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The Insanity of our Times !
by Dr. Robert D. Crane


    The term "Flogging a dead horse" was imported almost four hundred
years ago from England.  One universal definition of insanity is
repeating the same failed action over and over. It is flogging the dead
horse--- a striking portent of incipient paradigm change.  Signs of this
insanity are the desperate struggles of so-called democratic capitalists
to maintain concentrated economic power in the illusion that this will
promote political democracy.  This clearly is insanity, which is why the
ideologues in academia and think-tanks, including the Neo-Cons, have
become so desperate in trying to justify it.
 
    The good news is that the extremes of insanity produce general
chaos, which brings to bear the principal teaching of chaos theory,
namely, that chaos is the mother of paradigmatic revolution.  In my
view,/ justice is the default mode of human existence, not a rare and
ephemeral exception./  But, unlike Rousseau, I do not believe that just
societies will evolve automatically toward progressive states of
tranquility, or that, in Tailhardian fashion, we humans will evolve
spiritually so that we can just sit back and watch the processes of
history unfold.  In chaos theory all processes of nature gradually move
toward chaos, perhaps in part as a result of the second law of
thermodynamics, but this chaos hides the fact that underneath it lurks a
coherent stability that cannot be avoided forever.  Every field of
science reveals that at some point the disorder and "insanity" of what
appears to be the natural order suddenly explodes and produces an
entirely new order, which, in turn, merely reflects the underlying
coherence of much deeper processes.   The old paradigm of human thought,
based on survival of the old labor theory of value in an era of
exploding capital intensively, is producing insane levels of chaos in
every aspect of human life.  This, in turn, produces terrorism and
counter-terrorism, which are merely a reaction to the runaway chaos that
within the old paradigm has no counter and no cure.
 
    Now comes the good news, according to chaos theory.  The time for a
basic paradigm shift has arrived.  It must start at the spiritual level,
as it always has in the history of civilizations, but for actualization
it must express itself eventually in institutional change deliberately
aiming at justice.  Of course, justice, by my definition, is nothing
other than the Will of God, which humans can never master or achieve but
must always seek. 
 
    The insanity of the Neo-Cons, which, of course, is my favorite
subject, is to beat the dead horse of democratic capitalism, which can
only destroy them and everyone else in the process.  And, of course,
Norm Kurland no doubt is quite right that it is a waste of time to
continually beat the dead horse of Neo-Conservatism.  Instead we should
focus on The Just Third Way as a strategy, and perhaps the American
Revolutionary Party as a tactic, all in pursuit of the primordial and
perennial paradigm that lies at the heart of all the world religions.

(Edited for Al-huda)

You can read other articles by Dr. Robert Crane in the " Newsletter "
section of www.al-huda.com

 

 

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