Plutocracy and aristocracy Vs. Socialism and a Civil Society

We are losing ground and while we are losing ground we are losing our way toward a civil society. The progress that we made in the last century are vanishing and the glistening city on the hill is tarnished by none other than greed and injustice.
Of course I understand that many people who are my contemporaries will not see the situation at home with the same lens that I view America with; but I am writing this plea in the hopes of finding common ground. I do not want to divorce the right and I am not only standing for the left, but I can no longer believe that want stands for centrists policies are good for any one except the ruling class.
I concede that 99% might be a stretch and certainly when I glibly refer to the wealthy I am making a common mistake and the right should take me to task. I am not opposed to “the wealthy”. However, I am opposed to a system of banking and corporate greed that perpetually makes it’s wealth on the backs of the civilization at large.

Capitalism is not the enemy and being rich is not a crime.

Corporatism and fraud and money scheming and inside trading as well as derivatives and shaky hedge funds that bet on the losses of its own constituents — these are not among my favorite things. Furthermore, I can not understand why anyone would be in favor of a system that leans towards these lack-justice financial mechanisms. I hear stories every day of how this one lost all his credit and that one is paying on a house that is underwater or this bank can sell a house bas is with no disclosures when you or I could never to that, if indeed we even wanted to do that.

Fair play has left the market and as the right cries that it is regulations that have soured our economy, the left is equally convinced that it is unmitigated deregulations that have caused the fall. What we are seeing, nonetheless is a world where money is fast “trickling” up ward and settling into the pockets of the already mega-wealthy. This while millions of other Americans are heading into a winter of such discontent that there will be no coal for the furnaces and no decent food on the tables and no available health care for well over fifty million people.
50,000,000 million people are poor or entering poverty this year.

I heard an announcer asking a republican candidate what should happen to a woman who has lost her job and therefore her health benefits and the response was, “she should get onto her husband’s policy.” Is this a sin or a crime to be so clueless as to not understand that good people can run into hard times. And, is it so much to expect of a society to establish safety nets for those unfortunates who fall from grace and are in need of a helping hand to get back up. And what do you tell the 10% or so who have no work because there is no work. Whose health care policy do they get onto.

It is as if, a certain crust of the society has had it so good that they can not understand how it is possible for someone working all week at minimum wage to end the week with not enough money to house, feed, clean and take care of his family.

The division of the world into haves and have nots is a growing condition in our global aristocracy. The condition of poverty is not a choice any more than being homosexual is a choice. Some conditions are born into people and if our world is not interested in helping to eliminate this condition of poverty, the wealthy will see that as the number of proletariats grow the condition for revolution also grows. When a civil society can not make room for all of it’s members, then at some point the population that has been left behind out of carelessness will rise up against the ruling class and the poor will have no mercy for the rich that have carelessly abused them.

The only way to avoid an ugly global civil war will be to grow the awareness that class structure needs to up hold and protect it’s middle classes. When the efforts of the middle class unite with the strength in numbers of the world poor there will be an up rising. This is not an empty threat. This is a growing reality.

Right now, Occupy Wall Street Is a struggling infant just attempting to get up on it’s feet. But as this movement grows into it’s own, the shear strength of numbers will begin to reflect the inevitability that violence will escalate. Human nature is an animal nature and it moves in all cases toward survival. When the conditions are ripe an explosion of resentment will erupt from the masses. Marie Antoinette lost her head for carelessly uttering, “let them eat cake.”.

Civil disobedience does not have to be a constitutionally given right. Pushed to the brink the human being will fight for it’s dignity. All we need are numbers. If we are willing to stand up and believe in what we see, and if we are willing to pass that knowledge forward, we will see an uprising that will remove the greedy and the unjust from power. I think that occupy wall street is that movement that will host it’s own Tea Party by the next American spring.

Stand up and be willing to be counted.

Dr. A. Dussault
Charlestown, rhode island

Psychology Has No Soul* & the human herd of have-nots

In psychoanalysis and other forms of depth psychology, the psyche (pronounced /ˈsaɪkiː/; etymology: Greek ψυχή psykhe “soul, mind, breath, life”[1]) refers to the forces in an individual that influence thoughtbehavior and personality.[2] The word is borrowed from ancient Greek animating principle, and here refers to the modern ideas of soulself, and mind. The Greeks believed that the soul or “psyche” was responsible for behaviour.

We have lost the essence of psychoanalytic theory.  In our zeal to move the body of knowledge to being acknowledged as a science, we have removed the mysterious and the unknown.  In fact the very word “PSYCE ology” is the study of the soul.  But in the last one hundred years we have progressively lost touch with the concept of soul and have moves our concentration toward the egoic thought making aspect of the brain.

In the definition above  psyche or soul is meant to be seen as “the force” behind our behaviors.  Psychology and in particular behavioral health management has removed the force from study and has spent its research concentration on cognitive behavior rather that the study of the force that moves behavior.

Behavior is visible, the force behind behavior is a mysterious concept that cuts across all of sentient life on the planet.  The mysterious force is the drive force and its essence can only be studied by looking at the implications of the force rather than at the force itself.  Much like we understand gravity or the magnetic field, we can only study the drive by watching the induced implication.

As psychoanalysis was essentially highjacked by the American Medical Profession of the 1930’s and 40’s, the American model of capitalism parading as democracy , became the method of research.  I mean that all behavior is reduced to the amount of capital that it can raise.  Our education system, our transportation system, our churches and our hospitals need to make money for the stock holders.  Psychoanalysis, of course, all to readily joined the parade.  At one to two hundred dollars an hour for four to five hours a week, only the fifth avenue rich were able to take advantage of its perks.

As the social work movement joined the parade they became the nurses of psychoanalytic practitioners.  Many psychiatrists employed two, three, or ten social workers and they did the clinical work while the medical professional collected the bulk of the dollars.  That very practice caused the profession to be owned and made available only to the quite rich.

In the Ivory Towers we had a different conflict emerging.  Academic Psychology became interested in the science of this practice.  As a result only those aspects of the clinical service that could be measured were kept as central to the theory.  If it could not be measured in a Newtonian Physics kind of research method the technique was abandoned.

Well for me, that amounts to clipping the wings of a bird to make it more efficient.  It is very much like what is happening in the rest of our economy. The soul of our values, the psyche of our American ethics has shifted from promoting the liberty of all to promoting the advantage to stock holders. The recent statements made by the chairman of the Federal Reserve speaks to our conflict.  The economy will recover, but the unemployment rate will remain close to where it is currently hovering.  We have permanently increased the number of people who will remain outside of the perks of the economy.  How like Egypt, how like Libya, how like small dictators through out South America.  We are moving our nation to look like the economy of Brazil.

We are not allowing ourselves to know that the days of the Great American Empire are over.  We are in a state of denial about where and how we are moving away from democracy and toward a form of plutocracy where the very wealthy elite not only run the country, but are able to gobble up all of the resources and garner the bulk of the capital.

You may wonder where I am going with this information.  I am concerned that most of psychology has become irrelevant.  The manner in which the information of the profession is delivered is inefficient.  Essentiality who we are and what we can accomplish is already built in to who we are and where we are in the evolution of the human condition.  I think that Psychoanalysis is developing a mandate to become more political than it has been in the past one hundred years.  The story of analysis is the story not only of the individual psyche but of the soul of our very social foundations of our societies.

Psychoanalysis has discovered truths and conditions about the human situation that can help reduce human suffering.  Psychoanalysis can and ought to become a voice for the disenfranchised.  It is no wonder that schools of social work divide out into two distinct bodies of thought.  A social work education can provide direction to community organizers in the same way that it can provide information for how to work with the defenses of an individual psyche.  As we see the politics of nations move ever and ever closer to the concentration of power, we have a social mandate to attempt to educate the population that the conservative agenda as it is currently being presented is skewed far to the right of what is needed to take care of the population at large.  As we move toward global economics and the eventual  President of the World, the masses will be left behind as if they were herds of wildebeest or buffalos.

The planet can not sustain the population growth and still have a capacity in resources to remain vital.  The earth, the world as we know it, is moving towards a condition that can not sustain itself.  We are growing in an infinite manner and grabbing from a finite resource.  For many years i have sat on a concern that felt nearly anti-american to consider.  But consider this.  If we think that the oil wars are a tragedy, and they are; the water wars will devastate the planet, pinning even the most spiritual against encroaching power grabs.  We will fight machines like in the movie Avatar while guarding our most precious resource, the human soul.

Psychoanalysis has a mandate to become political.  We have been influenced by a body of knowledge next to none in relation to who we are and how we can survive as individuals, and in the macro sense, as a specie.  I want to close with a quote from  a James Hillman interview.  “I think we’re miserable partly because we have only one god, and that’s economics. Economics is a slave-driver. No one has free time; no one has any leisure. The whole culture is under terrible pressure and fraught with worry. It’s hard to get out of that box. That’s the dominant situation all over the world.”

My sense is that this is where current psychoanalysis ought to begin.  As practitioners of this fading art and science we would do well to teach its precepts in what ever manner we can.  The politics of psychoanalysis as the politics of Zen Buddhism cover the deep seeded roots of humanity as a specie.  Everything that we can be and everything that we are and are becoming is first begun in the stored consciousness.  The common sense of living in a sustainable manner, in a more efficient manner is the very knowledge that society as a whole needs to get it house in order.  We are up against a tremendous force of greed, but with the power of our persistence we can and, indeed, must move toward a more favorable distribution of wealth and resources.

It is the blatant irrelevance of psychology that is worrying me the most about my profession.  The need for the mysterious to be analyzed is as powerful in our selves and in our civilization as is the facts that we currently analyze.  Am I being of any help to anyone is a question that comes up for me with greater frequency.  When I come up against this question, I am not calling into question my usefulness, or the general usefulness of the theories behind our psychologies, I am calling into question weather we might determine a greater efficiency by being more political that we have been up to now.

The splintering of our world into a world of have and have-nots is perhaps the greatest condition on earth that faces man at the dawn of this millennium.  I want to see practitioners of psychoanalysis and analytic psychologies begin to bring their theories out side the consulting rooms and into the city planning offices and into the street of Cairo and Madison.  We are ministers as well as practitioners and social justice is a cause of dysfunction in man that can be addressed not only as a neurosis, but as a social ill.

*…the phrase, “psychology has no soul,” was coined by Professor James Hillman, a student of Jungian psychoanalysis and an eminent writer on the topic of social justice and analytic psychology.

Jared: A Simple Story of Assassination, or Collateral Murder

We have started this controversy, this right winged righteousness in opposition to red, liberal communism quite some time ago, but I suspect after the brutal shooting that has recently happened in Arizona we will all be taking a breath before we assume our “pre-assination-attempt” opinions and principles.

I am not convinced that this gruesome act of brutality will have any major political consequences because the spin has already begun.

During the last major presidential campaign we began to see incited riots based on inflaming language. Now I really hate to sound politically incorrect, but my memory serve me in this way. The real hard hitting nasty rhetoric began when mama grizzly bear erupted onto the scene as a maverick wannabe.

I remember seeing groups of people at a political rally who were brought to a boil with inflaming rhetoric. Many people at the time argued that there were racial overtones to the rhetoric, but i never saw it as racial, I did see inciting language, but to me it came as more of a war-cry, more of a take up arm kind of cry. And I saw men and women who were swept away by the emotion at hand. Groups of people can be reduced to a herd with the right war cries, hitting the right nerve at exactly the right moment.

Sincerely, can anyone tell me they themselves believe that the map put up on the Sarah Palin web-page targeting democratic districts with a cross-hair symbol was really about surveying? Please, write to me. Please come forward and make your case. I promise that I will listen to any argument, but at this point in time I find it difficult to swallow. The cross-hairs sure looked like what it looks like through a gun site.

In addition to the cross-hair there is yet another an a more disturbing affair going on in our country. Recently, when I went to the wikileaks site, I saw actual video footage of an American war machine in action that made me close to vomiting.

I actually hesitate putting the URL up because the video depicts such raw footage of heinous war actions that i fear that I will be put on some anti-government list for simply knowing what I saw. Perhaps it is nothing more than a grandiose delusion — after all, I am not even a real journalist. I simply take the words and the ideas from a multitude of journalist, digest them and spin them on in my columns as my opinions.

Nonetheless, I will leave out the Wikileak URL and simply say that if you as a reader are interested it is very, very easy to find actual footage of deliberate crimes of man’s inhumanity to man.

Oh! I have changed my mind. Please only view the video (linked) on collateral murder if you have a very strong stomach for terror and blood. The reason that I want this video posted is that it stands in juxtaposition to the blood bath that we witnessed in Arizona. In one incident we have murder under the name of war, in the Arizona incident we have murder in the name of incited insanity.

Jared is crazy. I mean that in the most honest and the most clinical sense. He is a paranoid schizophrenic. In other words not all factors of the mind were operating. Much information that he had stored as data in his mind was wrongly filed, was mis-understood and was observed through a filter of delusion. Yet behind every paranoid schizophrenic there are seeds of reality. At some level of consciousness he had processed information that according to his deranged mind needed revenge.

However, for those of you who were able to stomach the wikileak video about wartime collateral murder, I think you will find deranged and delusional thinking involved in those war time murders as well.

William Rivers Pitt is a regular contributor to the on-line new magazine, Truthout. His article with the titled, “The Wrath of Fools,” concludes with these quotations submitted below.

“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for.”

– Rush Limbaugh, Denver Post, 12-29-95

“Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him.”

– Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton

“We’re going to keep building the party until we’re hunting Democrats with dogs.”

– Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Mother Jones, 08-95

“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.”

– Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 08-26-02

“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.”

– Ann Coulter, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 02-26-02

“Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past – I’m not arguing for despotism as a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble – recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin’s penal code it was a crime to be the wife or child of an ‘enemy of the people.’ The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, ‘clan liability.’ In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished ‘to the ninth degree’: that is, everyone in the offender’s own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed.”

“Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity. The degree these two have diminished is in direct proportion to the corruption and fall of the nation. Every problem that has arisen (sic) can be directly traced back to our departure from God’s Law and the disenfranchisement of White men.”

– State Rep. Don Davis (R-NC), emailed to every member of the North Carolina House and Senate, reported by the Fayetteville Observer, 08-22-01

I could go on, and on, and on, and on, but you get the gist.

Most Disrespectfully Yours,
William Rivers Pitt

I find that as I conclude this semi-journalistic piece on war crimes and hate crimes, I am perhaps more confused, or rather I have more questions than I did before I began to research this piece. Academically that may be a good thing, science and philosophy applaud the use of the empirical question. But as we are in a definitive moment in our country, we may hope for more than questions. We are clamoring for answer.

I think we want to believe that good can overcome the hateful tendencies, but science and evolution have a great deal to say about the dark side of man. The crimes reviewed above give us pause. All we have left is a moment of silence followed by a call to action. Let us find ways to practice civility in our lives and in our politics.

Article first published as A Simple Surveyor’s Symbol: A cross-hair and Collateral Murder on Technorati.

a brave new world: too big to jail

I have seen many political nightmares in my life time.  I can even recall Eisenhower playing too much golf and Kennedy’s Catholicism a near scandal and of course just as a nod to May 4th there was Kent State & the 5 line insertion in the paper that announced an “incident” in My Lai in Vietnam.  We should go on for a few more events, there was the Pam Am incident and the stolen election, and the next stolen election.  There was Mission Accomplished and there was a small insurrection in Iraq  better know as a war and of course, there was Katrina and the bailout of Wall street and the giving of two trillion dollars to the already mega rich as an incentive to help pull us out of a recession….and with many, many missing similar incidents we come to the Gulf, “oil spill” or other wise known as an erupting volcano of crude into the most significant body of water in America.

You can read in several sources that Enron style fraud is being discovered as we speak.

So why so much apathy this time around.  Are we the Kaiser Government before its last decline?  Where are we as a nation, as a people?  Do we come together anywhere?  Is there a common something that would have at least one republican cast his or her own vote instead of the voting block they have become.  I don’t want this article to degenerate into a two sided debate with no compromise possible.  I am equally angry and dismayed by my party and my father’s party.  Where are the Truman’s and the Humphrey’s and the Kennedy’s of our generation?  Do we have politicians left who see and hear the plight of the common man (wages from $6000 to $90,000).

I read recently that the gap between the rich and the poor is steadily growing wider.  It is growing a three times the rate in the last few years.  Our 1% mega rich and our 2% very rich and our 5% wealthy and our 10% well-off, are in a class of their own.  We the underdog democrats as opposed to the blue-dog democrats have very little in common with those people who continue to make money and continue to have ways of generating bigger and larger off-shore accounts that are less and less taxed.  We are governed by a class of people who do not live in the same economic world as the people that they govern.  It is no wonder they are not concerned when the supreme court decides to give corporations the same rights as individuals.  I wonder, does that mean that two gay corporations can not legally merge?

The world of the captains of industry is a world that has no similarity to the world that I live in.  The Great Gatsby had nothing in common with the Sound and the Fury so what is different about today.  In America we have seen family farms taken over by the Monsanto’s of agriculture, we have seen the Enron’s run away with our pensions, we have witnessed banks being bailed out to the tune of trillions while my friends lose their home mortgage.The same bank we bailed out refuses to take a risk on a man who was never late for one payment on anything he ever bought in his entire life.  He was denied a mortgage modification..it did not go through.  But the credit reporting companies called his attempt to save money in a re-fi a potential bankruptcy and have raised his credit card interest rate to 20% because he is a risk.

You might as well have taken his farm away from him.  Remember the villains in the 1950 cartoons, the black figures twisting their mustaches while cackling a sinister laugh and tying the poor girl down to rail road track.  It is not much different today.  The banks have more sophisticated ways and  a more accepted language for how they steal from us today.  But we are no less being tied down to the tracks.

The bigger they are the harder they fall has been replace with they are too big too fail.  As we transition from the national boundaries that have divided us for many generations, to the new world order of the global aristocracy we will see more and more of the American way of life fall through the cracks, fall to the wayside and in general fall into the gully of the great divide.

Another sinister phrase that does not lift eyebrows when it should is “economic recovery with sustained record high unemployment.”  Wow, now that should not be easy to digest.  Does anyone even hear it above the din of the evenings blue lighted television room.  The announcer looks like he has the proverbial stick up his…..He reports on the death of an American military man with the same energy and affect that he devotes to weather and the sporting scores.  Then goes on to say that another 1,000,000 people have entered the ranks of poverty with no end in sight and tomorrow ought to be another great beach day.

“Really,” says the anchor woman to the well coiffed anchor man, “we need a good beach day.”  She shuffles the meaningless stack of papers and squares them off, bouncing them off her desk top until they are a perfectly neat little stack of 8 1/2 x 11 sheets of paper.  “Well, that does it for another night, don’t forget to tune into the nightly news at 11:00, Gary will have the latest on a tropical depression that he is watching off the coast of Africa.”

Jesus, God the Lord, how dreadful the evening news has become.  Nothing of importance gets said and if a story is brushed upon it is done so with so little affect that even the most curious new hound only gets a flash–a sound bite of a story.  The guts and sinew are gone from our news broadcasts as they are gone from the consciousness of the American Public.  We have become satisfied with superficial, made for 3rd grade reporting and as a result we vote with that kind of superficial, sound bite information.

Do you want to know what we think something awful is?  It is something inconvenient that is happening to me.  Re-bombing Afghanistan into yet another pile of rubble is of no consequence.  An American drone bombs an Afghan village, killing an entire wedding party that gets a 20 second slice of the news.  No wonder we have no idea why much of the world despises American policy, we have no idea what the American policy is anymore.  Who runs the world these days?  Do we know?

Well, I can tell you this for sure.  It is not run by the financially un-influential.  It is run by the people and for the people with mega-bucks.  Our old standard of something good for a good price is gone…what we have left is spin and twist and market.  The product has nothing in common with the sales pitch.  From cigarettes, to cell phones we are marketed to by brand making departments who have never even seen the product let alone try it.  Ad campaigns exist waiting for a product to promote.  We are going backwards

As a nation, as a people we have lost our way.  The American continent is adrift in a sea-change that will so rock the foundation of who we are that in no time at all, we will be looking back and remembering the good old days when we had a President like Bush 43, a man you could be proud to sit and drink a beer with.

The corporations will be the next markers on the global scene.  It will not be Spain.  It will not be France or Germany. It will not be Argentina.  It will be Monsanto.  It will be Halliburton.  It will be Blackwater and they will fly the flag of mercenaries.  Capitalism will look to the left like a labor union did in the 1930’s.  We do not know what the right will be–but, we do know that it will be ultra-right and that it will have very little in common with our current Republican party except that they will have paved the way for a globally deregulated world run at the mercy of greed mongers. Marie Antoinette will be the patron saint of the politicians, and Evita will be the face of the Global Presidency throwing fistfuls of dollars down from the Vatican like window unto the masses–eternally crushed, at least until the next big revolution.  Thomas Jefferson once said that from time to time a democracy has to lose some blood of its patriots in order for the tree of liberty to be properly fed and continue to grow.

I can not see another way out of where we are…We will go much deeper into darkness before we ever emerge from the narcissism that our world suffers today.  As humanism and secular spiritualism spreads its wings, we may see angels from time to time to remind us that the human spirit still lives on, but the apathy that covers our eyes at this point in time is like an un-retractable cataract.  The vision grows slowly dimmer until we fail to see at all what is really happening.

more on manifesting: unc. vs. consciousness

How we approach anything is how we do everything.

Our most pressing need in the twenty-first century is to exit from narcissism.  I would say that the exit from narcissism is to this century what the discovery of neurosis and psychosis was to the previous turn of the century.  Mental health and the social health of a people are intimately tied & the macro/micro argument that we remember from philosophy 101 is as pertinent in relation to the exit from narcissism as it is about any other universal comparison that we can make.

In light of this statement, that the exit from narcissism is our most glaring need, I will be looking more closely at secular spirituality, humanism and the laws of attraction as primary resources to this endeavor.  First, I want to comment on the nature of consciousness just briefly to re-acquaint us all with my ideas of consciousness before proceeding.

Consciousness is loosely thought of as our subjective experience of ourselves experiencing life.  In short it is a philosophical condition of awareness.  I am conscious that I have just experienced a burning sensation in my mouth when I tasted the too-hot soup.  My consciousness is almost a rendition in mental form of an experience in the physical form.  It is clearly my mouth, my body that was burned by the hot soup; but, it is my mind, my consciousness that allowed for that sensation to register as a feeling/thought.  The sensation occurs, but consciousness alerts up to the event in a mental way.

Classically, we pretty much think of consciousness as the limits of the self.  The self has a consciousness of itself.  I have an awareness that I exist and that awareness that I exist is separate from the actual fact of existence.  My physical body lives as an accumulation of cells held together by some biological life force and my mind gives me the capacity to subjectively experience my body as it lives through the space time continuum.

The mind is the manifestation of the brain and as a manifestation it exist at the will of the brain, or as long as the brain is alive in form…Once the form of the body is no longer alive, the manifestations of that brain cease to exist in the time-space continuum as we know them.  However, since it is possible for me to converse intelligently about the forms in the world that I have experienced, I am fairly confident that even when I die the forms and the colors and the shapes and the materials of life will continue to exist for other live brains & minds to experience.

In short, I am using the idea that the mind of man, his consciousness, has evolved over time.  As the mind evolves, more and more functions of awareness become possible. In other words the mind as it evolves seems to bring about greater and greater awarenesses of what this universe is made up of.  Consciousness seems to expand in such a way as to give us more clues as to the nature of the experience of life–an ever expanding mind in an ever expanding universe.

There is life-forms and there are consciousnesses of that form–these are separate one from the other.  As we become more aware and more awake to the intricacies of the life forms, we become more curious on higher and higher levels of consciousness, and knowledge of the subjective become increasingly a legitimate aspect of scientific study.

Before the time of Freud, dreams and the unconscious were not thought to be legitimate aspects of scientific study.  Freud had a great deal of trouble with his colleagues in the medical community of his day due in large part to the fact that science had not evolved far enough for his thoughts to be considered any more that a metaphor for how the mind/brain body co-exists and functions as a “one-thing-thing.”

Knowledge of form is different from knowledge of consciousness.  Crudely, the more we know the more we want to know.  Or, the higher we climb the higher we want to climb…perhaps there is some perverse correlation here in the building of ever taller skyscrapers. But that would be the topic of another essay.  To stay on topic, I need to reel us back to the beginning.

As I have stated in earlier essays, I have become interested in what I would call the exit from narcissism.  In order to have a respectable understanding of narcissism we need to be on the same page with certain other words from psychology, psychoanalysis and philosophy.

One of these important words is, “Ego.”  Another word that needs some clarification is “narcissism” and a third word of interest to this topic is “regression.”

For Freud, the ego was the psychic apparatus that allowed the brain to perceive the world, while at the same time have a unique inward perspective.  In addition the ego sat partially submerged in the unconscious.  The ego is not the id but it sits with part of itself below the level of consciousness.  This ‘below the level of consciousness’ he termed the unconscious.  This arena contained not only autonomic functions, but also memories too hard to handle were repressed to this arena where the conscious mind no longer had access to the thought forms that are stored there.

Curiously, a very similar concept exist in traditional Buddhism.  The idea of seed-consciousness is taken up by the prolific writer and Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh. In his discussion on eastern psychology, from his worked titled, Understanding Our Mind (2006)  he talks of seed-consciousness as aspects of the world that exist in side our conscious mind but to which we have no access unless they are watered.  The seeds of any thought need to be watered in order to “manifest” into consciousness.  One quote from this brilliant monastic talks about the very quality of seed that lies in deep consciousness as the source of our ability and desire to manifest a freedom from suffering.

I can’t think of a more suffering condition that that of mental narcissism.  Narcissism is a condition in which the mind reverts or regresses to an earlier condition in the life of that mind.  In modern psychoanalytic literature it is always referred to as a pre-verbal condition.  By that we mean the depth of the condition is located in the recesses of the mind, or in the recesses of that mind’s history.  Not all of our history is readily accessible, although one might argue that it is all stored and might be assessable under a favorable condition.

The Unconscious is a difficult concept to deal with as are many other concepts in science in which the actual event is hidden from view and can only be understood to exist by virtue of inductive reasoning.  Examples like evolution, the electro-magnetic field and even gravity are understood because we see and feel the effects of the condition, but we never can actually see gravity–only conditions that make us think it most probably is a force operating in reality.

The unconscious is particularly important to understanding the narcissistic conditions. The idea of narcissism can only happen in the presence of pre-verbal feelings and pre-verbal feelings are by their definition feelings that we experienced before we had grown an ego sufficient in language proficiency.  It is a feeling that we experience before we were old enough to orally process the experience.  Although the experience did not have a word at the time to describe the experience, nonetheless the experience was registered by the mind and stored without words to categorize or describe the event.

Under a “favorable” condition; that is, when an event in real time happens that jars a pre-verbal memory, that memory is “remembered” without words.  When that happens we experience feelings that seem to have no antecedent.  The feeling appears to attack us from the inside and we are not quite able to point to what or where it is coming from.

The most common regression is a regression to pre-verbal or narcissistic rage.  That is we are aware of a mood-like feeling that engulfs us and takes over our spirit, or our manner of looking at life.  The mood-like condition may be experienced as gloom, or a lethargy, or a resistance to participate in life.  Instead of the event before us causing anger, because it travels backwards in time, it causes us to recline into a mood that we seem to have very little control of changing.  Actually, at the beginning, the mood may not even be recognized as a mood–the mind simply regresses to a condition that become who we are in the moment.

We have manifested from the unconscious a thought/feeling that existed in our mind many, many years before the current time or the current event.

The importance of this issue to psychoanalysis is profound.  Our theories of development and our theories of the technique of treatment and even our theories of research are central to our understanding of the people who come into our clinical consultation rooms.  Psychoanalysis exists on the premise that not all that we are is available to consciousness.  The unconscious is central to our understanding of regression, transference and to our ability to work with the cognitive behavioral problems that present themselves as conflicts in life or conflicts with life.  In psychoanalysis we understand all conflict to be within.  That conflict occurs among the factions of the mind…the ego battles with the unconscious causing us to experience internal discomfort in the form of anxiety, depression or psycho-somatic ailments or illnesses.

In conclusion, the conscious mind is a manifestation of the brain/body matrix.  Our consciousness is really the first order of manifestation that is considered under the Laws of Attraction.  Who we are, the self that we carry around and the self that represents itself to both us and the rest of the world is one aspect of consciousness.  But to consider that that aspect of consciousness is the only aspect of self makes not very much biological sense, not very much philosophical sense and not very much neurological sense.

As we evolved from the beginnings of the alligator brain through ever more complex conditions of human existence, we become more familiar with the multitude of manifestations that our brain can invent.  Our consciousness works in oneness with the universe and as such the more we understand about the universe the more we understand about the universe within.  As the universe expands so does our capacity for both understanding and destroying.  We are more able to understand human differences than ever in the history of consciousness and at the same time we are more on the brink of being able to extinguish all human life from this planet.  It is a piece of human synchronicity that our understanding exists in parallel form to our ability for destruction and self-destruction.

The unconscious in many ways is more a manifestation of the body than it is actually a manifestation of the brain.  Of course, it is both, but in many ways its very existence is more closely tied with bodily functions than with psychic illuminations.  Like breathing and the circulation of blood and our endocrine system, the system of the unconscious operates at a level below the level of consciousness and it is only through behaviors such as acting-out that we can see it is exerting a pressure on our lives, thought the exact nature from which the pressure is being exerted, like gravity is difficult to discern.

The exit from narcissism that so many of us yearn for can only be actuated by a cooperation between the conscious and the unconscious aspects of the mind.  The thought alone can not creates a situation from which narcissism can be exited.  it is not enough to want to be free from these early regressive states, we must KNOW how to do this work of exiting.

The work of exiting from narcissism is a joint venture between what we know we know and what we must in ourselves deliberately set out to know.

Bonne Heureuse Année 01/01/10

O. K., so I did tell myself that I had to get this nostalgia thing under control, and I admit that beginning my first post of the new year in french does not bode well for the instinctual change that I was aiming for.  But like with all  my addictions, my intentions are so much stronger than the moment in which I am faced with the choice…

The year is two-thousand and ten.  It is a Friday morning and it is the 1st day of January.  How many wishes have I made on December 31st simply to not even notice them vanish by the morning of the 1st.  Writing out the date this morning, I could not help but be reminded of the beginning of some binomial code– One’s & Zero’s stringing themselves ad infinitum to mean some new 11th dimension of space and time.

Last night, while quietly staying at home and waiting for the grossly expensive , eleven hundred pound, Waterford crystal ball to fall, the announcer gave a brief nod to the ec0-friendly manner in which the numbers “2 0 1 0” would be illuminated this year.  It was a scene right out of the Matrix.  Humans had been recruited to pedal stationary bikes in order to generate the power necessary to light the numbers in Time Square…I got to thinking, that with all the recent people that we now have permanently unemployed, why not simply harness them to electrical generators and let them pedal their way to the next meal.  After all we do have a new condition in which the economy will recover, i.e., the very wealthy will have back all the monies they lost gambling on Wall street, and we will sustain a new 20% unemployment rate, complete with foreclosures, homelessness, & bankruptcies.

The middle class will be shrunk by a good chunk of multi-millions of  people; the elite aristocracy will continue to build new Asters and Duponts and the abject poor will once again be blamed for their own circumstances.  But instead of simply blaming them, perhaps we could also punish them while making them useful–sort of, in the way that old ore-locked battle ships chained men and boys to the ores and whipped them to power the ship across the sea.

But now, we can have camps, maybe even under bridges with thousand’s of stationary bikes lined up and strung together as energy generating machines.  It would help to provide several answers to this coming decades problems.  First and foremost we would not have to build ugly-not-in-my-back-yard windmills.   And each township across the country would be responsible for collecting enough unemployed peddlers to illuminate their own towns and industries.

Without knowing it Carson Daly in his once a year moment of fame, pointed to the answer to our energy crisis.  We only need to peddle or paddle our way back to days of gilded  glory.

I know that i am suppose to be nice today, and wink and nod and tell everyone that hope and abundance  & prosperity are waiting in the wings of 2010 and that everything will be all right because we are starting fresh and the universe will supply everyone with all that they need, and if the universe does not do it maybe the Salvation Army or the Johnnycake center will.

I am mad, mad at a world that lets the fat cats be named such, then congress goes home without as much as indicating that financial regulations and the banking industry will even be considered as needing reform.  But, I suppose we can not blame the poor congress, they had a rough time all ready this year, pretending to help the American Health Industry while supplying the Insurance and Pharmaceuticals everything that their lobbies wanted.  Why else would stock prices rise some 20% after the announcement of the law was passed.

We do not have health reform as a christmas present, we have a chunk of coal in the form or a bill that will make the health insurance giants also too big to fail.  By the way, too big to fail means that the corporation is bigger and more powerful than the government so it can not be stopped from it cancerous growth on the american society.

Well, it is unfair for me to continue this rant.  Not many people want to read discouraging news on the 1st day of the year.  I should at least wait to publish this blog tomorrow, once the champagne and the egg nog has digested and we are well on our way to forgetting the resolutions and returning to business as usual.  But, I won’t, because I have absolutely no impulse control and there is the outside chance that this blog-rant will wake up a few people and that we will begin to collect dissatisfaction and begin to store this as a energy propelling us to think and act more liberally and more progressively as we march forward into a new decade.

You see, I do have hope, but my hope comes from collective bargaining.  My hope is based in my fellow Americans who many times in the past saw injustice and rose to the occasion–I do not believe in the power of positive thinking as the sole act of creation that can bring about change.  We humans are constructed with both positive and negative energy charges governing our will.  The fusion of truth to a desire for change is a powerful weapon against the dust and grim and the corrosion that poverty and injustice induce on my mankind.

So as a new blanket of snow falls against and covers for a brief time the earth in” pure as the driven snow” splendor, I want to wish you all a most happy, a most prosperous & and most humble and grateful new year.  And I wish for us all that we do not confuse positive manifestations with empty passive wishes.  For life to be the down stream that we wish it to be, our senses must be awaken to not only positive feelings, but to  a deeply, sacred connection to universal oneness in the form of truth.  God Bless,

Al Dussault, Ph.D.

Charlestown, Rhode Island

I Think I Hate the Mega-Rich

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I don’t think that I have ever wanted to be rich.  I have wanted to be wealthy, I have envied fame and I have envied comfort, but I have never wanted to be rich.  I saw my parents as the happy poor.  At least that is what I remember.  My mom could stretch any meal to add another plate for a guest or a friend.  “Hey, Ma, can Roger eat supper here?” “Did he ask his mother,” she would reply.

Those were the early years.  Before she became ill.  I am not sure that i could date her illness.  It came on very slowly and at first I was only aware that “things” were not the same.  She had lost her desire to smile and everything became an effort.  But before everything became an effort, life was smooth, we were poor, we knew it and it did not matter.

I think I must have been married with children the first time that I became aware of envy.  I had never once in my youth felt deprived.  My mother would remove the torn and frayed collar from my shirt.  She turned it over, put the torn part inside and sewed the collar back on,  and the shirt was as good as new.  I only needed a shirt when I out grew the one I was wearing.  After school I would change into my play clothes, that way the good things lasted longer.

Later in life, I learned to hate the rich people.  I hated them for what they refused to share.  I could have told you the moment I first heard the phrase, “trickle-down” economics that it was doomed to miserable failure.  By then I knew greed and I had seen the human condition eating away at the flesh of the poor the way a rat would nibble its way through wood if it hat to.  Do you know why I was so sure that  capitalism would not work? Because the top was so disconnected from the bottom that the suffering could be imposed upon a whole class of people and the scream of anguish would never be heard.  One man death is a tragedy, but 1000 men dead is a statistic.  It is nothing but a cold, hard fact.  Society is arranged in such a way that each community has its deserving privileged higher class, followed by a hard working, value full middle class which sits on a bunch of self imposed losers who deserve what they have for not being able to pick themselves up by their own boot-straps and make something of themselves.

We are not a welfare society, we are a western style democracy made up of self created individuals who never need help, and god-love them if they ever need help, because no one else will bat an eye lash.  No bailouts for the poor who deserve it.  Save our trillions of dollar bailouts for the deserving bankers and hedge fund dealers and stock brokers and health insurance executives, these are the exemplar men & women of our society who contribute so much that they indeed have become too big to let fail…

Capitalism was conceived as a system of marketing based on suppliers of goods receiving a fair share for providing goods and services to the betterment of civilization.  Our capitalism was hijacked by paper pushers who skimmed the cream off of every bottle of milk that went by them.  They grew into a governance or workers whose job it was to simply make money.

We need to turn our attention to slow economics, to investing in local businesses that will generate a product.  Wall Street will never trickle down what Main Street needs to survive on.  We need a revolution in thinking.  Think Local