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Life – Consciousness

columnsIn the quest of the future in this period of transition, there is not enough optimism, but, instead, a desperation which baptises our thought and nature in a hostile field of inflationary chaos. For years now, in looking at post-War realities, we see, released like winds from the bag of Aeolus, greed and absurd egocentrism taking over the whole of the horizon, with very few intervals of sharing and correctness. This is the 'Beast of the Apocalypse', the domination of bestial absurdity. This domination has been described by Marcuse as rational organisation of irrationality.[1]

The causes of the individual and international 'warm peace'
If we except the crisis and uncertainty, the greatest problem has its origin in an absence of the ranking of qualitative options and values. The lack of recognition of structural values and human figures marked by unselfishness and spirituality is a fundamental structural problem.[2] Instead of these, the inflationary valuing of money and usurping publicity - with hypocrisy and moral inertia, with the counterfeiting of the common good and with shrinkage of the consciousness - are leading to dissolution.

The absence of a regulating conciliation and lucidity undermines the future and puts it on an inflammatory course. The feeling of a 'fever' is widely diffused among humanity, and the quest for peace is in danger of being taken over by a seduction and phantasmagoria which will not cure the causes of the crisis by the superficiality of grand performances. The 'warm peace' and contemporary pretence threaten our orientation towards the curative perspective of depth and mutual understanding.

The age in which we live, while there is no shortage of dogmas, idols, and representations, is dominated by a deficit of consciousness and a void of soul. Most people have forebodings about an unprecedented destruction of the planet reminiscent of the myth of ancient Atlantis. The hypocrisy of supposed devotion to democracy and spirituality reduces the likelihood of tracking down solutions.

Nevertheless, in the midst of all this noise which degrades the value of messages, we regard it as necessary to propose a Plan of Perspective, Vision, and Feasible Sustainability.[3] We do not think that this will be heard in the boundless war and inflation of information. Entropy turns consciousnesses into a desert with indifference and alienation. The ideological constructs of the past raise walls against understanding, having lost a sense of humour and of proportion, replete with verbalistic egoism, divisiveness, and exclusivity.

The Simplicity at the heart of reality and its depth is unable to project itself in consciousnesses. Mindlessness, indifference, the smallness of consciousness, in the place of simplicity, and also the need for liberation from the idols of money and market materialism of everyday life put themselves forward.

Conclusions
-- The narrowness of consciousness and impoverishment of vocabulary are mistaken for simplicity. Market and vulgar over-simplification debauches the consciousness and appears 'democratic', in spite of the fact that it lays the foundations for totalitarianism.
-- We need a frugality which synthesises, deepens, simplifies, endows with quality, and liberates.
-- We need patience which understands difficulties and assesses and ranks messages from the foundations in a decongesting way.
-- We need to concentrate on what is far removed from the superfluous and the customary.  

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[1] Marcuse, Herbert, 1971, One-Dimensional Man [Greek edition], publ. Papazisis.
[2] Maslow, Abraham, Religions, Values and Peak-Experiences [Greek edition], publ. Diodos, p. 18, "where he states that the best helpers are the most integrated humanists. What I would call the Path of Bodhisattva is a unity of self-realisation and social zeal; consequently, the best way to become a better helper is to be a better person. But a necessary factor in becoming a better person is the help one offers to other people."
[3] Yiannis Zisis, 'An introduction to a general theory of sustainability' [in Greek] & 'Towards a new world system', [in Greek].

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Date of publication (in Greek): 14 February 2011

 
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