Friday, April 11, 2014

The Tyranny of Cool

I'm Richard Lloyd Jones, and this is Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

Ask them about what's important to them and they'll counter your enthusiasm with a shrug and a mumbled, "I don't know." Somewhere between kid-dom and adolescence, your child stops asking sweek, inquisitive questions and starts acting like everything you care about and they used to care about is now completely useless.

I know, I'm dangerously close to sounding like every other person from the older generation here, lamenting the lost younger generation. But I'm going to go out on a limb and propose that really, today, something is different with our teenagers.

Maybe it's just a matter of degree ... I was pretty obsessed with being cool in my teenage years as well ... but we have to be open to the possibility that the decay we see in all areas of our planetary experience has spilled over into our young people.

And I don't mean just that difficult teenage time when rebeliousness seems a rite of passage. Of course, there are extraordinary and idealistic young people, dedicated and talented. But there's a lot of decadence, too. Let's try to understand it better today.

They Tyranny of Cool, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Our Inverted Contra Ego

I'm Richard Lloyd Jones, and this is Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

It was part of the psychic apparatus defined in Freud's Structural Model of the Psyche. Its role was to mediate between the desires of our uncoordinated instinctual tendencies - the ID - and our critical moralizing part called the Super-Ego.

For Freud, our Ego - caught between these two forces, has a heck of a time maintaining equilibrium. It often loses, as we all know when we do something we know we shouldn't but can't help, and then have to live with the consequences.

But Keppe has re-defined this battle by proposing that our neurosis comes, not from the fight between our primitive instincts and our censoring personal and social Super-Ego, but from our inverted desires against our good, beautiful and true essence. A dilemma recognized by St. Paul when he lamented, "Why do I do the things I don't want and fail to do the things I want?"

A question perhaps all of us have asked in different ways. Keppe's work in this area is essential for all, but lamentably not well divulged. Let's go some ways towards correcting that.

Our Inverted Contra-Ego, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Explaining Illness and Epidemics Energetically

I’m Richard Lloyd Jones, and this is Thinking with Somebody Else's Head. From the time we're young, we're taught to protect ourselves from nature. Sprays to keep off the bugs, oils to block the harmful rays, poisonous cleansers to stave off the offending bacteria shacked up in the bathroom.

Nature is a savage place, we're shown on Cable TV documentaries, where malefic killer diseases lurk and there are microbe enemies in pigs and birds.

It’s so common to hear this that we can be forgiven for not questioning the accuracy of this view. You see, it was a scientific coup d’etat back in the early 1900s that launched us on the path to seeing all our health problems as coming from the microbes invading us from nature. That was Pasteur’s proposal, the Germ Theory was born, and the burgeoning pharmaceutical industry led by Rockefeller and Carnegie had found its scientific forefather. And its tool for bludgeoning contradictory perspectives senseless, and within a very short time, medical education and clinical practice was firmly on the path of seeing our problems in germs, and making billions with medications to protect us from them.

Explaining Illness and Epidemics Energetically, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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Monday, March 17, 2014

Paranoia and Societal Control

I'm Richard Lloyd Jones and this is Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

I've been catching up on some reading lately. That's one of the things that seems to slip through the cracks if I don't take care. All this focus on tweets and Facebook updates seems to have shortened my attention span, so getting into a good book gets harder and harder.

The book I've been biting into is Norberto Keppe's landmark book, The Decay of the American People (and of the United States) - the one that started troubles for Keppe and Co. in America because the powers-that-be didn't get it. They thought Keppe was attacking, but on closer reading you'll see he was keen to help.

"We are not simply writing a book," he says in his prologue, "We are launching the beginning of a campaign of awareness to save the U.S. from total decay."

It had been noteworthy from his first landing in New York in the early 1980s that trouble was brewing. And his book laid out the areas that were in decadence, from economics to industry to agriculture, to psychology and esthetics and religion. It's strong stuff.

And it points a firm finger at the extremely megalomanic people in power who've lost their sense of reality and are leading the decay.

Paranoia and Society Control, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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Friday, January 03, 2014

False and True Power

We are supposedly deep in the middle of a change in consciousness on our planet. The Aquarian Age, the new millennium, the Third Wave ... whatever you call it, many advocate a new era on earth.

I also am optimistic, but I believe some knowledge is missing from our collective education, some missing pieces of consciousness that will impede our evolution if they're not put in place.

One of the primary things lacking is a deeper understanding of the pathology of power. For, it must be obvious, we are living in a society where our freedoms are being increasingly restricted, and those restrictions are being imposed by, let's just say it plain, the psychotics in power.

And so it's to a deeper understanding of psychosis that we must dedicate ourselves, for these psychotic tendencies run rampant in all of us, and knowing this makes it possible to control them and accomplish this new civilization we so desire. Understanding the human relationship to power and ethics and even God is essential for our development.

False and True Power, today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head.

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Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Looking Inside for Truth

My father is fond of saying that the problem with human society is that we were born without an operating manual.

Clever I thought. Once. But thinking more carefully, I realize it’s actually not true at all.

We have endless advice passed down through tradition and testament and even tablet that lays out pretty unequivocally how we should live. And it’s surprisingly consistent. From Buddhism to Christianity, Confucius to Mohammed, the great mandate has always been to do unto others what you would have them do unto you.

So that’s out there, and it shows up again and again in social conventions and cultural upbringing and even on fridge magnets and coffee mugs. Constitutions and declarations and proclamations for centuries have laid it all out. This is not the problem, Dad. Our problem is that we don’t want to follow it. Yes, it’s an obedience thing. When confronted with what we should do, we human beings like to say, “Oh yeah? Who says so?”

Defiance to the truth then … this is deep, isn’t it. And it deep inside us all.

Looking Inside for Truth, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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Thursday, December 05, 2013

Honouring the Christmas Spirit

I published this wonderful radio program last December, but felt it deserved another airing. Hope you enjoy another reminder of the need to honour the Christmas spirit.

Another Christmas period, and all that that brings. The packed parking lots, the festive yuletide happy hours, cooking – and eating – the fatted calf.

And maybe, in a quiet, reflective moment, a spark of Christmas spirit will catch flame inside you and for a few seconds or moments or, if you’re lucky, hours, you’ll feel a deep sense of piece and connection with your fellow man and the universe that you recognize as the Christmas spirit.

Those tantalizing moments are tragically short-lived. Some complain that they don’t like this time of year because we should have this spirit all round. “It’s fake and phony,” they say. But it doesn’t feel that way to any who are still enough to allow themselves to receive the grace and depth of that spirit. The Holy Spirit we can call it, and we should take time to remember that this time of year is for honouring that divine presence. Yes, Christmas, of all times, is time to remember that.

Honouring the Christmas Spirit, today on Thinking with Somebody Else’s Head.

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