Every child undergoes aversion training against peace. As a result, we adults deny world peace by refusing to sort our info politics into their weapons and peace components.
I cut short correspondence with a so-called "progressive" who concluded, quite pleased with himself, that there wouldn’t be World Peace for at least forty years: the time it would take to eliminate his responsibility for it, since by then he would be retired or gone. According to him, people are just not ready for it; they’re not blessed with the superior morality he felt himself endowed with…
Out of pity, I won’t finger him. I never was any good at names—good riddance! After all, his is a general malpractice, not an exceptional one. In most cases of institutional evil, the responsible party is never pointed out for fear of reprisal from him or his supporters. The moment the weak come to harm, Learners should call out those responsible, regardless of consequences, as long as the weak remain shielded.
In a PeaceWorld Agora, much more elegant than our lash-up politics on WeaponWorld, those responsible for human suffering otherwise avoidable would be stripped of power. Guilt and regret for one’s misdeeds would become major deterrents—no matter what the cost in the meantime. The current practice of disguising moral failure in anonymity would be forbidden, as much during trivial arguments on the Internet as during serious institutional misdeeds.
For example, the 2006 murder of Anna Politkovskaya, the daring journalist who served as a 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 heroes have been murdered in Russia, most of them without serious investigation or follow-up arrest.
Nadezhda Chaikova, correspondent, kidnapped and shot in Chechnya, 1996
Galina Starovoitova, 1998
Igor Domnikov, 2000
Sergei Yushenkov, 2003
Yury Shchekochikhin, 2003
Paul Klebnikov, 2004
Alexander Litvinenko, 2006
Ivan Safronov, 2007
Magomed Yvloyev, 2009
Vyachsla Yaroshenko, 2009
Stanislav Markelov, 2009
Anastasia Babourova, 2009
Natalia Estemirova, 2009
Serguei Magnitsky, (beaten to death in police custody), 2009
Edouard Tchouvachov, 2010
Rouslan Akhtakhanov, 2011
Gazbek Guekkiiev, 2012
Alexander Perepilichnyy, 2012
Mikhail Beketov (beaten into a coma and multiple amputations, 2008), 2013
Boris Berezovsky, 2013
Boris Nemtsov, 2015
Vladimir Kara-Murza (poisoned twice, comatose), 2015
Pavel Cheremet, 2016
Denis Voronenkov, 2017
Nikolai Andrushchevko, 2017
Many more state-sponsored assassinations have gone unreported by the Western Press (54 journalists from 1992 to 2013). Russia won’t recover its slava (glory) until it starts shielding their replacements with as much forethought as the impulsiveness with which it has sacrificed those listed above, as well as many more of them martyrised nameless.
It would be unthinkable for legitimate leaders to waste those national treasures and terrorize their replacements. On PeaceWorld, such a disgrace would get these office holders ejected without appeal. Yet on WeaponWorld, they thrive from inconceivable transgressions: another outcome of institutional stupidity. They are not alone, quite the contrary. Almost every head of state on WeaponWorld would lose a war crimes trial before the World Court.
Compared with most people I've reached out to, this guy was rather optimistic about the prospect of world peace. This planet’s sad burden of weapon stalwarts sorts itself out as follows: an overwhelming majority that believes world peace is impossible, worthless and evil; and a handful that suspects 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 a copout for him, babbling his platitudes! Needless to say, he wouldn’t lift a finger to help me in the meantime.
Take your time, Bubba: be it for the next forty years or the last five thousand, your results always wind up the same. Weapon mentality prevails over you and your progressive hopes because you haven’t stepped forward to champion the cause of peace, despite all your fine talk.
World peace will break out, one way or another. Either our collective military insanity will kill almost everyone off and the few survivors will default to peace, or Learners will rally and bring it about by design, voluntarily and soon.
Reactionaries won’t touch this topic because it betrays the primary motivator for themselves and others: fear. Trendy progressives, equally fear-struck, dismiss this topic as already talked to death and thus neatly support the reactionaries, despite all their fine talk to the contrary.
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 mighty forces; their actions, statements 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 prescribed the greatest common good for all: the basis of government legitimacy. Everyone could restrain their personal will (less liberty), yet still come out ahead in the long run (more freedom), since that is what the general will does best.
Western philosophers assert that it grows from the bottom up: from individuals to the pinnacles of government sovereignty. The Chinese and their oriental disciples discuss 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 personal depths.
Each was considered mandatory for good governance by its supporters. I suspect they are basically identical. Cosmic law, government authority and individual freedom: all three would operate best on frequencies in optimal harmony with each other. Upset this optimal resonance at any level 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. They’ve already done so in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (no taxes, no government, no law except at gunpoint: a set in motion by corporate greed). Without the Mandate of Heaven, mass rebellion becomes mandatory as climate chaos and famine spin out of control. We are passively waiting for this fate to befall the world
The government serves as the central tuning fork of this harmonic sum total.
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 those in the future. Meanwhile, each conscious mind bears a careful assortment of current thought. Or receives and converts it like a fine-tuned antenna?
Might some psychotics have their antennae fine-tuned to frequencies slightly different from normal people’s? Could this be the reason primal societies did not marginalize them the way we do today (through homelessness or prison institutionalization), but valued them and held them near? Because they were tuned to alien FM transmitting stations, instead of AM reactionary talk shows that pulsate like sore teeth everywhere in the USA? Could their outlandish signals have turned out to be handy in a pinch?
Where do these ideas come from? I submit that they emanate from the collective superconscience.
The collective unconscious would be more like a storage battery: transitory and mutable, subject to the limitations of current thought and human geography. Whereas the collective superconscience would act more like a fluid (a magneto-hydrodynamic plasma?) circuit board that operates in parallel with human communities, diagramming the flow, accumulation and dispersal of their currents—burning out certain circuits and allowing other ones to propagate in size and complexity.
Let’s hope our few peaceful circuits multiply and intertwine luxuriantly while many weapons circuits short out without effect. I believe in miracles under the watchful eye 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 between these lines, and organized warfare, once central, could fall outside of them.
Noam Chomsky proposed a Universal Grammar: that we are somehow hard-wired with language skills. Jung likewise spoke of racial memory: the ability of a people to retain facets of its past. Hinduism and other religions mention akasha: a universal etheric field that imprints a record of every past event and permits predictions of the future, 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 forgotten what little it knew about them in the past. Future Learners will study them in depth. There is a fantastic potential here for scientific breakthroughs that could eclipse our discoveries up to now: vaccines for our cultural complaints and shortcuts through our technological labyrinths.
Other researchers have studied morphic fields that bathe living tissue in auras rather like those captured by Kirlian photography. Morphic fields may explain the peculiar way germ plasma achieves unlikely symmetry and blueprint speciation.
During billions of years, chemical reactions frothed up from a primordial soup of organic molecules shot through with lightning bolts. From this shocked broth emerged entities more and more complex until, eons later, 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. Another evoked a succession of tornados that would sweep across a vast junkyard and assemble a jumbo jet.
In the absence of these morphic fields, the dominant life form on Earth might have been a fifteen-foot (so sunlight could shine through it) layer of translucent slime wrapped around the globe. This layer might not have left a trace after its disappearance from Earth. It might have thrived for eons (intermittently or continuously) without our noticing it.
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 shared codes and shifting patterns of assembly distinguish every Self from every Other. Some unknown field casts a cloak over every organism―keeps it alive, whole and distinct from the rest of the world, yet attaches it to the world in profound ways. We and they alike.
The greatest Jewish Learner of the Kabbala was 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 honorific for Jews deceased, also known as Ari Ha-Kadosh ("Ari the Holy"). I name him so thoroughly for two reasons: 1) to honor his humble genius; and 2) so that search engines guide those interested in him to this text.
Translating Luria into simplistic terms on behalf of Learners and my limited understanding: he posited the principle that God created the Universe by making room for it outside of His Perfection; somewhat the way a man might inhale sharply to make way for someone passing him along a narrow passageway.
According to him, the shock of this transition induced the worldly dichotomy between good and evil. The Divine Light that had formerly filled all things, flowed from the eyes, nose and mouth of Adam: a Light so bright the material world could not cope with it. 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 suffered it remained Good.
I suppose that the conflict between good and evil is a fission-fusion reactor that splits God into good and evil sub-particles and then back again every Planck second. This vibration energizes the material Universe and the DNA of life perched within it. Without good and evil, no power from their conflict and absolute zero everywhere. Which might be the point of the exercise?
According to him, whenever a human being obeys a commandment of God, he “repairs the world” and raises another spark from the depths of evil to the height of good. Hebrew ritual life is intended to raise the most 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; he bears a Holy Spark upwards to the Light, despite the cascade of downward ones showering on him and his burden. And God has a cosmic need for humanity to restore His Holy Order.
What does that 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;” which includes, among its subsets, “Thou shalt not kill.” This governs every religious law we know―whether upheld by an honest Pagan, Kantian, agnostic or atheist. It 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 diverse plants, animals and members of other kingdoms—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, these devas, more and more abused by humanity, 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 framework of mutual understanding and cooperation, the same one we’ve spent the last few thousand years ripping out to compensate for our monstrous sickness of spirit.
This provided we reciprocated with love. In this context, love means pragmatic care, empathy and forethought at which our species excels; not the insipid sentimentality, reductive positivism and dogmatic hypocrisy we’ve grown accustomed to mistake for the real McCoy.
Forswearing the devil’s bargain of near-term abuse and long-term annihilation, Learner and deva mutualists could re-establish their partnership. Let’s assume we chose to 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 industrialized, double blind fumblings, they will merely spawn deadlier weapon technologies with “unavoidable” disasters as their fallout.
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 kind of puzzle before the public gets to see it. Unpublished control puzzles are no simpler or harder to solve over time.
Or just recall the four-minute mile: a routine accomplishment during the Olympiads these days, though once thought impossible.
I am pretty sure the writing of this text (especially in French) became less horrifically difficult for me – indirectly – as strangers read it and cringed at my many errors even though they never told me about them (my mother foremost, no doubt). I am fairly certain 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 peace with the same intensity. Willing co-conspirators with WeaponWorld, we’ve bleached the term “world peace” of its emotive power, let weapon mentors cheapen it into a punch line of a stale joke. From now on, we should turn warfare into a sick joke 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 blood’s albumin and turn passive crowds into angry mobs. There is no escaping their effect except sixty feet or deeper underground.
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 ones that have so far gone unregistered. This varying mix and quantum flux of space-time and beyond reaches down through the magnetic and atmospheric shielding of our planet, and produces subtle effects on our thinking and behavior.
For five thousand years, astrologers have barely scratched the surface of those effects. For the last three hundred, astrophysicists have not even bothered to notice them.
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., that were only discovered after his death. A hero’s project, worth dying for, even if left unfulfilled. Likewise, Johann Kepler and a string 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. Learners will access it as soon as they devote enough time and scientific attention to it.
Just as genetic adaptation and human mythology sway to unfelt breezes, so I believe we interact with ethical fields that surround us, even (especially!) when we refuse to notice them. These fields often corrupt entire peoples, tempt elites into perilous self-indulgence and terrorize those few who choose to resist them.
This kind of horror arose like a Golem in Assyria, Nazi Germany, Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia, Sri Lanka, Syria and around the site of your neighborhood mass grave (you’d be surprised how close to your home the nearest buried massacre lies). Monstrous misdeeds – unthinkable under other circumstances – became the norm. At other times, public compassion and grace propelled entire nations to new 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 bloodthirsty kind: enough to kill or sicken everyone involved, except for psychopaths immunized against their own toxicity.
Then again, we could kill off a hundred times more people than died during WWII (sic), and still be left with billions of starving, glow-in-the-dark survivors with no valid infrastructure left to sustain them, except that buried underground beforehand by psychopathic Hitler wannabes.
But then again, we could become Learners by reading and then mass-marketing this book.
These are palpable trends of the collective superconscience. We have chosen to let invisible forces stampede us where they will, and declared them nonexistent by popular consent. If we were slightly wiser, we could search them out fearlessly, cultivate the most useful ones and redirect the worst along less toxic axes. The study of this topic is just resuming under the title Noetics. See Rupert Sheldrake, above and elsewhere.
This text invokes PeaceWorld: the antithesis of WeaponWorld’s compulsive trial-and-recurring-error. We find ourselves trapped in the morphic resonance of post-industrial warfare, redundant and perfectly replaceable on PeaceWorld. We should think of PeaceWorld as a planetary theme park carefully crafted to enchant its active architects as much as its passive clients, leaving no-one out in the cold against their will.
Let me repeat: that remains up to us.