A client joked that the definition of insanity is repeating that quote falsely attributed to Einstein expecting to get a laugh.
That’s the quote, isn’t it?
Doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result.
If that’s insanity, welcome to the mad house.
I struggle to talk about the state of the world.
It’s like we’ve been locked in our homes for years and now we’re in another war, and most people seem to talk about it like this is “normal.”
Constantly in wars, conflict, tyranny, famine, poverty, scarcity, inequality, violence, bouncing from one crisis to another?
Is this how it’s meant to be?
Some people suggest that it is.
Our social programming is that over time we expect the world to get better, more sane, more equal, more free, more rich, more happy, etc.
The fact that we’re constantly in crisis is brushed off as the trials and tribulations of an evolving species.
But perhaps the definition of insanity is failing to see that our world is EXACTLY how it’s engineered to be.
There’s no denying that our species has enormously evolved our capabilities.
But we’ve failed to evolve AT ALL as a species.
Right now we’re seeing a repeat of the insanity we saw in World War I, II, and the Cold War, which was a repeat of the insanity in every century before.
And given that this is just another example of wars and conflict that are STILL happening ALL over the world, ALL the time.
And also if you just look back in the last 22 years of this “evolved” modern century you see crisis after crisis.
Well, there’s an extremely consistent evidence-based fact pattern that this is how it’s meant to be.
That’s what Orwell was conveying.
He was an insider and I’d suggest reading 1984 again more closely, paying special attention to the section he sandwiched in the middle on how the world is controlled.
Nah, that’s all just fiction, right?
Or you can look around at how the control system keeps evolving and remind yourself of the definition of insanity.
At the start of this millennium when I began studying “spiritual books” (think Eastern teachings and deeper esoteric knowledge), you keep coming across this idea that our species is insane.
At first you find it jarring like, ha, that’s an interesting lens.
But the deeper you go into these topics and the more you condition your own brain, you see it as FACT.
It’s like Eckart Tolle, the famous author of The Power Of Now said—
“Humans are a dangerously insane and very sick species. That’s not a judgement. It’s a fact. It is also a fact that the sanity is there under the madness.”
I’m not saying that it’s this cut and dry.
But I would suggest it’s worth challenging yourself to come at it the other way by asking yourself questions like:
What evidence suggests that we are a sane species?
We’re destroying our own planet, have extinguished nearly every other species, are constantly at war with each other, we never get happier, etc.
What sane species would live this way?
How can you know?
These are hard questions because if you’re honest with yourself you must accept that you’re trying to assess the sanity of our species with the same faulty mechanism (the brain) that makes our world insane.
You must also accept that basically everything you think you know you’re forced to take on blind faith, including the most “obvious truths” people take as fact, such as “history.”
Add to this the religions and oh-so-evidence-based science that you are dogmatically bludgeoned to believe is “truth.”
IMO it’s insane to live that way.
The best I know is to CONTINUOUSLY seek to validate truth in your own brain.
I rarely read books any more.
A secret that sounds out there is that most the teachings I’ve “received” for years come from inside my own brain.
I refer to these as “downloads.”
This is the gift and somewhat curse I face for conditioning the brain all day.
By seeking to CONSCIOUSLY operate the brain all day every day you get a much clearer lens on what is valid, or not.
You see that NEARLY everything that happens in that brain is noise.
Much of it one might consider to be insane—e.g. Wasting tons of cycles on things that never impact you.
Basically NONE of it is rational—e.g. That brain is CONSTANTLY “simulating” the future, but has ZERO information.
Just think about this one for a moment.
We live in a world that is CONSTANTLY making predictions about the future knowing we have zero information, and that basically all of our past predictions are wrong. (e.g. stock market, economy, heck, who predicted Covid or that it would end in our next hot cold war?)
See the point I’m making is that much of what we “think” is not just insane, but INVALID.
And in fact ALL of what most people call “thinking” is invalid.
All that noise happening in your head is automatic.
Just like your stomach automatically processes nutrition, the brain automatically processes what you’re taught to believe is “thinking.”
That noisy chatter is the OPPOSITE of thinking.
It’s merely the “mental chatter” of an automatic machine—an organ called the brain.
This can be a huge leap for many people to make but it’s the most easy and obvious thing to validate in your own experience.
Monitor your brain for a few minutes and of course you know it’s jumping around from “thought” to “thought” with you doing nothing consciously.
Just having conscious awareness of this can be hard, let alone navigating these “thoughts,” which is why I’m building the Simulation—Level 1 for navigating your internal experience of reality.
But I feel time is running out and I just have to start saying some of these things.
There is no way I know to even try to convey some of these topics without seeming out there.
And I might be 🙂
But just consider this one tiny example.
Voice in your head?
You know that voice in your head that’s constantly talking to you?
Well, REALLY it’s controlling you.
Actually, it’s controlling the “you” you think you are 🙂
The MOST fundamental teaching in all schools of human evolution is building the awareness that you are NOT your thoughts.
Every single day some 70,000 mostly negative, mostly redundant “thoughts” are happening automatically “in you.”
Again, just like your stomach is automatically digesting, this automatic mental chatter is MERELY bubbling up to your awareness.
This is CONSCIOUSNESS.
A lie that controls us is that mental chatter is being conscious.
As Descartes put it, “I think therefore I am.”
The only conscious faculty is your awareness of how the human body-mind machine automatically operates and consciously choosing where you put it.
Same with the pictures that are floating around and those feelings that your brain translates into “thoughts.”
But there’s something specific about this inner voice that you might see is an EASY ON RAMP to this topic.
It’s mind blowing when you REALLY think about it.
Just ask yourself—
Where are the vocal cords?
REALLY, ask yourself this for a minute.
We refer to that voice in your head as an inner voice but where are its vocal cords?
It sounds like a voice, doesn’t it?
But obviously it’s not.
So what is it?
I’ll leave you to noodle on this with a deeper question—
If you didn’t speak any language at all, what would be your internal experience?
What would we then label “thinking?”
A conclusion you reach is that the language center of the brain is receiving signals and “suggesting” thoughts.
Being conscious means knowing and navigating this.
It means having discernment about what that brain automatically thinks, and choosing how you think and behave.
As a species it means EVOLVING to see that we no longer need to behave like the apex predator trying to survive by killing everything.
It means knowing that just because the animal “shell” we are born into “thinks” like an animal trying to survive, we as conscious beings can choose to think and behave like an evolved species.
If history is any indicator, this will NEVER happen because we’re yet to even START evolving our conscious faculties.
Again, perhaps this is how it’s meant to be?
A problem that you face when you go deep into these topics is that you’re way beyond mainstream schools of neuroscience and psychology.
They talk about it like an actual voice and nearly all of their schools of therapy are simply talking to that voice like it’s valid.
It would be hilarious, if it wasn’t insane.
Insane “World Mind”
If you are truthful with yourself.
And you closely monitor the outputs of your own brain.
And you want to be honest about how much it jumps around, and ultimately how insane that is, well now you have a map for the insanity of the world.
We look at our world like somehow over time it’s “meant” to get more sane.
When it merely reflects the aggregate of living inside these insane brains.
The ONLY thing that can make our world sane is evolving our consciousness.
Even though I’ll fight for it till I’m taken out of the game, I perceive this will NEVER happen because I see it’s engineered to be this way.
Maybe that’s not right and we’ll keep evolving into a magical species.
Or perhaps expecting the world to get more sane is the ultimate definition of insanity.