… since the last time I posted anything. I will try harder to post more often. Meanwhile, thanks for all the comments.
Perhaps it was because I’d spent pretty much the whole day surfing on Facebook and was getting tired, but on a post relating to the fall in the price of oil, I made a couple of comments, one intended to be sarcastic, another about how the liberals, conservatives, and libertarians don’t know how to communicate with each other. I had to apologize for not making clear that I was being sarcastic on the first comment (should have included what’s known as the sarc tag), and got the following response on the second with my link to this blog.
Conservative friend: “I’m still looking for the light in that horrifying rendition of animal scientology. Perhaps the ideology of Angels and Monkey’s cohabiting the same body is an indication of light brain matter?”
Ouch! Talk about a complete misunderstanding! That’s not my friend’s fault, but mine for not communicating clearly. At least this friend did read my previous blog entry, and possibly some of my other posts as well. The following is my response.
Me: “As for my Lizard, Monkey, Angel theory (and that’s all it is), I’m sorry it didn’t make sense. To be honest, I have absolutely no use for Scientology and I also have no use for science fiction authors (L. Ron Hubbard was a science fiction author before he founded Scientology) who fall into the temptation of creating a religion. I am not interested in creating a religion as Jesus Christ did a far better job of it than I ever could. I am, however, quite intrigued by the strongly negative response to one person’s theory. Did you read all the posts laying it out, or just the most recent on Worldviews and Politics?”
I haven’t received an answer to my question.
So why do I say it’s my fault for not communicating clearly? First, I made the mistake of assuming my conservative friends would understand a post geared to my liberal friends. But I’ve been talking about how liberals and conservatives almost never talk to each other and can’t understand each other when they do. Second, I actually wrote the post from the point of view of a Triune Integrated—or tried to. Problem is, I have no idea how many other people reading anything I write are Triune Integrateds themselves, and there’s no guarantee even they would have any idea what I’m talking about.
I take this as a reminder to be more careful about how I shape my messages if I want to be understood by the people to whom I’m speaking. I may have been writing stories for decades, now, but I’ve written all my stories for me, not for the general public. It remains to be seen whether I will find any market for them, although my manner of writing here differs substantially from the manner in which I’ve told the stories.
Although I’ve been on Facebook for years (though not active till the last couple of months), I’m still getting used to the scrum, as my three sets of friends, liberal, conservative, and libertarian all post their very different points of view, often one right after another. I’m still not entirely clear how Facebook works, so I don’t know if my different friends can see each other’s posts on my news feed or timeline unless I Like or Share, or Comment.
Communicating with my three sets of friends in terms they can understand, even if they don’t agree, is definitely a learning experience.
It’s been fascinating reading the posts from my liberal friends, my conservative friends and my libertarian friends on Facebook recently, as they give powerful insights into the underlying personality types as I defined them in my Lizard, Monkey, Angel theory.
Generally speaking, my liberal friends show themselves to be Angel driven Monkey dominants, with nary a Lizard among them. Some of my liberal friends show themselves to be Monkey driven Angel dominants, again, with no evidence of Lizard. This is particularly noticeable in the ongoing debate about whether torture is ever justifiable, and what is and isn’t torture, as well as the other ongoing debate over whether the current resident of the White House is a success or a failure.
On the other hand, my conservative friends show themselves to be a mix of Lizard driven Monkey dominants and Monkey driven Lizard dominants, often with only a little evidence of Angel. And my libertarian friends show themselves to be mainly Angel driven Lizard dominants with some Lizard driven Angel dominants, usually with no evidence of Monkey. No wonder the three groups don’t understand each other, much less agree on anything.
Typically the Angel driven Monkey dominants appear to be the most socialistic, holding socialism as if it were a religion, and reacting quite defensively if anyone questions anything their heroes (or heroines), such as Bernie Sanders (a senator from Vermont who defines himself as a socialist), Barack and Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, and so on. The Lizard driven Monkey dominants and Monkey driven Lizard dominants, of course, have nothing good to say about these people, because they see these people as wanting to force them, as producers and taxpayers, into slavery. My conservative friends are largely Christian (their religion), and react very defensively against what they perceive to be threats, from other religions, such as Islam in particular, to socialism. And the Angel driven Lizard dominants and Lizard driven Angel dominants—my libertarian friends—think both the socialists and conservatives are stupid, corrupt, evil, and essentially useless because they refuse to accept the sovereignty of the individual. Their religion is often atheism, if they even think in those terms. Emotions, after all, are useless (especially to the Lizard driven Angel dominant). They want to be left alone to do whatever they choose, although some will add “as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else.”
As long as we, as a species, remain fractured into three essentially exclusive worldviews, we will go on trying to destroy each other—and we may well succeed. This is because we keep trying to solve problems on the same level as that on which they were initiated. Only when we make the effort to move up to the level of Triune Integrated and listen to all three of our brains do we have any hope of developing solutions.
This is one reason I developed the Village of Tomorrow concept, and wrote the Starfield Valley Tales. We can’t hope to move beyond Earth into the Solar System until we learn to grow up into Triune Integrated people, and we can’t hope to do that until we realize we’re not accepting the reality of what we are—people with three brains and three different worldviews of equal validity that need to be integrated into an inclusive worldview able to deal with whatever life hands us.
So, my liberal, my conservative, and my libertarian friends, would you rather go on yelling at each other like two-year-olds in a towering snit, or would you rather work on learning how to grow up and work with the reality of which all of you are a part?
If the latter, try reading the Starfield Valley Tales in the order I’ve listed them to learn one way (by no means the only way) we can help each other in that difficult but rewarding journey.