How much “proof” does anyone with a heart and a body need? With this equipment, one can easily sense the distress that humans’ egocentric habits of moving, feeling, perceiving (and, consequently, thinking and acting) have been causing for a long, long time.
Those who insist science will or should save us have missed the point. They have failed to truly investigate and understand what a human is, and what is therefore entailed in changing the challenging conditions we collectively face.
The human is not only a cognitive mind; human cognition develops from and remains dependent upon our older functions and structures. Our mode of thinking arises from our mode of moving, perceiving and feeling. Any mental information that conflicts strongly with this far older and thus, more powerful, matrix arouses primordial resistance.
This is as True for diligent scientists as for ego-mad authoritarians; this dimension of science was nicely explicated by philosopher Thomas Kuhn decades ago. His description of “paradigm incommensurability” is highly germane to today’s “news.”
Western liberalism is dying now because the matrix–the paradigm from which its thoughts arise–is mentally authoritarian. Western liberalism presumes that cognitive mind should and can rule over and reign in the older parts of human nature. It not-so-secretly despises Nature, the body, the wild (look what has happened to these during liberalism’s reign!) while claiming to love and care for everyone…
Speakers rooted in Western liberalism (not the same as political liberalism) demonstrate their conviction that mind does, should, MUST rule uber alles by a) constantly insisting that those who see things differently just need more or better facts, and b) constantly insisting that those whose policy choices are evidently indebted to emotional feelings and/or spiritual intuitions are lesser speakers than they themselves are. Those whose thoughts are evidently inflected with emotional or spiritual commitments are stupid, ignorant, less evolved than the liberal’s…
Liberalism, which takes dissociated mind as God, fails again and again to recognize any distinction between pre-rational speakers and trans-rational speakers. (Check out Sri Aurobindo and/or Western thinker Ken Wilbur for more on this critical distinction). To the liberal, anyone who allows for an intelligence greater than Mind God is obviously wrong–and not only wrong, but dangerously so. This mental fascism naturally arouses violent resistance, which the liberal then blames on everyone else, and takes as further “proof” of the liberal’s innate superiority.
Western liberalism has utterly failed to recognize that humanity can’t erase our longstanding difficulties with power by mental fiat. Legislation banning hate and violence doesn’t work in the fullness of time, because it goes against (rather than respecting and working to grow) our humanity. Education that emphasizes mental facts, mental learning, will not resolve what mental dominance has created.
If we want transformation, we need to develop our integral intelligence. And we need to start by recognizing that a divine learner already lives in every human, and has gifts to offer our collective educational/evolutionary process.
Western liberal thinking and its media constantly resort to saying things like, “We have to give people better alternatives.”
Who is “we”? The wise and generous giver who must aid the poor benighted masses? Does the divine intelligence, the creator of all alternatives, not live within every person?
Western liberalism is dying a natural death right now because it has outlived its usefulness to the development of our Nature. Contrary to mind’s self-serving propaganda, collective regression and/or literal death is not the only possible outcome of the death of this paradigm. Contrary to mind’s self-serving P.R., the human mind is not now and never has been in control of our destiny here.
Relax, ego mind! Nothing here is under your control. And that’s a good thing, 'cuz look at the messes you make when left alone!
We don’t need more studies, more analysis, more mental “proof.” We’re collectively and individually moving toward a more encompassing Knowing. Ready or not, willing or unwilling.
As rapists have been saying to women for untold generations, “You might as well lie back and enjoy it.” Because we can’t stop this transformation, and resisting it makes the pain worse for everyone for longer.
Or, to paraphrase the Wicked Witch of the West in her sky-script to Dorothy: Surrender, Mentality!