Social Alchemy: My Streams of Thought.
These are just thoughts from a guy walking down a road, within a moment in time. On occasions there have been chances and reasons to stop then watch and listen. Ones experienceS can change the journey. These thoughrs are not in order.
By Nathan Chukueke
Our attitudes may not be enough to gain understanding of what is real or possible.
Dare one see beyond their so-called social station, as hot labored breaths are taken behind mask of self rationalizing perception?
Ignorance and assumptions are the breeding ground for prejudice and a tool of deviant social alchemy.
Ignorance loves apathy. Apathy loves blind compliance.
The issues of social reorganization and prosperity becomes not one of altering the existing genocidal system, but merely who controls it. Often our sense of humanity is overridden by our desire to meet a social-economic standard of living in which prejudice is condoned and institutional promoted. It is perfectly acceptable to be a so-called spiritually aware person and be a bigot in America. Personnel enlightenment doesn’t include multi dimensional cultural literacy.
When will we learn that underlying causes are as important as the symptoms of a social disease or injustice? For example, the destruction of German and the Japanese aggression in World War Two fell short dealing with the economic, social, and cultural issues in those countries that were used by violent social reformists to spark social unrest and violent nationalist social reforms. Such deep-rooted problems as the excess of focus on:
- material wealth verses public equity of resources
- equitable nationalism [ if such a thing exist]
- subjective puritan ethical standards
- narrow definitions of spiritual faith turn into religious despotism
All can lead to the expansion of social conflict and unrest. These issues and other problems come to haunt societies, samll groups of people over and over again. Of course, this all often occurred cause short sided social structures and designs. Social alchemy done with used with care can avoid at least some of these problems.
Prejudice: In some ways prejudice is a phobia or irrational fear. Our denial of the existence of this mental disorder individuals and social groups makes recovery more difficult. An obstacle in curbing human bigotry is that society has very few therapeutic methods to treat prejudice, unlike drug abuse.
When we can learn not to use each other for our own selfish desires, which are unfortunately are often masked under the cloud of family, religious, or nationalist self serving values?
Some societies may develop for the benefit of all. No, the problem is not too big.
When we slowly alter our perception of each other to become more aware of the fact of what we are and can become: by reading, talking, reflecting on our perception of self and each other, society may yet evolve to beyond our perceptions and expectations of each other. At least this would be a start.
History has shown us that one’s vision can blurred by the need to be right. Logic has no meaning when many feel threatened. Fear and pain become a license for our actions. We suppress our humanity and indulge in a tasty feast of revenge and intellectual legitimation. From L.A. to South Africa prejudice goes beyond race and culture. Prejudice is often an indulgence in self righteousness and self pity. To drown in revenge is no victory!
In most societies, humans are only trained to use part of their being. The suppression of much of the human potential creates the development of only certain parts of a human being or society. This is one form of social control. It is the muscular body and the analytical mind that is developed first in western society. The spiritual and emotional being of humanity is physiologically under developed in some non-western societies and others it is in arrested development, at time by design. Often when there is an imbalance in the human relationship with the environment, conflict in values, or the infringement of one perception over another, aspects of a society can fracture, also possible by, at the least, short sided design. The under nurtured or suppressed parts of the human potential may still manifest themselves without formal support. Thus is the hidden potential of human beings may still prevail, but not as a common norm.
The suppression of spirit may have contributed to the concept of an artist differing from the rest of mainstream society.
The unperformed artist of the mind creates from within, what some call, Taoism, the uncarved block. Creating art in this way becomes a matter of developing aspects of sanity.
Our attitudes may hinder or even transcend what is needed for an understanding of our potential. Just as enlightenment may hinder complacence or obedience to the rule of law, whether or not they are justice for all.
Some mock that which they one day may become. How much of one’s contempt of others is fear or learned behavior? To pass the fear, some are taught to see that destiny or fate is really only one of many roads, we may travel. Then again, disdain may mask hope from a cynical and fearful eye, chained to past dreams, addiction to righteousness and knowledge. Depth of knowledge can mean many things.
Must the dreamer awaken to know the difference between the dream, the physical world, degrees of perception and how they are linked? Perhaps, it is hard to awaken, when the dream appears as a nightmare. The issues in social alchemy are often based upon what influences we perceive upon ourselves. Whom do we fear, the future not of our design? This one aspect trinities of the social perception.
Social Philosophy in a Weaponized World of Conflict
- Does your philosophy need to be weaponized to be valid?
- To whom is peace and contentment a liability?
There seems to be a deep poverty of perception in what civil rights means in post industrial societies.
Perception can guide one from pain and suffering.
Perception can lead to wealth and fortune, but doom one selfish narcissism within the blind dark pits of hedonism.
Perception can one lead one to spiritual enlightenment and/or imprisonment of arrogance.
Perception can give one great physical, material, or cultural enjoyment, but usually at a price.
Perception can lay the foundations of addiction to negative social and spiritual bias, but also activities of daily life physical harmful to oneself and others.
Perception that is balanced and flexible should consider the cultivation not only of personal wants and needs, but reflection upon those matters related to the earth upon which one exist, whether they be flood, famine, pollution or growth, and issues of society that are not clearly seen with the 5 senses at a glance.
Perception of the numerous dimensions of one’s actions and activities can be developed by attaining a better understanding that the ideas of:
- Following one’s instinct
- The idea of knowing one’s nature
can be manipulated not only by others but also by ourselves and our actions.
If one sees only at arms reach, all a person’s perception is limited and the chance of manipulation by others is great.
Education that fits very easily and quickly into your current mindset or perception may be enjoyment or shaming manipulation that is not in one’s long-term interest or community.
Perception may be trinity of that which existed from one’s creation, the physical environment and social interaction or so called culture.