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Morning Show epiphany...


Having just watched

the final episode

of season one

of Apple TV’s “Morning Show;”

I had an epiphany…

SPOILER ALERT!!!

Not only

did executive Fred

know all about Mitch’s

predatory behavior

be he actively covered it up

promoting the misogynistic

culture of silence.

It was Fred’s idea

to protect himself

by setting up producer Chip

as the scape goat.

And yet

when it came time

to fire Chip

instead of being honest

and vulnerable

Fred scolded Chip

for actions

that both he and Chip

knew were actually

Fred’s actions.

Could this sound

familiar?

Could people driven

by lust for power

and greed for wealth

acting with a total disregard

for the truth

sound familiar?

Could there be

a deeper metaphysical truth

at play?

Many people in America

have a passing familiarity

with the bible.

So let’s start there.

Don’t worry my little Buddhist hobbits,

for after our visit

to Judeo-Christian Mordor

I’ll return you safely to the shire.

In the first epistle of John

we read that perfect love

drives out fear.

This reveals a dichotomy

between love and fear.

What if there was

a physiological basis

for this duality?

Neuro-science teaches

that the brain-stem

is the seat of fear and aggression

and that the mid-brain

is the seat of empathy

and cooperation.

In the gospel of Luke

we read that

the Kingdom of God

is within us.

Arguably when we live

from our empathetic mid-brain

we are living

in the kingdom of heaven

and conversely

when we live from our brain-stem:

angry and frightened,

we are dwelling in a hell

of our own making.

This is old hat

and you’ve heard me mention this

before.

So let us take it

a step further.

In the gospel of John

we read that Jesus proclaimed

that he was

the way,

and the truth,

and the life.

And of course

the first chapter of that gospel

equates Jesus with God.

Could it not be reasoned, therefore,

that if God is love

and if God is truth

then if one is estranged from love

then one could also be estranged

from a healthy grasp of reality?

Come, oh Frodo,

let us return to the shire,

er, I mean,

eastern metaphysics.

The fear, and aggression, and greed,

and controlling tendencies

of yang

are hard

and protective.

The empathy and cooperation

of yin

are soft

and vulnerable.

Perhaps when we protectively

harden ourselves to others

we could inadvertently

shield ourselves

from perceiving the truth.

And conversely

when we vulnerably

open ourselves to others

we could also be opening ourselves

to the truth.

Perhaps the price of wisdom

is vulnerability

and the price of self-defense

is an estrangement

from the truth.

When someone is born a psychopath

we are not surprised

when they act without empathy.

Likewise,

should we be shocked

when those defined

by greed, and ruthlessness,

and fear, and aggression

not only lie to themselves and others

as naturally as they breathe

but demand that others

embrace their lies

regardless of the facts?

Jimi Hendrix said:

When the power of love

overcomes the love of power

the world will know peace.”

Perhaps the power of love

opens us up to greater truths

and as such one takes truth

as one only source of authority;

whereas the love of power

closes us down

to even simple truths;

like climate change,

and the benefit

of wearing face masks;

and one takes authority

as one’s only source of truth:

whether that authority

is one’s quasi-parental figure

such as a real or imagined

celestial being,

or their flesh and blood

self-proclaimed representative,

or a political “strong-man;”

or one fancies himself

a would be autocrat

with delusions of god-hood.

Grasping at either

power or authority

is antithetical

to wisdom.

As we see with fundamentalists

who tragically confuse

the metaphoric

for the literal.



Let us conclude

with a simple

call to action


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