Friday, November 28, 2008

Society on the Couch

Normally we see a person with serious problems we recommend professional help. After all, we go to the gym to keep our bodies toned, we go to the driving range. Why wouldn't we do something to address those psychological glitches that pop up in all of us?

But what do we do when our whole society is showing signs of breakdown?

Today on Thinking with Somebody Else's Head, we'll try to put "society on the couch".

But a couple of things first. I always appreciate hearing from you. Your feedback is really helpful in helping me shape the program, so don't hesitate if you've got a point or a question to raise. I'm always available - rich@richjonesvoice.com. If it takes me a day or two to get back to you, hang in. I'm getting to it.

If you've listened to the Podcast for awhile, you'll know Dr. Claudia Pacheco very well. She's a frequent contributor here and frankly is indispensable to this program - and indeed to everything we are doing down here in Brazil at the International Society of Analytical Trilogy. Well, Claudia and I are working on something really interesting ... a live, Internet call-in radio program which we're targeting to launch in January 2009. Make sure you're on the mailing list to learn more - rich@richjonesvoice.com

What this'll be is an online advice show with Claudia, who has 25 years of experience in Norberto Keppe's Analytical Trilogy - to my mind, the most innovative, effective and powerful form of psychoanalysis on the planet. Anyone who's got any experience with Trilogical analysis knows the experience of taking a long-standing issue to a session and getting a completely fresh take on it from the analyst.

"Wow! I never saw it that way before," is a common comment.

Keppe's Analytical Trilogy goes to the root of the problem, which is always something deep inside us, hidden from view. This is true deep psychology, often helping us see clearly for the first time long-standing issues that have been blocking us from achieving what we feel we have the potential to achieve. And who doesn't feel that? And after Norberto Keppe himself, Dr. Claudia Pacheco is the best in the world at helping people at this deep level. So this radio program will be very cool. To have a chance to listen to her weekly will be a great opportunity to address some of the core issues of human beings ... and you'll be able to call in personally with individual questions and issues.

We're calling the program "Healing Through Consciousness", and we're both pretty excited about it. Make sure you get on the mailing list. We'll keep you updated.

You know, we've had a lot of response to the last 3 podcasts looking at the roots of the economic crisis. A few thousand downloads of those programs - giving a pretty loud message that people are looking for some answers, some ways to understand what is going on.

One of the applications of Keppe's work is in the area of social psychology - analyzing the society as we would a person's neurosis. And why not? The corporation's been given the same rights as a human being through some decision of Congress way back along the way. As the Federal Reserve - a mostly private institution - was created by Congress back in the early 1900s, even though they had no constitutional basis to do so. So why wouldn't we hold society's systems up to scrutiny?

In fact, we must. I noticed in the N.Y. Times earlier this week that European and North American political leaders admit they may not be willing to fulfill their commitments to cap harmful carbon emissions or phase out polluting factories because of the slumping economy. A European Commission spokeswoman said, "Investing in reducing emissions is more difficult to do in times of economic downturn."

This is simply hard to believe, isn't it? How in 2008 can we make decisions based on profits over the environment? Hard to believe unless you understand about Inversion, Keppe's seminal psychological discovery. Keppe says in his beautiful book, Glorification, "Inversion, sickness, is the act of rejecting life, labeling it as bad; it is the attitude of denying truth, "seeing" it as negative; it is the wish to alter reality, "believing" it to be harmful - all because of the great envy, the enormous envy, we feel toward the Creator. We want to take His place by substituting what is fictitious for what is real, and we are assailed by the most terrible anxiety. If we were thankful for what is good we would be happy, but we constantly destroy all that is sound in ourselves because it was not created by any decision of our own."

Isn't that something to think about? Let's bring Dr. Claudia Pacheco in here today to explore this more.

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2 comments:

Corson said...

While the greater principles of Norberto Keppe's Analytical Trilogy make a great deal of sense, the message becomes obscured and hypocritical when one hears phrases like, "...it is the attitude of denying truth, "seeing" it as negative; it is the wish to alter reality, "believing" it to be harmful - all because of the great envy, the enormous envy, we feel toward the Creator." Denying truth and speaking of a mythological creator in the same sentence, defeats the message. Believer or not, his message would be much more credible if he putt his personal mythology aside and limited himself to secular terms and references. I hope the error is not intentional.

Richard Lloyd Jones said...

Hi Corson,

Thanks for your comment. While I appreciate the dilemma you are facing, there's no way to reconcile it. And for one very simple reason: you can't cut the theology out of Norberto Keppe's science because his science includes theology. For the first time, all 3 of the essential fields of science, philosophy AND theology (human experimentation, thought and feeling) have been joined together into one over-arching science that considers all aspects of the human being and the society he has created. This is what gives A.T. its "great deal of sense", as you say. Cutting out the consideration of God from Keppe's work would be like cutting an essential foundational pillar out from under his work. Can't be done.

So while it may be more difficult to understand Keppe for those who are accustomed to the separation of science, philosophy and theology, I suggest respectfully that this is your problem, not his. If we want to understand a thinker, we need to work to comprehend him, not have him change things to fit with what we're more comfortable with. Where would Mozart's music be if he'd listened to the Emperor of Austria complaining that there were "too many notes" in his operas?

I encourage you, as I encourage all of my friends and acquaintances who have similar problems with Keppe's theological pillar, to put aside their biases and try to stick with the "great deal of sense" that Keppe's work makes. Which it does. And it does precisely because of the 3-part union he has made.