I have found that in many instances the secret elect are absolutely right when they state that "people who will not use their intelligence are no better than animals who do not have intelligence".
Interesting times plague us and force us into predicaments that force us off our egoic driven paths. Often times, an individual suffers from an ailment causing bedridden detox, which also shifts the individuals psychological processes. A quick break to reassess and readjust, or an attempt to pull-back for some release and psychological reset, a recharge before returning to the doer-ship of the character's role. Busy Southern California can express another "predicament" example, with the amount of auto traffic congestion creating stop-and-go nuisances significantly extending travel duration. In such an environment, individuals are forced to sit with themselves with minimal doer-ship, and is probably the only time allowed for such individuals to do as such given the busy "domesticated" lives humans have penned around themselves. The current human infrastructure looks quite similar to the past, all stemming from the times of "slavery" to a "master" who fed/sheltered the slave, which is basically now just "human capital" to a "legal entity" who also pays for the feeding/shelter of the "accounting book asset" where "maximize shareholder profit" underpins the theology of free-market economics. Domesticated sheep equals paradise for the shepherds.
On a personal note, I've spent much of my life in books, academia, and the professional training grounds. I'm a nerd, for the sake of appeasing my curiosity, which only expresses the Sagittarius-wisdom-character being played of a "know it all". My nieces and nephews have already stated that the author "knows everything". As an example, my niece one day had randomly asked me, "when were electronics invented?". The question was a bit too general, but I gave the example of Benjamin Franklin flying a kite would be a good place to research, though I also described that scroll-vases were found in the Middle East that may resemble batteries. My niece could have easily used her fancy phone to look up the answer, but she chose to ask me instead because of the "know it all" expression. However, I've also realized that most have difficulty understanding me or the numerous topics that I can generally articulate. Another example using my nieces two brothers sharing a conversation with the author, my nephew asks, "how do you manage to come up with big words for everything", only to have his younger brother shout at me with, "speak English!". At least the younger generation attempts to understand, whereas the older attempts to shift the topics, or worse, throw a tantrum.
Nonetheless, there is something about my academic background that is differentiated from other forms of academia. Law School is an academic brain aneurysm, a pessimistic adversarial environment, where professors attempt to forge students to handle the rigors of being under-fire within a courtroom, with the ability to represent everyone putting aside the lawyers own conditioning and self-interest. First year they scare you to death, second year they work you to death, and third year they bore you to death, a short break before the dreaded bar exam. Unlike other forms of academia, law school follows the "Socratic Method", where in viewing the facts of a case/scenario, the student is asked to discern the issues that need to be tackled, the rules/statutes to be applied, with an analysis of each aspect/element of a rule with the factual scenario to derive at a conclusion/ruling. Hence, professors do not lecture, but dauntingly ask students questions on cases studied to navigate the student to come to their own analysis and conclusions. Like Socrates, Socrates did not lecture a teaching, but simply walked around asking people challenging questions that forced them to frighteningly reassess long held beliefs, ideas, and conceptualizations. However, such methods of inquiry, also lead to Socrates' death.
In a recent family visit the prior year, at a gathering to honor a deceased relative where distant-relatives were present, the author took a gander at the Socratic method with some relatives, as we moved somehow from prayers to political debates. Two male relatives, one was a diligent student who entered the military and worked hard for his lot, the other more on the party end of education though nonetheless quite well-read, diligent, and professional. Nonetheless, one went the nationalist Trump route, with the other going the socialist Sanders route. Though the author had stopped watching the news around 2007, I had noticed that the arguments being presented were quite "old", as in, one sounded like he was Fox11 News (Republican Agenda Journalist) while the other sounded like he was CNN News (Democractic Agenda Journalists) in the way they attempted to argue "policy". The typical Republican is arguing that we need someone in office who understands business, the typical Democrat is arguing that we can just print money to pay for the necessities. In truth, both stated something "emotionally" which is why they blindly hold onto political policies, where one stated, "we need to teach our kids value, hard work, effort", where the other stated, "we need to take care of folks". Both are sound arguments at essence, but when it came down to the "Socratic Method", their understanding of policy crumbled even if they could not witness such in the moment due to continued conditioning.
The Republican was strictly anti-socialist, bringing up decades old arguments of Ayn Rand's brand of capitalism. Nonetheless, in asking the relative to define socialism, and actually providing situations where such has occurred due to cut-throat Darwinian Capitalism (Sandinistas) where the first thing the government does is feed the masses who have been robbed by "maximize shareholder profit" agendas (creates revenge through "by an means necessary" type revolutions), the relative was really being challenged to reassess his position. However, what really hit home was when I had addressed the fact that the military itself uses a lot of socialist ideas/policies, for which the relative had to reassess and say "hey, I think I would agree with that" when discussing further details. The Republican understood socialism as everyone is going to be paid the same as in all are of the same value in all circumstances, where my understanding of socialism is that people own production which then has the historical outcome of dictatorship rule. In a separate conversation continuing this discussion, the Democrat was leaning extremely "Orwellian" big-government, so long as the government provided some funds. He believed that humans would be* garage-engineers innovative with such monetary gains, where the author could only picture Dave Chappelle's skit regarding reparations playing in his head as a rebuttal. In addition, the author also attempted to explain that the government cannot and does not actually, just willy-nilly print money, as that would drastically effect pricing on consumer goods based on the economic supply/demand models, which would further continue inflation and degrade the value of currency and is the alleged reason why the Federal Reserve (Private Institution*) exists. The relative just looked at the author, nodded his head and said, "nooooo". That pretty much ended that topic of discussion within that conversation. But, that left the author wondering, "huh, I guess* that's why you don't do business with *liberals*". Nonetheless, such shows that many are simply just repeating the mouths of the mercenary-journalists of the six (6) corporate owned "social engineering" system known as the "media", without even being able to adequately assess and analyze the policies being presented. The media understands your emotions as in "we need to teach our kids value" and "we need to take care of each other", and attempts to capitalize all the while providing policies that pacify sheep or distract. With the passage of time, I've only heard that those two (2) relatives are still refuting in an extremely heated banter, with *modern technology* making *it* very easy to* continue such* "togetherness".*
The United States political system, is one which has become of a separatist institution. While the six (6) corporate owned media attempts to show politicians and policies as reflecting the issues of society, vice-versa also plays a hand where politicians will capitalize on the issues of society such as "global warming", a conspiracy theory which did not gain much scientific ground until Al Gore. Prior to 2002, scientists had some different assessments regarding "global warming" as well as its lack of reversible nature. (Author did a freshman College paper regarding climate* change and Bush W's Kyoto Protocol; 2002). Moreover, in digging deeper into the two-party system which seem to be taking notes from the same "game book", both parties oscillate *between* each other in *pacifying* sheep. As an example, the author would credit Republican Reaganomics/Free Market Economics for the business deregulation which led to the Enrons, Worldcoms*, etc. Such made it easier for the rich to do business without control (free-market) and are reminiscent of gangster-capitalist ideals which is a factor in why one should incorporate in Nevada. Nonetheless, the Democratic response of business regulation typical of a big-government agenda, created costly regulations destroying smaller business, but keeping the top *contenders* in a monopoly environment, as these companies can afford the audits required for regulation. Such politics continues with Bush W presenting the extremely unpatriotic patriot act which defies the liberties the founding fathers presented, and Obama continuing to be a "banker" President as found when attempting to navigate the consumer laws around lender litigation for the 2007 debacle.
The secrecy of judicial deliberations is an example of professional mystification. Professions such as law and medicine provide essential services that are difficult for outsiders to understand and evaluate. Professionals like it that way because it helps them maintain a privileged status. But they know they have to overcome the laity's mistrust, and they do this in part by developing a mystique that exaggerates not only the professional's skills but also his disinterest. Judges have been doing this for thousands of years and have become quite good at it - so good as to have achieved a certain opacity even to their fellow legal professionals, including law professors as well as practicing lawyers. Judges have convinced many people - including themselves - that they use esoteric materials and techniques to build selflessly an edifice of doctrines unmarred by willfulness, politics, or ignorance." -Richard Posner, How Judges Think
In summation, Humanity holds dearly to ideas, concepts, and belief systems, but such is done blindly as most of these individuals will fail in articulating their positions. Instead of reflecting and analyzing, deconditioning and restructuring, most are living intensely within their conditioned boxes reminiscent of Plato's Cave. In a world of wikileaks, panama papers, etc., where you have the six (6) corporate media essentially doing it's best to ignore* third-party candidates or anyone who steps out of bounds in what the media calls "truth" such as John McCain and Tulsi Gabbard with Syria, it baffles the author why others do not see these "hints". Though such arguments were geared towards politics, such is true for almost every belief that we hold unquestioned, and humanity has many. When it comes to politics, journalism, healthcare, business, religion (incl. science), etc., like with a legal client, if you want to assess the truth of the client's situation, it's not in the words of the client who may or may not be embellishing their story that is subject to their memory and salesmen opinions, but the truth is typically found in the financial documents. In other words, to get to the truth in almost every aspect of society, just follow the trail of money. Just ask the lobbyists to all of our politicians, such as Hilary's long-time friend, the Democrat Trump. (49:18).
Humanity is currently facing a pandemic, an interesting one where individuals are forced to remain home with non-essential production taking a cease-fire. Much of humanity, is actually being forced to live, as how the author lives, as I have been mostly isolated for the past couple of years. When your thought-process is that as the above-mentioned, you tend to not want to listen to as many opinions, where I had reverted to stay by myself and continue with my spiritual practices. Nonetheless, it is quite shocking* to see fellow introverts expound animosity due to isolation, where it hasn't even been a month yet into statewide orders. The year of 2019 was quite intentionally isolated for myself with part-time employment, as I merely worked with Advaita Vedanta and Left Hand Path ("LHP") practices to push Beyond my own conditioning and move towards Empowerment. But, it was also the year where there were very few human beings outside of Advaita/LHP that I could tolerate, where conditioning and personalization creates characters projecting self-interests as opposed to intelligent discourse. In other words, when most humans are asked to question like Socrates, or if they're provided with contrary information, most humans will simply pick a side and throw a tantrum, as opposed to reevaluation and reassessment. Such was noted continuously in 2019, as I began to understand why Shakyamuni placed "Sangha" with significant importance of being one of the three jewels for refuge. To be around others who have deconditioned and are not "full-of-themselves" and their ideations would be a breath of fresh air. However, 2019 was extremely interesting as I was about done with "light worker" judgmental healers, who actually sounded more like Trump* type capitalists, wanting notoriety and fulfillment of desires where the only true desire is Self (liberation from desires) all else is ego appeasing ideations and concepts through the biological senses, in addition to conjuring business using horrendous comparable-marketing tactics. From what I've seen in 2019, many spiritual teachers may need at minimum a business communications course, and a lesson on cultural appropriation, where Eastern philosophy is basically being Roman Christianized (Heaven/Hell) (Christ/Anti-Christ), etc., to suite the teachers/adepts agendas. Without study or basic knowledge thereof, people just grasp onto concepts, and then wear it on their sleeve. Many such individuals subject to such puritanical strict belief systems, including the low/high vibrational camps (instead of limitation/expansion) sound reminiscent* of those who would crucify a "Lamb of God".
Hell, the punitive afterlife of the Christian religion, is arguably the most powerful and persuasive construct of the human imagination in the Western tradition. A subterranean realm of eternal suffering, a prison for sinful souls governed by a fallen angel who surpassed all other creatures in wickedness, Hell has inspired fear and thereby controlled the behavior of countless human beings for more than two thousand years."
The current pandemic that has lead many towards isolation, is like being stuck in a traffic jam in Southern California, where humanity is forced to take a breather, where humanity's break is also giving mother nature a breather. Really, 2019 was the year where I looked at humanity like it was sick, vomiting emotional issues using political/racial/social/economic underpinnings, as if humanity really needed a slap in the face. Truthfully, most individuals are nowhere near as smart as they "think" and how "they" present themselves, an arrogance that creates further cognitive blockages, and many social platforms are a reflection thereof with this "troll" type phenomena. The pandemic reaches right towards root chakra issues, threatening safety and security regarding the routine lifestyles and standard-of-living humanity has become accustomed in developed nations. Such blessings have yet to reach many, particularly in* Countries raped by armed-robbery type colonialism, where like a lawless casino/capitalist creating the socio-economic-financial structures, "the house always wins". Humanity is forced to drastically reassess it's *belief systems*, whether individuals will continue with Darwinian competition or actually make decisions to benefit not "short-term gains" or "long-term profits", but the LIVELIHOOD of the Next seven (7) generations. With the Threat to our economic models, our health, our education systems that still required an overhaul to move beyond packing-in information to useful practical application, in its ability to address an uncertain future, humanity's ways will need to Change! Provided the mess humanity has placed itself within, the Coronavirus may be what humanity needed to avoid self-destruction, and also, probably a ScapeGoat for the elite to distract from whistle-blower transparency Or other Agent Smith type Agendas*. The global pandemic is what Humanity may have Needed, like in a Socratic Self-Inquiry modality, to begin deconditioning and deconstructing the Filters that separate humanity by and through conflicting ideations into a Holistic celebrated Individuated-Collective! Nonetheless, such may entail humanity facing its own demons, where humanity currently faces death to hopefully Seize upon the Moment, FINALLY!