Here’s “Meditations on Eckhart Tolle” quote to guide our talk: “An essential part of awakening is the recognition of the unawakened you, the ego as it thinks, speaks, and acts, as well as the recognition of the collectively conditioned mental processes that perpetuate the unawakened state.”
Okay, again using Trump as our window into the Deceit of the Ego and the collective that supports it, it is almost like Trump is being confronted by the deceives in an interrogation room where the evidence of his lies are being thrown on the table. “How do you explain this!”
And the collective that supports the deceit in first his White House, and then his Party, and then his base supporters, Russian Nesting Dolls. (Pun intended)
It’s more than ironic that Trump won over Hillary by accusing her of being deceitful, a lier, the one who can’t be trusted. It’s a demonstration of the disconnect between words and actions. Trump through his own deceit onto Hillary like a black sheet of shame, and then attacked it with such sincerity and outrage that one had to believe him. Shame, shame on you Hillary.
And so I return to the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur, our shame in the labyrinth of the mind buried deep in the interior where we can never find it. Only the heroic Soul dares to penetrate these layers of Russian Nesting Dolls. The. labyrinth is a trap because every turn looks like that last one. There are no external references by which to get your alignment with the real.
So in our search for the Pain within, our Minotaur, since we cannot go into our own interior, we project the minotaur on the Other and attack it with ferocity. The only clues we have that a person is truthful or not is whether his words match his actions. When they do we call it integrity. We are very keen in picking up the clues of deception and deceit….unless we are hiding from our own minotaur.
By making its base those who feel they are victims, the GOP has transformed itself into the Pain Party, and its hidden minotaur is projected out on some OTHER and calls out to Arms, to Arms…the Minotaur is in our sights.
We getting close to curtain call, and I hope you don’t just see this as an attack on your guy Trump. I’m really trying to see the whole playing field here as it is a metaphor for our own unexplored interior, our inner labyrinth and the Minotaur that is hidden there, and to whom we make blind sacrifices in order to feed him.
While I’m using Trump and our political field of play as the content, I’m using it metaphorically to point to our own inner minotaur, which is where we must go if we are to be free. Metaphors are the Golden Thread that allows us to penetrate our labyrinth and expose our hidden pain, the Minotaur.
Shakespeare said the World is a Stage, well our politics is a stage, but more like a psychiatrists couch. Trump is getting therapy on this stage. By being painted into a corner by irrefutable evidence, Trump is being pressed to see the whole truth and nothing but the truth. And it is the Truth that the nation must have. Just as the Biblical prophets railed at hypocrisy, we too say enough hypocrisy, and the separation of word from deed.
Right here in Goldwater I see the nugget that launches a thousand value wars. With the end of the Cold War and Russia and the threat to liberty, America was divided into the free and the not free, and those that felt the victim, that felt they had lost their freedom—which is what being a victim feels like—established a New Union that was a division of absolute values. Liberty or Freedom is an absolute value. When you divide it, you divide the absolute and you MUST restore unity, which is freedom. Freedom cannot be divided. Truth cannot be divide; but when it feels divided, you feel divided and you MUST restore unity and freedom….how? But getting rid of the threat to your freedom, and as Goldwater said: Extremism in the defense of (your) liberty is no vice.”
Now this translates into a holy war against those who attack MY liberty, MY truth, and there is no compromise with this “evil.” My truth, my freedom is absolute, but YOU have divided it, and you have divide me, so there is no compromise in thought and deed, because You are absolutely Evil because I am absolutely Good and the Free.
You see how this logic travels? Absolute values create absolute war. When a society divides itself into an absolute value split into two contradictory halves, this formula just keeps getting kicked down the road of history in new reincarnations of the same formula. Ground Hog Day.
Trump brought Goldwater’s logic to the head of a pimple on America’s face. Goldwater was talking about communism in the Cold War..but his formula morphed into dividing America into a Cold War of values divided. The truth of the warrior is that if you are going to be a warrior for Truth, you must have an Enemy, and when all external enemies are defeated, the you create the Enemy within. You subdivide your own property and have a war over its ownership.