Institutionalized Insanity and Humanity’s Existential Crisis

“I know what you’re thinking.  I am proposing a sane world — I must be crazy.”
– Swami Beyondananda

Japan just made reality illegal.

Well, maybe I exaggerate just a little.  Reality is still permitted to exist in Japan — it’s just illegal to talk about it.  A new — and thankfully very unpopular – State Secrets Act makes whistleblowing (and reporting leaks from whistleblowers) illegal, and punishable by ten years in prison!

While this law was ostensibly passed to prevent “state secrets” being passed to “enemies”, it is far more likely that the current batch of state secrets are to cover up the mega-disaster at Fukushima, and the enemies are none other than the Japanese people, and people everywhere.  So while TEPCO can continue leaking radioactive poison into the ocean, reporters cannot leak stories about it.

Welcome to the world of institutionalized insanity, where Official Media selling Official Stories insist that we the people ignore our eyes, ears, and senses — not to mention worldwide reports of raised levels of radiation in Alaska and California, and mysterious die-offs of starfish in the Pacific.

Fortunately, we have organizations like Project Censored  to publish a more balanced account, and a respectable ecologist David Suzuki to offer a grim warning.

Indeed, many of those who allow themselves to pay attention see the Fukushima meltdown as what may be the beginning of the end of human life on earth, and even more likely the collapse of civilization as we know it.

While there are actually people who get some strange “juice” from tales of doom and gloom, I am not one of those.  And … I am also not willing to put my head in the sand and pretend that the insane is somehow sane.  Here is my sober assessment of the situation:  Humanity has just received some alarming lab results that indicate we are suffering from a life-threatening condition that will prove fatal unless we take immediate, collective action.

We can speculate if the world leaders are just dazed and confused, or whether there is a concerted effort to “run out the clock” and make sure that the population is appropriately controlled and drugged during the dying process.  Either way, it is now up to the people of the world.  Do we want to live, or do we want to quietly die?

Again, I say none of this lightly.

No one wants to face our children and grandchildren and say, “Sorry about that.  Guess we left you with life-threatening challenges and an increasingly toxified world of scarcity.  But no worries.  You can still watch reality TV to avoid watching reality.”

Yes, crisis precipitates evolutionary opportunity.  And … the window of opportunity will only stay open so long.  When the window is gone, well … so long.

Humanity’s Existential Crisis

Humanity is undergoing an existential crisis in a very real way.  We are in the process of choosing if we want to exist or not.  As more and more of us are coming to see, to navigate the evolutionary passage in front of us, we will have to recognize ourselves as cells in one related organism.  Having spent the past 5,000 years focusing on survival of the fittest (we all know that Social Darwinism pre-dated Darwin by about 4,850 years), we must now shift to thrival of the fittingest.  If we fit into the web of life, we survive and thrive.  If we don’t fit, we don’t survive.  And for those of you concerned about the financial costs of making these fundamental changes, I offer this dire warning:  If humanity goes extinct, there goes the GDP!

Reading about the starfish die-off, the elevated radiation levels on the west coast (where I live) and the increasing dangers of a very poorly managed “clean up” at Fukushima, I admit to having dark thoughts this past week.  Someone asked the Swami if he believed in the Big Bang Theory and he said, “Well, I used to.  But now I am leaning more toward the Lone Nut Theory.”

How else could we explain the nuttiness we are experiencing now?

So … what would it be like for a critical mass of the uncritical masses to “go sane” and declare the physical world our “sane asylum”?

First, we must face the dire prognosis with clarity, awareness, courage and resourcefulness.  To take a cue from a wise teacher, Jean Houston, maybe our entire species is undergoing a Hero’s Journey.

We must now collectively (and individually, of course) face our demons, and work together to overcome steep odds.  This means playing an entirely new game, and while the outcome of the new game is still undetermined, we do know that the old game will lead to death.

In Spontaneous Evolution, Bruce Lipton and I talk about the phenomenon called “spontaneous remission.”  A certain percentage of patients who receive a dire prognosis and are told to “go home and get your affairs in order” miraculously recover.  While their recovery might seem like some anomalous act of grace, it turns out that those who recover have something in common.  According to Dr. Lewis Mehl-Madrona, author of Coyote Medicine, spontaneous remission is often accompanied by what he calls “a change of story”.

When Bruce and I wrote this several years ago, we thought of “spontaneous evolution” as a noun in the future.  I now see clearly it is a verb in the present.  Our positive choice is to write and then live into a new story.

The dire prognosis is calling forth evolutionary change, where we gather under “one big intent” to use our collective intelligence intelligently and our resources resourcefully.  We have the technological wherewithal to mobilize the global village.  Now we need the “aware-with-all” and the will, and the willingness.

One of my colleagues and mentors, Donny Epstein, originator of Network Spinal Analysis says, “Pain is an invitation to progress.”  Society’s institutions and misleaders — in seeking to protect what must collapse — are doing everything they can to numb or manage the pain.  As Donny says, to transform the pain, we must first feel it, acknowledge it and accept it.  What would it be like to have the conversation about the true state of the natural world in community, in our churches and spiritual centers, in our schools, and of course in our families?  What would it be like to break this conversation through the “soundless barrier” so the media has to report it?

Donny makes another very powerful distinction that applies here and now.  In his 30 years in the healing professions, he has found that patients who declare, “I want to live” are far more likely to survive and thrive than those who say, “I don’t want to die.”

Please be with that for a few moments.

As a civilization that has lost its spiritual moorings and insists that only the material world is “real”, there is a profound fear of death.  Some sanity in this regard is emerging through the hospice and conscious dying movements.  Still, heroic end-of-life interventions are still the costliest and most futile forms of medicine.

And … along with change of story, one of the markers for overcoming life-threatening conditions is having a compelling future to live for.  So what would it be like for Humanity to declare the future it chooses to live into?  Seriously.  What if there was a positive, proactive mission statement for Humanity, a vector pointing toward greater health, wellbeing and sanity?

Businesses write mission statements, as do individuals who are “up to something”.  What if communities, nations and even our entire human community declared what they seek to bring to the world?  Doesn’t it make sense that every region, every state, every nation has something that it does or creates better than anyone else?  What would it be like for a billion or two billion or three billion people to declare they are choosing a world where there is thrival for all?

And then, what would it be like to actually create a structure and DO something to demonstrate this?

Some 70 years ago, the United States gathered its greatest scientists and resources in a secret project, the Manhattan Project, to build the first weapons of mass-destruction, nuclear power.

What if all of Humanity today called forth our current resources in a massive campaign to create renewable, nonpolluting energy so abundant that no armies are needed to defend it?  We could call it the Man-Helping Project to create a web of mass-construction, new clear power.  Imagine if this were done without the control of any government or single corporation, but simply by a new entity that declared the mission and gathered the resource.

This is an idea whose time has come.  And … it will only happen through our collective awareness, intention and practical focus.  So as we begin a new year, let’s recognize that the evolutionary upwising is fully underway.  Let’s shoot way past apathy and despair, and let’s call forth the healing and transformational energy in our community and world.

Let’s take the bad news coming from Japan and the Pacific Ocean as “karma fuel” to propel us toward what the Swami would call Humanifest Destiny … manifesting our destiny as a healthy and whole species.

Proclaiming and then gathering around this “sane center” in the wake of this low point can be the turning point … and set us on course to the tipping point.

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JFK And the Unspeakable – Dream Interrupted

Dear Friends:

This Friday is the 50th anniversary of the assassination of John 1347.Feature.BookCoverF. Kennedy, and it certainly seems that the American body politic has been suffering from PTSD ever since.  If there is one book that can help us understand the likeliest story behind this act, to recognize how and why this issue is even more relevant today, and to help the body politic metabolize this huge toxin, that book is James Douglass’s book, JFK And the Unspeakable:  Why He Died and Why It Matters.

I’m going to invoke my background here as a political science major and say that this book is MUST READING for anyone who considers themselves awake or awakening, and who recognizes that our body politic is in deep need of healing.

1347.CoverMy article about that book and the assassination has been published in the North Bay Bohemian, and can be read here.

If you are so moved, please write to the Bohemian at and will publish as many as they can in next week’s Bohemian.  Now is the time to break this issue through the “soundless barrier”, so please share this article freely.

Speaking of James Douglass, he and Martin Sheen will be making a special presentation in Dallas tomorrow, Thursday night, at Unity of Dallas, sponsored by the Dallas Peace Center.  The reading is 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 21 at Unity Church of Dallas. Tickets are $15 and available online through Teatro Dallas, and you can find out more here.

Here’s to a new era in “precedential” politics, where we the people awaken left and right and declare government of, by and for the people — where the government does OUR bidding, not the bidding of the highest bidder.

Yours in evolutionary upwising!

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A Special Columbo’s Day Message: Signs of Evolutionary Upwising — The Upside of Apocalypse

Columbo’s Day:  A shadow holiday where we the people emulate the great TV detective and ask unasked questions, and question unquestioned answers.

“We have a deeply divided body politic.  Half the population believes our political system is broken.  The other half believes it is fixed.”
– Swami Beyondananda

As we approach the 50th anniversary of the John F. Kennedy assassination, we also commemorate the 80th anniversary of that act’s pre-cursor, something I bet you’ve never heard of — the so-called “business plot” to overthrow President Franklin D. Roosevelt and install a military dictatorship.

The plot would have installed decorated Marine General Smedley Butler as “Secretary of General Affairs”, a de facto dictator.  Unfortunately for the alleged plotters, and fortunately for the rest of us, Gen. Butler refused to go along with the plan and blew the whistle on the conspirators.  (Gen. Butler, you may know, was famous for his myth-busting pamphlet, War Is A Racket.)

Not surprisingly, his story was treated with skepticism, and debunked by the mainstream press and the financial power structure, which was to be expected.  Here is another source — on the NPR website — that offers corroborating information.

So, why is this important?

Because the failed plot in 1933 — and the repression of the story and denial of its validity — has enabled subsequent “coups” to succeed.  If we are seeing the signs of “Nazism” in our out-of-control Big Brother government, we must also acknowledge its equally-toxic enabler, “not-seeism” — where people choose to not see what is plainly obvious because it is too horrific to confront.  “We don’t want to go there,” so many people have said.

Yes, and what if “there” has already come “here”?

These challenging times have been described as “apocalyptic” and I say … that’s perfect because the original meaning of the word apocalypse is “lifting of the veils”.  It is now time to bring down the “irony curtain” and end the most toxic “don’t ask, don’t tell” policy of all — where we promise not to ask our government about its dark shadow, and it promises not to tell us.

So … if you read ONE BOOK this year, a book that will put the history of postwar America in context, read JFK and the Unspeakable:  Why He Died and Why It Matters by James Douglass.

Here is my caveat — the truth shall UPSET you free.

I mentioned this book to an acquaintance last week — someone I admire as sophisticated, astute and aware — and I was totally shocked when he dismissed it (without having read it, of course) with the wave of his hand, citing Occam’s Razor, the notion that the simplest theory is always more accurate than complex explanations.

Well, I guess scientific principles can be just as rigidly held as dogmatic religious beliefs.  So … I double-dogma dare you to read Douglass’s book in its entirety and adopt the “single lone nut assassin” theory as the simplest.  And when you read the book, and you see the evidence of how doctors, military personnel and other witnesses were leveraged to change their stories to comply with the “official one” (and how many of those who didn’t comply met unfortunate ends) you will have new insight into the 9/11 attacks as well.

You will see that the patterns are unmistakable … the people who reported immediately that “Gee, this looks like one of those planned demolitions” when the buildings went down, those who were curious as to why no planes were scrambled, etc., etc., etc. were simply discredited or ignored when the “official” investigation took place.

Is the Term “Conspiracy Theory” A Conspiracy?

Interestingly, a recent study by psychologists and social scientists in the US and UK finds that “those labeled ‘conspiracy theorists’ appear to be saner than those who accept the official versions of contested events.” Here is a telling quote from that article.  In his book published by University of Texas press, Conspiracy Theory In America, professor Lance deHaven-Smith asserts that the term “conspiracy theory” was invented and put into wide circulation by the CIA to smear and defame people questioning the JFK assassination!  “The CIA’s campaign to popularize the term ‘conspiracy theory’ and make conspiracy belief a target of ridicule and hostility,” he writes, “must be credited, unfortunately, with being one of the most successful propaganda initiatives of all time.”

The resistance to hearing and accepting unspeakable truth is understandable.  Nobody really wants to look at these perpetrations as false flag “inside jobs”, (See my piece on David Ray Griffin about how a mainstream theologian came to this horrific conclusion) just as I am sure devout Catholics were initially unwilling to believe the stories about pedophile priests.  Whenever there is deep trust — in family members, in a religious organization, in the people and institutions we select to govern us — and this trust is breached, there is at first disbelief.

Maybe we need to look at Elizabeth Kubler-Ross’s Stages of Grief (denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance) as a formula for coming to grips with what James Douglass calls the “unspeakable”.

You cannot heal what is not acknowledged.  (Or, put another way, you cannot wake someone pretending to be sleeping.)  Healing is now what is required, for the past and for our future.  Please read JFK and the Unspeakable.  Read it in groups.  Discuss it.  You can even get a script from Project Unspeakable and present / perform the story in living rooms and theaters.

You will come to recognize that as they stood poised to push the button during the last moments of the Cuban missile crisis, President Kennedy and Premier Khrushchev each had what could be termed “a near death experience” that pulled them from the brink, and set them on a each on a path — in conflict with their own generals — to de-escalate the Cold War.  President Kennedy had opened secret talks with Cuba’s Castro and had given orders for withdrawal from Vietnam.

This was simply intolerable to the Join Chiefs of Staff, the CIA, and the military industrial complex.  Douglass’s book offers persuasive evidence that the original plan was to kill the President, frame the Soviet Union and Cuba, and use that as a pretext for a preemptive nuclear strike.  Sounds right out of Dr. Strangelove … but as you read the documented accounts of what the Joint Chiefs said and how they felt … well, you can see that Dr. Strangelove might have been more truth than fiction.

Read the story for yourself to see if it resonates.  It is so important for us all to know the documented facts so that we understand where we stand 50 years down the line.  The good news is that peace process that was initiated and interrupted can now go full speed ahead.  The Pope at that time, Pope John XXIII, allowed himself to hold the hope “anything is possible,” and now the new Pope Francis seems to be picking up that thread.

Dwight Eisenhower — who first warned us of the toxic forces that would murder Kennedy and snuff out the peace process — also said, ” I think that people want peace so much that one of these days government had better get out of their way and let them have it.”

That day might be today … if enough of us have the courage to mourn the loss of peace in the 1960s … and reenergize its rebirth in our lifetime.

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