East Meets West — Introduction

In the interests of promoting Unity Consciousness, I had the brain-flash that presenting Western mainstream media postings side-by-side alternative and Eastern viewpoints might be revealing for all of us as we grapple with this current fascination in duality consciousness.

Duality = either / or.  Polarity = two sides of a continuum, both valid or… = both / and  I leave it to you, the reader, to discern how you want to perceive this information.  Unity = recognition that we don’t know what we don’t know and until I become you and walk a mile in your shoes, I probably don’t understand = absent limits; absent judgment!

Capitalism? Or Your Tax Dollars at Work?

Almost two centuries ago, a Russian intellectual from a wealthy family travelled to Western Europe to study philosophy and the Arts. This really wasn’t novel or unusual; at that time most Russians of a certain class had the opportunity at some point in their lives to visit, live, travel in Europe, the Middle East, or Asia and a good number used this time studying and listening to lectures from “the Masters” (Kant, Hegel, Comte…)

So Ivan Kireevsky was in good company as he travelled through Germany and France, attending courses at the great universities along the way, resting and recharging with a multitude of his fellow countrymen at their country houses, in taverns, at clerical retreats.

Yet, despite the seemingly idyllic, luxurious surroundings of this interlude, Kireevsky returned to Russia shocked and appalled. For in the West he had encountered the Industrial Revolution at its heyday…and … Continue reading