Social Alchemy: My Streams of Thought.

Brooklyn Bridge, New York City [Manhattan Side]

Over the last 45 years in my at times strenuous travels there have been some thoughts that have formed, based family learning, social observations of groups of people in New York City, Europe, Hong Kong, Nepal and other places journeyed. Other ideas are associated with groups interested alchemy and even the urban world of art salons. For various reason I can only share a few thoughts, but, also only a few may benefit from such raving, for I am not scholar or poet. These 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 they take hot long breaths behind our mask of survival.


Ignorance
Ignorance and assumptions are the breeding ground for prejudice and a tool of deviant social alchemy. 
Ignorance loves apathy. Apathy loves 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 an so called religious or spiritual 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? 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 reform. Such deep rooted problems like, the excess focus on material wealth and nationalism, subjective puritan ethical standards, and spiritual faith turn into religious despotism should have been addressed. These issues now come to haunt us again. Of course, this all may have occurred by short sided design.


Prejudice: In some ways prejudice is a phobia or irrational fear. Our denial of the existence of this mental disorder makes recovery more difficult. An obstacle in curbing bigotry is that society has very few therapeutic methods to treat prejudice, unlike drug abuse.


Then we can learn not to use each other for our own selfish desires, which are unfortunately at times is masked under the cloud of family, religious, or nationalist self serving values, some societies may evolve for the benefit of all.  No the problem is not too big.  Then 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 beyond our perceptions and expectations of each others. 


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 at times 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 the human being. 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 mankind is physiologically under developed in some non western societies. Often when there is imbalance in the human relationship with the environment, conflict in values, or the infringement of one perception over another, as aspects of a society can fracture. At times these under nurtured or suppressed parts of the human potential may manifest themselves without formal support. Thus is the hidden potential of human beings.


 The suppression of spirit may have contributed to the concept of an artist being different from the rest of mainstream society.


The unperformed artist of the mind creates from within, what some call 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 understanding of our potential.  Just as enlightenment may hinder complacence or obedience to the rule of law, whether they are justice or not.


Some mock that which they one day may become.  How much of one’s contempt is fear?  To pass the fear, some are taught to see that destiny or fate is really only one of many possible roads we may travel. Then again disdain may mask hope from a cynical eye, chained to past dreams and knowledge.

Must the dreamer awaken to know the difference between the dream, the physical world, degreed of perception and how they are linked? Perhaps it is hard to awaken when the dream appears as a nightmare. The issue in social alchemy is upon what influences we perceive ourselves and become are to become based. Whom do we fear the future? This one the trinities of social perception.


Social Philosophy in a Weaponized World of Conflict

  • Does your philosophy need to be weaponized to be valid or true?
  • To whom is peace and contentment a liability?