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Transcending Philosophy

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We all essentially practice philosophy on some level.  Any conscious decision calls upon the basic tenets of philosophy.  For example, one’s daily diet is based on such.  Modern definitions of philosophy may carry social stigmas with them and call upon other similar terms, such as; logic, reason, and rationality.  Or, people may envision of deep chasms of thought without solution.  Others may think of ancient Greek pedophilia.  These stigmas only blind their subscribers.

Philosophy, in my opinion, is best practiced without announcing it.  A novice philosopher is likely to reach for basic syllogistic form:

1) 1 = 1
2) 1 + 1 = 2
3) Thus, 2 is a composition of 1 and 1
4) Therefore, duality (2) cannot exist without singularity (1)

This is an old form, and is a straight line to logic.  Though, it is not all powerful, nor, is it infallible.  More importantly, for most people, it’s a bit basic and overbearing in a discussion.  It has more of a peer oriented appeal as opposed to angling a public audience.

I have learned in my own practice of philosophy that, in order to be effective, its presentation must be as dynamic as the individual it reaches.  Humans are logical, yet they are also creative, emotional, and instinctual.  Also, we are much more open to persuasion than force.  A person would rather be asked than told.  If they are to be told, they will only pursue intrigue.

Relying on logic for conversation limits the scope and power of the potential range inherent within communication.  Also, we are not walking calculators – we are so much more.  The first rule is a golden one – speak to others as you would like to be spoken to.  There are three primary focuses in classic writing: Logos, Pathos, Ethos.

Logos is Greek for logic.

Pathos denotes empathy, or, emotional appeal. 

Ethos represents ethics.

A writer will go far with these concepts in mind.  When combined, these components reflect a very human comprehension and appeal.  Logic appeals to the left hemisphere of the brain, composition, practical application, and reason.  Emotional value applies creativity, sensitivity, empathy, compassion, personality, heart…as well as building the foundation for the third component – ethics.  Ethical demonstration is a social facet in our communication and a display of our humanity.  Ethical values build an image comprised of integrity, honor, courage, social designation, …etc…or, may be used to portray reverse images, as well.

Logos, Pathos, and Ethos are consistently present in our conversations, regardless, whether we are voicing ourselves audibly, or in writing.

Logos – Propose the logical foundation for your writing. Pathos – lace the logic in your writing with emotional appeal – or, relation to personal meaning. Ethos – adhering logic and empathy to a social fabric and moral code.

There are a myriad of  philosophers and examples, but for this purpose, let us consider the artful form of Albert Einstein:

“When, after several hours reading, I came to myself again, I asked myself what it was that had so fascinated me. The answer is simple. The results were not presented as ready-made, but scientific curiosity was first aroused by presenting contrasting possibilities of conceiving matter. Only then the attempt was made to clarify the issue by thorough argument. The intellectual honesty of the author makes us share the inner struggle in his mind. It is this which is the mark of the born teacher. Knowledge exists in two forms – lifeless, stored in books, and alive, in the consciousness of men. The second form of existence is after all the essential one; the first, indispensable as it may be, occupies only an inferior position.”

(Albert Einstein, 1954)

Albert Einstein, the author of this excerpt, seems to leap from these lines.  There is a sturdy logical framework here, but it is laden with self reflection, introspection, profundity, wisdom, ethical ideology, creative recognition through self knowledge, displaying a personal relationship with the concepts illustrated and initiating a journey with the audience…

…to name a few components that compose enlightening writing.

More importantly, Einstein does not seem to contrive his open contemplations, here.  His honesty pours onto the page with a quiet authority grounded by the reader’s own recognition. The illustration of his self reflection is extracted through the teacher’s own rich trials of comprehension.

Notably, Einstein discusses the recipe of the “born teacher” in this dialog – and appears to be unintentionally revealing himself in the description.  One might wonder whether the professor had aimed on himself in elaborations on such ideals.  If so, it seems to exhume these notions with humility and some inherent nobility.

As with any art form, greatness is built upon the foundation of the artist’s clarity.  Beyond philosophy, beyond tradition, beyond average, more profound than logic – and into genius…

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World War Reality II – Hypnotic Illusion

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World War Real – Part I

And from Misinformation onto Illusion…

Think on this – Illusion

Ultimately, much of what we understand to be “information,” may, in fact, be misinformation.  Information creates our own personal illusions about reality.  These illusions may be personal or social.  And, naturally, personal understanding affects an individual’s social understanding. Much like the North versus South conflict previously discussed, the conflict itself acts as a misinformation indicator.  The most heated conflicts in human interaction have political and/or religious roots.

First, let’s explore events of mass illusion.  The year was 1979, and Joe Newman presented free energy to the world with his latest “energy machine” design.  Scientists scoffed while he quickly gained popularity and reached stardom.  Despite all of the sophisticated reason scientists threw at it, people cheered Newman on.  People simply wanted to believe – and, well, they did.  Joe represented a symbol of hope.  He came from a humble background, and was a high school dropout.  Newman was the people’s hero during his moment in the spotlight – a scientific revolutionary!

With the country inspired by the free energy fire, Joseph Newman spoke of godly visions and waved Einstein’s Theory of Special Relativity around.  Newman claimed that God appointed him as “steward for his gift,”  and explained that energy is sustainable at the speed of light.  Through using Einstein’s equation and visions, Newman appealed to disassociated authorities.  This obscured any authority’s identity through the devices of a largely scientifically uneducated society, and an unknowable god.  In effect, Newman created and continued to fuel this mass illusion of hype, hope, and an American dream.

Unfortunately, hope cannot defy the laws of thermodynamics.  Law one, or Conservation, overturned any probable notion of the perpetual motion device ever creating energy.  Law two, or Entropy, shut Newman’s case down completely – As, it states that when energy is expended, there will always be a loss.  Joe always boasted of what miracles the machine could never do, nor, would he ever be able to demonstrate.  The scientific community sharply debunked Newman’s claims with what is now taught in an introductory Physics course.

Street magicians such as David Blaine and Criss Angel would later rush in once again to steal our hearts, leaving us filled with mystery and awe believing that these gurus somehow gained insight into the metaphysical realm(s).  Angel walked on water, floated from building to building, while Blaine could throw a poker card at a moving bus window and make it appear on the other side.  Blaine wrote his book “Mysterious Stranger,” only to cast more shadows over his act.  He revealed some simple “magic” tricks, but offered spiritual advice, as well – never fully uncloaking himself.  Angel landed a TV show.  Both magicians pulsed through the internet on Youtube videos.  Angel caught my eye when he walked on water.  People were swimming underneath his feet while he was crossing over a hotel pool to illustrate that there was no solid platform underneath him.

Acts like those of Blaine and Angel swept the nation because they preformed with no pre-rigged stage to assist them.  Some people were convinced that they were performing real magic because the no “smoke and mirrors” environment made their acts seem impossible.  However, their fame was short-lived, and simply exposed by critical thinkers.  Both magicians used similar methods in their performances.  They utilized the entire shroud of the internet to distract the audience.  They would perform basic tricks in front of real enthusiasts and tape their reactions.  Then, they would later return to the area and use machines, props, and other tools of their trade that would have been easily spotted by the gawking crowd, earlier.  For example, Blaine would stage a partner inside the bus to stick an identical poker card to the one he would throw at the bus on the inside of the window.  Chris angel used cranes to “levitate” from building to building.  Angel also used clear, hollow (this explains people swimming under his feet), plastic boxes to walk across the water on.

Another interesting feat is “cold reading,” and the general science of hypnosis. Both, “cold reading” and mass hypnosis exploit subconscious suggestion.  In “cold reading,” a person claiming to be a “psychic” will say a basic, and very common name aloud – asking the crowd if anyone knows a “Bob” or “Michael,” or “Susan”…etc.  An even simpler tactic just uses a letter for the read.  Naturally, a member in the crowd will excitedly jump out of their seat and give up a name that it may be.  Then the “psychic” plays off of the information given, and may “cold read” for further information.  Mass hypnosis is can be simply powered in the same manner – by an idea.

Weapons alone, do not kill people, but beliefs doHitler commanded and army with an idea. Saturated with Hitler’s propaganda, the German Third Reich society became convinced that the Jewish people killed their Lord and savior. Ready and willing, the army took up the sword of vengeance and moved on their perceived enemy. Aldolf Hitler’s tactics are sickening, but he was not the first war commander to use this method.  Not by any measure.  Information is the very fulcrum, upon which social leverage functions.  Information is the axis upon which the social world spins.  Information becomes an idea when believed in, and a force of nature when fueled by emotion.  In Hitler’s case, the emotion of love and other honorable and ethical notions were channeled into a system of ideas grounded in a pre-existing framework of the nation.  Hitler simply stoked the embers Martin Luther left behind – igniting a white hot fire, religious in nature. Did Hitler invent this form of social control? Not by any means. The ancient Mayans were convinced that the gods would not let the sun shine until a sufficient amount of human blood was offered.  The ancient Egyptians are said to have believed that their rulers were gods, themselves.  This belief fueled war and slavery alike. In his book, “The Art of War,” war master and descendant from a rich bloodline of war advisors, Sun Tzu (500 BCE), named religious faith as the “first constant.” in successful warfare:

The Moral Law causes the people to be in complete accord with their ruler, so that they will follow him regardless of their lives, undismayed by any danger.

History is rich with other examples, as well.  In conclusion – massive cultural alignment, or paradigm, is catalyzed by a very religious type of faith. In ancient tribal traditions, the spiritual advisor, or, Shaman of the tribe, was/is placed beside the King, or tribal leader.  In terms of cultural alignment, the Shaman’s advice wields the highest appeal to authority – even placed beyond the influence of the tribe’s Alpha male.  Also, another mysterious example of illusion is the Tibetan Tulpa Effect (must read – very interesting) .  All these examples denote instances, if not constants, of mass illusion – from Hitler to the tribal Shaman.

However, mass hypnosis is not so complex in models illustrating its effects on smaller group dynamics. A religious faith emotionally charges ideas, but is not the only game on the block.  Social dynamics allow for a variety of “controls.”  Peer pressure, non-religious ethically charged forms of leadership (aka – political ideologies), societal values, social deviance, in group/out group dynamism, sub-cultural facets, and other pockets of social/group motives may all be culprits of mass illusions. Yet, inducing hypnosis is as simple as planting an idea through a sleight of hand delivery – or, tapping another’s subconscious.

Current U.S. president, Barack Obama, not only monopolized on the minority vote simply by being a minority himself, but flawlessly executed other key tactics of mass hypnotism by sparking positive associations with his campaigns.  Obama demonstrated textbook propaganda techniques in wording “hope,” “change,” and his platinum hit “Yes we can!” in his speeches.  These simple techniques touched on deeper levels within the democratic identity of American policy.  Obama hit the very mark to ignite cultural alignment – And, with both tact and precision.  His win was a easy prediction to call from my perspective. Now, if only we could bet on it, haha. I could make quick and lofty financial gains every four years.  But, with all his hope preaching, the national economy still plummeted as projected, and he finished where his predecessor, George W. Bush left off.  Since then, we’ve seen criminal corporate bailouts, the passing of more laws, the unnecessary expansion of government, and…I’ll just stop there.  I do have a larger point here.

There are several options to choose from when a U.S. voter registers, but since the presidency in America was established, two primary groups have been the only players in the presidential circuit.  In the beginning, there were Federalists and Anti-Federalists.  The two groups changed their game uniforms up, and are now the Republican versus Democrat false dichotomy.  It’s amazing what linguistics can achieve.  Unfortunately, this is where class division begins.  And, by class-division, I mean social inequality.

To restate the thesis of this writing series – Misinformation instills a mass illusion creating social inequality, and thus establishes ranks of enslavement.  

Social Inequality will be thoroughly discussed in the next piece of this series.  Stay tuned! Sources will be cited eventually!

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Dear Religion

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Dear Religion,

Logic, reason, rationale…  etc.  This train is one that has come and gone for you. If the evidence for evolution is something you deny, and you have chosen a god or gods as a guiding influence in your perception of reality, then your comprehension of reality no longer requires any other substantial reason – other than sheer curiosity.

Why?

(for your curiosity)

Typically, theism comes in a package (generalizing, here):

1) Life is a divine schematic.

2) The mind of God(s), nor the mystery of his/her/the/it/their design is not something you claim to know, or understand, or else, you’d be omniscient as well, and not require religious faith.

3) Therefore, debating evolution or abiogenesis is not a wise move – as, your alternative hypothesis relies on a magical being you cannot understand, comprehend, nor explain – beyond honesty.

4) Furthermore, upon acceptance of the divine plan – your will has been entered into a contract, and is no longer yours unless you void the transaction. In effect, this also compromises any conversation with an empiricist, as they fully understand before you enter the veritable room, that your belief system is built upon the antithesis of the refined scientific aim (aka – “Scientific Method”).

After all, how can you enter a debate on the grounds of reason when you’ve already abandoned it? You’re trying to open an account with no currency to justify its existence.

Science relies on an extremely dense type of comprehension – as, its adherents maintain empirically substantiated evidence to support their worldview.  Whereas, religious faith relies only on the will of the adherent.  It must be nice.   lol

In conclusion, you chose to abandon things like reason, logic, and science.  Any empiricist you debate, relies on a level of knowledge that is bound by tenable and testable confirmations grounded in both personal discovery and a coordinated alignment with scientific comprehension to the extent it can be understood.

Ironically, both paths wind toward attaining some degree of omniscience, but essentially lead in opposite directions.  Theists believe in a bridge of understanding reality, while empiricists build theirs.

Now, I have some questions of my own:

-Why worry about what others believe if it is all part of a predetermined plan – a destiny?  

…And, if you believe that your preach/dissent is part of that plan, then:

-If your god does not want to interfere with free will, why has he/she..etc. sent you to tamper with it?
(I assume that is the self-less version of your motive to debate, and/or “spread the word”)

It would be far easier to change my mind (or that of other empiricists) if your god(s) simply …showed up – And, not through you, either.  I see the same stuff you’re made of when I look into a mirror.  lol

 

Sincerely,

Concerned Citizen

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The Relative Variable III: Exploring the Nature of Knowledge

Fore note – This blog is part of a working series:

Relative Variable I

Relative Variable II

The feedback on this modal has pointed at the necessity of explaining it in simple terms and values. So, here it goes:

Relative Variable Dynamic

1) The IHK section represents the core of all human knowledge. That is, all knowledge first extends from the individual. The IHK field is ultimately representative of subjectivity.

2) The knowledge is then passed on to cumulative human knowledge, or, CHK, when it is agreed upon with another individual. Eventually, if accepted by a society, and furthermore, accepted Trans-culturally, the case in point may be revered as a universally consistent truth. CHK represents objectivity. This is why I would personally like to see objectivity understood as a cumulative subjectivity.

3) Estimated human knowledge (EHK) extends beyond basic comprehension and verifiable measures. Yet, EHK has value in principle. A fine example of EHK is the concept of infinity. It is not easily dismissed, nor is it easily conceived. However, it can be used in philosophical and mathematical fields as a logical underpinning. This particular knowledge field has no need for variable set points because it exists on the fringe of the realism dynamic. That is, it is reaching outward – toward the unknown.

4) Absolute Reality (AR) Represents the unknown, and, by extension – Realism. Every thinking mind on the planet can agree on the fact that there are things we don’t know, or possibly, ever know.

Relativity Dynamic:

I. The Relative Variable – This (refer to arrows on the right side of the model for clarification), in my opinion, is the most important function in this dynamic. The variable set points enable the boundaries of human knowledge to flex as the respective fields of understanding evolve due to either new information, change of belief, and/or perspective(s).

II. The Relative Absolute – In this dynamic, RA is marked by the oval/circular lines. These boundaries are subject to change. Absolute in the moment, but may restructure as respective fields of understanding evolve due to either new information, change of belief, and/or perspective(s).

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…and then…Knowledge was power.

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The Cumulative Subjective

Don't be one!

Can beauty be objective?  (This can be applied to ethics, as well)

First, it’s important to note possibility versus probability.  Logically, anything unquantifiable is possible, but this does not denote its probability.  Said variable can only be established as probable through examination and testing.

If the question were to interchange “can” with the word “is,” then probability would be the potentiality in question. Whereas, the use of “can” is a general inquiry.  Thus, the answer to this question is – yes.

This concludes lesson one in this discussion.

Secondly, “objectivity” is often mistaken for an absolutist ideal. In contrast, it is based on a cumulative subjectivity.  This compromises the objective sentiment, entirely. Scientific study is centered on confirmed observation(s). Any proposed system of how discoveries synthesize is subject to change.  Acting as an “objective” observer simply implies that one acts without bias to the best of his/her ability.

Across history, there are a plethora of accounts where observations were incorrect, but were entered into widespread objectivity.  My two favorite accounts of this are the “Flat Earth” and “Geocentric Theory” incidents.  A good question for any critical thinker to ask at this point would be – “How do I know that the Earth is not flat, nor does it exist in a geocentric system.” In all reality, unless you’ve traveled to a point in the cosmos where you can see a round earth for yourself, or accurately verified the relationship of the planets with the sun – you cannot. At this point, you must appeal to authority for any ‘objective’ statement.

Problem? It may be difficult to see, so I will spell it out for you. In appealing to authority, one acts with bias. At this point a bias concerning said authority is developed, and sentimental judgment is employed. This tends to be problematic, as, bias is in direct violation of objectivity.

This concludes lesson two.

Lesson Three – Conclusion: In light of lesson two, we are to conclude that “objectivity” is ultimately a cumulative “subjectivity.”  This is still correctly held over personal subjectivity as meeting any prerequisites of attaining certainty, yet should not be mistaken for having attained it.  This would present the conflict of bias, as well. This is the veritable stumbling block that holds scientific endeavor away from progress. Highly achieved scientific professionals understand this. Any ‘fact’ must consistently slave to the whip of scrutiny in order to follow the general direction the ideal of objectivity travels in.

This concludes lesson three.

Lesson Four: As for reaching an objective notion of Beauty? Like ethics, beauty is contingent upon intrinsic identity. However, as with ethics, it can be agreed upon within societies and perpetuated by cultural paradigms. And, yes, as with ethical sentiments, it shows universal consistencies.  Some aspects of nature can be objectively verified as far as objectivity is enabled to encompass. The best example, according to my understanding, personal observation, and the authorities I am forced to appeal to – is sexual attraction. This type of beauty recognition is universal with the exemption of homosexuality minority and a few cases of unmoved abstinence (and, I won‘t mention other anomalies, lol). Inherent constants emerge as stimulus provoked by symmetry, health/genetic evaluation (which, symmetry recognition also serves),  hormonal agendas, and pheromones…to name a few. There are environmental, general arts, and, yes – even mathematical arguments for beauty recognition, as well.  Another factor to address is cultural and societal bias. Can you identify it in yourself?

Lesson four: Concluded

There is much, much, more information and philosophical arguments (including a few interesting current discoveries) on the topic, as well.  However – I didn’t promise a book! Google is your friend! Haha…

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The Relative Variable II – Experimental Understanding

“The words of truth are always paradoxical.”

– Lao Tzu

 

Part I: The Relative Variable

 

 

What is truth?

You may know something to be truth; however, that is not a governing truth.  Rather, it is a truth.  Your ability to understand rests on your own shoulders.  The ability to explain it in simple terms, rests on mine.  This is a path we will have to walk down together.

Truth is God.  The god I believe in, however.  I feel that if truth could be known – so could all that is – or, god.  I cannot give you all truth…anyone who says they can does so in dishonesty.  I can give you an understanding of what I understand to be a rational approach to conceiving a truth.  Through this, you may contemplate the whole.  Or, perhaps nothing will be achieved here.  The understanding is purely experimental.

Think on this – First, know truth to be evolving.  In all reality, it may not change at all, but it is relative to your understanding of it.  Therefore, what a human can know as a truth can only ever be relative to his/her knowledge of it.

How does this work?  For explanation, I draw upon three basic logic modalities.

1) Absolutism

2) Relativism

3) Realism

Absolutism states that truth is absolute and can be fully known.  Relativism states that the truth is only ever relative.  Realism holds that the truth cannot be known.

Traditionally, these have been seen as contradicting schemes – aside from dualism, which combines absolutism and relativism.  If you ask me – this is simply a classic example of a conceptual stone made so heavy that it cannot be lifted.  These models have always been pieces to the same puzzle.  The problem lies within the misunderstanding that these concepts need to function separately.   These conceptual identities have never been applied so that each provide a solution and sustain explanatory properties without exception.

A common misconception about logic modalities is the idea that one model, and one alone, must be chosen and adhered to.  Though, in vulnerable moments of honesty, we will apply all three at different times – for different uses – and, all regardless of former preference.

First – let me redefine these modalities as “components of mental technology.”  Each are equally useful – which, is why they have survived antiquity.

Using the three models, build a complete schematic for truth.  They must all be applied equally and simultaneously – as if to form a large model with dynamic function.

Picture an atom:

Absolute Reality is dualistic in function.  It serves as the unknown absolute – incorporating both realism and absolutism dynamics.  The outer circle represents truth in its entirety.  The inner circles represent the extents of various categories of human knowledge.  The variable set points represent the contact between human knowledge within its own categories and AR – Absolute Reality.

EHK – Estimated human knowledge is for the very brink of scientific discovery.  This would apply to concepts (I.e. mathematical) that are grounded in an undefined dimension.  Subatomic particles and quantum mechanics belong in this region.  EHK borders the edges of the known and simulates abstractions from AR.  It is the cutting edge of science.

The idea simplifies to the point of explaining that human knowledge is absolute, but only in respect to variable dynamics in relation to the outer dimension.  In Absolute Reality, human quantification is limited to a degree that may be infinitely altered, thus obscuring any identity within – as defined by human knowledge.

Simply stated – A truth can only ever be relative to the unknown.  Though, the model can be expanded further displaying inter-dynamics.  The model is a map – a conceptual map.  Human knowledge can be both relative to its other categories and the realism dynamic.

Also, Human Knowledge can be absolute to the extent of established variable set points.

Stating that a ball is round is an absolutist statement within the dimension of human knowledge.  This statement only maintains value within human knowledge dynamics.

How does this apply to your life?  It may take some time, but through comprehension, reflection, and meditation an unparalleled awareness may dawn.  This was how I reached these conclusions, however.  I suggest you take them to meditation.  When approached with sincerity these realizations can humble the greatest scientist and the most devout preacher.  New findings using the scientific method can be plotted according to their certainty.  Most importantly, this is a reminder that we are always toying with infinite possibility, potentiality, and probability.  This opens the imagination and yet specifies boundaries.

Exercises in thought:

Answer each question, by referring to the model schematic and explanation above:

Consider – If reality is merely based on agreed upon conclusions, then, imagine, if you will, that the conditions are subject to change.

i) What certainty is possible then?

ii) Is every certainty possible?

iii) If so, what factors serve as contributive to sculpting out the finality?

iv) How is, then, said finality narrowed down to its actual conclusion?

 

Epistemological application:  How can you know a thing to be true?

 

The actual test will be explaining realizations (if any) to a friend.  Your ability to communicate it will demonstrate your comprehension – as this writing is a test for me.

Defining truth with a tone of both humility and honesty should be a reality now.  Why is that important?  This question is solely your quest.  Meditate on this.  Use the model schematic.  The task is to reach a deeper level of awareness concerning the nature of both knowledge and reality.

 

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Shaman

A Native American shaman trots in tradition around a smoldering fire pit.  His eyes glint, and the wrinkles in his weathered face deepen as if guarding the very secrets of time.  The man chants formulas passed on to him from ancient tongues.  His hand reaches up and pulls at the sky.  His arm then rapidly whips down to the fire-less pit.  His hand delivers lightning from the sky and a fire rages up upon his touch.  This above is based on the character of a famous medicine man my parents knew.  According to them, and many others, such accounts are factual.  More powerful than lightning, a shaman can control belief.

In every culture there are representations of shamanic ritual, tradition, and practice.  In every culture there are representations of shamanic leadership.  In more primitive cultures, these figures are often spoken of as witch doctors, healers, among other titles shrouded in mystery.  Currently, there is a vast ocean of role models to choose from.  Typically, shamanic positions represent tangible connection with deeply intangible lines of logic.  It was a person granted with a shamanic role that once ascribed gods to natural phenomena.  Shamanic practice is the mother of ritual and superstition, yet has traditionally provided cohesion within communities through carrying hope and belief with it.

Naturally, the various roles of the shaman, along with mankind, have evolved.  Some shamans wear animal relics, others, a simple, understated, shirt and tie.  Some draw symbols in the sand, others draw from allegorical metaphor.  The role of the shaman, has always stood, as if in marriage, along the leadership dynamic in a group or society – if not the primary component of it.  This is the finding of trans cultural analysis.  Despite the apparent confusion of the idea, people, not need, but should have, great ideals and the mysticism of the unknown driving and furthering their intention.  Yet, mysterious inspirations should never be held as truths themselves – else, they be as ever changing as the particles beneath the fine structure of matter itself.  The authority of the shaman commands, and speaks for, belief.  This kind of prowess could cage or free a people.  That is the power it possesses.  Belief can wield the destruction of human kind.  However, inspiration, is born of the same branch.  Reason has not always rescued us, but it gains promise.

Inspiring ideas fill our intellect.  Reasoning filters it.  This is our compass – and, the only one we’ve ever known.  This compass does not point to true North, but truth itself.  Bruce Lee’s studies in philosophy are barely known, but highly useful here.  More than a chiseled martial arts master, he, as all masters of discipline, was a philosopher.  Lee spoke of two ends of a person – one, he called the “mechanical man,” the other he coined “the unscientific man.”  On one end, man is not much more than a series of conditioning, or, rote memorization.  His individuality, nonexistent.  In conflict, “the unscientific man” is the apparatus of imagining.  When creativity is taken to the extreme, any information it derives can become independent of empirical identity.  Yet, when these social behaviors are tuned in balance, each builds and connects the other.  The result is a symphony of a very evolutionary nature.  Science needs imagination to expand its empire – and imagination is meaningless without the structural identities of science.

The two human constructs gallop in tandem.  Each create the other’s design.  In realms of dreams, the shaman has served society on many levels.  Yet, the role, or – the archetypal schema, must always be represented by symbols, beings, or ideas.  In modern culture, ancient shamanic masks evaporate as society’s awareness of other cultural ideologies grows.  Like the species of its origin, the shamanic roles evolves with time.  Today, it seems, these cultural icons appear before us as magicians, scientists, rebels, charismatic, ominous, or, the most common role played – sacred.  In modern civilization, communities have been replaced by mobs.  The role of the caring shaman has been abandoned amidst the chaos.  So, who will save us from our very human insanity now that the shamans are fading mirages in the distance?  We ultimately write our own truths.  I write mine with the golden realizations those before me have found and left behind.  In poetry, art, music, film, philosophy, writing, etc… I feel that I can gauge truth for myself.  When the sparks of enlightenment are spoken by another, they are only ever recognized by one’s own measure.  The catalyzing charge released by the very seeds of our ideas is, and always has been, the magic of the shaman.  With this push from our cumulative genius, human consciousness expands into the unknown as the universe itself.

Trudge on…

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