Just who in the blue holy fuck do you think you are?
That is the question that can can come up when we hear or read something we don’t like.
It is usually something that is counter to what we hold dear as far as knowledge and/or understanding of it. No one likes to be wrong and it is difficult to respond instead of react. Before one can respond one has to let what was said sink in and think about it to attempt to understand why it was said as well as what was said.
One who refuses to let it sink in reacts from a defensive stance.
The nature of the question itself is to discredit the source so the message can be ignored or fought.
Debate is a fight.
If you can’t provide a counter and choose to ignore what was said you have shown how exactly how true it was and you lost the fight.
Currently the most important war on the planet is a war of ideas.
A war with many sides as there are many with ideas to be heard and evaluated.
A war has one rule, win at all costs.
That’s what war is.
The planet is going through an evolution of thought.
This is what fuels the war.
The two main factions in this war are those who desire to keep things as they are with the same social hierarchies that allow people to act as authority and use this delusion of having a place of prominence to use behavioral abuse to maintain this delusion of authority.
The other side is tired of the oppression and seeks new avenues that allow all to flourish and destroys the idea of authority and replaces it with leadership.
Authority is abuse driven.
In order to have your authority mean something you have to provide examples in the way of actions that show there are consequences for going against the authority.
It’s the only way to keep oneself seen as the authority because their punishments get carried out. This creates a fear response in order to keep the masses docile and make anyone think twice about challenging the authority of whoever has decided they are the authority.
Academia is one of the most abusive environments one can be in. The constant fight for recognition and funding of ones research will cause one to act as if one thinks one is an authority and one will engage in abusive behavior to maintain that delusion of authority.
This retards progress as now those who are supposed be leading the way of progress will stunt it with will and intent to protect their precious research that they hope is going to fund their life.
History shows that there are many many times where progress was made because one rejected academic authority. One went against the authority and found something better. This threatens the lives of the academics who build their life with the idea of becoming an authority in their field.
History also shows many of these people who made progress were often abused at first by the academic community. Shunned and treated as if they were crazy.
It is the authority driven academic structure that does more to hold back and retard progress than any other single source.
I came to this conclusion after years of debate with academics and the experienced alike.
I find those who never get out of the academic life never understand what it is they are studying or teaching to it’s fullest extent because they lack experience. The uneducated have and advantage over the educated. No preconceived ideas to overcome and unlearn.
Experience is the greatest teach there is and it can’t be found in a book or lecture or an article.
I always wanted to be a teacher as kid. It’s the academic community that changed my mind. When i saw the epic amount of bullshit I would have to tolerate and then would be expected to dish out, I moved on.
It’s the song Are you Experienced by Jimi Hendrix that really comes to mind.
If you can just get your mind together
then come across to me
We’ll hold hands an’ then we’ll watch the sun rise
from the bottom of the sea
Are You Experienced?
Ah! Have you ever been experienced?
Well, I have
I know, I know
you’ll probably scream n’ cry
That your little world won’t let go
But who in your measly little world are trying to prove that
You’re made out of gold and -a can’t be sold
So-er, Are You Experienced?
Ah! Have you ever been experienced?
Well, I have
Ah, let me prove it to you
I think they’re calling our names
Maybe now you can’t hear them, but you will
if you just take hold of my hand
Ah! But Are You Experienced?
Have you ever been experienced?
That little world won’t let go.
That little world is a world of fear that keeps one from growing. Intellectual explorations have been know to be referred to dives. I remember in a discussion once I had mention I reached the bottom of the ocean and the response was to call me a liar.
That’s because if someone reaches the bottom they have gone deeper than you have and in the world of academics that is a threat to ones authority and therefore a threat to ones livelihood. .
The experienced meets someone who has gone deeper and asks questions to see if the experience is worth what was learned.
The academic will compare what they found in books and the experienced will tell you the story of their life.
The academic speaks in the theoretical and uses rhetoric to convince others of understanding. The experienced gives it to you down and dirty as simply put as they can. The academic will charge you cash up front and the experienced might ask you to buy them a cup of coffee.
The academic needs structure for the dialog to happen, The experienced will talk to anyone who will give them the time of day.
The academic forms circles with clones and will circle the wagons anytime the idea of their authority is challenged.
The experienced will take on all comers.
The academic is the arrogance that speaks to what might be and the experienced is the confidence that doesn’t need back up because it’s based on what is.
Academics is the sell job and first they sell themselves on the idea that they are indeed the authority.
The experienced doesn’t give two fucks about authority and is only speaking because they experienced it to understand it.
The war of ideas is the war between the academic and the experienced.
Fun part is the experienced have much greater numbers who don’t care about notoriety and fame. They are too busy teaching what they have learned in their daily life with everyone they talk to.
They reach greater understanding at much faster rates than the academic can ever hope to achieve.