This is a continuation of my key insight that the human mind considers opposites to be the same thing – the problem of the identity of opposites.
In my family we confused hate with love – and only recently have I discovered that this confusion still exists in my mind – and in my behavior. You cannot imagine how destructive this is for me – and everyone else in my life.
As more and more of our functioning becomes unconscious – this confusion becomes more and more of a problem – because this kind of reasoning occurs in our unconscious mind – without our knowing about it – because this is what the unconscious is for.
It takes a fully-awake mind to make solid moral judgments – and to see the world clearly. But more and more we prefer illusions to reality – because they provide instant gratification.
Developing a trained mind takes time – and strong social support . Something the classical world had – at least for some of its upper classes at one time – but then lost. This was one of the goals of the Enlightenment – but we have lost that too.
The conflict between our emotional mind and our thinking mind is perhaps the most serious one we have. It requires a careful balancing act – a skill we have lost – and don’t want back.
Our society has a perverted moral code – because we confuse opposites with each other. And one other thing – we confuse our things with ourselves. In other words – because we are completely confused. We confuse intelligence with stupidity – for example.
But more importantly – we confuse being confused with mental clarity. And feel we are as smart as we can be.
Let me run that by you again. In our highly developed condition (highly developed technologically) we have flipped into a being socially and mentally undeveloped. The exact opposite.
This is hardly a new observation – it is as old as the hills. Except for the technological part of the complex (where everything affects everything else) which, as far as I know, has been overlooked.