War on Consciousness

I’ve been hesitant to use the a phrase coined by Graham Hancock, but over the years I am seeing the battle lines of the “War on Consciousness” much more clearly. Not trying to be alarmist, but there is a war on consciousness, but it’s covert, if not perhaps inadvertent. Graham Hancock elucidates quite eloquently his views on the subject, but I feel like he paints in broad brushstrokes and I wanted to get a little more specific.

Ultimately, there is a war on thinking and reasoning, propagated by many of us, not simply because of our tolerance, but also our apathy. A big part of this are various institutions  and people who are trying to foster more and more closed minds. This is happening as these various institutions try to tell, sell and convince us that there is only one way to go about understanding or perceiving. These forces would have us turn off our minds &/or lull us into an automatic pilot mode rather than, as Timothy Leary once proposed, “Turn on, tune in and drop out.”

This is especially prevalent in four areas of society; politics, religion, health and as a byproduct of the other three, culture. To be clear, my intention isn’t to slam the philosophies of any religion or the concept of politics, but rather many of the leaders within these institutions who claim there is only one way.

Politics
In politics, you often have liberals saying their proposals and viewpoints are the only way, and conservatives say their proposals and viewpoints are the only answer. In many countries, politics has become nothing more than a theatrical shouting match between childish adults that whips each side into a frenzy over something, engaging more in diatribe and less in dialogue. Neil DeGrasse Tyson said it best,

Granted, he is speaking from his perspective about the US Congress, and not of political parties over the world, but the fact remains that in many places, there is not an allowance of thought and reasoning, as many of our leaders come from the same perspective. I don’t see politics as a thing that should be dividing us, but instead it should be uniting us. The other part of many political agendas, perhaps unknowingly, is that they lead people to focus on their whole country instead of their local surroundings. Many, not all, but many who attempt to change things at higher levels of government are met with extreme amounts of resistance, when instead the many should be focusing on local elections and local governing bodies that have much more of a direct impact on their daily living.

 

Religion
Many religious leaders use a variety of dogma in an attempt to get their followers to conform. Many people will say that their religion is the only way to salvation, bliss, nirvana, etc and that couldn’t be further from the truth of nature. There are many ways to move through this world and be considered a “good” person. There is no one way or one person who can take or bring you to your own salvation. Jesus, Buddha, whoever are in the food you eat, your actions, your thoughts, your words, etc. We are separated together from source, and in this life, each of us have varying lessons to learn. Different people hold some of the keys, but you hold most of them.

 

Health
My original thought of health was thinking specifically of dieting, but I realized it could be expanded to overall health and wellness. Because we are all different and individuals experiencing life from a different perspective, some aspects of health work better for others. For some, chemotherapy works and that’s great. For others, holistic practices work better, great! But there isn’t simply one right way.

A large problem within this industry is that many feel most apathetic in this area, Maybe they feel like they don’t know enough, that it’s too technical, too polarizing, not sure. But this area and politics seem to be littered with people who simply shrug shoulders, saying “Well this is how things are.” Maybe it’s because many are unaware of the shear amount of backroom deals made with doctors or just exactly what is in our food,

 

Culture
Culture is a byproduct of the other three, but after a while, it begins to take a form by itself. I mention culture specifically because of the obtrusive labeling that culture seems to encourage. This seems to be especially prevalent in terms of the millennial generation, and the arrows and barbs that continue to be thrown at this large group despite their seeming innovative and cleansing nature.

And, much like politics, this process is creating an “us vs. them” mentality with generational bickering instead of harmony. Terrence KcKenna explained culture best in a small diatribe in one of his lectures,

These are some of the large areas where this metaphorical war is being waged on thought processes and reasoning. I don’t know, nor do I care if it is something sinister being perpetrated by a cabal of devious miscreants simply trying to suck up all the power for themselves or the inadvertent work of reckless child leaders who don’t have the foresight to see thirty seconds into the future. What does matter is our ability to think, be and live to the fullest fo freedoms, and we cannot do this when others are attempting to dictate our schemas and consciousnesses.

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