That Which We Justify

To discuss this topic, I am going to come out of heart and back into concrete mind.

I’ll start with a question first. Do you notice when you start justifying something to yourself?

In justification-space many things seem to be OK. We can justify all sorts of stuff to ourselves and thereby feel thoroughly justified. We might seek to invade another country to remove its leader, so we look around for some justification that will mean that the upcoming slaughter is fine. At the merest whiff of weapons of mass destruction, we have our standard, our flag, behind which we can unleash hell. This is perhaps an extreme example. But we can find justifications for a whole bunch of stuff, that is mean, dodgy, cowardly, shabby, vindictive, greedy, you name it. We kind of know that we did not ought to be doing it, so we hunt around for a plethora of justifications so that we can bury our conscience under them. And then we share our justifications with others to justify our actions. If it is a group effort we can sample the justifications of others and increase the overall justification count. We can talk ourselves into something and we can talk ourselves out of something. We may silence our conscience so that we can indulge in whatever it is. Maybe later we may regret, but for now we want to do something so bad, that we in our cleverness can find sufficient justifications. Under these the basic spirit, the motive behind actions lies buried. We then start to think that because of our justifications “it” is great idea, good, true and thoroughly justifiable. We can get all caught up in an idea, even if it isn’t so bright and then we must execute that idea.

I’ll interject another question. Do we suspect that by the time we are looking to justify we are already straying from the path of what might be termed righteousness?

This tendency to justify is a part of the common dream. We all do it. We have to explain what we did over Christmas and justify our choice of holiday destination, car, career, partner, dog and political affiliation. It is part and parcel.

Under the flag of justification some pretty nasty shit is done. Justification is the primary method of silencing the conscience, the heart.

Having cued this up:

Are justifications a good or a bad thing?

Have I ever justified something to myself that was shabby and off?

Justify your answers.

The Astounding Omniscience of They

If you want to be free, then you will need to think for yourself and then learn to trust that and what your heart tells you. You many need to do this against a backdrop of the astounding omniscience of they. This means that you might be at the sharp end of group opinion. It is not a comfortable place.

This relates to the “Making Plans for Nigel” theme, a favourite theme of mine. Other people gather together and make plans for what to do with Nigel. They imagine that if they present Nigel with a fait accompli, he will be happy and go along with it. Of course, they have not consulted Nigel whilst they are making plans for him, so it is by way of an intrigue. He has been excluded and thereby plotted upon. This never occurs to them, it lies outside their astounding omniscience.

Group mind deems itself wise and all-knowing, this is because like-minded people share a similar approach. Because there is little dissent within a homogeneous group, it imagines that consensual accuracy is in fact wide ranging and accurate. A little careful thought suggests that homogeneous groups are limited to the conceptual abilities to be found within their homogeneity. Although they may imagine themselves capable of thinking outside the box, the box is pretty small to start off with. So even if they manage to get outside the box it is still close to the box.

There is something comforting about the consensus of a group. Because of that it deems itself to be righter. From within the group it seems OK to recruit into it or inflict opinion upon those outside it. They imagine themselves attractive and to have a gravitational pull.

If you want to be free, then you have to be mindful of this draw of group-mind. It can be difficult to maintain clarity in the light of peer pressure. Group-mind is volatile and can turn in an instant, sometimes on others. And group-mind once moving has more momentum, thereby it is difficult to stop or resist. It takes some character to not get caught up in group-mind. That primitive urge to belong to some tribe or other is strong. External people will always consult the tribe before the individual. This means that the astounding omniscience of they, is the more widely accepted. They say a lot of things.

 

If you want to be free, then you will need to think for yourself and then learn to trust that and what your heart tells you.

That Sinking Feeling

Ever had that sinking feeling as “it” slowly starts to dawn on you?

This can happen when something or someone you believe in, whom you may even revere, starts to look more than a little shabby. Slowly you start to realise that they have been lying and though you may not want to, your heart starts to sink. You can feel it in your gut.  “How could I have been so stupid?” Nearly always what has pulled the wool over the eyes, is some imagined benefit, some glamour or other. The “shiny” has blinded you to true nature. One could go to a hotel room in the hope of a movie role and there is a middle-aged man waving his cock at you, for example.

Our heroes, our idealized forms, can fail to be quite as wonderful as we imagined. The guru becomes the cult leader, the priest or the DJ abuses children. The football executive is busy lining his own pockets and those of his pals. People can be more than willing to swallow things hook, line and sinker.

“It’s easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled.”

There is much debate even about the provenance of the “famous” Twain quote, one web site has it in paraphrased form:

“The glory which is built upon a lie soon becomes a most unpleasant incumbrance. …  How easy it is to make people believe a lie, and how hard it is to undo that work again!”

Autobiographical dictation, 2 December 1906. Published in Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 2 (University of California Press, 2013)

Human nature does not like to believe that it has been suckered and fooled. It will go into huge denial.

That sinking feeling also comes when we know we have to do something, but dread doing it. So, we put if off and put it off. This doesn’t usually work; the dread simply grows. The situation we are dreading gets worse.

There is only one method that truly works, take your eyes off the “shiny” and listen to your heart. If you do this quickly enough you will have less of those sinking feelings in life.

What Does Your Heart Tell You?

It is not uncommon for people to chase a problem round and round and round in brain-mind and get exactly nowhere. The thought processes chug around the track, the list of pros and cons builds up. The mind gets tired. There is no solution in the land of both-and. The same old process starts over, chug, chug, chug. One can get caught in a mind-loop, which literates. One can get caught in a mind-loop, which literates. One can get caught in a mind-loop, which iterates. It can be painful to watch someone caught up in loopy-mind-loop-looping. And often they say near-exact the same things out loud, over and over. If it were a helpful mantra, this would be OK. But usually it ain’t.

The heart has a bullshit knife which can cut through. Learning to use this bullshit knife does not happen overnight. This is because people prefer the “sanity” of loopy-mind-loop-looping. It is somehow comforting and familiar.

Having cued this up:

Have I ever not listened to my heart because I did not like what it was saying?

In the long-term, was the outcome good?

Underwhelming

I have been looking for a word that describes today and the times around now, and it came up in the newspapers regarding May’s cabinet reshuffle. It was underwhelming. That is the problem with too much brain-mind, too much risk averse thinking, it very quickly bores one to death. There is not much spirit, just a whole bunch of arguing the toss and political infighting. The endless rolling out of template-thinking, the sheer repetition of system and having to walk on egg shells around prima donnas; is so very tiring and stultifying. The machine rolls on and it doesn’t go anywhere but it simply must roll on. Of course, we are still under the heavy fog of Brexit ennui. The walking dead, walk on.

To my mind in relatively recent times there have been two highlights in world history, where spirit rose. And these were when Greece rallied against austerity and when Catalonia aimed at nation-hood. There was some spirit then. But the machine rolled. These two events captured my imagination and for once I was actually keen to read the news. It gave me some hope for wider humanity.

That fucking machine, how it rolls. It squashes any temerity and crumples novelty. The music industry in the UK is at its creative lowest ebb, manufacturing clone varieties. There is so much sameness in all spheres of life. One has to be PR acceptable and thereby bland. We may win prizes, but any controversy is an anathema. The slick corporate nothing-ness pervades, where statements sound nice but mean fuck all. The machine must roll, all hail the machine. We must obey its spreadsheets and conform to its systems. That is the way we do things around here, don’t you know.

This means that leadership is next to impossible, management in a machine context is possible. There are too many chiefs, rather ego-inflated fiefdom builders. The wider good is ignored for personal gain. Everyone bickers and argues for the advancement of fief. It does not matter if the whole goes to pot, so long as the personal fief appears to thrive. In the fullness of time, therein lies ruin.

Concrete brain-mind wants to make sense, to be sensible and reasonable. It tends to grey and sets rock hard. Concrete very rarely lifts the soul and raises the spirit. It is underwhelming. There is no spark. There is an absence of heart.

Minimizing New Karma

If one seeks to be free and has some level of belief in Causal Ordering or Karma, then it stands to reason that it is wise to try not to generate any new karma or at least to minimize what new karma we do generate. This means we need to consider our actions and the implications, thereof. If we don’t give a shit we can carry on just as we please. This approach risks what I have termed Karmic Ghosts. It is a kind of brinksmanship with fate. We can bluff and wait for the universe to call our bluff. But cause and effect are real, even if we cannot see the fine detail of Causal Ordering. A cause, sooner or later, effects. Just how it effects can vary.

The best way to minimise new karma is to listen to our Soul, our inner voice. For it is the Soul which knows and not our complicated and often self-important personalities. Each time we fail to listen to our Soul, our heart, we tend to generate new karma. Don’t imagine for a minute that the Soul is easy going, it is anything but. It is trying to get us on track, to learn and to evolve as a being. And so often “we” resist our own Souls. Somewhere, perhaps buried deep under the rubble and destruction of our lives, there is a conscience. It may be near mortally wounded. Unless we start to listen so that “we” and our Soul are on the same page, we will never feel whole or at one.

Though we may not like to acknowledge it our Soul knows what it needs to be doing. Yet so often we stymie it, and this causes “us” suffering. In one sense failing to listen to our conscience is causal of our suffering. Seems to me that many are more than a tad masochistic. Oh that WILL, how it likes to fight against the guidance of our Soul!!

Trying to stop generating new karma is an important part of the road to liberation.

If you start to listen to your heart the guidance on how, is readily available to you.