Now that my Nicki’s Indian Lamb Stew (pg. 78 of Chrissy Gower’s Paleo Slow Cooking) is in the crockpot for tonight, thought I’d head off to Animal Church for a while.
Remember: In the Animal Church, there’s no dogma. Its dual purpose is enlightenment through a better understanding of humanity by having better explanations for the social impetus of its memes (god, supernatural, contemplation, etc.), …and to poke fun of everyone who always gets all of that wrong, usually in the desire to remain blissfully ignorant.
The thing is, god memes are kinda logical. What’s frustrating is that the memes come to be taken and solidified literally in the roll of history…such that what may have been an admirable primitive “explanation” for the what and why of human existence and consciousness in the way back—providing the glue to hold an increasingly complex and potentially confusing social existence together—becomes eventually nothing more than abject ignorance based on fear and indoctrination via cycles of generations of regurgitation. It’s pathetically stupid. That’s where we are now, and have been for at least 100 years.
I first read Yasuhiko Ginku Kimura over 20 years ago. As far as I know, he’s the only eastern mystic fully studied and informed in western, Hellenic philosophy—even to include all the individualists, libertarians, anarchists. His integrations are insightful and valuable, I think. For example, here’s a 1999 essay on Ayn Rand’s ethics of selfishness: The Virtues of Enlightened Selfishness.
When you look at the reading list from my transformational programs, you will find books by Ayn Rand (1905-1983) and Lao Russell (1904-1988) side by side. These were two of the most powerful women of the 20th century, sharing almost identical spans of time in history. However, their philosophical outlooks are diametrically opposite to one another. Rand is an atheist and argues for the virtues of selfishness, while Russell is a theist and preaches the virtues of selflessness. People ask me how I can reconcile these two seemingly contradictory philosophical positions. A complete treatment of this question requires a formal philosophical treatise, but it will suffice here to state the following:
Ayn Rand is a philosopher of rare genius who nonetheless never had the experience of spiritual illumination of which Lao Russell was intimately aware through her husband, Walter Russell, one of the greatest spiritual illuminates in history. Rand’s philosophy, which is a rational philosophic integration of the facts of secular human experience, does not contain anywhere in its entire philosophic equations the experiential data obtainable only through spiritual illumination. Her system, Objectivism, is quintessentially rational, but does not include the realm of the transrational. In fact, being an arch-rationalist, Ayn Rand would categorically deny the cognitive validity of such “mystical experience” as spiritual illumination or transrational awareness or kosmic (cosmic) consciousness.
Rand’s philosophy is an attempt at constructing a rational theory of reality based solely on the absoluteness of reason and the evidence of the senses (a premise which ultimately breaks down in the kosmic awareness of Primary Reality) which can lead to the attainment of moral character and human happiness within the parameters of individuation and individuated identity. Her system, though incomplete, is consistent and coherent, giving us a rational foundation for living in the realm of life in which there is individuation, individuality, and the diremption (separation) between you and me–the realm of reality which constitutes what is called secular experience, within which we all exist as individual or individuated human beings.
~ Yasuhiko Genku Kimura Interview / Human Integrity
(11:49 run time. Show notes: 14,000 wars in the last 6,500 years. Lack of integrity has been constant throughout history—we’re just more aware. Integrity begins with knowing who you are. Lack of integrity comes from lack of self-knowledge.)
~ Yasuhiko Genku Kimura Interview / What is God?
(10:30 run time. Show notes: When you see god, ask what he is…he should know. Very interesting differentiation between involution and evolution.)
I’m well aware that generally, religion and mysticism have a logical place in the human historical experience. I don’t feel I have much need of it now, because I got a huge dose as a kid. I’ve spent a lot of years ridiculing it and poking fun of it. Nowadays, about half the time I want to ridicule it; the other half I’m happy to provide some ignorance curing enlightenment.
A final video, this one on the practical politics of the day, referencing back to the first video on integrity. This is from the Amazing, Funny, Fucking Brilliant! Remy, who in addition to the many YouTube’s he does on his own account, does some now and then for Reason.
~ Tap It: The NSA Slow Jam
I think it takes about 3 views to catch every single clever reference. My fav: “Text yourself about it, let us know how you feel.”