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WHAT A LIBERAL SOCIALIST LOOKS LIKE. This is a photo of my dad, Nathan Zap who was not just a liberal he was an actual socialist, a leader of the Deleonist socialist party in the forties and fifties. He was also on the beach during D Day and a genuine tough guy who (except for WWII) lived his whole life in the Bronx. In his seventies, walking a woman back from a neighborhood association meeting, a kid with a hand gun drawn tried to mug them and my dad's threatening manner was so intense the kid ran away. Many Fox News poisoned conservatives like to strike macho poses and pretend that liberals are a bunch of weak, softies who don't know the facts of life (former student friends from Long Island who are on Facebook take note). I would like to see the Fox News liberal baiting pundit who could deal with my dad's stare, let alone his scathing, actual-news informed intellect. Being a liberal doesn't mean that you are weak, but if you watch Fox News it is a guarantee that your intellect and knowledge of the world is in a deplorably weakened state. http://www.zaporacle.com/in-memoriam-nathan-zap-1919-2012/
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Political correctness is essentially a template of what projections are allowed and which aren't. So for people from some political spheres---darkness, original sin can only originate from the U.S., Israel, globalizing corporations, and New World Order Illuminati, etc. global conspiracies. There can never be independent origination of darkness originating from exotic cultures, if they do bad things it is merely reactive to an original cause by the U.S. Israel, globalizing corporations, etc. Many people have a view of history that gets very blurry further back than the birth of Facebook. Middle East violence must be because of the U.S. and Israel they assume. They forget, for example, that Islam had an ideology of world conquest many centuries before there was a U.S., Israel or corporation. In fact, Muslim armies nearly conquered Europe. They were stopped outside the gates of Vienna on September 11, 1683! I'm not trying to justify what Israel, the U.S. and globalizing corporations do---they are often the carriers of the dark force too, but that's also because all of us are carriers of the dark force. If you have a special blame group you like to point out, chances are you haven't dealt with your own shadow. See: http://www.zaporacle.com/how-to-empower-evil-keep-talking-about-they/ Image by Steve Von Schultz
Zap Oracle shared Rob Brezsny's photo.
Hillman was a critic of Westerners "going Eastern" as he referred to it. He was an advocate of engagement over detachment and of individuation over the insistence of many who have gone Eastern that oneness trumps eachness. Here's something I wrote about oneness abuse many years ago: Some people in the New Age, particularly those who have dabbled in Eastern practice, have swung with the pendulum of enatiadromia to a new extreme or one-sideness. They will monotonously insist on the oneness of everything no matter what is being discussed, and use this obvious reality as a way of leveling all difference, distinction and discernment. This point of view can be even more limiting than the tunnel vision of the reductive thinker, since at least the reductive thinker is still thinking about and investigating something, no matter how much they miss the infinite, interelated context of the something. This type of New Ager, however, takes oneness as a truism that relieves them of the need for thinking, discrimination and discernment and pulls oneness out of a hat, like the most tired of magician’s rabbits, whenever any issue requiring discernment appears. Recognizing that individuals or groups that are in conflict are part of the same oneness is crucial, but it is also crucial to recognize their individual differences and what sets them apart. The great American pioneer psychologist William James wrote more than a century ago that besides the oneness of things, anyone who glances at the phenomenal world should also be struck by the eachness of things. We see a world of unique individual trees and people, for example, and not an homogenous mass of treeness or undifferentiated pool of humanity. The dynamic paradoxicalist recognizes that there is both oneness and eachness, these are the two poles of the paradox that must be held in mind to understand both interrelation and individuality.
For an hilarious example of a New Ager trying to use the most tired of magician’s rabbits see My Fight with an Egyptian Sun God http://www.zaporacle.com/my-fight-with-an-egyptian-sun-god/
A more surreal take on oneness abuse: http://www.zaporacle.com/lessons-for-an-enity.../erhttps://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10152569066982629&set=a.163582792628.154504.562277628&type=1&theater
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