“Prometheus Rising” And The 8-Circuit Model Of Consciousness

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“We are all giants, raised by pygmies, who have learned to walk with a perpetual mental crouch. Unleashing our full stature—our total brain power—is what this book is all about.”
—Robert Anton Wilson

I ran into Prometheus Rising and its author Robert Anton Wilson during a time in my life when I was trying to figure out why some people were assholes to other people. In my naïveté, I sought “granular” reasons for humanity’s inhumanity to others, training my magnifying glass on specific ideological and political issues. But these explanations were unsatisfying—and ultimately led down relativistic and semantic rabbit-holes.

There had to be a more basic reason. And there was.

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The Ego Is Not “The Enemy”

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I have just finished reading Eckhart Tolle’s The Power Of Now and A New Earth over the winter break—and while I got a lot out of these books, there is one point I wanted to touch upon and clarify. And that’s about The Ego.

The Ego is not The Enemy. Treating one’s Ego as something highly extraneous to oneself—and, indeed, as something pretty close to evil—is not the way to go about things. In fact, in my opinion it will only make things worse.

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You Are A Work In Progress

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“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it’s not the same river and he’s not the same man.”
—Heraclitus

Have you ever felt you needed “permission” to change some aspect of yourself? Have you ever felt like you had to present a thorough “rationale” to do so? That you might “disappoint” friends, family, and so on if you moved on from this or changed into that?

That’s a normal feeling. And, to be frank, it is also normal for some people you know to possibly express a number of negative or confused reactions to said change. Humans are creatures of habit—some more than others.

But it is also 100% normal and inevitable that you WILL change over the course of your life, whether you make a conscious plan regarding it or not.

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Talk Less, Smile More: The Pros And Cons Of Being Yourself

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Talk less, smile more.
—Aaron Burr (allegedly)

You’ve heard it over and over again: “Be yourself.”

But according to this op-ed by Adam Grant for The New York Times, this might not be the best advice in the world. Or rather: not the most specific.

Grant writes:

If I can be authentic for a moment: Nobody wants to see your true self. We all have thoughts and feelings that we believe are fundamental to our lives, but that are better left unspoken.

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