Archive | February 2011

A Biological Basis for Narcissism?

I have become more aware of other publications dealing with “the human condition” (which I’ve referred to as “narcissism”) and its transformation through integralism or holistic consciousness. I discovered, quite by accident, another website this morning entitled “World Transformation Movement” (formerly called “The Centre for Humanity’s Adulthood”). It offers a number of free works for download by the biologist and author Jeremy Griffith, one of which, entitled The Great Exodus, I grabbed off the web and have started to read.

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Babble On, Babylon: The Pandaemonium of Propagandas

“Articulate speech recognizes the existence of other wills than the speaker’s, it believes in powers that are far bigger than the time and space of the present moment, it commits itself to much higher and more ambitious ends than a shout or yell or cry or laugh… Words are trifles, to most men. They have heard them too often. It is all fake, advertising, propaganda, lying. Indeed it is. But why is there so much abuse of language? Only important things are imitated and abused and perverted. Corruptio optimi pessima is a Latin dictum. It means: the corruption of the best is worse than any other….

A thing which does not include a vital risk is boring and we call any such thing mechanical. but in any given moment, society is imperilled by the loss of common speech between generations and classes and nations and continents. And the reality of this danger increases today because language is abused on a colossal scale so that whole groups will turn off the radio or not buy a certain book because they mistrust this source of information forever. Hence, new efforts must be made to restore the power of language against these tremendous odds.” (Rosenstock-Huessy, “Articulated Speech” from Speech and Reality, p. 46-7).

“The west has fiscalised its basic power relationships through a web of contracts, loans, shareholdings, bank holdings and so on. In such an environment it is easy for speech to be “free” because a change in political will rarely leads to any change in these basic instruments. Western speech, as something that rarely has any effect on power, is, like badgers and birds, free. In states like China, there is pervasive censorship, because speech still has power and power is scared of it. We should always look at censorship as an economic signal that reveals the potential power of speech in that jurisdiction. The attacks against us by the US point to a great hope, speech powerful enough to break the fiscal blockade.” — Julian Assange, founder of WikiLeaks, The Guardian, 3. December, 2010.

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The Ruse: Pre-Empting People Power

As far as I can tell, there isn’t a government in the world that isn’t in fear and dread of democracy and popular power in Egypt, despite what many of them may say in public and in the media. The situation in Egypt isn’t all that confusing or “chaotic.”  But the rhetoric emanating from world capitals and from its leading politicians and parts of the media is confusing and itself chaotic because there is much hypocrisy and dissembling double-talk.
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