I continue to struggle to understand what is going on – an obsession most people find strange. For them, what is going on is what is going on, simple as that – and trying to make anything more of it is crazy.
I don’t believe them for a minute. Anyone can see they are coming to conclusions about how the world is all the time – and acting on that knowledge. This is what humans do.
Only their actions get crazier all the time. But they are not aware of this, and think they were not crazy at all – but perfectly normal.
And they are right – they are normal for their time, which is crazy. But crazy in a new way, that we have not appreciated or thought about.
Considering this requires us to accept a new idea – negative existence, or negative being.
It is an idea, like all ideas, that lives successfully in our bodies – but it has not yet penetrated into our minds. Because we have developed a strong aversion to anything like philosophizing.
We do not want to know what is going on. All that has been swept under the rug, and will not be exhumed.
This is amazing, because, as I said, humans are thinking creatures. But we seem to be thinking creatures who had decided not to think.
What is going on here? We have been exploring new territory (unconsciously, which is how we do this kind of thing) and come up with a new capability that has obsessed us (we are prone to be obsessed with such things).
But this new capability has not become conscious – and we need to consider why this is so. But first, we need to define what this is – because the act of definition will help us understand it.
I will help by naming it, and calling it Negative Existence. How can this be? Things can either be, or not be; how can they be anything else?
This is true, in the natural world of ordinary things. Either a rock is – or it isn’t. But in the human world, things are different – radically so. People can believe in a great many things that do not really exist. But in their minds, they are real, even more than real.
And many of these things are mysterious indeed. They exist in our minds (and our bodies) without our being aware of them. Unless we really work hard – using a variety of techniques – at being aware of them.
This vital effort we now no longer want to do. Indeed, we will do almost anything else to stay away from it.
To summarize: we work very hard at not being. We work at this as though our lives depended on it – which is precisely the case.
Let me summarize again: our lives depend on our not being. How strange! What can this mean?
It means that we are moving into a new way of being – the direct opposite of our old way of being: negative being.
Things are getting tricky here, and hard for our unsophisticated minds to follow. For exactly this reason, we need to concentrate.
In the human world, negative realities are possible – and not only possible, but attractive. And very dangerous because they are so irresistible.
But before we can use this new understanding, we have to convince ourselves – and really convince ourselves, that it exists. That negative reality exists, and we can see it (and experience it) all around us.
Part of our problem is that we are aware of this in many unconscious ways – and this produces a wide variety of physical and mental symptoms in us. But since we are not aware of this consciously, we cannot deal with them – but instead do all kinds of other things that only makes them worse. Which only makes us more frustrated and irrational.
We have to get at the root of the problem. Which is not too hard to understand once we realize the problem exists. Once we get over that initial barrier.
Negative reality is just as powerful as the positive kind – and once it develops beyond a certain point, it is more powerful. This is why civilizations have risen and fallen forever. Once they have risen and developed all that good stuff, other people cannot resist stealing it.
You may reply that I am only talking about the good and the bad – nothing new. But knowing about the good and the bad has not been enough. We need something new, a new idea – and this is what I am proposing.