The First Casualty: War and the Rape of Truth

While it remains true that the first casualty of war is the truth, and that all lovers of truth must therefore abominate war as the rape of truth, there is also a sense it which war is also an apocalyptic irruption of a new and majestic truth into the world, and the means by which a false and mendacious world is decisively and definitively swept away. War is a paradox.

In the last post, I recommended Philip Knightley’s great book The First Casualty: The War Correspondent as Hero, Propagandist, and Myth Maker from the Crimea to Vietnam. It is certainly at the top of my recommended reading list for students of propaganda as a fine introduction to the history and practice of the black art, along with Noam Chomsky’s Necessary Illusions. Knightley and Chomsky are, in that respect, exemplary descendents and faithful disciples of the Age of Reason and the Enlightenment who value the pursuit of truth as a human being’s highest calling — and also the preservation of reason as the means to truth. 

But there is also a bigger picture in which the real truth of war is eclipsed, during wartime, by the propagandistic “war against truth”, as Canadian war correspondent Paul William Roberts described his own memoir of his experience of the Iraq War. It was something that Nietzsche understood and “appreciated” about war and its nihilism — that it is often the only means by which a false and mendacious world could be swept away — a pruning, as it were, of the dead branches on the tree of life.

The history and the fact of war force us to conclude that war is often the only means to the establishment of new truth where everywhere inherited institutions, “false consciousness”, and obsolete or anachronistic ways of life and thought — dead institutions — present obstacles and hindrances to the revelation of new truth. The world before the period 1914 is not the same world as it emerged from the conflagration after 1945. At one time, war was described as “the sport of kings” and a “game of thrones”, and somewhat limited in its organisation and destructive effects. But with the Modern Era, war became “total war,” and with the Planetary Era, all war now becomes revolutionary civil war within the one body of the Earth in which virtually all life is implicated.

This paradox of war compels us also to discriminate between “fact” and “truth”. The rape of truth in wartime by propaganda is a corruption of our reason and the perversion of “the facts of the matter”. But “the truth that sets free” remains the truth of war as long as men do not know how to go about, at the right time, eliminating obsolete ways of life or thought, and anachronistic institutions that no longer serve to fulfill human aspirations.

This truth about war is what Seth also means when he writes (as I quoted earlier),

“There are probabilities quite present, and for that matter biologically practical, that would allow for a change in individual consciousness so great as literally to propel the race into another level of experience entirely. (Sess. 684).

“When, at this point now, of mankind’s development, his emerging unconscious knowledge is denied by his institutions, then it will rise up despite those institutions, and annihilate them. Cult after cult will emerge, each unrestrained by the use of reason, because reason will have denied the existence of rampant unconscious knowledge, disorganized and feeling only its own ancient force. (Sess. 687)

“If this happens, all kinds of old and new religious denominations will war, and all kinds of ideologies surface. This need not take place, for the conscious mind–having learned to focus in physical terms, is meant to expand, to accept unconscious intuitions and knowledge, and to organize these deeply creative principles into cultural patterns. (Sess. 687).

“In historic terms, as you understand them, the “progression” of religion gives you a perfect picture of the development of human consciousness, the differentiation of peoples and nations, and the growth of the ideas of the “individual.” (Sess. 687).

“You must understand that man must move beyond the concepts of one god, one self, one body, one world, as these ideas are currently understood. You are now poised upon a threshold from which the race can go many ways. Your species is in a time of change. There are potentials within the body’s mechanisms not as yet used. Developed, they can immeasurably enrich the race, and bring it to levels of spiritual and psychic and physical fulfillment. If some changes are not made, the race will not endure.” (Sess. 687).

This is truly a quite astonishing, ominous, and sobering diagnosis of our situation. But it offers much food for thought. The propagandist who engages in a war against truth or a perversion of the facts, is actually no more aware of the truth of war than anyone else. He or she is truly the “sorcerer’s apprentice” in that regard, as much as he or she pretends to be master of the situation. The truth of war will ultimately overrule their war against truth. And war will have its way until such time as human beings learn how to dispense, in a conscious and timely manner, with obsolete values, anachronistic institutions, and false ways of life and thought that no longer serve the fulfillment of the purposes of life. As Seth says, ancient forces in the psyche will rise up and destroy those institutions, as in wars and revolutions past. And merely by default and inertia, this has become the apocalyptic function of war in our time.

The incomparable Rumi knew this in his time. I’ve mentioned his poem “Green Ears” in past posts. But substitute “drought” for “war” in his poem, and you have a perfect understanding of why the truth of war will always overrule the propagandist’s war on truth. The “unfaithful” in Rumi’s poem is the propagandist of our time. He is also the Pharisee and scribe of Jesus’ time,

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of the bones of the dead and everything unclean. In the same way, on the outside you appear to people as righteous but on the inside you are full of hypocrisy and wickedness.”

This ancient passage is, I think, ultimately the root of the present day animosity towards the propagandist who is the secular version of these same “Pharisees”.


33 responses to “The First Casualty: War and the Rape of Truth”

  1. LittleBigMan says :

    I think mankind is still trying to grapple with this multi-headed beast called “multinational corporation”. This isn’t an ancient enemy. It’s relatively new and its lifeblood are the fears and desires of the working class citizens. Everyone is fearful of losing their jobs, and everyone desires a comfortable lifestyle and is willing to borrow insanely to live that lifestyle. More surreptitiously, everyone is forced to have a stake in the survival of this beast (a.k.a. equity markets) via their 401K retirement accounts and such.

    At a time when ideas of self determination and individual freedom have become more acceptable and widespread, the use of ‘force’ to advance the corporate agenda (e.g. East India Company) has become impractical and hence ‘propaganda’ has found increasing utility in more open societies. It has become necessary “to secretly and surreptitiously convert the individual’s purpose to the propagandist’s purposes”.

    There’s no question in my mind that awakening will come and there will be a day of reckoning when societies everywhere will rise to rid themselves of the corporate model. But that will take time. For now, only sophisticated individuals can see where the big money is taking us.

    I became hopeful when Cyprus rejected the plan that the IMF and EU laid before her. I thought awakening had just begun with one of the smallest countries in the world. But my hope was dashed when a “deal” was struck to tax only those private savings accounts that had over $100,000 in them. Another step and excuse to divide a society.

    This time again, the propoganda of fear won over Cyprusians.

    • LittleBigMan says :

      I have to add that by saying “everyone” I really meant to say “the vast majority” of people.

    • Scott Preston says :

      I think mankind is still trying to grapple with this multi-headed beast called “multinational corporation”

      This is true. In the Age of the Church, it was the institution of the Church that socialised human beings. In the Age of the Nation State, it was the institution of the State that socialised human beings. Neither Church nor State are the dominant institutions today. It is this novel form, the institution of the Corporation that now socialises human beings. Even the bulk of scientific research is conducted within corporations. The centrality of the corporation is why the idiom of “economism” (productivism or consumerism) has basically taken over from an older idiom that recognised citizenship or congregation. A revolution is occuring within the body of language, and it is slanted towards what we might call “corporate-speak”, such as the “me-brand” or “personal brand”, and such. Formerly a man or woman had a “reputation” (earlier, “character”), but today they must attend to their “brand”.

      But, of course, branding is for livestock.

      Everyone is fearful of losing their jobs, and everyone desires a comfortable lifestyle and is willing to borrow insanely to live that lifestyle.

      The political use of fear is a very serious social problem. A number of recent sociological books have been written about this (I have some such as Barber’s Fear’s Empire and others on the culture of fear, all as yet unread) but basically there is a great dissonance between the fact that human ingenuity has solved some of the basic problems of physical survival, yet without a corresponding change in thinking about “scarcity” or “the struggle for survival”, and so on that instills a sense of insecurity and lack of safety. This is propagandistic, in some ways. Fear and anxiety about physical survival is, in some ways, propagandistic — a method of social and political control — and a means of disciplining human populations by stoking artificial fears today that had (once) relatively speaking real causes. Today those real fears are quite unreal, and therefore resemble induced paranoia more than what one might call “rational fears”. What was once promulgated as “fear of God” or “fear of eternal damnation” now has assumed other forms and disguises. But the purpose of instilling such fear is the same.

      Fear, you may recall, is the first enemy of the man of knowledge — that is, the first obstacle to the attainment of wisdom or “knowingness”. For that reason, those who do not want human beings to reach this state of “knowingness” will deploy fear and fearfulness as their first weapon, much as Mara did to discourage the Buddha from truth-realisation.

      • LittleBigMan says :

        Wonderfully put. Your comments were great motivation for me to focus my thoughts on this phenomenon of ‘fear’ some more. I recalled that although there have been innumerable times when I have felt fear, ironically and interestingly, I noticed that I usually acted to thwart the source of the fear when I felt ‘imminent and life-injuring’ danger. Hollywood’s exaggeration of this point can be seen in this movie clip, where even the president, faced with grave danger, is forced to act against those who are making him fear for his life:

        So, it seems to me that there is a threshold of fear the crossing of which may work to create an undesired blowback effect for those who wish to instill fear among the masses as a means of social control. And I think “perception managers” use this threshold of fear to engineer propoganda that create levels of fear and anxiety in the society that although work to steer the masses in a certain direction (e.g. invest in the equity markets — not yourself — if you want a comfortable future), the level of fear itself is kept in check to stay below this formulated threshold for the vast majority of the population in order to eliminate the possibility of any backlash against the power elite. Lying about casualties of war, for example, serves both misinforming the enemy and keeping the firendly population calm and going over the edge. Indeed “the first casualty of war is the truth”.

        I think when Seth says: “Cult after cult will emerge, each unrestrained by the use of reason” as the beginning of the overthrow of useless institutions, he is perhaps referring to the point where the threshold of fear for the vast majority of the population will have passed.

        But if perception managers are too cunning to let that happen, what else can spark a push over the threshold of fear for the masses? I’m thinking, in a twisted way, the climate change and the destruction in the environment might force everyone, including the power elite, to support more humane ways of coexistence for all.

        Thank you for the citation: Barber’s Fear’s Empire. I have added to my list of books to read.

  2. LittleBigMan says :

    It just struck me that Seth, don Juan, and Robert Monroe, all three, prescribed — specific ‘techniques’ — of exploring the nature of reality.

    We normally do this when conducting our day to day business in the physical world. We follow specific techniques to eat, drive, communicate in different situations, teach and learn, etc. But, as individuals, we don’t seem to have developed ways of systematically recognizing and manipulating our non-physical portion (e.g. fear, love, anger, hate, happiness, envy, sadness, etc.) to our advantage. Various governmental actors (e.g. perception managers) and business organizations (e.g. De Beers diamond), it seems to me, have paid greater attention to manipulating mankind’s non-physical portion to their own gains. But, as individuals, most people are quite oblivious to this portion of their being. Recognizing our non-physical portion (e.g. Councelor Troy of the Star Trek the Next Generation) — as individuals — and developing techniques to manipulate it to keep it in our control at all times (a tall order) can, in my opinion, spark an evolution in the life of mankind. I would think this would even allow more spontaneous information to reach us from Framework II. A way of “cleansing the doors of perception”. We need a school that helps us work with our non-physical portions, but where would we find teachers for such a school? Even so, how would we make such places of learning ubiquitous as our normal schools are today? Just some thoughts…

    • Scott Preston says :

      It just struck me that Seth, don Juan, and Robert Monroe, all three, prescribed — specific ‘techniques’ — of exploring the nature of reality.

      Otherwise called “keys to the kingdom”, but are more in the nature of aids. There isn’t really a ensemble of means or techniques that might make for a “spiritual technology” so much as what is called “skill” or skillfulness in Buddhism. Zen, for example, is often called “the method of no-method”. Eckhart Tolle teaches nothing but stilling the monkey mind, and let the inner self do the teaching. Of course, turning off the monkey mind is often hard work.

      There are some schools — the Waldorf Schools are based on the pedagogy of Rudolf Steiner, for example. I’ve met some kids who were educated in Waldorf Schools, and they seemed fine, adventuresome types. Other than that, I haven’t looked too much into the Waldorf Schools.

      • LittleBigMan says :

        “There isn’t really a ensemble of means or techniques that might make for a “spiritual technology”

        I have just — after my last post above 🙂 — begun reading Seth’s “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events”. At the very beginning of the book, there’s a quote from Seth that reads “We have never told anybody to do anything, except to face up to the abilities of consciousness”. It seems, then, that persistent introspection and desire to connect with our entire self is the most important prerequisite.

        “Of course, turning off the monkey mind is often hard work.”

        The “monkey mind” truly describes one of the main obstacles for me 🙂

        • Scott Preston says :

          After, or while, reading The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events, you might also want to read Gustav Le Bon’s famous book Crowds: Study of the Popular Mind. It’s short at about 130 pages, but full of interesting thoughts about this era of transition, the nature of mass events, the significance of crowds. Also a very valuable and thought-provoking book for students of Jean Gebser.

  3. amothman33 says :

    Insurance companies are the tools that exploit the human fear to built their finicial empire. THE imf exploit anothe type of fear, the fear of the abesence of progress,Each multi play a different flute. the brand flute is the stongest.The problems are expansive and multi-diminsional. Silencing the monkey mind is not enough.Non-compliance with the other managing our brain is a must. It is an indivitual endeavor and let us stop wanting to change the world prior to changing ourselves,IT is the question of the reinstituting the fear of god and this is a god given phenomena. Faith is the only tool that saves and made the necessary transformation.

  4. tony says :

    “We need a school that helps us work with our non-physical portions, but where would we find teachers for such a school? Even so, how would we make such places of learning ubiquitous as our normal schools are today? Just some thoughts…”

    My partner had an epiphany a few days back when it dawned on her that her external reality was a reflection of her inner self. She asked me why on earth she wasn’t taught this simple fact at school since it would have saved her decades of misunderstanding. There’s not much I could reply to that, I have often wondered that myself.

    • LittleBigMan says :

      If I had any kids of my own, I would definitely do a bit of research into the Waldorf Schools that Scott has mentioned above and put my kids there, because the only thing the vast majority of traditional schools teach today is just how to pass some tests.

  5. alex jay says :

    I’m not familiar with the Waldorf Schools (only the salad and the hotel it was named after -LOL), but there is an interesting educational experiment in Russia that ticks a lot of boxes, though I’m not sure how it could be practically implemented on a large scale in the dysfunctional Western system.

    Here’s a video (parts 2 and 3 are on the right margin):

    • tony says :

      To be honest I’m very surprised to see this happening in Russia. I thought it would be too autocratic a society for such a radical experiment.
      The problem with Waldorf schools (I had considered them for my own kids at one time) is that at least where I lived they were limited to kindergarden. Parents don’t want to take the risk of alienating their children from a technocratic society once they get to primary schooling age, especially fee-paying parents. and Waldorf education tends to be overwhelmingly private.

      • LittleBigMan says :

        That’s a really nice educational model taking root in Russia. Judging by the number of students and “class sizes”, though, it seems to be a pretty exclusive school. Since it was established in 1994, something must be hampering its spread that it hasn’t become ubiquitous in the country. And the founder is pretty old. So, I’m not sure what will happen to that model when he’s gone, because the state apparatus does not seem to be behind the model. At least that’s the impression I got from watching the video. It seems to be a very private and exclusive model.

        There’s a Waldorf School near where I live, and I agree, the school’s only drawback does seem to be that it caters only to elementary and kindergarten level children.

        • Scott Preston says :

          Some Waldorf schools actually cover the K to 12. (I believe there’s one in Vancouver).

          The Russian Tekos school is very intriguing (and you will note the principal’s “Seth” take that you create your own reality by the quality of your thoughts). The reason they can compress so many years of education into a very short span shows that they are learning on very many levels at once — they are actually living multi-dimensionally. Here’s just a few things I noticed about the clip:

          First, they are learning the true value of democracy — the free development of the personality, yet without losing contact and connection with the true creative source of that unfolding personality, that “deep within”. Notice their dance movements (and I was reminded of Gurdjieff here, who may be influential in this). The women move with the natural grace of flowers and trees, the men with that of animals. They are, as they say in the film, truly connected in an holistic and intimate way with nature. This is integralism. They have, in that sense, the faith of “the lilies of the valley”. There is no shuffling and stumbling of feet, or stammering and stuttering of tongue that is the result of a too great self-consciousness or ego. They are truly and confidently rooted biological beings, not machines as is the fate of too many others.

          Watch the film again. This is what “integral consciousness” looks like.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Fantastic that you found this. I’m very intrigued. There’s one way to know that here they are on the right path — it’s in the grace with which these children dance and move. That grace comes from deep within, and their movements reveal that they are connected with that deep within. That’s the very rare grace I keep looking for in others, and never find very often. Here it is on full display. Wonderful.

      • LittleBigMan says :

        And when I was a kid, the only course that added any grace to the entire curriculum, the music lessons on the Acardion, was cancelled only two weeks after the beginning of the school year. That music class, by the way, was the only class that could keep my monkey mind (that jumped all over the place during other classes) at bay and focused.

  6. LittleBigMan says :

    Indeed, after my second viewing of the video, the body language of the students does show significant maturity, grace of holistic knowledge, and a sense of respect for each other. The no stuttering of the young pupils as they explained themselves is remarkable, too. The director did say, however, that they “try to attract talented” kids to the school. I take it that he meant “gifted” by saying “talented”, which would explain the ability of the 11 year old who explained biological processes to the much older student from the Czech Republic. I also take it that none of the kids had to have been weaned from playing video games before having been brought to the school, though. The pupils in this school are truly lucky to have had their education there. But I wonder about the trajectory of their careers and what will become of them once these pupils step into the real world of today, where whoever has the gold makes the rules.

  7. LittleBigMan says :

    Thank you. I have added the reference: “Crowds: Study of the Popular Mind” to my list of books to read after Seth’s “The Individual and the Nature of Mass Events”.

  8. alex jay says :

    Ran across this brief compilation of ideas on Simulation Theory.

    Interested in your take on the matter?

    • Scott Preston says :

      I’ll get around to it this evening. Gotta work the cogs and grease the wheels now.

      In the meanwhile, you may recall our discussion of how the human being of the European type has no history, really, but has assumed another’s history, hence “Judeo-Christian culture”.

      By chance, this morning, I was reading an article on Marx, Adorno, and the Frankfurt School on The Guardian website, and the comments in the comment section. Pay particular attention to the comments of a poster by name JGrossman. He gets it, although there are some things that should be qualified.

      • alex jay says :

        Ha, ha, ha! Excellent! Yes, JGossman does get it. He has that wonderful Jewish sense of humour and way of expression that cuts through the b.s – reminds me of Uri Avnery.

        I liked this:

        “When I was at Jewish school I used to think a preoccupation with obscure texts was a purely Jewish “meshugas.”

        “it was quite a surprise to me to discover that there are other groups of people out there who enjoy this form of mental masturbation.”

        (Here I thought I coined the term “mental masterbation” as well as “vocal masterbation” in crtitquing Whitney Houston and Mariah Carey –Barabara Streisand as well)

        When I was in seminary school I too was preoccupied on that score only with Thomas Aquinas.

        • alex jay says :

          “Gotta work the cogs and grease the wheels now.”

          So, you’ve succumbed getting a gig in the “dark satanic mills” … or is it a metaphor for rationalising a deist clockwork universe? (Just kidding :-))

          It seems to me that while once upon a time “necessity may have been the mother of invention” – a survivalist strategy – it has morphed into becoming the mother of ennui for a planetary consciousness that should have by now at least shown a glimmer of light leading towards an “integral age”, “omega point” etc. Yet, the evidence is contradictory – one step forward, two steps back?

          Predestination (DNA) vs. evolution (Mind), being vs. becoming (essence vs existence): all stupid dialectic jibberish, whether Hegelian (positive?) or Adorno’s (negative?) – whatever that shit really means except to impressionable “mental masterbating” fools, as Mr.Grossman quite comically managed to expose to the chagrin of the author, who obviously takes his psuedo-intellectual irrelevance seriously. But then, “bullshit has [always] baffled brains”, at least since the Sophists, and now it’s pandemic with an Orwellian twist.

          Still … in this engineered absurd version of reality, why shouldn’t the jesters be the new philosophers: John Stewart has more influence than Obama and Bepe Grillo is the only sane poiitician in Italy … and the world-wide gaggle of political leaders (i’m not sure what the collective noun would be, but “moron” comes to mind) make the Marx Brothers or Keystone Cops philosopher kings.

          One of the great astronomer media personalities over two generations on the Jeckyll and Hyde BBC (great on arts and sciences though the sinister propaganda arm for the Anglo-American imperialistic project – i.e “the establishment”), Patrick More stated, allegedly on his death bed, that he would transport every world leader to Alpaha Centuari. Now … I agree whole heartedly they should be extinguished from this world as a matter of urgency, though I’m not sure we could build a rocket ship big enough to accomodate the so called “1%”. In order to save money and make it a feasible reality, I would simply confiscate all their money/assets (Cyprus is a template) and privilege and extend Guantanemo in an exchange programme with the current inmates.

          Makes sense …

          • Scott Preston says :

            I’m sure you’ve noted the recent archaeological discovery of the “gate of hell”?

            It’s intriguing, not just because it is a significant physical archaelogical discovery, but also an archaeology of a symbol. History has two aspects– a physical aspect and significance (the artifacts), but also a psychic or symbolic significance. In keeping with Augustine’s “time is of the soul”, the unfolding of the “layers” of history is also a archaeology of the layers of the psyche.

            Now… what would make it perfect is, if they were to find a complete volume of Heraclitus’ works somewhere down there.

    • Scott Preston says :

      Just watched this video, but it seemed a bit jagged. I wasn’t sure who was who. Word that comes to mind is “pastiche”.

      It has been suggested, even recently again, that the universe is akin to a “virtual reality” or a computer simulation. Not much new there, really. Even three decades ago a physicist wrote an article entitled “Is God a Computer?” in which he suggested much the same thing, and of course, the idea is far, far older — the “Veil of Maya” intimates that the world of the physical senses is an illusory world, it’s apparent solidity merely a mirage induced by the physical senses. So, the question really is, what does it mean to be “physical”? Is it necessary to be “solid” to be physical? The notion of “material” has become quite problematic for physics, since matter and energy are interchangeable states or you might call them binary states or boundary conditions. And, we’ve discussed that earlier in TDAB about the fractal universe and the boundary conditions of 0 and 1, and what falls between 0 and 1 as boundary conditions — as nothing and something, as non-being and being, etc. But, of course 0 and 1 are designations, and in reality there is no “space” between them. We have a habit of thinking there is something called “space” or interval between 0 and 1 because of the ruler.

      I have a book called The Tower and the Abyss by a man called Erich Kahler. I have not yet read it, but it is easy enough to see “The Tower” as represented in the digit “1” and the Abyss as represented in the digit “0”. Yet the book (which dates from 1957) is described as “a study of the disintegration of the individual in the modern world” under the stress of “two powerful forces”. This pertains to Gebser’s interpretation, but Gebser was apparently unknown to Kahler. Yet the subtitle to Kahler’s book is “An Inquiry into the Transformation of Man”. It is easy enough to see that the “two powerful forces” are represented, today, in the notation “0” and “1”.

  9. Scott Preston says :

    By the way, just to demonstrate that I’m not the only one to think the present government in Ottawa is a threat to our democracy, energy auditor Tad Homer-Dixon has penned a piece in The New York Times that makes much the same case,

    • alex jay says :

      Of course, as everyone who has been paying attention is blatantly aware, the Iraq invasion was all about oil. However, where most people get it wrong is that it wasn’t about privatising the industry for the benefit of the Western oil cartel, but to stop Sadam from breaking OPEC’s supply quotas to keep the price artificially high. Had Sadam been able to double his production as he intended in reaction to the sanctions, the price would have plummeted back to $13 a barrel, and the oil boys who had Bush and Cheney in their pockets along with the Saudis and their gangster cronies in the Gulf states couldn’t let that happen. The upshot of all this is that tar sand extraction is uneconomical with an oil price under $70 or so. Ergo, it’s a win-win situation for the oil boys. They keep their reserves intact, get a great price and release the new tar sands source, which is only viable if the price is high. Sadam would have screwed that up so he had to go – a similar case with Gadaffi, who was starting to buck the system. Humanitarian wars my arse!

      As far as democracy goes, I learned the absurdity of that gem when I was packed in a van with other kids distributing pamphlets in the Chicago projects threathing eviction if the tenants didn’t go out and vote for JFK. Somehow the democratic method actually applied strayed quite a bit from what I was taught in Civics class. 🙂 Not much has happened to change my mind except that it’s even worse now. Just look at the Citizens United (another oxymoron in this Orwellian zeitgeist we’re under) travesty perpetrated by the bent Supreme Court.

      • alex jay says :

        Oh (forgot) … just in case you think I’m talking out of my tree, through not providing any references, here’s one:

        What makes it credible is that it follows the modus operandi of the nasty oil business since J.D. Rockefeller Sr with the help of the Creel gang/ Bernays et co.. and the Bush family mafia from Prescott on (why did the family move from the “oh, so posh” Eastern seaboard to the “cultural” wastelands of Texas? – rhetorical).

        It would be interesting to wade through the shareholding list of the tar sand conglomerate to make connections as to why a filthy, environmentally destructive and economically expensive (unless the price is at current $100 per barrel prices) is allowed to exist in a “rational” world? I’d bet the ranch that the same old skeletons would come out of the closet … I’m pretty sure John Perkins/Smedley Butler would agree. The Iranians have a memory as well (1953) …

  10. LittleBigMan says :

    “You are now poised upon a threshold from which the race can go many ways. Your species is in a time of change. There are potentials within the body’s mechanisms not as yet used. Developed, they can immeasurably enrich the race, and bring it to levels of spiritual and psychic and physical fulfillment. If some changes are not made, the race will not endure.” (Sess. 687).”

    That reminds me that the PDF copy of Seth Speaks that I downloaded somewhere off the internet is a very deficient copy of the book, since my PDF copy goes up to page 185! The only reason I like the PDF copy is because I can search it easily and I can cut and paste from it easily, too 🙂

    So…then, when will the race endure? What are these changes that Seth is talking about? I found an excerpt in my abridged PDF file that might give hints. All of the following comes from page 171 of my PDF copy.

    “Many of your problems now result from spiritual ignorance. No man will look down upon an individual from another race when he himself recognizes that his own existence includes such membership also.

    “No sex will be considered better than the other, or any role in society, when each individual is aware of his own or her own experience at many levels of society and in many roles. An open-ended consciousness will feel its connections with all other living beings. The continuity of consciousness will become apparent. As a result of all this the social and governmental structures will change, for they are based upon your current beliefs.

    “Human personality will reap benefits that now would seem unbelievable. An open-ended consciousness will imply far greater freedom. From birth, children will be taught that basic identity is not dependent upon the body, and that time as you know it is an illusion. The child will be aware of many of its past existences, and will be able to identify with the old man or woman that in your terms it will become.

    “Many of the lessons “that come with age” will then be available to the young, but the old will not lose the spiritual elasticity of their youth. This itself is important. But for some time, future incarnations will still be hidden for practical reasons.

    “As these changes come about, new areas will be activated in the brain to physically take care of them. Physically then, brain mappings will be possible in which past life memories are evoked. All of these alterations are spiritual changes in which the meaning of religion will escape organizational bounds, become a living part of individual existence, and where psychic frameworks rather than physical ones form the foundations for civilization.

    “Man’s experience will be so extended that to you the species will seem to have changed into another. This does not mean there will not be problems. It does mean that man will have far greater resources at his command. It also presupposes a richer and far more diverse social framework. Men and women will find themselves relating to their brethren, not only as the people that they are, but as the people that they were.

    “Family relationships will show perhaps the greatest changes. There will be room for emotional interactions within the family that are now impossible. The conscious mind will be more aware of unconscious material.

    “I am including this information in this chapter on religion because it is important that you realize that spiritual ignorance is at the basis of so many of your problems, and that indeed your only limitations are spiritual ones.”

    • Scott Preston says :

      Thanks for digging that up. When I read the passage in which Seth remarks that, unless certain changes of a biological or physiological nature occur, the race may not endure, I was at a loss. What biological changes specifically, and how are these to occur? We don’t normally consider ourselves to be responsible for the functioning and structure of our bodies. We leave that to something called “evolution”, which is, usually, something that occurs only at a snail’s pace. I shuddered at the thought that these “changes to the body’s mechanisms” might imply direct genetic tinkering and engineering.

      Since the “body mechanism” is, in Seth’s terms (also Blake and others) a projection of the core Self’s image of itself under physical conditions, any changes to the body mechanism would appear to follow from deep changes in that core Self’s self-image — that is, in Gebser’s terms, in the structure of consciousness. Nonetheless, it remains a puzzle and riddle to me what physiological organs, specifically, must occur and in what manner.

      Gurdjieff had the notion of the “kundabuffer”, an organ or structure that supposedly existed at the base of the spine and prevented energy — the serpent or dragon energy — from rising up the spinal column, such rising usually associated with enlightenment in Kundalini Yoga etc. This “kundabuffer” might be what is called “the devil’s tail”, but I’m not sure. Another spinal structure called “the lamina quadrigemina” was once entertained by Rosenstock-Huessy as the root organ, but that is uncertain. I’ve never been able to find any information on it, but as you can see by the name, it is supposed to be the germinal point of the quadratic or fourfold consciousness, and perhaps even the focal point or portal by which consciousness enters into physical reality — the point of embodiment, so to speak. But if so, it would be pretty similar and in proximity to don Juan’s “assemblage point”. But that’s not located on the physical form, but supposedly at an arm’s length from the shoulder blades on the outer circumference of the luminous shell or “egg” that is the true human shape. I would say, though, that the lamina quadrigemina and the assemblage point are probably the same thing — but are they part of the “body mechanism”?

      • LittleBigMan says :

        You are most welcome, Sir.

        “Since the “body mechanism” is, in Seth’s terms (also Blake and others) a projection of the core Self’s image of itself under physical conditions, any changes to the body mechanism would appear to follow from deep changes in that core Self’s self-image”

        That’s exactly it. In the first place, projecting in the physical realm helps consciousness learn, expand, and grow. But the current intellectual and physical capabilities of our species can only help the consciousness grow and expand so much. And our consciousness is completely aware of this. So, at some point, if the cosciousness is to continue to learn and expand via physical projections, it seems to me, it must increase the prowess of its physical projections in every respect. I think Seth is telling us that such significant jump in our intellectual and physical limits — will follow — spiritual growth, not precede it. Or in other words, “any changes to the body mechanism would appear to follow from deep changes in that core Self’s self-image”.

        Now, I think there is good likelihood that the organ that changes the most in this spiritually transformed version of our species is ‘the brain’. There is good evidence for this even as we speak.

        For example, we know that we know very little about the brain. I’ve read in the past that we still don’t know what 95%-98% of our brain does. I think this is because our medical scientists (not the “underground” that Robert Monroe talked about) is preoccupied with the sensory evidence pertaining to the functions of the brain. So, it seems to me, the function of the brain that has to do with sensory input/output is the 2%-5% that we already nearly know.

        Another example is that, as far as I have come to understand, ‘Will’ is generated within our thoughts. And our brain is the organ with which we receive and digest thoughts. If we could consider the brain as the receptor of thoughts or inspiration from the Self’s “core”, then, the role that “the assemblage point” plays with respect to perceiving extra-sensory input, the brain plays with respect to sensory input, and therefore any major change in the way we perceive our physical existence, it seems to me, must follow activation of more receptors (perhaps inactive as of yet) in the brain.

        I speculate that these as of yet inactive receptors in the brain, when activated, will be able to discern and detect and correctly interpret the flow of extra-sensory energy through the universe for an embodied personality. As Seth says, “This does not mean there will not be problems. It does mean that man will have far greater resources at his command.” I have no doubt that Seth is right. In such intensely spiritual era, our species will have problems but we will be much better prepared to deal with them.

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