I took a different view this morning on my FB live talk, the perspective that this is a conflict between an Open System (the Industrial North) against a Closed System, the Agricultural south. The Old South was a closed or permanent society where every human relationship was fixed in time. The North due to immigration and industrial invention was expanding and open, which is the original Idea of the founding fathers for America..an open expanding system that incorporated change and immigration.
The South, however, being a planting society was a different mythology that was incompatible with an open expanding system, just as communism and capitalism are incompatible, or dictatorships and democracy.
America is going through stages of evolution created by the conflict of these two systems or world view. Even Conservatism and Liberalism is an outgrowth of this conflict. Both view have value, but only when they transcend old polarities and create New Americas.
America is a land of invention where it keeps creating itself a new. America as an open system cannot sustain or habit walls and boundaries.
Oh, I like my Mountain of Truth metaphor, the mountain of truth is inside us, the still point of emptiness our of which we exposed as a world lived in. The illusion is that we believe our projection of the mountain on the screen of our mind, the perceived world, is substantially real and exists outside of us. We are co-creators of the world we live in, creating it and what we create then creates us.
Take the Smart Phone, a creation the human created that now creates us. Computers made the internet possible, and here we are in the internet world talking to each other beyond space and time. We are living in a world our minds created, and now that creation changes us in unsuspected ways. We constantly surprise ourselves. Life is a surprise. Life creates itself in new and unsuspected forms.
When the system is closed, when the world we have created no longer invites changes, our world leaves the living, our world is essentially dead to life. This creates intolerable tension because life doesn’t want to be not life, to not change. There is no such thing as a fixed world, as a fixed self, as a fixed truth in form. Form, existence is impermanent said Buddha and Einstein. All is change and energy…when the energy is closed, when the energy of life is closed, that is, it becomes a self geneating feed back loop that must explode or create a new container, a new context that will transcend but not exclude the closed polarity.
Machines are closed systems; life is open systems. Machines don’t evolve on their own (Space Odyssey, 2001), but life does. If the mind creates a computer or robot that evolves, and invent itself, the program that evolves was put their by the living mind, and that program can’t transcend the program put in it. But that’s another topic.
In my talk I pointed out that the. Old South was a closed system designed to remain the same through time with all human relationships and social categories fixed. While the North, due to immigration and industry was an open system, expanding and growing. These two systems, closed and open are incompatible. They must transcend themselves and create a larger context or nation, that is open. A closed nation is a dictatorship, or a mythology that is a permanent state of mind, like North Korea. There you have a good example of a closed and open system in one society with a boundary divided them.
The Old South was a closed system, and it has violated reacted to the pressure of the open system….Conservative is closed; Liberal is Open. Both have values to offer…when to hold, when to fold…so we are, America is in a constant stage to evolution, of growing. We are a living society. And openness is essential.
So when Trump builds a wall in so many areas, that is the dawning of a closed system that says enough change. I draw the line here, this generate the tension between the closing of the doors and the opening of the doors. Trump, like the marching Alt Right feeds on this tension that he has generated. Bannon, his Wizard also feeds on this tension between the closed and the open. To him globalism is Open System, and he wants a Closed System, America first, America isolated, America closed.
Can we see the pattern here? Can we see the mythology, the psychology here?