Wednesday, 9 December 2015
-Poul Andeson, "The Sensitive Man" IN Anderson, The Psychotechnic League (New York, 1981), pp. 131-198 AT p. 155.
Time Patrol training makes Manse Everard the man he should have been. We face the inner nightmare in meditation. A Zen monk told me, "There is a swamp inside. We need to drain it."
Both as a species and as individuals, we were active organisms long before we became reflective subjects. By the time we became able to reflect, we were already:
living with the consequences of past actions;
strongly inclined to continue acting in the same way even if that had been problematic;
lacking in understanding;
attached to inadequate ideas, e.g., blaming scapegoats for social problems.
"'I take it you favor libertarian government...In the past, it's always broken down sooner or later, and the main reason has been that there aren't enough people with the intelligence, alertness, and toughness to resist the inevitable encroachments of power on liberty.'" (p. 173)
The Psychotechnic Institute tries to change individuals and society. I suggest that, if the population are empowered, then power cannot encroach on their liberty. Suggestions:
election and recallability of all public officials;
no elected official to earn more than the average wage or salary of the electorate;
no standing army or professional police force;
the entire population self-organized as a militia for security and defense as long as these functions remain necessary;
conscientious objectors to drive ambulances, fire engines, lifeboats etc instead of carrying weapons.