What is "Waking Up"? (My explanation)

JonH (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 6 months ago

We all hear the stupid facebook post from 2-3 years ago of “Wake up people!” which has sort of become a new-age arrogant person meme.

Sure sure sure. Wake up. What is this “Wake up” really mean? And what does it mean when people say they’ve “woken up” or when they’ve “opened their eyes”? What does it mean to “stay asleep”?

Here it is, and here why “Waking up” is actually discomforting, and… this is why people flock together who have ‘woken up’ (see HighExistence.com or RealitySandwich.com). And, guess what, its super fucking simple, but absolutely fundamental.

We are taught that we know.

That is it. That’s all.

As children, when we ask our parents questions, that, at the time, seem very difficult, we’re given very simple answers: 

“What happens when we die?”

“When did the dinosaurs exist?”

“Why did the dinosaurs die out?”

“What do you do at your job?” “Why do people need your job”? (Etc…)

The answers never preface with “Well, we don’t really know for certain…” 

Schooling is even worse. Everything is presented to us as fact, that, in essence, humans built the Earth. That, in a way, we alone are responsible for the Earth. It’s beyond arrogant to delusional. We teach people without the preface of “Well, this is what we know.” Instead, in our earliest years, we’re prefaced with “This is how it is.”

The waking up, the early-life crisis, the painful existentialism that happens to many of us willing to explore questions further, is that we suddenly realize that nobody knows. Not only do we not really understand our own history, we don’t understand our own planet, we don’t understand our solar system, and we certainly don’t understand much of physics in a grand scheme.

We set our children up for a very painful awakening. We set ourselves up for a very discontentedness in our early years. We set ourselves up for a withdrawal from society, from school, for organizational learning, because of our anthropocentric arrogance.

Remember being a child, and thinking about your future? How sure it seemed, how everything seemed possible? Do you remember not having fear, or doubt, or uncertainty? It’s because of the false supports put under you, the false sense of security – a false sense of control. As we grow, we learn, and we begin to understand to a greater degree – <i style=”font-weight: bold;”>nobody has a fucking clue what the fuck is going on.

Unfortunately, due to our psychology, this is usually a painful realization, we’ve been not necessarily lied to, but given a false sense of understanding and control. In fact, its such a painful experience, it is actually a breath of fresh air when we finally hear from some authority say “We don’t know.” I remember my first years in college, in some liberal arts classes, when the professor, the authority figure of the group, explains things with “Our best explanation is…” That uncertainty is human. That uncertainty is necessary:

We have such a substantial opportunity here, we have a chance with every question from any young one that begins with “Why…” or “How…”  to give that sense of wonder, a sense of possibility. We need to strip away the false sense of knowing, and give children the curiosity and possibilities they truly deserve.

“We don’t truly know.” “The best explanation people have…” 

November 20, 2015 at 7:01 pm
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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

I literally just listened to that podcast before I wrote this…

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Mike Wuest (510) (@mikeyw829) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

I thought you might have.  

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

It was really interesting. What are your views on Mr.Hancock? I think he’s about 80% sane, 20% wacko.

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bounded (0) (@bounded) 6 years, 6 months ago ago

There is a good reason why we tell people that we know. Because the vast majority of people require certainty to function. The illusion of certainty gives them comfort and enables them to lead a perfectly acceptable life. Without certainty, they are left alone in a vast and complicated world. But instead of thinking for themselves, they will turn to the first confident leader who proposes an easy way out. Telling the truth, that nothing is certain, would wreak havoc in our societies.

Just because we would have preferred a more open upbringing, this does not mean that it is the best option overall.

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

“Telling the truth, that nothing is certain, would wreak havoc in our societies.”

Pperhaps it is a necessary havoc.

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Coldbacongreas (0) (@Coldbacongreas) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

Majority of the population would not be able to cope with the idea of the unknown. We fear what we cannot understand. Its like walking into a room that you’ve never been in, and the all the lights are out. You began to reach your hand out and search for the light switch because you are in an unfamiliar place and turning on the light would alleviate the notion that there could something you don’t understand(batman,ghouls and goblins, Donald Trump,or aliens) could be waiting for you. Someone then appears out of the shadow, and turns on a flashlight. You cling on to that person because they are the only source that can help you identify what seems to be unknown in the dark room. After a while exploring a while you find out that this room was only the beginning to a plethora of rooms waiting to be discovered. The stranger that you traveled with decides its better to split up and decides to give you a flashlight to use on your own. You don’t want to abandon the person because they brought comfort to you. So you risk the possibility of finding other fascinating wonders in the other rooms just to be around something that makes you feel at ease.

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JonH (1,139)C (@IJesusChrist) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

A flashlight and a puppet show, perhaps.

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martouk (67) (@martouk) 6 years, 5 months ago ago

People don’t know and they generally don’t want to know. Perceptual illusions are safer and removes responsibility to take action. The ego is lazy, complacent, selfish and full of fear. It will embrace any perceptual illusion so long as it can make itself feel good. Denial is its best weapon, and arroagnce of thinking it knows when it is in fact usually stone ignorant of the truth. Even those who generally claim to be awake are only partially awake at best and still serving the desires of the limited ego conciousness. The ego wants to ‘believe’, it really doesn’t want to ‘know’ anything that has the smell of truth.

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