Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Portends a Larger Debate

A. OC. is an inspiring figure in 2018 politics. Progressives have not seen this type of agent of change in decades. She won the primary, if she wins the main contest, that will represent a major political shift. Yet, if not, the unseating of an incumbent in the primary stands on its own given the views and social reality she represents. Rather than a mere ideological colleague of Bernie Sanders, she is actually an evolution. What we see in 2018 are not new and younger versions of left vs. right but something different. As much as A. OC. excites parts of the electorate, the elections to come will see tougher questions posed to the general public and a confirmation of U.S. social political direction and community.

As odd as it would have seemed 10 years ago, we really are facing clear paths into the future. On the surface, politics does seem to hinge on economy, jobs, health, and security. Yes, those will remain top considerations when deciding the direction of society. More than this is the question, “who are we and which future do we want“? Some people answer that question through the lens of fear. That fear may be expressed through demographic changes and a global economic landscape. Others look at that question and hope for shared community, universal acceptance, and higher meaning that yet respects the space each occupies.

It turns out, the future is not about easy answers. The future probably does not ultimately ride on an American, Asian, or European NWO though each would vie for dominance. Rather, the political churn is the inevitable result when social development is in full swing. Pursuit of humanity’s best existence and experience of life is a worthy goal. Movement towards that is ultimately delivered through a progressive process. Though not guaranteed, what can follow are changes of a more tempered or vigorous nature in the recent years and decades to come.

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Learning from Contrary Messengers

I lean in a politically left, humanitarian direction but one of my favorite podcasts are those on Jay’s Analysis. I do not agree with Jay’s solutions but I find the analysis spot on. When listening to Jay’s Analysis I find I have to carefully weigh information as some conclusions emphasize traditionalism. I am not into traditionalism. I generally hold the view that much (though not all) of what is expressed in media and several official sources is false. I learned that less through analysis than through sometimes painful observation.

Jay’s description of the pitfalls of trans-humanism, technocracy, certain themes in media and several other progressive viewpoints is very well stated. When you listen to his podcasts, read his articles from the past 2 or so years, you see solid patterns of how society and individuals can be tricked into things that are not good for them. He goes into the means and reasons why this occurs dating back hundreds of years. The references he cite and describe are worth the experience.

The talks he gives on theology are also compelling. The thoughts he imparts on theology are solid. Returning to the podcasts, he is occasionally asked what is the solution to the problems of society. He has answers and critiques. Some I can understand but others I could not embrace. I see value in futurism, an inclusive non-manipulative progressive ideology, reinterpretation of positive tribal values, free knowledge, and a difficult path through ethnicity that respects differences of nature while upholding common humanity. I think ancient societies have useful tools for the future and we cannot fear challenging information and diverse experience. While I have different political inclinations, view of progress, and a slightly different take on spirituality, nonetheless I find Jay’s work useful. We can still learn from those who have different conclusions as they may yet provide golden insights that advance understanding and growth.

A Beautiful Day for Neighbors

Mister Roger’s is available on DVD and is highly recommended. Like many, I grew up watching Sesame Street. As fun as it was to watch Big Bird, Elmo, Bert and Ernie, and that song “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11/12” with the 8-ball few things left an impression like Mister Rogers. I think years of watching his show left a positive impression on many. Regardless of age, Mister Rogers on video is a timeless refresher on old school decency and good nature. He was not an outlier, just on TV. I knew many adults like Mister Rogers (liberal arts and math majors) growing up. Society changed more and you saw a decline in the expressions exemplified by Mister Rogers. Watching it again after all these years, there is still much to learn about positive, multi-dimensional humanity. See: Mister Rogers, television’s polite radical.

Childish Gambino – This Is America, Are You Ready?

Don Lemon introduced a broad audience to a video that already had 83 million views. The video, This is America is a multi-layered performance masterpiece. Elsewhere, other videos and websites give a break down of the symbolism in the video that are both deep and elevates the This is America as a compelling presentation of lived experience. Gambino’s video is a master work of story and mass education using the pre-eminent media device of today.

7 Dimensions of the Spirit / Soul

Recently, I was informed of literature that describes 7 aspects of all existence that describes both the microscopic and the macroscopic parts of the universe and beyond the universe. Apparently, these 7 aspects of existence was discussed for 10s of thousands of years but I managed to go through most of my life not knowing about them. Better late than never.

I finished reading Ancient Future by Wayne Chandler and my intuitive sense is the material is true. Every chapter in the book is steeped in novel information and reveals substantial possibilities for human existence. Part of the way it achieves this is by interpreting the future by uncovering and understanding the past. The information covered is the basis of authentic science and philosophy. That is my opinion but I find the author too well fixed within the academic and research community to consider his descriptions wistfully derived. Continue reading