American Heretic

The video series that reveals how things are, how they actually work, and where we’re most likely headed.

This analysis is not based on insider information or recently unsealed documents, but comes through a unique and piercing philosophy that examines the human animal in all its habits, and understands it better than most newscasts have the time or depth to consider.

Come with me as I explore the fate and habits of humanity.

In a short period of time of watching these videos, your observation skills will be sharpened and your observations of humanity will be more penetrating and acute. By elucidating a very few but powerful habits of the species that we are, you’ll begin to see us clearly, separated from the confounding myths and stories we’ve been fed our whole lives long.

These videos and articles will present to you, bit by bit, a philosophy of the species that I hope will be:

1. Useful to you and help you survive the changing economic environment

2. Informative and illusion-dispelling, so that you can see what is, instead of what you’ve been programmed to see.

How Much Of A Heretic Are You?

Why do we believe what we believe? Why do we fight for the issues that we fight for?
 
First, let’s define ourselves. We are a mammal. A group functioning mammal. A tribal, tool-making, story-telling, myth-believing mammal.
But are we a logical mammal? A rational mammal? Only in small ways. Most of us are too busy surviving to take in enough information to become excellent analysts of very broad horizons.
 
We grew up as a species limited by the daily cycle of light and darkness. We have a mind that has trouble grasping much beyond a short, single period of a day. But we’ve learned to build tools which have consequences that last for centuries and millennia.
 
In sum, we’re good at limited, on-the-spot, issue and time restricted analysis, and very bad at comprehensive historical analysis.
 
We’re a myth-making species. We live inside of cultural stories that we inherit from parents and grandparents (who inherited in the same fashion, for centuries). These cultural guideposts are never so true as they are customary. That is, custom trumps truth and is more important to humans than reality.
 
We are able to shut out most logical considerations and contradictions to custom or myth by following (“honoring, upholding” or “respecting”) the customs and taboos of our discipline, religion and culture…which are enforced by approving consensus and disapproving censure.
 
But there are always boat-rockers and trouble makers…heretics. Heresy is required to expand logical analysis beyond these limits. Becoming a heretic is no easy task.
 
Some people move outside of the central current of a culture’s ideological worldview because they sense a lie in it, or they are disappointed by the dishonesty of a parent, teacher, ruler, war, or other important role model.
 
Freed, though bothered by this event, they are now liberated (or vexed) into desiring more information. A quest begins.
 
They part with custom, ask impolite questions, and learn more. They then begin to feel they must warn everyone, to save others from the pain of the lie they were told.
 
They become convinced that they know “the truth,” and begin preaching it with vigor and venom (see any absolute religious or scientific fundamentalism).
 
A further step back, usually due to a failed prediction and disillusionment with a particular fancy…leads to an enlargement of scope, a factoring in of more variables, a looser set of predictions, a better appreciation for what is driving any particular system.
 
So, how much of a heretic are you? How many layers of the mythic cake have you chewed through? Have you found your answers yet?
 
At the root of everything, you’re left with a final question: why is there anything at all? The only true answer is: we don’t know. It’s a mystery.
 
We seek that mystery in Religion and Science and give it specific names (that can never contain it). But in the end, while we’re here on this rocky planet, it is a mystery.
 
I do hope that after leaving we’re let in on the answers in a loving way…

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