Old BIASES Uncovered re MLK & JFK

This is composed/posted on MLK Day, 01/15/2018.  Viewing/Listening to the urls, listed below, revealed some biases I had formed about MLK and JFK, in the years surrounding their assassinations.

The report on how JFK, at great risk to his election, literally saved the life of MLK, was new information for me. Many of the speeches by MLK are more relevant today because 1) their depth and strength is lacking in contemporary messages of the continuing challenge, and 2) the messages are, more critical today, with many populations unable to comprehend the messages – blocked by biases.

Remembering a true American hero

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I was very active, from Yale/New Haven, in most leftest movements, primarily anti-Vietnam War and Civil Rights, that continued after my move to Minneapolis.  I was biased to be over-sensitive and not adequately critical of reported criticisms of both MLK and JFK.

Then, I accepted the invalid practice of judging/ranking complex/multi-dimensional entities (persons, nations, theories). Today, both MLK and JFK are described (by me) with long lists of both positive and negative traits and actions (relative to  different sets of criteria). These lists cannot, objectively, be reduced to a singular positive or negative summary judgement. This practice is in our DNA, having value in tribal times, but dangerous to apply today.

Every position of human judgement has subjective bias. Because I agreed with most of the progressive analysis, I blindly accepted some of their specific criticisms of MLK and JFK as “true”. The material accessed from here, pointed our that these criticisms were, themselves, biased and inaccurate.

Although I was on the March on Washington and was close to MLK when he gave his “I have a Dream” speech, many in our group from Yale were critical of MLK for “blocking more radical groups and being too conservative in tactics” when faced with oppression. The info here corrects this opinion. MLK’s strategies and tactics were far from conservative and he was being maligned by the more “radical” – which I accepted, uncritically. This is not to say that there isn’t a long list of, what we now would sort  as negative actions and traits of MLK. Also, both MLK and JFK adapted/evolved/emerged as a result of circumstances.

JFK is a more complex issue. I had read that he put racist judges on the bench, in the south.  I even re-wrote the lyrics of a many versed  folksong, in criticism of JFK and RFK. I was in Honolulu, for one night – in route to the Antarctic – on the eve of JFK’s election. The celebrations were intense, as it was Hawaii’s first presidential election as a state. For more than the next year, my news of the world was limited, due to my isolation. During the winter months, May – Sept, our major sources, were Voice of the Andes and Radio Moscow (from South America). I became more radicalized from the books and literature I took with me. Castro’s liberation of Cuba also occurred while I was On-the-Ice. It was only much later that I learned that the Bay of Pigs invasion was launched (by the CIA) over the objection of JFK, a major stimulus for his movement “left”. Norma Cousins was a mediator between Kennedy and Khrushchev, and the Cuban Missile Crisis was never as critical as the media reported. These actions by JFK lead to his assassination. I had turned, and was actually supportive of RFK for POTUS,  when he was assassinated.  The “systems” that organized the assassinations of MLK, JFK, RFK and the 9/11 Attack, continue to exist.

This discovery of my earlier biases reinforces my more recent paradigm shift: to diligently avoid ranking persons, nations, or theories. It is also consistent with my new paradigm for viewing each and every person as a private, inner wrld – which justifies their actions and beliefs – even when they are unable to achieve their objectives and blame their failures on objective oppositions. These two paradigms shifts, both from what was useful in tribal times, are most critical for humankind to transcend. This requires uplifting to new social reinforcements, because the propensities for these old practices are “wired-in” to our DNA.

The 8 decade emergence of nuet has witnessed a great many biases uncovered, and transcended. nuet may be “programmed” for this. Larry/nuet quickly & automatically intuits biases and blindspots in his assimilation of the “words” of others. These are not experienced as oppositional to Larry/nuets own views, but different. All experienced worldviews are partial, in relation to a larger, unconscious “context”. However, Larry’s attempt to share his insights about expanding cotext is usually taken as opposition to the presentation.

Larry/nuet’s experience is that most others attempt to warp/assimilate all information from others into their current worldview and paradigms. The psychological process complementary to assimilation, accommodation, is where Larry/nuet seems to excel.  nuet is primed to accommodate (modify context) to new input, instead of automatic assimilation (to old context).

This may be partly due to Larry’s lack of mental imagery in all sensory modalities and being on the Autism Spectrum. Can persons learn to accommodate more is an empirical challenge – and relative to their cognitive diversity. The whole of a future, viable Humanity will find value for all, in the distribution of relative assimilation/accommodation. What will be essential is: 1) that we accept our personal limitations, 2) respect different cognitive styles, 3) accept the gained personal agency in being a viable, essential component of a “greater system”, than being an autonomous “individual”.

CULT SILOS : Unstable Wrlds

[I am composing this raw into my blog. The insight occurred less than an hour ago, and continues to emerge. It may be highly significant in comprehending the weird behavior of many humans today. I am compelled to start now.  First draft took 3 hours composing. 01/13/18]

BACKGROUND: That we each/all LIVE in our own personally created, hallucinatory wrlds is now the accepted view of contemporary neuroscience.  What I have done is apply this knowledge to the future of humankind. Most of our scientific knowledge (of humans) is ignored and not applied to our ongoing behavior.

We tend to think of a person’s wrld as relatively stable, even resistant to significant change. Yet, there are example of “disturbed” persons whose wrlds seem to change “pathologically”. So-called “multiple-personality” is an example. Cults are an example were persons have their private wrlds “shifted” to a shared “wrld”, through restricted environments and “indoctrination”. The stability of a person’s wrld, under highly constrained or highly variable environments, may be far more variable that we have assumed. The distribution of stable-to-unstable wrlds, in the global population, may be radically changing, due to many factors.

There is a positive aspect to our inherited propensity to form “cults” or “intense cultures”. We might comprehend early human tribes as cult-silos. Those who didn’t fit in either left, were eliminated, or became shamans. This is also an underlying “force” behind teams, crews, and communities. What has been unresolved, over the rise of human civilizations, is how populations with different cultures and belief system can become components (cells) of a viable, humanity (organism). A propensity for this is not in our DNA.

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Many of us “scratch-our-heads” or “roll-our-eyes” in disbelief over the 180 degree reversals of GOP persons, stated as if everything was normal. Explicit video recordings of contradictory statements appear to have no impact.  Trump is the exemplar of self-contradiction, yet his “stable genius” characterization is strongly defended.  The GOP leaders are often shown, in video, standing-in-line “behind-their-master”, as if in trances.

WHAT IF THIS IS ACTUALLY AS IT APPEARS?  The GOP  has become a bizarre cult; their erratic behavior breaking “established norms”. But, before we become self-righteous, we must examine if we (and many others) haven’t also become members of Cult Silos! Our new Information Technology may be a strong contributor to this phenomenon.

Yet, this trend seems strongest within “authoritarian” societies. Have you ever wondered how the Germans and Japanese could “all” become monsters bent on brutal conquest; then – after defeat – become “pacifists”?

Is the concept of  a “core self” (who we really are), a myth? There is a DNA determined brain structure, but they determine propensities as well as instincts. Western persons (I don’t know about the others) believe that they chose who they become, or are blocked in so becoming by others or circumstances. There is no scientific evidence for this claim. Indeed, our creative agency probably has little effect on who we become as adults.

At each decision-moment in our lives, we may have potential options, but our biological states at those moments-of-decision will determine what we do. In Stimulus/Response behavior, humans are highly deterministic. Our creative agency occurs during our spontaneous actions (not responses to stimuli), when our biological states may shift so as to be different (for subsequent decision-moments).

Those persons of high achievement, if their whole lives were analyzed in depth, it would probably demonstrate that it was the whole “social context” that led to the achievement. The magazine Fast Company highlights those who achieve with intention, which may appear to contradict my proposition that we don’t chose who we become. Query: what factors led these specific individuals to engage the societal process leading to “success” and what factors resulted in their “rising to the top”, in the competition.  Were they, as children, destined to succeed? Some inherited traits, such as aggressiveness, may contribute to “success in some systems”, but this doesn’t prove that their “free will” “choice to succeed” was the primary determinant.

I return to the local/immediate crisis we face with the Trump/GOP in the USA and similar development globally.

I propose that this radical “shifting” of silos-to-cults is the by-product ot the convergence of technological innovations.The rise of the Nazi Mindset has been attributed to the new innovation of public radio. History needs reassessment in terms of tech innovations. What changes were catalyzed by the printing press, the steam engine, oil, electricity, the computer? Humankind has deluded itself to believe it is “in charge”.

The current determining innovation is a convergence of many innovations. It would not be productive to argue which were more important.  Many innovation systems were/are involved: Rapidly Emergent Intelligent (computer) Technology, Social Media, Mobile Gateways (smart phones), Media Silos, Super-Corps (Apple, Google, Facebook, etc.), Online SEAFed Hi-Finance, Globalization, Hi-Intelligence, Big Data, Psych-Ops, Augmented Propaganda, Surveillance, Hacking, Targeted Assassination & Blackmail, Technologically Augmented Corruption, ETC.


Let us return to the present and the Silo-Cult of the GOP and the short-term future of the USA.

IF, what is proposed is true, contemporary techniques to confront/defeat the GOP may well not succeed.  This is far, far from our only crisis. We are actually in midst of a Crisis-of-Crises, orders-of-magnitude greater than ever experienced by humankind. I may list some of these crises later. However, this issue is immediate, and is critical to our ability to confront this catastrophic Crisis-of-Crises.

IT IS IMPERATIVE that Organized Active Change Agents (OACA) uplift themselves to discover/apply a more accurate model of humankind, than the current, grossly inaccurate model.

FACT: Over the centuries of the Scientific Era, the accumulated knowledge about humans, gained by research, has seen very limited application in the design and functioning of societal systems.  Physical systems were greatly improved. Indeed, new knowledge improved the power of elite control of populations. HiTech has subverted the weak forms of “democracy”, before they took root.

FACT:  The Trump/GOP/Corp-Handlers will not accept defeat, in future elections. They are totally committed to their coup. In their wrlds, this is a sacred crusade against “evil”. In last resort, if forecast to lose in the fall  2018 elections, a False-Flag event will occur and the election will be (indefinitely) postponed.

However, it is speculated that the “intelligence” behind this coup is powerful; and not evident in the visible players. The coup has been emergent for decades, involving the most wealthy, able to hire the most technologically competent.  They are comfortable and secure, and able to be patient. This long-term (generational) planning was traditional (& necessary) centuries ago; and continues within family elites (and other nations, still deep in these cultural traditions). Reality is a mix of spontaneous happenings to generational plotting.

HOW MIGHT WE CHANGE, SO AS TO FACE THIS CHALLENGE?

NOTE: OUR CHANGE must be prior to any action to challenge the coup. This what I mean by the priority of UPLIFT. If we act impulsively and prematurely, we may well make things worse.  Currently, we are working in context of a grossly inaccurate model about the “nature of humankind”. Our “enemies”, although far from comprehensive in the models of reality, are more accurate than we on some specifics – enabling them to indoctrinate and move populations to support them and oppose us.

THIS IS CRITICAL: We must strongly resist our “natural impulse” to fight and resist. What we face are SOCIETAL challenges, not environmental challenges we evolved to face with our (still) tribal/hunter-gatherer brains.

Polls are no longer sufficient measures of populations. They measure uninformed opinion. They have little relevance as to future behavior. We are quite ignorant “who we are” and “how we change”.

We have no accurate knowledge of the “odds” for our success/failure. We are grossly unaware of our vast potentials and resources. Nor are we aware of the internal difficulties encountered by the coup. There is evidence that there are competing coups, fighting each other. The consequences of Earth Changes (well beyond Climate Changes) my soon disrupt everything. The “very top elites” have the resources to survive; but they may have little power over others.

THE INTENT of this post is to CALL ATTENTION to the high possibility that the GOP is not a political party but a CULT SILO.  This phenomenon way be epidemic in humankind. Indeed, WE MAY BE INFECTED.

The above is a tentative work-in-progress. It requires critiques and participatory development. Yet, time is short, until November. Also, is it safe for our work to be conducted in the open? Would our work be recognized as a threat to the coup – if not by the Trump/GOP cult-silo, but by their Corporate/Geek handlers (who are also in their own, unique cult-silos)? What cult-silos emerge around persons of extreme power?

 

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHTMARE ———————————— THEATRE of the ABSURD

From the safety and comfort of my home in Tucson, Arizona, America – to imagine myself living in a nightmarish theatre of the absurd  seems absurd, compared to those who lived through the fire storms in Dresden or Hiroshima  of WWII (when America went untouched and gained power and riches). Or the plight of today’s refugees fleeing all variations of terror, all over the globe. Do the monsters of today compare with those of humankind’s long, bloody history (while the rich get richer)? Is Stephen Pinker  correct claiming significantly diminished violence thru human history (it hinges on Pinker’s definition of “violence”; a different story would be told about the increase of “human suffering”)?

Immediate violence and suffering cannot be ignored, but there is much more to “reality”.  For example, compare the immediate experiences of persons “killed” (by any means), and the extended pain, suffering, and longer-term consequences of those “left behind”.

The “killing of potential”, whether of a person “passing too soon” or of the loss of a glorious future for Humanity/Gaia following the “extinction of humankind”  is difficult to compare with immediate loss and accompanying violence. Schell writes, “We have always been able to send people to their death, but only now has it become possible to prevent all birth and so doom all future human beings to uncreation.”

How does “descent into madness” compare with “death” (for persons or populations)?
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“nuet”, Larry’s inner wrld, is compelled to share this contrast – as a platform from which to launch an uplifting, highly positive proposal. REALITY IS THE WHOLE. Good and Bad. Crisis: Opportunity/Danger; Challenge!!

No one knows all that is happening, trending, or hiding as potential – in the vast, fractal complexity of 21st Century humankind. Larry/nuet “groks”  our Here&Now as unique in human history, and possibly unique in the “Life of COSMOS”. Whether accurate or not, might we attend to the challenge of this, potentially unique, Crisis-of-Crises.
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What is happening within GAIA on Planet Earth, in our Solar System (which we haven’t named), in our Galaxy (which we haven’t named), in our Galactic Cluster (which we haven’t named)? With astonishing arrogance “we claim” to be competent (with this query) from our teeny-tiny-point position, as a node in this vast/complex sysnet.

WE (emergent humankind) may be a unique phenomenon; more – a yet embryonic process, than a “finished product, approaching the perfection-of-maturity”.

Try imagining the experiences of a caterpillar/butterfly in process of metamorphosis. The effects of “birth trauma” on the “baby” remains a topic of controversy.

Personally, I (Larry/nuet) am more intrigued by the antics of my contemporary humans, than disturbed. Here I include EVERYONE, from Trump/GOP to radical/progressive pundits. We are witness to the TOP STORY of human history – much being recorded, for later study. There is no fictional narrative more exciting. Simplistic futures are very disturbing. Indeed, they are nightmares.


to be continued.  01/11/18