Eodnhoj7 wrote: ↑Fri Sep 06, 2019 8:31 am
doolhoofd wrote: ↑Mon Jul 15, 2019 1:25 pm
BlackChristianMind wrote: ↑Tue Jul 09, 2019 6:24 am
People don't have time to read about what is destroying them.
I wouldn't go so far as to say it's destroying people.
Seduction doesn't destroy, it merely distracts.
Okay, in the case of junk food, it's different.
But watching a movie has never destroyed anyone, I think.
People gain their identities by what they assume.
This assumption is the grounds for awareness.
This awareness in turn, through assumption, in turn takes the form of what is assumed (ie we become what we meditate on).
The awareness of multiple images causes a division in the inhernet nature of assumption. With the division of assumption comes the division of focus, hence identity.
Without an identity people's minds become disturbed, causing an inhernet disturbance of value placement that reciprocates and magnifies over time.
Distraction is psychic death, with eventually reverberate to empirical suffering and death due to fragmented value placement.
Sound Mind, sound values. Disturbed mind, disturbed values.
Value is the continuum of a perspective that allows us to cultivate an inherent sense of order and balance.
The continual repetition of images and sensations disturbs our ability to not just maintain values internally, due to the inability and reflect, but also exert those values as well.
Very insightful. Richard Foreman had this to say about it:
But today, I see within us all (myself included) the replacement of complex inner density with a new kind of self-evolving under the pressure of information overload and the technology of the "instantly available". A new self that needs to contain less and less of an inner repertory of dense cultural inheritance—as we all become "pancake people"—spread wide and thin as we connect with that vast network of information accessed by the mere touch of a button.
I am becoming increasingly troubled by the idea that thinkers of the past who didn't even have the Internet seemed to have much more wisdom, knowledge, and depth than even the highly specialized professionals of today, who may be good at the one thing they rely on to pay their bills, but concerning everything else, they seem to have only a surface or pancake understanding, such as politics, money management, religion, morality, the spirit realm, nutrition, child rearing.
We are being encouraged to remain in a child-like state with endless flashy cartoons and gadgets to hold hostage our attention and thus distract us from reflecting deeply on anything. Why bother thinking when the TV and computer screen will do it for you? A YouTube subscriber who also started visiting my website made an off-topic comment under one of my articles telling me it was time for me to start making YouTube videos again, as if to say he didn't acknowledge the many posts I'd made on my website because they weren't keeping his attention I guess like a video would. Instead, he wanted to receive me in the form of a TV show, the way he's used to receiving his entertainment.
Unfortunately, even people who try to provide more than distraction are lumped into the big distraction and become surface-level entertainment to passing viewers who like to see faces on screens regularly and can somehow "enjoy" a "performance" without even understanding it. Entertainment and distraction, a relaxing of the mind to allow it to be merely a receptacle, are making the human mind redundant. "Why be a thinker when I can be a consumer?" they think, as they are losing everything that separates them from beasts.