for Maya, and Life in the Teaching Machine
by Gene Poole
and its root idealism, cause more harm than any of the
issues which are contested, and in the bargain,
essentially 'castrate' each person who is infected with
the assumption that 'life is made better by taking
control of externals'.
Personally, I have seen
and experienced various 'End O' the World' scenarios. The
planet has suffered various 'horrible' fates, from being
hurled from orbit (to freeze in the void of interstellar
space), the ravages of an unforeseen 'RNA-phage' which
effectively eliminated first consciousness and then all
life, to the brutal pounding of nuclear MAD (Mutally
Assured Destruction), to name only a few such ghastly
ends of 'everything held dear including those who hold
The point of sharing the above, is to illustrate that at
least on person who now lives (that being me), has seen
that (apparently unbeknownst to most)
'reality' is displayed differently to each and every
person. Group efforts, as seen from here, are usually
doomed to a very particular brand of failure. And the
flavor of that particular brand of failure, eventually
(however long it takes for the taste to build to
recognizable levels) results in 'spitting out of
Idealism, friends, is not a good thing, it is poison. It
is so easy to be fooled by the outer face of idealism.
Falling for idealism occurs early in life, and is the
root of fanaticism and destructive authoritarianism.
The real joke, which I hope to point out here, is that
the particulars of any "cause" do not matter in
the least, simply (!!!) because the 'pro' and 'anti'
forces of any 'issue of social concern' are guilty of
misusing their own personal resources, of not only
pissing away their own personal power, but also of
stupidly perpetuating the behaviour of fanaticism as
'remedy'. Fanaticism, and its root idealism, cause more
harm than any of the issues which are contested, and in
the bargain, essentially 'castrate' each person who is
infected with the assumption that 'life is made better by
taking control of externals'. This chronic problem
illustrates the most profoundly stupid way ever, to 'fall
So here I sit, knowing something, which is that we have
to tackle the perceived problems at the deepest root
level, which happens to be within each person, and this
can only be done by each person 'to and for themselves'.
At the deepest root level, perceived problems stem from
'Samskara', the very essence of attachment.
Reality is subtle, it has many faces, the question to ask
is this; "Am I defined by what I perceive?"
If the answer is yes, then by all means, proceed toward
your worthy goal, waving flags of ethical vegetarianism,
Ahimsa, justice, etc. etc. Proceed as 'doer', and please,
do get all worked up over your virtuous ways and means to
your defined virtuous 'ends'.
The truth is, that one who has (to use an ancient phrase)
'seen beyond', holds the Administrative Key to reality
itself. Such a one, is able to simply
step between worlds, from one to the other and so on, and
eventually the point of the whole setup can be seen and
understood; It can be stated to be 'a teaching machine'.
LIFE IN THE TEACHING MACHINE: An Analogical Story
Lesson One: You are living in a Teaching Machine.
_1 The Teaching Machine can take any form; it is actually
'immaterial', but can mimic or represent any form, and
any event. It is fantastically responsive to each persons
needs. In fact, it serves ALL the needs of every person,
ALL AT THE SAME TIME.
_2 Each person is responsible for remembering that what
is seen and experienced during immersion in the Teaching
Machine, is custom-designed for each individual person,
and to beware the assumption
that ANY properties of experience are actually 'held in
common' between individuals.
_3 'Group' experiences are among the most profoundly
indicative of deep and pervasive blindness to the nature
of reality. 'Mob' experiences are diagnostic of 'fatal
blindness', and the termination of those involved
('violence') indicates that those students have been
'sent back' (flunked) to a lower grade level in the
_4 Living in, with, and AS paradox: The Teaching Machine
uses a deliberately generated 'illusion of multiplicity'
to reveal the nonexistence of 'individuality', by
contrasting projected facets of 'self' (others) as the
environment in which experience is had. Only when a
person has the maturity to withstand the shock of actual
awareness, will awareness be experienced. All experience
is designed to cultivate this level of maturity.
Awareness grants the ability to perceive the nature of
_5 Compassion VS rejection: All facets of self, projected
or not, are indeed self; compassion allows wholeness of
self, a necessary prerequisite
to maturity. Awareness is granted to those who have
surrendered to compassion. Love of self, VS
self-rejection, can enable the strength and durability
needed to withstand the shock of awareness.
_6 The 'graduate' of the Teaching Machine remains 'in the
machine', and serves as an aware reflector for students.
Administrative privileges are granted, but are revokable;
above all else, the graduate knows... 'there is no
attainment'... and that the workload increases in
proportion to competency gained.
_7 Admin Area (Administrative access only).
I hope I am making this clear. I figure that as long as I
am talking about it I might as well make the effort to
make it understandable. This certainly has been said
before, in various ways, but please, give it some
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"You ask, 'how to make a better world'; there is no
better world, This is a better world".
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