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RMT- further truths

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 15/07/2022 - 7:10am in

These are all truths that Labour should be telling – but it is – quite bizzarely left to the unions to do the job. I should also add that the RMT is not affiliated to the Labour Party (I’m not surprised): These are not just simple home truths, but actually challenge the disaster that is... Read more

The RMT think that the bankers have it

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 14/07/2022 - 6:57am in

This wonderful clip from the RMT’s Eddie Dempsey giving evidence to The Transport Select Committee suggests that all is not what it seems at Network Rail, which, of course, we are all told ‘must get more efficient’ … In fact, it is so efficient that it actually spends more on debt repayment than it does... Read more

What a pity that Starmer…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Tue, 12/07/2022 - 7:30am in

….Concentrates on “the arms race of fantasy economics” currently undertaken by the prospective leaders of the Tory Party. It is certainly true that these people who have been either in Johnson’s cabinet, or overt supporters of his policies for years, now suddenly have the magic solution to all the things they’ve failed to do so... Read more

Humanity Is Learning That The Rules Are All Made Up And Can Be Re-Written At Any Time

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 10/07/2022 - 12:40pm in

Listen to a reading of this article:

https://medium.com/media/68c73e7c4a4ee20373c6b126e07b9382/href

The human species is at an adapt-or-perish juncture in its history on this planet; we will either drastically change the way we operate, or we will wipe ourselves out by nuclear war or environmental cataclysm. Because we’ve been brought to this point by our unhealthy relationship with mental narrative, the adaptation we’re being challenged to make would be a collective movement into a healthy relationship with mental narrative.

We’re where we’re at because powerful people have been able to manipulate us into believing mental stories about reality which aren’t based in fact. History is one long unbroken tale of large groups of humans being manipulated by much smaller groups of humans in ways which benefit the smaller groups, and that tale continues to this day. Propaganda and other forms of narrative control are used to manufacture consent for status quo models of governance, economic and monetary systems, and foreign policy which benefit an elite few at the expense of the general population.

And what’s interesting is that underneath all the babbling propaganda stories about what’s happening in our world, humanity is indeed showing signs that we are collectively slipping out of our old relationship with mental narrative. It’s happening in the usual sloppy, awkward, two-steps-forward-one-step-back shamble which has always marked all of human progress, but it’s happening.

It’s happening in the way people are moving away from religion as we collectively discover that those ancient narratives which so long transfixed our ancestors are not necessary or helpful for finding meaning, morality and fulfillment in our lives, and as we collectively notice that doctrines about eternal reward for obedience and eternal damnation for disobedience sound made-up.

It’s happening with the rise of cryptocurrencies as people figure out that money is made up and we can change the rules whenever we want. Money is nothing more than an agreed-upon story that’s only as true as we all continue to pretend it is, a collective narrative that we can collectively rewrite at any time.

It’s happening as people figure out that a romantic relationship doesn’t need to look the way they’ve looked throughout most of our recorded history; that it’s only narrative which says one man and one woman must love and have sex with only each other throughout their lives, or even throughout their relationship. That those rules have only ever been made of empty narrative fluff and can be replaced with an entirely different set of guidelines.

It’s happening as people figure out how much narrative overlays things like gender and sexuality, that there’s nothing inscribed upon the fabric of reality which prescribes our longstanding models of men and women and what their roles are and how their sexualities should express. Rearranging societal narratives that deeply entrenched in our culture is causing a lot of chaos and confusion, and the arguments it’s bringing up are very upsetting for a lot of people, but it’s gradually working itself out as people pick through the narratives and sort out fact from story.

Indeed each issue I’m describing here has brought in its own set of quandaries, challenges, bad faith actors and abuses that had previously been avoided under the old models, but it’s not like the old models have been free of those things either. And as we all discuss, argue, push and pull and muddle our way through these obstacles with each other, we are collectively sinking into the real important insight which underlies all those more superficial areas of contention: that our society is made of narrative, and we can change the rules whenever we want.

We’re still in the early days of this growing insight, but if you look at the conceptual rigidity we had as a society even a few decades ago around our how-it-is stories and our how-it-ought-to-be stories, it’s clear that there’s a real unravelling happening. A relaxation in our collective certainty about how the various components of our civilization are meant to look.

This relaxation and unravelling is the first step in transforming into a healthy society. It’s the first step in the adaptation we’re going to have to collectively make to survive as a species.

But it can’t stop at insights into the fluid nature of narratives around faith, money, gender and relationships. We’re going to have to unlearn the how-it-is and how-it-ought-to-be narratives we have learned about everything over the course of our entire lives.

We’re going to have to learn that we’ve been lied to since we were children about how the world works, how our government works, how our political and economic systems work. We’re going to have to learn that the very building blocks of our culture are mostly just made-up stories from people who want to control us and from long-dead people who wanted to control our ancestors. We’re going to have to learn that all the metrics by which we measure our personal success and failure and the frameworks we use to decide what our lives are about are fictions implanted in our minds by the powerful. We’re going to have to learn that even our most absolutely fundamental ideas about who and what we are have been built on faulty assumptions.

You can’t rewrite a rule if you still believe it’s written in stone. You can’t rewrite a story if you don’t know that you are its author. We can’t rewrite the structure of human civilization if we haven’t yet learned that none of the old rules are real. We can’t collectively withdraw our consent for status quo systems until we collectively understand that our consent is actually required. We can’t bend the spoon until we realize that there is no spoon.

And we are collectively moving toward that realization. We are learning as a collective and as individuals that we don’t have to be what we’ve been told we are, that things don’t have to be how we’ve been told they must be, that all the how-it-is narratives and how-it-should-be narratives we’ve been indoctrinated with are just fairy tales for adults made up by highly confused people whose only qualifications were that they got here before us.

So don’t worry when you see the old rigid boundaries start to blur and wobble. Don’t panic when you see the old stories being met with incredulity. It might look awkward and sloppy right now, but that’s just what it looks like when a thinking species begins moving into a conscious relationship with thought.

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Starmer’s statement

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 09/07/2022 - 7:32pm in

Was not at all bad and serves as a very clear and obvious contrast to Johnson’s lying bluster. He makes an important point about not all politicians being the same: If, however, the Tories elect a leader who is distant from Johnson’s cabinet then the playing of Mr Clean may well not cut it. He... Read more

Advertising helps corporate greed on its way…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 6:55am in

Thought this was a clever take from XR and ain’t it the truth? As they point out, corporate advertising uses our societal insecurities to sell us stuff we don’t actually need. Retail therapy is, except possibly for capitalism, decidedly, actually no therapy at all….... Read more

EDF to be entirely renationalised

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Thu, 07/07/2022 - 4:36am in

Amid all the other dire domestic stuff, a nugget of encouraging news. ‘Our’ EDF, which was of course really ‘theirs’ as always predominantly owned by the French state, will now be 100% French government owned. This is the French Prime Minister, Elisabeth Borne, announcing it: Our government could never do this of course, because we... Read more

Civil servant says our democracy is in danger

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Wed, 06/07/2022 - 1:17am in

A civil servant and caller to James O’Brien’s radio show, ‘Stewart’ has harsh words for our current government and the civil service working for it. …Do not underestimate how dangerous this is…. Our democracy is under threat….He calls on the UK cabinet secretary, Simon Case, to resign, suggesting that to continually lie – and on... Read more

Steve Bray comments on the confiscation of his loudspeaker

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Sat, 02/07/2022 - 7:13am in

I suggest that he’s spot on about fascism… His fundraiser is remarkably, now getting on for a quarter of a million pounds. Patel and the ‘In Special Measures’ Metropolitan Police may have taken on a case that may run and run…... Read more

Our leader opines…

Published by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 01/07/2022 - 8:21am in

A poor transmission – but Johnson is shown up as someone who is in it for himself – he actually wants to forget Brexit! Which is the sole reason he is where he is: If there were any doubt before, there is none now… Brexit was Johnson’s singular and individual, personal trip to power. We... Read more

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