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There is a pleasure in the pathless woods, There is a rapture on the lonely shore, There is society, where none intrudes, By the deep sea, and music in its roar: I love not man the less, but Nature more. ---Lord Byron
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    To Create Is To Consciously Exist.

    To be able to perceive the “arrow of time” (or our ability to choose not to perceive it) is arguably our most impressive ability, yet perhaps our greatest flaw. Time, an illusion, destined from our minds, is the bearer of the relativity of those minds' thoughts and perceptions. The “Asymptote of Creation” of the emergent nature of matter over time is without bounds. The emergent behavior of every arrangement of matter evolves to something greater— the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. And now, physical limitations, perhaps once believed to be a boundary of creation, have paved the way for the emergence of a very real, nonphysical world, in which ideas, understandings and feelings allow humans to transcend all previous notions of existence.

    Everything we think and perceive is akin to an infinite curve along the Asymptote of Creation, never to end, only to further emerge. Any multiple interactions of any given present moment (the present designated as the point of tangency to the curve) can proceed to create an emergent, sometimes even predictable, phenomenon: another curve. Because of technology and new insights into how the world around us works, humans are learning that the future is an expanse of infinite potentiality, determined by the endless number of interactions and choices, which are all more or less effectual, that preceded the new moment. We create the future. No doubt you have heard the phrase, "History repeats itself." It is because the curve is also fractal. Any given moment exists and persists because of the collective collaboration of events that happened prior to it; a moment is but a single instance that reflects the wholeness of existence and our perception of time.

    There being an asymptote usually implies that there is an infinite distance, a gap of endless proportion, between a “curved” perception and the “straight” wholeness of reality. But, the Universe isn't governed by math and physics, rather, math and physics is a way of describing the Universe. And surely there are ways to describe and experience the Universe that humans have not yet conceived. So is it possible to align our perception with the emergent wholeness, to take a leap over the infinite gap? Is our physicality preventing us from doing so? An alignment may be an emergent outcome, but how will it be achieved? Through technology? Understanding and compassion? Psychotropic substances? Death? All of the above?

    Happiness Transcends

    To roughly borrow some ideas from Arthur Schopenhauer, he thought, much like Buddhist philosophy, that humans were ridden with suffering and that we always desired an escape to/for something greater. He believed that this was attainable by losing oneself in the arts. Like riding a flowing river of passion and contemplation, humans consciously acted in resonance with the present. I liken this to the Asymptote of Creation. It’s “living in the present,” consciously aware of what is going on between the internal and external environment, flowing with the changes that consistently emerge. I just recently read a quote from Frederick Nietzsche that I thought described a very similar concept that I am trying to convey. “Glance into the world just as though time were gone: and everything crooked will become straight.” But he also said, “ God is a thought who makes crooked all that is straight,” so I think we have a slightly different understanding of God. Certainly it’s up to interpretation.

    This idea of breaching the gap between perception and reality has profound implications for the future of humanity, especially in regards to transhumanism. I will argue that people who “live in the present” are generally much happier than people that don’t. If you aren’t living in the present, then you are focusing more on the past or future; the past being completely irrelevant because it cannot be changed, possibly ridden with regret, and the future being of infinite possibility, full of worry and “what if’s”, a great distraction. If the attainment of happiness and reduction of suffering is the underlying principle that drives human behavior, then perhaps a “Golden Age” for the (post)human spirit would emerge from the elimination of suffering. Undeniably, the quickest way to eliminate one’s suffering would be suicide. And though it’s a sure way to free oneself from physical responsibilities, it’s not the most efficient. To live a long life advocating for the happiness of humanity, whether it be exposing corruption within financial institutions or playing the piano for another’s pleasure, would be more sustainable and selfless for humanity’s legacy than to “opt out” selfishly. We need to play a part in our interconnected humanity.

    So here lies the dilemma of our human condition(ing). How do we rise above our inclinations to not live in the moment? To answer that question, we must take a look at another: what is it that keeps us focused on anything but the present? This is such a broad question that it’d be difficult to sum up, but I will provide a macroscopic example. The one that comes to my mind is that of money and it’s affect on how people behave. Humans in the developed world have essentially become slaves to our monetary system. And people in developing countries are being restrained by it. There have been numerous events, riots, government’s defaulting and countries collapsing, etc, etc, around the world in the past few years that could all be traced back to some monetary problem. But just look at your own life or that of your friends and family... has money contributed more to better or worse situations?

    We Must Be Each Others Oracles

    Practically everyone has had a moment of clarity in the now, of which they may not have taken notice, but far too many people do not consciously live with that clarity (I’m guilty!) That is not to say we must “awaken” others... ignorance is bliss, and it’d be selfish to take happiness from those who received it inherently. Rather, greater potential rests in people who are least happy because they would have the most to gain and understand.

    In the movie The Matrix, the Oracle isn’t a prophet in the traditional sense, but someone who is completely intuitive. I’m fascinated with her ability to tell people exactly what they need to hear. Now imagine if you could confront a complete stranger, who is clearly down in the dumps, and make them happy. This selfless act would not only help someone else but you yourself would also benefit knowing that you gave someone some intangible alleviation. So it would be wise to be a light for those people, to walk with and encourage them in whatever way you see fit. And by consequence more people would have a better understanding of their own and others’ happiness and therefore be better able to create a scenario from which a new status quo, characterized by perpetual happiness, would emerge.

    But it’s never so simple. No man is an island, and by rejecting the interconnectedness of humanity, you reject yourself from attaining fulfillment, a “salvation” of sorts. The key is to help others help themselves. To align yourself with the Asymptote of Creation is just that. Become yourself and everything else will follow.
    Tue, Mar 8, 2011  Permanent link
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    On 11-11, 2010, one million people across the globe will mentally project a unified vision of a new paradigm for our species... a new reality. The very real physics that connects human consciousness with molecular structure will be harnessed en-masse during the largest simultaneous manifestation transmission in recorded history.
    New Reality Transmission

    A friend forwarded this site to me, and I must say I'm very interested to learn more and see the outcome. I'm curious but hesitant about these "physicists and mathematicians" who are doing the experiment. Regardless, I intend to partake. Is mind over matter? Is it possible to cause a massive planet-wide awakening?
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    Does it leave a bad taste in your mouth? When you hear that word, what does it make you think or feel? Evil, greedy and exorbitantly wealthy individuals seem to come to many people's minds. I don't blame them, just look at the numbers for U.S. compensation rates. In 1968, the Chairman of General Motors received compensation of $795,000, which was 142 times that of the average worker. In 2006, the ratio between CEOs has risen to 411 times that of average workers. Certainly not all countries are the same; CEOs in Sweden and Japan typically earn less than 100 times that of the average employee. In the U.S., there is a corporate status quo for "going salaries," which Board members uphold in order to keep their management and officials from leaving for a similar company that pays better. And while most Board members are often independent of that corporation, they are part of management in another corporation. So by increasing salaries of top officials for one corporation, they are creating salary competition that will ultimately drive their own management salaries higher. It's an endless cycle of competition that requires more and more compensation be given to higher management. What's just as unethical is that many managers and CEOs are rewarded even for failures! For the most part these acts are irresponsible because of how shareholders, lowly employees and the rest of society is affected. We see similar things in the Federal Government; how does Congress have the ability to increase their own salaries?

    Even so, this is not how I see capitalism.

    Capitalism, what it was meant to be, a completely free market, is a means for people to manifest their dreams and visions into goods and services for society free from regulation. The control and exploitability of an open-ended economy for profit is high, but social and environmental responsibility should take precedent.

    I think Ziad Abdelnour describes capitalism best:
    Volatile and shifting ideas, and the human beings behind them— not heavy and entrenched establishments — are the source of our nation’s wealth. There is no bureaucratic net or tax web that can catch the fleeting thoughts of the greatest entrepreneurs of our past. Or future.

    In this mindscape of capitalism, all riches finally fall into the gap between thoughts and things. Governed by mind but caught in matter, an asset must have an income stream that is expected to continue if the asset is to retain its value.

    Wealth is valuable only to the extent that others think it will be valuable in the future, and that depends on running the fortune for the needs of the customers rather than for the interests of the owners. Its worth will collapse overnight if the market believes the company is chiefly serving its owner, rather than the owner serving it, or that it is being run chiefly for the managers rather than for the people who buy its wares. Look at the recent BP debacle and see for yourself.

    Socialist regimes try to guarantee the value of things rather than the ownership of them. Thus socialism tends to destroy the value, which depends on dedicated ownership. In the United States, on the other hand, the government normally guarantees only the right to property, not the worth of it. The belief that wealth consists not in ideas, attitudes, moral codes, and mental disciplines but in definable and static things that can be seized and redistributed is the materialist superstition.

    It stultified the works of Marx and other prophets of violence and envy. It betrays every person who seeks to redistribute wealth by coercion. It balks every socialist revolutionary who imagines that by seizing the so-called means of production he can capture the crucial capital of an economy. It baffles nearly all conglomerateurs, who believe they can safely enter new industries by buying rather than by learning them. Capitalist means of production are not land, labor, or capital but minds and hearts.

    The wealth of America isn't an inventory of goods; it's an organic, living entity, a fragile, pulsing fabric of ideas, expectations, loyalties, moral commitments, visions, and people. To vivisect it for redistribution would eventually kill it. As Mitterrand's French technocrats found early in the 1980s, the proud new socialist owners of complex systems of wealth soon learn they are administering an industrial corpse rather than a growing corporation.

    So the flaw is not in our capitalist system. In fact, capitalism is the very essence that drives innovation, creativity, and also allows for a system of service in making others' lives better, exist. I don't think most people understand this benefit. The flaw is in the people that are ultimately out for themselves, the CEOs who want to keep their profits for themselves and not use them to restore the environment, encourage healthy living, promote community development, education, and better general welfare. I'm not saying they cannot have any profit, but should determine that amount in a reasonable and ethically responsible way. All enterprises and corporations that have immediate ability should want to adopt self-maintained systems of social responsibility that help create a new, sustainable status quo, ideally for example, one in which companies restore the environment for the amount of damage is does in order to produce goods. Surely there will be expensive costs associated with such efforts, but the status quo of capitalism has changed before and will change again… but will we— can we— get off of this slippery slope? In the end, profits will be able to be realized, people will be healthier and happier than ever, and we can turn the environment back over to Nature.
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    We are never as free as we once were at the moment of our birth. We enter this world with no perception, no intention, knowing nothing but only being. As we grow older and perceive the world, we subconsciously create a foundation of truths on which our minds can grow. But what if some of these truths, which we have come to undoubtedly accept, are anything but the truth? What if our minds are being unknowingly programmed to not see the truth? This truth can be interpreted in many ways, some people may associate it with the meaning of life, how to live, the nature of God, Nature and the Universe, etc, but another truth that is almost always overlooked is the holistic nature of control in our world and its effect on our innate freedom. I'm writing this because what I once blindly believed, I began to question, and I found an obvious truth that is hidden right in front of our eyes. I'd like to share it because I believe the consequences of maintaing an "ignorance is bliss" attitude, whether purposefully or not, is detrimental to the well being of the individual and society.

    I find the way government rules to be completely illogical. The needs of the people can never be completely met, but shouldn't they be maximized? In the US, a country that supposedly governs as a democracy, utterly fails to maximize the benefit of all of its citizens, the people that allow the government to exist. Wouldn't the world be a much better place if more power was in the hands of individuals and not in a select few who may have an entirely different vision on how life can and should be lived? If smaller, more efficient sovereign states existed, the people within these small governmental organizations would be more willing to vote and play a part in society because decisions and laws would have a greater impact on them and their neighbors. A state on the East Coast would have a completely different want and need than a state on the West Coast. Government would be more personalized by the people to better serve the people. Empowering the people would the smartest thing a country could do to increase its economic integrity, level of happiness and better every aspect of the people's lives. But instead this seems to be avoided and it becomes even more of an extreme scenario. About one-third of the US population votes. And certainly less than 50% of those 100 million people get to have a president or representative that shares the same beliefs and values. How is this a good way to govern? How could this possibly be in the best interest of anyone but the small minority and the people who govern? If the federal government was limited and State's rights were the only precedent, wouldn't we be able to better maximize people's needs and wants based on geography, demographics, resources, values and beliefs? I believe that this is what the Founding Fathers of US dreamed of (granted, times have changed, but the principles still stand.) The scary thing is that there is a hidden agenda that limits the empowerment of the people. The problem is that people don't realize this and it's because of a system of control that they don't. Let me further explain…

    Control is being fearful. In this worldwide system, control is a means to an unfortunate end, or at least a severe reduction in the potential for true happiness, for everyone but the ones who do the controlling. You can call these controllers the Illuminati, bankers, politicians, whatever you want to,(I prefer "the powers that be") but we cannot ignore the fact that there is a system of control with a seemingly evil goal of preventing the human race from unifying and creating a world of peace, love and happiness. How and why is it that people seem to become more and more divided? Neighbors, citizens, cities, countries and cultures are at the throats of their so-called enemies. But how and why have enemies emerged? It is mostly because the government and the media drill into our heads fabrications of threat, fear and prejudice. For example, our government claims that we need to end racism and join hands, but they are the biggest proponents of racism! Stop dividing people into classes and minorities. Stop referring to people as black or white. Stop contributing to a system that you claim to be against! WE ARE ALL HUMAN! The problem is so obvious! You would think that our politicians, really intelligent people, would know better… So, either they are really, really incompetent OR it's all part of a greater plan. The fact that these politicians continue to increase the size of government, leaving citizens more and more undervalued, increase their own salaries and only empower themselves, I believe, can be directly attributed to this hidden system of control with a goal of dividing everyone for an even greater plan; perhaps a new world order…? Over the past several decades this has had a significant effect on how we live and behave. An unnatural mindset has been created and people have grown into this global mindset since birth. And, unfortunately, much of what these people grow up to do in life helps prolong and enforce this corrupt system. I don't blame them, but I don't pity them because I know they are capable of realization. It is just much more difficult to change a person's worldview the older they are. How can we get people to realize the big picture and this scourge?

    Government is the middleman between "the powers that be" and the people. Government is an accepted institution that can initiate fear and control. But how has this system emerged throughout countries all over the world? It's not a coincidence… There is an intricate system that has intentionally evolved (more believably) over at least a few hundred years, starting with the emergence of the European banking industry, to maintain control over nations with money and therefore over the people. I highly suggest taking a look at the history of the banking industry that started in Europe in the mid-1700s. Because of the wealth generated from loaning money to royal organizations, debt was able to be created, thereby forcing the rulers of these countries to their knees at the feet of the bankers. There is well-documented accounts of these transactions and happenings of this time period (don't expect to see them on any main stream media though.) One of the originators of this scheme was Mayer Amschel Rothschild, who stated,
    Let me issue and control a nation's money and I care not who writes the laws.
    One of his many sons, Nathan, said in 1815,
    I care not what puppet is placed upon the throne of England to rule the Empire on which the sun never sets. The man who controls Britain's money supply controls the British Empire, and I control the British money supply.

    Eventually these people and their agenda spread to the United States. There were many presidents who strove to fight against this foreign enemy threat to preserve natural born rights. On his deathbed and when asked what his greatest achievement was, President Andrew Jackson said,
    I killed The Bank.
    And in 1865, President Abraham Lincoln spoke in front of Congress,
    I have two great enemies, the Southern Army in front of me, and the financial institutions in the rear. Of the two, the one in my rear is my greatest foe.
    Unfortunately, the bankers, with untold international power, eventually overcame the greatest nation on Earth, and on December 23, 1913, the Federal Reserve Act was signed, forcing all Americans into monetary slavery.

    Over the past century, greater control has been gained by the government puppets and the monetary overlords. With better technology and means of communication, false information has been broadcast to "teach" us. Sadly, the information we are taught is very skewed and biased. The media giants, owned and controlled by these bankers, have been able to grab our attention with mindless entertainment and fear mongering to hold our minds and hearts while they transform our country without us knowing or actually giving a damn. Television, sporting events, video games and other mindless activities, all products of this system, generate distorted emotion within us to keep us hooked, in feuds and distant from real life. Apathy has taken a hold of us. We no longer realize the influence and power a single person can have. We must take up the responsibility of empowering others, allowing them to see past the charming faces of politicians and celebrities. People need to learn how to think for themselves, always question why certain things are being told to them and not trust someone because of their high status and important responsibilities. It's not ours or our parents' fault that this usurping has happened, but it is our fault for letting it continue. How can it be stopped? There is much hope in the future with the age of connectedness. Information is widely available all over the web. Anyone can find and read alternative news to better educate themselves, make conclusions about life, people, decisions and the things that affect how they live. More people will come to understand the significance of personal development and also to realize that it's their job to elect the right people into office so that the rights of the individual can be maintained. Hopefully, this hidden agenda will be exposed to the masses and revolution will ensue.

    But there is also a major problem that we face now and will encounter even more in the near future. Government regulation of online media and news would be the largest setback we could encounter. It is clear that the physical boundaries that divide each one of us into our individual countries and cities is being overcome by the interconnectedness of the internet. Our ideas, cultures and beliefs are being shared regardless of one's location on Earth. People are learning more and more everyday than they ever could the day before. Regulation of these benefits would be a creation of nonphysical boundaries in an interface designed to be without barriers. Information, knowledge and ideas that could be shared and which would help to unify people from around the world would be inhibited. That cannot happen. We cannot let it happen…
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    Oh how the collective intelligence of the members of this website blows my mind... The recent posts about the illusion of individualism and the collective nature of the universe, I think, fit well with the topics discussed in this book I recently came across. I have only skimmed through it quickly, but as soon as I saw it I knew it would of great interest to most people here.


    Collective Intelligence: Creating a Prosperous World at Peace
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    What makes us who we are, as individuals? Our perceptions of the world, caused by our surrounding environment and the people who have influenced us, and continue to do so since our births, through their ideas and creations, are the reason why we think and act the way we do. This is our culture. Our memories are just stored information based on our perceptions and restricted by the limits of the human brain. There is no escaping from this foundational story, built upon choices made by others, without going through some sort of life-changing, or rather life-shattering experience. And even if one does have such an experience, some form of that old perception will always exist in your mind, just below the surface.

    How far does this inherent perception, or ancestral memory, go back in time? How many of your ancestors, and what influenced them, ended up affecting your biological outcome? The more we learn about our DNA and how our very decisions and surrounding environment affect it, the more bewildering life becomes. My paternal grandfather, born in Italy, ran away from home and stowed away on a ship to America because he did not want to be associated with a corrupt religious order and institution that his family was slowly, but surely, being pulled into. If it weren't for the leaders of that church, my great uncle's desire to be a monk, and the captain of that ship, I would not be alive. Even more fascinating is that I was compared to my grandfather in regard to how I acted, or should I say reacted, and I have never met him; in fact he died before my father was even five years old. I hope this brief story gives you some perceptive on what I am attempting to communicate. Just imagine the seemingly infinite amount of choices that had to be made for any one of us to be doing what we are doing and to exist at this point in time.

    We are all so different but are so much alike at the same time. The difference is just a sequence of occurrences built upon a previous sequence of occurrences, and so on and so forth. Human and cultural evolution is just like the thermodynamic law of entropy, except that as it complexifies, it seems to be heading towards a collective state of utter disorder. Who knows how many paths crossed in the past, but one thing we know for sure is that as time goes on, paths will be crossing at an even greater rate. There are more and more people everyday. We are all learning and experiencing new things all of the time, all of which are somehow connected to someone else's thoughts. This greater rate of occurrences is creating an eventuality of something. But what?

    Looking back to the past, some people stick out more than others, just like some events were more major than others. These people and events were caused by a sequence of occurrences while they also caused a completely new set of occurrences. Let's look at one of the most influential people in human history, Jesus. He was the eventuality of a series of events and influences, the ultimate manifestation of a series of accumulating and overlapping circumstances. The Roman government present in those days, the people that made his birth possible (strictly speaking biologically), his friends and followers and the environment of that day allowed Jesus to understand the world the way he did, and therefore gave him the reasoning to be able to change the world in the ways that he did.

    These circumstances hold true for everyone in the world, but it's a matter of being influenced and allowing yourself to be influenced that will ultimately cause you react. Your reaction may be to start a company that invents the first AI, design the first interstellar spaceship, create a new philosophy or even assassinate a world leader. You are a product of your environment and the future environment is an ever-evolving product of yourself and your fellow humans.

    We are part of something major and most people do not realize it yet. We all contribute to some future eventuality that will change the world as we know it. There will be major milestones, positive crests that are considered beneficial, and negative troughs that still further push the world but in a corrupt way. The Singularity is the culmination of both of these and everything in between. Everything that happens has to be balanced out in some fashion and at some point. It is obvious that our world is out of balance, so while events unfold unequally, remainders are created in the system. The unbalanced portions, the remainders, have an accumulating affect and eventually something monumental has to happen to balance and reset the system to generate a state of temporary non-remainder, which is the Wholeness, God, the Universe in all of its infinite magnificence. This will be the dawn of a new age, which will eventually, again, succumb to an unbalanced mess.

    I am still a very young man, learning more and more everyday. Experience coexists with time, so while time progresses and I experience, my old thoughts evolve into new ones, finding connections to other ideas. Since I first found myself in this state that most of you also seem to be in or recognize, I quickly and unconditionally adopted the idea of freewill. It makes perfect sense. There is no point in debating about the future or fate, because we have not yet experienced all of the connections that lead up to it, right? But what doesn't make sense is that all of my experiences and connections, seem to be specifically leading towards something fateful.

    It's just like what Haruki Murakami's character, Nutmeg, in The Wind-up Bird Chronicle, says:

    All these inexplicable events that have occurred in my life so far, it's as though they were all ingeniously programmed from the start for the very purpose of bringing me here, where I am today. It's a thought I can't seem to shake off. I feel as if my every move is being controlled by some kind of incredibly long arm that's reaching out from somewhere far away, and that my life has been nothing more than a convenient passageway for all these things moving through it.

    How can freewill coexist with fate!?

    What really sparked me choosing to write this was my most recent viewing of The Matrix trilogy. I've seen it countless times, but I still seem to learn something new each time. A light bulb went off during The Architect's speech:

    Your life is the sum of a remainder of an unbalanced equation inherent to the programming of the matrix. You are the eventuality of an anomaly, which despite my sincerest efforts I have been unable to eliminate from what is otherwise a harmony of mathematical precision.

    This behooves me to question whether or not there is an underlying trend that governs the world; is there a mathematical formula or algorithm that accounts for the subsequent occurrences that ultimately lead up to something world-changing, or more precisely, someone or some event world changing? A way for humans to not only know the up and downs of their personal futures, but for the future of the entire human race? Of course we won't know if someone is world-changing until after the fact. But if something could be construed, could it be a gift of foresight to all humanity?

    Any thoughts?
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    Throughout human history, people have been asking the same questions about the nature of the Universe and being. Why do we exist? Where do we come from? Is there a God(s)? What is the meaning of life? Many people have tried answering these questions, some with more success than others.

    For the past few thousand years, people have clung to the ideas of monotheism: the idea of one eternal, omnipotent and omniscient God. These ideas still remain — though some beliefs and concepts in certain religions have drastically changed — and are found throughout the majority of the world. These religions, most notably Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and some sects of Hinduism, to some extent, all believe in a moment, or ongoing moment of infinite bliss, knowledge, peace and awe. This Union, beautifully described by St. John of the Cross in his "The Dark Night," exists in Christianity, Judaism and Islam. I will classify these types of religions as Type 1.

    While most people believed in one God, many other people, primarily in Asia, have adopted another kind of religion, or philosophy, in the forms of Buddhism, Hinduism, Taoism and Jainism. The common idea behind these religions/philosophies is that everyone is on a path of awakening, which they realize or not, and the final stage of this path is liberation from ignorance (Buddhism), realization that atman, your soul, is indistinct from the supreme soul (Hinduism), that the way to live is by way of the Tao, or the force behind the natural order of the Universe (Taoism) and the shedding the soul of karmic bonds so one attains divine consciousness (Jainism). I will classify these as Type 2 religions.

    Type 1 finds themselves believing that there is a single God who is all-powerful, and that there had been extremely gifted people in the past who were able to attain a deep connection to God. He created them and the rest of the Universe. Type 2 believes that there is a state of perpetual awesomeness which anyone with the right dedication, intention and mindset can attain. Also, the Universe is usually thought of as eternal; there was no beginning and there will be no end.

    Union with God is this state of perpetual awesomeness! Well, almost… Aside from Jesus, I am not too sure about anyone else from Type 1 who was thought to have been in a state of everlasting peace and love. The many people spoken about throughout the Bible and other texts, who have had mystical encounters, did so for some reason I will get into shortly but never lasted because they didn't understand what was happening to them. This understanding is a key part of the Asian-born philosophies and is necessary to obtain perpetual happiness.

    There are many reasons why people had mystical experiences without understanding what they were feeling, but rather just attributed it to God for the sake of simplicity and out of ignorance. Many of these mystical experiences could be attributed to the consumption of drugs, such as psilocybin mushrooms and various other plants that contained mind-altering alkaloids. Other logical reasons could be from more naturally induced experiences, namely the release of dimethyltryptamine (DMT), an extremely potent and powerful psychedelic substance, from the pineal gland into the body. DMT release is thought to occur during birth, death, sex, extreme fasting and excessive physical activity.


    For thousands of years our current culture has been shaped by these philosophies and religions intermixing. So what do we have now? Conservation biologist and author E.O. Wilson said that there are three categories: the myth of Marxism, the religious myth of Creation and the myth of scientific materialism (or is analog, spiritual naturalism). Marxists believe in the redistribution of wealth and power while maintaining that Man owns the world. Many religions believe in a Creation myth, an old story that told of the creation of the Universe, Earth and/or Man. These religions speak of a world that was given to Man, but unlike Marxism it fully deistic, in a royal way, i.e., popes, kings, lordship, etc. Scientific materialism, the myth that Wilson believed to be the only way to restore the Earth to a healthy state, assumes nothing about the story of the Universe and only uses science to prove what we can observe through trial and error. Spiritual naturalism is how humans were before their "fall," the eating of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We were like the animals, plants and even the planets: instinctive, nonjudgemental, and natural. We were subjected to the power of the gods, or the natural flow of the Universe, living and dying dependent upon the natural flow of climate/weather patterns, other animals, natural disasters, etc.

    Our current problems lie with the dawn of Man. There is no definitive proof of whether or not we have evolved from monkeys, dolphins or from some involvement with an advanced alien civilization. It seems that we follow the myth of spiritual naturalism until Man arrives, which is when we decide to take over the world and use it all for ourselves in the name of God or for our own excessive well-being.

    Humanity needs a drastic change. One absent from the detrimental Creationist and Marxist myths, but one in which humans realize that life is meaningful and completely connected. A world where everyone can reach their full potential, free from social and monetary limitations. Unfortunately, this is not where I see our world going. The closest political ideology, in my opinion, that would fit this worldview would be Libertarian. People are completely free to do what they want without any social limitations so long as they are not intruding on the lives of others, i.e., murder. And just as nature is complex, so is the free market in which conservation is key for long-term survival; spending and using as little as possible is the best way to achieve the best results. Georgism, the idea that you own what you create but cannot own land, is a complex system, but one in which I think humans can most easily restore the Earth and break free from any currents limitations to maximize human potential and production of efficient and useful technology.

    So how do we get there? We can see all around us the mystical or spiritual nature of the Universe. It is in the very structure of atoms, molecules, organisms, the planets and we are slowly finding it in modern physics and even within ourselves. The golden ratio, Fibonacci sequence, sacred geometry and fractal-like patterns are found in all life. Just recently scientists have found that the golden ratio in the quantum realm! It is the idea of an all-pervading, universal force or law that basically governs how certain (possibly all) organisms — even inanimate objects — behave, grow and even evolve. It's how a caterpillar just knows to start building a chrysalis, how bees somehow know how to communicate with each other through intricate dances, how salmon know how to get back to their birth place so they can lay eggs there, how so many flowers and plants develop in accordance to the Fibonacci sequence and the golden ratio, how crystals form into the geometric shapes that are the same basic shapes of almost every molecule in the human body and it is what makes the spiral pattern of a sunflower the same spiral pattern of a fly's eye. Science shows that the Universe is expanding, therefore it must have been smaller at some point. There must have been a time when the entire Universe was the size of a pinhead. If everything came out from a single point, then the conditions that that point was subjected to, the conditions that allowed it to exist, must permeate throughout our current Universe. If everything is infinite, outwards and inwards, forward and backward, this force must be everywhere and in everything. The fact that it does exist, must mean that there is some reason for it to exist.

    So why do these patterns exist? Where do they come from? They are a part of an inherent method found throughout the Universe that exists to keep the Universe in harmony. It is efficiency at its best. Now this is when we look back to the Type 2 religions and find something oddly similar. They speak of a right path to follow. A path that leads to perpetual happiness, no matter what happens outside of the individual. With this state of mind, anything is possible. It is the human in his most efficient state of being. In Taoism, the phrase wu wei roughly translates to "doing not-doing." In other words, be natural, do things without trying, live in this perfect state and every obstacle will cease to be a hinderance. This natural force governing the Universe is the force we as humans must live by as well. Finding it and knowing it through personal experience is the key to optimal success in life.

    He who knows much about others may be learned, but he who understands is more intelligent. He who controls others may be powerful, but he
    who mastered himself is mightier still. (Tao Te Ching)

    There was something formless and perfect
    before the universe was born. It is serene. Empty.
    Solitary. Unchanging.
    Infinite. Eternally present.
    It is the mother of the universe.
    For lack of a better name,
    I call it the Tao. (Tao Te Ching)
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    At the end of every school semester our teachers ask us to fill in a teacher/course evaluation. I was so inclined to write more than what was optional and will be handing the following in anonymously sometime this week. I thought it would be a good idea to share it here to at least gain some criticism. And to give you a better idea of it all, the course is called "Environmental Policy," and I am an Environmental Science and Geography major.


    Dr. Rodrigues, overall I enjoyed your class. The topics discussed were, for the most part, relevant and interesting. I also underestimated the value of the student lead discussions, which I thoroughly enjoyed. They clearly contributed to everyone's knowledge and played an important step in a young adult's career.

    But there was something that was missing from class all semester long, something so incredibly relevant, and, by far, one of the most significant, global and all-encompassing topics in the scientific, political and economic world: CLIMATE CHANGE. This topic, most frequently if not always, was referred to as "global warming". The idea of anthropomorphic climate change is not proven and therefore should not be taught as so. This is a problem also prevalent in other departmental courses. In doing so, teachers are not only undermining themselves but the students they teach and the very reason why they became teachers: to educate and help young minds learn to develop on their own.

    The "evidence" for global warming is hardly sufficient to institute worldwide regulations on people and their lives, not to mention the billions of taxpayers' dollars needed to support such a fantastical delusion. It is downright irresponsible. For billions of years the Earth and the rest of our solar system has been shaped by the Sun. It took nearly 1.5 billion years for our atmosphere to be filled with oxygen. To think that humans in a matter of 200 years changed atmospheric chemical composition, reversing the global climate patterns, of such an unfathomable length of time is arrogant and disrespectful to the very Nature we strive to protect. It is out of this respect and human potential that we should help the environment (that includes us humans!) by promoting cheaper, cleaner, alternative resources and high efficiency.

    There are over 31,000 scientists, about 9,000 of whom have PhDs in related science fields, that do not support the idea of global warming; many more are coming out as they are sick and tired of the fear imposed on them. More importantly, the recent scandal at the University of East Anglia has completely compromised any "effort to combat global warming". The fact that the original data no longer exists, and in the end was even possibly manipulated and suppressed, completely compromises everything, for that's what the IPCC based much of their conclusions off of. NASA, as well, is to blame for their refusal to release climate data and their repeated alterations of past data.

    Man-made global warming is not a fact and therefore only a general consensus. Science is based on facts, not opinions. Consensuses are for politicians who should play NO part in the scientific community. Those that do, do so out of lust for power and money, unfortunately recruiting many scientists for their cause along the way. It's also unfortunate for the biases within the media community, which is largely driven by money and self-interested bureaucrats.

    I implore all teachers to make an informed decision about what they tell students, solely for the sake of the students of today because we are the ones that are going to be changing the world tomorrow.

    The greatest scientists in history are the ones that broke the consensus... I look forward to being one of them someday.

    This in no way expresses my personal feelings about you or anyone else. It is what it is: me showing a great concern for the future of humanity, freedom and the world.
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    It's a great feeling knowing that you can still surprise yourself. I recently made a comment where I said something that I don't necessarily regret, but something that remains in my shadow of uncertainty. I don't write too often but when I do it's usually a constant flow of ideas, only stopping to try to say something ever so eloquently about something so vague. I find that in this stream of thought of directing my consciousness into a sort of singularity, resulting in an outpour of wild ideas, that I surprise myself.

    These "ideas" aren't really mine but all of ours. It's because of my self-association with Space Collective that they ever came about. Actually, it's because of something that happened months ago, even years ago, that any of this ever happened. How remarkable! This hyperconnectedness between all of us has really churned up the Wholy Soul within me. These changes are so amazing that I just wish to share them with everyone so we can all fall in love with this brilliant game that is existence!

    But that's where the problem lies. How can we share this…feeling? I can try to explain it, but most of the time jumble comes out, and when I show someone an assortment of Space Collective posts they seem to barely leave a mark.
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    Creating both environmental and technological awareness in our postmodern world is absolutely necessary to ensure the survival of humans on Earth, yet this task is clearly one of the most difficult that we have faced in history. It is obvious that humans and all aspects of nature are affecting each other at an increasing rate. And in the end, it comes down to the struggle between human free will and the natural order that has ruled over Earth since the formation of the planet, and only by finding a way to establish a balance between our growth and the environment, will our future be guaranteed. We must realize that as long as the human race is barreling down its current path, corrupting and demoralizing the natural world and even our fellow man, we take a step closer to an untimely doom.

    On one hand there are people that see little or no need to curb human activities, actually desiring more of the aggressive takeover of the world, including the minds of the people; and on the other hand there are some so backward in their visions, that they believe humans need to revert all ideas, beliefs and habits of civilization back to an almost prehistoric state of harmony with nature. The solution to our problems lie in the lesser of both extremes, a middle way, that promotes human advancement while halting environmental degradation. Since every person affects the environment in someway, it is necessary to educate and provide individual people with sufficient and correct knowledge so that they can do their part and spread the word. This bottom-up approach is the only means to a positive end. For example, if everyone understood the inefficiency and harmful effects of the coal industry, then more people would turn to renewable resources, thereby reducing dependence on coal and eventually ridding it from our current energy system.

    The duality of our societies and governments of our developed world is one of the main factors preventing a solution. Our leaders from the past several decades have increased the size of our governments, among other things, making the everyday citizen feel a little more left out and undervalued. This has led to apathy and ignorance among the general populace. It is necessary for everyone to realize that protecting and ensuring the future is an individual duty, and only through awakening will we be able to reach humanity's fullest, most beautiful and extraordinary potential. In seeing the Truth that resides in everyone of us, we will be able to reach the Infinite. If we can find a means to express the Truth so that it becomes blatantly apparent, then there is little need for regulations on human free will. The tremendous individual power that will result, will lead to unhindered productivity along an environmentally-sound and technology-driven path.

    I think that we should have free energy by now— why can't we tap into Earth's natural electromagnetic field?—, but do to little investment into appropriate concepts and opposition by those benefiting from our current energy solutions, our world continues on a path of greed, warmongering and ignorance, lacking any real competition and efficiency. It is obvious that those with an exorbitant amount of money and power seek to obtain even more (save those that are investing into the well being of humanity and all life), otherwise they wouldn't be those greedy individuals that are running our world behind the scenes, promoting mind-controlling fear.

    Their time is up.

    Our postmodern generations are realizing the important tasks at hand, and it is undoubtedly up to us to adapt to the consequences that spawned from the actions before our time. Only in adapting will we be able to survive. But this process of adapting is unlike any other that has ever pervaded life. Humans are already altering their very minds and bodies with various forms of technology. It is because of this fact, this new branch of evolution, that light has been shed on why humanity, and Earth, are nestled into the current state of affairs. I cannot, nor want to, imagine the horrid implications of what is to become if the current system of worldwide governmental and corporate affairs continue as they do today. How far can we really expand this imbalance between people, wealth, health, etc? I may sound pessimistic by prophesizing ultimate doom, but I am acting, knowing and thinking only with optimism, for I believe what must be done has already happened.

    Evolving and adapting into a new "system" is continually occurring, but each passing day presents new opportunities to jump start individual evolution, thereby increasing the evolution of those people in your lives. I look at my fellow minds and hearts on Space Collective and wonder, what makes us so different in how, why and what we think from the seemingly typical self-loathing person.

    How can we promote awareness and the Truth to those that seek outside to find what's really inside?

    *Picture by Alex Grey
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