What Are They Dying For?
Martin LeFevre: A continuity has been broken. The end, apocalyptic or not, of this so-called order and age is a fait accompli. ... The real and present danger that America now poses to the human prospect does not solely stem from the fact or fluke that an illogical, narcissistic president is channeling immense darkness. It stems from the conditions in the American people and culture that gave rise to Trump. ... America and the West are cannibalizing itself...
Oct 22, 2017, 5:37pm
An Inquiry Into Fear
Martin LeFevre: The questions, it seems to me are: Do we humans tend to live in fear because we're social animals? Is fear intrinsic to the neo-mammalian brain dominated by symbolic thought? ... Certainly the fear of standing alone, or even being alone for a few hours in nature, is linked with our social natures. Is fear the essence of conformity? ... The root meaning of the word alone is "all one." Initially what I experienced in the desolate canyon beyond town was not aloneness, or even solitude, but isolation and loneliness. This is what gave rise to fear...
Oct 18, 2017, 4:48pm
Fire and Darkness
Martin LeFevre: You know things have come down to it when a mainstream pundit begins her otherwise boilerplate column with: "In the end, which is where we live now..." So is the end of the old consciousness/species the beginning of a new consciousness/species, or just the unending end? ... Wherever natural and unnatural disasters are occurring, it's the same all over the world. Six degrees of separation have become six degrees without separation. ... The earth is shouting for us to wake us up, and yet few people are listening. ... Can humans make the transition to intelligent life?...
Oct 16, 2017, 5:09pm
Is Nuclear War Inevitable?
Martin LeFevre: The convenient and comfortable half-truth that ethnic nationalism is the gravest threat to humanity, couched in the Western-centric terms as "the threat to Western democracy," misses the peril that faces humanity. ... The resurgence of ethnic nationalism, whether white, yellow or any other color, flows from fear of the threats posed to humankind as a whole, and represents the refusal to think together as human beings. ... Part of history is written before it occurs. What can one person do? Much more than you think...
Oct 13, 2017, 5:41pm
For the Future of Humanity
Martin LeFevre: A few decades ago, a distinct people usually represented a "sovereign nation." That is what drives all so-called separatist movements. And that's why Catalonian people, who don't view themselves as Spaniards, want their own country. ... Now the idea of distinct peoples is as archaic as separate countries. ... As long the premise of national or regional sovereignty is not replaced with the sovereignty of humanity, the division and fragmentation of humanity will continue and increase...
Oct 10, 2017, 5:32pm
Cosmic Intent and the Human Brain
Martin LeFevre: Let's tentatively accept the premise that there's an intrinsic intent in evolution (without implying a deity) to develop brains with the capacity to consciously commune with cosmic mind that infuses the universe. ... Presuming the human brain has this potential, why is it so hard and rare to awaken it? ... We humans are a stubborn species. Indeed, we often crossover into pigheaded territory. ... All told, we cannot begin to realize the cosmic intent lying dormant within us until we see conditioning as the false, destructive and unnecessary thing it is...
Oct 8, 2017, 4:21pm
Psychological Comfort Does Not Exist. To Be Disturbed Is Good
Martin LeFevre: The pointless search for a motive for the Mandaday Bay sniper drones on in the mainlining media. ... The slaughter that emanated from Mandalay Bay Hotel in Las Vegas, as impossible as it is to imagine, is really not so hard to understand if we see the sick individual in the context of a sick society. ... When a culture gets stuck in extreme individualism, as has in America, extreme individual pathologies ensue. ... Nothing will change as long as the people continue sleepwalking through these waking nightmares, seeing them as completely individualistic when in fact this sick society is churning out people like Paddock...
Oct 7, 2017, 5:33pm
Neanderthals Weren't the Neanderthals; We Are
Martin LeFevre: Is only darkness, through its millions of mediums of the dead, operating effectively in human consciousness? ... We Americans are the all-time masters of the all too human desire to have things both ways. The collapse of Pax Americana, American exceptionalism and the American spirit mean that that illusion is over. The New World has become just another dead land filled with walking dead. ... Inward, psychological and emotional progress simply does not exist. It's radically change or perish now. ...
Oct 3, 2017, 10:31am
Not Minority Rule, Mob Rule!
Martin LeFevre: American progressives refuse to see and call out evil as evil. That moral failure attests to their complicity in the darkness that has enveloped this country. ... Making the Donald's narcissism the focus, much less the cause of what ails America gives progressives cover for their own collusion in the election of this barely constrained tyrant. ... What then is the cause of Trumpism? It is a manifestation of America's willfully neglected darkness, an effect that has become cause and catalyst, the intentionality of the darkness flowing through Trump and his supporters, turning everything to crap...
Sep 30, 2017, 5:52pm
The Old Species Is Dead--Can Human Beings Emerge?
Martin LeFevre: Intensely observing the movement of thought/emotion with no more interference than watching the water of a stream flow by, thought slows to a trickle, and a meditative state ensues. ... It is not any form of hypnosis, or self-induced state of reverie. It's a state in which symbolic activity of every kind-words, remembrances, associations, even recognition-temporarily ceases. It is the highest action of which a human being is capable. ... Radical change can only be brought about through the arduous work of consciously and continuously questioning and observing ourselves as we are...
Sep 28, 2017, 5:05pm
All Past Is In The Present
Martin LeFevre: Drawn west at sunset as I left the house, I was literally stopped in my tracks at the end of the street. There was a rim of fire along the ridgeline of the Coastal Mountains. ... A line of crenulated light, far more intense than any forest fire, covered the ridgeline of the modest range. Above the mountains, a thin line of clouds was afire in a throbbing magenta. The total effect of setting sun, clouds and atmosphere was like nothing I've ever seen ... Astronomy has demonstrated that everything that has ever occurred in the universe is contained in the present. If we can see a million years into the cosmic past, why is it impossible to gain a glimpse into life 400 years ago on earth?...
Sep 25, 2017, 2:38pm
If We Wait, It Will Be Too Late
Martin LeFevre: In an incoherent and terrifying speech before the UN, President Trump all but declared war on North Korea, all but pulled out of the Iran nuclear deal, and all but destroyed the universal aspirations of the United Nations by doubling down on national sovereignty in a global society. ... In order for the UN to be genuinely reformed into an institution of limited global governance however, a new, non-power-holding body of great moral suasion has to emerge. ... You cannot stand on the sidelines as an observer and have things both ways. It's either move toward the light of insight through self-knowing, or go with the excremental flow of darkness.
Sep 20, 2017, 9:23am
A Computer Will Never Have an Insight
Martin LeFevre: Neuroscientists and cutting edge computer developers are in the first stages of building a "bridge between flesh and chip." Chillingly, promoters speak of a "brave new world" of thought-controlled machines--in the opposite way that Aldous Huxley used the term. Just what are the implications of directly linking the brain with the computer? ... The brain is capable of awareness beyond words, images and knowledge. Our capacity for awareness and insight is the essence of the human being, and the wellspring of wisdom and understanding. ... The brain is immeasurably more than thought. Thought-controlled machines have their place, but a clear distinction between the brain and the computer must be made and maintained, or the brain's virtually untapped capacity for awareness and insight will be lost...
Sep 16, 2017, 4:34pm
The Global Mind
Martin LeFevre: Until about a generation ago, there were at least two distinct streams in the human mind. Both had their genesis about the same time---the Western mind in ancient Greece, and the Eastern mind in ancient India. ... In the last twenty or thirty years, the Western mind has overtaken the Eastern mind. Now there's just the Western mind gone defectively global, though many people, West and East, like to believe that there is still a real difference. ... The Western mind, which Aristotle more than any other philosopher poured the foundation for, has been externally minded, materialistic, and individual-oriented. The Eastern mind was inwardly oriented, mystical and universal...
Sep 12, 2017, 4:57pm
What Does It Mean to Think Together?
Martin LeFevre: To my mind, the most important fact is the crisis of human consciousness as a whole. Given the truth of it, what is the basis for thinking and acting together in the face of differences of background, language and political systems? ... Finding commonality is not a matter of bridging these superficial differences, but of inquiring below the attachments, identifications and identities that divide us from each other as human beings. ... It's possible, and urgently necessary, to self-knowingly hold one's opinions and conclusions in abeyance, in favor of asking questions with others and listening for insight (which is always of the present)... That's what thinking together truly means...
Sep 9, 2017, 3:45pm