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Life as Treatment

20 April 2020

This is intended to be a brief philosophic look at various approaches to life and its problems. It is provoked, perhaps, by the material I am studying right now, along with our current social situation.

When we think of “treatments” we usually think of medicine. What has now become the tradition in Medicine (though the profession seems to prefer to call itself “scientific” with the implication that this is not “traditional”) is to identify a disease or disorder or condition that accounts for the symptoms the patient is complaining about, then find a proper treatment that will lessen the symptoms or make them go away.

Ideally the treatment “cures” the problem and the patient is healthy again, or at least back to his or her previous level of health. But if the problem continues, it is common to simply continue the treatment. Some problems, it seems, can’t be cured.

Condition: Being alive in a human body

My studies have informed me that “being human” is actually a non-optimum condition. Everyone accepts is as normal because most are unaware that there are any better alternatives. Indeed, some might not agree that there are any “better” alternatives, even assuming they were aware of any. There are some among us who have become aware of alternatives and have deliberated on this question. For most of us, living in a human body is the baseline, normal thing that we all do.

However, we can see it as a “chronic” condition, and identify certain “treatments” that are required to maintain the “patient’s” health:

  • Feed the body using the most nutritious food available, and water.
  • Protect the body with clothing, heat or cooling, and shelter.
  • Make sure the body has some way to get around (transport).
  • Give the body enough sleep or rest.
  • Give the body sufficient exercise or vigorous work.

In fact, our entire economy is anchored on these necessary “treatments” for the condition of “having a biological body.” If you didn’t have a body, you wouldn’t need money to keep the body treated so it would remain healthy. You might still want to enjoy the entertaining or “fun” aspects of human life. And those cost money, too (for the most part). So not having a biological body might not make an economy totally unnecessary, but it would be an economy based on entertainment, not on food, shelter, etc.

Condition: Body not feeling good

For this, we usually go to a doctor to get “treated.” Most “scientific” doctors use medicines as treatments, though we somehow survived for thousands of years without modern medicines. This suggests there may be more to treating unhealthy bodies than mere medicine.

We have found that there are many body conditions that will “heal,” often without even the help of a doctor. While others seem to persist or get worse once they start. Many doctors, I think, believe, that we just have to find better medicines and this will make more conditions totally curable.

Meanwhile, they are content to take in considerable sums for those treatments, whether they lead to a cure or not. My personal opinion is that doctors shouldn’t get paid if they can’t effect a cure.

Condition: Feel sad

The field of “mental health” has become a special category of physical health. This is only because the people currently in charge of this field decided that they should be doctors and treat mental problems the way doctors treat physical problems. This was a bad decision, but they don’t seem to care that much. The general public seems perfectly happy with this system as well. After all, it all comes under the general heading of Having a Biological Body.

Oddly (I think) these “doctors” tend to see mental health problems as treatable, but not curable. I think they are just greedy and lazy. But the general public tend to agree with this rendition of the problem, because there is a consensus that life is a condition that requires treatment, but cannot be “cured.”

Condition: Dead

Though there is no widely accepted treatment or cure for this condition, it should be noted that a few people every now and then have recovered from it. In other words, their bodies were clinically “dead” for a while and then they became alive again.

This fact opens up the possibility that the general public – and physicians in particular – have overlooked something about death (and life, needless to say) that they should really know more about. Only a very few have not overlooked this and they, for the most part, were rudely ousted from their chosen professions as somehow “unfit.” Hubbard, of course, was one such person.

Condition: Stupid or uninformed on some subject

The “treatment” most people accept for this condition is called “education.” It is one of the most widely praised treatments that society has made available to its members. Traditionally (now, in, say the last 100 years or so, but not before that) this treatment consisted of going to school for roughly 12 years, then if you survived that in some sort of good state, continuing to go to school for a number of years more.

Most schools still utilize “grades” which are a method of evaluating for the student how well he or she has learned some particular subject. They also use “teachers,” who are considered somehow necessary to education even though there are so many books (now) written on so many subjects that no one could possibly ever read them all, but could possibly read some subset of them and become quite adept at certain skills with no help from a “teacher” at all. The “teachers” in that case would be the authors of the books!

That the alternate form of education outlined above has occurred successfully – and perhaps is the most successful form of education – seems to have escaped the notice of people who think you have to have schools where teachers teach subjects to students.

The failure of society in general, and those in charge in particular, to realize that education consists mostly of looking to see what is there, studying it with enough care to gain some proficiency with it, then practicing those learned skills until one becomes adept, is a big reason why a number of people aren’t gainfully employed, are barely literate, or are incompetent at their jobs.

The ability to recognize and apply the above data about education has led to some persons, by the age of 14 – some even younger, competently able to do “adult” work.

Condition: Constant improvement

This condition, in this world, is considered by most to be impossible. All you can expect is to grow up, get a job, make it through a lifetime having more or less fun and bearing more or less responsibility, then getting old, then sick, then dead.

Most still believe that this is all there is, even though it has been amply demonstrated now that this isn’t all there is.

Though many, given the choice, would still choose to play the game of biological life on Earth, most aren’t aware they have a choice. Well, that’s just not true; they do have a choice.

It is my hope that more and more will learn this fact and act on it. Then life will become less and less treatment and more and more game. Isn’t that what most of us really want?

What if: You are operating on a false assumption?

23 July 2012

I have written a more general article on the subject of deception at my new blog here. This will be a more specific list of what I think are some of the important false assumptions of our age. – Larry

A being needs stable data to keep from getting confused. The flip side of that observation is that a being will invent stable data in an attempt to recover from confusion.

At higher planes of existence, the exact data used are not that important. A high tolerance for different viewpoints exists at those levels.

But on earth, when one person has a problem, chances are so do many others, and the cause of that problem could be similar or identical for all of them. At our level, the exact datum is more significant, because a datum can be very solid if a lot of people agree with it.

Solid like a wall. Solid like a prison cell. Solid like a bullet.

At the higher levels, bullets go right through bodies. At our level, they hit hard, and hurt a lot.

On earth, the data you operate on can determine whether you find yourself in the line of fire or living peacefully, whether you are taken to jail or remain free, whether you drive into a wall, or stay on the road.

Most of us aren’t too bad at the short-term challenges, but when we start looking longer-term like decades or lifetimes, we tend to have a rougher time.

Do the assumptions we make about life in general or ourselves in particular have any effect on our ability to enjoy life and build a sustainable future? Can they help protect us from life’s tendency to roll over us like a bulldozer?

Here are some examples to consider:

Assumptions about Self

  • I am my body; I live and die with my body.
    This is a common assumption these days. But, what if it weren’t true? Would advertising about how you look, what you wear, what you drink, smoke or drive, where you work have as much effect on you if you were certain that you were not your body, but a being attached to a body? Would you, perhaps, put more attention on the future if you were certain you would be born back into it?
  • There are some things certain people just aren’t good at.
    What if you find yourself in a situation where something needs to be done and you are the only one available to do it, but have convinced yourself that you can’t do that thing? Would giving up really be better than trying anyway?

Assumptions about Sex and Children

  • It is very important to have a good sex life.
    This is related to the idea of being a body. Biologically, sex is for making children. If we are not engaging in it for that purpose, exactly why are we? Though this is not something to argue with people about, I also think that is not something to be anxious over. The goal of having children and raising them is not the only goal worth working for. And the goal of having sex just for the fun of it isn’t that much of a goal.
  • Children are born knowing nothing and totally innocent.
    I have heard well-educated adults state this as fact. Obviously, they have not been around many children. There have been studies indicating that a child picks its personality at approximately the age of 2. Well, what exact “hat” is this child picking this personality out of? The most obvious answer: The “hat” of its own experience! Except: “Modern” science doesn’t grant a child any experience. Civilization on this planet could totally change if we simply started granting children their experience. Listen carefully to one some day, and he or she might share some with you.

Assumptions about Groups

  • Groups are a necessary evil. We’d all be better off as rugged individuals.
    The family is the first group we have to deal with every lifetime. Is the family merely a necessary evil?
    Would you rather live without all modern technologies, systems of law, and modes of companionship just to get rid of groups?
    Could it be that groups are simply poorly understood, but actually quite necessary and worthwhile?
  • A group survives mostly due to the brilliance of its leader.
    Corporations pay CEOs (Chief Executive Officers) millions of dollars a year because they are “so rare.” But a good engineer is only worth 50 grand ($50,000). I suppose those high-paid CEOs would like others to think that they are some sort of demigods (minor deities). Though the more honest will tell you that all they did was develop a system that works. What if anyone could learn such a system? Could anyone then be a CEO? Probably not. But the whole planet would be better off if more levels operated on systems that worked!

Assumptions about the Human Species

  • Humans evolved slowly on earth from lower life forms.
    These days, we have a lot of time and energy invested in this “modern” idea. But is that investment proving productive? I guess it depends on what product you were hoping for: Jobs for scientists, or great steps forward for civilized man. I am not seeing those great steps forward; are you? Maybe we are leaving something out. Look into the Disclosure Project or the Lou Baldin materials, or many similar resources and you will get an idea of what we might be overlooking. And it is pretty major.
  • Humans are alone in the universe.
    Not per the references mentioned above! As things stand we are setting ourselves up for the biggest “surprise attack” of the modern age. We could be investing our time and money in learning all we can find out about all the others out there, how to cooperate with them, and how to catch up with them technologically. Then, you might be looking at some real leaps forward!

Assumptions about other Life Forms

  • Animals are a lot like us, except they don’t know how to talk.
    There is a modern trend towards “humanizing” animals. Well, there’s something to that. Except: It’s not being done with any spiritual awareness. So you are getting all these people who don’t want to eat animals for food because they don’t want to “hurt” them. But what if the human body was designed to eat animals? This desire to be “humane” could create a health problem, which it seems to be doing. But beyond that, we need to know what other life forms really are, how and why they developed, and what is the best way for us to relate to them. We are living in a lot of self-enforced ignorance when it comes to the biological sciences.
  • Higher life forms are unique to earth.
    This is in some ways a re-statement of earlier assumptions on the list. But I want to make a point relating to this: We are leaving ourselves open to the possibility of biological warfare waged from outer space if we continue to insist on the pin-headed falsehood that higher life is unique to earth. There is some evidence now to support the idea that the Black Death of our Dark Ages was brought here via meteors, or similar ET objects. Could something like that happen again? There is also some evidence that many of our deserts were created by explosions of something like ET nuclear weapons. We don’t need more deserts on earth right now.

Assumptions about the Physical Universe

  • Life is a product of the physical universe.
    This is one of the most potentially harmful (evil) false assumptions alive and well on the planet today. It should be exposed as false with as much rapidity as we can muster up. It is central to the dogma of scientific materialism, which is actively preventing useful spiritual solutions to human problems from being put in place on Earth. I know of no other advanced society in the universe that believes this. We need to get over it, too. It is a huge block to our progress.
  • The physical universe has limits that cannot be violated under any circumstances. Those limits include: Velocity of light, conservation of energy, linearity of time flow, gravity proportional to mass.
    Though modern physics now questions these limits, from a spiritual point of view they are largely meaningless. What I like to look at relative to this assumption is what we already know about matter. We know that matter appears solid just because it moves really fast. Like a plane propeller appears like a solid disk when it spins fast. If conservation of energy is true, why hasn’t all matter long ago “spun down” and turned back into slow-moving bits? Where does the energy come from that keeps matter solid?

Assumptions about the Spiritual Universe

  • One cannot visit the “spirit world” until one dies.
    Mystics have been trying to disprove this for years. You’d think with all the documented NDEs (Near Death Experiences) OBEs (Out of Body Experiences) and past life recalls, we’d be over this one by now. But our “real” rulers continue to insist that the spirit world, if it exists at all, is totally inaccessible to mere mortals. This puts an artificial wall between us and some of the major power brokers in this universe. By perpetuating this myth, they make themselves seem “spiritual” when they are probably mostly just people like us. People with anti-gravity space ships, telepathy, and heavy duty mental control technology, but people nonetheless.
  • The heavens are full of Love and Light; the only Hell is here on earth.
    Combined with the prior assumption, this makes death seem very desirable. But I’m not willing to walk into this carnival like a rube. Walk into it we all must, whether death takes us there or some other agency does. Well, if I can find out another way to check it out before my body stops working, I’m going to go for it. I’m tired of surprises and false promises, and this sounds like another one to me.
    If any of you already have this capability and have some intel to share, I encourage you to do so!

Assumptions about the Supreme Being

  • There is a Supreme Being.
    What if this isn’t really true? I mean what if, for all practical purposes, there is no one running the whole show, no one who is responsible for creating everything else? What if the highest level of creation we can really find with any certainty is us? Would that shift some responsibilities around a little? Would that change our concepts of “agreement” and “disagreement” a little bit? Would that leave us holding the bag, so to speak? Well, it might really be that way; at least for all practical purposes.
  • Blind obedience to Source is the best policy.
    After all, God, or the Supreme Creator, or the Heavenly Father, or even one of the guys that works for him, knows so much more about everything than you or me could ever know. Why not trust their opinion about what’s right and wrong, good and evil, fate and choice?
    There is no doubting this: You are a resource, in that you are capable of creation, or production. If you don’t attempt to control what you do in this universe, I am sure someone else has a plan that you would fit into, provided you are willing to obey. Of course, if you show any signs of disagreement with the “plan” you’ll be kicked off the team. How would you like to get stuck on a planet like earth was a million years ago? Did you enjoy being food for dinosaurs back then? (I shouldn’t mention that; most of us weren’t on earth at that time.) If you don’t go for self-determinism, you will get other-determinism. I don’t think there’s any doubt about that.

Who is deluded?

Of course, it could be that all this is my problem and that all these assumptions are actually true. I only ask you to inspect where these assumptions seem to be leading us and to ask yourself if that’s where you really want to go.

If you’re not sure, or think that maybe some bit of the common “wisdom” might be a little off, I advise you to go at it a bit at a time. How much social ostracism are you prepared to endure? Measure your questioning by about that much. But, who knows, you may find new friends by asking some of these questions. And your old friends may not be as willing to dump you as they first appeared.

If you find a real truth, it has its own kind of strength, or maybe you could call it magic. Real truth has the curious ability to elevate the spirit. So some you know may wish to try it with you.