By Stephen Alfred Gutknecht.
(Email records show Rev 0049 was Friday September 4, 2015, 12:55 PM) (Presume EST)
New York Professor Joseph Campbell is a primary source for this document. Proper references to source material are attempted. Please contact if not correct. I declare this document to be Public Domain, free to share, on all the Universe. Donations to support my material life are always welcome, to me personally, and I also suggest the JCF.
The title Divided By Zero is a reference to mathmatics. In rational math, it is not possible to divide one or two by zero. "Divide by Zero" is also an exception encountered frequently in computing when a software programmer mistakenly initilizes a variable. Overall, the theme that God can not be divided by man, and that all fiction and non-fiction art (expressions) converge to be indivisible. Science, Religion, Fiction, Non-Fiction and Art - they are all indivisible. It is only the educations and viewpoints of the human brain that create these artificial divisions. As Campbell fully explains, this is also the Eye of Reason that the Founding Fathers of the United States of America intended to be used in modern democracy. It is also the Sufi view of Islam.
The quotes are essential to me. As in my lifetime, I feel deeply that we have ignored the best of human experience - discarding it due to outer wrapping. Further, we have mostly accepted the worst of new learning techniques, only due to the fast immediate payoff (Edward Bernays teachings). The quotes are important to shared context, as it must be seen how little attention has been given to these public broadcasts that have collected dust - and how they interconnect. Most of all, I am always in a state of sadness, seeing the symbol of the Founding Fathers Eye of Reason in tears, as our Symbolic Eagle was created pointing at the Olive Branch. During my life, we have had homeland peacetime - but we have ignored these deeper educators - wasting our peace in building for the next wartime. When do we really choose to confront our society ego issues and listen to our Troubadour artists? The songs and other art do not provide escape for me, they provide reminders of the Olive Branch that we seem to have forgotten.
Table of Contents not yet completed. Everything is a Work In Progress (WIP).
Some primer quotes to get things rolling on the vast depth of the topics at hand. Spanning thousands of years and all the continents of the Earth. Digestion and integration of these concepts is essential, to get beyond the ego reactionary of "this vs. that". It is advised and invited to memorize and study the source material for all these quotes. Technical note: If this HTML page is loaded correctly, some parts are highlighted like this.
James Joyce; ~1917, fiction Stephen's conversation in Ulysses: "History is a nightmare from which I am trying to awake"
Campbell; 1986 PoM, on the USA $1 Bill Pyramid: "If you look behind that pyramid, you see a desert. If you look before it, you see plants growing. The desert, the tumult in Europe, wars and wars and wars -- we have pulled ourselves out of it and created a state in the name of Reason, not in the name of power, and out of that will come the flowerings of the new life. That's the sense of that part of the pyramid."
Campbell; 1986 PoM: "this is the ground of what the [future] myth is to be. It's already here: the Eye of Reason, not of my nationality; the Eye of Reason, not of my religious community; the Eye of Reason, not of my linguistic community. Do you see? And this would be the philosophy for the planet, not for this group, that group, or the other group. When you see the earth from the moon, you don't see any divisions there of nations or states. This might be the symbol, really, for the new mythology to come. That is the country that we are going to be celebrating. And those are the people that we are one with."
Campbell; 1986 PoM: "The shaman is the person, male or female, who in his late childhood or early youth has an overwhelming psychological experience that turns him totally inward. It's a kind of schizophrenic crack-up. The whole unconscious opens up, and the shaman falls into it. This shaman experience has been described many, many times. It occurs all the way from Siberia right through the Americas down to Tierra del Fuego."
Campbell; 1986 PoM: "I have attended a number of psychological conferences dealing with this whole problem of the difference between the mystical experience and the psychological crack-up. The difference is that the one who cracks up is drowning in the water in which the mystic swims. You have to be prepared for this experience."
Campbell; March 4, 1970; Cooper Union; [topic: Dr. John Perry of San Francisco] "Then Dr. Perry sent me a copy of a paper that he had written on schizophrenia that had been published in 1963 in the Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. And to my great amazement I found that the imagery of the schizophrenic paralleled almost point for point the themes that I had rendered in The Hero With a Thousand Faces, back in 1949, which was based simply on a comparative study of mythology. It had nothing to do with psychoanalysis, or psychology, but it was simply a synthesis of the materials and imageries of the mythological traditions of mankind, delineating the main constant motifs that did appear in all."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "Now, eternity is beyond all categories of thought. This is an important point in all of the great Oriental religions. We want to think about God. God is a thought. God is a name. God is an idea. But its reference is to something that transcends all thinking. The ultimate mystery of being is beyond all categories of thought. As Kant said, the thing in itself is no thing. It transcends thingness, it goes past anything that could be thought. The best things can't be told because they transcend thought. The second best are misunderstood, because those are the thoughts that are supposed to refer to that which can't be thought about. The third best are what we talk about. And myth is that field of reference to what is absolutely transcendent."
Campbell; 1974 audio lecture: "Now I was reading shortly before coming here a work by Abraham Maslow, a wonderful psychologist, a very important psychologist, one whom I most delight in reading. And he was speaking of what he called a â€œhierarchy of values for which people live,â€ and the hierarchy was as follows: survival, security, personal relationships, and self-development. Fortunately I was reading those only a day or so ago, and then I began thinking of this lecture today, and I went back to those and I thought, Well those are exactly the values that have nothing to do with mythology. Mythology is the law of giving yourself, losing yourself. A person who lives by a myth is fascinated by an aspiration for which he will sacrifice security, for which he will sacrifice even his life, for which he will sacrifice friends and everything else."
Campbell; An open life: Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms; published May 23, 1990 - but interviewed in 1970's; page 53 quote of Campbell: "This is irrational. That's the point. All compassion, all sympathy, is irrational. Love is irrational. The rational is always stressing â€˜I-thouâ€™ opposites. The mind is in a world of separateness and angular structures. It's a world put together in a way that can be calculated. Compassion, Love - these jump mathematics."
Wikipedia (multiple authors); Definition of Neurodiversity: "This movement frames autism, bipolarity and other neurotypes as a natural human variation rather than a pathology or disorder, and its advocates reject the idea that neurological differences need to be (or can be) cured, as they believe them to be authentic forms of human diversity, self-expression, and being."; "asserting that neurological differences should be recognized and respected as a social category on a par with gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, or disability status."
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr; Letter from a Birmingham Jail (1963); "Shallow understanding from people of good will is more frustrating than absolute misunderstanding from people of ill will. Lukewarm acceptance is much more bewildering than outright rejection."
Stephan A. Hoeller; audio lecture; 1986; "Then there comes lawfulness, which in terms is conscious choicelessness. This is when I go and say: because I am born a Jew or baptized a Christian - I accept the law of Moses. And I will abrogat my role as a choice maker because the choice has been made for me by Moses, by the theologians, by the preachers - whoever the case may be. So, here I consciously abrogate my power of choice. And that is what the old Gnostics called the psychic level. And thirdly, of course, there is the individual who raises above these. And who becomes the conscious choice maker. But Lest you think this kind of person has a Wonderful time all the time... let me assure you that it's a very difficult path, of course. Why? Because it constantly requires consciousness. And to be conscious hurts. It hurts like heck!"
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "This is the final secret of myth -- to teach you how to penetrate the labyrinth of life in such a way that its spiritual values come through. That is the problem of Dante's Divine Comedy, too. The crisis comes in the "middle of the way of our life," when the body is beginning to fade, and another whole constellation of themes comes breaking into your dream world. Dante says that, in the middle year of his life, he was lost in a dangerous wood. And he was threatened there by three animals, symbolizing pride, desire, and fear. Then Virgil, the personification of poetic insight, appeared and conducted him through the labyrinth of hell, which is the place of those fixed to their desires and fears, who can't pass through to eternity."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "The function of art is to reveal this radiance through the created object. When you see the beautiful organization of a fortunately composed work of art, you just say, "Aha!" Somehow it speaks to the order in your own life and leads to the realization of the very things that religions are concerned to render."
Campbell; November 16, 1961; "I would say that in most recent times, the strongest statement of the principle of the individual is that of Nietzsche philosophy and the idea of the Superman [Ãœbermensch]. This has been a greatly misrepresented point of view. There has been a general tendency to confuse Nietzscheâ€™s view of the Superman with his view of the Mastermanâ€”they are not the same.
Nietzsche speaks of the naive man-animal, powerful in his life, who lacks however, the sense of the spirit. And then there is the principle of what he calls the man of the decadence, who is questioning manâ€™s problems and so forthâ€”the intellectual, the Socratic man who is, as he says, a sick man: the Masterman and the man of the decadence.
The Superman [Ãœbermensch] is the one who embraces both principals, who both has the courage to live, and has the wit to question lifeâ€”to query it. Thomas Mann in all of his writings used this as his ideal. The ideal of the man with the intellect and the words that kill, that name life, that know all its faults, and yet has the courage and sympathy to love life in its faults, and with its faults, and because of its faults. Nietzscheâ€™s idea of the Superman is beautifully summarized in Mannâ€™s writings when he speaks of the plastic irony [erotic irony] of the writerâ€™s craft."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "Our life evokes our character. You find out more about yourself as you go on. That's why it's good to be able to put yourself in situations that will evoke your higher nature rather than your lower. "Lead us not into temptation." Ortega y Gasset talks about the environment and the hero in his Meditations on Don Quixote. Don Quixote was the last hero of the Middle Ages. He rode out to encounter giants, but instead of giants, his environment produced windmills. Ortega points out that this story takes place about the time that a mechanistic interpretation of the world came in, so that the environment was no longer spiritually responsive to the hero. The hero is today running up against a hard world that is in no way responsive to his spiritual need. [...] Quixote saved the adventure for himself by inventing a magician who had just transformed the giants he had gone forth to encounter into windmills. You can do that, too, if you have a poetic imagination. Earlier, though, it was not a mechanistic world in which the hero moved but a world alive and responsive to his spiritual readiness. Now it has become to such an extent a sheerly mechanistic world, as interpreted through our physical sciences, Marxist sociology, and behavioristic psychology, that we're nothing but a predictable pattern of wires responding to stimuli. This nineteenth-century interpretation has squeezed the freedom of the human will out of modern life."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "the structure and something of the spiritual sense of this adventure can be seen already anticipated in the puberty or initiation rituals of early tribal societies, through which a child is compelled to give up its childhood and become an adult -- to die, you might say, to its infantile personality and psyche and come back as a responsible adult. This is a fundamental psychological transformation that everyone has to undergo. We are in childhood in a condition of dependency under someone's protection and supervision for some fourteen to twenty-one years -- and if you're going on for your Ph.D., this may continue to perhaps thirty-five. You are in no way a self-responsible, free agent, but an obedient dependent, expecting and receiving punishments and rewards. To evolve out of this position of psychological immaturity to the courage of self-responsibility and assurance requires a death and a resurrection. That's the basic motif of the universal hero's journey -- leaving one condition and finding the source of life to bring you forth into a richer or mature condition."
Campbell; March 1, 1967 Audio lecture; "Now, most societies are extremely dogmatic and fierce in their integration of the individual. The individual is born as a separate entity. He is carved up, so to say, and made to fit into a pattern that the society requires. It doesn't require a total man; it requires a part man â€” not an individual, but a dividuum: someone who has been divided up and put into a notch."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "a dream is a personal experience of that deep, dark ground that is the support of our conscious lives, and a myth is the society's dream. The myth is the public dream and the dream is the private myth. If your private myth, your dream, happens to coincide with that of the society, you are in good accord with your group. If it isn't, you've got an adventure in the dark forest ahead of you."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "I don't know where else they come from. They come from the imagination, don't they? The imagination is grounded in the energy of the organs of the body, and these are the same in all human beings. Since imagination comes out of one biological ground, it is bound to produce certain themes. Dreams are dreams. There are certain characteristics of dreams that can be enumerated, no matter who is dreaming them."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "Now there is another, deeper meaning of dreamtime -- which is of a time that is no time, just an enduring state of being. There is an important myth from Indonesia that tells of this mythological age and its termination. In the beginning, according to this story, the ancestors were not distinguished as to sex. There were no births, there were no deaths. Then a great public dance was celebrated, and in the course of the dance one of the participants was trampled to death and torn to pieces, and the pieces were buried. At the moment of that killing the sexes became separated, so that death was now balanced by begetting, begetting by death, while from the buried parts of the dismembered body food plants grew. Time had come into being, death, birth, and the killing and eating of other living beings, for the preservation of life. The timeless time of the beginning had been terminated by a communal crime, a deliberate murder or sacrifice."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "The ultimate word in our English language for that which is transcendent is God. But then you have a concept, don't you see? You think of God as the father. Now, in religions where the god or creator is the mother, the whole world is her body. There is nowhere else. The male god is usually somewhere else. But male and female are two aspects of one principle. The division of life into sexes was a late division. Biologically, the amoeba isn't male and female. The early cells are just cells. They divide and become two by asexual reproduction. I don't know at what levels sexuality comes in, but it's late. That's why it's absurd to speak of God as of either this sex or that sex. The divine power is antecedent to sexual separation."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "The difference between the Jungian archetypes of the unconscious and Freud's complexes is that the archetypes of the unconscious are manifestations of the organs of the body and their powers. Archetypes are biologically grounded, whereas the Freudian unconscious is a collection of repressed traumatic experiences from the individual's lifetime. The Freudian unconscious is a personal unconscious, it is biographical. The Jungian archetypes of the unconscious are biological."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "I think of mythology as the homeland of the muses, the inspirers of art, the inspirers of poetry. To see life as a poem and yourself participating in a poem is what the myth does for you."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "That would be a mistake in the reading of the symbol. That is reading the words in terms of prose instead of in terms of poetry, reading the metaphor in terms of the denotation instead of the connotation. [...] That which is beyond even the concept of reality, that which transcends all thought. The myth puts you there all the time, gives you a line to connect with that mystery which you are. Shakespeare said that art is a mirror held up to nature. And that's what it is. The nature is your nature, and all of these wonderful poetic images of mythology are referring to something in you. When your mind is simply trapped by the image out there so that you never make the reference to yourself, you have misread the image."
Campbell; An open life: Joseph Campbell in conversation with Michael Toms; published May 23, 1990 - but interviewed in 1970's; page ??; "What is unknown is the fulfillment of your own unique life, the likes of which has never existed on the Earth. And you are the only one who can do it. People can give you clues how to fall down and how to stand up; but when to fall and when to stand, and when you are falling, and when you are standing, this only you can know. And in the way of your own talents is the only way to do it."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "The ultimate [Western] dragon is within you, it is your ego clamping you down. [Ego is] What you think you want, what you will to believe, what you think you can afford, what you decide to love, what you regard yourself as bound to. It may be all much too small, in which case it will nail you down. And if you simply do what your neighbors tell you to do, you're certainly going to be nailed down. Your neighbors are then your dragon as it reflects from within yourself."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "Eternity isn't even a long time. Eternity has nothing to do with time. Eternity is that dimension of here and now that all thinking in temporal terms cuts off."
Campbell; November 3, 1967 Audio lecture; "When you realize that life was present on this planet for literally millions and hundreds of millions of years before consciousness emerged, and the eye and mind beheld what is here, and when you think of an infant before its consciousness comes to flower already doing the major job of its lifeâ€”namely producing a body out of a couple of little cells, bringing forth this miracle, with all of the organs already functioning, none of these organs having asked consciousness what it was functioning for, it being the job of consciousness rather to find out what the body is all about you realize that there's rather a split here between the monstrous thing that life is. Just consider its basic character: it consists of living by eating other lives. Its main character is monstrous. And when consciousness becomes aware of this, there is this sense of terrific awe and horror, but also fascination and recognition, because that is what we are."
Campbell; November 3, 1967 Audio lecture; "Now the mythologies in general take two attitudes toward this. One is that of affirmation; that is to say, reconciling consciousness to the nature of existence. And the other attitude I call the great reversal, which is that of turning all the positives into negatives and rejecting it, saying, â€œThis is something that should not have been; better pull out.â€ Remember Schopenhauer's statement: â€œLife is something that should not have been.â€ The Buddha's saying: â€œAll life is a fire.â€ There is the fire of passion, fire of fear, fire of this, that and the other aspect of lifeâ€”quench that fire. Nirvana is the quenching of the fire. So we have in general two basic attitudes of the myths that we're going to illustrationâ€”one of that of horrendous affirmation, and the other that of no less horrendous withdrawal."
Carl Jung; The Archetypes and the Collective Unconscious (1934); "Why is psychology the youngest of the empirical sciences? Why have we not long since discovered the unconscious and raised up its treasure-house of eternal images? Simply because we had a religious formula for everything psychic â€” and one that is far more beautiful and comprehensive than immediate experience. Though the Christian view of the world has paled for many people, the symbolic treasure-rooms of the East are still full of marvels that can nourish for a long time to come the passion for show and new clothes. What is more, these images â€” be they Christian or Buddhist or what you will â€” are lovely, mysterious, richly intuitive."
Campbell; February 20, 1961 Audio lecture; "Now I take Jungâ€™s idea of the individuation as a rather clean-cut example of an Occidental ideal: that one should put on the mask and take it off. When you come home in the evening are you still Mr. President, or do you leave that in the office? If you keep your mask on, you know what we say of such a person: he is a stuffed shirt. The personality gradually disappears, and this is a particular disaster if one becomes impressed by oneâ€™s own mask. Here we have a real mirage phenomenon: nobody there."
With some leading emphasis:
Campbell; (specific year unknown) Thou Art That: Transforming Religious Metaphor; Where Campbell described in kind terms, 50% + 50% = 100% failure of modern education techniques of Religion: "Half the people in the world think that the metaphors of their religious traditions, for example, are facts. And the other half contends that they are not facts at all. As a result we have people who consider themselves believers because they accept metaphors as facts, and we have others who classify themselves as atheists because they think religious metaphors are lies."
Banksy; (specific year unknown) AdBusters; Where I consider Banksy to be a spiritual device of Troubadour Antoine de Saint-ExupÃ©ry's The Little Prince - who inspired cross-culture marriage of John Lennon + Yoko Ono in the creation of the concept of Bagism. Banksy is walking Bagism. Banksy scathingly attacks the modern results of Easter Sunday, New York City, 1929 (Bernays): "The thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people, leaving us mainly with the slow and self-obsessed to become our artists.. Modern art is a disaster area. Never in the field of human history has so much been used by so many to say so little."
Is it possible to analytically fake popular content of interesting topics? Showing Campbell's idea of common Unified Monomyth of the human brain? Maybe. https://www.reddit.com/r/SubredditSimulator/comments/3g9ioz/what_is_rsubredditsimulator/
May 8, 1998 Amazon.com review of Skelaton Key to Finnegans Wake; John McConnell; "Campbell spent ~4 years, if memory serves, on this book. He said he finally had to get away from the Wake because everything he read started to sound as though it was from the Wake."
Timothy Leary; LSD: Methods of Control (1966); [Why should I even have to defend the issue, but for the record:] I have never used LSD, but in later years Leary equated computer understanding at a binary level as an even more powerful tool than LSD. "People use the word "natural" â€¦ What is natural to me is these botanical species which interact directly with the nervous system. What I consider artificial is 4 years at Harvard, and the Bible, and Saint Patrick's cathedral, and the sunday school teachings."
Timothy Leary; Changing My Mind, Among Others : Lifetime Writings (1982), p. 76; "To describe externals, you become a scientist. To describe experience, you become an artist. The old distinction between artists and scientists must vanish. Every time we teach a child correct usage of an external symbol, we must spend as much time teaching him how to fission and reassemble external grammar to communicate the internal. The training of artists and creative performers can be a straightforward, almost mechanical process. When you teach someone how to perform creatively (ie, associate dead symbols in new combinations), you expand his potential for experiencing more widely and richly."
Timothy Leary; Interview by David Sheff in Rolling Stone Twentieth Anniversary Issue (1987); "We are dealing with the best-educated generation in history. They are a hundred times better educated than their grandparents, and ten times more sophisticated. There has never been such an open-minded group. The problem is that no one is giving them anything fresh. They've got a brain dressed up with nowhere to go."
Timothy Leary; How to Operate Your Brain (1994); "Throughout human history, as our species has faced the frightening, terrorizing fact that we do not know who we are, or where we are going in this ocean of chaos, it has been the authorities â€” the political, the religious, the educational authorities â€” who attempted to comfort us by giving us order, rules, regulations, informing â€” forming in our minds â€” their view of reality. To think for yourself you must question authority and learn how to put yourself in a state of vulnerable open-mindedness, chaotic, confused vulnerability to inform yourself."
Timothy Leary; The Psychedelic Experience (1964), p. 12; "The Tibetan Book of the Dead is ostensibly a book describing the experiences to be expected at the moment of death, during an intermediate phase lasting forty-nine (seven times seven) days, and during rebirth into another bodily frame. This however is merely the exoteric framework which the Tibetan Buddhists used to cloak their mystical teachings. â€¦ The esoteric meaning, as it has been interpreted in this manual, is that it is death and rebirth of the ego that is described, not of the body. Lama Govinda indicates this clearly in his introduction when he writes: "It is a book for the living as well as the dying." The book's esoteric meaning is often concealed beneath many layers of symbolism. It was not intended for general reading. It was designed to be understood only by one who was to be initiated personally by a guru into the Buddhist mystical doctrines, into the pre-mortem-death-rebirth experience. These doctrines have been kept a closely guarded secret for many centuries, for fear that naive or careless application would do harm."
Timothy Leary; The Psychedelic Experience (1964), ??; "Actions which are conscious expressions of the turn-on, tune-in, drop-out rhythm are religious. The wise person devotes his life exclusively to the religious search â€” for therein is found the only ecstasy, the only meaning. Anything else is a competitive quarrel over (or Hollywood-love sharing of) studio props. "
Timothy Leary; The Psychedelic Experience (1964), ??; "Admit it. You arenâ€™t like them. Youâ€™re not even close. You may occasionally dress yourself up as one of them, watch the same mindless television shows as they do, maybe even eat the same fast food sometimes. But it seems that the more you try to fit in, the more you feel like an outsider, watching the â€œnormal peopleâ€ as they go about their automatic existences. For every time you say club passwords like â€œHave a nice dayâ€ and â€œWeatherâ€™s awful today, eh?â€, you yearn inside to say forbidden things like â€œTell me something that makes you cryâ€ or â€œWhat do you think deja vu is for?â€. Face it, you even want to talk to that girl in the elevator. But what if that girl in the elevator (and the balding man who walks past your cubicle at work) are thinking the same thing? Who knows what you might learn from taking a chance on conversation with a stranger? Everyone carries a piece of the puzzle. Nobody comes into your life by mere coincidence. Trust your instincts. Do the unexpected. Find the othersâ€¦"
Timothy Leary; Chaos & Cyber Culture, 1994; "In the information-communication civilization of the 21st Century, creativity and mental excellence will become the ethical norm. The world will be too dynamic, complex, and diversified, too cross-linked by the global immediacies of modern (quantum) communication, for stability of thought or dependability of behaviour to be successful."
Timothy Leary; Chaos & Cyber Culture, 1994 (hand typed, needs proofing); "We tri-brain creatures seem to be resolving that most ancient philosophic problem. Forget the quaint, mammalian dualism of mind versus body. The interplay of life now invovles digital brain - body matter - digital screen. Everything - animal, vegetable, mineral, tangible, invisible, electric - is converted to digital food for the info-starved brain. And now, using the new digital appliances, everything that the brain-mind can conceive can be realized in electronic patterns. To be registered in consiousness, to be "realized," every sensory stimulation must be deconstructed, minimalized, digital-ized. The brain converts every pressure signal from our skins, tickles from our genitals, delectables from our tongues, photos from our eyes, sound waves from our ears, and best of all, electronic buzziness from our screens into quantum realities, into directories and files of 0/1 signals. We tri-brain amphibians are learning how to use cyberwear (computer suits) to navigate around our ScreenLands the way we use the hardware of our bodies to navigate around the material-mechanical world, and the way we use spaceships and space suits to navigate around outer space. "
Timothy Leary; quoted in Bukatman 1993; pg 139; "Computers are the most subversive thing I've ever done. [...] Computers are more addictive than heroin. [...] People need some way to activate, boot up, and change disks in their minds. In the 60s we needed LSD to expand reality and examine our stereotypes. With computers as our mirrors, LSD might not be necessary now."
Timothy Leary; Chaos & Cyber Culture (1994); "As a result of personal computers and video arcades, millions of us are no longer satisfied to peer like passive infants through the Terrarium wall into ScreenLand filled with cyberstars like Bill and Hillary and Boris and Saddam and Modonna and Beavis and Butt-Head. We are learning how to enter and locomote in Cyberia. Our brains are learning how to exhale as well as inhale in the datasphere." - backed by 2015 science: https://www.reddit.com/r/science/comments/3yip1x/brain_scans_show_compulsive_gamers_have/
Although the work may be fiction, the idea expressed to me expmlifies both the War on Terror and the War on Drugs that is dmoestic and external in my lifetime. ""The war, therefore if we judge it by the standards of previous wars, is merely an imposture. It is like the battles between certain ruminant animals whose horns are incapable of hurting one another. But though it is unreal it is not meaningless. It eats up the surplus of consumable goods, and it helps to preserve the special mental atmosphere that the hierarchical society needs. War, it will be seen, is now a purely internal affair. In the past, the ruling groups of all countries, although they might recognize their common interest and therefore limit the destructiveness of war, did fight against one another, and the victor always plundered the vanquished. In our own day they are not fighting against one another at all. The war is waged by each ruling group against its own subjects, and the object of the war is not to make or prevent conquests of territory, but to keep the structure of society intact. The very word "war," therefore, has become misleading. It would probably be accurate to say that by becoming continuous war has ceased to exist. The peculiar pressure that is exerted on human beings between the Neolithic Age and the early twentieth century has disappeared and has been replaced by something quite different. The effect would be much the same if the three superstates, instead of fighting one another, should agree to live in perpetual peace, each inviolate within its own boundaries. For in that case each would still be a self-contained universe, freed forever from the sobering influence of external danger. A peace that was truly permanent would be the same as a permanent war." -George Orwell, 1984
John Searle; "Minds, Brains, and Programs"; 1980, p. 417 ; Computer Science, Chinese Room philosophy of brain: "the computer is not merely a tool in the study of the mind, rather the appropriately programmed computer really is a mind in the sense that computers given the right programs can be literally said to understand and have other cognitive states"
Hegarty, Paul (2004). Jean Baudrillard: live theory. London: Continuum. ISBN 0-8264-6283-9; topic of Simulacra and Simulation: "The transition from signs which dissimulate something to signs which dissimulate that there is nothing, marks the decisive turning point. The first implies a theology of truth and secrecy (to which the notion of ideology still belongs). The second inaugurates an age of simulacra and simulation, in which there is no longer any God to recognize his own, nor any last judgment to separate truth from false, the real from its artificial resurrection, since everything is already dead and risen in advance."
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80osUvkFIzI "Dr. Barbara Mitra inteviews Alan How in this film which explores key concepts and ideas relating to Jean Baudrillard." "As we approch a post-modern society. So great has been the increase in the number of signs by the mass media. That meaning has become destabalzied. To the point where... We are no longer sure what is real and what is not real. The two things constantly bump into each other. Reflect, basically, an instability of meaning.  How the fictional and real become interwoven with each other."
FROM 1993!!! "Rick Roderick on Baudrillard - Fatal Strategies"; "The world he describes is of Jurassic Park, not of Dante". at 14:00 covers Rodney King. 14:30 - why do we need to dream? Because dreams are already rendered on Film for us. 15:20 - these things are not systematic 19:20 - How Americans came together, the psyche. 22:30 - practical day to day issue!!! 26:30 - our fractal selves. 30:00 - Vertigo sickness. 32:00 - Stuck between old and new, sickness. 33:00 - The selling of Simplicity (Socratic mental desire for simplicity, reduce complexity - democracy) 36:30 - Ads from McDonald's bigger than life, Gone With The Wind condensed. 40:30 - language has been poluted. 41:30 - Real expereince of real sex, not just VR. 45:50 - alarming lack of sympathy for those who fail. They add even more complexity.
Campbell; "The big problem of any young person's life is to have models to suggest possibilities. Nietzsche says, "Man is the sick animal." Man is the animal that doesn't know what to do with itself. The mind has many possibilities, but we can live no more than one life. What are we going to do with ourselves? A living myth presents contemporary models."
Touched with Fire: Manic-Depressive Illness and the Artistic Temperament by Kay Redfield Jamison
I think by now, it is obvious: I find myself like, Stephan A. Hoeller (born in Budapest, Hungary), who declared in this free Free Audio Lecture about Campbell - agreeing with almost everything Campbell said about the modern world viewpoints of religion and philosophy. Anyway, a lot of these quotes will be the basis of my own person life experience and book chapters I intend to author.
â€œLife is like arriving late for a movie, having to figure out what was going on without bothering everybody with a lot of questions, and then being unexpectedly called away before you find out how it ends.â€ â€• Joseph Campbell, Creative Mythology (1968)
Initial Quotes, Set 2 - Society non-violence
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Herman W. Read Fieldhouse, Western Michigan University (18 December 1963); "Social Justice and the Emerging New Age": "There are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted and which I hope all men of good-will will be maladjusted until the good societies realize -- I say very honestly that I never intend to become adjusted to -- segregation and discrimination. I never intend to become adjusted to religious bigotry. I never intend to adjust myself to economic conditions that will take necessities from the many to give luxuries to the few. I never intend to adjust myself to the madness of militarism, to self-defeating effects of physical violence. But in a day when sputniks and explorers are dashing through outer space and guided ballistic missiles are carving highways of death through the stratosphere, no nation can win a war. It is no longer the choice between violence and nonviolence. It is either nonviolence or nonexistence..."
Ù…Ù„Ø§Ù„Ù‡ ÛŒÙˆØ³ÙØ²Û ;October 8, 2013; [Link Video YouTube]: "I started thinking about that, and I used to think that the Talib would come, and he would just kill me. But then I said, 'If he comes, what would you do Malala?' then I would reply to myself, 'Malala, just take a shoe and hit him.' But then I said, 'If you hit a Talib with your shoe, then there would be no difference between you and the Talib. You must not treat others with cruelty and that much harshly, you must fight others but through peace and through dialogue and through education.' Then I said I will tell him how important education is and that 'I even want education for your children as well.' And I will tell him, 'That's what I want to tell you, now do what you want.'"
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; Selma Alabama; March 8, 1965; "A man might be afraid his home will get bombed, or he's afraid that he will lose his job, or he's afraid that he will get shot, or beat down by state troopers, and he may go on and live until he's 80. But he's just as dead at [age] 36 as he would be at 80. The cessation of breathing in his life is merely the belated announcement of an earlier death of the spirit. He died... A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true."
Initial Quotes, Set 3 - Sufi Topics
Campbell; 1974 Audio: "Now the problem that all of the great masters give us is that of finding the inward way and holding to the outer way. This is a formula that the old Sufis worked out in the following way: they spoke of wearing the outer garment of the lawâ€”that is to say, the order of society in which one is livingâ€”and wearing the inner garment of the mythic way. Now in order to find the inner garment you have to take off the outer garment and let it go. There is a long season very often of inward turning this way, and throwing the world away. But unless you can put the other garment back on again, you havenâ€™t really come to the sophistication that lets you know that this is that, and that is thisâ€”that this outer garment is the outer reflection of the same laws and principles that youâ€™re finding within, so that you should be at ease somehow in the two worlds. This is an old mythological story."
Campbell; 1986 PoM; "Well, people do experience it. Those in the Middle Ages who experienced it were usually burned as heretics. One of the great heresies in the West is the heresy that Christ pronounced when he said, "I and the Father are one." He was crucified for saying that. In the Middle Ages, nine hundred years after Christ, a great Sufi mystic said, "I and my beloved are one," and he, too, was crucified. As he was going to the cross, he prayed, "O my Lord, if you had taught these people what you have taught me, they would not be doing this to me. And if you had not taught me, this would not be happening to me. Blessed is the Lord and all his works." Another of the Sufi mystics said, "The function of the orthodox [strict] community is to give the mystic his desire, which is a union with God, through mortification and death.""
Elif Åžhafak; July 2010; entire presentation; The Politics of Fiction Really, it must be viewed - but her experience with America I share: "And this is a subject that I would love to think about together. When my first novel written in English came out in America, I heard an interesting remark from a literary critic. "I liked your book," he said, "but I wish you had written it differently.""
Initial Quotes, Set 4 - Autism Topics
Simon Baron-Cohen; July 1, 2003; "The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism", page 141 on adults.
Simon Baron-Cohen; July 1, 2003; "The Essential Difference: Male And Female Brains And The Truth About Autism", page 146 quote: "Another man with AS described his life in a very graphic way: 'Every day is like climbing Mount Everest in lead boots, covered in molasses. Every step in every part of my life is a struggle.'"
Initial Quotes, Set 5 - Two Richards
Richard Feynman, Richard Stallman.
Richard Feynman on Uniforms and Honors; video interview
Richard Feynman on Education Book-reading vs. Experience; Travels to Brazil sponsored by the USA State Department; please read entire content, multiple times. Excerpt: "I discovered a very strange phenomenon: I could ask a question, which the students would answer immediately. But the next time I would ask the question â€“ the same subject, and the same question, as far as I could tell â€“ they couldnâ€™t answer it at all!"
Richard Feynman on Education Book-reading vs. Experience; Travels to Brazil sponsored by the USA State Department; please read entire content, multiple times. Excerpt: "I didnâ€™t expect that. I knew the system was bad, but 100 percent â€“ it was terrible! Since I had gone to Brazil under a program sponsored by the United States Government, I was asked by the State Department to write a report about my experiences in Brazil, so I wrote out the essentials of the speech I had just given. I found out later through the grapevine that the reaction of somebody in the State Department was, â€œThat shows you how dangerous it is to send somebody to Brazil who is so naive. Foolish fellow; he can only cause trouble. He didnâ€™t understand the problems.â€ Quite the contrary! I think this person in the State Department was naive to think that because he saw a university with a list of courses and descriptions, thatâ€™s what it was."
Richard Stallman; (date not researched); "While corporations dominate society and write the laws, each advance in technology is an opening for them to further restrict its users."
Richard Stallman; (date not researched); "I don't have a problem with someone using their talents to become successful, I just don't think the highest calling is success. Things like freedom and the expansion of knowledge are beyond success, beyond the personal. Personal success is not wrong, but it is limited in importance, and once you have enough of it it is a shame to keep striving for that, instead of for truth, beauty, or justice."
Richard Stallman; â€œFree Software in Ethics and Practiceâ€ talk at CMC MSU, Moscow, Russia, (3 March 2008); "Isn't it ironic that the proprietary software developers call us communists? We are the ones who have provided for a free market, where they allow only monopoly. â€¦ if the users chooses this proprietary software package, he then falls into this monopoly for support â€¦ the only way to escape from monopoly is to escape from proprietary [computer] software, and that is what the free software movement is all about."
Richard Feynman; Rogers Commission Report; Appendix F - Personal observations on the reliability of the Shuttle (9 June 1986); "Let us make recommendations to ensure that NASA officials deal in a world of reality in understanding technological weaknesses and imperfections well enough to be actively trying to eliminate them. They must live in reality in comparing the costs and utility of the [Space] Shuttle to other methods of entering space. And they must be realistic in making contracts, in estimating costs, and the difficulty of the projects. Only realistic flight schedules should be proposed, schedules that have a reasonable chance of being met. If in this way the government would not support them, then so be it. NASA owes it to the citizens from whom it asks support to be frank, honest, and informative, so that these citizens can make the wisest decisions for the use of their limited resources. For a successful technology, reality must take precedence over public relations, for nature cannot be fooled."
Richard Feynman; The Meaning of It All: Thoughts of a Citizen Scientist; The Uncertainty of Science (1963); "It is a great adventure to contemplate the universe, beyond man, to contemplate the universe without man, as it was in a great part of its long history and as it is in a great majority of places. When this objective view is finally attained, and the mystery and majesty are fully appreciated to then turn the objective eye back on man viewed as matter, to see life as part of this universal mystery of greatest depth, is to sense an experience which is very rare and very exciting. It usually ends in laughter and a delight in the futility of trying to understand what this atom in the universe is, this thingâ€”atoms with curiosityâ€”that looks at itself and wonders why it wonders. Well, these scientific views end in awe and mystery, lost at the edge in uncertainty, but they appear to be so deep and so impressive that the theory that it was all arranged as a stage for God to watch man's struggle for good and evil seems inadequate.."
ref: Ring compsitio in Myths: http://www.starwarsringtheory.com/
Intention of this Document
I, Stephen Alfred Gutknecht, am speaking for myself to defend certain methods of thought, "Eye of Reason" and it's general painful difficulty. To live in a society where things are divided.
BE WARNED: This section is a mess of brainstorm and emotions, not all kind and nice. It needs massive editing, rework, etc. I'm trying to find the center of my topics, it is still very early in this writing.
Compassion for strangers all over the world, what we see on TV and in print, and internalizing it
War and fighting over Religon books and conflicting education techniques. Such as the Nazi attempt to exterminate all the Jewish in World War II. And the Shia vs. Sunni fighting going on today in Islam/Muslim communities.
The merits of art, fiction, and Sufi Islam viewpoints in modern religion
The new voice of Ù…Ù„Ø§Ù„Ù‡ ÛŒÙˆØ³ÙØ²Û not given the proper attention. Not recognized as the same ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Marriage ideals with total freedom have become a cesspoll in a private toilet, with no proper education about the pain of Ego sharing. How husband+wife AMOR Love can be stronger than parent+child or peer friendships. Leo B. and Troubadours
The poison impact of Edward Bernays techniques on education our societies. From cradle to grave, this teaching system is negatively impacting interpersonal relationships and lifestyles.
Easter Sunday 1929 and Edward Bernays - and the resulting year 2015 cancer, obeseity, family communications problems (team factions of fast food and consumptive living), and division of wealthy and poor in the USA and now globally. Removing Eye of Reason as the principal of peer to peer Democracy and Education.
Teaching techniques focused on sterile classrooms - and the cultural attacks against the 1960's Peace Movemeents and Love + Compasssion + Music (excessive anti-society copyright and patents) and how these teaching techniques impact the students, such as Richard Feynman said about Brazil Physics students
The horrible teaching of our modern Church/Temple/Mosques to fight (and disagree) against each other. Even internal factions such as Protestant vs. Catholic / Sunni vs. Shia - ignoring Ø¬Ù„Ø§Ù„â€ŒØ§Ù„Ø¯ÛŒÙ† Ù…ØÙ…Ø¯ Ø±ÙˆÙ…ÛŒ, James Joyce and Joseph Campbell's (and many other individuals) unified theories. Further, the latest modern use of the word "Love" as a consumable by McDonald's, Suabaru, Starbucks, etc. (hundreds of examples on youtube, etc). Such low views of "Love" and "Religion" remove important concepts of Eternity, Forgiveness, etc.
Public infrastructure of the world, in a GPL fashion like Richard Stallman. Democratic election machines, democratic passports, democratic tax systems, etc.
The failure of modern Pysche medical science to account for the work of Joseph Campbell and Carl Jung - and to take a Freud Socratic Path. Systemic insulting Hippies and religions Peace people (Martin Luther King Jr, Leo F. Buscaglia) as "crazy" and "extremeist". Leo F. Buscaglia specifically spoke in Sacramento, California PBS 1980 about being called "crazy" during my childhood.
The metaphors of a Society Mythology (religion) as a Computer Operating System (protected mode) and seams where violence and hate appear and how such negatives can be improved / reduced
Society (Socratic science) failure to recognize that Autism existed before the 1950's and how it is treated differenty by each culture on the Earth. Further, the obsession over children and not considering the adults with Autism.
How World News is not free to All people on an Internet Wikipedia type system - and instead has become Edward Bernays propeganda and contantly uses fear and terror of car accidents, shootouts, other nations, etc. How this poisons both Founding Father's Eye of Reason and all global Democratic ideals. The focus on profits and large corporate ownership of news ("the press") has made everyday conversations full of greed-driven misinforation and terrorists controlling the majority.
How youth no longer backpack and travel as part of their education, instead sit behind computer desks and stare into their iPhone - and are angry and hateful toward the world - and how things like Global Climate Change are ignored while the comparatively established sit in air conditioned comfort - lacking compassion even close to home - such as the "War on Drugs" against Mexico (society "Love thy Neighbor", "Eye of Reason" education).
How almost all our artists are profit-seeking fame-seeking sellouts making deals with massive profit corporate music sellers like Apple Computers. Even Michael Jackson, as criticized by Tom Waits. The Regean "War on Drugs" was a modern day Prohibition against Hippies. I never even used these drugs, but I see the murder and violence this created by declaring "War" on people's learning of their own minds through often peaceful drugs, art, music, etc. That Detroit and New Orleans, America's music roots of Jazz and Motown - are in such ruins in year 2015 shows the war is right at home. Austin art has expanded in many directions of artists who only travel if paid to do so and for Facebook Likes and publicity photos (why is Austin not one of the first places to legalize Pot?) - not like Detroit or New Orleans used to be before "Drug Wars" and person-to-person backpacking travel were systemtically de-emphasized by educators. Keep Austin Wierd got mostly paved over, and Public Transit ignored in favor of iPhone bubbles on wheels. Edward Bernays seems to be our educator of youth today, given the high-value cars in the parking lots I see at the year 2015 university - and fashion backpacks.
The failure of the United States of America to establish an electronic peer to peer payment/currency system to facilitate small business and artists directly. Eye of Reason, peer to peer, failure in service to monolitic coporations, corrupt politicians, and corrupt lawyers.
Why is it in year 2015 we consider ourselves so educated when we keep overlooking all these things our artists are saying? We dance to songs, but do not listen to their lyrics. Too many of us are blind in the *Eye of Reason*, being MasterMan and not being a total human.
Reference Art - Music Songs
To me, personally inward, it is important to pay attention to the decades these artists have been ignored. The years the songs were published and entered into the society "Public Dream" (Carl Jung terminology). The poems are complex and fit with Campbell's definition of Sublime art (in his review of art in The Inner Reaches of Outer Space). They are not movtivated by money as much as the more popular, and speak Troubadour Year 1210 Truth against society corruption:
SuperTramp: Logical Song, Dreamer
Steely Dan: Only a Fool Would Say That, Time out of Mind, Any World (That I'm Welcome To), [Wheel of Becoming topic:] Do It Again
Sting: If I Ever Lose My Faith In You [focus on "you" meaning all peers, persons - not "you" the smaller romantic viewpoint]
Pink Floyd: Wish You Were Here
Styx: Crystal Ball, The Grand Illusion, [Eye of Reason topic:] Fooling Yourself (The Angry Young Man), [Male Autism topic, dehumanization topic:] Mr. Roboto
John Lennon: Imagine
Don't really want Chapters on the same HTML page, but doing it now for sake of backup ease.
Now, before we get started, put all those quotes out in front of you and keep them in your mind and in your view. Spiral into content. "Eye of Reason" as defined by Campbell, "Pale Blue Dot" as defined by Carl Segan. Dance!
As I stood on the beach in Bali Indonesia on New Years Eve, after exiting the beautiful modern shopping mall - having just then seen the terrible New Hobbit movie - I saw thousands and thousands of people preparing for an evening of individual rocket launches. Indonesia has the most liberal visa policies I have encountered in the world, despite my personal conflict with the border guard, the resulting gathering of people showed just how flexible and dynamic - how alive - this society was. The motorbike crowded streets were insane in regard to human safety, but full of adventure and zeal.
As I sat there, with the ocean waves lapping against my heart - something stirred deeper and deeper inside me. I had lived next to the ocean for 12 months in Arica, Chile - and watched the waves from my beautiful hilltop appartment - and the kind and loving families who had welcomed my now ex-wife and I into that society. But here on New Years Eve in Bali - something really was going on inside me. Here I was... having the same marriage conflicts in a second marriage, my partner unable to communicate deeply with me nor understand me. And I started to sense that more New Years were coming, that I had seen a calendar suggesting China had one, and I was already a Sufi Muslim - and knew that that was a third New Years. And the ocean tides, moved by the Orbiting Satellite like clockwork - and even the joyful rainfalls every afternoon in Summer New Year of Bali. I was far from my December Winter of midwestern North America youth that Bob Seger sings of in Roll Me Away.
Was I reacting to my education? Albert Einstein's e=mc^2 equation did not take into account his own Jewish education. He did not look at religion as biologically grounded as Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung and many others had. That the human brain itself was a processing machine, and could reveal hints of the black holes and big bang of our own universe. That our odd social behaviors, rituals, and even our wedding ceremonies can provide hints of what aspects of uncertainty that were missing from his mathmatics equation.
Paul Simon's song 50 ways to leave your lover - was perhaps recalled to me (having experienced it at the shores of the Gulf of Mexico on at the NOLA Jazz Festival), the beauty of this song - I now call a Siloutee of Love (in many art forms) - how easy it is to destroy in the universe, but not how hard it is to create. How e=mc^2 is a lopsided equation. Dark Matter - 50 ways to leave your universe - and how many ways to Big Bang it? This is how The Little Prince works, the abscence, the lonliness, the isolation, the missing community - it speaks to All. Here I was, in Bali - with rocket launches by Everyone. A Christmas tree in a mixed Hindu Muslim society right behind me in that shopping mall.
Within weeks of that Bali New Years Eve, I was describing to my marriage partner - drawing on the glass wall of a shower that divided us - by drawing waves - that my own body hormones impacted my mental behavior. That I felt religion and biology - the prayer movemenets of Islam and even the calendar of Ramadan were interlinked to the black holes that spin our Star Solaris and our Moon. I was using metaphors without full realization of how deep these connections really are inside our human brain. My subconsious computer was crunching away at my education trying to make sense of a Socratic Logic when the world is not binary nor Socratic.
Hey, it's early writing ;) I just pour it on page, in overlapping waves, dupe and mixed, and then try to sort it out. Chapter 2: Coins In the 1980's, teenage years, I started to collect coins and paper currency of beyond normal values. I found there were still silver coins in circulation and it was just a matter of taking the time to look at the symbols. People for decades had not really looked at the symbol. Sure, I'm not talking meaning here - but the experience. THis also started to appear to me in film dialogs. Especially popular music, films and television. Sports predictions when I had almost no passion for televised and live sporting events. Listening to people's passion and predictions - and