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A Master Principle: Consciousness of Abstracting

by Michael A Green

We can understand ‘consciousness of abstracting’ as a master principle of principles. This master principle can provide us with one of the most important psycho-emotional and logical tools we have ever had available for the development, improvement, and progress of virtually every field of human endeavor and activity. Pretty bold claim, huh? Let’s see if it holds up to scrutiny….

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A Vital Clarification about the Human Shadow

by Michael A Green

I want to make an important clarification about the human shadow, after reading several sincere teachers and sages explain how we can ‘heal the shadow’ or otherwise ‘overcome it’ once and for all, and move into ‘a new age’ without it. I hope to convincingly demonstrate the error in this way of looking at our ‘dark side’.

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The Valley of the Blind Seers

by Michael A Green

I grew up admiring people seeming to possess some wisdom and insight; seers and visionaries who could fill my imagination with understanding, help me connect dots that previously seemed disjointed, and focus my eye on a promising possible direction; on brighter realities to aspire toward achieving in days to come….

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'Everything Is Natural' When We Orient By Definition

by Michael A Green

When I first encountered the all-inclusive claim that ‘everything is natural’ I felt it reflected a very widespread pattern of orientation. I had also assumed it represented the views of one very unique man. I have since learned that he had actually read a book on the subject. Then, when I searched the Internet, Google handed me 635,000,000 matches. That’s misleading, though, because…

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The Is/Ought Distinction: Healing a Split in the Psyche

by Michael A Green

The phrase ‘the is/ought distinction’ is intended to point to the difference between the way things actually ‘are right now’, the nature of current events or current reality, and the way things could be, should be or ought to be.  Agreeing with others about how things currently stand, the nature of current circumstances or reality, is usually easier than agreeing with them about the way things should be.  Though even this at times, can become incredibly difficult…

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Objective Facts

by Michael A Green

“Every person’s head is a world unto itself”.

My wife said this to me the other day. Many people believe in the existence of ‘objective’ knowledge, sometimes called ‘objective truth’, ‘objective reality’ or ‘objective facts’. Fewer realize that their interpretation of this knowledge is not the objective knowledge itself, and that their interpretation of so-called ‘facts’ will often differ from the interpretations others make of these ‘same objective facts’.

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On Pride and Greed

by Michael A Green

A friend of mine handed me an old issue of ‘Scientific American MIND’ (November/December 2013) and suggested I read the articles on greed and pride. It was a special issue on the seven deadly sins. I wasn’t sure why he singled these out from the rest, you know, gluttony, envy, sloth, wrath and lust, yet I was happy he hadn’t asked me to read the entire magazine so I didn’t dwell on it.

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The Inescapable Nature of Undefined Terms

by Michael A Green

Nobody knows every single word that exists in their native language. Each person knows a subset of the language, a group of words and expressions they know and recognize. Each person has a somewhat different set, though most people have a lot of basic terms in common. These basic words in common, serve as the foundation that enables us to communicate with each other—to speak, listen and understand each others’ words—more or less.

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