On The Beach
One of his articles starts with the answer “42”, a tongue-in-cheek bit of sarcasm directed at the existing world of propaganda and lies that we live in and consider normal life.
The question is what is the answer to the lies presented as truths by our civilization? Answer, number 42.
For me, the answer has become, “It is all a lie”.
There is simply no part of the existing systems of this civilization of modernity that is not based on a lie of some sort to some degree or another. I think a person could spend all their time looking for the lies, but I am not sure that is at all productive any more. At a certain point the personal realization that it is all a lie becomes so overwhelming that there is no point in bothering to look for any more lies. I had a crisis of personality and confidence that lasted several years at that point in my growing understanding of where we are as a civilization.
Just accept that everything in modernity is a lie.
This statement is not meant as cynicism, but as a call to action.
It is now time to focus on truth.
The tenets and pillars and supports of all our modern institutions are lies, supported by the lying behavior of the direct recipients of the lies and all the rest of us who willingly or ignorantly accept the lies and then perpetuate the lies. Now the system of lies is so endemic and powerful all over the earth that it is almost impossible to live outside the lies, even when we know they are lies.
The concept that most of what we think of as modern civilization is a lie means that most of our own personal beliefs are also lies.
The lies that underpin our civilization, when viewed with even a slight bit of critical thinking, are so obvious and egregious that to accept them without gulping in disbelief is impossible for any partially sane person who is awake.
A monetary and financial system based on endless exponential growth?
This is logically impossible inside a finite world system. Any child of 10 who has learned multiplication could and should come to this conclusion.
Spiritual belief systems based on delayed personal salvation offered by an all-powerful omnipotent creator god who demands exclusivity?
Forget faith, this strains any sort of comprehension of the concept of “Omnipotent”. Plus there is the inconvenient matter that such a spiritual belief system forgives the slave master while conditioning the slaves to accept their conditions in exchange for some promised heaven after death. Oh how special! Why would anyone willingly believe this?
A person would have to have an IQ lower than a rock and no sense of shame or personal honor at all to believe in either of these ideas, yet they are the bedrock beliefs for the foundations of modernity. I know my personal IQ hovered around granite level for years, maybe limestone.
So it could be said that in our modern belief system we are personally not responsible for striving after continual easy exponential growth at the expense of everyone and everything, even life itself.
Human life conditioned and based on such an impossible, pathological set of outrageous beliefs is not possible. Eventually it will fail spectacularly to the detriment of almost everyone and everything. The only beneficiaries are the psychopaths who milk the willing and unwilling cows right up to the point when it all falls apart.
A person has a choice when they come face to face with the sobering fact that their beliefs are actually lies. They can fall back on the comfort of the lies as habits of ease or press forward to try to see truth. Personal responsibility would seem to demand the path of truth, but this is so much more difficult than it seems.
However, if a person is not ready, willing, and able to be personally responsible for their own thoughts, actions and beliefs, then they are truly lost and will never be able to find anything close to truth. Peace and happiness will always be outside their grasp. Each one of us creates our own mental state and is responsible for that state. The great lie underpinning all modern religions and psychology is that a person can pass off their personal responsibility to someone or something else. Who else can do the hard work and gain the benefits of personal responsibility except each individual person?
This means each person must search for the truth and do their very best to create their best effort at life based on truth at each instant of their being. There is no easy way, no shortcuts and no one else can be responsible, especially not unaccountable social institutions.
How does a person whose whole being is based on lies ever find a way to see the truth? And just seeing or knowing truth is not nearly enough. You have to do your best actions to live inside that truth.
This issue is not easy, but there are ways toward truth if a person is to regain any sense of honor. For me these ways are:
- CD’s statement, Question everything critically and believe nothing without question. Give yourself the grace to find life amidst all the death pretending to be life around us now. There is one critical means test for any belief. Does the item in question; a belief, action or practice, lead to sustainability in action with benefit for many during a normal human time frame? If not, then it is based on a lie since it cannot promote life. Sustainability is usually thought of in terms of resource use, but this is a convenient lie. Unsustainable resource use always starts with unsustainable belief systems.
- Cut off as many ties to the existing system as possible. Get as much of the lies and propaganda out of your life as you possibly can.
- Live simply. Live positively. Learn what it means for you to be happy and what that means in terms of “stuff” that you need. Always try to remember that all “stuff” starts as a thought or belief that must be questioned first before the “stuff” becomes important.
- Do something. Do not live this new life only inside your thoughts. Do something physical and active and positive with your new set of beliefs. Life is about action. Truth without action is not truth at all. Truthful action delays energy entropy and that is what life really is all about.
- Reach out to your neighbors in a positive spirit of community. Sustainable life and survival is always about group dynamics. Do all you can to create the best, most inclusive group you can inside the set of truths you decide you can stand on.
- Be a scientist. Observe life in action in its most beautiful state of complexity. It is always truthful.
- Find any possible way you can to try to connect yourself directly to life itself. A direct connection to the forces of life inside any living entity will change you forever and make it much easier to push the lies away. The lies are always about life lived poorly.
Life is actually very simple. Nature surrounds us with almost everything we need, freely given in grace by life itself. It is just so very very difficult to see now when we are also surrounded by the exact opposite of life in almost everyone everywhere.
Personally I chose to get out of modernity. I could not see another way for me.
But my way might not be the right way for someone else. One of the beauties of this place is free choice of thought and action. The fact that the existing systems of modernity are direct limitations of freedom of thought should raise all sorts of alarms in everyone.
But do not fall into the New Age crap of believing that all paths lead to truth. They obviously do not or mankind and the earth would not be in the mess it is now. All paths offer the potential of learning; our job is to learn the best path that leads to life and to stay off the other paths that lead to death.
Do not fall into the New Age crap of thinking we are all One. Yikes. We are not all one. We might be able to all be connected if we know how to do that.
Do not fall into the New Age crap of thinking we create our own reality without deep understanding and responsibility for what that means. We have the potential to consciously create our own reality if we know how. Right now the world is an obvious example of the crap we create when we do not know what we are doing. Without understanding we unconsciously create disasters.
Do not fall into the New Age crap of thinking we are little gods and can do anything. We can only do what we can do. The job of our lives is to learn what is right to do and then how to do it. Anything else is wishful thinking. There is no magic in nature, it is always brutally honest.
You can only do what you can do, but there might not be any limits on what is possible for you to be able to accomplish if you know how.
There is no end to the potential in that statement. It is the most powerful positive statement possible, or the most negative. But it is very hard work to learn how to “do” properly and anything other than perfection might lead to disaster. This means that to fully actualize your potential you must learn to be very responsible in thought and action.
Quality of action is an absolute essential essence of our interaction with life.
What we are doing now on earth is almost the exact opposite of quality. As conscious entities it would be reasonable to expect that we would be stewards of life, since our life depends on all life. Instead we are rapper and destroyers of life, even of our own kind. As a species we are obviously insane in our current condition since our present path will lead to the death of mankind, maybe the death of all life on earth.
This condition is a direct result of living under the lies of our current institutions.
Do your very best to get out from under these lies.
On The Beach