All politics are personal. But does that mean we need to take it so personally?I
n this episode of Inhabit, Ryan and I explore ways to bring more embodied awareness and skillful discernment to our political lives, overcoming the corrosive and often paralyzing effects that both our cynicism and our idealism can have upon our political decisions and our willingness to engage our most fundamental civic responsibilities.
Watch as Ryan and I discuss:
- How to remain an idealist when the world constantly refuses to live up to our ideals.
- What happens when our mechanisms of enfoldment completely break down, both in our governing systems and in our media platforms.
- How lack of enfoldment leads to mistrust, misinformation, false equivalence, epistemic collapse, and aperspectival madness.
- How to relate to postmodern media platforms where contradictory truths are no longer enfolded with each other, but instead slide frictionlessly across one other.
- How to develop a more anti-fragile sensibility that can begin reducing fragility in the world.
- How the left has created a culture of fragility, and the right a culture of resilience — and why both are anti-growth.
- Why Trump, and not Hillary, was seen as the transformation candidate in 2016.
- Why we need another genuine transformation candidate for 2020 — and who we think that is.
Join us in this exceptionally rich and hopeful exploration of our inner political landscapes!
“The United States Constitution, our government itself, is basically a really sophisticated engine of enfoldment. It’s brilliant when you actually look it at that way — the Constitution was designed to take incompatible views, and to suggest a process by which those views can be made compatible with each other, to begin pulling together different views, different ideologies, different positions on all sorts of really complicated subjects, and to then enact that into law. So when our society is functioning in a good, positive, healthy way, when people are engaged and all that, we see this kind of enfoldment. These days, not so much.
So I think one of the things we are seeing right now is what happens when enfoldment completely breaks down at the level of government. But where is that coming from? That actually comes from the fact that we as individuals are having a harder time talking to each other than ever before in our history, at least since the Civil War. And I think there’s a reason for that. We have only recently fully entered the postmodern age.
And what I mean by that is, our actual media platforms in the lower-right quadrant made this shift — and about five years ago that shift hit its tipping point — from the old media model to the new internet media model. And here’s the thing about the internet: it is the first media platform in the history of our society that has no built-in enfoldment mechanism at all. It just says, ‘here’s a billion truths, have fun making sense of it.’ Whereas before we used to have a couple anchors who were sort of the referees and umpires, ‘this is news-worthy and this is not; this is more true than this’. Now we’re just left to our own devices, and we’re forced to sort of constellate a billion different competing data points that we find on the internet into something that resembles a true narrative.”
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About Ryan Oelke
Ryan Oelke is a co-founder of Buddhist Geeks and founder of Awakening in Life. He has an MSEd in counseling psychology and is contemplative teacher of awakening, healing, and embodiment. He has 18 years experience in meditation, particularly in the Tibetan Buddhist and Dzogchen lineages, he is a Buddhist Geeks teacher, and is a certified teacher in Judith Blackstone’s Realization Process. Ryan teaches meditation and a way of living dedicated to revealing natural presence and awakening in each moment of our lives, regardless of how it appears to us. He lives in the beautiful mountains of Asheville, NC with his partner Alyssa and stepdaughter Fiona.
About Corey deVos
Corey W. deVos is the proverbial "man behind the curtain". He is Editor-in-Chief of Integral Life, as well as Managing Editor of KenWilber.com. He has worked for Integral Institute/Integal Life since Spring of 2003, and has been a student of integral theory and practice since 1996.