Quality of life vs. Standard of livingQuality of life vs. Standard of livingTheme:quality of life, culture, changing familySummaryDiscussionTranscriptRelated Insights
It started long before but World War II was the final water shed of these five major things that I pick on and they’re only kind of five mountain tops of the intellects interference with the natural process and then of course the fact that this creates problems vastly faster than the intellect can solve and finally the culture self-destructs from the overload of insoluble problems.Coming
The interesting thing about the quality of life as opposed to standard of living, as the quality of life erodes we adjust to it. We used to have what we called grading on the Bell Curve. You put your most stupid student down here and he got the F, your brightest student got the A. the bulk of them fell in the middle and got a C. What was found, and this was in many, many states and their classroom experience was if we gauged our presentation and our whole focal point on the C student, the whole curve slid toward the idiot end. We had to concentrate on a presentation for the A student with the A student as the model and that kept the curve stable.
Now it rapidly became undemocratic to do that. This was not fair. And as a result the curve started sliding downhill. Your model imperative is right there. Quality of life must be held always as the prime goal, as the prime consideration and then standard of living will have to take care of itself. But as quality starts eroding, if we treat that erosion, the eroding state as our norm, it can only contribute to the erosion itself.
So now we are all getting immune to violence. The teenager is immune to violence. It’s an accepted aspect of life. There used to be in a state of high fear and anxiety and rage. This is the human norm now. We don’t know of anything else, so to speak, as a society. We’re actually losing our capacity to conceive of anything other than the rather terrifying situation in which we are rapidly moving. So the problem of standard of living, which we substitute for that, here we keep cranking up more and more goals for a better standard of living in which we think will then institute the quality of life, which of course is a radical error.
One of the things I’ve been doing is pointing up to five unprecedented, historically unprecedented, phenomena that have occurred, particularly in the last 50 years, that have eroded the quality of life, that have literally brought about severe changes and those of course were first of all hospital technological childbirth and then the daycare is a result of hospital childbirth not economic factors. And then television, and there the problem is not the content but the problem is the neural damage. That is the same kind of neural damage that’s being created by the other two things; the failure of the system to open up and development but close into the lowest defense processes. And then the attempt that we’ve been making to interfere with the natural growth pattern of the child, not allowing the child to be a child but to try to make them prematurely highly precocious intellectual adults, which we do out of our fear of the child not surviving the economic world and achieving a high standard of living, even though that’s bought at the price of the quality of life.
And so in Japan where they’ve become completely mad over there, then of course the suicide level of their children too has increased at any enormous rate. And then finally looking at the way intellect and the fears of the intelligence of the system, the introduction of the various kinds of chemical hormonal, synthetic chemical hormonal processes into the meat, dairy and poultry industries, which is again for economic gain, and seriously break up the genetically encoded growth patterns of the child so we have premature sexuality now in 8 and 9 year old, both males and females. They’re getting the ability to beget and conceived and we have hostile forcible rape at an all time epidemic high in 9 year old males and pregnancies in 9 year old girls. Menarche in 8 year old girls is at an all time high and people don’t realize that this has never happened before in human history. There’s no historical precedent for it at all. But we rapidly began to adjust to that and we simply assume that children are, you know they are always sexual, and we assume that these adult processes are just occurring in the children for a number of reasons.
The question is would we have so interfered with nature and brought about such a wildly imbalanced destructive process had we not first of all been cut off or again the separation factor? To be cut off from the mother artificially or arbitrarily is to be cut off from nature. It’s to isolate us and alienate us from that which we then turn around and try to dominate.
I’m sure one of the reasons for our high degree of battering of women by males is because having been cut off from that which is so terribly critical to our well-being, cut off from it arbitrarily, then it becomes… the source of our greatest need becomes the source of our greatest fear you see. And having betrayed us once, to the child, the infant male cut off from the mother, he has been abandoned by her and he will never again trust a female in the same way because he’s the source of the greatest pain he can ever conceive of, is that terrible abandonment that he knows. And the same way with the greater mother of the earth, I’m convinced that there’s a great correlation between the rape of the earth, as we call it, going on now, the rape of women going on now between males, and a male intellect that is cut off from the mother, that separation factor at birth.
And this started after all, it’s interesting enough, back in the 19th Century and even before when it first began only in the highest levels of society. First of all in the royalty, only the wealthy, the primitive poor still delivered in a natural fashion. And so we find the rise of, for instance, a highly technological scientific mind willing to unleash on earth a hundred million tons of violent carcinogenic waste a year. The rise of that came from your higher intellectual levels of your society who then unleashed kind of the whole technological nightmare, industrial nightmare, on the world, all of which again is bought at a complete disregard of the consequences to the body of the self or world. And so you are quite right. We can’t say it started with World War II, it started long before but World War II was the final water shed of these five major things that I pick on and they’re only kind of five mountain tops of the intellects interference with the natural process and then of course the fact that this creates problems vastly faster than the intellect can solve and finally the culture self-destructs from the overload of insoluble problems.Coming