Year by year, I continue to make my case for the independent individual—one might even say the lone individual, except that this phrase has been co-opted to mean an assassin, a killer.
Which tells us where society is heading.
On every possible front, the psyop is about discrediting the individual and elevating the group and the collective.
Because I’m 75 years old, I’ve been around long enough to see the tectonic shift, among so-called intellectuals, from admiring and praising the individual to celebrating some sort of spiritual unity that makes us all into One Cosmic Glob.
For example: “There is really no separation between us. That’s an illusion. Finally, we are one consciousness.”
I dispute this. I reject it completely.
This, yes, insanity arises from a basic confusion and blind spot about the creative power (of the individual), which has no boundaries.
It is quite possible to imagine and create and invent a perception that we are all one consciousness and to experience the fullness of the perception. It is not an illusion. It is quite real.
But one can also un-create that perception.
In fact, in the early spiritual exercises of Tibetan tantric students and adepts, this on-off creation was a significant component. It was done, consciously, as a merging and un-merging with Nature. It was PRACTICED on a daily basis.
In early Tibet, a truly unique culture that was soon dismantled and destroyed by theocratic leaders, the individual was recognized as an staggeringly powerful artist.
Rather than assume there was one final highest reality we all share, it was understood that the individual could and did invent realities without limit.
Presuming to understand a final reality for all of us was considered absurd.
It is also a form of fascism. Spiritual fascism.