Empirical Foundations of a Shared Understanding

In the last post, I described my learning journey which laid the empirical foundations for seven iterations of Critical Thinking’s analysis and subsequent papers:

1st iteration 2013 Economics to Save our Civilisation
2nd iteration 2014 Concentrated Power and Consequences – Report 
3rd iteration 2015 The time for Critical Thinking is now!
4th iteration 2016 Hierarchy and the Political Economy
5th iteration July 2017 Reform Proposals in the Monetary System for Attaining Global Economic Stability (this was a refinement of the 4th iteration in the context of monetary reform and in that sense, an interim iteration)
6th iteration October 2017 Human Cattle Awakening
7th iteration October 2019 How We Live

Each of these iterations build on the previous one and while the latest iteration, How We Live, summarises the current global political economy, more detail and references are contained in previous iterations.

Other papers and articles:

May 2019 Systemic Risk and Climate Change
November 2019 Gulag Academia
April 2020 Structures and Money In Transition
May 2020 The End Of The Age Of Plunder
July 2020 COVID19: Plunder and Population Reduction – Structural Violence in 2020

2018 How to recognise an elephantThe Journal of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment – The Review
2019 Has financial services regulation made the world a safer place for investors?The Journal of the Chartered Institute for Securities & Investment – The Review

Anyone who studies these and, more importantly, validates for themselves the underlying references will be well on their way to understanding the mechanics of our enslavement on the human farm. It is a narrative which has evolved from logical analysis of issues and events from multiple perspectives. The work encompasses many fields of study including art, technology, history, philosophy, science, politics and economics, using Critical Thinking’s co-creative learning methodology.

We must aspire to be polymaths because everything is connected; we are our own jailers because we’re ignorant of how our thoughts and actions tighten the chains that bind us. Specialisation and compartmentalisation reinforce the status quo.

When viewed from multiple perspectives, it becomes clear that we are authors of our own misery and the fruits of the current political economy are revealed. Our last paper, COVID19: Plunder and Population Reduction – Structural Violence in 2020, referred to above, explains these “fruits” (plunder and structural violence) in more detail, citing specific instances.

In reality, we are responsible for this structure because we’ve become entangled in a web of ignorance, distractions and diversions. If enough people understood what is really happening today, the chains that bind us would evaporate immediately – evaporate is the right term because the three foundations of the current political economy: institutional hierarchy, theft of the commons and usury, are merely ideas; ideas that if properly understood would be exposed as having no validity in a free world.

Those sufficiently motivated to look for a shared understanding of reality that is consistent with the evidence are growing in number – their eyes have been opened to the corruption of “authority” in all its forms by studying and sharing information – once opened, their eyes cannot be closed.

While the rational, logical approach to research and analysis revealed the “mechanics” of our enslavement, the far deeper and more important truth is that we’ve been seduced away from Divine Wisdom into an ideology of destruction veiled in deceptive language. This ideology of destruction is explained and contextualised in Douglas Reed’s Controversy of Zion. I don’t intend to go into this here as the book deserves its own article/review; I may get around to this in the near future.

There is a Biblical reference to our “downfall”, in the story of Adam and Eve eating from the forbidden tree of knowledge and being subsequently cast out of the Garden of Eden by God or Divine Wisdom. Bible stories are metaphors or allegories not to be taken literally. One interpretation, in an esoteric context, is that to appropriate and attempt to apply divine knowledge for selfish ends is self-defeating. Note: Knowledge is not wisdom – wisdom is the optimal application of knowledge.

Leaving aside the progressive corruption of religion and its reduced relevance to many people’s daily lives, “Adam’s children” (we) have lapsed into ignorance and hedonism, i.e. self-gratification, while deluding ourselves that we can create life and order in the world. Thus we descended from unity with Divine Wisdom and the challenge is to re-establish that connection. This is the challenge for all of us. In the last post, I referred to life as a game with very few rules because the overriding imperative is to love God or Divine Wisdom – that provides and governs everything. The current global political economy is more than an obstruction to our success in the game of life. Our day to day existence has been made conditional upon it.

The transhuman agenda is exemplary of man’s vanity and fall – seeking immortality in this life rather than spiritual immortality. Those involved in promoting this agenda have no understanding of Divine Wisdom or we wouldn’t be where we are.

These are the battle lines: playing God versus loving God or Divine Wisdom.

In describing the “mechanics” of our enslavement in the work listed at the beginning of this article, we focus on our “external” environment, i.e. those aspects of the political economy that affect us. However, the system or structure that is our external environment is affected by us, our perceptions and behaviour; why else is there so much emphasis on “behavioural change”? – changing our perceptions and behaviour facilitates change… for better… or for worse. Authority would have us believe that their usurpation of Divine Wisdom will bring about change for the better. However, their proposed changes, currently enforced on the pretext of the COVID-19 myth for example, take us further from each other and Divine Wisdom, to our and everyone else’s detriment.

When describing my learning journey, I’ve referred to the importance and value of universal consciousness. However, this rather workman like characterisation of God falls short of reality. Divine Wisdom is much closer to the mark. The true wonder and magic of life is only revealed to mystics. We can all be mystics, if we choose but that means embracing the idea of Divine Wisdom in order to feel its effects. If we don’t and remain trapped in a world of logic, empiricism and deductive rationality, we deny ourselves the additional, priceless benefits of intuitive, inductive reasoning and the possibilities it creates.

Hermetic teachings begin to give us a sense of how to tap into Divine Wisdom but there are many aspects to this sacred knowledge and, as I’ve suggested before, interpretation is very personal and evolves over time. Occasionally, I’ve referred to specific interpretations of the Tarot in terms of the relationships or “conversations” between various cards. However, the cards also have meaning in their own right and, for example, when we view the cards in the pattern of the tree of life, the foundation of the individual is represented by the Hermit (l’Ermite) carrying a lantern, seeking something. It suggests that we are each on our own journey of discovery and we have to find our own way, not follow any preset or “authorised” path. We have to make our own judgements based on intuitive and logical reasoning in the context of both spiritual and physical realities.

I’ve also previously talked about the importance of balance which is in some senses the overriding “story” of the Tarot – the balance between life and death being clearly evident. Death is an essential facet of life. In Eastern philosophy too, balance is the overriding imperative, YinYang – drawing on universal energy or Chi while balancing opposing forces.

How do we integrate such knowledge into our daily lives and the understanding revealed in the papers listed in the opening of this article? Obviously we need to strive for balance in our own lives and for those around us.

We’ve arrived at the ideas around tokenisation because of the imbalance within the current political economy. In seeking balance in economic transactions and fiduciary relationships we’ve alighted (possibly) on principles for a monetary framework that equalises power and value between two parties. By tokenising the value created by those who “consume”, tokenisation equalises the power balance between suppliers and consumers, in stark contrast to the current monetary framework which fosters asymmetric power in favour of those who control the monetary framework, production and distribution.

The co-creative learning methodology is how these ideas can be properly understood and optimised for everyone’s benefit – balance requires that everyone’s needs must be reflected in the implementations of tokenisation. Co-creative development can only succeed if built upon the foundations of a shared understanding. This is the virtuous spiral of life and learning. A shared understanding of reality will begin to change that reality which, in turn, through resonance (Section 5. Internet – Catalyst for a Paradigm Shift), will broaden the reach of that shared understanding until it is embedded into the consciousness of everyone.

As such an “ecosystem” of co-creative development evolves in the proposed distributed network of tokenisation, the power asymmetry in the world will decline. Growing expressions of use value through tokenisation will underpin new economic relationships and transactions to eventually eclipse the current political economy founded on exchange value driven by centralised money systems (Section 5.2 Exchange Value or Use Value?).

Centralised, hierarchical systems are easily subverted, corrupted or sabotaged for selfish ends whereas distributed systems dissipate power, thereby eliminating opportunities to “game” the system for extraordinary reward. Centralised levers of power will no longer have substance or effect but will disappear over time. Tokenisation opens up the possibility of economic, social and political inclusion as the global reality.

Above, I suggested the battle lines are between playing God and loving Divine Wisdom or God. However, it is far more prosaic than that; it is fear versus love. Fear drives the ideology of destruction whereas love is the foundation of Divine Wisdom.

It really is the case that for a satisfying life, All you Need is Love but this is not as a recipient of love but as a giver of love. If we give love, it resonates and is reflected back in our lives.

Discussions among many people seeking to understand who rules, how and why concentrate, in the main, on the conspiracies and iniquities in the world, most recently in the context of the COVID-19 trojan (See COVID19: Plunder and Population Reduction – Structural Violence in 2020). Arguably, by focusing on the negatives, we’re in danger of succumbing to the ideology of fear. Our emotions are stimulated by the ideology of destruction and exceptionalism. Deconstructing conspiracies usually involves identifying some “other(s)” as the author(s) of our plight. Whereas, in reality, we are contributory authors by virtue of our interactions with the system and its narratives. Even in opposition – the ideology of destruction feeds off our energy.

Eddie, at a recent post-Critical Thinking meeting, suggested that rather than always focusing on the negatives, we need to make space for the positives. Subsequently, he designed and had some badges made up to give to people he engages in conversation. The almost invisible message of the badges is “choose living”.

Tokenisation may be the route to “choose living” because if the monetary and economic environment changes, attitudes and behaviour will follow because it will be in all our interests to choose living for everyone, not just ourselves.