So, I have, for the moment, made a lot of the previous posts on this blog invisible, whilst I re-write them or delete them for good as failed experiments. One of them made reference to the “Parable of Division, Luke 11:52-53”, which I think is an ancient example of what we now call trolling.
Here is the paraphrase of the quote:
“Woe unto you, lawyers!
For ye have taken away the key of knowledge: ye have neither entered in [to knowledge] nor [allowed those who were entering to complete their journey.]” – Jesus
And as he said these things unto them, the scribes (academics, in an time and place, or era, where many people did not have basic literacy) and the Pharisees (who believed in a lot of stuff which Jesus said was bunk) began to urge [Jesus…] to speak of many things.
That is where the quote ends, although to get the context, v. 45-54 are more useful.
Although it has been years, I have a strong impression of what I wanted to translate in the article which I did not write back then. The concept that having a lot of intellectual resources, does not mean that you are actually helpful to humanity, even if you are helpful to some segments of society.
As someone who was mostly praised for academic accomplishment early in life, and who continues to learn, I must emphasize that I feel both anguish and caution in trying to expound on the concepts that came to mind as I read those two verses. I honestly think I might not be equal to the task, or that the task is more than I can do with my current time, and it might have to be worked into something longer.
Still, though, here goes my first attempt: the bulk of stuff which we collect into our minds, combined with a level of cognitive activity based on antagonism and defense of social standing, makes many people lash out towards those who contradict their system of cognition, or collection of data.
This is a compulsion, rather than a choice… and the people who act in this way are draining time and effort which they could be using to wake up to the truth of being alive.
However, it goes further.
Recognizing that humans can be trapped this way, systems are usually presented into antagonistic categories, in the first place. This is done through a type of malice, which carries forward, generation to generation, and carries sideways, as if people were infected with a virus which they share by interacting as a representative of a particular ideology against a representative of another ideology.
Moments of awareness happen when people focus on commonalities, or common principles, such as profit, joy, or benefits to groups of interest. If they succeed at a project, they may say, afterwards, “wow, we co-operated well”, or “things really worked out”, or “that was a good example of positive synergy”, but the key mode of behavior can happen internally as well, and it should lead to the generation of a higher level of cognition.
In other words, we have all been trolled by rigid ideologies which facilitate destruction of both parties, no matter how you attempt to use them. This includes the common interpretations of religion as ideology, which is part of why I didn’t write the article before.
Religion, for me, is a lifestyle, barely graspable to any degree in words. The ideologies which provide them give food for thought, but repeating the doctrines as dogma is a bad substitute for thinking, and perhaps, was necessary in a time when doctrines were useful to foster social cohesion.
Nowadays, in my experience, doctrines are most often twisted into attacking people, rather than helping them. Into attacking the self, rather than overcoming challenges. Into developing bad habits and low levels of cognition, hidden by the pride of socially defined images of self, rather than into liberating the mind from those bad habits, and instead, focusing on using the mind to create a joyful style of living.
This goes also for the “Hierarchy of Light” doctrine.
In my experience, the benefits of believing in that ideology are there, but there is also something more simple and somewhat sinister at work.
The key to knowledge lies, not in any ideology, but rather, in asking, “how can I be a blessing” continually. Remember, to be a blessing to yourself, and to contradict the trend to justify antagonism or avoidance, rather than actually working to achieve what your true self wants.
When you do this, you may be surprised to find that you have a great vision, which requires you to develop skills and relationships, and avoid previous habits and relationships. So you might put it aside, and hope that it just passes to someone else. Or, you might grasp it, but get nowhere, because you don’t yet have the skills, relationships, or resources to make much progress.
This is all eating the bread of the (metaphorical) Pharisees, or as we might say, letting the analytical mind kill the creative mind.
The creative mind, itself, has to be present in your own subjective experience. Don’t remove the self, but also, don’t defend the socially bound self. The truth is that the spark of subjective awareness can become either the Power of being alive, or the snuffed out flame, muted into smoldering ash, of a decaying shell.
The difference is not seen only within how we sell, how we compensate for the impositions of usury or aspire to make ambitions into reality. However, it is there, as well. To know self, is not the same as knowing the control program which would maintain your ashes, if you were to die.
So let me bring this concept to you: animation can drain the true spirit, in service of a false spirit. Wrath can replace wisdom, and justified aggression can replace joyful living.
Rather than aiming for a legacy, it is important to aim for a presence, and to keep a combination of hope and command alive, rather than feeding into the temptation to explain everything to everyone.
Now, I mention all of this because I had that bad habit!
Not of trolling others, but of being trolled. It is still a danger, because you cannot change the nature of another, and most people work from this socially bound image, or “false ego”, to the point that you cannot actually connect to them on the basis of authentic living as a human being, or “true self”.
However, we know about may things because the same tools that can be used to divide, can also be used to benefit. We can utilize knowledge, rather than letting ideologies become barriers, weights, drivers of antagonism.
So, anyhow, I hope to shortly fulfill my aspirations, and but even before that, I would like to encourage everyone to remember that “trolling” is ancient, and everyone had to deal with it, but we don’t need to be super-natural to overcome it, only super-habitual.
They are a ton of resources to help in that.
Offhand, I would link quickly to two videos (not by me, I just found them helpful). Each has additional links to more detailed research in that area:
Although it appears off-topic, I would also like to remind you, if you did not already realize, that the artificial financial systems which currently dominate the global economy, are biased towards destroying the value of constructive work in favor of widespread destruction. Usury-based and counterfeit.
The people who benefit the most from this are promoting the false ideal that financial profits are equivalent to value, but on the other hand, those tools which could be used to build the pragmatic systems which measure value (even if only approximately) and promote systems which renew humanity from generation to generation, building business systems which enhance the value of humanity, are for the most part devoted into keeping the system as is.
I am not sure how much I can help, but I am working on tools which would help to shift the focus back to value. Life, itself, is valuable. The biosphere responds to our actual attitudes, and to love life is incompatible with hating the fruits of life.
However, currently, I am not sufficient to fulfill that ambition, but hopefully, over time, as we (me and my devoted team) work on it, and build a way to actualize that, and other projects, well, the results would speak for themselves.
So, in summary, focus on amplifying both the inner, positive, spiritual benefits, but also, the widespread, keys of increased coherence between the aspects of self, and the roles within society, especially in these artificially depressed global times.
Also, I don’t actually blame lawyers, not religious leaders. The power is within us all to just avoid traps of trolls, and then, avoid becoming trolls.
However, we need more co-ordinated efforts to make humanity sustainable and more fair, rather than letting even more suffering, on aggregate, due to imposition rather than ignorance alone.