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We are all guilty. All of us look! As such we all contribute to this "face in" type of goverment, a world wide system. We get the cold and ruthless governing effects of what we have in. What we put in.

The free speech theme that runs everywhere these days (not without profit ) can be also viewed as a hook. Free speech was never ever endangered! It will never be. If we are looking for free speech in the merchant's square then we should also remind ourselves this is private ground. The synagouges belonged to whom? Where did the great orators deliver their free speeches? If we seek the mind as a collective to deliver our speech, it sounds a bit presumptuos to expect it for free. The collective mind has been purchased! Socrates had access to a few minds and was killed. Reality is consent has glorified the god you mention above. The fact that we seek the collective mind, for profit, be it monetary or fleshly, only contributes to this type of system with a curving end. If all systems have risen and fallen, why should this one be any different? I am exited to see a new rising one, maybe coming soon.

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Thank you, Persephone. Like addicts, we are clearly complicit in our own investments of faith and time and money. Yes, there's clearly a price to pay for individual free speech, with someone paying and someone taking.

The collective mind, however, is a different animal, and was sold to the highest bidders some years ago. Social justice, racial justice, climate justice, gender justice -- any form of justice that requires a modifier -- is really just good old-fashioned frontier mob justice at digital scale.

Yes, this current theocratic cycle will end like all the others before it in decay and chaos, and other institutions based on new liberating ideas and technologies will rise from the ashes. But this one will be with us for awhile. Institutionally it is all-powerful and self-aware for now, with lots of padding to slow its descent. This one will require time, patience, and diligence to defeat and replace.

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@I-am-the-equator-so-defer-to-me solar noon (aka halo) there is no shadow (all things being equinoxes … because we mighty make righty say so), & Plato’s shadow-puppets inhabit sumptuously, tho not shadowly, appointed wo/mancaves.

And some of those have told me they wouldn’t want to live inside my head.

There’s no accounting for taste. Or solipsism.

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Thanks, Andy. Agreed: there is no accounting for taste or solipsism. In the absence of organized religion, fear seems to be the only anchor tenant between our ears these days. The only anchor tenant in a very small mall...

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"...pure religious doctrine, a wholesale return to theocratic power. It assumes a level of wisdom and knowledge not of mortal hearts and minds, and thus assumes commensurate religious authority to manifest as brute power."

Yup.

Voddie Bacuham refers to this as "ethnic gnosticism". As such, it become inarguable, innate, with an entirely social, experiential - indeed personal!! - locus of truth.

Ahh... the delicious fruit of post-modernism. Sweet, eh?

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Thanks for reaching out, Peter. Ethnic gnosticism is a wonderful way to rationalize behaviors predicated on expedience instead of faith.

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Authentic spirituality requires consciously accepting and relating properly to the shadow as opposed to repressing, projecting, acting out and remaining naively unconscious of its repudiated, denied, disavowed contents, a sort of precarious pseudospirituality. ‘‘Bringing the shadow to consciousness,’’ writes another of Jung’s followers, Liliane Frey-Rohn (1967), ‘‘is a psychological problem of the highest moral significance. It demands that the individual hold himself accountable not only for what happens to him, but also for what he projects. . . Without the conscious inclusion of the shadow in daily life there cannot be a positive relationship to other people, or to the creative sources in the soul; there cannot be an individual relationship to the Divine’’.

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Thank you for putting such a nice finish on the title, "Scared to Death of My Own Shadow," Gwyneth. Safe spaces are places where -- most of all -- we can avoid the confrontation with our own shadows. Thanks again.

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