Humans are destined to rise to the level of cosmic consciousness. Each of us is destined to actualize the level of the “Meta-Human.” This ascent from the present “embryonic” state cannot, however, be activated by will, desire, or any other conscious force, for it comes as a necessary predicate to human organic existence and is circumscribed by the inviolate laws of nature. Its impulse lies seed-like within the deepest strata of the Being.
We cannot force the lotus to grow against its true nature, nor can we force the human consciousness to grow in one specific direction, at one particular rate. Attempted intervention and control of this kind results only in confusion, calamity and ruin.
Without inheriting and absorbing the gnosis of symbolism the individual intellectual apparatus can never move toward the prehension of wisdom. As J. Krishnamurti, Carl Gustav Jung, Joseph Campbell and others have warned, it is simply not possible. And as Brian Wilson Keys, Vance Packard, Jane Kilbourne and others have detailed, the psyche of entire generations can be contaminated by the subversive use of symbols. Some have asked why there are no “Beethoven’s” or “Blakes” today.
The reason is obviously because we are not, for the most part, involved in cultivating the kind of holistic mentation that brings the conscious mind into harmonious dialogue with the other parts of Being.
As Wilhelm Reich has pointed out we are not even experiencing integration of the somatic level let alone the noetic. The authority structures of the day are doing everything possible to make sure that the psychic scission is augmented.
A look at the preoccupations and mores of today’s teen-culture is enough evidence of this tragedy, for those with the eyes to see. Today, the youth consider it chic to dress from head to foot in corporate logos with no idea what they really mean with most parents having no clue as to why the delinquency and deterioration is occurring.
Teen delinquency began as Madison Avenue publicists and advertising agents gained control over the subconscious of the western child, over the strata of awareness that has long ceased to be nurtured by the sacred.
…our children are growing up in a toxic cultural environment, one made more toxic by advertising. No one can escape it, just as no one can escape air pollution or pesticides in our food…the world is fast becoming a global marketplace controlled not by individual governments but by transnational conglomerates interested only in profit. As Americans export our economic system and our lifestyle, we also export the addictions, diseases, and psychological problems associated with it - our hazardous cultural environment - Jean Kilbourne (Can't Buy My Love)
When it came to communication, we do know that the ancients were not so interested in words and speech. They were more concerned with symbols, colors, rhythms, numbers, geometry and with dance and music. The greatest of riches possessed by ancestral humankind was the ability to convey the most abstract philosophical concepts via composite symbols. No modern form of constructive intellection could even have come into being without these bequeathments.
The success and skill of the ancestors in figurative and iconic communication alone lays to rest the idea that they were superstitious primitives. Now today it is unacceptable that throughout western society, where all manner of symbols proliferate, there is massive “symbol illiteracy.”
Everything else, it seems, is prioritized.
So, in light of this we do not feel redundant in asking how the edifice of the personal intellect may be established and oriented correctly when the very foundations are weak or mis-aligned? If we do not own our own thoughts we cannot own our own actions.
It follows that someone else will.
Thanks to our social and educational institutions symbol illiteracy has been created and reinforced, for we repeat, it does not occur naturally and this most dangerous development in our personal and collective evolution, the lack of both telestic ritual and symbol literacy is met with by a frightening indifference from those in the position to do something about it.
We almost seem programmed to move from exclusively private aspirations and it is, for the most part, unthinkable to us that the mediocre activities and escapes of our lives can be laid completely aside in favor of the revivification of the long lost symbol literacy that really bestows lucidity and meaning to the biographical and collective or biological life.
This incredible mediocrity of all we do, though cleverly disguised by the media’s barrage of fantasy and the millions of dollars that are thrown into passé distractions, is the symptom of each person living in forgetfulness of their own inner being. Centuries of religion, philosophy, psychology and psychoanalysis, of scientific and medical “cures” have done little to truly enrich mankind.
They have, for the most part, served only to maintain the semblance of abnormality that passes for normality in societies that are rapidly heading for their own cultural and perhaps even physical immolation. As Alfred North Whitehead lamented: The major advances in civilization are processes that wreck the societies in which they occur.
If one values human life, one cannot
value its destroyers – Ayn Rand
In individuals, insanity is rare, but in groups, parties,
nations and epochs it is the rule – Fredrick Nietzsche
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