The Dim light of the Tech baised mind

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I know. We must always broaden our view and accept that things exist, or at least acknowledge them enough to consider that they do exist that way.

I read the post above; I decided to check out the Bloggos on Medium just to get some new words around.

Correct me if I am wrong and it’s probably just me being pissy; looking around Medium I get a weird feeling that there is a certain Medium culture which is oriented upon tech. Like, the kind of people we use to call ‘metro’.

It is a weird feeling to me; it feels like the people who populated the Capital in the movie “Hunger Games”. Weird because it’s like a group of people who enjoy living in ignorance and who have an intelligence based in the very thing-world of tech: surface, fad, skill — like a plastic wrap thought base, thin and transient. Of doing and not thinking. Like thinking and living to them is meaning something else, like something not actual, something fabricated. High School to the n-th degree, institutionalized.

Well: tech. In a very conventional sense.

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I’m so

Judge mental.

My comment is really about Mindfulness. I strongly dislike that term; I will use the techniques of course in practice, but, the whole idea has become, well…just tech. It has lost what I feel is a basic meaning or reason. It has become, like everything else for the tech oriented: another means to “be creative” or “to get up do something something” or “make a difference”. Code phrases for: Don’t think! Don’t reflect!

In a way, though, the post is trying to address the issue I point to, but it does so under the presumption that the point of living is to “be productive!!”. I mean, it’s like the whole reason one should listen to this guy or to use mindfulness skills is so you can be yourself being productive, doing things, contribute ! Go do psilocybin! You’ll be more creative and productive ! Go meditate! You’ll get that next raise!!

Yes; that is a nice thing for humans to do, but it feels to me so regular and, kind of, loaded with propaganda. (Ha ha: the company Obey Propaganda is the perfect example of the ironic acquiescence the tech generation adheres to). Not maybe so terrible — but does it have to so reek of ignorance and stupidity all the time ??

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I really dislike the word and idea of Mindfullness.

I think the more accurate notion from which Mindfulness as another modern activity has been commandeered is:

Awareness. Without judgement.

….and this is an indictment — not a support — of the linking of productivity to tech oriented living.

The post seems to me to address a distortion with another distortion, which then serves to cue that the distorted, non-reflective manner of living is correct.

And indeed, ironically, that is what most people want.

And indeed indeed, is it a conventional reality that we have to account for and deal with, in order to get on with the actual living of life, truly?

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a practice of awareness without judgement. less mindfull than compassionate.

The Global Hospice

Passion and compassion.

Reality and truth.

Philosophy and anthropology.

Either/or and And.

These are counter-partial horizontally, and correlational vertically, at least in this post.

´┐╝´┐╝ ´┐╝ WE ARE ABLE to contemplate significant relationships With things other than human beings. And, Yes, a human being is also a universal object.

´┐╝´┐╝And, it is also a subject.´┐╝ Modern subjectivity is the current ideological formulation of being in the world, otherwise known as the global religion. This is the case such that any argument which would bring rebuttal or exception to the statement merely argues that what it’s arguing against is the case; in other words, any rebuttal to the statement is telling us that it is a modern subject. At that, involved with an alienation from itself. ´┐╝

This is not wrong or incorrect, nor does it indicate merely a condition that we must reject, otherwise known as contradiction. It merely shows us some thing that is true of the universe. It is true of the universe; it must be true simply by the basic definition of what we understand is true, and regardless of how we define the notion of truth, because of the condition I just stated. That is, any rebuttal to it merely exemplifies the case it is trying to dispel. This is a truth, and it is a truth under a particular condition, and we call this condition modern.

To decide upon different terms, and define those new terms in different ways in relation to the term that is supposedly indicating something that is problematic or that is in need of changing or adjusting, is what we know of as the modern theological apology´┐╝´┐╝ ´┐╝´┐╝That we call postmodern.

We have the parameters of our condition. Because we can identify parameters truly, we are able to identify an object that arises in the universe.

From a subjective standpoint, which is to say, from the unreflective condition of being where a human arises to its occasion in the world to use its intellect for skillful application, and only use during that moment of living, Life is supposed to be, and it is indeed demanded by the individual involved with a passionate existence.

Such passion is particularly individual. It is particularly self-serving. It is possible therefore to define the global situation of humanity, in a general sense, as the negotiation between individuals. And, it is due to this orientation upon universal things, that is, the subjective or phenomenal orientation upon things, that’s the problem in the relationship´┐╝´┐╝ ´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝ with the world is occurring. In other words, it is the and self righteous proclamations and assertions of self-centeredness upon the world which evidences the dysfunction that is our current global situation. Pandemic, post truth, social discord, etc. arise because of this particular manifestation of the human being it’s relationship with the world´┐╝.´┐╝

And, somewhat unfortunately, the head or leading proponent of such cosmology is philosophy itself. ´┐╝´┐╝ it is an orientation upon the transcendent spirit of the human being as the designator an arbiter of all things, such that anything which arises in the world is understood to be arising only within the human being itself. And the problems with this orientation are manifest. ´┐╝´┐╝

Anthropology is the honest look at Real universal objects. And due to the constraints which confront our conceptions, and inform our perceptions, the way forward must be compassion. Less the self righteous imposition of propriety upon oneself, as well the grace given to others for their self righteousness, we need compassion for the passionate exercise of excess.

Going forward we should see ourselves in global hospice. ´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝

´┐╝ Folks, we are dying.´┐╝

…As usual.
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Everything exists.

Nothing is something.

This statement holds all the possible ramifications of the assessment of Being to its orientations. And from the dual meaning that arises in this statement, all problems and solutions exist.

It is not merely meaning, because that represents only one of the two orientations then.

But meaning is the main issue through which, if the truth is to be understood, must be confronted.

Something is always something else; nothing is always something.

It is the question of orientation upon the universe. Less what meaning is made, more when that meaning is challenged.

Orientation upon things concerns two basic questions;

what are we dealing with?

What are we trying to accomplish?

If these two questions are not stated, then they are assumed. We thus have one thing we are dealing with: Reality is thus the teleo-ontological assumption of a common sense of being human and the universe.

Without this assumption implicit to every statement and thought, no reality arises. It is then just a bunch of things doing stuff; reality is complicit with an agenda.

So then the next question involved in that truth — it is a truth because no argument can be made against it without implying that its meaning is operative:

What are we trying to accomplish by the assumed common arena ?

For this:

We are dealing with the truth of reality for the purpose of Being mentally healthy.

This is a anthropology of philosophy.

Resiliency: Ontological Orientations

ah Reality is overrated. We think that we make decisions, but that statement is redundant. Do we think ever that is not decision? Is there a thought that is neutral and not a representation of a choice in-itself?

Well, most say no, that they don’t know what I’m talking about. And some say yes.

I’d say it’s both. We make decisions that are based in the decision that is us, is the individual. But in reality we don’t behave that way.

In truth, the individual has decided. But in reality we have yet to decide.

The issue for mental health seems to always side on what decision we are going to make now. Now that we come across some sort of mental thing, some anxiety or worry or bad relationship, what shall we decide, but more properly the question of effectiveness, and thus resiliency, is what are we able to decide.

We like to think that we decide about everything. But for some reason, especially when we’re anxious or depressed or have some sort of “mental issue” that we notice, it seems that our ability to decide out of the situation has been compromised.

It is interesting to me then that many mental health approaches seem to represent an orientation upon what the psyche is or what mentality is, and what might be healthy about it, and is always oriented in making a decision out of a condition of decision that has been compromised.

Of course, we have to start where we are at. And so the decisions, the real work, usually takes place by finding out where that ground of compromise is, what decisions we are able to make. And if we can come to that sense of agency, if we can find that level of ability to make a decision within that condition of a compromised ability to decide, then we work slowly to regain our self efficacy and mental health´┐╝´┐╝.

That is the overwhelmingly regular and usual method of any kind of therapeutic approach one will usually come across.

It is what we have to do methodologically, because we aren’t dealing with people usually who want to think about things philosophically.

For the practitioners, though, I like to think that education equals intelligence, but what are usually find, what I think we are finding more and more, is that intelligence and education really only have to do with real skills, and not so much with an ability to reflect upon one’s situation truly.

Nevertheless, I would ask into that approach from the standpoint of the practitioner, from one who is implementing a strategy towards mental health.

Perhaps what the compromise is telling us is that indeed there is some underlying substance that is prevented by the kind of resilience we are seeking when we are trying to achieve through the orientation that we have an ability to decide at some level or condition. ´┐╝

I think this orientation, this real approach, would take the condition where we really have already decided, and move it or apply it to the “either or” situation that is so real, and then take it as a sign of existential futility or contradiction´┐╝.´┐╝´┐╝ What I’m saying here is that most people who are oriented in the substance of reality would take the idea that I am already determined in everything that I do as an intellectual decision of futility upon the decisions one must make in real life.

But what I’m really saying is that the contradiction in itself is a philosophical fallacy, based in a real orientation upon things, and not from a true orientation. That From the orientation that reality holds all the cards, all the truth, every way of thinking that is rational and valid.

So in a way, I’m kind of pointing to the issue of mental health may be the inadequacy of our real conceptual models. The inadequacy of hanging on to a version of the human being in the world that is inadequate and basically faulty, and thus the preponderance of mental health issues in our modern society

Maybe´┐╝.´┐╝´┐╝

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Is mental health the same as physical health?

xIs it?

That is to ask: Should mental health, its manifestations and issues, be considered the same way as we consider a physical body, which is to say, that all mental issues must reduce to physical fact ´┐╝?

If we can rely upon popular scientific knowledge then the answer is resounding yes!

If this is true, though, if science is finding out true things, then why has mental health issues only expanded and been aggregated with the rise of scientific solution?

If cognition linked with empiricism is as thorough and competent as they propose in practice, then why is everything seemingly going to shit more and more?

Any ideas ?


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Philosophical Anthropology

My approach on anthropology will be philosophical. So maybe, similar to the four human studies, archeology, cultural Anthro, physical Anthropology and Linguistics, The study of man will not be complete, really, without a philosophical anthropology.

So it is I would be careful about what it approaches. Human is too vague a category and should be assumed until further headway is made. Thought as well, not so good. Also, philosophy as a category is compoundedly difficult due to all the traditional, historical and social investment in careers and egos; we have to approach it from the side. Political. As well. Being or ontological is loaded with real assumptions. Knowledge, again, needs to be approached from the (other) side.

I am liking: Philosophical Anthropology is the study of what is happening and occurring.

Any ideas around this?

What do we know ?

The Johari Window

Honesty.

…not always the best approach for every circumstance.

It would be useful in methods, though:

Science.

Philosophy.

Mental Health.

Psychology, though, i’d say it’s more a pure contingent ideology. Yes, we love to say that psychology as a science, but I’d say it’s more a contingent ideology. And at that, contingent because what it wants to deal with, and what it sees we should deal with, is ultimately dependent upon whether or not we need to manipulate a situation.

I’m not making an ethical judgment here. On the contrary, I’m saying that psychology and indeed has its function´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝, but let’s be honest about what that function is, what that functioning is.

I have difficulty with the idea that science is based on neutral, objective observation and experiment. I think there is more than a few theorist and philosophers have shown us that science, as we generally understand and know of it, is filled with subjectivity. Never mind the potential for manipulation involved in the “pure objective” methods of statistics and probability.

I’m not gonna get into all the Ends and outs´┐╝ of all the nonsense here.

What I was thinking about this morning was how we really don’t know very much, even as we pretend to.

But then my mind went to, well, I’m not even sure if that’s the case. Because, I’m sure that there are a bunch of things that we know truly. Despite what Philosopher would want to arguments, I would say that one thing I know for sure is if I run really fast into a brick wall it will hurt. I’m not really sure what the function is of a type of discussion or argument that would pull that apart to say that that instance and that knowledge of that instance it’s not true, And I would have to question the motivation of anyone who would want to argue that it is not true´┐╝´┐╝´┐╝.´┐╝

As I’ve been saying in this blog for a long time, I feel that we need to be more honest and more clear about what we’re doing with any endeavor. I’ve said this in the context of philosophy, because I feel like Philosophy. as a discipline is, at once, filled with many projects that speak over each other and into each other such that philosophy becomes this “eternal process” instead of really coming to any conclusions that are useful, but then also within philosophies the intention so motivates discourse that it crosses so many lines of agenda it never notices in its self, in its motion.

I tend to suggest that the culprit in these methodological transgressions is transcendence itself. What I generally lumped together to say “phenomenology”. Phenomenology mixed together with philosophy, like an unseen partnership, gives license to thinkers to be unclear under the guise of intellectual clarity. And I think this moves all the way up into our type of academic intelligence. For, anymore, it would seem, it matters less about how honest and clear we are for the sake of our position in society. We are not even allowed to indict any theoretical discussion as honest or clear in itself, because the method itself is taken to be sacrosanct. It’s taken to be “natural” Or “of course”, methodologically consistent, logically coherent or cogent. We are not allowed to personalize discourses to themselves. Even the idea of hermeneutics, it’s self has become a distortion of what it most likely was attempting to do when whoever decided to come up with that name for a project.

But this post is more about science. Because it says though the method of science requires room for a reasonable doubt. It seems terribly ironic for a method that is supposed to be giving us empirical truths. I ask only that science and medicine be honest with its abilities. And I think anymore that science has such terrible, In itself, upheld by scientists often enough, has such terrible hubris that it will not even admit it’s limitations. It says it’s method and the results if it’s method as revealing truth inherently and obviously.

But all I’m calling for really is maybe for science to do an inventory of itself and admit what truth of it do we actually know, and what other knowledge do we just assert that we know, we pretend that we know for the sake of some responsibility to that society that is looking to science and medicine to solve its problems´┐╝.´┐╝

It seems to me that a lot of our problems with medicine, but particularly mental health, arise in this area. ´┐╝

´┐╝´┐╝ not so much truth for the sake of truth. Rather, honesty. ´┐╝

And, not across-the-board. Not transparent to everyone. But at least honest and what we are trying to accomplish. ´┐╝´┐╝

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