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“Radical Politics For Men and Women”
Human beings everywhere are renounced both collective and individual responsibility for their truly human lives. In general, human beings are not freely and rightly establishing and preserving the truly human character of their individual lives – and the collective of mankind is not organized to establish and to preserve the truly human character of human life in general.
In this present epoch human being sdo not, generally, assume cultural, social, and politicalf reedom of right association, right commitment, and, altogether, right life – but they assume, instead, that they have to subordinate themselves to the ideas and the plans of power-seeking bureaucrats, benighted intellectuals, materialistic scientists, religious fundamentalists, and disturbed political revolutionaries – who work to effectively prevent the truly human politics of intimate, cooperative society. And this universal failure of right life reflects every human individual’s frightened suppression of the universal Unifying Life-Principle and of the life-positive vitality of Spiritually-Awakened bodily existence.
Because present-day human individuals are everywhere socially indoctrinated to be afraid of their own inherent life-impulse toward unity with all and All, we have the present-day world the”late-time” (or “dark” epoch) of a benighted, ego-bound, and universally misled humanity. Present-day mankind is a globalmass of mere individuals, whobecause they cannotfreely “connect” with one another – live as slaves of their own minds and separate selves. For the most part, human beings in this “dark” epoch are an unconscious mass, enslaved by their own motives, and, inevitably, controlledby other egos who are shrewder than themselves.
In their true human freedom, men and women are oriented toward intimately felt human unity and the Oneness of Truth. Such human individuals positively participate in the cosmically Unifying Life-Principle. However, ever since the advent of the modern dichotomy between other-worldly religions and this-worldly utopian idealism’s, people have, paradoxically, assumed (in their double-mindedness) that the inherent unifying impulse of life is supposed to be negatively manipulated, suppressed,and made unconscious, while, at the same time, they assumethat life in this world is, by means of double-minded humaneffort, to become an eventual utopian paradise. As a resultof this cultural double-mindedness, modern people are deeply troubled about the vital impulses of their natural lives, and about the ultimate purpose of life itself. Therefore, the global human society in this “dark” epoch is built around the manipulative suppression of the life-force and the simultaneous manipulative exploitation of the materially oriented mind.
Inevitably, double-mindedness becomes “dark” control. Therefore, at last, everything and everyone become emptied of Reality and Truth. The modern doctrine is that people are supposed to work. That is the asceticism of the common man and woman. You are supposed to be a mere salt-of-the-earth worker, and you are not to be fundamentally and ecstatically involved in True Delight. You are not expected or permitted to be fully and freely conscious. You are supposed to work, buy junk food and television sets, and always stay tuned to the propaganda of the daily “news” – and you are not to allow yourself to beaware of anything “Fundamentally Curious” that might cause you to become ecstatic and profound.
Until human individuals begin to develop some basic understanding of their limited condition – and, optimally, to directly and tacitly feel their connection (and sustenance) to their true nature they are exploitable by individuals and influences that arbitrarily assume a material power that exceeds their own. Therefore, the usual man or woman, who works in a factory or an office and listens to the “news” faithfully, is constantly exploited by all kinds of shrewd people who are materially in charge of his or her political, social, cultural, and intimate life.
For the usual person, politics ismerely a matter of listening to the “news” every night.Politics in this “dark” epoch is either a childish or anadolescent reaction to the fact of being controlled by the”news” of the world and by the abstract, all-controllingpolitics of the State. One individual plays the “system”,and the other is a revolutionary. The child buys the”system” and expects it to work, and the adolescent is aperpetual revolutionary, whose childish expectations werenot fulfilled. Both types are merely relating to the worldas a parent like “thing” that controls them.
If you stop listening to the “news”,and if you simply observe what is really going on, you,inevitably, become depressed by the feeling that your lifeis not under your control. However, “depression” is only avery minimal insight. Obviously, everybody is controlled.The typical response to the observation of the controllingforces of life is to react by joining a revolution, gettingdrunk, kicking a couple of bad politicians out of office,having a war, getting “high” on popular illusions, becoming”against” a political “something”, or becoming “for” apolitical “something” – but reaction is obviously not theway to rightly transform real politics. What is needed is toestablish a completely different principle of human cultureand politics. What is needed is a principle of human cultureand politics that is not based on reaction to all the bad”news”.
Fundamentally, there is only bad”news” in the ordinary, unenlightened, chaotic world.Instead of waiting for action from “sources” out in theworld somewhere – government sources, media sources,interplanetary sources, mystical sources, or whatever it isthat you wait for all the time – you must, yourself,become involved in intimate, cooperative community withother human beings. In a responsible, mutually dependent,cooperative, tolerant, peaceful, and intimate relationshipwith other human beings, you must create and protect thebasics of a truly human culture and of a truly intimatedaily human society.
The only reason the “news” of theworld and the abstract politics of the State can exploit andcontrol you is that you are in vitalshock – or a double-mindedand self-defeating recoil from the universal UnifyingLife-Principle – and, because you are, thus, alienated fromReality Itself, you believe that you need a number of thingsyou cannot acquire without playing for or against the”system”. However, if you are always already truly alive,always already Full of True Humor, True Love, and TrueLight, and, Thus, always already in Communion with Reality,you need not be greatly concerned about any of the “news” ofthe world of egos. You can and must create your ownpolitics – in intimate, cooperative association withyour fellow human beings.
The existence of the big political”system” does not make any ultimate positive difference in the daily life of the individual. You can and must live a truly free, responsible life, regardless of the “system” or the “news”. Of course, it can be done a little easier if the”system” is relatively accommodating and the “news” is relatively benign. You would have to be more inventive to do it in an absolutist society, or during a war in a bombed-outtown. Nevertheless – regardless of the larger politics, or the State of the “news” – the truly human politics of intimate, cooperative living can be done. And, therefore, the ego-transcending discipline of intimate, cooperativeliving is the only true “radical” politics – or the only genuine “realpolitik” for ordinary, or truly human, men and women.
The true change that you must createi s not principally in the “system” itself but in the ordinary, daily associations between yourself and other human beings. People who would be free must live in a non-egoic and non-competitive manner, in intimate cooperation with one another. Human beings must truly understand themselves – in all of their external and internal egoity – and they must, on that basis, adapt to a cooperative and mutually tolerant arrangement of daily life, in which they are each personally responsible for the character of daily existence, and in which they simply live together, intimately and seriously, free of reactive and dependent association with the parent like abstract world of the “news”.
A truly rational and benign politics cannot be enacted merely by investing mankind in a world-wide system of parent like bureaucracies. The abstract system creates childish dependencies and illusory solutions, and it discourages the general possibility of genuine personal responsibility, or daily “right life”. The true politics of the individual is in relation to what is intimate to him or her. Truly human politics is in the sphere of directly effective relationships, experienced on adaily basis, where the individual’s voice and experience can be directly heard and sympathetically felt. That, fundamentally, is politics. All the rest is only the vulgarand inherently disheartening daily “news” of the world-machine of human egos.
A politics based on truly human, cooperative relationships is not likely to take place on al arge scale in a present-day city – although, ultimately, even that is a possibility. Present-day cities are merely a random collection of subhuman emergencies. People crowd together in modern cities for all kinds of conflicting and subhuman reasons. These are not genuine cities, in any fully human sense. A true city would be a large-scale cooperative community – an essentially autonomous, fully cooperative, truly intimate, and Spiritually oriented order of mutually dependent people who are devoted to the advanced developmental culture of truly humanized mankind. However, that kind of human order does not exist in the cities of today. Today, a city is just a collection of disturbed and fascinated people – not a conscious, positively organized association of truly human beings.
Without a community of responsible relationships and advanced cultural agreements, there can be no right politics. Truly right politics is, necessarily, an expression of right life. Right politics is a functional realization of the collective right relationships between individuals living in free cooperation with one another.
The true cooperative human communityis not merely a utopian commune, in which every ego tries to be perfect, or to be perfectly fulfilled. Such perfection or fulfillment is not possible for the ego. Advanced human and Spiritual understanding is the principle of life in true cooperative human community. Communities are rightly established when human beings rightly understand the functional design of Man – as an ego, as a single, or simultaneous, whole, and as a Spiritually Awakened totality. And communities are rightly organized and managed when the problem-solving, creative capabilities of human beings are – on the basis of a true culture of ego-transcendence and of true Divine Self-Realization – rightly disciplined, and always measured in terms of their relative importance. Therefore, fundamentally, human beings must understand and be responsible for their egoity – and, thus, for their tendencies to live life as an inherent, or irreducible, dilemma, or, otherwise, as a perpetual search for self-glorifying fulfillment of loveless inclinations.
In a true cooperative human community, every one knows what every one else has the tendency to become and the possibility to become. And all serve one another at the level of that understanding. They all also know the functional character and capability of each one among them, and they amuse and enjoy and serve and employ one another at every appropriate level. Right responsibility for functional life must always be assumed and demanded in a truly human community. When it is not, that failure of responsibility will, inevitably, weaken the community – and, thus, enable shrewder men and women to exploit and oppress the members of the community, and make them slaves to their own egoity again.
If men and women will enter into true cooperative human community – and, therefore, into intimate cooperative and higher cultural relationship with one another – they will no longer be exploitable by any life-negating influences from the abstract social and political realm of the worldly “news”. The negatively dominant bureaucracy of the world of egos becomes obsolete only through non-use. And, once its negative and parent like powers become obsolete through non-use, even the State will be obliged to become the simple instrument of the responsible agreements of the people. If the people become truly intelligent and freely cooperative, then the State will, inevitably, do likewise. And if the people truly become collectively intelligent and responsible, the nindividual freedom can never really be eliminated by the State of the “news”.
Conventional politics has always been associated with an ideal of one or another sort. In the modern era, the ideal has, generally, switched from a humanistic to an economic one. Nevertheless, all merely idealistic systems tend to depend on temporary, emergency solutions to basic problems. This is because conventional idealism is an abstraction – a basis for a politics of manipulation of people by an abstract State, and not for an intimate, cooperative politics of practical responsibility, on the part of the people, for both themselves and the political union of their lives. The tactics of abstract State politics always relate to a more or less irresponsiblea nd externally controlled populace – and, therefore, the State tends to be fixed in a view of human life as a dilemma that continuously requires new emergency reactions to solve the constant crisis of new emergency problems. As a result, politics becomes an insane conglomeration of temporary solutions, enforced by a bureaucratic State that is oppressive, rigid, immense, and intolerable.
The fundamentals of life must be pre-solved at the local level – at the regional level where the daily, cooperative community exists. Within the cooperative human community, every member should be guaranteed access to the basic necessities and opportunities of life. Generally, the basic solutions to human needs do not require resort to any of the resources of an abstract State – but they should be managed locally, in one’s own community, and in natural cooperation with other communities.
True cooperative politics is a great human adventure, in which human beings are inherently obliged to realize their humanity as an ego-transcending discipline. Human beings do not, in Reality and in Truth, have the option to renounce their humanity or the universal Unifying Life-Principle that sustains them. Rather, human beings must assume the inherent responsibility of human relationships. Human beings must assume all the structures of Man as real conditions of existence – and human beings must become functionally responsible for positively conducting the life-force in every area of their experience.To the degree that they do all of this, human beings are obliged to be committed to right life in the dimensions of time and space – and only in that case are they free to carry on the creative developmental process of their humanly born lives.
If human beings do not assume right, ego-transcending, and cooperative collective responsibility for their lives, the daily “news” of the world of egos becomes their inevitable destiny and their dreadful, minimal inheritance. In the world of egos, everybody tends to persist like cattle, grazing on the daily “news”, expecting it will all eventually develop into some superior politics or fate. However, truly human politics, or right human destiny, cannot happen unconsciously. Truly human politics begins where consciousness enters the domain of human existence.
There is no right, or truly human,politics without conscious responsibility. You cannot sit like cattle in front of the TV, dutifully listening to the official “news” every day, and rightly expect or fruitfully require that some bureaucrat “in charge” is going to announce some “Super-Program” that will liberate you from your lowly, ego-possessed estate. Rather, you must take responsibility for yourself. It is not by revolutionary reformation of the State, or, otherwise, by mere self-indulgent reaction to the daily “news”, but only by consciously stepping apart from your childish ego-dependence on the abstract State and your adolescent reaction to the daily “news”, that you carry on “radical” and truly human politics. Therefore, you must provide your own life-requirements, in personal and local cooperation with others. You must enter into truly intimate community with others. You must cooperatively share your functions, your resources, and your vitality with other human beings. That is the only right, and truly human, and truly liberating politics for human beings. And, therefore, the choice to enter into real, intimate cooperative community with other human beings is the only true “radical” politics for ordinary men and women.
The life of the usual man or woman is built on the idea that the Law of life is survival, and that survival is the significance, meaning, and goal of existence – whereas, in Reality and in Truth, the fundamental process of Man, and even of the very realm of cosmic Nature, is one of sacrifice.
Sacrifice – or ego-transcending love- is the Law. The usual life is not built upon the ego-transcending principle of sacrifice, but on the ego-fulfilling principle of survival – or the aggressive ego-glorification of the individualized, separate, andseparative entity. This is the common illusion, and thisi nherently loveless game of surviving as a separate, self-contained, and separative “someone” is what makes human existence the overwhelming chaos of troubles that it has now become for everyone in this “dark” epoch.
The fact is that all specific”somethings” must ultimately be sacrificed, and, therefore, human existence itself must become an intentionally self-sacrificial affair, in which no condition is aggressively maintained merely for its own sake. The human individual must grow to realize that the Law of life is loving sacrifice of all temporary forms to the universal Unifying Life-Principle and moment to moment surrender of separate and separative self to the Divine Self-Condition and Perfectly Subjective Source-Condition of every limited condition, state, or being. Therefore, the human individual must, by right cultural means, be grown to realize that the inherent and ultimate purpose of life is not a matter of mere and loveless “survival”, independent of the Inherent Unifying Principle of both the conditional reality and the Un-conditional Reality. And only if the individual is, thus, grown to relinquish the ego-principle and to embrace the Unifying Principle can the individual become politically free. Indeed, to be thus grown is, itself, to be politically free.
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