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Wisdom Books: Rediscovering Plato by Norman D. Livergood

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The Greek thinker Plato (428-348 BCE) speaks trenchantly to us today about twenty-first century barbarism,” writes author Norman D. Livergood in the introduction to Rediscovering Plato and the Mystical Science of Dialectic. “No other single thinker offers us the weapons to defeat contemporary oppression and ignorance.”A demonic cabal has seized power and imposed a fascistic dictatorship on the United States,” writes Livergood. “It is only when teachings like Plato’s dialogues become current again in the West that we will be able to rise above barbarity and depravity to a more enlightened existence.”Not only can Plato teach us how to withstand a constant barrage of propagandized power-plays, but Plato also provides esoteric Perennialist instructions for realizing our spiritual potential, which is even more important than struggling against despotism and benightedness. Plato helps us to rescue ourselves not only from political-economic-religious tyrants, but also from our own tyrannies: our mindless self-indulgence, our acquiescence to ignorance and self-satisfaction.

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Wisdom Books: Uniting Humanity by Sanderson Beck

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Before we leave our earthly bodies at death, we could ask ourselves these questions: Are we leaving our Mother Earth and the human race in a better condition than they were when we were born? What kind of a society and world will our children and grandchildren inherit?

Since my birth in 1947 human population has tripled to about 7.3 billion people. The consumption of natural resources, especially by industrialized societies, is increasingly straining the environment. Based on scientific evidence about 99% of climate experts have concluded that the emission of carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide resulting from human activity is causing the Earth to absorb more heat from the sun, thus increasing average temperatures. This global warming is changing the climate and causing more extreme weather conditions such as destructive storms and the melting of glaciers and permafrost. If this trend continues, initially more rain and melting snow will cause floods. Then lack of snow will reduce fresh water in rivers with devastating consequences for agriculture, industry, and domestic uses. Global warming will also cause more heat waves, droughts, and wildfires. Rising oceans will flood lower elevations, and excessive carbon will increase deadly ocean acidification.

Since the end of World War II nuclear bombs, other weapons of mass destruction, and advancing military technology threaten humans with mutual destruction unless our society learns how to resolve conflicts without the massive violence of wars.

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Enlightening Lectures: The Trivium – Mark Passio

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The Trivium is an ancient method to learn and think effectively, and therefore to come to truth. It is like a manual for how our mind, as a “processing unit” works, and for how to use it in an effective way, without prejudging and logic errors.

It is the “Three-Fold Path to Truth”, consisting of the three steps of gathering information, understanding it, and expressing it (Input, Processing, Output).

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Enlightening Talk: Alan Watts – Stop Trying To Change The World

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There is no knowledge of tomorrow
Observation implies no accumulation of knowledge, even though knowledge is obviously necessary at a certain level: knowledge as a doctor, knowledge as a scientist, knowledge of history, of all the things that have been. After all, that is knowledge: information about the things that have been. There is no knowledge of tomorrow, only conjecture as to what might happen tomorrow, based on your knowledge of what has been. A mind that observes with knowledge is incapable of following swiftly the stream of thought. It is only by observing without the screen of knowledge that you begin to see the whole structure of your own thinking. And as you observe, which is not to condemn or accept, but simply to watch, you will find that thought comes to an end. Casually to observe an occasional thought leads nowhere, but if you observe the process of thinking and do not become an observer apart from the observed,if you see the whole movement of thought without accepting or condemning it,then that very observation puts an end immediately to thought, and therefore the mind is compassionate, it is in a state of constant mutation.

~ Jiddu Krisnamurti

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