10.7.18

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“…Young chameleon, I used to
Ask how on Earth one got sufficiently
Imbued with otherness. And now I see.”
–James Merrill, “The Book Of Ephraim”

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The way that I see it, society got so hung up on the idea of evolution per Darwin—*physical* evolution—that the idea of the evolution of the spiritual kind of got lost.

And so here we are, humanity at war—people unable to see eye-to-eye, unable to communicate, wanting and valuing completely different things. Why are we so “divided”? Is it completely the media’s fault? Politicians? Some sort of larger Conspiracy?

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I would submit to you: part of it is about being at different levels of evolution, and it can only be changed so much.

The human is a mix of animal-body and Spirit. The human itself is already “at war” internally. As above so below; the human as microcosm of the society.

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The animal-body has a consciousness, has goals…these are *deeply* based in the furtherance of one’s DNA. And so: deeply survival- and procreation-based.

The Spirit sees the bigger picture, is eternal, exists on a plane beyond opposites. The Spirit can feel the sublime empathy for another, even if it flies in the face of DNA-furtherance goals; this is in complete contradiction to what the animal-body desires. And so this continual struggle internally, between Body and Spirit, this balancing act. And for some people, it leans more one way or the other; and for many people, I daresay most people, it constantly fluctuates in a gray area.

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But animal-body can’t deal with Gray Area. It needs clearly-delineated binary opposites: friend or enemy, safe/danger, good/bad. This is a carryover from the primal days of the animal body, even before our species; quick decisions had to be made, in the wild, in order to survive.

The ability/inability to parse the “in between” between extreme opposites…this is an evolutionary factor that varies within our society.

To parse the “in between” takes critical thinking. Critical thinking—another evolutionary trait.

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The tendency now is to break into two highly diametrically-opposed “camps” of ideological/political thought. It is a “war.” Nobody, the reasoning goes, can take the luxury of critical thinking in a war. Everything has to be friend/enemy, safe/danger, good/bad.

And so now we are back at animal-body goals; even if we considered ourselves Evolved and didn’t mean to.

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Is this really footage of Jim Carrey attending a Terence McKenna lecture?!

(no.)

Is Elon Musk **really** an alien???

(no.)
(I’m not sure.)

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Have a good Sunday.