I’m trying to figure myself out. I’m human. So, my consciousness comes prepackaged with a body. A body is an instrument forged in the fires of evolutionary pressure. The furnace is earth, and we have been smoldering for eons.
My body comes with instincts. I have impulses. To fuck, to defend, to run, to protect, to be powerful – and these impulses that guided our ancestors through the jungles and savannas have been redirected by culture, like a dam trying to redirect the ocean.
In our culture, most people most of the time are unsatisfied. And it is because we lack meaning. We lack meaning because we live artificial lives. We don’t hunt our own food. We don’t tend to the earth and her fruits. We don’t build our shelters. We don’t have a sense of community.
Instead, we have been dammed by a cultural story.
We are born into an artificial “community”. Unlike our ancestors who had 20 or 30 elders to learn from, we are lucky to have two elders, Mom and Dad. Our infancy unfolds within cubes. We are fed fake food. We look into screens animating artificial reality.
We aren’t taught to watch the stars and her cycles, or how to identify and gather herbs, or how to wield a weapon. We are taught how to sit in more artificial cubes, to memorize and regurgitate semantic information for artificial communities called companies.
I imagine our cultural conditioning like the stained glass corridor of an underwater aquarium that we stumble through unconsciously. Beyond the glass is the pulsating biotechnological ocean that is the incomprehensible-ness of our unconscious mind. We only see the ineffable as it is refracted through our stained glass. And all that separates our little ego from the vastness of our ancient unconscious is our cultural conditioning.
Epiphanies, radical philosophical insights, traumas, and crises are all times when our glass cracks and the ineffable rushes in. Our current cultural conditioning is not equipped to hand the cracks. The unfathomable will not be denied. I’m dedicating my life to improving how we adapt to the cracks.
Having a philosophical orientation to life is like scuba gear. Instead of waiting for life to strike with a crisis, we should systematically expose ourselves to chemicals that crack the glass. We crack the glass just enough to test our gear.
I’ve done this, and while the suit needs much more research and improvements, it can save your ego when the tunnel cracks.
I want to open source the schematics with anyone interested in building their own. I think it’s important that you build your own because while we share the collective unconscious ocean, we each have unique tunnels.
I’ve got work on sharing the information in an enjoyable way. You’ve seen the directions that come with your dresser or that fucking bed frame, and you threw that shit out.
I want to share my blueprint without you throwing it away. And I think it’s important. Because all of our corridors are going to shatter eventually. And the freedom a reliable set of gear can give you is infinitely more enjoyable than walking through the artificial prison we are conditioned into.
It is actually really simple. There is the Freedom Principle, the Adaptiveness Principle, and the Individuality Principle.
The Freedom Principle
I like to call this RAWism because Robert Anton Wilson helped me find this. There is no objective truth. There is no Single way to interpret any external or internal stimulus. Life is a Rorschach Inkblot and we each are the artist who gets to interpret the story.
“The world is not governed by facts or logic. It is governed by BS (belief systems). Never believe totally in anybody else’s BS. Never believe totally in your own BS.”
Robert Anton Wilson
The Adaptiveness Principle
The Freedom principle, when not only known, but actually understood, frees us from the Monotunnel we were born into. This is the moment our lives change (we each remember the moment we first saw beyond our conditioned tunnel). What is terrifying is when we are free from the reality tunnel chosen for us, we are crushed by the immensity of our freedom to choose our new way to interpret the Inkblot.
The Adaptiveness principle is the filter we use to help us choose. It is Pragmatism. Choose the current model of reality that leads to the most successful action. You get to choose what successful means, but your genes have programmed urges that may be hard to ignore if you try to define success too logically.
“Simply accept that the universe is so structured that it can see itself, and that this self-reflexive arc is built into our frontal lobes, so that consciousness contains an infinite regress, and all we can do is make models of ourselves making models…
This is what the Hindus call Shiva-darshana, or the divine dance. You are still in life, or life is in you, but since there are infinite aspects of everything, especially to the ‘you’ who is observing/creating all these muddles and models, there are no limits.
The only sensible goal, then, is to try to build a reality-tunnel for next week that is bigger, funnier, sexier, more optimistic and generally less boring than any previous reality-tunnel.
And once you have built that bigger, funnier, happier universe of thought, build a bigger and better one, for next month”
Once you have freed yourself from the Monotunnel, and you begin to use Pragmatism to survive the infinite interpretations of reality, you now have the freedom to begin swimming in the waters of the Unconscious.
For the rest of your life, you will be embarking on your Individuation Process. You will slowly realize the Reality Tunnel that resides within you. It wishes to be expressed and you are the only artist on this entire planet who has ever lived and who will ever live that can bring your unique reality tunnel into the collective conscious.
“We are all greater artists than we realize.” -Nietzsche