Tribalism In The Globalized World
Why we are all ‘blind’ – at least: most of us are ‘blinkered’, at this present time, in human history! Because, we are personally ‘irresponsible’ and not fit for purpose in ‘global terms’: the "clever imbeciles", living in – "a closed system of thought". Ref, A.Koestler. Erich Fromm. Freud. Karl Marx – the ‘closed society’ and ‘thought control’.
"The mentality of a person who lives inside a closed system of thought (‘conviction’ vs ‘reason’ or within/in the – ‘leap of belief/faith’, ‘conviction’, or ‘primitive science’, or in the state of ‘anthropological anomie/anomy’): can be summed up in a single formula. "He can prove everything he believes and he believes everything he can prove". The closed system sharpens the faculties of the mind, like an over-efficient grindstone to a brittle edge, it produces a scholastic Talmudic, hair-splitting, brand of cleverness, which affords no protection against committing the crudest imbecilities. People with this mentality are found, particularly often, among the intelligentsia. I like to call them the clever imbeciles, an expression, which I do not consider offensive, as I was one of them". BBC Radio 4 – Canon Andrew White (Vicar of Baghdad) and Michael Buerk http://www.bbc.co.uk/radio4/thechoice/pip/2jpl3/ " Religion is the cause of the problem and religion is the only way out". Ref, Religion is not only a closed system of thought, it can also be; a ‘closed system of being’ – outdated and dinosaurian, judgements or judgemental, derogatory and divisive (from the closed systems of thought and being): religionist terminology of the pre-enlightenment (religionists/theologians) era is the atheist or atheism and agnostic or agnosticism: argument, that the religionists, always, and in – ‘great error’, seem to: ‘come up with’!
And, Colin Renfrew ‘Prehistory’ – My note: a ‘matrix in global understanding’ and the individual ‘responsible’ global consciousness, abridged, see, ‘books’. "’Realities’ of the modern world are institutional facts – products of concepts and social relationships worked out a millennia ago in prehistoric times. Cities of Sumer or of Mesoamerica and the (compelling) belief systems of Karnac or of Teotihuacan. We should recall them, at a time when globalisation is complete, and there is uniformity in the contemporary world". And., ‘indoctrination’ and problem in the young and vulnerable, from Renfrew, abridged, "Religious beliefs or practise (could be anything or an ideology) – can be embodied in everyday life (without every day reason, and little, if any, self-evidence-ness – exception, for group and tribal behaviour and ‘survivability advantages’ – most people would rather believe anything than know): they (as, in, cults or sub-groups – ref, the great power of, and beyond reason or reasonableness – brainwashing, easiness of humans to be indoctrinated – a dangerous flaw in the human personality in the fast becoming globalised world) can for an immanent (perfect for the person, cosmologically perfect for the person, same goes – for some ideology, government propaganda, and in some – isolated/tribal cultures) reality (or institutional fact/reality), this is not made explicit by taking a separate (from the above) and well defined form (muddle)". Ref, a retreat of religion into the self, nuclear self or ‘Citadel of Self’ – from evidence in the physical world, which is very poor or if, at all.
In ‘words’ and in ‘some systems’ the UK’s Education Policy; with the ‘inspections’ of our Schools (Ofsted) is helping (with easily exploited and strongly denied loopholes; has only limited success) promoting the modern "reality of uniformity in the contemporary (globalised) world" (acceptance of the ridiculous government propaganda of multiculturalism, and the more sensible – general acceptance of an integrated multiracial society): the freedom of children to have the right to a self-evident – ‘reason and fact’ – based education, without being unduly muddled or brainwashed by religion and its dogma or that of any particular ideology – and to progress society forward and away from – some of the ‘overbearing indoctrination of the parental faiths/beliefs and ideologies’ (closed systems of thought) in the dangerous rejection of any progress towards some degree of ‘uniformity’ (open systems of thought – for all) in our contemporary world. In practice and my experience (with my children) the ‘freedom for our children – not to be indoctrinated (examples: repetitive prayer and compulsory worship, UK) and to be taught what is ‘self-evident’ without being disgracefully muddled (ref, self-harming of children) has to be (hard) fought for: it has got (in some degree) left behind that of the "freedoms", which have recently been hard fought for and won. Against: the institutionalised and the personal – sectarianism, bigotry, and hate of (my education and most peoples) Education in Britain UK 1950-1970, easily forgotten, and greatly neglected: letting in behind the ‘closed school gates’ (invisible-ness to the outside world of parents, and even: the ‘Government Inspectors’) a playground for adults in the indoctrination of children to ‘one silly thing or another’!
Having an education system, with the premises in the ‘school ethos’, which at least is twenty to thirty years out of date, is going to have little use, whatsoever, to my nine year old children. It all, maybe; very comforting, pleasant and nice, for some of the Luddites in the traditionalist’s, dinosaural, privileged, and within; the minority of the ‘hierarchical closed thinking ‘world”. Ref, Tolstoy – "who is education for" – on blog.
Examples in understanding: ‘The Closed System of Thought’. Psychoanalysis and Religion. Erich Fromm. And, "Christianity (most religions) as a closed system of thought": theology.
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http://www.guardian.co.uk/education/2008/sep/04/gcses.english How about destroying the Bible and the (daily) Prayer Book, or Hymn Book (many glorified and better examples are available on a daily basis). "Philosophy, throughout its history, has consisted of two parts in-harmoniously blended. On the one hand a theory as to the nature of the world, on the other an ethical or political doctrine as to the best way of living. The failure to separate these two with sufficient clarity has been a source of much confused thinking. Philosophers, from Plato (philodoxical) to William James, have allowed their opinions as to the constitution of the universe to be influenced by the desire for edification: knowing, as they supposed, what beliefs would make men virtuous, they have invented arguments, often very sophistical, to prove that these beliefs are true". Huxley. www.ekklesia.co.uk
"The modern purity-leaguer has no qualms about money-grubbing and gormandizing: his sole preoccupation is sexual licence, particularly in other people. He is often a free-thinker, so that his campaigns against indecency propitiate no God, but are conducted because they are good in themselves. But are they? ‘Apud gentiles,’ says St. Thomas, `fornicatio simplex non reputabatur illicita propter corruptionem naturalis rationis: Judaei, autem ex lege divina instructi, earn illicitam reputabant.’ It is only on this one point that the free-thinking smuthound accepts divine law. In all other matters he trusts to the corruption of his natural reason. He should be more logical and consistent.
It is a remarkable fact that, while one may say, to all intents and purposes, whatever one likes about religion and politics, while one may publicly preach atheism and communism, one may not make public mention, except in a scientific work of the most rudimentary physiological facts. In most modern countries the only state – supported orthodoxy is a sexual orthodoxy. There is a powerful religion, or rather pseudo-religion of sexual purity. It cannot, it is true, boast of many sincerely ardent devotees. But most of the few who genuinely believe in it are fanatics. Defined in psychological terms, a fanatic is a man who consciously overcompensates a secret doubt. The fanatics of puritanism are generally found to be overcompensating a secret prurience.
Their influence in the modern world is great out of all proportion to their numbers; for few people dare, by opposing them, to run the risk of being called immoral, corrupters of youth, dissolvers of the family, and all the rest (the truly virtuous have an inexhaustible armoury of abuse on which to draw). If the smuthounds had a genuine religion to satisfy them, they would probably be less of a nuisance than they are at present. Ages of faith, if one may judge from medieval literature, were not ages of puritanism". Huxley