The predominance of xenophobic orientation in American Forums
I have been perusing a number of posts on a number of forums, and I am finding it unfortunate the frequency with which the post-ers orient their “opinions” from American biases, and from those of Western European descent.
I here will propose ways of actually getting at possible solutions, as opposed to proposing non-constructive criticism largely aimed at self-adulation. I propose some possible amendments to one’s cognition to remedy the deficits asserted previously.
One solution would be to actually educate oneself in another language. Children who were raised in multilingual environments demonstrate greater cognitive advantages. People who were raised in environments where other languages were expressed demonstrate greater executive functions, such as: problem solving, mental flexibility, attention control, inhibitory control, and task switching. Individuals who have the benefit of being multi-lingual demonstrate a wider perception of their world, specifically: to perceive situations in different ways and the ability to maintain or manipulate these perceptions to suit the task at hand. I assert the obvious advantage of a broadened perception to anyone attempting to practice the Magickal Arts since the essence of the Art itself is generally agreed upon to begin in the perception of the practitioner. To anyone who would complain that they are unfairly handicapped through no fault of their own environment of birth, I assert as evidence that such a person is in fact viewing my little essay on a computer. I also would assert that I suspect that in most part, the majority of those in Magickal forums have been born after the advent of the internet, and the technological revolution providing people with a bank of computers at any public library, especially in the United States, and probably Canada, and Europe as well.
Another remedy would be to study World History. It is generally agreed that History began in more than one Fertile River Valleys (note: the similarity between a river valley and the valley formed where a woman’s pubis meets her two thighs), those being: the areas between the Tigris and Euphrates in Mesopotamia, the Nile in Egypt, the Indus in the Indian subcontinent, and the Yangtze and Yellow Rivers in China. These areas do not account for other civilizations developing in the archaic times in such locations as: South America including Central America, Africa, the Caribbean, Asia, Far Northern Europe, Japan, Oceania, Siberia, Southeast Asia, nor Australia. I am giving the benefit of the doubt to many who post the fact that there is a vast amount of information that would need to be digested to form a truly cosmological perspective. Certainly no one would be so ego centric as to assert that the only valid form of Magickal knowledge can be obtained from the writings of Western European writers. It is no great secret that most of these writers have filched their works from previous archaic manuscripts found through careful investigation of the areas related above. On a personal note, I have found a great number of short cuts to be found in the study of Tibetan cosmology, and Indian texts both Vedic and yogic. Incorporating the perspective provided these writings broadens ones vision of the Universe from one tiny myopic word on an archaic parchment of dubious origin to considering the constitution of the Universe as a whole, and one’s relative place in it. Being given the overt edification shed by illuminating writings from the East, then occult writings of the Western Traditions are brought out of the dark ages from which they were taken and placed in the light of contemporary and relevant meaning. This may admittedly be a Unverifiable Personal Gnosis on this author’s own part, however I offer the suggestion of considering ancient Eastern texts as being helpful rather than destructive, and there by not degenerating into a bunch of self flagellating mental masturbation.
I think this is a sufficient premise to propose thus far, and in closing I hold as self evident that one individual cannot expect to make aright the conditions of the World before one has put aright the conditions within oneself. I express with confidence that the conditions of the World will aright themselves accordingly once the individuals are illuminated as to their True Nature by virtue of Birth. I assure people that once one realizes and lives into the Truth of one’s relative virtue that all things in the surrounding environment will fall into their order as evidenced by the Dharma of it all.
Just my compendium of a bunch of five dollar words.