power of language blog: partnering with reality by JR Fibonacci

Imagine a six year-old kid talking about Santa Claus, asking about some details that do not totally make sense to the child. An older sibling says, “do not ask mom anything about Santa. She would get angry and spank you. Just be quiet about Santa. If mom brings it up to you, just tell her what gifts you want and do not even mention the word Santa. I will tell you why later.”

What is the dynamic created by the older sibling? Mom is presented as a dangerous tyrannical authority and the sibling is the experienced ally with a crucial secret knowledge or insight about how to best deal with mom. Of course, higher up the social hierarchy is Santa, the distant, remote, mysterious benefactor.

In other terms, mom is the evil villain or devil and the sibling is the savior and protector while Santa is the God-like

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  1. Hi, yes cerebral activity may be a tad cerebral for the living dead. When two groups develop in antagonistic opposition to each other, the reptilian brain operates in terror and rage and the two groups throw themselves at each other like rams butting heads over mating territory or teenage Gangs quarreling over protection racket territory by which of course I mean world wars between governments in which nineteen year-olds heroically throw themselves in to machine gun fire and artillery fire to defend the honor of their colors and flags and symbolic idolatries like crosses and the sacred word Allah and the holy ink of a piece of paper called the Constitution. Their eager participation in rituals of human sacrifice of patrioticsuicide bombing evidences the amount of cerebral activity that is typical of them. Let them put on their holy masks and gather their sacred magic banners and storm the pentagon armed with chants about Martin Luther king and Gandhi and aJFK. Or if they have the courage to confront their own fear and naïveté,let them puzzle over a few of my koan blogs that may stimulate unfamiliar episodes of cerebral excitation.

    • I think you will also appreciate this:

      the 3 forms of influence: rewards, indoctrination, and punishments

      Note that indoctrination may be the most interesting one, because it is through indoctrination that people can be instructed about how to relate to reward and punishment (and also how to relate to indoctrination, which some may even say “should not exist… because it is evil,” at least according to certain indoctrination presented by certain practitioners of indoctrination who apparently value discouraging competition to their “monopoly”).

      Always remember that, in general, influence should not exist. In particular, indoctrination should not exist, rewards should not exist, and punishment should not exist.

      • Is it possible to be clear about influence? The shining sun influences the planets and the plants and animals. I influence you whenever you focus attention on my communicated language. I go shopping and that is influence. I go to a job and influence reality. I study the Tao or the Art of War and all of reality moves according to my activities, which are only facets of the operation of the entirety of reality or the Tao. How do we escape from Tao? Escape by accepting.

        • The clarity of your communicated language makes me feel present and happy; stopping to focus brings greater awareness of the Tao. Focusing causes the self to forget some of its incessant internal dialogue (management strategies for whatever conflicts with which it contends). Accepting is realizing that even going with the current involves struggle.

          • Accept the inevitability of struggling and, in that recognition, the activity of struggling may cease, even if only temporarily. Or, focus on struggling intensely against struggling. Or, do both at once. Or, focus for exactly three minutes on ay two things that you are not focusing on.

            The Buddha calls this the middle way, which is also known as pretending to have a sense of humor when in fact one does not. What spefically are the boundaries of the middle way? It does not have any particular boundaries. All boundaries are it’s boundaries. That may be why it is called the middle way: because it is the path that is in between all boundaries of language.

            • hehehehheheh i think i get it… (you’re having me on? to show something of the parody of “existence” – or just for fun because humor, and developing the “sense” of it, tunes one into the Tao :)

                • The Tao is everything and nothing, so yes. The Tao exists before/beyond all divisions of self and non-self, thus all of us (every”thing” and every”one”) are the Tao as well – no boundaries. In the Tao, there is no Other. Despite knowing that, the question surprised me, which was surprising in itself xD.

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