Saturday, July 9, 2016

Law Enforcement: A Plague to Civilized Society

Divide and conquer being the most potent weapon in the establishment's arsenal, before I get started I want to draw a clear distinction between the ego identities human beings often associate themselves with, which are illusory, and the actual human individual, which is real. Human beings are real; our ego identities are not. So when we identify as a particular “race” – Caucasian, Asian, African, etc – or religion – Christian, Jewish, Muslim, etc – etc, these are mental abstractions that have no concrete reality. They are stories we tell ourselves that we think define us. So although I begin with the declaration, there is no such thing as a good cop, it should be kept in mind, especially if that statement offends you, that “police” is a mental abstraction, an ego identity that mustn't necessarily define the individual.

We all know of the old adage, the road to hell is paved with good intentions. Even the greatest crimes ever committed were carried out with what the perpetrators believes were good intentions, for “the greater good.” As a voluntaryist, I almost necessarily have to believe in the inherent goodness of the individual. However, alas, otherwise good people very often believe and act in ways that are not good, not moral, and do not even realize it. So when I say, “There are no good cops,” as I will begin to explain now, “police” is not what an individual is; it's a learned behavior that can be unlearned and redeemed. 

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

The Tao of Anarchy: Love, Freedom, Responsibility

Spend enough time on social media outlets and you’ll hear as much talk about awareness and spirituality as you like. I have learned long ago that it is not my job, if I were even capable – I am not – to judge anyone or their points of view as being truly aware, truly spiritual, or not. I have enough to deal with concerning my own ego to worry about what you are doing for your own awakening.

One of the most common memes among those who fashion themselves as aware is the idea of personal responsibility. Though the words are seldom used, the themes are similar. You must be the change you wish to see in the world. You yourself are the teacher and the pupil; you are the Master; you are the guru; you are the leader; you are everything! You have to be a Light unto yourself. You have to seek and search within your own being, because it is already there at the very Core. If you dive deep you will find it. You will have to learn how to dive within yourself, not in the scriptures, but within your own existence. I could go on forever.

If you’re familiar with the teachings of Krishnamurti, you may have heard him describe two modes of understanding: intellectual and actual. I am often reminded of this when I observe the words of many who fashion themselves enlightened, awake, aware.

There is great evil in the world. Few can deny the world is a ruinous, grotesque charade laughingly called “civilization”. I would like to point out some of the glaring contradictions in what we often see as solutions to this problem. For if we understand the concept of personal responsibility, not just intellectually but actually, it becomes clear that we are barking up the wrong tree in working towards a solution.