We can’t understand our present condition unless we see the wider context, and there is no place better to see that than to compare the 50s with the 60s, and Mad Men is the documentary of that cultural shift. We are at the end of a 400 year reign of the scientific materialistic world view that sees only things as being real. The Newtonian universe, though long dead in physics, is still our common sense world view where everything is just a billiard ball bounding around on a table. Things or nouns doing things to other sounds. Our languages locks us into the view. Everything is third person, an IT.
This Objective Egg cracked open in the 60s, and we are still trying to put the egg back together and we can’t…So we are going to have to lay a new egg, a New World View that has not existed before. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall…..Donald Trump said he would put the egg back together again.
When the Objective Egg cracked open, it released the Subjective or ME yolk, that which is at the center of the egg. The yolk has no form. The yolk has no definition or objective shape. But the yolk has the seed to create new world eggs. And that is what happened in the 60s. Young people experimented in new world, in alternative life styles. But the yolk got out of hand because society didn’t know how to cook a new egg. So it brought in Nixon and Law and Order to put Humpty Dumpty back together again as an Objective world order to which everyone must conform. But the Egg was broken and the yolk flowed from one decade to the other. The Baby Boomers were called the ME Generation, which means the world revolves around ME as its center.
Social Order has been in a flux ever since the 60’s. New rights for women, blacks, gays, and gender keep rising. What about ME? Everywhere you turn a new ME is speaking out. The Law and Order people say: Where do all these ME’s come from (like Custer’s last stand).
We now has a situation that has grown out of this broken egg where we have the objective and the subjective world views actually divide society into two realities, two Americas. The Objective world view is now the Liberal view where the world of external empirical facts are a stable measure of truth, and juxtaposed against that is the Subjective view where facts bends to find the Story of Me, the center of the world. Trump personifies and gives this world view flesh and blood.
The problem is that both views, Objective and Subjective are valid and must find balance. Living in one or the other world view cannot be sustained. A new World View, a new Cosmic Egg must be played. We are going through he labor of doing just that. This is a time of great uncertainty and uncertainty breeds anxiety and anger.
In 1986 after going to sleep listening to J,Krishnamurti I woke up in the Subjective Center or I AM. Instead of being the Thinker, I was THAT which thinks. Instead of being on the rim of my existence looking in, I was the center of my existence. This shift is indescribable becasue it cannot be understood or even imagined from the rim where thought is the definition of reality.
But the shift didn’t hold so Law and Order (or the Ego and objective social world view) returned, and I found myself at the beginning of a long journey to restore my center gradually so that what I restored would hold. The Objective World view is a powerful grid that uses languages to lock us in place on the rim of existence.
The Subjective Center when awakened does not depend upon external forms for its stability and certainty, it’s very existence, if you will. In Zen this awakened mind that does not rest of form (things mental or physical) is Prajna. It has many names but is is always the same Self or center that is the still point of your being.