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Diffusing the K-Bomb (part 6)

Posted by: David

Practically-speaking, I’m not sure if the K-bomb can be diffused. Turret lathe operator machining parts for transport planes at the Consolidated Aircraft Corporation plant, Fort Worth, Texas, USA.But when it explodes, you don’t need to be destroyed by it. We’ve all already been hurt by it. It’s been sputtering like a pot of rice left on high for quite sometime. Let’s define the K-bomb a bit better before we look into how to deal with it.

In Part 3, we saw that knowledge is a force and make no mistake it is a powerful one at that, more powerful than anything human hands have made. Knowledge parades itself around as truth, but it is not. Knowledge is our human projection of what is truth. We tangle our own perceptions of truth, our own choices of what we think truth is into our knowledge. And because of this, our knowledge becomes tainted. It is no longer truth. And since knowledge is paraded around as truth when it is not, it becomes a lie.

Lies are always self-detonating. My lies have come back and exploded in my face. That’s the way lies work. Remember the fire triangle: heat, oxygen and fuel. Lies work the same: heat, untruth and truth. Just add a spark.

In Part 5, I said that thoughts can be packed tightly in rationalizations or even social systems. I should be a bit clearer on a topic as important as this, because thoughts are what K-bomb is composed of.

The warrior must justify his actions. Every human is a natural warrior. We are warriors in defense of our egos. We must keep our ‘self’ alive and strong. It’s all about me, right? Some of us fight with actual physical means: fists, guns, swords, and bombs. But most of us fight with words, ideas and thoughts. In our local circles, we may cut emotional supplies that feed our friends and family to combat a hit taken from others. Toward outside circles, we develop cliquish techniques, social standard, religions and massive governmental and economic structures that are meant to protect our local and collective egos. And we have been doing this since day one when our consciousness first sprouted.

Clear as Mississippi mud, right? The point is that we justify the thoughts that disturb our consciousness by in various ways. I really don’t want to get into examples of how this happens. When you have a thought that disturbs you, see how you justify it or what you do with it. But when we justify these thoughts, we shove it places: maybe into an ideology, a political platform, a concept of what is socially normal, or the simple philosophy that says, “Well, I can’t do anything about it, so let it be.” Every philosophy, human social system and human government is a structure meant to contain and support the K-Bomb.

How do you diffuse the K-bomb if we can’t use psychoanalytical techniques, drugs, friends, society, philosophy, or even religion for that matter? It may seem like your hands are tied. This is the ultimate dilemma of mankind. It’s the Catch-22 of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. And the dominoes have been unstoppable since the first flick.

As a Christian, I believe that the K-bomb is why Jesus came to the earth. He was the ultimate intervention for this problem. He came to transform us with God’s love, truth and mercy. Jesus lays some diffusion techniques out as clear as a bell in the Sermon on the Mount.

But since you may not be a Christian, it is essential that I explain the concept behind it. Basically, our internal lives are essentially no different than our external lives. The only difference is that our will is inside us, not external to us. Out of the will come our choices and our choices are manefested in our reality. What begins inside us manifests itself outside of us. The force we talked about in Part 2 is initiated by the will and the dominoes begin with the flick of our will and fall outward. Because our will is burdened with weight of consciousness (the knowledge of “good and evil”) we become slaves to that consciousness. How exactly we become slaves is not something I completely understand. I can only see the results in my life to know that it’s happening. It may be that since we understand that evil exists and we inherently fear being destroyed by it, we develop means to protect the self or the ego. Ironically, in doing so, we bind ourselves to that process indefinitely. We become slaves to production of the K-bomb.

So, how do we get free from banging on the ironworks of the K-bomb? The species of man had to be set free from this. We were all bound. No one had the key. It had to be an outside intervention. Of course, as a Christian, I point to Jesus.

Be Thou my vision, O Lord of my heart;
Naught be all else to me, save that Thou art.
Thou my best thought, by day or by night,
Waking or sleeping, Thy presence my light.

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The K-Bomb (part 4)

Posted by: David

To understand how we gained consciousness, I like to look to Genesis. One thing to notice is that after we gained ‘consciousness’ by eating the forbidden fruit, we were told that “in pain [women] shall bring forth children.” What’s curious here is that one of the reasons that birthing children is painful is due to infant head size and even most ardent of evolutionary biologists would agree that not always did Homo sp. have big heads. The development of our puffed-up heads most likely correlated closely with our gaining of knowledge.

Now at the same time, it’s important to look at what we know about natural and human history to understand how we gained consciousness. What jumps out at me is fire. In ecology, fire is the beginning of the successional cycle on so many landscapes. In a forest ecosystem, fire clears the way in an old-growth forest habitat and allows for the forest to grow again. Without fire, early successional species wouldn’t exist.

In regards to mankind, there was a point at which we took fire and went with it. How that happened is anyone’s guess, but it was certainly a pivotal point in our history. At that point we learned that we could harness power, which was probably a huge ego-boost. Could it be that harnessing fire was the beginning of our ego itself? Whether fire was the forbidden fruit is not something I know for sure, but the power that we gained from it helped to drive us to where we are today. And most assuredly we now possess the ultimate fire-stick of all—the nuclear bomb. In all of the life history of this planet, if there has been a fiery maelstrom as fierce as mankind, I’d be surprised. But please, don’t let that frighten you. That is my last intention. There’s really nothing to be afraid of in a little bit of nuclear energy. Listen to Bob Marley’s words:

Have no fear for atomic energy
’cause none of them can stop the time

Here Bob was right. The progression of history cannot be stopped and Man the Firestorm will run out of fuel. Thank goodness. Just like with forest succession, this once-upon-a-time firestorm will be a refining fire. Yet again, I’m getting off topic.

So, ‘poof’, we gained consciousness and after consciousness emerged in our species, it sure couldn’t be put back in the box. Our language increased, our knowledge increased. Having babies started being more painful. But what is this knowledge stuff anyway? The information scientist might say, “Oh, it’s just stored information, everything from data to stories and to language itself.” So it is, but how does that connect to what we may have learned about awareness as a force?

Knowledge is simply stored force, or one could say it’s stockpiled awareness. If awareness is a force, then knowledge might just be the K-bomb. Since we store our awareness, visions, perceptions and feelings in a multitude of different forms, this knowledge is just force on the shelf. Try to recall in your memory a time when you ate a picnic lunch on the grass. Take note, your extracting this bit of knowledge off your memory shelf and turning it into a vision and recalling a past period of awareness. It’s now in the near front of your conscious mind. How far to the front the mind depends partly on how powerful that event was to you. If it was a good memory, then you might get motivated and pack up your family and your lunch and go to the nearest park. If it was a bad memory, you’ll make sure you don’t do that again. If it was a good memory, note that the vision ‘pulled’ you to do it again. If it was a bad memory, it ‘pushed’ you away from doing it again.

The Push-Pull of Knowledge

It is important to note that memories may also be irreparably distorted or extremely dim depending on how the mind has shuffled or ignored the information. And not only do we store knowledge in our memories, but as we saw in Part 1, memories can be stored in writings, art, architecture and even the landscape itself. All of these forms of knowledge pull us, compel us and motivate us. They may also push us, drive us away, make us pace back in forth, idle us, or cause us to be couch potatoes (not that relaxing isn’t a good thing).

If knowledge is really a force to be reckoned with, what kind of force is it? Let’s get simple and look at a magnet. If you put a north pole to a south pole they will pull together. If you put like poles together, they’ll push apart. Knowledge is no different than magnetism or any other force for that matter. It’s just more difficult for us to grasp because it’s so intangible. It’s clear that I’m not the first person to say this. Sir Francis Bacon understood this idea centuries ago. Knowledge pushes us and pulls us to various ends, for better or maybe for worse.

In Part 5, we’ll look at how knowledge affects our thoughts and how our thoughts alter reality itself.

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