My philosophical positions are quite different from those of most people I know. So the first thing I want to do here is lay out a general, bare-bones idea of where I’m coming from. In 1966, at the age of 14, I became totally exhausted with the modern world. I
When I was 14 years old a set of questions was raised within me that I’ve been working on ever since. The beginning of my journey through the questions is detailed in my work-in-progress Street Song. I established a foundation then that has never been undermined. But the book stops at a certain point, while work on the ideas continues. The 2016 election (Clinton vs. Trump) clarified a whole set of issues to which I intend to devote this blog. I will cover other topics as well, but the focus will be on this.
The general thrust is “Where are we in history?” I believe we’re at a major turning point, but one that not many people see yet. While most people would probably say we’re just at the beginning of the period that starts with the Scientific Revolution and the Age of Enlightenment—modern times!—I believe we’re actually seeing its end. Something vital is missing in the way of life that was set up back then, and its absence is killing us. I've been struggling with how to present these ideas and have discovered that I can't lay them out in linear fashion. This is not a book. Within the format of an online blog, the only thing that works for me is that I treat this like a conversation in a cafe. I'm the guy at the table with a set of somewhat strange ideas. You're welcome to challenge them, as long as you're polite. I want the exchange. Each time we meet in the cafe, I'll have some new point to make. Through the back and forth, I hope some kind of clarity will emerge.
"After a time of decay comes the turning point. The powerful light that has been banished returns. There is movement, but it is not brought about by force. The upper trigram K'un is characterized by devotion; thus the movement is natural, arising spontaneously. For this reason the transformation of the old becomes easy. The old is discarded and the new is introduced. Both measures accord with the time; therefore no harm results. Societies of people sharing the same views are formed. But since these groups come together in full public knowledge and are in harmony with the time, all selfish separatist tendencies are excluded, and no mistake is made. The idea of Return is based on the course of nature. The movement is cyclic, and the course completes itself. Therefore it is not necessary to hasten anything artificially. Everything comes of itself at the appointed time."
From the I Ching, Fu / Return (The Turning Point)