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Radical Means "Going to the Root"
Martin LeFevre: Human history can be defined as the past perennially eclipsing the present. Why does every generation persist in living in the shadow of the past when the light of insight is open to us in the present? There is no such thing as perfection, but living that way would make for an immeasurably more harmonious world. ... Is it largely the fault of intellectuals and teachers who place the highest value on experience and knowledge? ... The experience of the past cannot light the way to a true future for humanity. ... Most intellectuals persist in the belief that humankind is on an upward arc of progress toward a technological heaven, but it isn't true. And just as individual lifespans are finite, there are a limited number of chances for a potentially intelligent species such as Homo sapiens to change course...
Dec 13, 2017, 2:40pm

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Human Progress Is a Chimera
Martin LeFevre: The progressive media in the United States is still stuck in 'we're making progress' mode, even though the Trump train keeps rolling over them. Will they ever realize they've helped lay the tracks? ... When you start from the premise that "human nature doesn't change," you can be sure that the false optimist in question is but a sheep in wolves clothing. Let's be done with obtuse academics, and start thinking for ourselves. ... The American body politic as whole gave rise to Trump's authoritarianism. Seeing and sticking with the truth is the real antidote. ... Human progress is a chimera; the more we advance technologically the more we regress inwardly. So-called human nature can and must change, beginning and ending within...
Dec 9, 2017, 4:12pm

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Prophecy Is One Part Prediction, Nine Parts Preparation
Martin LeFevre: Let's get serious. Humankind faces the greatest crisis in our evolutionary history, and we have to change course. There's a complete vacuum of global leadership in the global society. Neither the post-World War II international order, nor some even more self-serving order from communist-capitalist China are capable of addressing the immense challenges that humanity now faces. ... If a psychological revolution ignites, humankind will change course and the fragmentation of the earth and humanity will abate before man plunders the earth and destroys the human spirit. Without a revolution in consciousness however, nothing will change...
Dec 6, 2017, 4:50pm

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Replacing the Rotten Foundation of Reason With Insight
Martin LeFevre: If the last year has demonstrated anything, it is that the Enlightenment ideals of reason and human rationality cannot hold sway over the chaos of belief, irrationality and tribalism. But that always was a Hobson's choice. There is another factor altogether for the human being. ... Awakening the human brain's capacity for insight goes beyond memory in all its forms, including imagination. True creativity is a matter of deepening and living in terms of insight rather than memory. ... Insight is intrinsically whole, and flows from the same ineffable source that gives rise to all energy and matter. Therefore awakening insight fully in the brain illuminates, in silent understanding, the unknowable essence of the universe in the human mind and heart...
Dec 4, 2017, 3:57pm

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The Evolution of Thought and the Crisis of Consciousness
Martin LeFevre Conventional atheists say that humans are utterly unimportant, and that our destructiveness is evidence that life is a chance event against a background of chaos. But the emergence of consciousness remains a tremendous mystery, much less the evolution of a sentient species with tremendous spiritual potential that’s rapidly denuding its planet. … Human consciousness, dominated by thought, is inherently fragmentary. That's why the human mind has separated us from the wholeness of the earth’s ecosystems, and is bringing about the Sixth Extinction in the so-called Anthropocene Age. Can we resolve the crisis of human consciousness in time to restore the integrity of the planet, and ourselves?…
Nov 30, 2017, 8:20pm

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Animals, Humans and Gods
Martin LeFevre: Aristotle said, "To live alone, one must either be an animal or a god." We don't have to live alone, but humans in the global society have become such self-centered creatures, the only choice now is to grow into gods. ... The self is socially constructed, not individually made. The consciousness we have known as humans for tens of thousands of years is essentially cumulative, based on useless memory, not useful knowledge. The old consciousness is not true consciousness, and it has reached a saturation point...
Nov 25, 2017, 5:46pm

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Psychological Separation Is Fragmentation
Martin LeFevre: Apparently a brain capable of conscious thought, whose basic principles are separation and manipulation, is a prerequisite for awakened consciousness. But that very evolutionary development initiates the ongoing existential mistake ("original sin," in Christian lingo) of psychological division. The arrogance of human domination and technology precludes the full awakening of insight essential to end the fragmentation of the earth and ourselves. ...
Nov 20, 2017, 5:34pm

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What Is the Basic Course of Humanity?
Martin LeFevre: I feel the truth that the basic course of humankind continues toward ecological and spiritual destruction is incontrovertible. But it raises the question, is there no such thing as social progress? ... And despite the election of a genuine throwback in the United States, there has been progress on many fronts---with regard to institutional discrimination and racism; in the domination and subjugation of women; and in environmental awareness and legislation to name a few. ... our consciousness (which is not individual but collective---the individual does not exist in the separative sense of the word) has become saturated with useless memory, generational hurts and humiliations, and spiritually suffocating grudges and sludges...
Nov 16, 2017, 4:06pm

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Death and a Drenching
Martin LeFevre: There are two completely different meanings to death. The first springs from fear, the primal fear in humans stemming from the knowledge of death, which is as old as man. The second is communion with the actuality of death inseparable from life, which is the wellspring of life. ... Having knowledge of death and not having an insight into thought (which is inherently separative), humans have separated death from life. I've even hard Buddhists say that death makes no sense to them. To my mind however, death gives meaning to life. Indeed, it's the source of life...
Nov 13, 2017, 4:43pm

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Eventually Never Comes
Martin LeFevre: The viciousness of power and the contingency of history raise an important question. Why, if the specific events of history are so contingent, has the basic course of humankind remained unchanged? ... In the context of our time, was the global ecological crisis inevitable? Did things have to come to this point? ... Perceiving and responding adequately to what is happening is much harder than agreeing on what occurred in the past. ... My question has long been, can the basic course of humankind change? And what is required to change it? ...
Nov 11, 2017, 5:26pm

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Resistance Can Be Worse Than Futile
Martin LeFevre: This isn't Vichy France. This is Trump's America, Putin's Russia, and Xi's China, where resistance truly is futile. ... Not because to stand against the forces of oppression, rapaciousness and darkness in all these countries and the world is futile, but because the psychology of resistance is inextricably entwined with the overarching power and underlying system it seeks to overthrow. ... We need a completely different kind of revolution. Lenin was wrong when he said, "a revolution without firing squads is meaningless." A resistance without violence is meaningless, but a revolution without violence is the only true revolution...
Nov 7, 2017, 5:51pm

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The First Rain
Martin LeFevre: Other than a downpour during the night a couple weeks ago, it was the first rain of the year. Living in a land where it doesn't rain for four or five months during the summer, the first rain, coming when most of the leaves are still on the trees, released intense fragrances and feelings. ... Meditation is really nothing more than watching and listening without goal and effort, judgment and interference, to every movement within and without until attention gathers and there is no dichotomy between the movement within and without...
Nov 5, 2017, 4:09pm

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Pax Americana to Pax Humana?
Martin LeFevre: For the first time in human history, we have the possibility of a simultaneous creative emergence in all three dimensions of human being--spiritual, philosophical and political. And since in this climate there is the possibility, there is the urgent necessity. ... How much of our present predicament (and I'm referring to the West as a whole and not just America) is a failure of imagination? A great deal, but the failure of imagination also stems from spiritual exhaustion. ... Certainly imagination is required to create anything new, but it isn't the first thing. Insight is...
Nov 1, 2017, 12:46pm

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Suffering Is the Lack of Understanding
Martin LeFevre: Suffering since the time of Paul has been extolled, if not venerated as the path to grace and God. Ennobling suffering is one of the original lies of Christianity. ... "The growing contagion of despair" in North America and the West follows the veneration of suffering to its logical dead-end. ... When Jesus said, "my kingdom is not of this world," he wasn't referring to some sort of afterlife, but to the incorrigibly corrupt world of his time. ... Nothing has essentially changed. Power, domination, violence and corruption still rule, and we're running out of room as a potentially intelligent species to change course...
Oct 30, 2017, 5:29pm

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Illumination Is Not Isolation
Martin LeFevre: The only way I can see to recover life and create a new culture amidst the ashes of the old is to let go of old modes and mentalities and look within, joining others in inquiry and relationship based on igniting insight. ... I propose some relevant questions. How does living in the present involve forgetting the past? Why does illumination mean the negation of psychological memory? What is the relationship between the inward journey, which is first and last solitary, and our social natures as humans?...
Oct 28, 2017, 5:33pm


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