It does appear that smelly is having a nervous breakdown.
The world is having a nervous breakdown.
This is the symptom of a paradigm breakdown.
What paradigm is breaking down?
Every paradigm is breaking down.
smelly is just waking up to the fact that we cannot exist without a paradigm.
So what are we going to do when the only available paradigm states that this is the end of the world?
This is more trauma than some of us can take.
smelly will not be the only one going off the deep end.
To smelly, this is an impossible situation.......
Yes, smelly had discovered that we can no longer rely on there being an objective truth....... out there.
So he turned inward, as many new agers had.... he was tuning in/ward and dropping out.
Then, what changed for smelly, and much of the rest of the world?
Basically, the world got in his face.
Ok, so what would Seneca do?
Try not to pay too much attention to the chaos rising around you.
Shelter in place.
But then you discover, even with the curtains drawn, the world is a very interconnected place.
Science seized upon the notion that the truth was objective.
It got away with this notion for almost four centuries. Only now, with postmodernism, are we beginning to take science to task.
Under the rubric of postmodernism, the truth is plural..... it is whatever you want to believe...... whatever you need to believe..... whenever you need to believe it.
The epitome of modernism is global capitalism.
But this global hegemony is breaking down..... before our eyes.
We have both the pandemic, with its economic fallout, and the failure of global/US leadership to contend with.
Anarchy is loosed upon the world, while autocrats try to keep the lid on.
Any notion of truth has gone by the wayside....... has been tossed overboard...... as the storm rages. We hunker down as best we can.
Is it too late for us to be saved from an impending global breakdown?
If there is hope in this situation, it is tenuous and inarticulate.
Yes, smelly and Seneca are full of advice on how to cope with adversity....... with local...... with personal adversity.
But what do we do with global adversity?
Either might will determine right, or we will have to reexamine what is the alternative.
The only obvious alternative, throughout history, has been to find someway to objectify..... to universalize right.
Which would we rather have?
The only to might is to find a new notion of truth.
There is an obvious alternative....... one that I have touted......
There are just two kinds of truth, and for all of recorded history we have struggled with just one of these.
And this notion of truth is written in stone....... and in the sky.
It is objective. No one can dispute it.
Unfortunately, this notion of truth does not speak to any sort of people problem....... beyond capitalism, it does tell us how to organize our lives.
If the objective version of truth is not sufficient, the only alternative will be a subjective version.
But isn’t that just anarchy?
Well...... not if it can be rendered sufficiently inter subjective.
On his own thread, U supports Eric as being anti Disclosure and for leading just a ‘simple’ life.
I agree....... the last thing we need now is more complication.
But is ‘simplicity’ any sort of answer to anarchy and autocracy?
Is there anything simple about a pandemic or an economic collapse...... or a global protest movement?
I’m not sure what world Mr U is inhabiting.
I don’t think it’s this one.
If the objective truth is written in the stars and in the rocks, what chance does the subjective version have?
At first glance, it has none at all.
You have look more carefully...... think more clearly.
In a moment of global crisis, we have to hope that calmer heads will prevail....... but how?
There is only one way that a new truth might prevail....... that is if history is being orchestrated.
In other words, sports
, Truth will be able to prevail only in the best possible world.
To look at it another way, only in the best possible world will there be an endgame strategy...... and the mother of all paradigm shifts (MoAPS) would very likely be an essential feature of that strategy.
Yes, the Truth is within, but that doesn’t make the Truth just stand out against all the noise and clutter.
There will be a lot of clutter to clear out.
I’m not saying there is anything wrong with astronomy or geology.
They are a wonderful way of saving the appearances...... in fact they are the only way.
But, when all is said and done, it is only the appearances that are being saved.
Is there nothing behind the appearances?
Eric.......Civilization and its discontents.......
If one does not recognize any truth, how is one to recognize what is not the truth?
How can there be disinformation without information?
Eric has many complaints, but precious little by way of suggestions.
Yes, there is a great deception abroad in the land, but what is the nature and source of this deception?
The general assumption is that this must be the doing of the power elite.
However, if you don’t know what the truth is, any change in personnel is only going to be replacing lies with more lies.
Nature is the grand deception, which has led to our great apostasy.
But this apostasy has been essential to achieving our status as co-Creators.
We are co-Creators to such an extent that we have rendered God nearly obsolete. God is little more than cheerleader and instigator.
In other words, Creation is essentially a bootstrap process.
Only a bootstrap world is possible, and ours is the only one possible.
Calling ours the best possible bootstrap is virtually a pleonasm.
Why could there not be other bootstrapped worlds out there?
There are other worlds, but they have always been an integral part of ours.
Why not independent worlds?
We are so accustomed to the great diversity of life in our biosphere, would it not be strange indeed for there not to be a diversity of worlds?
It certainly seems that a diversity of alien species has been reported.
The preying mantis form of ET is an extreme such example, but one which is not that uncommon in the literature.