“We are faced with a breakdown of general social order and human values that threatens stability throughout the world. Existing knowledge cannot meet this challenge. Something much deeper is needed, a completely new approach. I am suggesting that the very means by which we try to solve our problems is the problem. The source of our problems is within the structure of thought itself.”

David Bohm, Theoretical Physicist,
the individual Einstein believed was his intellectual successor.

David’s insight resonates at the core of my post – Challenges. I go a step further by suggesting that a critical aspect of the structure of thought that is the source of most of our problems is a chronic lack of understanding and therefore misuse of imagination, the manner in which the brain creates images, especially images of self, what we generally call egos. Thought-action filtered by a predominately defensive, aggressive, self-centered ego functions very differently than the same process free of this distorting influence. Images of self or egos emanate as coping strategies to navigate culture, something I believe is itself a collective-meta-ego. Nationalism is egotism, so is racism, jealousy, greed, war and so many other aspects of culture. Cultures behave as narcissistically as individuals. Why? Because they are rooted in the same mental process.

I also imply that parents are the handmaidens of culture infecting their children with the same dis-ease of mind that they harbor. Monkey see – monkey do. Egos spawn and strengthen egos. We can change culture only by changing our understanding of ourselves.

Distilling, bringing a heightened degree of critical attention to our own thought process, and deeper than content, investigating the structure, how thought-feelings operates is a giant step forward, one that might spare our children from the mental dis-ease that has crippled humanity for thousands of years. Why not? What have we got to lose?

Don’t take my word for it. I invite you to take a walk with David Bohm, on Knowledge and Insight.

Michael Mendizza