Every child is subjected to aversion training against peace. As a result, we grownups refuse to sort our information politics into their weapons and peace components, nor accept world peace.
I cut short correspondence with a so-called "progressive" who concluded, quite pleased with himself, that World Peace wouldn’t happen for at least forty years: the time it would take to eliminate his responsibility for it, since by then he would be retired or dead. According to him, people are just not ready for it; they’re not blessed with the superior morality he is obviously endowed with…
I won’t name him, out of pity. After all, his was a general malpractice, not an exceptional one. In most cases these days, the responsible party is not named for fear of his reprisal or that of his supporters. The moment the weak came to harm, Learners should call out those responsible, regardless of consequences, as long as the weak were shielded.
In a PeaceWorld Agora much more elegant than our corresponding lashup on WeaponWorld, those whose policies were responsible for human suffering otherwise avoidable would be stripped of power. Guilt and regret for one’s misdeeds would become a major preventive measure—no matter what that might cost in the meantime. The current practice of disguising one’s failures in anonymity would be forbidden, as much on the Internet as during institutional misdeeds.
For example, the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the brave journalist who served as steadfast conscience for the Russian State – whatever the cost – should be laid at the feet of Vladimir Putin whose birthday was the day of her murder, and of his murderous crony, Ramzan Kadyrov, head of the Russian Chechen State.
The following human rights workers, poets journalists, lawyers and judges have been murdered in Russia, most without serious investigation or follow-up arrest.
· Nadezhda Chaikova, 1996
· Galina Starovoitova, 1998
· Igor Domnikov, 2000
· Yury Shchekochikhin, 2003
· Paul Klebnikov, 2004
· Ivan Safronov, 2007
· Magomed Yvloyev, 2009
· Vyachsla Yaroshenko, 2009
· Stanislav Markelov, 2009
· Anastasia Babourova, 2009
· Natalia Estemirova, 2009
· Serguei Magnitsky, 2009
· Edouard Tchouvachov, 2010
· Rouslan Akhtakhanov, 2011
· Gazbek Guekkiiev, 2012
· Mikhail Beketov (beaten into a coma and multiple amputations, 2008), 2013
Many more state-sponsored assassinations have gone unreported by the Western Press (54 journalists since 1992). Russia won’t recover its slava (glory) until it starts protecting their replacements with as much deliberation as it sacrificed impulsively those listed above.
Wasting those national treasures and terrorizing their replacements by criminal acts would be unthinkable for legitimate leaders of these states. On PeaceWorld, this disgrace would have ejected them from office without appeal. Yet on WeaponWorld, those people thrive from their inconceivable transgressions. They are not alone on WeaponWorld, on the contrary. Almost every current ruler on WeaponWorld would lose his war crimes trial before the World Court.
Compared with most people I've reached out to, this guy was pretty optimistic about the prospect of world peace. Here is how this planet’s sad burden of weapon stalwarts sorts itself: an overwhelming majority that asserts that world peace is impossible, worthless and evil; and a handful that maintains it might be worthwhile, but quite unlikely in the near future when they would be personally responsible for it. Let someone else do the heavy lifting!
How convenient for him, babbling his platitudes! Needless to say, he wouldn’t lift a finger to help me in the meantime. Neither he nor his cohort of ‘progressives’ good for nothing but wringing their hands and whining about how nasty people and current events are.
Take your time, Bubba: be it for the next forty years or the last five thousand; your results have always been the same. Weapon mentality has always prevailed over you and your progressive hopes, because you never stepped forward to champion the cause of peace, despite all your fine talk.
World peace may break out, one way or another. Either our military insanity will kill most of us off and a few survivors will default to peace, or Learners will rally and make it happen : by design, voluntarily and soon.
Reactionaries won’t touch this topic because it betrays their primary motive and motivator of others: fear. Trendy progressives (equally fear struck) dismiss this topic as talked to death and thus neatly support the reactionaries—despite all their fine talk.
This text reviews the mentalities of weapons and peace as if they were discrete, coherent and self-willed entities (memeplexes). Their schemes compete, grow strong or weak over time and influence mass thought. Peace and weapon mentors are spokespeople for invisible but powerful forces. Their actions, words and beliefs are constructive and destructive reflections of the collective superconscience. A few more thought-constructs may help us clarify this concept.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau spoke of the general will, which prescribes the greatest common good for all: the sole source of government legitimacy. Under the general will, everyone could restrict their personal will yet still come out ahead in the long run, since that is what it does best.
As far as Western philosophers are concerned, it grows from the bottom up: from individuals to the heights of government sovereignty. The Chinese and their oriental disciples talk about a “Mandate of Heaven” prescribed by Confucius (Kong Fuzi, K'ung-fu-tzu), which alone renders legitimacy to government by virtue of its ritual harmony with cosmic law. It grows from the top down to individual depths.
Each is considered mandatory, by its supporters, for good governance. I suspect they are basically identical. Cosmic law, government authority and individual freedom: all three would have optimal frequencies that harmonized best with the others. Detune this optimal resonance at any of its three levels, and suffer disaster as the system shakes itself apart. Without the general will, we would sink into chaos; without government power, things would fall apart like in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (no taxes, no government, no law except at gunpoint: a Republican Paradise); without the Mandate of Heaven, mass rebellion would become mandatory.
The government must be the central tuning fork of this harmonic system.
Carl Gustav Jung talked about the collective unconscious from which spring strangely consistent archetypes and synchronous phenomena. Every culture commemorates those spooky super-coincidences. Jung said the collective unconscious contains the sum of every forgotten thought and all of those in the future. Meanwhile, each conscious mind bears a careful assortment of current thought. Or receives and converts it like a finely tuned antenna?
Might some psychotics have their antennae tuned to slightly different frequencies? Could this be why primal societies did not marginalize them, the way we do today, but valued them instead? Because they were tuned to alien FM stations instead of AM reactionary talk shows, and their outlandish output could turn out to be handy in a pinch?
Where do these ideas come from? I submit that the Collective Superconscience distributes them.
The collective unconscious would be more like a storage battery: transitory and mutable, subject to the limitations of human thought and geography. Whereas the collective superconscience would act more like a fluid (a magneto-hydrodynamic plasma?) circuit board that would operate in parallel with human communities, and diagram the flow, accumulation and dispersal of their currents—burning out certain circuits and allowing others to propagate in size and complexity.
Let’s hope our few peace circuits multiply and intertwine luxuriantly while our many weapons circuits short out without effect. I believe in miracles at the hands of our Loving God. The rest is up to us.
Emile Durkheim evoked the collective conscience as an intangible social framework from which criminal activities stray, rather like the out-of-bounds lines of a ball game. These transgressions (“How could he do that!”) reinforce normative rules most of us live by, that bind us more closely together.
World peace could crop up in this manner.
Noam Chomsky proposed a Universal Grammar: that we are all somehow hard-wired with language skills. Just don’t use this text as an example! Jung talked about racial memory: the ability of a people to retain facts about its past. Hinduism and other religions mention an akasha: a universal etheric field that imprints a record of past events, per The Oxford Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, Elizabeth Knowles, Ed., Oxford University Press, 2000, p. 17.
I’m just skimming these topics; humanity has barely scratched their surface and has forgotten what it knew about them in the past. Future Learners will study them in depth. There is a fantastic potential here. Scientific breakthroughs that could eclipse everything we’ve discovered up to now: vaccines for our cultural ailments and shortcuts across our technological labyrinths.
Other researchers have studied morphic fields that bathe living tissue in auras, rather like those captured by Kirlian photography. Morphic fields might explain the peculiar way germ plasm achieves unlikely symmetry and blueprint speciation.
During billions of years, chemical reactions frothed a primordial stew of organic molecules shot through with lightning bolts. From this shocked broth emerged entities more and more complex until, after eons, the sea bottom was littered with—player pianos! Imagine how much simpler this scenario would be, compared to the evolution of life. I can’t recall the author of this anecdote (J.B.S. Haldane?). His example involved IBM Selectric typewriters: splendid tools, soon to be forgotten. But this illustration fits in too well here to pass up—even without proper attribution.
Without these morphic fields, the dominant life form on Earth might have been a fifteen-foot layer (so sunlight could shine through it) of translucent slime wrapped around the globe. Such a layer might not have left a trace on Earth after its disappearance; and it might have lived for eons (intermittently or continuously) without our noticing.
Something else promotes a far richer, more mobile and adaptive diversity within a finite toolkit of inheritable traits. After all, slime mold and humans share the same four DNA nucleotides and 64 codons formed from them, whose shifting patterns and assembly codes distinguish every Self from every Other.
Some unknown field must cast a cloak over every organism―keep it alive, whole and distinct from the rest of the world, yet attach it and us to the world in profound ways.
The greatest Jewish Learner of the Kabbala was called Isaac Luria, (Yitzhak Lurya יִצְחַק לוּרְיָא, Yitzhak Ben Shlomo Ashkenazi, and Yitzhak Ashkenazi. He is also known as Ari אֲרִי and He-Ari ("The Lion") from the acronym for Ashkenazi Rabbi Itzhak ("The Ashekanic Rabbi Yitzhak"), thus Arizal with "ZaL" being the acronym for Zikhrono Livrakha ("of blessed memory" or literally "let the memory of him be for a blessing"), a common Jewish honorific for the deceased, and known as Ari Ha-Kadosh ("Ari the Holy"). I name him so completely for two reasons: 1) to honor his humble genius; and 2) so that search engines point those interested in him to this text.
Translating Luria in simplistic terms on behalf of Learners, he posited the principle that God created the Universe by making room for it outside of His Perfection; somewhat the way a man would inhale sharply to make room for someone passing him along a narrow corridor.
According to Luria, a shock took place during this transition, which induced the dichotomy between worldly good and evil. The Divine Light that had formerly filled all things, flowed from Adam’s eyes, nose and mouth: a Light the material world could not handle. Three upper vessels of the Universe cracked and seven lower ones shattered in a shower of Holy Sparks. Those elements that resisted this shattering became Evil, while those that took part remained Good.
I believe that the conflict between good and evil is a fusion reactor that energizes the material Universe and the DNA of life that’s perched within it. Without good nor evil, no power from their conflict, absolute zero everywhere. Which may be the point of the exercise?
According him, every time another human being obeys a commandment of God, he ‘repairs the world’ and raises another spark from the depths of evil to the heights of good. Jewish ritual life is intended to raise the utmost good, no matter how trivial the act of obedience. Correspondingly, any deviation from the commandment of God drops another Spark to lower levels. In this way, the practicing Jew carries out an existential struggle equivalent to the myth of Sisyphus, bearing Holy Sparks upwards to the Light despite a cascade of downward ones showering on him and his burden. And God has a cosmic need for humanity to restore His Holy Order.
What might this mean for the rest of us? That we should obey the commandments we understand best from any God of our choosing, to restore the Holy Sparks of God to their proper place. The foremost among them, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you;” including, among its subsets, “Thou shalt not kill;” and governing every religious law we know – whether upheld by an honest Pagan, Kantian, agnostic or atheist – would best be served by working hard for World Peace.
Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird, in Secrets of the Soil: New Age Solutions for Restoring our Planet, Harper Collins & Row, 1989, assert they’ve discovered devas. These devas have identified themselves as spirit architects of various plant, animal and other living communities—in other words, communicating forms of the morphic field we are talking about.
New-Age naturalists admit to having communicated with them at Findhorn and elsewhere. By their account, more and more abused by humanity, these devas have withdrawn to their last brambles of wilderness to await our mechanized self-destruction. Apparently, they would rather communicate with sensitive naturalists among us and rebuild a mutual framework of understanding and cooperation; the one we’ve spent the last few thousand years trying to rip out.
This, provided we reciprocated with love. Love, in this context, means pragmatic care, empathy and forethought at which our species excels; not the vapid sentimentality, reductive positivism and dogmatic hypocrisy we’ve been led to mistake for the real McCoy, these days.
Forswearing the devil’s bargain of near-term abuse and long-term annihilation, Learner and deva mutualists might strengthen their partnership. Let’s assume we chose to heed them and follow their best-practice advice. Peace technology could generate unheard-of abundance while avoiding transgenic catastrophes and unintended consequences. Otherwise, if Genetic Engineers persist with their double blind fumblings, they will merely spawn deadlier weapon technologies with ‘unavoidable’ disasters as their fallout. The omnicide that threatens to engulf us will become inevitable.
Rupert Sheldrake sails fearlessly beyond this thought horizon. In The Presence of the Past: Morphic Resonance & the Habits of Nature and A New Science of Life: the Hypothesis of Morphic Resonance he postulates the existence of morphic resonances. Among other things, they make it easier to do whatever has already been accomplished.
For example, randomly selected students find it easier to solve crossword puzzles the day after they have been published in newspapers and many other people have solved them. The same students take significantly longer to solve the same kinds of puzzles before the public gets to see them. Unpublished control puzzles are no simpler or harder to solve over time.
Or just recall the four-minute mile: a routine accomplishment among Olympic runners these days, though once thought impossible.
I am pretty sure the writing of this text (especially in French) became easier for me – indirectly – as strangers read through it and noticed my errors, even though they never told me about them. I am pretty sure that our delicate minds are bundled in mysterious and imperceptible assemblies.
In short, good habits become easier to accomplish after they’ve been practiced elsewhere—and bad ones, more difficult to abandon, the longer and more often they’d been indulged in.
Up ‘til now, humanity has practiced obsessive-compulsive warfare. From now on, we must practice an equivalent peace. Willing co-conspirators with WeaponWorld, we’ve bleached the term “world peace” of its emotive power, let weapon mentors cheapen it into the punch line of a stale joke. From now on, we should turn warfare into a topic of sick jokes and wage peace in deadly earnest.
As another example, periodic solar flares kindle auroras in polar skies; sometimes they fry electrical grids and satellites, curdle the albumin in our blood and turn passive crowds into angry mobs. There is no escape from their effect except sixty feet or more underground.
Collate the dates of solar flare maxima on Earth and mass outbreaks of violence; you may find their correspondence for yourself.
What appears to be the ‘undifferentiated vacuum of space’ through which our solar system drifts, is actually a pea soup fog of subatomic particles/wavicles precisely attuned to the minute disturbances of distant celestial emissions: electromagnetic, gravitational and no doubt more subtle emissions that haven’t been registered yet. This varying mix and quantum flux of space-time and beyond, reaches down through our protective atmosphere and planetary magnetic shielding, with crafty effects on our thoughts and behavior.
Five thousand years of astrologers have barely scratched the surface of those effects. For three hundred years, astrophysicists have not even bothered to notice them. Such intellectual sloth disguised as ‘scientific method!’
It was not for nothing that Newton burned out like a candle during the last few years of his life. He was trying to reformulate astrology into a rigorous mathematical science—minus half the planets, moons, asteroids, etc., undiscovered until after his death. A hero’s project worth dying for, even if left unfulfilled. Likewise, Johann Kepler and a succession of equivalent geniuses lost in the depths of time. This mathematical guideline would have eclipsed mere Newtonian physics and cubed the value of his legacy. It could become accessible to Learners the moment they devoted enough time and scientific attention to it.
Just as genetic adaptation and human myths sway to unfelt breezes, so I believe we interact with ethical fields that surround us, even (especially!) when we refuse to notice them. Often, these fields corrupt entire peoples, tempt elites into perilous self-indulgence and terrorize those few who choose to resist them.
This kind of horror took place in Assyria, Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda and around your neighborhood’s mass grave site (you’d be surprised how close by). Monstrous misdeeds – unthinkable under other circumstances – became the norm. At other times, public compassion and grace propelled entire nations to greater heights of social complexity.
We may be lucky and clever enough to witness a new wave of global enlightenment. God knows, we’ve witnessed a glut of the bloodier kind: enough to kill or sicken everyone involved.
These trends are visible effects of the collective superconscience. We have chosen to let these invisible forces stampede us where they will, and declared them nonexistent by popular agreement. If we were slightly smarter, we would search them out fearlessly, cultivate the most useful ones and redirect the worst along their least toxic axes. This topic is just beginning to be studied under the title Noetics. See Rupert Sheldrake, above and elsewhere.
Finally, this text invokes PeaceWorld: the antithesis of compulsive, trial-and-recurring-error WeaponWorld. We have trapped ourselves in the morphic resonances of post-industrial warfare, redundant and perfectly replaceable on PeaceWorld. We should think of this place as a planetary theme park carefully crafted to enchant its active architects as much as its passive occupants, with no-one left outside unwillingly.
I repeat: that is up to us.
LEARNERS: On the Move from WeaponWorld to PeaceWorld