To me the point of Climate Change is not that climate is changing, but what is the cause. Is it just a fluke or is it real change? Fluke or not, something is changing, and it is disturbing our comfort zone. That’s what this is really about. We don’t want our comfort disturbed. We have become very sensitive to change. We like our temperature at a constant 75 degrees and the weather pleasant with occasional showers. We don’t want anyone messing with the thermostat.
When my father was alive and dysfunctional because of a stroke he would sneak around and change the thermostat so the apartment was intolerable. We couldn’t stop him from doing it. Mom and Pop just learned to live with it. It became normal. Climate Change is like that. We are going to adapt.
The argument seems to be that one side says we can do something about it, like shift our dependence from fossil fuels—which is the source of our current comfort zone—to natural energies like sun and wind, and whatever new discovery we might make, and there will be new discoveries , and the other side says we can’t do anything about it so stay the course. We’re all going to die anyway. Or the might say, sure, switch to green energies but it won’t make any difference. God’s in charge, and he’s made because you let gays out of the closet.
So what’s all this split mind arguing really about, each half of the mind trying to convince the other half that it is right. I talked about this Culture of Anxiety in this morning live talk. What’s heating up is the anxiety created by our culturally induced Split Mind. That is where the discomfort is coming from, the floating anxiety that we are off course, heading into the storm instead of away from it. We are afraid of fear. We are afraid of ourselves, and so we attack ourselves, hoping to rid ourselves of ourselves.
When I look at the wide angle view, science and religion are parts of the same paradigm of guilt. Religion says Climate change is a punishment for man’s turning away from God. You are guilty. Science says climate change is punishment for man’s turning away from balance with nature. you are guilty. Same turning away, same guilt.
It is really very Just This. Zen…when the water rises you move. You can’t find a creative response when you are arguing over who is to blame.
I like the Quantum Theology idea because Buddhism and Quantum run parallel tracks. It is not hard to straddle both at the same time. Only Buddhism at some point does leave science as a paradigm so you eventually have to put both feet in Zen. Which is just this ground you are standing on.
But Quantum sees a substratum to the duality of conscious perception where the subject is separate from the object. This substratum (or Christ) is pure potential. Perception, as in Schrodenger’s Cat, creates the reality it choses to perceive. And culture is a conditioned perception. And our current culture perceives everything as Noah’s Ark. Everything arrives as Two, my positions and you position. Culture has created the Ego or external sense of self that it call the free individual.
We are in a mad situation where in in order to defend my freedom I have to divide reality into my freedom and my other half that is trying to take away my freedom, which I define as my position.
This cultural division of our mind into one half outside of culture and the other half asleep in culture, generated the Great Consumer, but now its turning against us. Unable to heal the wound by buying new stuff, we now believe we can heal the wound by getting rid of our other half, who is reflected in the mirror of culture as the Other, our Moriarty in Sherlock.
These ongoing Position Arguments on FB make my point. We perceive other points of view as as threat to my political position and a threat to my freedom, which I define as my self. The cause of my anxiety, the wound in my own mind, is blamed on another mind. But we are all One Mind. Culture make us believe in the fragments of mind as being whole mind. We have lost the transcendence, we are lost in the many in search of the One…and the One is you and me.
Imaging God is an intellectual act to avoid transcending our intellect, which we are taught is our only strength. As an intellectual, I have some to see that the intellect is a buffer to Knowing as a primary process, or Body Wisdom (so many names) or that which is prior to culture, language and its educated intellect.
All our words, all our language is part of the Semantic Culture or field in which we find our abstract identity, our exile. Conventional religion is part of culture, a religion for the exiles that culture creates. The transcendent keys that religion holds has been taken hostage by culture and is use to lock us inside culture, a ferry that never gets to the other shore.