Monday, June 13, 2005
am I blogging?
I notice that I started this blog nearly a year ago, in July 2004. At that time I needed a blog to help me get thoughts down on paper somewhere, to give me a place where I could get the bottom of some very personal things. Those of you who were here will have seen some of my moments of both darkness and light as I worked hard to unravel the subconscious mysteries of my cultural conditioning and family background.
Aside from just being busy, the main reason I have been doing less blogging recently has been that after my trip to Japan at Christmas, and after dealing with some loose ends of cultural clutter, I have felt that I have largely solved the riddles that were puzzling me. So blogging has been unnecessary from that point of view.
But the other reason I haven't been blogging is that a great number of things have been on my mind, and I haven't been ready to write about them.
By solving the riddles of my own identity, I have come to appreciate that we have systems within our cultures from which we derive our identities in relation to the people around us. I have come to consider that our countries themselves also have identities, and their identities are formed in relation to other countries. Our personal and national identities are supported by our consumption of goods and materials, and our consumption is ultimately supported by the planet.
When we mentally possess our identity as a fixed set of ideas this is always against the backdrop of a continually changing reality. When we compare our ideas about ourselves to reality we will always get some discrepancy. The conceptual level of our identity is what I have come to understand to be 'ego'. The reality of our identity I prefer to leave a mystery in order to reduce my ego. The consequences of too much ego can easily been seen either in office politics or in international politics: fractionalism, obstructiveness, conflict and war. Ego-identity is competitive and not co-operative.
When I look at the world around me, I see it integrating itself at a frenetic pace. Everything is becoming connected by either a phone line or an aeroplane, an international regulatory organisation or a supra-national collective. We are all trying to either stay or to become rich, and the numbers of us trying to become that way are rising exponentially. Our wealth will ultimately only ever be derived from the planet that we live on.
It seems clear that the planet isn't going to provide sufficient resources for us all to get rich Western style. Without a shift in our paradigm, we will see inevitably conflict for resources and a hardening of national identities as we participate in conflict. Take a look at the current politics between China and Japan if you doubt what I'm saying.
How are we going to raise all nations out of poverty without either ruining the planet or blowing ourselves to bits? How can we learn to co-operate together in a world without political hegemony? There are no easy solutions, but for me, identity and the processes and systems behind it are critical issues in solving these problems. We are all going to have to take a look at ourselves and give something up if we want to survive.
I have the same burning interest to get to bottom of this mystery as I did to get the bottom of my last mystery. The news is then, that this is what I will now be blogging about. If Glacons was previously about discovering the bit of the icecube that was hidden under the surface, Glacons is now about why an icecube should choose to melt into the watery whole, and how it could do it. It's a strange mixture of the political, theoretical and practical, technological and spiritual.
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