense. Weak and separated from inner truth, we are all too ready to believe in some explanation. The trembling masses accept the stories prefabricated for them that only further sustain the mental exploitation and control over them. This is the perfect state of control over a social body: we fear them, yet we simultaneously seek their approval and protection. With such a fear complex imposed by institutions it is no wonder that few people ever find a way out of this web of maya, or cosmic delusion created by errant human minds.
Dogmatic ideology would have that or mental development remain in the lower rungs of the Aham or ego, far away from the self-reliant and vastly intelligent qualities of the Mahat or true "I" within. This is a natural human duality that dogmatic ideology tries to exploit by keeping us enslaved to matter and the market, to class and color, or perhaps within some church with some savior. We become neurotic individually and collectively as a result. Some people may not be strong enough to protest and take a stand. This is unfortunate because the exploiters and perpetrators usually continue in their downward fall into even more gross and perverse actions which require even more cover-ups. Such is the self-condemning path of the lie; one has to keep lying to cover up previous lies until eventually one is trapped in an inescapable quagmire of psychotic non-reality.
I recently wrote about an example of injustice in a spiritual society not just because I am taking a stand within that one particular society to resist injustice, but also because the psychological dynamics of this example are just so universal when we examine the dynamics of brain-washing. Abuse of power leading to crimes, then the conspiracy to cover up, then the blaming of the victims; these are the steps on the path of the lie for all that tell it, be it the state, a church, or some other expression of human society. The result is further and further degeneration with this web of lies and mental illness until we reach absolute disintegration or revolution.
If we combat these universal thought distortions of power and manipulation and understand how they work, then we will have taken at least a chunk out of the monstrous structures of power that we humans create and carry in our mind-body system, in our DNA. Only by finding discernment, the perfect balance of universal love and reason, will we be able to remedy our frailty and lack of true faith in our inherent power of reason and love. This fault has permitted us to accept the lies and manipulations of others. The infinite Consciousness is beyond name and form, freely available to all. It lies with our own "I-feeling" or Mahat. These warped beliefs were created in our weak egos by spiritual scheisters; they fermented there because we couldn't see an alternative, we couldn't conceive of something higher, or the belief gave a false sense of security. It is only in this confused mental space that the powers that be can impose their dogmas. Our pinnacled reason and moral responsibility must dissolve these false mental structures that only serve to make us all ill. As such we may begin to purify the collective consciousness of humanity.
To reflect and resound these lies back to them is the duty of all who love liberty and seek a better and more balanced world. Leaders play the game of psychological terror, as well as actual, aggressive terror. Should we not find a more subtle and intelligent way to return this package? Should we not rise above their petty little ideologies and feelings with the highest universal humanism and spiritual strength to reflect their hell back upon them? Make the mind a laser that penetrates through this darkness to send this mass of foul lies back to the perpetrators. This refined interior tantric light will protect you personally and help repel their attacks on our collective human society. We must tap our reserve forces in the deepest part of the mind to defend against this degeneration and impunity. Neurosis and psychosis is the natural result of most people who do not renounce the path of lies and destruction. Let them destroy themselves rather than others. The stronger you are as a universal human being, the more their own distortions fall back upon them. There is some good that torments this fragmented and sick state of existence. Their weakness is in the same point as their cognitive dissonance and false consciousness. What does the shrewd capitalist know of the greater forces in the universe, these brutes who exploit and kill for finite matter, poor ideology and petty ego? Perhaps some will change, but most eventually be devoured by their own psychopathology because of such internal distortion. They are cunning, but a deeper moral intelligence connects us to true power and knowledge in the universe. They do not know the power of Tao, of dharma, the universal moral order of the universe. A mind without spiritual awareness is like a ship lost at sea, full of holes, and sinks slowly.
The leaders and also their followers also carry the burden of truth through the lie. Those who accept the popular lies also pay the price in the end. Although most are not aware that they are ultimately working towards truth, even through their own degeneration. The materialistic and narcissistic example of existence with all its psychopathology has given proof to the world of its non-sustainability and its inevitable madness. This giant collapsing on itself is teaching many lessons to the world of how not to live. Do people still perceive the subtle, yet inviolable law of compensation? The collective “karma” of a society affects all of its members. The universe holds all individuals accountable, those who lives in conformity, pays taxes, and pledge allegiance to such a monster. Here I recall a stoic philosopher who roamed about in broad daylight with a lantern saying he was looking for honest men.
For the past 6 years our spiritual community has been in a constant state of alert. Here in this part of Mexico the narcos control the government. Their paramilitary operations are but extensions of the political machinery of the Narco State. Each political party has a preferred cartel. Sometimes the narcos fight against the military when there are changes in politics and one competing cartel is favored over another through dirty mafia politics. At other times the military protects their heinous activities that extend far beyond drug trafficking with kidnappings, land-grabbing, serving as guns for hire as corporate hit-men, and human organ harvesting. They do the dirty work of counter-revolution that the state cannot take credit for, yet owes its continued existence to. Around here it is common to see these invasive neighbors riding around with AK47s in broad daylight. They force people to sell their land, which ends up being owned by local politicians to be sold to corporations for mining or gas exploitation. People who call the military authorities to denounce them end up dead.
Besides maintaining the internal spiritual integrity within our own eco-village and spiritual family, the next most essential element for surviving this holocaust is organizing activities with the local community. So many people here have been incorporated into the illicit activities of the narcos. Almost all of the men of the local village are employed by them as lookout scouts. Many were thieves and alcoholics to begin with and the now easily available drugs like crack and meth have made them even more degenerate and insane. However, there are still several good families that are resisting this terrible situation. We try and connect with as many of them as possible. Here we meditate with Huicholes, Catholics, Buddhists, and Yogis. These friends each consider us one of them, and vice-versa. This level of respect is only possible because of the dynamic created by our interaction. If true unitive and spiritual synergy is being generated then it is something greater than all of our ideas as it unites our various and potentially divisive ideas. Maybe our spiritual interaction will someday be as natural and pure as our project of creating a vegetable garden for the community. Everybody loves vegetables, or is that too a dogma?
I began to admire a group of local fundamentalist Christians. Their community is still strong and their revivals reveal a lot of enthusiasm. While everyone else is breaking down and falling into despair, this community remains strong. These communities tend to be a bit exclusive; if you don’t strictly agree with their doctrines, then they usually try to persuade you. I have always avoided such societies because the all too common lingo of “you must accept Jesus as your personal savior” is always an aggressive blow to true understanding and kinship. I know other sincere Christians, and they have never tried any of that tricky business on me. They always accepted me as one of their own, but in spirit instead of forced confession.
Due to the strength of their dogma and exclusiveness, we have not been able to connect with these neighbors very closely until now. Perhaps this crisis is helping us to break down barriers of belief and prejudice that are rooted in our fears and insecurities as separated, suffering beings that don’t understand our place in this creation? Like everybody else on this planet, they seek a safe refuge from chaos and despair. Their recent prayers here with us were mostly positive and for the well-being of others. To focus on that positive aspect of their spiritual practice will hopefully divert their attention from their tendencies to try to control and manipulate others. Call It Jesus or Buddha without the correct spirit and you only get a clown show full of lies and scandals. However, some people call It Jesus or Buddha and help other people truly understand the living spirit behind the teachings. Advaita or non-dualism goes beyond all names and forms and proclaims that the name of the spirit is only heard in silence and cannot be repeated or revealed except through the quietude of mystical vision. What is simply Is. There is ultimately no point in trying to convince anybody of anything. Religion is eternally envious of Oneness. Why preach what is Self-evident? Trying to convince others is to admit separateness and is usually a power move for the ego. Compassion is all that is needed to create community, and it is the essential expression that burgeons out of the state of oneness with the Infinite.
There is very little moral order left in human society at this end of this capitalist era. The planet is being ravaged and is being coerced out of balance by human activity. The social order is descending into chaotic, brutal anarchy. The shrewd and powerful just do what they want and make laws to justify and implement their policies based on their exclusive interests. Corporations and governments become organized crime institutions under the hegemony of the global capitalist system. Multi-national corporations, federal reserve banks and their military industrial complex continue killing and/or controlling us all. Under the holocaust of globalization, the survivors are being forced to live off of the blood and sweat of others. Without great lies and psychological tricks of self-deception, very few people now live in good conscience. The first world is the parasite of the third world and the globalist legislation is but a low argument for parasitism. What is nature’s response to our civilizations downward slide? Will we be shrugged off of the planet by the protective forces of nature? If all is already brutal anarchy and the world only continues to slide into greater darkness and destruction, then why not consider a higher form of anarchy?
Advaita is pure anarchy, spiritual anarchy. Not even the best ideas control the mind under this philosophy, much less governments or institutions. The idea of Oneness of spirit in all beings, an “Oversoul” behind all particular minds, reveals the greatest inner freedom and bliss. At the same time this vision inspires a sacred duty toward ethical action in harmony with this common spirit. Instead of promoting and projecting an immature and selfish bourgeois freedom, one’s conscience demands truth in all aspects of existence. Without the torch of conscience, lies and delusion distort one’s freedom and make mundane, dualistic existence a cage for the soul. Congruence with one’s deepest conscience and holding to it under all circumstances is the greatest defense against dualistic, separate thinking and all of its manifestations in our human world. Spiritual anarchy, the spontaneous, natural, and intuitive order and organization stemming from a state of social and existential chaos, has its roots in a profound respect for other beings that transcends name and form. Spirituality must be a truly unitive force instead of a divisive one. If it is true, then there are good fruits for all. If untrue, then it poisons the minds of individuals and creates disunity in the world. A newer, more conscious form of humanism may begin to evolve as Shakti, the divine force of nature, molds us into a higher form of being. Whatever doesn’t evolve toward this practical ideal of Advaita, of essential oneness with the Infinite, is ultimately crushed under the wheels of the gods as divine mother nature (Shakti) reclaims all of these errant expressions through her destructive and regenerative forces.
Dogmatism and religion have little to do with dharma, which is the “essential” purpose of a human being. They are static containers of dead ideas, like garbage bins. Dharma is an ideological flow of evolution through thought and action and really takes you somewhere and causes a stir of movement deep in the soul. Dharma refers to the state of spiritual freedom whereby one is only capable of following nature’s laws and a spiritual way of life. If one lives more by the laws of spirit than by customs, then religion, politics, and social conventions are mostly lies and weak prompts for desperate or blind mentalities that haven’t found their place here on earth. Existential and social alienation create a state of spiritual ignorance which make one vulnerable to the many snares of dualistic thinking.
Our lack of mindful awareness makes space for a whole host of foolish ideologies. Egoism is for infants. Materialism is for brutes and Barbies. Racism and imperialism are for Neanderthals. Nationalism is but a reunion of Cro-mags. Religion mostly just keeps people from having to face hard truths themselves, and thereby take a leap of faith by sheepishly following the established ideas of others. Spiritual anarchists like Thoreau, Aurobindu and Tolstoy could not be contained within the confines of social convention and corrupt substitutes for dharma. Instead, they sought a higher union with both Nature and society and offered something new and bold for humanity. In this day and age it is hard to have faith in “systems” that don’t sprout up from a natural order based on local necessity. Spiritual visionaries have always and will always respond to the needs of their local human and natural environments and offer a new vision for the world inspired by the genius of eternal dharma. These practical examples show how some great truths are implemented through the most practical and humane expressions.
excerpt from: Light And Dark Tantra
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According to yoga and other schools of classical Indian philosophy there are 4 main states of consciousness: wakefulness, dream, sleep, and turiiya- total union with the Atman. Wakefulness is where the sensory-intellectual mind is entertained by perceptions of the physical and social world as well as our abstract thoughts about these realms. The dream state is mostly a recycling of these perceptions and memories; most impressions are discarded through jumbled dream scenarios whereas some dreams may actually be attempting to reveal aspects of one’s inner life beyond the sensory-intellectual mind. The sleeping state of consciousness is where the sensory-intellectual mind and even its activities of dream are suspended. Most people have no awareness of what happens in this state of consciousness, rather it is experienced as a state of unconsciousness. This is because most people have no practical, living awareness of any reality beyond the sensory-intellectual mind with the names and forms of the things we experience in the mundane world. It is only when meditative contemplation is highly developed and one has a notion of an inner I-Witness (Atman) that it is possible to know if there are subtle states of consciousness within deep sleep. This calm state of pure observation continues to witness the apparently dormant mind throughout the night while one is sleeping. And finally there is turiiya, where the mind is in union with the Atman, the I-Witness. Mind is a “relative, functional, ever-changing entity,” while the Atman is immortal, unchanging consciousness. It is due to the reflection of the Atman upon the mind that one is able to witness all states of consciousness related to the mind-body system- wakefulness, dream, and sleep. Turiiya doesn’t depend on any state of mind or body and is not a product of the nervous or endocrine systems. Turiiya is the Supreme Subjectivity of the Atman that gazes down upon the states of objective mental awareness.
The Atman is eternally Self-existent. All things depend on It for their recognition, but Atman depends on no thing. Atman sees and makes things known yet still exists when nothing is “seen.” One doesn’t discern the existence of the Atman in a practical manner in states of wakeful, sensory-intellectual awareness nor in the dream state. How does one know if this I-Witness really exists? It is through the sincere contemplation of these 4 states of awareness that one discerns the Witness that sees them clearly. Meditation makes the mind just as calm as if one were in a state of deep sleep, yet one is “awake” and acutely conscious. Developed meditators have been known to enter in Delta and Theta states of EEG, which peope usually only enter into when asleep. This deep and relaxed “awakeness” may continue all through the day and night. When I go to sleep there is the sound of Om and when I lose consciousness I enter a womb of sound and color and feel a soothing feeling around the pineal gland. When I awaken I recall that there was a Witness all through the night. Even if I awake in hell (which has happened recently), I can’t deny that this blissful entity has accompanied me all through the night. I only forget this when I begin to think too much and believe that the world really is “out there” somewhere instead of a subjective spiritual creation that my every thought, feeling, and action participates with. Such self-created worlds can easily become hells if we lose sight of the base of mental existence in the Witness. The Atman knows not of these problems or worries and if the mind directs itself toward the inner bliss of the Atman then the mind too will begin to let go of its worries and become more like its essence, still and calm. Mind is a certain mental wave-length and frequency. Atman is an infinite wave-length, a vibration without vibration that takes all created vibrations back into Its silence and wholeness. Om is the interplay between the vibration of mind and the silence of infinity. Om is the sound of silence. It is both here and there. It takes one into silence but also fills the noisy, unharmonized mind with its sweet tone that rises upward beyond the created universe.
One begins to see the world as represented through one’s mind as an objective mental creation, a well-designed narrative that interacts with the entire universe. Individual life becomes part of the universal story of humanity. One’s existential feeling is no longer exclusively in the body or even in one’s ideas about oneself. Identity extends into all things, places, and entities. Another entity seems to be living within one; not an outside invader but an inner guide and companion whose only purpose is to make you whole, to see behind the myriad facades of the mind to discern the truth above. It is not to say that one gives up on external life in the world of mind, but one begins to see this show as something a little less lonesome and sorrowful than the life of the separate ego trapped in its own little mental confines while awake, dreaming, and sleeping. The ever graceful and loving presence of the I-Witness gives one true confidence and identity and makes it more difficult to get lost in the labyrinths of mind.
The Atman is omni-telepathic consciousness because the Atman is the Supreme Subjectivity behind the entire universe as well as the I-Witness to the human mind. If we look deeply into the origins of our "I" in tranquility, we can see that the individual "I" is essentially the same as the universal "I", or the Supreme Subjectivity. All souls are one. Only the placid heart and tranquil mind grasps this mysticism. By being aware that you are "seen" by this I-Witness, the entire mind may be gazed upon from this sublime stance.
Yogis are aware of the Atman in all states of not just waking consciousness but also during the states of dream and deep sleep. I can't say I am always conscious while sleeping, but I am certain that a yogi snoring is really laughing with eternal joy. Sleep is seen so perfectly and clearly, sleep awakes into conscious sleep. Snoring is bliss absorbed and you giggle and laugh, but the laughing is really snoring. Expecting laughter and a snore escapes; and so you laugh even louder, and thus snore louder.
A yogis sleep is an eternal play of snoring and inner, joyful laughter. Om is the eternal hum behind snoring and laughter and all that vibrates with cosmic joy. OM produces all sound and absorbs all silence. Awake and you still hear the eternal hum through the hummingbirds. Good day, Good Night
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I'm #building a #cabin, but I don't live nearby- I live about 25 minutes away in the city. I work on this thing every day after my normal job. I'm putting in 14 hour days between my regular job and this cabin build. Occasionally, I leave rope laying on the ground, or a pair of pliers, or an extension cord when I leave. In a perfect society, I should be able to leave everything how I want it and come back the next day to find it where I left it. But we don't live in that world. Anyway, I've been pretty good picking up everything and locking it in my shipping container before I leave every night, but occasionally I miss something (usually, it's dark by the time I get out of there).
Last year, I had 2 extension cords stolen. Before that, I had a chain hoist stolen, and one of my heavy chains. I thought they took two more chains, but ended up finding them in a neat pile behind my shipping container. Looking back, I would never pile my chains up like that. But about 6 months ago, I was moving some lumber and noticed a neat pile of tightly coiled rope. My rope. I know I'm not a neat freak, so who did this? I thought maybe it was a thief- coiling stuff up so he could come back in the middle of the night and take it. He had actually cut it off my pulleys. It takes about an hour to repair that handiwork- and a spliced rope is never as strong as non-spliced rope. But what kind of thief coils up the stuff they are going to steal? why not just take it? I started vigilantly locking all my tools up after that.
My property borders some woods, and behind that is a trailer park. A small trail goes through the woods between my road, my property, the woods, and ends at the trailer park. I've seen a guy coming through occasionally. We'll call him bicycle guy. He claims he means no harm, just wants to get from point a to point b- real friendly, says hi, etc. I told him I don't want him #tresspassing . He said ok, sorry, etc, and stops for a month or so, then I'll see him again.
About a month ago, he rides by on the road, waves, and stops to come talk to me- says his step-father kicked him out of the house, he's got no where to go, could I give him a ride to the other side of town to his friends house. "Sure, I say." We ride over there. He talks about how he has to go to a drug treatment class or he'll violate his #parole. I bought him a breakfast meal at Hardees and give him $20. He's very grateful. I don't see him for a while.
Wednesday this week, I see my marking string neatly coiled up on the ground. And two of my chain binders that were hanging about 16' up in my cabin (out of reach for opportunist type criminals). And a pair of channel locks I thought I'd lost. I lock it all up. This time I leave a note - that I now have evidence on my cameras, and that if I ever see him again, I'll deal with him personally. I don't really have a good camera shot, but he doesn't know that. I do have "no tresspassing" signs up and "video surveillance" warnings - probably 6 signs around the property- hard to miss.
Yesterday, I'm working, run out of water, so I make a quick trip to the grocery store about 2 blocks away. I leave everything out, knowing I'll be back in less than 5 minutes. I come back, and guess who's riding around my property? Yup. bicycle guy. He says thanks for the $20- he's sorry he's there on my property, but can he do anything to help me out today? I didn't want help, but I have a lot of scrap wood that I need to pile up in my burn pile - it's getting in the way of the build, but my priority is the roof. "ok, can you chuck all this scrap wood into that pile over there?" "yeah, no problem." I start to climb the ladder to go back to work, but he asks if he can look on the inside of the cabin. "Look at what?" I say, a little suspicious. "Oh, I'm fascinated by the logs and the roof." My vanity gets tickled, and without thinking, I show him the inside. There's no floor, and it sits on piers, so you can just crawl in from underneath. I'm working as fast as I can ok? 😀 "Somebody was asking me if you really have cameras in here," he says. It starts to click - is he casing the place? could this guy be.....? "Oh, yeah, plenty of them. Very tiny, but very effective," I bluff.
I go back to the roof, and I hear him chucking wood into the pile. But only for a few minutes. I keep working, but don't hear anything from down below. I peek over the edge- he's working but very slowly. hmmmmmm. I go down to get some supplies (and check on him). He asks if he can keep some of the scrap. "sure." He takes his knife and starts to whittle a large scrap piece about the size of a baseball bat. Then he starts working again. I go back up. not feeling comfortable about this. Wife calls me. I tell her what's going on (he can't hear me from up on the roof). She doesn't like it. It has an "Elizabeth Smart" feel to it. (Smart was kidnapped by a handyman her father hired to replace some screens on their house windows. He got to know the inside of their house, and came back in the middle of the night to get her). But how do I get him to leave?
After he's been there 4 hours, and hasn't finished the job I gave him, and then he tells me he drank out of my water jug (yuck), I come up with a plan. "Hey, I need you to leave- you're activating my motion sensors on my cameras, and I'm going to run out of record time. someone came by last night and coiled up my rope. I think they may come back tonight, and I want enough record time to catch them. You don't mind leaving do you? You've done a great job, but I need to get going on this, and I don't need anyone to see where my cameras are." He gives me a funny look and says, "but I don't have anything to do." "Sorry," I say. He packs up and leaves. After watching him go, I look at the wood pile- all the scraps are neatly piled by size- small ones here, medium ones here, scraps of rebar here, plastic underlayment rolled up neatly over there. Now it clicks. bicycle guy is the thief!
It's too late to catch up with him, and I don't have enough "proof" to go to the police. Next time I see him, I'm not going to be nice about it. Till then, tools locked up, cameras ready. The conversation will probably go like this: "I was reviewing my cameras, and I know this is weird, but you look a lot like the guy on the video- have you been stealing from me? .......If I ever see you again on my property, you'll be seeing the wrong end of my metal friend here until the police arrive."
#thieves #thief #tresspassing #property #psychology #criminal #drugs #homeless #security
Now snowflake teens can blame overprotective parents for their woes
Youngsters who have just flown the nest are far more likely to find life stressful if they have "helicopter" mothers and fathers, according to a study.https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/family/parenting/now-snowflake-teens-can-blame-overprotective-parents-for-their-woes-20108160
#snowflake #parenting #mollycoddling #blame #psychology
Now snowflake teens can blame overprotective parents for their woes
Youngsters who have just flown the nest are far more likely to find life stressful if they have "helicopter" mothers and fathers, according to a study.https://www.iol.co.za/lifestyle/family/parenting/now-snowflake-teens-can-blame-overprotective-parents-for-their-woes-20108160
#snowflake #parenting #mollycoddling #blame #psychology
Brexanalone is a synthetic analogue of a naturally occurring hormone called allopregnanolone which is synthesized in the human brain,and commonly measured in the urine.It is known to have anesthetic, hypnotic,and sedative properties,and levels of the hormone have been found to drop after pregnancy in the postpartum window coinciding with the onset of the "baby blues," as it was once known before the advent of the clinical term postpartum depression.
#PPD #HEALTH #MEDICINE #DEPRESSION #PREGNANCY #PSYCHOLOGY #PHARMA #SCIENCE #BIOLOGY
Is there a body of study around a listener’s tendency to mishear beats at the beginning of certain songs that are otherwise in straightforward time signatures? Is there an accepted terminology for this phenomenon?
I’m not talking about music that’s in complex time signatures or incorporates complex polyrhythms.
For example, the beginning of “Spirits in the Material World” by The Police is an example of an instrumental introduction that nearly always confounds my ears, with its absence of emphasis on downbeats by any of the instruments.
That song has always been fascinating to me by the slight dislocation in perception that occurs when my brain finally places the rhythms correctly at the chorus. It seems to me The Police knew exactly what they were doing with this ambiguity.
#music #psychology #interdisciplinary
#Mind #Matter #Body #Electricity #Life #ELECTRIC UNIVERSE THEORY #PLASMA #BIOLOGY #SCIENCE #PSYCHOLOGY
How Inuit Parents Raise Kids Without Yelling — And Teach Them To Control Anger : Goats and Soda : NPR
#KrishnaDas - #Rudrashatakam (Shiva stuti) #Sanskrit and English #lyrics
Nama misha mishana-nirvana rupam
vibhum vyapakam brahma-veda-svaroopam
nijam nirgunam nirvikalpam niriham
chidakasha makasha-vasam bhaje ham
nirakara monkara-moolam turiyampracandam prakrstam pragalbham paresham
gira gnana gotita misham girisham
karalam maha-kala-kalam krpalam
gunagara samsara param nato ham
tusha radri-sankasha-gauram gabhiram
manobhuta-koti prabha sri sariram
lasad-bhala-balendu kanthe bhujanga
chalatkundalam bhru sunetram visalam
prasanna-nanam nila-kantham dayalam
mrgadhisa charmambaram mundamalam
priyam sankaram sarvanatham bhajami
akhandam ajam bhanukoti-prakasam
bhaje ham bhavani-patim bhava-gamyam
kalatitata-kalyana-kalpanta-karina yavad umanatha-padaravindam
sada sajjana-nanda-data purarih
prasida praslda prabho manmatharih
bhajantiha loke pareva naranam
na tavat-sukham shanti-santapa-nasham
praslda prabho sarva bhuta-dhivasam
na janami yogam japam naiva pujamMeaning:
nato ham sada sarvada sambhu tubhyam
jara janma-duhkhaugha tatapya manam
prabho pahi apan-namamisha shambho
Vibhu #moksha personified, #Veda incarnate, all-pervading Lord,
Lord, master of all, I pay obeisance to you, and am ever-worshipful,
Away from maya and the cycles of nature, of conscious desire,
I chant to you Lord #Digambara, who wears the sky as a garment.
Who is formless, Aumkar's origin, beyond the three gunas,
Beyond speech, knowledge, senses, giver of grace,
Perfect One who brings awe and reverence within, Lord of Time,
Lord of Kailash, beyond this world, my obeisance to you.
Fair-skinned like Himanchal, serene, unmoved,
Of beauty and grace greater than a million Kamadevas, ever glowing,
Upon whose head resides the sacred Goddess #Ganga,
Upon whose head is the crescent moon, whose neck is adorned by a snake.
In his ears are kundalas, whose eyes and eyebrows are beautiful,
Cheerful, blue necked, kind, compassionate, understanding,
Wrapped in animal skin, wearing a garland of skulls,
Dearest to all, Lord of all, I chant his name – Shankara.
Rudrarup, best, perfect, eternal, unborn, the opulent one,
With the effulgence of a million suns, with a trident in hand,
Who uproots the three kinds of griefs, who by love can be gained,
I chant Bhavani's husband's name – Shankar – to you I pray.
Beyond time, timeless, welfare incarnate, the creation's end,
Enemy of Tripura, who gives pleasure and happiness to the worthy,
Giver of eternal bliss, who removes worldly entanglements,
Kamadeva's destroyer, bless me, you churn my heart.
Husband of Parvati, till we worship your lotus feet,
We can never attain peace and joy in this world or in heaven,
Or mitigate or lessen our suffering,
Lord who resides in the heart of all, be pleased with me and my offering.
Oh Shambho, I know not yoga, or penance or worship or prayer,
But I always honor you, Oh my Lord, always be my savior,
Suffering the cycle of death, birth and old age, I burn,
Lord, protect this pained one from grief, I offer you my devotion.
#mantra #chant #sacred #music #sound #sacredmusic #psychology #remedy
Das Zweite Britische Empire (Deutsch)
Beim Untergang des Empires wurde ein weltweites Netz von Offshore-Gebieten geschaffen, um die finanziellen Interessen der City of London zu bewahren. Deren Zweck? Das Verbergen enormen Vermögens hinter obskuren finanziellen Strukturen auf entfernten Inseln. Heute liegt bis zur Hälfte des globalen Offshore-Vermögens in britischen Offshore-Territorien.#Britain #British #Empire #CityOfLondon #London #international #financial #secrecy #tax #haven #offshore #wealth #elite #network #corruption #money #power #politics #crime #abuse #theft #fraud #lies #war #psychology #dysfunction
Wie ist das zustande gekommen? Welchen Einfluss hat die Offshore-Welt heute auf uns alle? Dieser Dokumentarfilm erforscht und ermittelt dies auf eindrückliche Weise.
WARNING: this rabbit hole is deep
The Spider’s Web: Britain’s Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance.#Britain #British #Empire #CityOfLondon #London #international #financial #secrecy #tax #haven #offshore #wealth #elite #network #corruption #money #power #politics #crime #abuse #theft #fraud #lies #war #psychology #dysfunction
WARNING: this rabbit hole is deep
The Spider’s Web: Britain's Second Empire, is a documentary film that shows how Britain transformed from a colonial power into a global financial power. At the demise of empire, City of London financial interests created a web of secrecy jurisdictions that captured wealth from across the globe and hid it in a web of offshore islands. Today, up to half of global offshore wealth is hidden in British jurisdictions and Britain and its dependencies are the largest global players in the world of international finance.#Brittan #British #Empire #CityOfLondon #London #international #financial #secrecy #tax #haven #offshore #wealth #elite #network #corruption #money #power #politics #crime #abuse #theft #fraud #lies #war #psychology #dysfunction
Many of my female friends and I have noted how freeing it is to get older--in part because we find ourselves simply caring less about what other people "think". This study would suggest that de-sensitization is a function of aging rather than of all that therapy I've done. (Although, the therapy has certainly helped.)
OCD isn’t about being over-tidy. I had intrusive thoughts about sex | Rose Cartwright | Opinion | The Guardian
Gradually, I began to witness something I’d only ever known on an intellectual level – that thoughts enter and leave the mind of their own accord, passing through consciousness like weather through the sky, or images on TV. I was not the author of them, I was the observer. For someone once so convinced they’d perpetrated their thoughts that they wanted to die to stop them, this was no small thing.This, above all, is the foundation of good mental health. So many times, we run into problems because we think something and then believe that thought without question.
#psychology #psychiatry #psychotherapy #ocd
A Quote From Writer & Author Andrew Vachss
“We know the root cause of our societal ills and evil-the trans-generational maltreatment of children. We know today’s victim can become tomorrow’s predator. We know that while many heroic survivors refuse to imitate the oppressor, the chains remain unbroken as abused children turn the trauma inward and lose their souls to self-inflicted wounds-from drug and alcohol abuse to depression to suicide. Their lives are never what they could have-should have-been.
We know the enemy…but where is the counter attack? More pious whining? More networking? More conferences? More unfocussed, blundering incompetence? There is a Rosetta Stone to societal decay. Child abuse, simply, modifies development of the brain. It alters “processing” so that the abused child, (of whatever age) assimilates and responds to stimuli in distinctly aberrant ways. Most of the those ways are self destructive. Some destroy others. All eventually, destroy us…as a country and eventually, even as a species.”
#abuse #childabuse #psychology #maltreatment #climatechange