October 17, 2015 8:49 AM
Yesterday’s post, intentionally silly and extreme, demonstrates a technique that has served me well over the years in understanding both my Self and human nature in general.
I never had a name for this technique before, but maybe “Black and White and Backwards” would best describe it.
Last night, while lying in bed, I heard a gunshot in the distance. Since I was “camped” in the heart of a small city/large town (Medford, OR), gunfire seemed out of place. Based on gender alone, the odds are 50/50 whether the shooter was a male or a female, but if I had to bet (and I’m certain you’d make the same wager), I’d put my money on “Male” as to who fired the gun.
(Note: My true feelings about gun-control can be found here.)
Yesterday’s post was probably inspired by Tuti’s question about the Fight Syndrome and enlightenment. Violence in modern society is something I’ve been trying to get to the root of since way back in my pre-awakened days (see The Male Battle Dance).
So yesterday, I applied the “Black and White and Backwards” technique to the issue of male-dominated violence.
This technique is a simple mental exercise where you try to think in very black and white terms (to clarify/reveal a pattern), put yourself in the other’s shoes, but (and this is the key), but instead of trying to think like they do, you think like you normally do and see what is wrong with the picture.
A perfect example of this technique in action is the story of meeting my Frog Master. We were in a “meditation dual.” I was putting myself in his shoes, sitting on a rock in the sun (the Backwards part), while trying to meditate (simplifying to Black and White by sitting still and doing nothing). What was “wrong with the picture” was that he could do it effortlessly and it was driving me crazy. This of course led to a very tactile, real-world insight: Thoughts (which my Frog Master didn’t have) are illusions and were the source of all my suffering.
This insight led directly the the awakening of me-as-the-Witness.
So I applied the same Black and White and Backwards technique on trying to understand the “Fight Syndrome” which males seem to be genetically infected with at birth: Reverse the gender roles, but still think like a man.
When read this way, suddenly yesterday’s post isn’t so bizarre, in fact—concerning the sick Law #2 (all women can legally kill up to two men in the course of their lifetime)—I’d be willing to bet that many (if not most men) would want more that just two “Get out of jail free for killing an adult male” chits. How many guys haven’t fantasized about “using one of their chits” on Jihadi John?
But by playing with this mental exercise, as disturbing as it is, it revealed a few insights very clearly:
- Women (as a whole) are more civilized than men
- Men are still violent cavemen biologically
- Men are the instigators of almost all violence in the world (because of #2 in this list)
- To curb or balance Violence (violence seen as a living archetype), more women (because of #1 above) should be given more control of weapons of violence (physical weapons as well as political weapons)
And that, my friends, is what yesterday’s post was all about: A mental exercise designed to reveal patterns, insights, and possible solutions.
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