The most dangerous spooks are not ‘out there’ waiting to attack, but live right inside of our own minds, sowing discord and disharmony to the tune of our own delusions and self-denial.
When the Ochre Autocrat recently announced his intentions to form a ‘Space Force’ he was widely and rightly ridiculed and mocked mercilessly for his juvenile schemes. While the Tangerine Tyrant may not have any good ideas about preparing us for the future, I do.
How about if, instead of expending massive resources to blow up potential species we haven’t even met yet, we put some effort into eradicating the enemies within? How about instead of an army comprised of violent xenophobes who haven’t worked out their inner demons, we create an army of self-actualized psychonauts whose purpose it is to celebrate and maximize life? And how about if that Army was comprised of every human being alive?
For far less than it would cost us to prepare to blow up aliens, we could provide the means for people to fully explore the depths of their own minds. We could fight the legions of bogeymen that roam the crowded halls of our individual and collective psyche and make room for imagination, creativity and other productive mental inhabitants that could actually help us to solve our human issues rather fire explosives at them.
To begin with we could have a massive informational outreach that put literature and other learning materials in the hands of those who have not yet learned how to explore their own inner landscapes. We can educate people on meditation and its benefits; not in the way that corporations have co-opted mindfulness for peak performance, but in ways that allow people to navigate the shadows and hidden assumptions that generally never even make a blip on the radar of their conscious thinking.
Psychedelic drugs like LSD, mushrooms and MDMA could be made available to the public, and we could create special centers where newcomers could get assistance and guidance in their first psychedelic experiences to insure their safety and good times. These compounds have a powerful ability to break down mental and emotional blockages and can give us enough distance from our ego to be able to judge it in ways which we can use to make follow-up improvements. And these psychedelic centers could also be meeting places for people to share their experiences and help one another incorporate their deepest lessons into practical knowledge for living and loving.
While tripping on drugs is one way to break down boundaries and gain self-knowledge, often just regular old trips to new places can do much the same. The more we see of the world – its people, customs and cultures – the more we can see of ourselves. We can take so much of how we live for granted because we know no other way of living that it becomes easy to fall into ruts that obstruct our ability to self-reflect. So by insuring that there is a way for everyone to enjoy the luxury of travel, we might also help people break the terrible momentum of stillness. Stagnation warps our sense of humanity and creates blind spots in our own minds. Those blind spots become hiding places for the sort of spooks which create fear and prejudice, so maybe we need to be sure we keep on truckin’ as often and widely as possible.
There are undoubtedly numerous other ways in which we could encourage and supplement people’s journey towards self-knowledge. The world of our experiences is shaped by the limits of our consciousness. To see the world more fully, we must also learn to see ourselves more fully, even if what we find may be initially shocking.
As the old saying goes, we are our own worst enemies, so lets take the fight to ourselves and wipe out delusion and self-denial for once and for all. Victory for one is victory for all, and vice versa.
Join the Innerspace Force and get your mind blown to space, or your monkey back, guaranteed.