Remembering 1968 and the crack in the Cultural Egg that was both external and internal. My egg cracked in 1968. (See this mornings talk). All of our discontent, anger, depression, all negativity is because of the contraction and constriction of the Culture Egg that is both the Macrocosm and Microcosm. Each mirrors the other.
I have a Beta fish in a bowl. If I put a mirror against the bowl the fish seen his arch enemy and flares his fins to fight to the death. When we are acculturated in a fish bowl all our enemies are mirror reflections. So Jesus, who has dropped out of the culture egg simply says: love your reflection.
Culture is not a person. Culture is not a devil. Culture is impersonal. Culture is an energy field held together by semantic language. All of our minds like computers and the internet are the receivers and transmitters of the Culture field. Each of us creates and lives in culture without knowing we are co-creators of it. The internet for the first time gives us a working metaphor for Culture. But the internet is Culture too, an electronic metaphor for the real Culture.
The basic formula of Culture is that is frames reality as a hostile world, so we have to control our lives, suppress our enemies, achieve our dreams, win our success, and build walls. This belief that the world is hostile and absolutely other than you is the two sticks rubbing together that creates Culture as a hologram in which we live.
We think we have dropped out of culture when we drop into a group or ideology that rebels against culture. This is just a sub-culture of the larger Culture, like a rebellious adolescent is still in the parent’s home.