After watching Ken Burns Vietnam and the Democratic Convention chaos and the arrival or the Great Savior Nixon who would end the war and restore Law and Order I connected the dots and saw Trump. The base of both is Fear. The Cultural Egg cracked and poured out liberated souls who were experiencing reality outside the Egg for the first time. It was exhilarating. Potential was liberated. The Cultural God was dead; all things were possible…even violence as the Egg cracked down on those who would crack it.
We have to understand this conflict in American Culture between Exploration of the Unknown and the Security of the Known. These two drives are categorical imperatives. We humans have the DNA to explore the unknown, to leave the egg and make new omelettes, new recipes for living never known before. But at the same time we have to have a secure base from which to venture out. Every child must have this secure home, secure mother from which he can explore his expanding universe. And when the adolescent is ready to explore the cultural/social world, he needs a secure base in an understanding father, one who encourages his need to discover who he is as a unique individual and not just a clone of culture.
So Security is the base for new Exploration. However, When this gets turned. upside down, then Security trumps exploration; security repairs the egg from the cracks of exploration; Security punishes the chick how pecks at the egg from the inside. Fear of Exploration is fear of risk…and it is fear of freedom
The great Cultural Lie is the those who peck at the egg from the inside are against freedom. We know this is a lie because we feel it is a lie. Truth’s measure is what we feel in our hearts to be true, and the feeling of Truth is the drive to explore the Truth, to discover the Truth and not retreat and regress back into the safe and secure egg…the chick who is afraid to crack the egg. Truth has no friend in security.
Connecting 1968 crack in the Culture Egg to my own evolution, I literally dropped out of Culture’s Egg one morning/night in April of 1968. The outside world was reflected by my inside world. I went to sleep listening to J. Krishnamurti and when I woke in the morning, I had dropped out of the personality I was before I went to sleep. I looked in the mirror and broke out laughing. I recognized my true nature looking back at me. There was no image. There was no Image. Like Don Draper, I had dropped my false image of myself as a separate thing whose identity was founded in a lie, in a deception. The question Who am I was not asked.
I was in the astonishing state where I was prior to thinking and either/or choice. Like Bruce Lee I was faster than fast and fearless. One might say I was in a Samadhi state for a few weeks. All I knew was that I was Awake!
But the Egg closed back up and remained the hole. Nixon came in and restored Ego Order. Ed Conley came back but with a divine hunger to find that hole once again…but the effort to find that hole from which I had escaped my old fearful self could not be found because—and it took me decades to see this—the effort to escape the egg created the egg. I was hatching and laying the egg simultaneously.
It takes a solitary journey, alone, to discover that the Cultural Egg and your Ego (just the difference of a single letter) is a mirror reflection of each other. The fear of breaking out of Culture is the same fear of breaking out of your own Ego (of the Known). Just as there is a gravitational pull against leaving the earth, there is the same force pulling against your leaving the Culture/Ego egg. You cannot break out as a group, in a herd, in a religion, cult, ideology, or whatever group you created for security. The crack in the egg is only big enough for you alone. One is born alone….
We all find cracks in our Egg, maybe in a craft, a sport, sex, in some pursuit where we feel that we are fearless, where we con’t feel the constraint of judgment and objectification, where we feel no one is watching us. Culture is an implanted EYE that is always watching us from inside whispering in our eye when we peck at the egg from the inside: What Will People Think?
This Culture Eye inside always makes us check ourselves to see if we measure up, are doing it right, might make a mistake, or are not certain. The Culture Eye makes us hesitate. Who do you trust, the Culture Eye asks: ME or yourself. God or your sinful flesh. Let MY WILL be One, the Eye says. Remember, Religion, God and Culture are now One in our society.
We are deceived when we believe we are dropping out of the evil humanistic secular culture by taking refuge in religion. Religion today is a rebellious sub-culture, a rebellious son of culture who defines itself by not being culture, in the same way the GOP defined itself by not being Obama.
We can see the absurdity today when Trump attacks the NFL players for being against the Flag/God and Country. The flag of America Culture has been torn in two, with one have calming to be the whole flag. This is an obvious and self evident divisions of the Collective Mind into a good versus bad son. Trump is president of the Good Son, and he defines himself by not being the Bad Son. We will build an egg to keep the bad sons of God out.
Thank you Mr. Trump for helping us see what madness is. When you see madness, you don’t choose to be insane. When you don’t see it, you are insane.