Hans Lovejoy, editor
It’s nearly 2021! With a sigh, let’s all acknowledge the year’s trauma so we can move on, right? In the move towards a seismic awakening in 2021 – as well as building resilience for the year ahead – tinpot tyrants and their foot soldiers are on notice.
We see you. They occupy all institutions, all levels of government and media, and now is the time to excrete them from the bowls of our body politic.
Democracy, transparency and trust eroded in 2020 like no other time in recent history. Dishonesty and corrupt behaviour is rewarded by sociopathic grifters who bullied their way to the top. Under the cloak of a virus, massive wealth and power is being transferred to all the wrong people.
Will this continue unchallenged?
Climate change, biodiversity loss and the widening wealth divide are just symptoms of the disease: awfully applied authority. Authority has been in existence since, well, forever.
The challenge is to increase/develop critical thinking skills, and surpass the corporate technologies that fool and manipulate us.
Back in 1990, US philosopher and psychonaut Terrence McKenna explained how to claim the dignity of an individual.
His speech is entitled Trust Yourself and Reject Authority.
‘It’s a wonderful thing to learn to be able to stand up and yell “bullshit”!’ He said, while dismissing political leaders and self-proclaimed gurus as having any answers.
‘The fact of the matter is that nobody knows what’s going on’, he said. ‘Nobody has the smallest idea. The best guesses are lies. And so to pretend that one human being will lead another out of the dark night of ignorance and into the shining light of truth is ludicrous… If you want a teacher, try a waterfall, a mushroom, or a mountain wilderness, or a forest, or a seashore… This is where the action is’.
‘Institutions seek to maximise control, control, control! Institutions are not in a business of enlightening you nor saving your soul… And to the degree that we commit ourselves to ideology, we are poisoned. Any ideology. Marxism, Catholicism, Objectivism, you name it – rubbish. All rubbish. What is real is experience. What is real is this moment’.
He said, ‘A much better idea would be to insist on the dignity of all human beings. To recognise the freeing of slaves, the giving of the vote to women, the ending of public whipping… this program of political enlightenment must also then include “hands-off” on how people want to change their minds. We are not interested in being sexually regulated by the state and we are not interested in being intellectually, spiritually and emotionally manipulated by the state. The state should stand down in this issue’.
Wishing all a happy and safe 2021.