Closed Belief Systems
I really like this meme.
Religionists have created it as an answer to the intended meaning of "Imagine no religion", all the while not comprehending that, just like religion, Communism and Fascism are totalistic, closed ideologies too (take a seat friend, you ain't one no point). Still though, I really like this meme. I like It because it reminds me that the fight I am waging isn't against religion in particular, but against all closed ideologies in whatever form they take, and ultimately, the hardwired human imperative that produces them.
Collective Self Delusion
I am not too much looking at the structural level of things (it is a repeat, a continuous loop). Nothing changes when we tinker with structure. We only shift power balances or create power voids, which are then only filled by a new orthodoxy, a new hierarchy and a new power. Ultimately though, its the same structure with new faces. Or it amounts to having lesions all over and we only have one bandaid and we just move the bandaid around and around, trying to stop whatever lesion is hemorrhaging most until we finally slowbleed to death. If there are any net gains, they are only temporary at best. I do understand the seduction of engineering at the structural level, for one
thing, you can actually see the appearance of "change" in your lifetime, but we have a time
imperative to consider now; we have weapons of mass destruction and ideologues that are prepared to use them. We don't have time to exclusively focus on structure anymore. Those days are gone (they've been gone for a while).
Sick Species Syndrome
No, rather than wasting more time toying with structure, my sights are set on you and me (shit gets personal). My battle (the awakening I'm looking for) is against the root cause of all
the structural madness. It is the human pathological mind (yours and mine) that is the architect of the superstructure and the structure will never change (has it yet?), if we don't start looking at and treating the actual disease:
the human species (us) and our hardwired imperatives. If we simply tear down or amend the structure without treating or even acknowledging the source, we are simply doomed to rebuild it again (haven't we always?) No amount of structural tweaking is going to remedy our shared psychologies and their collective need to manifest lethal structures. A psychological imperative will always find a way to manifest; it will always create a structural form for which to express the underlying need. And so what if a few places in the world become more secularized? The same underlying imperative will inevitably rear its ugly head and manifest in the political realm or whatever other realm available (hasn't it always?)
The End of Self Delusion
No, our focus in the 21st century has to get to the root of the problem. The only science of importance now, the only knowledge pursuit that will save us from ourselves, is Human Behavioral Psychology. We have to study ourselves as a species, objectively, like we would with any other species. We need a collective perceptual shift to thinking about our own thinking. We have to drop our vanities and conceits and see ourselves for what we really are and then we have to internalize that knowing, that information, so that we don't fall prey to our own hardwired behavior. Because its killing us every day and chances are it will eventually take us out entirely.
I know that I'm not so different from religionists; I know that the same imperatives that motivate them are operational in me as well. We are a pathological species (its okay, it is what it is), but we gotta get that, we gotta own that. It is far too late in the day to be putting forth false dichotomies. It is far too late in the day to be positioning ourselves against "them"; we gotta start (and I mean yesterday) positioning ourselves against "us". This is the consciousness raising that I am about; this is my message. Because the only activism that counts today is the activism that we wage against our selves, the activism that we wage against our own collective psychologies.
Photo Credit: Pawel Kuczynski