Monday, February 23, 2009

New Age Rhetoric

Have faith. Trust in the process. Go with the flow.

I have heard these phrases quite often in the last few months, and each time I hear them I cringe inwardly. I don't understand how one can accept any of the three as a standard by which to live one's life. To me, when brought to their ultimate conclusion, all three presuppose mindless submission and result in the deferral of personal responsibity.


Have faith.

Submit to God. It is God's will. Do not question or rationalize. I think this is a dangerous ideology to live by, and in embracing such an ideology, not only is one doing oneself a disservice, but one is learning nothing from the teachings of the Bible. One example where mindless submission is averted in the Bible can be found in the book of Exodus. Moses ascended the mountain to have a conversation with God and codify His laws. He returns to the people, and finds that everyone is engaging in unacceptable behaviour, worshipping idols and whatnot. Now, Moses was angry, but his anger was nothing compared to the wrath of God. I mean, dude was pissed. He told Moses he was going to send floods and pestilence and destroy the people, saving only Moses and his kin. Moses objected to this. He questioned God's plan, rationalized the situation, and voiced an objection. What was the result? The Bible says: "And God changed His mind." (Anecdote taken from Jon).


Trust in the process.

What process? What does this even mean? It seems to me to be nothing more than rhetoric used to justify inaction. I could be wrong, and if I am misinterpreting this, please let me know.


Go with the flow.

Conform. Don't fight against the social tide. Don't question. Don't object. This is one of the worst phrases I have ever heard, and really, it terrifies me that so many people have chosen it as a type of mantra. Even if the flow is not a social flow, even if the "flow" is the flow of energy inside an individual, it is still a frightening ideology. One should be particularly cautious of one's own drives; questioning the Self is the only thing that can lead one onto the Noble Eightfold Path.

If, then, I have rejected these ideas, with what do I replace them? Surely, if one has uprooted an ideology, something must take its place; afterall, re-creation is indeed the most important aspect of destruction. Well, then, if replace it I must, the only doctrines I can think of are: reason, rationality, and justified objection.

4 comments:

muzuzuzus said...

I cringe with you regarding New Age belief, and monotheistic dogma

But if you ever see or read me say go with the flow, process, this is what I mean:

If you are having psychedelic experience, this is a flow of images and feelings. This is ecstasy, and some are very pleasant, and some dreadful. And in this experience it is healing to go WITH it rather than try and suppress it

Usually in our lives in this 'world' we are supposed to suppress our emotions. This is SO much so that some people who are very emotionally trobled will be laveled 'mentally ill' even though no actual medical evidence exists to prove their 'diagnoses', But they are often pushed drugs, and these drugs --all they really do is MASK the emotional flow! So THAT is our culture imposing the demand/coercion of STOPPING our natural flow. Why? So that we will be 'productive' and like machines and conform, and obey authoritarianism

ALSO going with process when I say/mean it is: understanding that light is always polar related to darkness, as is good and bad, inside and outside, life and death, etc. To understand this spiralling reality is to understand process

many people who seek our=t drugs and self-destructive ways of living usually cannot handle the downs of life. But again, you cannot HAVE 'down' without 'up' and vice versa. So, to go with that process is healthy...

muzuzuzus said...

please read this Trials of a Visionary Mind, John Weir Perry

Kalki said...

I'll definitely look into that. Thank you.

Manu nellaya said...

very nice..