Cowboys and Indians

What makes many people have a deep-seated love of movies portraying the Old West?
My intuition is that many look to films of that era for something of a lesson in how to be alive.  Folks lived hard, did things in an archaic and manual way, and faced this gritty challenge with nary a sniffle.
In Westerns, we also find depictions of the archetypal war between the known and unkown, technology and archaism, the made-strong-by having-to-be and the made-weak-by-reliance-on-technology.
The West was conquqered, not with guns, but with mind; the guns and technology were just the current manifestation of minds working together and creating.  The indigenous people had very little reason to evolve; their technology was adequate in hunting, and in war with similar competitors.  The Northern Europeans however, played a game of musical chairs, with not enough resources to satisfy the populous, it quickly became a vicious and cut-throat game for survival.  While the indigenes were learning to love their environment, heal, and progress as nearly free men, the Europeans were huddled into protected kingdoms to compete in a Darwinian way.
We might ask, “Why is this so?”
It’s been said that, “Hard times breed strong people. Strong people sow good times.  Good times breed weak people.  And finally, weak people sow destruction.”

The natives were strong enough to sow good times, and they were wise with their time in caring for themselves and their environment, but in much less competition, they were evolutionarily lagging behind the accelerated Europeans.
Whenever you’re frustrated, you might take a breath, look around, and express gratitude for how you’re being made stronger and wiser only by those moments.

Keep balance,

-CGB

#Technology #Cowboys #Indians #archaicrevival #TerenceMckenna #strong #competition

    In Fact, There Are No Facts

    Currently in the zeitgeist, is the dichotomy between consensus-reached “facts” and “alternative facts.”  

    But what is a fact?  Webster defines “fact” with 5 entries, the first two using the word to denote an action, and the subsequent three meaning actual.  It seems the common denominator in both definitions, is the act.  What determines something as actual is that it is acted into the world, rather than existing disembodied as an idea.  So another way to see it is that a fact is a manifestation, something that actually happened in the world.  

    But how are we verifying manifestations?  The scientific method, which is applied reasoning, is limited to disproving.  No thing can be proven, but we feel as though, because no one was able to disprove a thing, then it becomes something of true reality.  That would add up if we were infallible, but what if we’re all retarded?  How would we know otherwise?

    My first philosophy professor, Dr Thomas Grimes, noted that, “The best of a bunch of bad ideas is still a bad idea.”

    So you may hear someone say something like, “The Earth is a globe, I can’t believe people think otherwise, the majority agrees.”  This person has tipped their hand—they are actually pragmatists, and as such, the philosophy they live by, dictates that a thing is true if they get fed out of the deal.  It is important to note that this is wholy different from real verification that a thing is true.

    It seems true to my intuition that the Earth is a globe.  It also seems true that the Earth we can access is flat.  

    I love it.  I don’t like being sure of things; it’s an ego’s lie, and cannot be real.

    Find your wonder tonight; note how we can’t really know.

    -CGB
    #Wonder #child-like #epistemology #facts #alternativefacts #betsydevos #trump #civilwar #flatearth

    Success is Steady Progress Toward a Worthy Goal

    From back to front:

    Ten of the sixteen books I have in progress, a few of my adventure journals (including where the books where hatched: Moldy Green in center), and a couple years old letters that I wrote to my kids. 🙂 Please visit, and subscribe to my website: MyReprogramming.com
    Thanks for reading; I love it!
    #Writing #novel #journal #letter #author #philosophy #adventure #books

    ​Brain Hack

    I was talking to my young cousin, Rylee, the other day, and said, “I bet in your lifetime people will be able to plug a computer into their brain, and reprogram it to work better and faster.”  I later researched it, and found mostly natural ways to push your mind to the next level.  It was a bit refreshing in a world where technology seems to be the usual answer. This reminded me that I read a book over the summer called,  ” You’re Smarter Than You Think You Are.”  The thrift-store find immediately hooked me.  Up front, the idea of a set and limited IQ is debunked, and it later included hundreds of fun puzzles, SAT questions, and exercises to stretch your brain. 
    I had been in the habit of working crossword puzzles as a way to stretch my brain, for years, having my grandfather propose the idea to me.  We worked three crossword puzzles, passing them back and forth, every morning during my foundational year at Penninsula College, and his final year of life.  I’m very glad for that time.
    Later, I decided to become ambidextrous.  I began doing all my crossword puzzles with my non-dominant left hand and it was a further exercise.  You have no idea how far into my being, my grandfather’s practical philosophy of self-imposed stretching and growing, has seeped.  It’s been a most wonderous virus.  Thanks, grumps.  🙂

    So you can wait a few more years for a stripped-down, consumer version of a brain hacking device, which will no doubt be confined to only a squashed-down version of what can be achieved. Or you can get in the habit of stretching your own self (as oposed to being pulled along by the forceful means of Technology), and use the same tools people have been using for centuries.  In the Baroque era, classical music was used as a tool for hammering oneself into a higher level of consciousness.  Typically, a theme melody was rehashed with different intervals and variations, and the audience would try and decode all of the happenings in each piece. Unfortunately, most of the music commonly listened to today, lacks this growth encouraging property.  As it probably also was in antiquity, only a relatively few are interested in growth; most people are in the habit of seeking peace, while growth is akin to a state of war. Incidently, I don’t think equilibrium is more than a bird’s-eye interpretation; under the illusion of stagnancy, lies a perfectly matched competition.

    It’s great to note that there are many artists, in today’s age, which explore the territory of expanding consciousness.  These artists use linguistic metaphors to break down mental blocks, multicultural sounds to dissolve cultural barriers, and various samples and synthesizers to stretch one’s attention and focus to encompass a much larger perspective.  

    In order to use either type of music, the method would be to pick any repeating sound, next add another to pay attention to, then another, and so on.  

    Actually, you can do this with nearly anything; start paying attention to one, then two…  When you get to really “see” each feature of an image, and then add a slight sway so that you can be aware of the reflection from lighting, then you’ll be acid, my friend, and when you look into eyes you’ll see them dilate.  

    Woah.  Too much?
    The post-post-modern age may be slightly lacking in the mainstream use of the old methods of stretching, and it even offers some new Lazy Man’s cheats, but it also offers some amazing ways to grow your brain, if you’re aware, and if you’re willing to push.

    #philosophy #brainhack #shpongle #biohack #getsmarter #acid #mindful #aware #present #yoga #meditation

    Nothing Can Be Changed

    Nothing can be changed.

    Objects change of themselves in nature. Directed change requires creation and destruction
    Because ‘no thing’ is objectless, it is as effortless to change as one’s mind.

    Objects form after concepts, and this is how we can change the manifest reality; by birthing new reality in supreme realization of our imagination.

    The original alchemists, we turn leaden ideas into gilded acts.
    Nothing can be changed.

    And that means we can change everything.

    -CGB

    #Change #growth #howtomanifest 

    Salutations

    Welcome, friend.

    I’m Christopher, and I’ll be your captain on a few flights.

    Very quickly, it’ll only be you at the stick.  If the thought of being completely responsible for a safe flight, or conversely a devastating crash, sends a cold shiver down your spine, you’re just who I’m here for.

    The way this site works is as a vessel for my mind to interact with yours.  The technology is merely a means to an end; the ideas are where the meat is.  I have some powerful ideas because I think a lot, write a lot, talk a lot, listen a lot, and apply a lot.  But you, you have the most interesting thing to me; your unique ideas, concepts, and experiences.  Please share with me, as our sharing is the whole purpose of this site.

    I’ll be discussing the myriad of different ways we can interpret the things we deal with, and how we can flourish in playing the same virtual reality game that organized societies have played for 10,000+ years.  As you learn to program your own mind, you’ll face the biggest fears your mind has to offer, and walk through the door to a new, more genuine you. You’ll suddenly see how you’ve led life in self-imposed prison of limitations.  It’s not that you planned that prison, but it was only you that could have laid the bricks.

    Please be present and savor the content that I create for you, as I will certainly savor your communication.

    Happy Reprogramming!

    -C G Buckner

    The First of Many

    Hi, I’m Christopher George Buckner.  I created this blog to be an outlet for my creative energy and philosophical ponderings.  Down the road, I’ll also be sharing the books that I currently have in process.

    The site’s rotating features shall include: a current topic discussion, a section on living well, an “investigate” section which will have links to other thinkers’ pages, a breakdown of a selected piece of art, a comic strip, and a section aimed at provoking the minds of youngsters.

    I hope you have as much fun consuming the content that I bring, as I do in creating it (though I don’t see how that’s possible; creation is the best of games, in my opinion).

    Thanks for reading,

    Christopher