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Feb 5Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

Nuclear fission, not fusion. When we do figure out fusion, it may be the end of energy wars ... IF TPTB allow commoners to benefit too!

I came across a piece about consciousness studies, the documentary Rethinking Death , examining actual research going on about death, where some scientists had not only figured out that the old 4 minute rule of brain death after deoxygenation was completely wrong (by hours, not minutes apparently!) but that "the immortal head" was actually possible. They had managed to electronically revive a dead pig's head such that it continued to produce brain activity ... real Frankensteins! This research has been downplayed, according to the filmmakers, because of its appalling ramifications.

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Oh jeesh...stupid me. And you would think I would know the difference since I am always babbling about quantum physics...thanks for the correction (I have fixed it).

Interesting about the pig head...remember the old '50s SciFi movie "Hitler's Head"? I think this "keeping the head alive" thing has been around for a while...

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Fascinating article and so much to think about! His premonitions seem to be coming true. But there is a certain cold logic at work too, for example, after mandating vaccines for kids, it was only logical to find a way to mandate them for adults. But nobody seemed to care that much about kids (except Bobby Kennedy). These are great forces at work - the negative power is always out to destroy the good, the battle taking place both in the mind and in the outside world. I think that’s why I’ve always loved fairy tales, and this adult fairy tale looks great.

But it’s also striking that fairy tales are rarely read to kids any more. I read The Uses of Enchantment, The Meaning and Importance of Fairy Tales, by Bruno Bettelheim long ago (since i”m so old!) and felt he had an important message - that kids need to understand good versus evil in order to see reality.

As a result, (I think) of neglecting this aspect of children’s literature, it appears that most people, or the ones I observe

seem to see the world in a sort of haze, where everything is disconnected and floating. Moral relativism has been the fashion since the 60s.

Lately, morality and conviction seem to touch a nerve in the woke left, equating any such thought with the Christian far right, thereby banishing it.

But I’ve often felt that thinking itself is impossible without the parameters and ground that morality, ethics, right, wrong, good, evil, provide. How can one advance any argument based simply on ego and a myriad of disconnected details?

This all reminds me of Iain McGilchrist’s book, The Master and his Emissary, The Divided Brain and the Making of the Western World describing the right brain (Master) and the left (Emissary). He decries post-modernism:

“With post-modernism, meaning drains away. Art becomes a game in which the emptiness of a wholly insubstantial world, in which there is nothing beyond the set of terms we have in vain used to ‘construct’ meaning, is allowed to speak for its own vacuity.” I just ordered his latest book, The Matter With Things.

He also included a great quote from Pascal: “All the miseries of man but prove his greatness. They are the miseries of a great lord, the miseries of a king that is dispossessed.”

Many thanks for writing this article - it keeps us aware of what is really going on and gives us plenty to worry about......

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Feb 5Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

I did an Honours thesis based on Bettelheim's work way back in 1977. I think Joseph Campbell took all his supposedly original work from Bruno.

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Jun 29, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

Despite the idea that so and so was in fact a sincere person who initially had idealistic and caring motives .the outcomes are the proof .

.Behind, a hidden message, namely, a simply formulated and relatively well known piece of Wisdom ..

" Power corrupts ..and absolute power ..corrupts absolutely"

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

A relevant and disturbing article. We humans are truly a paradox. Two gifts we seem to have...The one ..an ability to analyse..results being ..a rushing forward with.. " " Science"..for eg.. discoveries in Physics, Medicine, Technology and generally " Advances" in " Knowledge "

The other being ..whats termed Conscience..a sense of Right and Wrong.. Interesting ..that the word includes science ...Con - Science ..Maybe we should all remember that in the grand scheme of things ...we are peanuts .certainly in terms of our existence ...and also ..there were some teachings given about this Duality ..I seem to remember ...but maybe it was .a childhood dream..

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Jun 17, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

Tried

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May 25, 2023·edited May 25, 2023

EXCELLENT. Ironically (or synchronous?) I just acquired this week used copies of "The Abolition of Man", "A Grief Observed", and "Screwtape Letters", and they are next up on my reading list. I can see why Tolkien and Lewis were fine friends. Having dumped TV (in 2014) my reading has increased exponentially, and so my mental health. I am an 'old un' (will be 65 soon) but knowing that I have so much yet to learn keeps me in The Game (reference A. Watts), and immensely curious. My very best to you, one shrew to another. And, I admire shrews, btw. I see them on occasion -- my cat will sometimes corner one, but does not kill, owing to its outsized courage. I practice catch and release.

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Apr 20, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

Dr Hayen, CS Lewis was prophetic and a good student of human nature. You might also enjoy GK Chesterton as he writes also about man getting too clever for his own good and forgetting to heed wisdom from our past.

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I will check out Chesterton...do you know Charles Williams? "Descent into Hell," "The Greater Trumps"...?? I have found his writing to be very intriguing as well...

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I have not read Williams but will get some of his books as they appear to be right up my alley. Thank you for the suggestion. First, I have to get through my present pile of books as it seems to be ever growing. Appreciate your posts and interviews, thank you.

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Jan 28, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

God damn! thank you for the leg work in putting that article together. I think the passages you quoted were excellent and very relatable to today's situation. Selling me on the books also !

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Jan 23, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

i remember him saying it wasn't exactly christian. and he had some great quotes. he also really took me aback one time when discussing something about evolution. he said," oh ya. of course. throw a couple million years at it. changes everything". really stuck with me.

now of course, evolution is really starting to be questioned. as is the big bang. fascinating.

peace

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Jan 22, 2023Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

ok. time to read some lewis. a religious guy who used to work for me recommended it years ago but i forgot. great article.

peace

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Lewis was pretty Christian, but was an atheist before becoming Christian in his '20s. His books usually have a "good vs evil" theme, and you can certainly see the influence of Christianity's basic themes, but they are not Christian per se (a few are, That Hideous Strength is not).

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Feb 5Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

More than "pretty Christian", surely!... or are you being droll? The deNicola Center for Ethics and Culture (U. of Notre Dame) website says he "is best known for his prolific output as a Christian novelist and apologist ... His writings have helped bring thousands into the Church and continue to be read by millions seeking to understand better what they believe." He was a theologian, and a pretty orthodox Anglican, who wrote in "Is theology poetry?": "I believe in Christianity as I believe that the Sun has risen, not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else."

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I am being droll...in my definition of "Christian" he is about as Christian as they get...He was, however, an atheist for much of his life.

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Dec 14, 2022Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

I read that series last Autumn, on the recommendation of Mark Crispin Miller. More to it, it'd been on my "to read" list since high school, I just was never in the right place for it, I guess. My goodness, those books rocked my world - it feels like the Lord used them (specifically Perelandra) to rip me open and show me every false narrative I'd been living in. Like you, I am astounded at how almost prophetic That Hideous Strength seems to be.

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I know, I know. My first memory of these books was finding "That Hideous Strength" on my mother's bookshelf when I was about 8. I was fascinated by the title, and used to carry the book around the house just to feel it in my hands. I did not read it at that age (I wasn't THAT precocious!) but did read all of the Narnia tales soon after...and eventually got to the trilogy...

I was probably about 23 when I first read it, and loved it, but didn't get much more from it than what was expected from a sci-fi tale...then read it again in my 30's...same deal...then again maybe 8 years ago, then again 3 years ago, then again about a year ago (I confess I did not read all three books each time..."That Hideous Strength" was always difficult for me to get through until this last reading).

I am sure I will read it all again, as "Perelandra" takes many readings to glean all of its wisdom and mystery...I wonder if Lewis was on acid when he wrote it (just joking, I doubt that seriously, although drugs like that did not have the same stigma as they do today).

Lewis definitely was in direct communication with God. All artists are, just most of them don't know it. In fact, we ALL are...and most of us don't know it. Therein lies the problem.

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Thank you for this post, very interesting. I so loved the Chronicles of Narnia when I was young. I just relistened to your interview on Germ.

I consider these times largely a spiritual evolution too. Just like personal evolution, it's messy, and all of our subconscious and hidden fears, pains, desires and psychological issues come up to the surface. I've been pondering the need for a "solution". Certainly our times are shouting for greater media literacy, greater self-awareness of how much are current culture & technology is distraction or brings meaning, and the need to form communities to care for our basic and relational needs. I think the area we need to psychologically evolve most is around power and helplessness, the source of the need to control and dominate. Issues around power and helplessness generally come from past traumatic experiences, the inability to tame our own instincts, or the more normal power issues stemming from beginning our human life in a helpless state, totally open and vulnerable to those around us.

All this interacts with our spiritual nature, which I perceive and experience is within our physical body and this earth, and also beyond this earthly manifestation. We have 8 billion people going through the same spiritual evolution, but at different stages. Imo, despite people being at different stages of maturation, the strength of humanity comes from our diversity, both physical diversity and the diversity of cultures and beliefs and ideas. I'm not sure if we're meant to have a clear cut solution with this kind of complexity. Maybe the drama continues, and the needle moves and evolves. Any solution or endpoint we can think of comes from our personality self. Really all of our experience, individual and collective is emerging from spiritual manifestation. Attachment to knowing an endpoint, and thinking that winning or losing looks like something, is always putting a concept around the non-conceptual manifestation. It's not that we don't engage in what our souls are moved towards, and especially using our behavior and actions as spiritual maturation. In this vein, I feel the most obvious manifestation of God, Being (whatever one wants to call the sacred) on this Earth is nature, and its palpable spiritual presence that doesn't have the distortion of personality. Maybe the drama on Earth is meant to continue, and there will be no place to land, no "solution". Just like personal enlightenment, no place to land, just the continual arising of consciousness, space, light, and qualities of being like love, strength, compassion, power. An exciting ride for sure!

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Yes!! One idea is that we keep moving forward as we are with little (or big) adjustments as we go...that expecting a "perfect" world where everything operates the way "it should" is just a fantasy. We have enough experience to know that all claimed utopias are actually dystopias...some obvious such as Orwell's "1984" and some more subtle such as Huxley's "Brave New World." We will always suffer, and there always will be evil, and injustice, and power hungry tyrants....

But we go on fighting, and again and again destroy the efforts of evil people as we are faced with them. This probably will not be the final battle, but it IS a big one...and we WILL win it.

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🍻 Yeah, I think that's a stop along the way of more social maturation, to stop believing in Utopias. I wonder if that's part of what the human experience is about, engaging in this type of drama together.

This is a big battle (or shift), and we have the opportunity to live in this time of a big shift taking place. There are some elements we can see in the world around us, like the continued breakdown of Western societies, adjusting to technologies, and "their" best opportunity for a one world government/control. I also have felt a big spiritual shift happening too, and in fact that is our greatest tool. We have the love, true meaning, respect for sovereignty and the preciousness of the human soul in our camp, and those are never defeated. 🙏❤️

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You are right on with all that Nova...thanks for sharing it. The utopia/dystopia thing has been around for a while...there has been a lot of philosophy around that argument...for obvious reasons. The the WEF proposes is a dystopia...and they pretend like they don't know it is only a utopia for them...its the snake and the damn apple all over again.

And yes, we do have love, true meaning, respect for sovereignty and the preciousness of the human soul in our camp...and yes, that is never defeated...bless you...

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Dec 9, 2022Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

My husband had ordered The C.S. Lewis Bible, which just arrived today, so your article was very timely. The French philosopher Jacques Ellul said "The will of the world is always a will to death, a will to suicide." You can see the truth of this in the variety of writers who can see man's insanity, from C.S. Lewis to Rachel Carson to John the Apostle.

(note to Todd - in one of your comments to me you said "spoken like a true man" but I am in fact a woman. Not to worry, I took it as a compliment. I have often joked that I want my headstone to read "She thought like a man.")

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Oh my! Are you sure I was referring to something that you had said?? Or maybe I meant it just as you took it! I am usually very careful not to make that mistake!! Can you tell me where that comment is? I am really sorry...thank you for being so kind about it! Actually we are all both "men and women"...certainly archetypally we have access to masculine and feminine archetypes equally! So that is what I meant...yeah, that's it...that's what I meant...

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Wow, Todd.

Thank you so much for this article. It took me longer than 20 minutes to read because I just couldn't stop re-reading the quotes you provided. How terrifyingly accurate! The silly Left vs Right, the "educated" being the most indoctrinated, man's suicidal war with Nature it's self, all of it. Crazy.

But, is it crazy? How did he and other's from Wells to Cayce to Orwell see our future so clearly? I've begun to digest the notion that there truly is nothing new under the sun, that we may have done all this before and that those that can "tap in" to the ... call it universal consciousness are able to SEE. To know, to glean these past endeavors of mankind and their ultimate failures.

Do we destroy ourselves almost to the point of oblivion or does God do it for us? I know not.

I do know that this ride feels familiar and I do know that I'm a subversive, a rebel. It feels like this is a re-run to me. I've seen this show before and while thing's get truly dark, Nature, God always wins.

Blessings!

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Thank you! I am so happy you enjoyed the article. I was nervous putting it out there because it is a topic I'm not sure if most people would get into, and it is very long! But, as I said in the article, this work has been in my life since the beginning...and I am sure it has influenced quite a bit in my life even before this mirroring of events took place!

Yes, it is very strange how these writing knew what was coming up...maybe it is so inevitable it isn't that big of a deal...and yes, I think it is our free will, the greatest gift from God, that takes us to the brink...it is akin to letting your kids take off in the world when they become adults...sink or swim, they have to be the one to make decisions. There is no "final act" to God, if this falls apart, it will just start over again...over and over until we get it right...

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Dec 7, 2022·edited Dec 7, 2022Author

I just watched a video that was presenting a synopsis of the WEF/Schwab/Harari agenda...although I knew it all already, I was still appalled at how transparent they all have become...I feel exceptionally lousy today because of it. Seems like a synchronicity for me to see this video the same day my Lewis article comes out...Lewiis' NICE group in his novel That Hideous Strength is so much a model for the WEF...it is uncanny....AND eerie....are we living now the premonitions of Lewis, Huxley, Orwell, Finney (Invasion of the Body Snatchers)...???

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The premonitions of the past, maybe?

I'm sorry you're feeling down. I am as well. There's so much I need to get up and get done and I just have no motivation to do so.

Hang in there. You're not alone.

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Jan 28, 2023·edited Jan 28, 2023Author

Same here, still (feeling lousy), thank you for the support. It really is a fact that all of you shrews give me strength....hang in there yourself....

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Dec 7, 2022Liked by Todd Hayen, PhD, RP

I have never used Twitter and don't intend yo do so. CS Lewis is more E F Forster than George Orwell . These sneaky attempts at rewriting history are tiresome to say the least

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Not sure what you mean Tim, can you explain further? What about Twitter? Is there a comment in the article about Twitter? Or is your mentioning of it from another article? And what do you mean "attempts at rewriting history are tiresome"...are you implying CS Lewis was attempting to rewrite history? I know there are a LOT of current attempts to rewrite history!! Is that what you are referring to? Sorry, I am exceptionally dense this morning...

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I didn't get his comment either...lol

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