Religion and Politics

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By Mattrick Pathew Holb

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I am writing this in an attempt to convince others of the suicidal tendencies of western culture, and its imminent conclusion, which I believe may be the ultimate end of humanity on this planet, or its enslavement under global neo-feudalism, or the dark ages all over again. Some would say that humanity is inherently evil, and therefore deserves deletion from the family tree of evolution, especially by way of its own stupidity, with all of its misguided action, or that enslavement is just if the people are fool enough to accept it. Nonetheless, to any logical person it is an undesirable conclusion, which our present world order may be headed towards. I am writing this to also convince people that there is a solution or an alternative to this outcome, which they can choose to support. However, because the spiritual and political aspects of this topic are inseparable, I must explain both sides equally. The spiritual side is beyond religions, their institutions, dogmas, whatever, and resides in the holy moment, of which the western world cannot perceive without enlightenment. The political side is beyond politics, their institutions, dogmas, whatever, and resides in the economy of human potential, of which the western world cannot conceive of without enlightenment. The following cannot be backed by science, and doesn’t have to be, but might not be opinion either; the following conclusions are the result of objective observation: We are avatars, we are the cosmos looking back at itself as if into a mirror, all-that-we-are can be god experiencing its own creation with the simple recognition that it may be so. Simply ask yourself, what am I? The first answer to come to mind may be to say, “I am a human,” or “a person.” However, whatever answer one gives, the answer cannot be correct, because they will answer with words. Words are the map, and what you are is the territory. You are what you are, but aren’t what you think you are. In order to begin comprehending what you are, you must consider the history of the elements that grew to form life, and the process of that life form, through the tree of evolution, up to you, and your personal history simultaneously. This is difficult and therefore rarely comes up in philosophical discussion, and is mostly denied by western religious institutions. However, that it does not get talked about does not mean it is any less true. That being said, the only appropriate metaphor for the universe is a body. This body is a wonderland, fractal, meaning self-similar and complex in nature. The greater the distance from my immediate experience of body,
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the greater the complexity as if able to magnify to infinity—the possible distance, and every thing possible, I would say, is more than fractal in immensity and awesomeness; and in consideration, like energy, a living force—and so is the environments complexity: all the people out in the distance, animals and trees, and air; all the interactions and coincidences that happen; everything beyond me is magnified with time and distance, and I am beyond my self. That is the nothing we must all be conscious of. Imagine for a moment, that the human body can actually be considered a sophisticated gaming consol, as anything we create is either an extension of our being or a representation of ourselves, videogame consoles are a representation of our existence as gaming consoles. Like a videogame, our virtual existence is total—everything we experience is taking place in the brain, the so-called physical world we see is a representation of reality, like that of an interactive video representation of reality displayed on a television but more amazing by far. The human consol is ideal; it works as the players’ avatar, controller, and consol simultaneously, allowing the consol itself to interact, and the player to effortlessly enjoy the experience. This perspective, however strange, can be understood with historical backing and common sense. After all, that life is a game has been a common idiom for centuries, and whether it is acknowledged or not, that is the way life has been in operation for as long as it has existed, by its every species— unknowingly. The very will to live could be viewed as a condition for play. That being said, what is the point, where is the meaning to be found? The meaning may just be subjective or untraceable, but clues could lie in our own reasons for playing videogames etc. In fact, the reason could be as simple as entertainment, or as deep as self-fulfillment. Either way, the metaphor can teach us more than just meaning. Because the player, which is genderless, faceless, and timeless, creates meaning, meaning is relative. Heaven and hell exist here and now, depending upon the choices we make, and the perspectives we take. It is at this point that the political aspect of this alternative paradigm can be explained. Because life can be inherently precious, or inherently the scat of the universe, it is difficult to come to conclusions at all about what choices to make, or perspectives to take. However, if we desire to live, as most of us do, with prosperity, liberty, and happiness, then one must assume that life is a commodity—no matter how great its abundance—, which must be cultivated with delicate, conscious process. That process may be

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government, religion, philosophy, science, and business, or a combination of the five, and others that I haven’t thought of. Nevertheless, the system that we call society, unaware of itself and its processes of cultivation, could be considered blind, like a fetus that has yet to develop eyes. That being the case, how does a system like society develop sight to see itself? How does enlightenment come into being, so that a mind can observe itself objectively, and start to make changes in its habits and programming? The mind of society can be called culture. But like most other terms, culture is general, and has a generalizing affect on those who express it, and in order to really understand it, it must be seen. However, as provided preferences, culture manifests itself in persons in self-similar fashion to one another, through clothing and the like. But regardless of whatever culture may be in the person that expresses it, it is a reflection of how humanity sees itself. (When I use the phrase, “sees itself” I’m talking about how one experiences or interprets information.) (Character, in my opinion, is something that has yet to be deeply discovered and understood by human beings, which is why culture still exists as it does today; fads, fashions, trends, and scenes are all influences that might keep a person from expressing their true character, or cultivate and open it depending upon the person. These large groups of people are self-similar characters in some way, which might be why they dress similar, act similar, and wear similar cloths. This would make sense if they were fractals.) The media plays a very important role in culture, and should not be taken for granted as a mere entertainment or news service. Propaganda, of the black kind, meaning propaganda of the harmful kind, or in other words, lies, exaggerations, big lies, and the sort that influence public opinion—to benefit institutions not addressed in the media—is the sort that can be observed with a keen eye. However, in order to spot propaganda, one must be intelligent, and wise to the game that is being played around them (symbolism and other messages the go directly to the subconscious). Sadly, most Americans/Western Europeans are not so aware. In western culture, everything (how we: eat, dress, behave, view certain groups, etcetera) is influenced by propaganda if it is culturally accepted. How can I say such a general statement? Because it couldn’t be less obvious—our culture is a propaganda culture. The preferred mechanism of control of what I call the global corporate empire, propaganda is the means by which the mind of society is manipulated, and kept blind. By restricting certain information, and
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exaggerating other information, the public mind is kept out of control of its own destiny, and remains powerless. It is by choice that the people make no real or radical changes to the System (government/society/culture/civilization)—to improve our lives and the standards of living for the majority of the people living here, rather than the small minority. If it is not in the best interest of the small-minority controllers of the System to do so, progress will not happen without revolution. However, revolution is a loaded word, full of grief and perpetuity. Evolution however, is not as repetitive as the term re-evolution implies. To establish the kind of changes that removes the financial elite from their positions of influence, a new kind of revolution must be waged, one without violence—a revolution of ideas. Evolution of the Process and System is possible, only with the enactment of a people without hypocrisy, behind an idea that is powerful and real enough to remove the power structure of centralized banking, and the financial elite—who provide only superficial benefit to humanity by donations and the like (to situations they likely had a hand in causing in the first place). In order to start such a revolution, a problem must exist that is great enough to rally against, and in order for a great problem to exist, so must a great solution. An alternative to the power structures of today exists; a solution to the depression of our lives exists. It is called the world Citizen: a global government founded on the principles of wisdom, logic, and the precept that every human being is equal generally, but that individually we are not equal, and that every human being relative to one another has the potential to benefit humanity relative to his or her potential, and everyone has the right to choose to do so. However, under this precept, the benefit one bestows upon another must be reciprocated. How we do that now is through paper currency most of the time. What I propose is the primary use of electronic entitlements, used as currency, granted to those who are working at all, and based upon the observable benefit an individual bestows to the people. Further, the government regards ones work as taxes. Because any work one does may benefit society, and because society can be viewed as the body and soul of government, government can be required to reciprocate benefits to the individual who benefits society. The benefits that government then grants to its productive citizens, under this precept, are food, clothing, shelter, transportation, and information.
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Citizenship would be a term used to describe the productive members of society, who choose to request evaluation of their work. Evaluation, handled by a managerial office that would replace much of the defense offices in government (defense will be something which will be unnecessary if this system is accepted), would be a way to personally, and unequivocally discern the productivity of a person. Rather than using hours to designate pay, a person’s quality of work will discern their rate of entitlement, but will have no effect on their rights. The reason this idea can be so powerful is that regardless of ones quality of work, they are still being fed, still being sheltered, and still being clothed, transported and informed. However, because of entitlements, one can still work to earn better and better conditions for themselves: better food, better clothing, better furnishing and decoration of their home, etcetera. All one has to do is be productive to have what is today considered selfactualization. And that is the goal of this system, to self-actualize the people of the world. Nevertheless, the overall system of our world will see little change, and so will our daily lives. Rather than complicating the lives of people with paper work, stagnant bureaucracy, and illegitimate processes of taxation, the only changes to peoples’ lives would be their increased leisure and happiness. (Admit it to your self) Life, as a person in the twenty first century, can be better than this. Demand will change the marketplace because of a wise and informed public—understanding the harm some products cause to nature, a public informed causes a responsible public. With such changes, culture would gradually become more developed, and the people more sophisticated, more bohemian. With these positive changes, the increased interconnectedness of people will gradually cause an evolution of consciousness on this planet, and a revolution in the way life is practiced. Ignorance is not bliss, it’s selfishness, which seems likely to be the root of all suffering and disorder in the world. And what’s worse is willful ignorance; it requires constant avoidance of reality, and an obsession with convenient lies. With a real news agency—meaning one that doesn’t preach nationalism, and acts as a critical agency for the auditing of government immorality—ignorance would be the sole enemy of the people. Humanity deserves self-actualization through truth, love, and dignity. Without truth, intelligence and honesty cannot come into being; without love, enlightenment courage cannot come into being; and without dignity, society cannot cope with the coming changes that face its future, and it will
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inevitably destroy itself. Conscious action, conscious life is the key to truth, love, and dignity in our individual affairs. Every aspect of society, irrespective of its function, must be dignified, meaning aware of itself relative to everything else, and in conscious control of whatever it is doing, aware of why it’s doing it, and where it’s going in this process. All too often things get out of hand because of ignorance and self-perpetuity, so that one is like a toddler, aimless and unknowing. The ultimate conclusion is a system or individual that harms their self and others for no justifiable purpose. An unjust system is an undignified one. Often unjust systems lack truth, and are therefore founded upon lies in order for their continuity. The unfortunate reality is that most governments have no dignity, being founded on untruthful nationalistic histories, or premises told to the people that are fundamentally baseless. Corruption is a symptom of an undignified system. Because it is not conscious at every level, it does not act correctly, which would come naturally if it were. Another symptom is a diseased people. The reason we are so unhealthy is because we are both uninformed—a symptom of untruthfulness, meaning corruption—and unconscious of the right way to live, and what is good for our health. Because we are unconscious, regardless of whether we are informed or not, we continue to act incorrectly. Unconsciousness is the ultimate plague of the twenty-first century. The second plague is willful ignorance. Willful ignorance (and lies) causes delusions, caused by a will to be secure in easy, convenient, and reinforced conclusions, which have been handed down—most of them sources other than first hand—to be taken for granted by the receiver. Strangely, there is no words to express who I am, no paper work that could prove that I have experienced myself. Nonetheless I continue, and like every part of the environment, I continue to complexify as time develops. I am not only the environment that I perceive; I am the perceiver as well, and there lies my soul, there lies my significance. The soul is the reason why we all deserve a government that is dignified, a people that can handle such responsibility—as putting its government to the challenge of serving the people—, and a people that can handle such freedom as self-actualization. When the second-hand lies and traditions are let go, and stripped of ones mind, what is left of a person but their actual self: not the combination of any fact or idea, but the result of how they (use and) see themselves, and the world?

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When recognized, this honest way of looking at oneself can dissolve any delusions one may have, and erase the passion one has for “their religion” or “their politics,” replacing them with logical, rational, and conscious conclusions, which then can be called truth. Once one has come to an understanding or realization independently, that conclusion is more valid than any second hand source can ever be, unless the second hand source is telling them that truth is first hand. The idea that we are all one, and the very way in which we are one, has never been recognized by government, or by society (the result is unconsciousness: a lack of knowledge, but also an avoidance of the truth that we are all the same creature as a collective, and the avoidance or ignorance of the truth—that may still be alive, and which lives through life —as the Body of Life). The fractal, holographic nature of humanity, once recognized, could provide a premise and paradigm, through which a government could be both socialist, capitalist, free market, and conservative with absolutely no government interference necessary for the people to benefit from each other’s hard work. The notion that socialism is always bad is something that is founded in both propaganda of opposing ideologies, and the imperfections and corruptions of past systems of so called socialism. Not all socialism is the same. The idea that new forms of social cooperation can be formed, which are not based on the principles of Karl Marx, Stalinist and Communist Russia, may be something that people need to get over in order for their world to change or improve in the direction of societal unity. The notion that we are equal—and therefore deserve the same conditions and rewards for our work—is nonsense in general. That is to say, we are all equal generally, but in the specifics of our abilities and skill levels we are all still very much different. Taking that into account, socialism can encourage progress similar to capitalism, but without the restraints of the profit motive and designed obsolescence that comes with it. Over the many years of the united States’ so called progress, the developments have been in the direction of corporate power, greed, and domination over the people. Corporations are legally people, and have the rights of people, and were not originally so. The ability for corporations to say and do whatever they want, defended by the first amendment right of free speech, has led to their greater ability to influence the public with propaganda. The ability for corporations to lobby government officials is another problem, which cannot be helped without the amendment of our currency. When everything is based in entitlements that one cannot easily transfer to another without a device, the ability for a corporate executive to bribe a
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government official is drastically reduced—and so are black market sales for that matter. I am not advocating for the disuse of paper currency, but rather the use of entitlements would be an option, which would allow people to more easily purchase things without liability like debt or interest. Paper currency, as well as bartering could be used and would be encouraged. The government would be heavily restricted as to the limitation of these practices. In fact, the restriction of government from limiting the rights of the people may be more important than the progression of government and civilization. The restriction of government, and corporations with it, may be the most important goal of any revolutionary movement in the twenty-first century. Without such a movement, the rights of the people are doomed to creep back into the dark ages, and the result may be neo-feudalism. By neo-feudalism, I mean the enslavement of the people to a select few corporations or individual families, which have consolidated enough wealth, and control enough of the systems of government with monetary influence, that the people of the world are bound to indentured service at birth, according to these masters. Due to the gradual dumbing down of society, this theory is becoming more and more plausible with time. As the generations unfold, the new generations have no idea what they are missing, how free their ancestors were, and what was worth fighting for, or that things were worth fighting for at all. The enslavement of mankind comes incrementally; gradually the pot gets hotter until the frog is cooked without it’s noticing. With a gradually stupider public, this gets easier and easier, and so can get faster and faster. Combine this with a greater and greater plethora of technology and entertainment, and you have a stupid, distracted public, who would be willing to give up their children's freedom as long as they get to play X-Box. This is the insanity of the twenty-first century; as the government has always been the mortal enemy of the people’s freedom, and immoral on its own without the commanding grasp of the peoples will, the people are loosening their grasp to go play videogames, or watch television in their free time. Entertainments are killing not only our command of our government, but our will to live as well. Notwithstanding the innate stupidity of unconscious people, the world has become as if drunken from a poison. In the development of a body, this is something that can only be saved with consciousness: this consciousness —not awareness, but awareness of the nature and purpose of humanity—has been striped and even denied most of mankind through false leaders, false
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prophets, and propaganda regimes and empires which encroach upon our every day lives today—must be restored to the people through quality education, which teaches them truth, which is reality—which is observable; observation is a manifestation of reality—there is no separation between the observer and the observed. On their own, corporations are harmless, but combine their products with the same inherent toxicity of atrophy, willful ignorance, and a general disregard for the world around us, and the result is a prison without bars. When the purpose of labor is to buy things we don’t need, but are literally hypnotized to think we want, the result is our perpetual servitude without bail, and a debt that is not repayable. In other words, our cyclical consumption is a form of modern slavery, whereupon the only salvation is to recognize and change our daily habits and programming, and then stand in opposition of the program. In order to change the program, a spiritual and political evolution must take place in the consciousness of the people, in you the reader just as much as me the writer. Without individual change, and reconsideration of perspective, values, and premises, our world will never be corrected. Unless you want to see the world get worse, I suggest you take the time to consider for yourself what is the point of your life as it is, and where the world as a whole is headed. We have the power to collectively make this game however we want it; that is how it was designed. As co-creators, we have the power to change the world. Forget what you’ve been taught—that god is something outside of your self, and that there are powerful authorities outside of you, which have the right to dictate their will upon you. No one, no being has the right to make you a slave; no being has the right to be your master unless you submit that they are in the first place. You are a light to your self, you the master of your own existence. That is not to say that you are the god, but that everyone (every thing) is god experiencing itself through the Body. We are all equals. Instead of making one feel full of hubris this divinity and power should be very humbling, because everyone, behind their mask called person, is the same divinity or sacred eminence, and the same rights, which must be tailored for the innate, and subtle complexities of humanity. Collectively, we are all equal as innately divine, but individually and specifically we are all self-similar, but different in subtle and obvious ways —this is a fractal principle immediately recognizable in life. As spiritual beings of the universe however, we are all equal, and in that equality we deserve this world to be a paradise for Gods experience. The ignorance of this, and even the denial of this, has been the cause of every mistake by
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mankind in the past. With this enlightened principle, there can be a new form of philosophical premise at the foundation of government and society. Progress, backed by critical thought, magnified by critical involvement, founded on the will to play the real game that the people would otherwise miss out on, will carry the future generations towards outer and inner space —to infinity and beyond. (The people playing Life (the game) in the service of others or not, the people will participate—if paradise is guaranteed with the acceptance of a new form of government that must be multinational in order to work.) But if this is a symbol of what is possible… such an idea may be just crazy enough to work.

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