I hope you follow the trail of our break or wound in American Culture or Collective as we use Ken Burns Vietnam as our breadcrumbs. If we want to find out where America’s blood is coming from, we have find the wound and go into it. Only by looking at the wound directly without a sheet over it can we cauterize the wound. But the wound is not just in Culture, just in the past in 1968, but it is in each of us right now. This is a living breathing wound.
And the drops of blood are all over our Culture Media which is our collective body now. Media is the reality field where we all live now, the greater world were we are all connected. No longer do we live in isolated small towns. No longer do we live in a passive print world and passive TV were we just consume commandments through advertising and the information given by culture passively, spoon feed by the parent culture. Now we the people have grown up and we interact with the parent culture, and we are discovering that we can change its course by the chorus of our voices on social media.
1968 was a cataclysmic revolt of the children against the Parent children, as least half the children. The War is not right, you lied said half the children; the war is right and its your duty to die, said the other half. Our fathers sacrificed themselves in WWII and now its your turn to die for culture…No..no..I don’t want to go. It doesn’t feel right.
Since when did FEELINGS trump duty? Since when did FEELINGS trumps authority? Since when did FEELINGS trump what’s right and wrong according to the Parent Culture?
But FEELINGS are uniquely ME! If it doesn’t feel right and I’m forced to do it, I get split into two conflicting halves. And so the head (culture) was split from the Heart (my unique Me). The whole and the parts were at war. The good of the individual was in conflict with the good of the whole. Two goods were now at war, and both were right.
The parents (father culture and mother body) of the Culture Child were getting a divorce.
So Wonder Woman was called up from the unconscious and sent into action to restore balance between Mommy and Daddy. All Daddy and his sons did was create and fight wars. All over Facebook the opinions shoot at each other. Sacrifice gave them purpose and got Daddy’s approval.
Mommy kept screaming: why does my son have to die? Can’t we all get along?
So why did mommy and daddy get a divorce, the Cultural Child asked in bewilderment. When I lived with Mommy in the House Culture it was a friendly world. But when I left Mommy and went to live with Daddy in the Big World, it was a hostile world that wanted to kill me. Why can’t the inner and outer worlds get along the way they are supposed to be, the way they are promised to be by nature itself. It hurst so bad when Mommy and Daddy get divorced.
The Republicans began to represent and speak for Daddy and Big Culture, while the Democrats spokes for the fragmented children of culture, all the pieces that didn’t fit Daddy’s world. You were patriotic and a good son if you obeyed Daddy, and you were a rebellious son if you obeyed Mommy. Father knows best, and mommy’s a mess.
But the division in Culture got politicized into a movement, Movement Conservatism they called it. As long as you don’t work with the other side, in fact you can even demonize them, you can define yourself as the righteous side, and as the Sons of Light you can keep the Sons of Darkness out. People will vote for light. Conservative means Father and Masculine and strength; Liberal means Mother, feminines and weak. You want to vote for strength, don’t you. After 1968 Nixon was the First Responder with Law and Order and a promise to bring order to the obvious chaos created by these Mommy sons.
Republicans stood for one thing; Democrats stood for many things…too confusion. Law and Order trumps exploration. Obedience trumps freedom to question.
For the few that want to find the real Holy Grail that heals this wound that won’t heal, they have to go into Culture as themselves, to trace it so the root, to follow it to the ends of the known earth, to chase it down in everyday mind, in the trivial and mundane, for the roots to this Great Wound are in the insignificant, the superficial that we pass over on the hunt for bigger things. We must come to the terrible realization: I am the wound and the wound is me. There is no exit. To be human is to be wounded. And yet, it is through this cross that we are resurrected….not in time, not tomorrow or after death but right now.
If you notice in this picture, the wound is the feminine principle. It is through this wound that we are reborn.
1968 is the Great Wound and it is through this wound opened up by Ken Burns that we must go in order to recreate America, to give birth to a new America. The Cultural Womb in which we now live is divided against itself. Everything we touch comes divided into war against itself. We cannot heal ourselves while inside the womb of division, because everything we see and do comes divided.
We have to see our Cultural Womb from the outside, outsides our selves even because we believe our self is outside the womb while it is inside the womb. That is the great deception of Culture of Division, to believe that you are outside what. you are inside, to believe you are innocent of the guilt of the wound. The glue of culture is the guilt from creating and believing in Culture as the ultimate reality. Culture is an abstract world, a mirror world of reality, the the way we experience reality is through the filter of culture and guilt.
While Ken Burns Vietnam is documentary history, it is also metaphor in that while it points to history, the other finger points to each of us, the microcosm of the macrocosm. So without, so within. Culture is as collective body or organism where each cell, you and me, contains the whole DNA of the greater body. Water any one of us and the whole culture will blossom like a flower. The way to explore Culture is through our own everyday mind. It is only here that we can make the subjective implant of culture objective.
The operating system of culture is through the grammar of Subject (noun), verb (action) and Object (noun). Everything comes divided into this formula. The subject is the object and the object is the subject in the field of culture. This grammar logos is culture. But we are decided to believe that our subject is outside of the object (culture). Our mind (culture) is both subject having a conversation with objects. Both are the same mental process.
How do I explore the culture within? Through my fingers, through my body because my mind is secondary, that train behind the engine, so to speak. The engine, which is upstream of mind or consciousness, leads me along the track of my writing. Who am I to tell my fingers what to say. I let my heart/body lead the way.