The Measure of Art

Goodness help those starting out in sharing their creative work these days. Before long, if not immediately, they will face an absurd situation prompting them to blame themselves and lower their self-esteem. Even the ‘lucky’ few exceptions remain beholden to the fickle insanity of the marketplace and shallow-fashions, until they are later discarded; or bite-the-hand-that-feeds with reclaimed human complexity. Further, the illusory platform of social media and the dominance of the bottom line eventually kill off all human passion, finally corruptively measuring art and the artist as deficient.

Between the lines of current cultural discourse a shadow lurks, insidiously whispering: If you don’t make money or if you’re not popular, then you and your art are failures.

May we take a hammer to this.

The argument put forward here is that the prevailing lowest common-denominators of conformist culture, objectivism and economic rationalism are failures when it comes to the measurement of art and its value. By looking at an emergent movement in contemporary art, it will be shown that there is a suitable foundation to introduce a wider and integrated approach to art measurement. For lack of better terms, it will be argued that spiritual and emotional measures, if used with a wise framework, are entirely valid, worthy, vital and urgently needed.

Visionary Utopias

Art, as a term for any creative act that goes beyond mere utility, lives in a state refusing absolute measurement, despite the best efforts of contemporary antagonistic forces in containing and controlling it. In broad western culture we have seen art expressed via modernism (solidarity movements to broaden creative horizons), fracturing into postmodernism (anything goes), only to more-or-less find itself in this century prompting empty questioning, detached fashions, and wondering if there will be such a thing as a ‘meaningful movement’ ever again. At the very worst, this has given rise to randomised ugliness completely dictated by financial market forces aligned with absurd courtesan-like rule shifting on who is to be profitable and why. Add to the mix a techno-social narcissism and the result is a brew of noise, redefining culture as content-fatigue.

So, as with other facets of contemporary life, there has been a counter-reaction to this noisey emptiness – a deliberate seeking for collective humanism and meaning that asserts a claim to a singular truth and goodness. For where art is at today, this counter-reaction is none better typified than the Visionary Art movement.

For those of us not versed in the vast spiritual thinking that Visionary Art draws upon to form its manifesto, it is perhaps easier to define the movement by what it organically counters. The western cultural awakening of the 1960s, a period that implicitly rejected the austerity and conformity of postwar systems of control, has since seen the machinery of contempt redefined centrist and right-wing programs to ‘put a lid back on things’. While only having a few punk exceptions, the forces of commercialisation combined with postmodern non-meaning eventually triumphed in turning mass culture into a boring blur of whatever – witness the illogic of art markets and the hollowness of internet ephemera. ‘Culture’ is thus the stuff of consumption: an anaemic fist that holds our alienation-leash, preventing humanism, community, consciousness, deeper feelings, dreaming, truth, goodness, harmonious connection to the planet, and anything that runs contrary to economic rationalism.

Here is where Visionary Art finds its important counter self-definition: a common mission of creativity that rejects hollow consumerism in the inclusive search of new-consciousness goodness. In sum: creative liberty, guided by the spiritual principles of Unity and Wisdom. Or put as a feeling: You can join us, you will be included, valued, and shown fair attention for your creative journey discovering spirit.

This is the enticement, the sell, that attracts those creatives suffering from mass disenfranchisement. So far so good: better than inane consumerism. But, once opted into, things then get a little foggy as to just what exactly constitutes a ‘visionary movement’ per the spiritual cannon being claimed. This lack of clarity shouldn’t serve as a stumbling block to those curious to explore or join the Visionary Art movement; indeed there is much vitality that can be recommended. But, the central lack of clarity is a point of confusion preventing a fully healthy measure of art. Put simply: if one draws only selectively from astoundingly rich spiritual thinking, then one only can end up with a cultural movement that is left open to sowing problems where the gaps are. A smudge occurs between the spiritually-pure and ills of consumerism. Art and artists remain mis-measured. This can be extra painful as it becomes a cognitive dissonance between hopes and reality.

For such a lofty and aspiring movement, where does Visionary Art get this measurement of the value of art, and artists, confused? Surely in dealing with ‘spiritual subject matter’ there should be an inherent preventative from lesser-human-behaviour?

Unless one checks all the right boxes, the following is the eventual, subconscious, worst-case, message that one can end up with:

Sorry. Your art doesn’t conform to the typical style or method we sanction. You’re not young enough. You don’t have the right looks, legs or genes to be part of our public presentation. You don’t wear our uniform. Your work is too strange, too beyond understanding, too deep. We can’t make money out of you. You don’t bow down to our gate-keepers, toe the line, make sacrifice for our power structure. You’re too self-doubting. You don’t use drugs like we do, don’t go to the parties we specify, hit the Like button when expected to. You don’t give away all your privacy. You live in the wrong town, wrong country. We don’t care who did what and when, history is irrelevant when there’s a buck to be made. Thanks. Try harder next time or go home…

Thus, Visionary Art is not immune to human problems, and it has to struggle to exist in a difficult context of globalised finance and power. Again, it must be stated the purpose here is not to emotionally vilify the movement – it is rightly the vanguard of excellence for using culture to inspire collective consciousness evolution – however, the case here is that there is room for great philosophical improvement. All is not lost – something can be built upon. Therefore, it is too easy to simply point out that the movement has been co-opted by neoliberalism’s viruses of entrepreneurialism, homogenisation, egos and power hierarchies; this is to miss an opportunity to explain why the confusion happens in the first place, as well as find a better measurement of art.

To do this explaining, an exploration of the very inspirational knowledge, the teachings of ancient spiritual wisdom, that Visionary Art aspires to, must be done. A more discerning approach is possible rather than simply wishing ‘why can’t we all be nice to one another?’, requiring a little deeper, perhaps unpalatable, homework. This can especially be said to those currently holding the levers of power.

 

The Teachings of Ancient Wisdom

An argument for taking non-materialist (or spiritualist) thinking seriously is not going to be put forward here – simply because: if the reader is unable to stomach the prospect of ‘visionary art’ (or even art at all), then it is likely that text-to-here remains unread. What is crucial, though, is to choose what is most relevant to the task of clarifying the measure of art, as the field is overwhelmingly vast. It appears that Visionary Art collectively draws upon this field with a free-range method, and rightly so given its aspiration to mental-liberty. Given this, where can the movement find the richest seam that guides toward common harmony and clearest measurement?

It cannot be said here that the research done in preparation has been completely extensive – it is just not humanely possible to survey the entire breadth of what is out there: qualifying as tenable and wise, from the ancient to the cutting edge. However, the motivation to put forward a case is due to an attempted comprehensive grappling with the evolutionary aspect of esoteric literature. This body of ideas goes by many names. To some it is known as the theosophical teachings, the ageless wisdom, astrosophy, or the thinking of the new-age. Exisiting in eastern discourse for millennia (and hidden within secret western organisations), this profound ‘secret doctrine’ regarding our spiritual existence took a step forward into western discourse, with writers such as Blavatsky, Bailey, Roerich, and later focused by Laurency.

Unlike contemporary materialist science, esoterics proceeds from the premise that there are three fundamental aspects to reality: matter, motion and consciousness. Or in a nutshell: there is more to life than just stuff moving around; and, that the consciousness aspect implies there is more to discover than our narrow focus on objectively-measurable-matter allows for (e.g. emotion and spirit). If Visionary Art were a person, it would hopefully be nodding its head in agreeance.

Out of the this study of the conscious aspect, as it integrates with matter and motion, a whole range of exciting hypotheses appear to be tenable. Framing this consciousness development is the argument that humanity cannot solve the problems of life on its own, and therefore, in a variety of ways, seeks the light-guidances of higher consciousness in the form of scaled-down ‘straight-knowledge’. Much of esoteric literature inherently claims to be the authoritative locus of such scaling-down of ideas appropriate for humanity’s current level of evolution. Whether or not one has serious engagement with this claim is for them to determine and test, however: engaging with the vitality of the ideas themselves shows their potential usefulness in solving human problems.

The following is a selection of such ‘scaled-down’ ideas applicable the measure of art.

 

Human Envelopes

If one was to impose a definition of human existence upon a Visionary Artist as “your life is nothing more than the firing neurons of your brain”, then expect defiant laughter in return. As far as esoterics is concerned, life and existence is so much more than that, but how does this practically relate to art? Artists are often brilliantly enamoured in the mystery of things, at best leaving them open to all sorts of fascinating fancies, and at worst closed-minded cultism.

Esoterics attempts to put this mystery-navigation into a structure, without constraining the liberty of exploration. Specifically that: an incarnated human being is made up of envelopes, including, as well as more than, the physical self. Think of the layers of an onion as an abstraction – the apparent core is the dense physical body, but the rest of the layers are symbols for other systematic parts of ourselves. These other parts are not immediately obvious, hence why they get overlooked.

For purposes of discussing art and culture, the following broad ‘layers’ of the human-onion are relevant to our art discussion, from the highest to lowest envelope:

The Mental Envelope
The Emotional Envelope
The Physical Envelope

These ‘layers’ also correspond to the lowest three intersecting ‘worlds’ or planes of existence (e.g. poetically put: the earthly dense visible, the ocean of feeling, the blaze of thought). Respectively to above:

The Mental / Causal World
The Emotional World
The Physical World

Each of these worlds are subdivided by seven.

The higher envelopes and worlds contain the lower, hence the symbolism of the onion. All envelopes are based upon different configurations of matter, motion and consciousness.

(A further explanation of this hylozoic system can be found throughout Laurency, concisely summarised here and expanded here. Furthermore to Laurency, there exists excellent ongoing exploration and clarification of these and other esoteric subjects at Vital Harmony and The Planetary System.)

The hypothesis is put forward that different humans are at differing levels of evolution in each envelope: hence a large part of esoterics is about how humans can activate higher and higher subdivisions. This activation is largely done by consciousness development. Human attention is centred in any given envelope at any given time, and can have a disposition to be fixated upon a particular level (especially if the surrounding culture encourages this). The lower the consciousness development, the lower the envelopes are activated, the more obvious ‘human problems’ there are. Problems are a means for evolution, as humans work out what correctly accords with Natural Law.

Higher envelopes have corresponding centres of activity found in the physical envelope, or the organism. Two obvious centres are important for the current discussion of art: The Mind centre is the locus of the mental envelope, physically corresponding to the brain; and the Heart centre is the locus of the emotional envelope, physically corresponding to the muscular heart. So, it is a useful short-hand to speak of the Mind and Heart as encompassing concepts for the mental and emotional envelopes as they are grounded, or anchored, in the physical. It also puts a valuation into each concept, as they are both integral to the whole, multi-envelope, human.

Esoterics attempts to put an explanation to the developmental gradation up through subdivisions within each envelope, particularly as the evolution of Mind and Heart have primary bearing on the health of culture.

With the Heart, the lower four of seven subdivisions are characterised by grades of Repulsive feelings, while the upper three are characterised by grades of Attractive feelings. Through development, achieved through right-living, humans activate higher levels of Attractive emotion – although regression to the Repulsive is possible without integrated guiding activity with higher envelopes. Notions, that are common themes in Visionary Art, such as peace, harmony, unity, sisterhood/brotherhood, reticence, and justice are examples of the highest qualities of the Heart. That the world needs these cannot be stated enough.

With the Mind, the subdivisions take on a different characteristic. The four lowest levels correspond to levels of human thinking, the lower the more common. These are, from highest to lowest:

System Thinking – thought in closest and most sophisticated harmony with reality
Perspective Thinking – thought oriented in empathetic complexity
Principle Thinking – thought assembling ideas to form argument
Inference Thinking – thought from grounds to consequence.

The lowest two, Inference and Principle, have the general liability of being open to related Repulsive feelings (lowest four subdivisions of the emotional envelope). The higher two, Perspective and System, generally attempt to integrate related Attractive feelings of the Heart (highest three subdivisions). The lower are subject to impulsivity, while the higher are earned though consciousness development.

An overall higher state of envelope evolution is an integrated activity using the highest possible in both the Mind and Heart, along with influences from even higher planes.

The current state of western power can largely be summed up as having a strong focus in the lower mental envelope, with little validation given to the existence of the higher emotional envelope at all. The west clings to its mental fortification, bound up in the cold structures of bureaucracy, science, academia, language, law, finance, and so on. There are complex reasons as to why this is the case, some of which will be discussed later. But suffice to say, the Mind has a free-pass in our current times to bully around, take dominance and prop up power-structures. Emotions are made to play second-fiddle. Little wonder then that art, predominantly centred around emotional expression, is given a cruel measure.

Trioka

One would think that Visionary Art actively fights this problem, but a flood of rationalised and homogenised examples would seem to indicate otherwise.

This can be seen as a case of Principle Thinking trumping Attractive activity – strict and selective rationalism illegitimately ruling against healing and unity. Emotions do always play a part, albeit in a hidden way due to the likelihood that they are Repulsive and separative. Hence the intellect posing as rational triumph, erudite and masterful, when really concealing a malicious and contemptuous hubris or sophism.

To truly measure art and the artist, the highest potential of the Heart has to be incorporated, at the very least. After all, according to the hypotheses of esoterics, the Heart is an integral part of a multi-part human existence, pivotal in evolution. Peace and harmony cannot be achieved without the highest of the Heart, and art can be one of the most potent activators of Attractive emotions. Thus, the potential measure of the greatest art for humankind is profoundly valuable.

This orientation is best championed in Agni Yoga:

“One should understand the fiery path as a path to the Highest. Not words, not fear, not habit, but the communion of the heart is the most enduring manifestation, the one transmitted from time immemorial. So it is the rainbow bridge that will bring us closer to the other shore. How many controversies rage on regarding that shore, but it does exist, and one must find the path to it. Not dried up autumn leaves but the flaming heart will cross every bridge. A person who does not think about the birth of the heart’s fire is ignorant of the upward path; he is unwilling to look upon it in a luminous way.”
– Heart, 256.

Roses of Heart, Princes Olga - painted by Nicolas Roerich.
Roses of Heart, Princes Olga – painted by Nicolas Roerich.

Objective and Subjective

Esoterics maintains that there are harmonies underpinning everything that can be discerned as order. These harmonies are points of resonance, either concrete or abstract, coalescing from deeper cosmic harmonies or vibrations. Visionary Art often takes great joy in visually exploring this cosmic order by representing sacred geometry or in principles of design such as the Golden Mean. Discernible patterns are also relevant to the aforementioned human envelopes and planes of existence – hence the mysterious division of seven as an example. Another pattern is the disposition to objectivity and subjectivity.

For those unfamiliar with the terms, objectivity and subjectivity refer to ways humans perceive reality. Objectivity claims to relevant concrete factual truth (e.g. water wets the hand), wheres subjectivity allows for an unfixed range of interpretive perspectives (e.g. “I like this blue painting because it I like blue, whereas you don’t like this painting because you like red”).

Esoterics states that there is a mysterious harmony of numbers that corresponds to the objective and subjective (see Laurency, KofL2, 5.12). Generally speaking, odd numbers (1,3,5,7) correspond to the objective, while even numbers correspond with the subjective (2,4,6).

Overlaying this idea with the previous idea of planes of existence, produces the following correspondences:

3 – Mental / Causal World – predisposition to objectivity
2 – Emotional World – predisposition to subjectivity
1 – Physical World – predisposition to objectivity.

This can be partly verified by the following three example points: 1. The body is objective to the extent that if externally endangered enough it will die; 2. Feelings are subjective in that everyone reacts to events differently; and, 3. The Mind can grapple with relative objectivity, which in the purest form is by numbers and mathematics (e.g. 1 is 1 and not 2).

Due to mis-perception and lack of consciousness development, fictions and illusions are possible in the mental and emotional envelopes, especially when the Mind makes the presumption of the objective.

Esoterics also maintains that an ordered pattern extends upwards beyond the mental / causal, encompassing 49 planes of existence – hence the above list should actually be ordered as 47 – 48 – 49 to show that consciousness development proceeds along an upwards order to the ultimate evolutionary world of 1. The odds and evens still apply with these reversed numbers.

If this large scale is the case, then human perception and consciousness has a tremendously long way to go, and it is far off pulling the type of authoritative mental certainty that it pretends to posture. If the mental has a predisposition to objectivity, but lacks the substance of truth, then all manner of faulty mental arguments can be made to hold power over a situation. At worst, this is the machinery of fraudulent objectivity out of control. It has contempt for the subjective. Its loathing for art is equal to its lust for money and power, thus it fortifies to protect only itself. Artists have little choice to be slaves and beggars, cowering at the feat of the odious monstrosity. The little humans are left to contend for mere crumbs, going through demoralising routines such as grovelling for a diminishing pool of grants, subject to the punitive shackles of deliverable outcomes, KPIs and productivity dividends. Or worse still: paying outrageous amounts of money for artistic knowledge that should be free for the common good.

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Too often art and artists are casualties of this. It is especially grim when art is invalidated due to not being economically viable, i.e. not fitting into the financial objectivism box, refusing to be scientifically ordered and broken down into numbers. Western culture, especially as it relates to the dominant powers at work, holds art as a suspect-activity, just as much as these authorities wish to crush out all emotions that do not uphold their power structure. Visionary Art (despite attempts at impressive exceptions) cannot escape this concealed yet all-pervading power – a career is dependant upon financial conformity and the competition of the marketplace. Some will sell, others will not. The more the focus is on marketing, the less it is on community and all the aforementioned noble aspects of the Heart.

The focus is also taken from what Visionary Art aspires to the most – the ability to commune with planes of existence higher than the mental: the Causal and what esoterics refers to as the Essential (47:1-3 and 46 respectively). Consciousness, subjectively at first, comes in contact with these inexplicable domains, these things that are beyond language: the vision; true inspiration; the numinous; cosmic intuition; invocation; and possibly much more. The wide quest of Visionary Art is to be in service to powerfully expressing these luminous things without letting the ego get in the way. Artists are therefore torn between the path of seeking this spiritual channelling, and lowly marketing duties, such as: producing enough digital content to remain visible; build a brand; differentiate in the marketplace; curate selfies; network with the right gate-keepers in the right way; and, generally appear unthreatening and conformist to build Likes and Shares. The struggle is real, whether artists can articulate this or not. It is easy to see the leaning towards the envelopes and planes that lend themselves to the superficially objective, giving little or no valuation toward the humble process of the subjective.

Scientific-rationalism would have us feel that if something cannot be objectively proven, then it is a useless fancy. It effectively says that subjectivity is a childish distraction, that the emotional and spiritual are invalid. This is utterly not so. The quest for Wisdom, correctly apprehending the knowledge of reality, must incorporate the subjective as a starting point, then a journey toward a full consciousness of mastered objectivity. The objectivity-hungry Mind is elevated by the highest subjectivity-alignment of the Heart. Mind and Heart open to even higher consciousness opens a whole new level of subjectivity (e.g. from the Essential).

Art is a valid orienting process in this evolution work. The measure of art is to look at the represented vector between the noble receptivity of the elevated Heart, with the efficient guidance of the Mind, and receptively exploring the above and beyond. It is most certainly not about having 6000 Likes, sexy poses and connections with the right venture capital investors.

 

Masculine and Feminine Balance

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Visual art, especially the visionary sort, is so much more than just an image on surface. There are invisible energies at play. Due to context and human bias, certain energies are given favour over others. The final esoteric concept presented here is that of a balance of energies, broadly gathered under two halves: the masculine and feminine.

This enormously useful concept need not be difficult to understand: after all, these subtle energies are part of our own human constitution. Esoterics puts forward that while humans have physically gendered bodies, the masculine and feminine are within us all as subtle energies of active-direction and receptive-sensitivity. Oriental thinking gives this the name of yin and yang – two cosmic parts integral to one another to be balanced. Or, from the astrosophical point of view: sun (purpose) and moon (reflection); or, mars (decisiveness) and venus (love-nurture). A physical man, for example, can tap into feminine energy as much a physical woman can tap into the masculine. Harmonies are achieved when these two aspects are in energetic balance, both within and without. Easier said than done.

Relating to the earlier sections above, the masculine and feminine have direct correspondences to other esoteric concepts. As energies, the masculine leans toward the objective and the Mind, whereas the feminine leans toward the subjective and the Heart. This is not necessarily a hard and fast rule, but serves as a tool to analyse what is going on in culture and power.

Esoterics is very clear that the ‘coming new-age’ will feature strongly the leadership of women, a kind of ‘spiritual-feminism’ if-you-will, due to the predicted growing numbers of women getting in touch with the feminine energy and the Heart. It should then be no surprise that Visionary Art has a strong honouring of female inclusivity and representative symbolism. This is a core part of the appeal of the movement, enticing sensitive creative women to participate, as well as sensitive men, who wish to visually honour the divine-feminine spirit. At least this is a surface vibe one can discern.

Perhaps by this point it can be guessed that the following word would be coming: However… Again, pause must be given here to pay genuine regard to the Visionary Art movement – where else can it be found that the feminine is given such healthy liberty? Workplaces? Executives? Politics? No, no and no. But. A deeper scan of what art is popular and what is not reveals that this movement too has a subtle leaning toward the masculine. This masculine element, the energy that guides the construction of the art that becomes popular, could be characterised in the following way:

  • An aversion to the purely abstract, favouring order.
  • Overt representation of symbols, particularly literal reproductions of geometric concepts.
  • Leaning toward photorealism or forms of digital construction.
  • Little as possible deviation from compositional symmetry.
  • Flat presentation, focusing on directed idea pushing, as opposed to being spatially-dimensional and indirect.
  • Reliance on faces facing frontwards. The piercing unavoidable gaze of eyes.
  • Sometimes presenting the female form that is obviously pleasing for the male-gaze, even sometimes one step removed from being ‘commercially sexy’.
  • An indication that artworks are bound by mental-concept, backed up by research, or some sort of wordy and definitive artist’s statement.

The first point in particular touches on an esoteric vein – the feminine energy is sometimes wrongly accused of being chaos in opposition to order. In the case of Visionary Art the feminine energy can be as vital as subjectivity or the Heart; this is creativity attempting to function as a receptive practice to high-emotion and Essential-inspiration energies. The result maybe be delightfully and beautifully abstract, but definitely not chaos proper.

Barack Obama - Painted by Alex Grey
Barack Obama – Painted by Alex Grey

This is no case arguing that the above regarding the masculine are valueless attributes of given artwork. Again, the liberty of mind with Visionary Art is a wonderful thing, and if paintings bound in masculine construction happen, then this can only be a triumph of liberty. It is when those sorts of paintings become the predominate trend, so much to the extent that they become a conformity-requirement in order to maintain an existing power structure. It is then that something is at odds with the ideal of liberty. Is is said that emulation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when aspiring hopeful artists churn out cookie-cutter work in fear of whether it passes the conformity test, it can only limit the prospect of genuine vision coming forward. Art then becomes a mode of production for a market and ideological power hierarchy, one modern feminists would call a patriarchy.

Painting by Amanda Sage.
Painting by Amanda Sage.

Visionary Art is not a conscious patriarchy – as stated earlier, its stated aims of equity are there for everyone to see and admire. The tension is subtle, and it is more accurate to claim that the movement is still seeking a balance between the masculine and feminine, and is unavoidably influenced by the same tension going on in broader global culture. The masculine’s penchant for control (the misanthropic licensing of order) has its effect in mostly subtle yet binding ways, and thus art’s measurement become subordinate under that dogma. The antidote for this is for the powerful, those elite few whom have the influence, to lead with action on rebalancing the masculine and feminine in any given situation, structure or system. How this is conceptually done is by the masculine to let go of arbitrary authority, and hold space for the feminine to be expressed and explored. This is all kept in check by a striving Heart and Mind working in harmonious concert. Worthy of some conscious work, the results could be remarkable and a revolution for liberated creativity.

Importantly, an overpowering masculine energy is deeply part of the contemporary problems with international geopolitics. Visionary Art is tangled up in this. There are opportunities to untangle and rebalance where the elite can forgo the exploitation of power; a power which unconsciously relies on dominance in the international pecking order. It is a resistance to replicating old colonial advantage-taking, instead stewarding a global-inclusivity that values and supports the broadest range of creativity where ever it shows up. Nurture instead of conquer.

The Heart is valid. The subjective is valid. The feminine is valid. All these treasures need not be unpopular, but the noise-soup of contemporary life clings to lower Mind, selective objectivity and the Machiavellian masculine. Variety is the spice of life, so a little yin and yang balance would go a long way. The treasure that waits is the numinous.

 

Visionary Measurement

May there be dreaming of the day that art lives in a culture where its greatest potential is prized and understood rightly for its importance as part of human evolution. An artist will never have to think “will this make money?” or “I have failed because I have made no money”. Or worse: “If I only work harder, I might be given some crumbs of valuation.” Instead, there will be a project, as utterly serious as science poses to be, to let creativity go where it needs to, so that it may show us collectively the visionary pathways forward into an evolved future.

Refusing to use certain muscles only leads to atrophy. When the Body and Mind are left to dominate our attention, the Heart and access-to-spirit withers, and thus subjectivity and the feminine are passed over. The muscles must be put to use, otherwise the ongoing train-ride to dystopia will be ignored by endlessly Liked pictures of genetically-acceptable humans smiling, parroting mantras of entrepreneurial market exploitation, and ego-satisfying maintenance of power. The remedy is open-hearted, open minded, consciousness development; which makes art so important, both as self-discipline and public-gift.

Any number of practical improvements can be made to art movements by applying the light of esoterics. Opportunities exist to prevent separative behaviour by broadly unfixing concealed power structures, creating fair international solidarities beyond money and markets, honouring diverse substance over style, and celebrating the engagement of the mysteries. It is a matter of applying whatever applicable Unity-consciousness and Wisdom to each situation, not controlling through gatekeeping or the monetisation of knowledge and experience. In the dying days of neoliberalism the last vestiges of healthy culture have been so hacked-into that there remains a 1% chance that an artist can have a ‘career’ that keeps the inequalities of capitalism at bay – so why not collectively work toward a 99% solution? Why not build a new-era community true to ideal form? Why not actively find the margins where creative liberty can flourish outside of the contemptuous systems of control? Why not try to manifest the justice of the visions into real life?

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Of course this can be seen as an outrageous ask. Economic pressures are so great, particularly in some nations, that people need to survive however they think is best. The last thing anyone needs is a schoolmaster hovering above saying that the esoteric i’s aren’t dotted. And no one should take any of this as authoritative lecturing – this could just be empty, wordy nonsense and know-it-all hubris. The reader is invited to make up their own mind – a point which esoterics holds in high esteem as part of the Law of Freedom. No ‘higher ground’ is assumed. The simple reasonable request is that if that the visions earned afford valued wisdom, then why not put that to use to further protect and nurture the creative spirit?

May we have transparent discussion of these questions. To start things off, our core point is as follows:

The measure of art, and the artist, must combine the visionary with the esoteric. Only then can creativity thrive with fullest liberty. Only then can artists can feel that they are worthy and belong to something in a deeply meaningful way. Only then will a new culture bloom, laying the foundations for a world of profound humanism, and later true ideality.

SHe...A Flower Being - Painted by Chandrika Steinhardt
SHe…A Flower Being – Painted by Chandrika Steinhardt

Meditations on Mercury

“Don’t shoot the messenger!”

Truth can be a bitter pill,
But look for the broadest perspective
Of how it brings justice.

It’s ok not to have an opinion on everything.
Ok not say anything.
Ok to keep learning.

Being ‘right’ is not the most important thing.

Just because a teaching appears impure,
Doesn’t mean it should be entirely discarded.
Pearls are there.

If attacking the old dysfunctional ways fatigues,
Then instead create the new.
Ideas born are magnets.

The Light is carried by special resonances,
And sharing that is joy.

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Reclaim Yourself

NOTE: The following analysis was written late last year, November 2015. Therefore, much of it will not be ‘current’, although a large portion of the issues seem to linger with us. At the time, I hesitated publishing due to having second thoughts about the quality of the prose. It is a long piece of writing, prose isn’t one of my strong points (too poetical), and there are others out there already tackling such subjects with superior sharpness and journalistic vitality. However, the recent death of Omid and a drunk bogan party next door last night was enough to muster the rage to publish the following, if anything for to preserve the legacy of the argument and get the matter off the chest.


They say, “Reclaim Australia”. But reclaim what exactly?

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It is now tempting to start any piece of writing with an urgent proclamation that people need to wake up, and wake up quickly. This of course runs the immediate risk of appearing as a repetitious bore and having no one take the argument seriously. “Why bother writing anything then?” This self-pre-emptive censoring aborts all too many useful communications. However, knowing the urgency of a problem and not doing anything about it only adds to the problem. This problem needs urgent counterattack.

Wake up. Act. Or sleepwalk into oppression.

To bring this urgency into focus it is useful to lens onto certain issues and weave them together into a disquieting whole. Only then once the ghastly and tragic canvass can be sized up, and once the horror and despondency passes – a debate about what can be done can commence on a meaningful level as partially-empowered Australians.

On that national note, this is where the lens is first placed: an ugly noise clangs across our senses daily, inevitably revealing the demented signal of racism lurking in the shadows. That the weed of racism occasionally runs rampant in Australia is nothing new – but its current intoxicant comes at a time when it serves as a convenient pawn to a larger chilling game; much more insidiously than in decades past where the play for power via the race-card was apparently blunt.

What is new is that racism is now a social media spectator sport. It is a mind-bog for Australians to become swamped in, while the real poisons against the common-good are gulped down with barely more than a sideways glance. It’s an enticing prospect: in one corner you have those ensnared in obvious ignorance, closed-mindedness and carefully guarded fear; in the other corner you have those with a claim to intelligence and empathy, that either go-through-the-motions of different forms of mental counterattack, or just expressing their disapproval by hitting the requisite Like button. At best this can turn into robust discussion and at worst violence. In concept, these are tensions that Australians have been playing out for decades, only now they are paraded in the public electronic discourse. However, no matter whether or not online rashes of concentrated stupid are healed, the entire pastime remains a suitable distraction from a very disturbing pattern designed to oppress all of us, irrespective of what corner of the race-debate you activity or inactively care to take up. The core subordination is largely dished out with ‘equality’, save for the few in the power-class.

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The recent Reclaim Australia cacophony (along with several other similar clangs) serves as a clear example of such wasted energy, a tension exemplified in the recent campaign against the establishment of a Mosque in Bendigo. Protests were had, as there were counter-protests, all with a grubby under-tone of violence threatening to be unleashed. The cultural significance of this clash is similar to a contemporary phenomena in Australia: both sides were active in their social media rhetoric, keenly hoping for the symbolism of their act to be culturally mass-affirmed by a flood of Likes. This was no Cronulla Race Riot, which was a mass-spasm expression vomited up by meatheads in a climate of fear – the recent Mosque protests were, for a brief moment, yet another embodiment of our need to appear ‘in the right‘ reflexively on ‘the issues that matter‘. Other similar moments have produced the same phenomenal noise. While racism can never not have a suitable counterattack, this entanglement in the symbolism of things is a missed opportunity for public debate to focus upon something that deeply, urgently matters.

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If Reclaim Australia, and its passionate antithesis, wanted to have a raging robust discussion about something, they could very well used the fire in the belly to protest whether or not they should tear down a real church of evil in Australia: the US Military Base at Pine Gap. These days, particularly since the Snowden disclosures on mass surveillance, anyone doing any amount of unbiased research will find plenty of reasons to raise urgent questions about Australia still having Pine Gap. Not only has it been well known for a long time that it plays a key role in coordinating missile telemetry for strikes in wars we have no part in deciding what death is dished out; it is also an integral part in the Five Eyes global citizenry surveillance program – an all-seeing privacy-destroyer that holds everyone who uses the internet as a data-identity. That data-identity can at any time be easily transferred to a watch-list that the Surveillance State uses to build a stratagem of oppression, should any given citizen all of sudden is deemed to be unfavourable. It has also been recently revealed there is a massive bureaucratic machinery that uses surveillance information to work through a kill-list, often executed by unmanned drones. It is now a well known fact that the death toll of innocent lives in ongoing wars, missile strikes, and drone strikes, has grown to criminal levels. If it hasn’t been confirmed already, it is highly likely that Pine Gap is an essential part of this drone system.

Why should this US Base, with the macabre totalitarian power it helps to uphold, have a place upon Australian sovereign soil is a question that we have not collectively addressed adequately since the Whitlam years. Why should Australian citizens continue to allow this tool of chaos that crushes innocent life to exist? Why do we publicly celebrate our nation-hood while this fundamental corruption of our national self-determination mocks us? What of our ‘Aussie Pride‘ when we are no better than a subservient dog to American military-adventurism that uses war as its first-order tactic in establishing self-serving trade relations. In jumping in quick to proudly click Like on whatever camp we decide to take for or against Aussie Racism, the genuine discussion about really reclaiming Australia from the grip of US Interests sadly is relegated to the pastime of those who are likely to be labelled as boring (or conspiracy nuts). As long as people look cool and belong on social media while the government casually decides to drop a stack of bombs overseas somewhere, you’re ok, right?

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The re-emergence of Pauline Hanson seems to be in clockwork-sync with the aforementioned race-rash. Her anti-Islam platform spews forth to preoccupy us with yet another convenient distraction, a honey-pot irresistible and sticky for the ‘ignorant’ and ‘intelligently compassionate’ in equal measure. But really, she is only a crude player of the race card compared to other more entrenched pot-stirrers in print and radio that the masses can’t seem to break the collective addiction to. At the core these examples often have an undertone of blaming any given demonised race for local social and economic issues. This is the slight-of-hand that makes people settle for a dud argument – blame someone you don’t understand; rather than make the effort to find out what is really going on. And what is really going on? Global trade deals that screw everyone over except the elite at the corporate feed-lot. This boring point is tragically not seen as terrifying, even when recent Pacific Trade deals look to make this a whole lot worse. It’s just plain easier on the brain to say that “Pauline is a racist”, or “Murdoch is heartless”, and be done with it.

Memory takes effort to keep in check. It’s a certain effort to remember all the boring changes we’ve had that strip Australians of liberties, that also strip the courts of fair process and increase arbitrary power to state and powerful private interest. The recent anti-terrorism proposals to increase state power over juveniles is just the latest in a deplorable line of legislation that allows for human beings to be caught in the jaws of hell. Anyone who works in high schools will tell you that most teenagers are ‘terrorists’; yet, joking aside, no one wants to look at researching the nexus of potentially good parenting, society and culture that helps iron out all those teenage crinkles with care (let alone putting meaningful funding towards a solution). No, political points have to be won, and teenagers, like any vulnerable minority group, are an easy target. Never mind that suicide kills way more Australians than terrorism by a staggering amount, and that it is likely that many suicides are preventable if there was not so much economic inequality as there increasingly is. It seems the political approach to this is to hammer-harder; where, on this slippery-slope, it is only a matter of time before you too will be poor and demonised for your non-viability. Maybe you’ll develop serious mental health problems from the stress, become detached from reality, get a gun, murder innocent people, and then be used as yet another excuse to increase state power. Or maybe you’ll sit meekly with a smart phone hoping the Like button will change the world.

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Racial, ethnic or religious oppression is a mere superficiality compared to the real class oppression – race just can be on occasion a convenient justification ticket for power to flex its muscle to do the deep harm against the thing that it fears: true humanity, true empowered citizenry.

Racism is largely a horizontal issue, citizen against citizen. More attention must be put on vertical issues: the power-class against citizenry.

This is not to say that Australians need to forget about solving our lingering colonial detritus of racism. Absolutely, there are some very deep wounds that need collective healing: look no further than the hard facts of the ongoing plight of our First Australians. But to let racism set the public agenda so it can be used as a consuming parade of our #DoingGood is to let it drown out time that could be better spent on discussing such things as: why the government is so seemingly arbitrary about picking which Australian citizens will and will not get diplomatic consular assistance; why is there mass surveillance of all Australians, including legislated mandatory metadata retention, without a warrant; why there is Australian executive arbitrary power, often completely without mandate, exercised in the name of global economic tyranny that has no true value toward the common-good; and so on in such a boring manner. Perhaps if just courses of action were taken with those sort of urgent issues then the racism problem would enjoy fairer conditions for working towards a more humane solution.

If there are any broad dots to join here it is that there is a long established power-class, with its roots enmeshed in US global power; via its many arms of state, corporate, cultural, and private influence that takes rulership over any lower nation-state such as our own. This perhaps is old news, but we now have unprecedented evidence of it. Evidence that cannot be argued against. It’s a grim picture: The great south land may be nothing more than a cog in a monstrous machine, and the cultural self-esteem is not collectively strong enough in the heart to stand-up for what is truly right, unlike some other less-well-off countries.

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Also, Australia’s ongoing racism-rash is actually statistically trivial to the monumental racial and nationalistic tensions that other regions face, such as the Syrian refugee crisis. Australia faces a minute fraction of this pressure, but perhaps has a Europe-sized fear. So why the big fuss? A lack of a sense of proportion? The power masters seem happy enough with the current Australian State compliance, why all the noise over a relatively small amount of asylum seekers? Surely this is a straightforward matter that wouldn’t get in the road of the US-geopolitical narrative? A little lateral cheeky thinking affords countless interesting solutions, just one for fun: there’s enough private wealth with Australian baby-boomers alone that could establish an efficient immigrant community development program that could settle all detained refugees in places with appropriate servicing promoting all sorts of meaningful engagement. Instead, there is a pass-the-buck gulag of cruelty that is a human-rights catastrophe. Surely, to humour the above scallywag suggestion further, the hundreds of children and their families in abhorrent detention could easily bunk-up with some rich baby-boomer retirees, that affluent sub-class whom dwell (and sometimes not) in their mostly-empty mansions. Surely we can sneak the refugees in without the overlords noticing too much?

The truth is that they will notice. Because if the citizenry learns how to treat refugees right, then it will have the capacity and likelihood it will also treat its most disadvantaged citizens right as well. This they will not tolerate because a mass of empowered citizens are less likely to be mindless consumer slaves to the globalised machinery of horror. Homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, family violence, drug culture and trash culture is the expanding set of statistics and cultural shifts that are the manifestation of the programme of free-market corporate totalitarianism – the unfortunates rots at the bottom, powerless. In this state of festering, ignorance blooms like algae, creating a suitable micro-climates for racial tension. Stressed communities can’t think straight, can’t feel empathically. And the power-class is all too happy to have them buzzing around with racism, for it serves as a perfect red herring for reciprocal intellectuals and bleeding-hearts to get bogged down in corrections of ‘values’ and ‘symbols’. Hell continues.

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This is the real tragedy for progressive evolution: that such brain-capable talent goes wasted on so many pithy cracks in ignorant dams. Again it must be stated that this is no apology for ignorance, yet larger battle fronts are desperately needing critical-mass-attention before any means of reasonable resistance is beyond reach.

But whatevz. So boring. tl;dr. Hurrah for the social-justice heroes and their Like buttons. As long as you look good while you unconsciously slide into poverty and oppression. “At least we’re not as bad off as those other people overseas” or any such logical fallacy. Lucky and stupid. Who cares about technological scope-creep, concentration camps, nuclear proliferation, excessive militarisation, planetary destruction, or slavery to corporate plutocracy? At least a head in the sand is sorta warm and cosy. For a while anyway.

Perhaps even one day it will be too late before you see that murder drone hovering over your neighbourhood, or worse: some sort of robot that soullessly makes an algorithmic decision to enumerate the cessation of your existence on some secret collateral damage list. At least it will be an end to having to put up with boring writing like this.

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Boring hard work, the banal real work for the common-good, is in need of people to wake up and step up as mental warriors, fighting dire problems in the spirit of substance rather than style. Effective mental warfare, with its foundation of true unity and wisdom, can prevent physical warfare. The will-for-good via an aspiring compassion can lead thinkers to indulge in lip-service rather than actually putting themselves to the task. History shows this to be a well understood risk– countless good people let Europe stew until the Nazis started the holocaust, inhumanely slaughtering over six million humans in death camps. Failure of robust intellectual and empathetical reckoning to solve Europe’s industrialisation problems lead to a toxic dance of death with totalitarian nationalism. Good people went quiet, talent wasted for possibly preventing an atrocity. Or worse: some went over to the dark side – the most sinister oppression is the one that is willing opted into. It has been forgotten that this is what ‘lest we forget‘ means.

Any sober surveying at the world’s current situation will see dark global parallels to the above; that is, if one dares to look. Contrariwise, there is a similar opportunity provide meaningful counterattack. To do so is to entertain what is being avoided: embrace the boring.

So, for anyone who has read this far, the pressing question becomes this: how do we really do something good? How do we as ‘little Australians‘ do anything meaningful in the face of such overreaching inhumane totalising power? How do we move beyond our little blue and white prison?

Can we reclaim Australia? Reclaim the world?

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Start to look for the light where true unity and wisdom seek expression. Fortunately, thanks to the amazing courage of some journalists, publishers, leakers and whistleblowers, there exists ways to find out what is really going on – yet, it wouldn’t necessarily be the job of those people to build the Progressive Evolution 101 Handbook for us (although some of their insights would be useful). This is why there must be mindfulness given to meaningful robust discussion about what to do in the face of such terrible revelations: and importantly the word discussion implies collective work of the citizenry. And then action. Action with constant refinement. There is a wealth of worthy perspectives out there, both ancient and modern, that can help to shape this process. It is time to creatively bring them all together in a common efficient language to fight against oppression.

Courage is needed to step up to make the necessary mistakes to eventually get it right. Slumber must transform into creative-being to address urgent problems. It must happen – how long before before people know enough to cross the threshold? Yes, of course, we all have lives to live and roles to undertake: but there are countless opportunities for unexpected creativity to build common good.

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A good example of this is the academic: usually someone clearly gifted in the power of discernment, but due to lacking the required fire in the heart and being cursed with a fat pay-check, the ‘role’ becomes like an old stone; discernment is replaced with unthinking conformity with whatever fashionable rhetoric is doing the rounds. Another lost opportunity. A useless counter-argument would be to put forward that they should just quit their job, be puritanical and join the required activist syndicate. Or another argument could be just getting irate at them for ‘being part of the problem’. A better counter-argument for the academic would be to realise that any system, including academia, can be bent to find margins of freedom where some contribution can be made. Anything of true substance counts, no matter how small the margin.

As it is so for anyone stuck in any role anywhere: when the distractions are no longer indulged in, time and energy are freed for creative action. Surprising results are possible. Regardless of what sort of relative genuine service to the common-good can be offered (anything and everything from analysis to art), it provides a genuine meaning to existing.

Again, it needs to be stressed that no argument here assumes that ‘waking up‘ entails placing unreasonable demands on individual people. Life is hard enough sometimes, and any drill-sergeant barking that you’ve got to try harder isn’t helpful, no matter what subtle form that takes. Waking up, making a contribution where and however possible, is the crossing of the threshold that so many with brilliant potential could easily strive for. This must become a bigger cultural movement of service and substance – not at the unreasonable expense of individuals. It never works to criticise individuals as a method to improve their ability to contribute, just as much as there is no need to self-punish or punish individual disempowered citizens as a method for creating a better world. There are families to feed, bills to pay, mortgages to remain entangled in, and so on.

What is utterly critical in these times is that service be efficient and fight the battles most pressing and important. And what is most pressing and important is nearly always what the power-class does not want the citizenry thinking about.

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If we cannot have true sovereignty as Australians, we are still free to aim to have sovereignty of mind and heart. Many of the old collective cultural habits will no longer do. What death-cults are being needlessly held over-tight – who are so pure they can cast stones?

Self-appointed gurus lead to cult members with empty pockets. Celebrities inspire with talent or opinion, but it would be unwise to invest hope in them that they can change the world. Addiction to the ‘power of personal stories‘ (very scripted and polished yarns) only lead citizens to blaming themselves for being human, thus unfocused on creating system-change. Too many sheep wanting to be lions. Neither suffices when people can be a human. With a few technical exceptions, the use of “I” must be seen as toxic in the task of refining the best ideas for service to the common-good. Personality in the public sphere is either an element of deliberate confusion or smear. Stars don’t make the world, they are a product of it. Equally so, a charming well-spoken politician does not make destructive racist policy great. Engage the ideas, not the person.

The major political parties have sold out on their old ideologies and replaced them managerialism requiring mindless unquestioning toeing of the arbitrary line. Right becomes wrong and left becomes right.” Terms become abused and useless. Unthinking participation in the political system is to invite it to destroy you. Just as bad is unthinking support for minor parties no matter what their colour. Traditional media is no longer necessary to inform what policy is available – just a little active searching can show where gems are available, so that people can engage with the ideas directly and think about it for themselves. Group-think or herd-behaviour can be such an impediment shrouded in conformity, whether it is heady-hubris without heart, or intense feeling adverse to discerning acuity. There must be a cultivation of consciousness development that mindfully separates the instinct for belonging from the need to critically think with empathy. Sovereignty of mind and heart – the boring work.

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If thought is given to what’s worth reclaiming, it may lead to this: reclaim personal privacy as sacred, while demanding more transparency from governments and corporations. Sleepwalking into the arms of malicious technological giants, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, exposes a liability for mindlessness in giving away what is precious and special. Of course, there is a developing set of measures one can take to ensure privacy, but it is fundamentally wrong that people should have to do this in the first place. Watch the interchange of terms: debate will labelled as dissent, dissent as radicalisation, radicalisation as criminalisation, and anything as terrorism. No valid questioning will be tolerated, unless of course 100% of people want their reality to be completely filled with ‘safe’ and saccharine personal sentiment. To be human is to be constantly working on your own contradictions and hypocrisies, trying to serve the common-good – this is a private process for a good reason: our fallibilities are not subject to the malediction of state or corporate power. Personal yet publicised Likes against racism may give the warm-fuzzies, but are likely to be used against people if things get worse. Different, more-impactful ways, that don’t rely on personalities, are needed to strike back against the conditions that cultivate racism in the first place.

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And yet, despondency and depression may ascend to rulership. “What can I do, I’m just a nobody?” Give the matter enough reflection so a practical and unique answer will come. In our noisy world, take a moment to quietly look within (whatever that means to people) and, past the fear, some clues may emerge. There is no need to be a superhero. Many people at different times in their lives will come into situations where they are close to a power-structure, or close to those in a class that wields influence. The temptation can be to unleash hate and separatism; but a better way might be an intelligent tactical adversarial inclusive strategy, patiently using human unity to foster serious debate. To completely challenge bad ideas while still maintaining collegiate friendship is a real possibility. For the majority of Australians lucky enough to have employment, this provides a meaningful front to tactfully achieve relative good. Any case of those in power no longer being under the influence of bad ideas is a win that contributes to the whole. All these quiet achievements add up. The power-holders are the nodes in the system – once each is changed for the better a real momentum begins where the citizenry then has a platform to push back against inhuman power. Numerous progressive achievements for the common-good have silently come into being partly through this very method.

If there is a part to play with substance, then play it.

 

Dictionary of Youth Work

A

Administration – Anything in a tardy, incomplete and deferred state.

Advocacy – A type of eloquent rage.

Anxiety – Side effect of Compliance.

Assessment – A circus act that involves putting a young person in a box, upon which the crowd cheers.

ATSI – Statistical unit used to performatively show seriousness and integrity.

Audit – The meaning of life.

AVO – Big red nuclear weapon button that says Don’t Press Me.

Awareness – Unknown, except that if it is not raising, then people are in big trouble.

 

B

BBQ – I’ve got no idea what to do.

Beds, Number of – A number always smaller than the number of humans on hand.

Behaviour – 1. Scientific measurement used to justify penalising students for having complex lives. 2. Word used by youth workers to demonstrate effortless authority.

Benefit – Ordinary slavery.

Brokerage – That feeling of guilt associated with the expiration of program funds for the purpose of enabling bad Client behaviour in the name of nursing the Youth Worker’s inner child.

Budgeting – A way for a youth worker to easily humiliate a client while achieving nothing.

Bullying – 1. Transference of Trauma. 2. A large imaginary monster created by Anxiety. 3. Something used by Awareness and Ministers to improve public profile.

Burnout – Standard operational procedures.

 

C

CALD – See: ATSI.

Camp – A least some idea of what to do, but not quite enough.

Career – The entropy of all continuity.

Case Load – Same problems, different people, all year, every year.

Case Management – 1. Rhetoric used to bully other Service Providers in the fair-game competition for money. 2. A coded sequence of words that keeps managers at bay.

Case Notes – A litany of woe that cannot be leaked due to public disinterest.

Case Plan – An embarrassment that is forgotten as much as possible.

Centrelink – Most holy of sacred sites where the community gathers to help keep the economy going.

Client – 1. A unit of non-compliance that is a managed impediment to the getting of money. 2. Something easy to blame for things going wrong. 3. A vessel of fault for its own problems.

Clients – 1. A number to be counted in order to justify the getting of money. 2. If low in number, it is used by a manger to obliterate employment; if high in number, it is used by youth worker to brag.

Client Centred Service – No, I’m not going to talk to you.

Chapter 16A – Yes, you are going to talk to me.

Charity – 1. An unsustainable way of holding a community together. 2. The only way that community is held together. 3. See: Defunded.

Child-Sex-Offenders List – A list of sick monsters or scapegoats, that possibly half of a Case Load lives with or associates with – which Community Services does as little as possible about.

Conference – An opportunity to waste time listening to well educated people pretending to know what they are talking about and wanting desperately to appear as compassionate. Usually enough hubris to cause vomit.

Community Services – A club with rules: expensive clothes and avoidant behaviour.

Compassion – An element of branding the Service Provider.

Compliance – Good boy/girl etc.

Consent – 1. An empty ritual that preludes avoidance of whatever is written and agreed upon in the Case Plan. 2. Something that the client forgets and the youth worker takes constant liberty of.

Consortium – A type of fish that is impossible to pick up.

Contempt – 1. See: Minister. 2. What all humanity deserves.

Contract – A form of institutionalised bullying.

Cool – A sin that must not be practiced by youth workers, otherwise they will forfeit all credibility.

Country – Also seen as ‘Land’. Unfortunately yet to have impact on the unreasonableness of Landlords and Real Estate Agents.

Counsellor – At best, something therapeutically beneficial after much shopping by the Client; at worst, a process of re-living Trauma only to walk away empty handed.

Cowboy – A type of Youth Worker that does it his way, climbing the greasy pole of local power and being in favour with the Minister, etc. etc. Often the darling of local media. Entraps Disengaged Young People in dubious schemes that lead nowhere.

Credit – Clients are able to forgo food regularly, but Credit is a wellspring that the Youth Worker must endlessly provide.

Crime – Unmediated democratic expression.

CRN – Personalised dog collar.

 

D

Defunded – A necessary and prudent end to the age of entitlement.

Delinquent – Word used to signify the speaker’s well respected nobility.

Depression – A shared dirge between clients and youth workers.

Disengagement – Ordinary modus operandi of Teenagers, treated as apostasy.

Diet – Noodles, pizza and Drugs.

Drugs – Vector of honesty collapse.

 

E

Early Intervention – 1. Words expressed in order to manage feelings around taking the children away. 2. Words expressed to justify doing less gritty work. 3. Highly effective marketing in order to maximised brand penetration. 4. Group activities designed to make workers feel good about themselves.

Education – 1. Machinery used to destroy Goals. 2. See: Compliance.

Election – A build-up of gasses that increases false-hope, only to deflate as a fart.

Elders – Never ending source of ideas and opinions about what to do, where, with whom, how and why. Possible resource if ideas have reduced to BBQ, unless of course they want BBQ.

Employment – Exploit young people for cheap labour, then dump them when they are older because the law says you have to pay them more.

Employment Service Provider – Treadmill of humiliation for clients and highly lucrative ventures for Service Providers.

Enabling – The extent that any youth work is effective.

Engagement – Subordination of client to passive and controllable state.

Evaluation – Intensely clever usage of words and numbers that effectively convince managers that it was their idea all along and without them nothing would have happened.

Expo – Day off from Hell.

 

F

Facilitation – A masquerade of noble behaviour concealing routine Enabling.

Family Court – Slow motion torture.

Food – 1. For some clients it is an irregular event, which must be met with desperate gorging. 2. Something that it a precursor to concentration, which Teachers, School, and Parents overly focussed on Behaviour fail to understand.

Funding – 1. No. You cannot get a pay rise. 2. An instrument of perpetual fear in ever-reducing cycles of potential defunding (see Defunded). 3. Election bait.

 

G

Gap, Closing The – Long-form insult.

Goals 1. Aspirations that rely upon the denial of reality. 2. An opportune chance to express dreary routine dreams and socially acceptable fantasies. 3. A disastrous and fertile ground for wayward sporting and coaching analogies.

GP – 1. Last person to see about Suicide. 2. Often the only person to see about Suicide.

Grant – A thing no one has time for.

Grog – Economic lubricant.

Group Activity – A precision method for neglecting individual needs.

 

H

Health and Wellbeing – A cosmetic glow applied to clients, as if by magic.

Hell – See: Service Area

Help – Exactly what a youth worker provides to a young person when they need it themselves.

Homelessness – 1. A type of perpetual partying without responsibilities. 2. Something we can all agree upon: that they deserve it. 3. A necessary function of saving up for Nuclear Submarines.

Hope – A type of toxin once ingested causes prolonged illness.

Housing – 1. Rarer than sanity. 2. Punishment system for being human. 3. 10+ year wait list just to get the real-deal ghetto experience.

 

I

Ice – Agile entrepreneurship.

I.D. – 1. The slaver’s whip. 2. A game of chess where you have nothing but pawns. 3. A hollow gesture as everyone is already on the kill-list anyway.

Interagency – A nexus of poor communication, Cowboys and buck-passers.

Interagency Meeting – 1. A communal mourning. 2. A place to hide from solutions. 3. Something to avoid in order to communicate your healthy competitive spirit.

 

J

Juvenile – A term used to describe a young person that is yet to be broken by the system.

Juvenile Detention – Often called ‘Juvi’, can be used as a cultural rite-of-passage and education-centre for greater crime productivity.

Justice – 1. Modern front of the invasion. 2. A tedious ritual manipulation of Magistrates using advocacy letters, only to result in more Enabling.

 

K

Keys – Object enabling client to ditch the youth worker.

Knowledge – Deficit to be filled by youth worker, much to the friction of the client.

 

L

Landlord – 1. Profiteer of invasion. 2. The blood enemy of Teenagers.

Liability – 1. A convenient excuse not to do work somewhere. 2. Formalised Contempt for human life.

Literacy – The ability to endure Centrelink forms.

Lease – A most sacred holy religious text that inevitably bears desecration.

LGBTQUIA – Interpretative dance performed by youth workers that emotes marketable meaning, similar to Compassion.

Life – 1. An inconvenient by-product of Sex, for which Contempt has no recourse other than to develop Policy for. 2. Awaiting a CRN.

Life-Skills – Same function as Budgeting.

Like – A precursor for destruction.

Link2Home – An ordeal that involves dropping everything only to listen to bad hold music for hours. Homeless client may or may not end up in a motel. Good luck.

Love – A reliable time-bomb.

 

M

Make A Difference – An agitated, frothing-at-the-mouth state that youth workers can suffer from time to time. Seek medical treatment immediately.

Manager – 1. Award and recognition aggregator. 2. Unit that survives defunding. 3. The cosmic motivational force behind the essential emergence and manifestation of Case Notes. 4. A potentially supportive person whom protects the youth worker from Burnout.

Mandatory Reporter – Betray the confidence of the client to achieve nothing.

Mandatory Reporters Helpline – Community Services Greatest Hits.

Mediation – Either something that doesn’t happen, or something that buys a little time before certain cataclysm.

Mental Health – 1. A type of red fish that produces denial of the real causal factors and provides welfare to pharmaceutical corporations. 2. A slough of Awareness.

Mentor – Various types of mental-rubbish passed on through a haze of nostalgia.

Minister – Vulnerable disadvantaged soul that must be shown care and compassion.

Mobile Phone – 1. Tracking and surveillance device used against clients and youth workers equally. See: Compliance. 2. A thing to be lost, broken or stolen; without fixed number. 3. Rent and food can wait.

Motivation – 1. Synonym for trickle-down economics. 2. Polite use of the term Compliance. 3. A mandated beautific benevolence that exudes forth in righteousness from youth workers. 4. A device of client-blame.

MOU – A self-congratulatory document enshrining nepotism.

 

N

Neglect – 1. Primary element magnetically attracted to youth workers. 2. Necessity in order to create dividends for the shareholders. 3. The only honesty of Drugs. 4. Pre-requisite conditioning for criminality. 5. Greatest mood killer when having a wine with friends.

Negligence – 1. Employment transience. 2. A paranoid fear that annihilates sleep. 3. Device used to criticise other youth workers in ego wars.

Night – When all youth work is undone.

Nuclear Submarines – Austerity program that the Homeless can make a special contribution to.

 

O

On Track – Cliché deployed to serve smugness, often without evidence of Outcomes. See: Cowboy.

Open Case – A type of chess move where the youth worker corners Community Services into losing major pieces.

Open-ended Questioning – Convincing the client of one thing when the youth worker does another.

Operational Costs – No. You still can’t have a pay rise.

Outcome – 1. A point in time where a case can be dropped or palmed off. 2. A carefully constructed lie. 3. A mirage that appears larger than it actually is. 4. A checkbox of relief.

 

P

Parent – 1. A honey-pot for blame, particularly for Teachers. 2. One who did not plan to be one. 3. The blood enemy of clients.

Party – Usually an increase in the youth worker’s workload.

Passion – Entry-level state of youth work.

Pay, My / Paid, I Got – A brief interlude in the opera.

PCYC – Often a venue for Group Activity.

Privacy – 1. A thing that does not exist, much like Santa Clause. 2. A rehearsed theatre piece designed to settle paranoid anxious clients.

Privatisation – Continuation of governmental Contempt for human life.

Program – 1. Ongoing comedy provided by government that bears little resemblance to frontline conditions. 2. Arbitrarily moving goal-posts that communities must endure in order to be a team player and show support for the Minister. 3. A monied statement by government to say “We’re doing something about it” when they are not. 4. Small gnawed-upon chicken bones that Service Providers scramble over.

Prostitution – Young person can tragically become payment in lieu of money for Drugs.

Police – 1. Clients use this to avoid looking at their own problems. 2. A presence that is used to provoke clients into violence when ordinarily nothing much would have happened. 3. Worn out individuals whom have seen too much and lost the ability to relate to anyone who isn’t Police.

Policy – Do as I say not as I do, etc. etc.

Power – As opposed to Outcomes, is what gets the money.

 

Q

Qualification – 1. Something absent. 2. Something neglected. 3. Something put to disastrous use.

Question – A precursor to writing whatever is desired on the youth work assessment paperwork.

Quiet – Antonym of Camp.

 

R

Racism – a type of spectator sport, a void that commentary fills.

Rapport – Sales pitch campaign produced by the youth worker to ensure a high rate of conversion; namely, clients are ’empowered’ to achieve Outcomes so that Funding continues.

Real Estate Agent – Often the embodiment of Contempt.

Realistic – Do as little as possible.

Reconciliation – Word used in avoidance of Treaty.

Recovery – Indicator for youth workers to go slow and lazy with a case.

Risk of Significant Harm – An enumerated statistic that cues Community Services to do as little as possible.

Rod, The – License to party while telling the youth worker “Yes, I’m finally sorting out my life”.

Rural/Regional/Remote – Proportional penalty for lifestyle-choices.

 

S

Safety Plan – Traditional dance performed by Community Services that ritualistically preludes the inevitable breakdown of the situation.

Service Area – 1. Geolocation of dealer’s network. 2. Passing the buck on bigger issues.

Service Provider – 1. A parasitic competitive entity that feeds upon outrageously small amount of money, with its primary function to further the careers of Managers. 2. A structure and process that efficiently reduces the welfare of its youth workers. 3. A disposable object that government can consequently use to shift responsibility to, as well as take credit for.

Self Actualisation – Illusion of liberty used to coax Engagement. See: Compliance.

Self-Harm – Tragic form of communication and Client self-control in a world out of control, often spoken about by teachers behind the young person’s back in a daunted manner.

Sex – 90% chance of babies.

Sex Education – 1. Conducted by internet pornography. 2. Almost nothing to do with healthy relationships.

Sexting / Sexual Harassment – An easy way for young people to get onto the Child-Sex-Offenders List. See also: Police and AVO.

Social Enterprise – 1. A train-wreck of bleeding hearts with zero business acumen. 2. A type of exploitation, for example incorporating Work For The Dole, that improves Service Provider branding. 3. Something that has as little to do with social as possible and is enterprising as much as possible.

Social Media – 1. Platform for improved continuity of bullying. 2. Home to lack of impulse-control that funds the surveillance economy. 3. A medium for youth workers to exercise awkward Awareness-raising. 4. See: Privacy.

Solidarity – A thing totally devoid of fun, hence abhorred like disease.

Strengths-Based – The bar is pretty low.

Suicide – 1. A subject all youth workers are obliged to educate everyone about. 2. Inevitable, regular, awkward, yet necessary conversations with clients.

Support – A method of sharing Trauma.

Survey – A type of song you’ve heard before, playing the same thing over and over.

 

T

TAFE – Slow lane for thorough humiliation, whipped by funding cuts and increasing fees.

Teacher – 1. A disempowered cog in the conformity machine. 2. Righteous punisher for any display of humanity. 3. Bleeding heart sop co-conspirator in the act of Enabling. 4. Someone deserving better training and support but goes without.

Teenager – A human phase of non-compliance to be lead into the salvation of conformity.

Tender 1. Brutal bureaucracy butchering basic benevolence. 2. Honey-pot for bad behaviour of Service Providers, preventing any meaningful collaboration between funding-cycles.

Trauma – 1. Completely common and ordinary state of things. 2. Raw ore used by Service Providers to maintain viability. 3. The uniform of slavery. 4. Heavy emotions sponged up vicariously by youth workers to keep them disempowered. See: Compliance and Career.

Treaty – A void, guarded by a white dog that barks constant insult to history and reality.

Tutor – Someone who is never available or impossible to organise.

 

U

Understanding – A type of mirage one sees in the desert.

Unemployment – Take any given publicly announced percentage, multiply by two.

University – Sales pitch to clients to aim for debt.

Ute – 1. Removalist tool of the poor. 2. Always a mate with one that never shows up.

 

V

Violence (Domestic / Family) – 1. Doesn’t exist as we all know best, and that is that teenagers need to grow up, go back home, and pull their socks up. 2. Often the end-point of an unplanned absence of Drugs. 3. The unfortunate death-throes of illegitimate authority.

 

W

Wages – You think you can do better elsewhere? Just try.

Welcome To Country / Acknowledgement Of Country – A genuine ritual of respect for Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander people used for meetings and ceremonies, particular to the Country in question; however sometimes used by white people to tick a box, feel good about themselves and ignore serious issues.

Welfare – A tar brush that paints shame while being the main thing keeping the economy going.

Well-Being – See: Compliance.

Well-Dressed People Getting Out of a Car – Quick hide! They are going to steal my baby!

Work Placement – Opportunity for client to embarrass the youth worker forever ruining any future opportunities with the target organisation.

Work For The Dole – 1. Neo-convicts appropriately punished and prevented from doing meaningful work or training. 2. A type of Program designed to make the Service Provider look good while herding quasi-slavery. 3. Putting young people to hard labour fixes them.

Work/Life Balance – An opportunity to finally make sure that balance does not get in the way of work/life.

Worry – A form of personality distortion that consumes the youth worker like the eternal flame while the client carries on conducting their trail of destruction.

 

X

X-Box – Deferment of feeling Trauma.

 

Y

Youth / Young Person – 1. Non-constituient demographic ignored during Elections. 2. Future tax payers to fund the welfare of the middle and upper classes. 3. Primary locus for Youth Workers to raise Awareness for.

Youth Worker – 1. A role that adults take on to play out their unresolved hero-complex and thus reach Burnout in 2-3 years. 2. Someone who lacks professional training, lacks professional-level wages, and much to the terror of young people loves them. 3. A complete bore at gatherings and on social media. 4. The magical ‘fixer’ that parents have long sought. 5. Bubbly exciting extrovert that conducts pleasing engagement activities for young people in order to hide from addressing serious issues. 6. Vicarious Trauma sponge, reliving childhood oppression in the name of Making a Difference. 7. One who holds many fingers in an increasing amount of holes in the dam wall, while a tsunami casually pours over the top.

 

Z

Zoo – See: Caseload and Service Area.

 

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Forming Storms

Enough.
Enslavement no longer acceptable
Bring this subordination to light
A pledge against mindless conformity
Unquestionable entitlement dethroned
End the suffrage of servitude to perpetual war
Refuse to feed the data
Resist building the robots
Throw up the pleasant sedatives
Delete the accounts
Look within to the power feared
Activate, give voice, mobilise
Think with the heart.

As the towers collapse
Our humid rage storms
Anyway that we can
The new world form.

 

Forming Storms

The Measure of Art

Goodness help those starting out in sharing their creative work these days. Before long, if not immediately, they will face an absurd situation prompting them to blame themselves and lower their self-esteem. Even the ‘lucky’ few exceptions remain beholden to the fickle insanity of the marketplace and shallow-fashions, until they are later discarded; or bite-the-hand-that-feeds with reclaimed human complexity. Further, the illusory platform of social media and the dominance of the bottom line eventually kill off all human passion, finally corruptively measuring art and the artist as deficient.

Between the lines of current cultural discourse a shadow lurks, insidiously whispering: If you don’t make money or if you’re not popular, then you and your art are failures.

May we take a hammer to this.

The argument put forward here is that the prevailing lowest common-denominators of conformist culture, objectivism and economic rationalism are failures when it comes to the measurement of art and its value. By looking at an emergent movement in contemporary art, it will be shown that there is a suitable foundation to introduce a wider and integrated approach to art measurement. For lack of better terms, it will be argued that spiritual and emotional measures, if used with a wise framework, are entirely valid, worthy, vital and urgently needed.

Visionary Utopias

Art, as a term for any creative act that goes beyond mere utility, lives in a state refusing absolute measurement, despite the best efforts of contemporary antagonistic forces in containing and controlling it. In broad western culture we have seen art expressed via modernism (solidarity movements to broaden creative horizons), fracturing into postmodernism (anything goes), only to more-or-less find itself in this century prompting empty questioning, detached fashions, and wondering if there will be such a thing as a ‘meaningful movement’ ever again. At the very worst, this has given rise to randomised ugliness completely dictated by financial market forces aligned with absurd courtesan-like rule shifting on who is to be profitable and why. Add to the mix a techno-social narcissism and the result is a brew of noise, redefining culture as content-fatigue.

So, as with other facets of contemporary life, there has been a counter-reaction to this noisey emptiness – a deliberate seeking for collective humanism and meaning that asserts a claim to a singular truth and goodness. For where art is at today, this counter-reaction is none better typified than the Visionary Art movement.

For those of us not versed in the vast spiritual thinking that Visionary Art draws upon to form its manifesto, it is perhaps easier to define the movement by what it organically counters. The western cultural awakening of the 1960s, a period that implicitly rejected the austerity and conformity of postwar systems of control, has since seen the machinery of contempt redefined centrist and right-wing programs to ‘put a lid back on things’. While only having a few punk exceptions, the forces of commercialisation combined with postmodern non-meaning eventually triumphed in turning mass culture into a boring blur of whatever – witness the illogic of art markets and the hollowness of internet ephemera. ‘Culture’ is thus the stuff of consumption: an anaemic fist that holds our alienation-leash, preventing humanism, community, consciousness, deeper feelings, dreaming, truth, goodness, harmonious connection to the planet, and anything that runs contrary to economic rationalism.

Here is where Visionary Art finds its important counter self-definition: a common mission of creativity that rejects hollow consumerism in the inclusive search of new-consciousness goodness. In sum: creative liberty, guided by the spiritual principles of Unity and Wisdom. Or put as a feeling: You can join us, you will be included, valued, and shown fair attention for your creative journey discovering spirit.

This is the enticement, the sell, that attracts those creatives suffering from mass disenfranchisement. So far so good: better than inane consumerism. But, once opted into, things then get a little foggy as to just what exactly constitutes a ‘visionary movement’ per the spiritual cannon being claimed. This lack of clarity shouldn’t serve as a stumbling block to those curious to explore or join the Visionary Art movement; indeed there is much vitality that can be recommended. But, the central lack of clarity is a point of confusion preventing a fully healthy measure of art. Put simply: if one draws only selectively from astoundingly rich spiritual thinking, then one only can end up with a cultural movement that is left open to sowing problems where the gaps are. A smudge occurs between the spiritually-pure and ills of consumerism. Art and artists remain mis-measured. This can be extra painful as it becomes a cognitive dissonance between hopes and reality.

For such a lofty and aspiring movement, where does Visionary Art get this measurement of the value of art, and artists, confused? Surely in dealing with ‘spiritual subject matter’ there should be an inherent preventative from lesser-human-behaviour?

Unless one checks all the right boxes, the following is the eventual, subconscious, worst-case, message that one can end up with:

Sorry. Your art doesn’t conform to the typical style or method we sanction. You’re not young enough. You don’t have the right looks, legs or genes to be part of our public presentation. You don’t wear our uniform. Your work is too strange, too beyond understanding, too deep. We can’t make money out of you. You don’t bow down to our gate-keepers, toe the line, make sacrifice for our power structure. You’re too self-doubting. You don’t use drugs like we do, don’t go to the parties we specify, hit the Like button when expected to. You don’t give away all your privacy. You live in the wrong town, wrong country. We don’t care who did what and when, history is irrelevant when there’s a buck to be made. Thanks. Try harder next time or go home…

Thus, Visionary Art is not immune to human problems, and it has to struggle to exist in a difficult context of globalised finance and power. Again, it must be stated the purpose here is not to emotionally vilify the movement – it is rightly the vanguard of excellence for using culture to inspire collective consciousness evolution – however, the case here is that there is room for great philosophical improvement. All is not lost – something can be built upon. Therefore, it is too easy to simply point out that the movement has been co-opted by neoliberalism’s viruses of entrepreneurialism, homogenisation, egos and power hierarchies; this is to miss an opportunity to explain why the confusion happens in the first place, as well as find a better measurement of art.

To do this explaining, an exploration of the very inspirational knowledge, the teachings of ancient spiritual wisdom, that Visionary Art aspires to, must be done. A more discerning approach is possible rather than simply wishing ‘why can’t we all be nice to one another?’, requiring a little deeper, perhaps unpalatable, homework. This can especially be said to those currently holding the levers of power.

 

The Teachings of Ancient Wisdom

An argument for taking non-materialist (or spiritualist) thinking seriously is not going to be put forward here – simply because: if the reader is unable to stomach the prospect of ‘visionary art’ (or even art at all), then it is likely that text-to-here remains unread. What is crucial, though, is to choose what is most relevant to the task of clarifying the measure of art, as the field is overwhelmingly vast. It appears that Visionary Art collectively draws upon this field with a free-range method, and rightly so given its aspiration to mental-liberty. Given this, where can the movement find the richest seam that guides toward common harmony and clearest measurement?

It cannot be said here that the research done in preparation has been completely extensive – it is just not humanely possible to survey the entire breadth of what is out there: qualifying as tenable and wise, from the ancient to the cutting edge. However, the motivation to put forward a case is due to an attempted comprehensive grappling with the evolutionary aspect of esoteric literature. This body of ideas goes by many names. To some it is known as the theosophical teachings, the ageless wisdom, astrosophy, or the thinking of the new-age. Exisiting in eastern discourse for millennia (and hidden within secret western organisations), this profound ‘secret doctrine’ regarding our spiritual existence took a step forward into western discourse, with writers such as Blavatsky, Bailey, Roerich, and later focused by Laurency.

Unlike contemporary materialist science, esoterics proceeds from the premise that there are three fundamental aspects to reality: matter, motion and consciousness. Or in a nutshell: there is more to life than just stuff moving around; and, that the consciousness aspect implies there is more to discover than our narrow focus on objectively-measurable-matter allows for (e.g. emotion and spirit). If Visionary Art were a person, it would hopefully be nodding its head in agreeance.

Out of the this study of the conscious aspect, as it integrates with matter and motion, a whole range of exciting hypotheses appear to be tenable. Framing this consciousness development is the argument that humanity cannot solve the problems of life on its own, and therefore, in a variety of ways, seeks the light-guidances of higher consciousness in the form of scaled-down ‘straight-knowledge’. Much of esoteric literature inherently claims to be the authoritative locus of such scaling-down of ideas appropriate for humanity’s current level of evolution. Whether or not one has serious engagement with this claim is for them to determine and test, however: engaging with the vitality of the ideas themselves shows their potential usefulness in solving human problems.

The following is a selection of such ‘scaled-down’ ideas applicable the measure of art.

 

Human Envelopes

If one was to impose a definition of human existence upon a Visionary Artist as “your life is nothing more than the firing neurons of your brain”, then expect defiant laughter in return. As far as esoterics is concerned, life and existence is so much more than that, but how does this practically relate to art? Artists are often brilliantly enamoured in the mystery of things, at best leaving them open to all sorts of fascinating fancies, and at worst closed-minded cultism.

Esoterics attempts to put this mystery-navigation into a structure, without constraining the liberty of exploration. Specifically that: an incarnated human being is made up of envelopes, including, as well as more than, the physical self. Think of the layers of an onion as an abstraction – the apparent core is the dense physical body, but the rest of the layers are symbols for other systematic parts of ourselves. These other parts are not immediately obvious, hence why they get overlooked.

For purposes of discussing art and culture, the following broad ‘layers’ of the human-onion are relevant to our art discussion, from the highest to lowest envelope:

The Mental Envelope
The Emotional Envelope
The Physical Envelope

These ‘layers’ also correspond to the lowest three intersecting ‘worlds’ or planes of existence (e.g. poetically put: the earthly dense visible, the ocean of feeling, the blaze of thought). Respectively to above:

The Mental / Causal World
The Emotional World
The Physical World

Each of these worlds are subdivided by seven.

The higher envelopes and worlds contain the lower, hence the symbolism of the onion. All envelopes are based upon different configurations of matter, motion and consciousness.

(A further explanation of this hylozoic system can be found throughout Laurency, concisely summarised here and expanded here. Furthermore to Laurency, there exists excellent ongoing exploration and clarification of these and other esoteric subjects at Vital Harmony and The Planetary System.)

The hypothesis is put forward that different humans are at differing levels of evolution in each envelope: hence a large part of esoterics is about how humans can activate higher and higher subdivisions. This activation is largely done by consciousness development. Human attention is centred in any given envelope at any given time, and can have a disposition to be fixated upon a particular level (especially if the surrounding culture encourages this). The lower the consciousness development, the lower the envelopes are activated, the more obvious ‘human problems’ there are. Problems are a means for evolution, as humans work out what correctly accords with Natural Law.

Higher envelopes have corresponding centres of activity found in the physical envelope, or the organism. Two obvious centres are important for the current discussion of art: The Mind centre is the locus of the mental envelope, physically corresponding to the brain; and the Heart centre is the locus of the emotional envelope, physically corresponding to the muscular heart. So, it is a useful short-hand to speak of the Mind and Heart as encompassing concepts for the mental and emotional envelopes as they are grounded, or anchored, in the physical. It also puts a valuation into each concept, as they are both integral to the whole, multi-envelope, human.

Esoterics attempts to put an explanation to the developmental gradation up through subdivisions within each envelope, particularly as the evolution of Mind and Heart have primary bearing on the health of culture.

With the Heart, the lower four of seven subdivisions are characterised by grades of Repulsive feelings, while the upper three are characterised by grades of Attractive feelings. Through development, achieved through right-living, humans activate higher levels of Attractive emotion – although regression to the Repulsive is possible without integrated guiding activity with higher envelopes. Notions, that are common themes in Visionary Art, such as peace, harmony, unity, sisterhood/brotherhood, reticence, and justice are examples of the highest qualities of the Heart. That the world needs these cannot be stated enough.

With the Mind, the subdivisions take on a different characteristic. The four lowest levels correspond to levels of human thinking, the lower the more common. These are, from highest to lowest:

System Thinking – thought in closest and most sophisticated harmony with reality
Perspective Thinking – thought oriented in empathetic complexity
Principle Thinking – thought assembling ideas to form argument
Inference Thinking – thought from grounds to consequence.

The lowest two, Inference and Principle, have the general liability of being open to related Repulsive feelings (lowest four subdivisions of the emotional envelope). The higher two, Perspective and System, generally attempt to integrate related Attractive feelings of the Heart (highest three subdivisions). The lower are subject to impulsivity, while the higher are earned though consciousness development.

An overall higher state of envelope evolution is an integrated activity using the highest possible in both the Mind and Heart, along with influences from even higher planes.

The current state of western power can largely be summed up as having a strong focus in the lower mental envelope, with little validation given to the existence of the higher emotional envelope at all. The west clings to its mental fortification, bound up in the cold structures of bureaucracy, science, academia, language, law, finance, and so on. There are complex reasons as to why this is the case, some of which will be discussed later. But suffice to say, the Mind has a free-pass in our current times to bully around, take dominance and prop up power-structures. Emotions are made to play second-fiddle. Little wonder then that art, predominantly centred around emotional expression, is given a cruel measure.

Trioka

One would think that Visionary Art actively fights this problem, but a flood of rationalised and homogenised examples would seem to indicate otherwise.

This can be seen as a case of Principle Thinking trumping Attractive activity – strict and selective rationalism illegitimately ruling against healing and unity. Emotions do always play a part, albeit in a hidden way due to the likelihood that they are Repulsive and separative. Hence the intellect posing as rational triumph, erudite and masterful, when really concealing a malicious and contemptuous hubris or sophism.

To truly measure art and the artist, the highest potential of the Heart has to be incorporated, at the very least. After all, according to the hypotheses of esoterics, the Heart is an integral part of a multi-part human existence, pivotal in evolution. Peace and harmony cannot be achieved without the highest of the Heart, and art can be one of the most potent activators of Attractive emotions. Thus, the potential measure of the greatest art for humankind is profoundly valuable.

This orientation is best championed in Agni Yoga:

“One should understand the fiery path as a path to the Highest. Not words, not fear, not habit, but the communion of the heart is the most enduring manifestation, the one transmitted from time immemorial. So it is the rainbow bridge that will bring us closer to the other shore. How many controversies rage on regarding that shore, but it does exist, and one must find the path to it. Not dried up autumn leaves but the flaming heart will cross every bridge. A person who does not think about the birth of the heart’s fire is ignorant of the upward path; he is unwilling to look upon it in a luminous way.”
– Heart, 256.

Roses of Heart, Princes Olga - painted by Nicolas Roerich.
Roses of Heart, Princes Olga – painted by Nicolas Roerich.

Objective and Subjective

Esoterics maintains that there are harmonies underpinning everything that can be discerned as order. These harmonies are points of resonance, either concrete or abstract, coalescing from deeper cosmic harmonies or vibrations. Visionary Art often takes great joy in visually exploring this cosmic order by representing sacred geometry or in principles of design such as the Golden Mean. Discernible patterns are also relevant to the aforementioned human envelopes and planes of existence – hence the mysterious division of seven as an example. Another pattern is the disposition to objectivity and subjectivity.

For those unfamiliar with the terms, objectivity and subjectivity refer to ways humans perceive reality. Objectivity claims to relevant concrete factual truth (e.g. water wets the hand), wheres subjectivity allows for an unfixed range of interpretive perspectives (e.g. “I like this blue painting because it I like blue, whereas you don’t like this painting because you like red”).

Esoterics states that there is a mysterious harmony of numbers that corresponds to the objective and subjective (see Laurency, KofL2, 5.12). Generally speaking, odd numbers (1,3,5,7) correspond to the objective, while even numbers correspond with the subjective (2,4,6).

Overlaying this idea with the previous idea of planes of existence, produces the following correspondences:

3 – Mental / Causal World – predisposition to objectivity
2 – Emotional World – predisposition to subjectivity
1 – Physical World – predisposition to objectivity.

This can be partly verified by the following three example points: 1. The body is objective to the extent that if externally endangered enough it will die; 2. Feelings are subjective in that everyone reacts to events differently; and, 3. The Mind can grapple with relative objectivity, which in the purest form is by numbers and mathematics (e.g. 1 is 1 and not 2).

Due to mis-perception and lack of consciousness development, fictions and illusions are possible in the mental and emotional envelopes, especially when the Mind makes the presumption of the objective.

Esoterics also maintains that an ordered pattern extends upwards beyond the mental / causal, encompassing 49 planes of existence – hence the above list should actually be ordered as 47 – 48 – 49 to show that consciousness development proceeds along an upwards order to the ultimate evolutionary world of 1. The odds and evens still apply with these reversed numbers.

If this large scale is the case, then human perception and consciousness has a tremendously long way to go, and it is far off pulling the type of authoritative mental certainty that it pretends to posture. If the mental has a predisposition to objectivity, but lacks the substance of truth, then all manner of faulty mental arguments can be made to hold power over a situation. At worst, this is the machinery of fraudulent objectivity out of control. It has contempt for the subjective. Its loathing for art is equal to its lust for money and power, thus it fortifies to protect only itself. Artists have little choice to be slaves and beggars, cowering at the feat of the odious monstrosity. The little humans are left to contend for mere crumbs, going through demoralising routines such as grovelling for a diminishing pool of grants, subject to the punitive shackles of deliverable outcomes, KPIs and productivity dividends. Or worse still: paying outrageous amounts of money for artistic knowledge that should be free for the common good.

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Too often art and artists are casualties of this. It is especially grim when art is invalidated due to not being economically viable, i.e. not fitting into the financial objectivism box, refusing to be scientifically ordered and broken down into numbers. Western culture, especially as it relates to the dominant powers at work, holds art as a suspect-activity, just as much as these authorities wish to crush out all emotions that do not uphold their power structure. Visionary Art (despite attempts at impressive exceptions) cannot escape this concealed yet all-pervading power – a career is dependant upon financial conformity and the competition of the marketplace. Some will sell, others will not. The more the focus is on marketing, the less it is on community and all the aforementioned noble aspects of the Heart.

The focus is also taken from what Visionary Art aspires to the most – the ability to commune with planes of existence higher than the mental: the Causal and what esoterics refers to as the Essential (47:1-3 and 46 respectively). Consciousness, subjectively at first, comes in contact with these inexplicable domains, these things that are beyond language: the vision; true inspiration; the numinous; cosmic intuition; invocation; and possibly much more. The wide quest of Visionary Art is to be in service to powerfully expressing these luminous things without letting the ego get in the way. Artists are therefore torn between the path of seeking this spiritual channelling, and lowly marketing duties, such as: producing enough digital content to remain visible; build a brand; differentiate in the marketplace; curate selfies; network with the right gate-keepers in the right way; and, generally appear unthreatening and conformist to build Likes and Shares. The struggle is real, whether artists can articulate this or not. It is easy to see the leaning towards the envelopes and planes that lend themselves to the superficially objective, giving little or no valuation toward the humble process of the subjective.

Scientific-rationalism would have us feel that if something cannot be objectively proven, then it is a useless fancy. It effectively says that subjectivity is a childish distraction, that the emotional and spiritual are invalid. This is utterly not so. The quest for Wisdom, correctly apprehending the knowledge of reality, must incorporate the subjective as a starting point, then a journey toward a full consciousness of mastered objectivity. The objectivity-hungry Mind is elevated by the highest subjectivity-alignment of the Heart. Mind and Heart open to even higher consciousness opens a whole new level of subjectivity (e.g. from the Essential).

Art is a valid orienting process in this evolution work. The measure of art is to look at the represented vector between the noble receptivity of the elevated Heart, with the efficient guidance of the Mind, and receptively exploring the above and beyond. It is most certainly not about having 6000 Likes, sexy poses and connections with the right venture capital investors.

 

Masculine and Feminine Balance

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Visual art, especially the visionary sort, is so much more than just an image on surface. There are invisible energies at play. Due to context and human bias, certain energies are given favour over others. The final esoteric concept presented here is that of a balance of energies, broadly gathered under two halves: the masculine and feminine.

This enormously useful concept need not be difficult to understand: after all, these subtle energies are part of our own human constitution. Esoterics puts forward that while humans have physically gendered bodies, the masculine and feminine are within us all as subtle energies of active-direction and receptive-sensitivity. Oriental thinking gives this the name of yin and yang – two cosmic parts integral to one another to be balanced. Or, from the astrosophical point of view: sun (purpose) and moon (reflection); or, mars (decisiveness) and venus (love-nurture). A physical man, for example, can tap into feminine energy as much a physical woman can tap into the masculine. Harmonies are achieved when these two aspects are in energetic balance, both within and without. Easier said than done.

Relating to the earlier sections above, the masculine and feminine have direct correspondences to other esoteric concepts. As energies, the masculine leans toward the objective and the Mind, whereas the feminine leans toward the subjective and the Heart. This is not necessarily a hard and fast rule, but serves as a tool to analyse what is going on in culture and power.

Esoterics is very clear that the ‘coming new-age’ will feature strongly the leadership of women, a kind of ‘spiritual-feminism’ if-you-will, due to the predicted growing numbers of women getting in touch with the feminine energy and the Heart. It should then be no surprise that Visionary Art has a strong honouring of female inclusivity and representative symbolism. This is a core part of the appeal of the movement, enticing sensitive creative women to participate, as well as sensitive men, who wish to visually honour the divine-feminine spirit. At least this is a surface vibe one can discern.

Perhaps by this point it can be guessed that the following word would be coming: However… Again, pause must be given here to pay genuine regard to the Visionary Art movement – where else can it be found that the feminine is given such healthy liberty? Workplaces? Executives? Politics? No, no and no. But. A deeper scan of what art is popular and what is not reveals that this movement too has a subtle leaning toward the masculine. This masculine element, the energy that guides the construction of the art that becomes popular, could be characterised in the following way:

  • An aversion to the purely abstract, favouring order.
  • Overt representation of symbols, particularly literal reproductions of geometric concepts.
  • Leaning toward photorealism or forms of digital construction.
  • Little as possible deviation from compositional symmetry.
  • Flat presentation, focusing on directed idea pushing, as opposed to being spatially-dimensional and indirect.
  • Reliance on faces facing frontwards. The piercing unavoidable gaze of eyes.
  • Sometimes presenting the female form that is obviously pleasing for the male-gaze, even sometimes one step removed from being ‘commercially sexy’.
  • An indication that artworks are bound by mental-concept, backed up by research, or some sort of wordy and definitive artist’s statement.

The first point in particular touches on an esoteric vein – the feminine energy is sometimes wrongly accused of being chaos in opposition to order. In the case of Visionary Art the feminine energy can be as vital as subjectivity or the Heart; this is creativity attempting to function as a receptive practice to high-emotion and Essential-inspiration energies. The result maybe be delightfully and beautifully abstract, but definitely not chaos proper.

Barack Obama - Painted by Alex Grey
Barack Obama – Painted by Alex Grey

This is no case arguing that the above regarding the masculine are valueless attributes of given artwork. Again, the liberty of mind with Visionary Art is a wonderful thing, and if paintings bound in masculine construction happen, then this can only be a triumph of liberty. It is when those sorts of paintings become the predominate trend, so much to the extent that they become a conformity-requirement in order to maintain an existing power structure. It is then that something is at odds with the ideal of liberty. Is is said that emulation is the sincerest form of flattery, but when aspiring hopeful artists churn out cookie-cutter work in fear of whether it passes the conformity test, it can only limit the prospect of genuine vision coming forward. Art then becomes a mode of production for a market and ideological power hierarchy, one modern feminists would call a patriarchy.

Painting by Amanda Sage.
Painting by Amanda Sage.

Visionary Art is not a conscious patriarchy – as stated earlier, its stated aims of equity are there for everyone to see and admire. The tension is subtle, and it is more accurate to claim that the movement is still seeking a balance between the masculine and feminine, and is unavoidably influenced by the same tension going on in broader global culture. The masculine’s penchant for control (the misanthropic licensing of order) has its effect in mostly subtle yet binding ways, and thus art’s measurement become subordinate under that dogma. The antidote for this is for the powerful, those elite few whom have the influence, to lead with action on rebalancing the masculine and feminine in any given situation, structure or system. How this is conceptually done is by the masculine to let go of arbitrary authority, and hold space for the feminine to be expressed and explored. This is all kept in check by a striving Heart and Mind working in harmonious concert. Worthy of some conscious work, the results could be remarkable and a revolution for liberated creativity.

Importantly, an overpowering masculine energy is deeply part of the contemporary problems with international geopolitics. Visionary Art is tangled up in this. There are opportunities to untangle and rebalance where the elite can forgo the exploitation of power; a power which unconsciously relies on dominance in the international pecking order. It is a resistance to replicating old colonial advantage-taking, instead stewarding a global-inclusivity that values and supports the broadest range of creativity where ever it shows up. Nurture instead of conquer.

The Heart is valid. The subjective is valid. The feminine is valid. All these treasures need not be unpopular, but the noise-soup of contemporary life clings to lower Mind, selective objectivity and the Machiavellian masculine. Variety is the spice of life, so a little yin and yang balance would go a long way. The treasure that waits is the numinous.

 

Visionary Measurement

May there be dreaming of the day that art lives in a culture where its greatest potential is prized and understood rightly for its importance as part of human evolution. An artist will never have to think “will this make money?” or “I have failed because I have made no money”. Or worse: “If I only work harder, I might be given some crumbs of valuation.” Instead, there will be a project, as utterly serious as science poses to be, to let creativity go where it needs to, so that it may show us collectively the visionary pathways forward into an evolved future.

Refusing to use certain muscles only leads to atrophy. When the Body and Mind are left to dominate our attention, the Heart and access-to-spirit withers, and thus subjectivity and the feminine are passed over. The muscles must be put to use, otherwise the ongoing train-ride to dystopia will be ignored by endlessly Liked pictures of genetically-acceptable humans smiling, parroting mantras of entrepreneurial market exploitation, and ego-satisfying maintenance of power. The remedy is open-hearted, open minded, consciousness development; which makes art so important, both as self-discipline and public-gift.

Any number of practical improvements can be made to art movements by applying the light of esoterics. Opportunities exist to prevent separative behaviour by broadly unfixing concealed power structures, creating fair international solidarities beyond money and markets, honouring diverse substance over style, and celebrating the engagement of the mysteries. It is a matter of applying whatever applicable Unity-consciousness and Wisdom to each situation, not controlling through gatekeeping or the monetisation of knowledge and experience. In the dying days of neoliberalism the last vestiges of healthy culture have been so hacked-into that there remains a 1% chance that an artist can have a ‘career’ that keeps the inequalities of capitalism at bay – so why not collectively work toward a 99% solution? Why not build a new-era community true to ideal form? Why not actively find the margins where creative liberty can flourish outside of the contemptuous systems of control? Why not try to manifest the justice of the visions into real life?

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Of course this can be seen as an outrageous ask. Economic pressures are so great, particularly in some nations, that people need to survive however they think is best. The last thing anyone needs is a schoolmaster hovering above saying that the esoteric i’s aren’t dotted. And no one should take any of this as authoritative lecturing – this could just be empty, wordy nonsense and know-it-all hubris. The reader is invited to make up their own mind – a point which esoterics holds in high esteem as part of the Law of Freedom. No ‘higher ground’ is assumed. The simple reasonable request is that if that the visions earned afford valued wisdom, then why not put that to use to further protect and nurture the creative spirit?

May we have transparent discussion of these questions. To start things off, our core point is as follows:

The measure of art, and the artist, must combine the visionary with the esoteric. Only then can creativity thrive with fullest liberty. Only then can artists can feel that they are worthy and belong to something in a deeply meaningful way. Only then will a new culture bloom, laying the foundations for a world of profound humanism, and later true ideality.

SHe...A Flower Being - Painted by Chandrika Steinhardt
SHe…A Flower Being – Painted by Chandrika Steinhardt

Meditations on Mercury

“Don’t shoot the messenger!”

Truth can be a bitter pill,
But look for the broadest perspective
Of how it brings justice.

It’s ok not to have an opinion on everything.
Ok not say anything.
Ok to keep learning.

Being ‘right’ is not the most important thing.

Just because a teaching appears impure,
Doesn’t mean it should be entirely discarded.
Pearls are there.

If attacking the old dysfunctional ways fatigues,
Then instead create the new.
Ideas born are magnets.

The Light is carried by special resonances,
And sharing that is joy.

mercury

Reclaim Yourself

NOTE: The following analysis was written late last year, November 2015. Therefore, much of it will not be ‘current’, although a large portion of the issues seem to linger with us. At the time, I hesitated publishing due to having second thoughts about the quality of the prose. It is a long piece of writing, prose isn’t one of my strong points (too poetical), and there are others out there already tackling such subjects with superior sharpness and journalistic vitality. However, the recent death of Omid and a drunk bogan party next door last night was enough to muster the rage to publish the following, if anything for to preserve the legacy of the argument and get the matter off the chest.


They say, “Reclaim Australia”. But reclaim what exactly?

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It is now tempting to start any piece of writing with an urgent proclamation that people need to wake up, and wake up quickly. This of course runs the immediate risk of appearing as a repetitious bore and having no one take the argument seriously. “Why bother writing anything then?” This self-pre-emptive censoring aborts all too many useful communications. However, knowing the urgency of a problem and not doing anything about it only adds to the problem. This problem needs urgent counterattack.

Wake up. Act. Or sleepwalk into oppression.

To bring this urgency into focus it is useful to lens onto certain issues and weave them together into a disquieting whole. Only then once the ghastly and tragic canvass can be sized up, and once the horror and despondency passes – a debate about what can be done can commence on a meaningful level as partially-empowered Australians.

On that national note, this is where the lens is first placed: an ugly noise clangs across our senses daily, inevitably revealing the demented signal of racism lurking in the shadows. That the weed of racism occasionally runs rampant in Australia is nothing new – but its current intoxicant comes at a time when it serves as a convenient pawn to a larger chilling game; much more insidiously than in decades past where the play for power via the race-card was apparently blunt.

What is new is that racism is now a social media spectator sport. It is a mind-bog for Australians to become swamped in, while the real poisons against the common-good are gulped down with barely more than a sideways glance. It’s an enticing prospect: in one corner you have those ensnared in obvious ignorance, closed-mindedness and carefully guarded fear; in the other corner you have those with a claim to intelligence and empathy, that either go-through-the-motions of different forms of mental counterattack, or just expressing their disapproval by hitting the requisite Like button. At best this can turn into robust discussion and at worst violence. In concept, these are tensions that Australians have been playing out for decades, only now they are paraded in the public electronic discourse. However, no matter whether or not online rashes of concentrated stupid are healed, the entire pastime remains a suitable distraction from a very disturbing pattern designed to oppress all of us, irrespective of what corner of the race-debate you activity or inactively care to take up. The core subordination is largely dished out with ‘equality’, save for the few in the power-class.

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The recent Reclaim Australia cacophony (along with several other similar clangs) serves as a clear example of such wasted energy, a tension exemplified in the recent campaign against the establishment of a Mosque in Bendigo. Protests were had, as there were counter-protests, all with a grubby under-tone of violence threatening to be unleashed. The cultural significance of this clash is similar to a contemporary phenomena in Australia: both sides were active in their social media rhetoric, keenly hoping for the symbolism of their act to be culturally mass-affirmed by a flood of Likes. This was no Cronulla Race Riot, which was a mass-spasm expression vomited up by meatheads in a climate of fear – the recent Mosque protests were, for a brief moment, yet another embodiment of our need to appear ‘in the right‘ reflexively on ‘the issues that matter‘. Other similar moments have produced the same phenomenal noise. While racism can never not have a suitable counterattack, this entanglement in the symbolism of things is a missed opportunity for public debate to focus upon something that deeply, urgently matters.

PineGap-sign

If Reclaim Australia, and its passionate antithesis, wanted to have a raging robust discussion about something, they could very well used the fire in the belly to protest whether or not they should tear down a real church of evil in Australia: the US Military Base at Pine Gap. These days, particularly since the Snowden disclosures on mass surveillance, anyone doing any amount of unbiased research will find plenty of reasons to raise urgent questions about Australia still having Pine Gap. Not only has it been well known for a long time that it plays a key role in coordinating missile telemetry for strikes in wars we have no part in deciding what death is dished out; it is also an integral part in the Five Eyes global citizenry surveillance program – an all-seeing privacy-destroyer that holds everyone who uses the internet as a data-identity. That data-identity can at any time be easily transferred to a watch-list that the Surveillance State uses to build a stratagem of oppression, should any given citizen all of sudden is deemed to be unfavourable. It has also been recently revealed there is a massive bureaucratic machinery that uses surveillance information to work through a kill-list, often executed by unmanned drones. It is now a well known fact that the death toll of innocent lives in ongoing wars, missile strikes, and drone strikes, has grown to criminal levels. If it hasn’t been confirmed already, it is highly likely that Pine Gap is an essential part of this drone system.

Why should this US Base, with the macabre totalitarian power it helps to uphold, have a place upon Australian sovereign soil is a question that we have not collectively addressed adequately since the Whitlam years. Why should Australian citizens continue to allow this tool of chaos that crushes innocent life to exist? Why do we publicly celebrate our nation-hood while this fundamental corruption of our national self-determination mocks us? What of our ‘Aussie Pride‘ when we are no better than a subservient dog to American military-adventurism that uses war as its first-order tactic in establishing self-serving trade relations. In jumping in quick to proudly click Like on whatever camp we decide to take for or against Aussie Racism, the genuine discussion about really reclaiming Australia from the grip of US Interests sadly is relegated to the pastime of those who are likely to be labelled as boring (or conspiracy nuts). As long as people look cool and belong on social media while the government casually decides to drop a stack of bombs overseas somewhere, you’re ok, right?

hanson reclaim

The re-emergence of Pauline Hanson seems to be in clockwork-sync with the aforementioned race-rash. Her anti-Islam platform spews forth to preoccupy us with yet another convenient distraction, a honey-pot irresistible and sticky for the ‘ignorant’ and ‘intelligently compassionate’ in equal measure. But really, she is only a crude player of the race card compared to other more entrenched pot-stirrers in print and radio that the masses can’t seem to break the collective addiction to. At the core these examples often have an undertone of blaming any given demonised race for local social and economic issues. This is the slight-of-hand that makes people settle for a dud argument – blame someone you don’t understand; rather than make the effort to find out what is really going on. And what is really going on? Global trade deals that screw everyone over except the elite at the corporate feed-lot. This boring point is tragically not seen as terrifying, even when recent Pacific Trade deals look to make this a whole lot worse. It’s just plain easier on the brain to say that “Pauline is a racist”, or “Murdoch is heartless”, and be done with it.

Memory takes effort to keep in check. It’s a certain effort to remember all the boring changes we’ve had that strip Australians of liberties, that also strip the courts of fair process and increase arbitrary power to state and powerful private interest. The recent anti-terrorism proposals to increase state power over juveniles is just the latest in a deplorable line of legislation that allows for human beings to be caught in the jaws of hell. Anyone who works in high schools will tell you that most teenagers are ‘terrorists’; yet, joking aside, no one wants to look at researching the nexus of potentially good parenting, society and culture that helps iron out all those teenage crinkles with care (let alone putting meaningful funding towards a solution). No, political points have to be won, and teenagers, like any vulnerable minority group, are an easy target. Never mind that suicide kills way more Australians than terrorism by a staggering amount, and that it is likely that many suicides are preventable if there was not so much economic inequality as there increasingly is. It seems the political approach to this is to hammer-harder; where, on this slippery-slope, it is only a matter of time before you too will be poor and demonised for your non-viability. Maybe you’ll develop serious mental health problems from the stress, become detached from reality, get a gun, murder innocent people, and then be used as yet another excuse to increase state power. Or maybe you’ll sit meekly with a smart phone hoping the Like button will change the world.

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Racial, ethnic or religious oppression is a mere superficiality compared to the real class oppression – race just can be on occasion a convenient justification ticket for power to flex its muscle to do the deep harm against the thing that it fears: true humanity, true empowered citizenry.

Racism is largely a horizontal issue, citizen against citizen. More attention must be put on vertical issues: the power-class against citizenry.

This is not to say that Australians need to forget about solving our lingering colonial detritus of racism. Absolutely, there are some very deep wounds that need collective healing: look no further than the hard facts of the ongoing plight of our First Australians. But to let racism set the public agenda so it can be used as a consuming parade of our #DoingGood is to let it drown out time that could be better spent on discussing such things as: why the government is so seemingly arbitrary about picking which Australian citizens will and will not get diplomatic consular assistance; why is there mass surveillance of all Australians, including legislated mandatory metadata retention, without a warrant; why there is Australian executive arbitrary power, often completely without mandate, exercised in the name of global economic tyranny that has no true value toward the common-good; and so on in such a boring manner. Perhaps if just courses of action were taken with those sort of urgent issues then the racism problem would enjoy fairer conditions for working towards a more humane solution.

If there are any broad dots to join here it is that there is a long established power-class, with its roots enmeshed in US global power; via its many arms of state, corporate, cultural, and private influence that takes rulership over any lower nation-state such as our own. This perhaps is old news, but we now have unprecedented evidence of it. Evidence that cannot be argued against. It’s a grim picture: The great south land may be nothing more than a cog in a monstrous machine, and the cultural self-esteem is not collectively strong enough in the heart to stand-up for what is truly right, unlike some other less-well-off countries.

DUTTON MORRISON PRESSER

Also, Australia’s ongoing racism-rash is actually statistically trivial to the monumental racial and nationalistic tensions that other regions face, such as the Syrian refugee crisis. Australia faces a minute fraction of this pressure, but perhaps has a Europe-sized fear. So why the big fuss? A lack of a sense of proportion? The power masters seem happy enough with the current Australian State compliance, why all the noise over a relatively small amount of asylum seekers? Surely this is a straightforward matter that wouldn’t get in the road of the US-geopolitical narrative? A little lateral cheeky thinking affords countless interesting solutions, just one for fun: there’s enough private wealth with Australian baby-boomers alone that could establish an efficient immigrant community development program that could settle all detained refugees in places with appropriate servicing promoting all sorts of meaningful engagement. Instead, there is a pass-the-buck gulag of cruelty that is a human-rights catastrophe. Surely, to humour the above scallywag suggestion further, the hundreds of children and their families in abhorrent detention could easily bunk-up with some rich baby-boomer retirees, that affluent sub-class whom dwell (and sometimes not) in their mostly-empty mansions. Surely we can sneak the refugees in without the overlords noticing too much?

The truth is that they will notice. Because if the citizenry learns how to treat refugees right, then it will have the capacity and likelihood it will also treat its most disadvantaged citizens right as well. This they will not tolerate because a mass of empowered citizens are less likely to be mindless consumer slaves to the globalised machinery of horror. Homelessness, unemployment, underemployment, family violence, drug culture and trash culture is the expanding set of statistics and cultural shifts that are the manifestation of the programme of free-market corporate totalitarianism – the unfortunates rots at the bottom, powerless. In this state of festering, ignorance blooms like algae, creating a suitable micro-climates for racial tension. Stressed communities can’t think straight, can’t feel empathically. And the power-class is all too happy to have them buzzing around with racism, for it serves as a perfect red herring for reciprocal intellectuals and bleeding-hearts to get bogged down in corrections of ‘values’ and ‘symbols’. Hell continues.

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This is the real tragedy for progressive evolution: that such brain-capable talent goes wasted on so many pithy cracks in ignorant dams. Again it must be stated that this is no apology for ignorance, yet larger battle fronts are desperately needing critical-mass-attention before any means of reasonable resistance is beyond reach.

But whatevz. So boring. tl;dr. Hurrah for the social-justice heroes and their Like buttons. As long as you look good while you unconsciously slide into poverty and oppression. “At least we’re not as bad off as those other people overseas” or any such logical fallacy. Lucky and stupid. Who cares about technological scope-creep, concentration camps, nuclear proliferation, excessive militarisation, planetary destruction, or slavery to corporate plutocracy? At least a head in the sand is sorta warm and cosy. For a while anyway.

Perhaps even one day it will be too late before you see that murder drone hovering over your neighbourhood, or worse: some sort of robot that soullessly makes an algorithmic decision to enumerate the cessation of your existence on some secret collateral damage list. At least it will be an end to having to put up with boring writing like this.

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Boring hard work, the banal real work for the common-good, is in need of people to wake up and step up as mental warriors, fighting dire problems in the spirit of substance rather than style. Effective mental warfare, with its foundation of true unity and wisdom, can prevent physical warfare. The will-for-good via an aspiring compassion can lead thinkers to indulge in lip-service rather than actually putting themselves to the task. History shows this to be a well understood risk– countless good people let Europe stew until the Nazis started the holocaust, inhumanely slaughtering over six million humans in death camps. Failure of robust intellectual and empathetical reckoning to solve Europe’s industrialisation problems lead to a toxic dance of death with totalitarian nationalism. Good people went quiet, talent wasted for possibly preventing an atrocity. Or worse: some went over to the dark side – the most sinister oppression is the one that is willing opted into. It has been forgotten that this is what ‘lest we forget‘ means.

Any sober surveying at the world’s current situation will see dark global parallels to the above; that is, if one dares to look. Contrariwise, there is a similar opportunity provide meaningful counterattack. To do so is to entertain what is being avoided: embrace the boring.

So, for anyone who has read this far, the pressing question becomes this: how do we really do something good? How do we as ‘little Australians‘ do anything meaningful in the face of such overreaching inhumane totalising power? How do we move beyond our little blue and white prison?

Can we reclaim Australia? Reclaim the world?

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Start to look for the light where true unity and wisdom seek expression. Fortunately, thanks to the amazing courage of some journalists, publishers, leakers and whistleblowers, there exists ways to find out what is really going on – yet, it wouldn’t necessarily be the job of those people to build the Progressive Evolution 101 Handbook for us (although some of their insights would be useful). This is why there must be mindfulness given to meaningful robust discussion about what to do in the face of such terrible revelations: and importantly the word discussion implies collective work of the citizenry. And then action. Action with constant refinement. There is a wealth of worthy perspectives out there, both ancient and modern, that can help to shape this process. It is time to creatively bring them all together in a common efficient language to fight against oppression.

Courage is needed to step up to make the necessary mistakes to eventually get it right. Slumber must transform into creative-being to address urgent problems. It must happen – how long before before people know enough to cross the threshold? Yes, of course, we all have lives to live and roles to undertake: but there are countless opportunities for unexpected creativity to build common good.

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A good example of this is the academic: usually someone clearly gifted in the power of discernment, but due to lacking the required fire in the heart and being cursed with a fat pay-check, the ‘role’ becomes like an old stone; discernment is replaced with unthinking conformity with whatever fashionable rhetoric is doing the rounds. Another lost opportunity. A useless counter-argument would be to put forward that they should just quit their job, be puritanical and join the required activist syndicate. Or another argument could be just getting irate at them for ‘being part of the problem’. A better counter-argument for the academic would be to realise that any system, including academia, can be bent to find margins of freedom where some contribution can be made. Anything of true substance counts, no matter how small the margin.

As it is so for anyone stuck in any role anywhere: when the distractions are no longer indulged in, time and energy are freed for creative action. Surprising results are possible. Regardless of what sort of relative genuine service to the common-good can be offered (anything and everything from analysis to art), it provides a genuine meaning to existing.

Again, it needs to be stressed that no argument here assumes that ‘waking up‘ entails placing unreasonable demands on individual people. Life is hard enough sometimes, and any drill-sergeant barking that you’ve got to try harder isn’t helpful, no matter what subtle form that takes. Waking up, making a contribution where and however possible, is the crossing of the threshold that so many with brilliant potential could easily strive for. This must become a bigger cultural movement of service and substance – not at the unreasonable expense of individuals. It never works to criticise individuals as a method to improve their ability to contribute, just as much as there is no need to self-punish or punish individual disempowered citizens as a method for creating a better world. There are families to feed, bills to pay, mortgages to remain entangled in, and so on.

What is utterly critical in these times is that service be efficient and fight the battles most pressing and important. And what is most pressing and important is nearly always what the power-class does not want the citizenry thinking about.

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If we cannot have true sovereignty as Australians, we are still free to aim to have sovereignty of mind and heart. Many of the old collective cultural habits will no longer do. What death-cults are being needlessly held over-tight – who are so pure they can cast stones?

Self-appointed gurus lead to cult members with empty pockets. Celebrities inspire with talent or opinion, but it would be unwise to invest hope in them that they can change the world. Addiction to the ‘power of personal stories‘ (very scripted and polished yarns) only lead citizens to blaming themselves for being human, thus unfocused on creating system-change. Too many sheep wanting to be lions. Neither suffices when people can be a human. With a few technical exceptions, the use of “I” must be seen as toxic in the task of refining the best ideas for service to the common-good. Personality in the public sphere is either an element of deliberate confusion or smear. Stars don’t make the world, they are a product of it. Equally so, a charming well-spoken politician does not make destructive racist policy great. Engage the ideas, not the person.

The major political parties have sold out on their old ideologies and replaced them managerialism requiring mindless unquestioning toeing of the arbitrary line. Right becomes wrong and left becomes right.” Terms become abused and useless. Unthinking participation in the political system is to invite it to destroy you. Just as bad is unthinking support for minor parties no matter what their colour. Traditional media is no longer necessary to inform what policy is available – just a little active searching can show where gems are available, so that people can engage with the ideas directly and think about it for themselves. Group-think or herd-behaviour can be such an impediment shrouded in conformity, whether it is heady-hubris without heart, or intense feeling adverse to discerning acuity. There must be a cultivation of consciousness development that mindfully separates the instinct for belonging from the need to critically think with empathy. Sovereignty of mind and heart – the boring work.

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If thought is given to what’s worth reclaiming, it may lead to this: reclaim personal privacy as sacred, while demanding more transparency from governments and corporations. Sleepwalking into the arms of malicious technological giants, such as Google, Facebook and Apple, exposes a liability for mindlessness in giving away what is precious and special. Of course, there is a developing set of measures one can take to ensure privacy, but it is fundamentally wrong that people should have to do this in the first place. Watch the interchange of terms: debate will labelled as dissent, dissent as radicalisation, radicalisation as criminalisation, and anything as terrorism. No valid questioning will be tolerated, unless of course 100% of people want their reality to be completely filled with ‘safe’ and saccharine personal sentiment. To be human is to be constantly working on your own contradictions and hypocrisies, trying to serve the common-good – this is a private process for a good reason: our fallibilities are not subject to the malediction of state or corporate power. Personal yet publicised Likes against racism may give the warm-fuzzies, but are likely to be used against people if things get worse. Different, more-impactful ways, that don’t rely on personalities, are needed to strike back against the conditions that cultivate racism in the first place.

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And yet, despondency and depression may ascend to rulership. “What can I do, I’m just a nobody?” Give the matter enough reflection so a practical and unique answer will come. In our noisy world, take a moment to quietly look within (whatever that means to people) and, past the fear, some clues may emerge. There is no need to be a superhero. Many people at different times in their lives will come into situations where they are close to a power-structure, or close to those in a class that wields influence. The temptation can be to unleash hate and separatism; but a better way might be an intelligent tactical adversarial inclusive strategy, patiently using human unity to foster serious debate. To completely challenge bad ideas while still maintaining collegiate friendship is a real possibility. For the majority of Australians lucky enough to have employment, this provides a meaningful front to tactfully achieve relative good. Any case of those in power no longer being under the influence of bad ideas is a win that contributes to the whole. All these quiet achievements add up. The power-holders are the nodes in the system – once each is changed for the better a real momentum begins where the citizenry then has a platform to push back against inhuman power. Numerous progressive achievements for the common-good have silently come into being partly through this very method.

If there is a part to play with substance, then play it.

 

Dictionary of Youth Work

A

Administration – Anything in a tardy, incomplete and deferred state.

Advocacy – A type of eloquent rage.

Anxiety – Side effect of Compliance.

Assessment – A circus act that involves putting a young person in a box, upon which the crowd cheers.

ATSI – Statistical unit used to performatively show seriousness and integrity.

Audit – The meaning of life.

AVO – Big red nuclear weapon button that says Don’t Press Me.

Awareness – Unknown, except that if it is not raising, then people are in big trouble.

 

B

BBQ – I’ve got no idea what to do.

Beds, Number of – A number always smaller than the number of humans on hand.

Behaviour – 1. Scientific measurement used to justify penalising students for having complex lives. 2. Word used by youth workers to demonstrate effortless authority.

Benefit – Ordinary slavery.

Brokerage – That feeling of guilt associated with the expiration of program funds for the purpose of enabling bad Client behaviour in the name of nursing the Youth Worker’s inner child.

Budgeting – A way for a youth worker to easily humiliate a client while achieving nothing.

Bullying – 1. Transference of Trauma. 2. A large imaginary monster created by Anxiety. 3. Something used by Awareness and Ministers to improve public profile.

Burnout – Standard operational procedures.

 

C

CALD – See: ATSI.

Camp – A least some idea of what to do, but not quite enough.

Career – The entropy of all continuity.

Case Load – Same problems, different people, all year, every year.

Case Management – 1. Rhetoric used to bully other Service Providers in the fair-game competition for money. 2. A coded sequence of words that keeps managers at bay.

Case Notes – A litany of woe that cannot be leaked due to public disinterest.

Case Plan – An embarrassment that is forgotten as much as possible.

Centrelink – Most holy of sacred sites where the community gathers to help keep the economy going.

Client – 1. A unit of non-compliance that is a managed impediment to the getting of money. 2. Something easy to blame for things going wrong. 3. A vessel of fault for its own problems.

Clients – 1. A number to be counted in order to justify the getting of money. 2. If low in number, it is used by a manger to obliterate employment; if high in number, it is used by youth worker to brag.

Client Centred Service – No, I’m not going to talk to you.

Chapter 16A – Yes, you are going to talk to me.

Charity – 1. An unsustainable way of holding a community together. 2. The only way that community is held together. 3. See: Defunded.

Child-Sex-Offenders List – A list of sick monsters or scapegoats, that possibly half of a Case Load lives with or associates with – which Community Services does as little as possible about.

Conference – An opportunity to waste time listening to well educated people pretending to know what they are talking about and wanting desperately to appear as compassionate. Usually enough hubris to cause vomit.

Community Services – A club with rules: expensive clothes and avoidant behaviour.

Compassion – An element of branding the Service Provider.

Compliance – Good boy/girl etc.

Consent – 1. An empty ritual that preludes avoidance of whatever is written and agreed upon in the Case Plan. 2. Something that the client forgets and the youth worker takes constant liberty of.

Consortium – A type of fish that is impossible to pick up.

Contempt – 1. See: Minister. 2. What all humanity deserves.

Contract – A form of institutionalised bullying.

Cool – A sin that must not be practiced by youth workers, otherwise they will forfeit all credibility.

Country – Also seen as ‘Land’. Unfortunately yet to have impact on the unreasonableness of Landlords and Real Estate Agents.

Counsellor – At best, something therapeutically beneficial after much shopping by the Client; at worst, a process of re-living Trauma only to walk away empty handed.

Cowboy – A type of Youth Worker that does it his way, climbing the greasy pole of local power and being in favour with the Minister, etc. etc. Often the darling of local media. Entraps Disengaged Young People in dubious schemes that lead nowhere.

Credit – Clients are able to forgo food regularly, but Credit is a wellspring that the Youth Worker must endlessly provide.

Crime – Unmediated democratic expression.

CRN – Personalised dog collar.

 

D

Defunded – A necessary and prudent end to the age of entitlement.

Delinquent – Word used to signify the speaker’s well respected nobility.

Depression – A shared dirge between clients and youth workers.

Disengagement – Ordinary modus operandi of Teenagers, treated as apostasy.

Diet – Noodles, pizza and Drugs.

Drugs – Vector of honesty collapse.

 

E

Early Intervention – 1. Words expressed in order to manage feelings around taking the children away. 2. Words expressed to justify doing less gritty work. 3. Highly effective marketing in order to maximised brand penetration. 4. Group activities designed to make workers feel good about themselves.

Education – 1. Machinery used to destroy Goals. 2. See: Compliance.

Election – A build-up of gasses that increases false-hope, only to deflate as a fart.

Elders – Never ending source of ideas and opinions about what to do, where, with whom, how and why. Possible resource if ideas have reduced to BBQ, unless of course they want BBQ.

Employment – Exploit young people for cheap labour, then dump them when they are older because the law says you have to pay them more.

Employment Service Provider – Treadmill of humiliation for clients and highly lucrative ventures for Service Providers.

Enabling – The extent that any youth work is effective.

Engagement – Subordination of client to passive and controllable state.

Evaluation – Intensely clever usage of words and numbers that effectively convince managers that it was their idea all along and without them nothing would have happened.

Expo – Day off from Hell.

 

F

Facilitation – A masquerade of noble behaviour concealing routine Enabling.

Family Court – Slow motion torture.

Food – 1. For some clients it is an irregular event, which must be met with desperate gorging. 2. Something that it a precursor to concentration, which Teachers, School, and Parents overly focussed on Behaviour fail to understand.

Funding – 1. No. You cannot get a pay rise. 2. An instrument of perpetual fear in ever-reducing cycles of potential defunding (see Defunded). 3. Election bait.

 

G

Gap, Closing The – Long-form insult.

Goals 1. Aspirations that rely upon the denial of reality. 2. An opportune chance to express dreary routine dreams and socially acceptable fantasies. 3. A disastrous and fertile ground for wayward sporting and coaching analogies.

GP – 1. Last person to see about Suicide. 2. Often the only person to see about Suicide.

Grant – A thing no one has time for.

Grog – Economic lubricant.

Group Activity – A precision method for neglecting individual needs.

 

H

Health and Wellbeing – A cosmetic glow applied to clients, as if by magic.

Hell – See: Service Area

Help – Exactly what a youth worker provides to a young person when they need it themselves.

Homelessness – 1. A type of perpetual partying without responsibilities. 2. Something we can all agree upon: that they deserve it. 3. A necessary function of saving up for Nuclear Submarines.

Hope – A type of toxin once ingested causes prolonged illness.

Housing – 1. Rarer than sanity. 2. Punishment system for being human. 3. 10+ year wait list just to get the real-deal ghetto experience.

 

I

Ice – Agile entrepreneurship.

I.D. – 1. The slaver’s whip. 2. A game of chess where you have nothing but pawns. 3. A hollow gesture as everyone is already on the kill-list anyway.

Interagency – A nexus of poor communication, Cowboys and buck-passers.

Interagency Meeting – 1. A communal mourning. 2. A place to hide from solutions. 3. Something to avoid in order to communicate your healthy competitive spirit.

 

J

Juvenile – A term used to describe a young person that is yet to be broken by the system.

Juvenile Detention – Often called ‘Juvi’, can be used as a cultural rite-of-passage and education-centre for greater crime productivity.

Justice – 1. Modern front of the invasion. 2. A tedious ritual manipulation of Magistrates using advocacy letters, only to result in more Enabling.

 

K

Keys – Object enabling client to ditch the youth worker.

Knowledge – Deficit to be filled by youth worker, much to the friction of the client.

 

L

Landlord – 1. Profiteer of invasion. 2. The blood enemy of Teenagers.

Liability – 1. A convenient excuse not to do work somewhere. 2. Formalised Contempt for human life.

Literacy – The ability to endure Centrelink forms.

Lease – A most sacred holy religious text that inevitably bears desecration.

LGBTQUIA – Interpretative dance performed by youth workers that emotes marketable meaning, similar to Compassion.

Life – 1. An inconvenient by-product of Sex, for which Contempt has no recourse other than to develop Policy for. 2. Awaiting a CRN.

Life-Skills – Same function as Budgeting.

Like – A precursor for destruction.

Link2Home – An ordeal that involves dropping everything only to listen to bad hold music for hours. Homeless client may or may not end up in a motel. Good luck.

Love – A reliable time-bomb.

 

M

Make A Difference – An agitated, frothing-at-the-mouth state that youth workers can suffer from time to time. Seek medical treatment immediately.

Manager – 1. Award and recognition aggregator. 2. Unit that survives defunding. 3. The cosmic motivational force behind the essential emergence and manifestation of Case Notes. 4. A potentially supportive person whom protects the youth worker from Burnout.

Mandatory Reporter – Betray the confidence of the client to achieve nothing.

Mandatory Reporters Helpline – Community Services Greatest Hits.

Mediation – Either something that doesn’t happen, or something that buys a little time before certain cataclysm.

Mental Health – 1. A type of red fish that produces denial of the real causal factors and provides welfare to pharmaceutical corporations. 2. A slough of Awareness.

Mentor – Various types of mental-rubbish passed on through a haze of nostalgia.

Minister – Vulnerable disadvantaged soul that must be shown care and compassion.

Mobile Phone – 1. Tracking and surveillance device used against clients and youth workers equally. See: Compliance. 2. A thing to be lost, broken or stolen; without fixed number. 3. Rent and food can wait.

Motivation – 1. Synonym for trickle-down economics. 2. Polite use of the term Compliance. 3. A mandated beautific benevolence that exudes forth in righteousness from youth workers. 4. A device of client-blame.

MOU – A self-congratulatory document enshrining nepotism.

 

N

Neglect – 1. Primary element magnetically attracted to youth workers. 2. Necessity in order to create dividends for the shareholders. 3. The only honesty of Drugs. 4. Pre-requisite conditioning for criminality. 5. Greatest mood killer when having a wine with friends.

Negligence – 1. Employment transience. 2. A paranoid fear that annihilates sleep. 3. Device used to criticise other youth workers in ego wars.

Night – When all youth work is undone.

Nuclear Submarines – Austerity program that the Homeless can make a special contribution to.

 

O

On Track – Cliché deployed to serve smugness, often without evidence of Outcomes. See: Cowboy.

Open Case – A type of chess move where the youth worker corners Community Services into losing major pieces.

Open-ended Questioning – Convincing the client of one thing when the youth worker does another.

Operational Costs – No. You still can’t have a pay rise.

Outcome – 1. A point in time where a case can be dropped or palmed off. 2. A carefully constructed lie. 3. A mirage that appears larger than it actually is. 4. A checkbox of relief.

 

P

Parent – 1. A honey-pot for blame, particularly for Teachers. 2. One who did not plan to be one. 3. The blood enemy of clients.

Party – Usually an increase in the youth worker’s workload.

Passion – Entry-level state of youth work.

Pay, My / Paid, I Got – A brief interlude in the opera.

PCYC – Often a venue for Group Activity.

Privacy – 1. A thing that does not exist, much like Santa Clause. 2. A rehearsed theatre piece designed to settle paranoid anxious clients.

Privatisation – Continuation of governmental Contempt for human life.

Program – 1. Ongoing comedy provided by government that bears little resemblance to frontline conditions. 2. Arbitrarily moving goal-posts that communities must endure in order to be a team player and show support for the Minister. 3. A monied statement by government to say “We’re doing something about it” when they are not. 4. Small gnawed-upon chicken bones that Service Providers scramble over.

Prostitution – Young person can tragically become payment in lieu of money for Drugs.

Police – 1. Clients use this to avoid looking at their own problems. 2. A presence that is used to provoke clients into violence when ordinarily nothing much would have happened. 3. Worn out individuals whom have seen too much and lost the ability to relate to anyone who isn’t Police.

Policy – Do as I say not as I do, etc. etc.

Power – As opposed to Outcomes, is what gets the money.

 

Q

Qualification – 1. Something absent. 2. Something neglected. 3. Something put to disastrous use.

Question – A precursor to writing whatever is desired on the youth work assessment paperwork.

Quiet – Antonym of Camp.

 

R

Racism – a type of spectator sport, a void that commentary fills.

Rapport – Sales pitch campaign produced by the youth worker to ensure a high rate of conversion; namely, clients are ’empowered’ to achieve Outcomes so that Funding continues.

Real Estate Agent – Often the embodiment of Contempt.

Realistic – Do as little as possible.

Reconciliation – Word used in avoidance of Treaty.

Recovery – Indicator for youth workers to go slow and lazy with a case.

Risk of Significant Harm – An enumerated statistic that cues Community Services to do as little as possible.

Rod, The – License to party while telling the youth worker “Yes, I’m finally sorting out my life”.

Rural/Regional/Remote – Proportional penalty for lifestyle-choices.

 

S

Safety Plan – Traditional dance performed by Community Services that ritualistically preludes the inevitable breakdown of the situation.

Service Area – 1. Geolocation of dealer’s network. 2. Passing the buck on bigger issues.

Service Provider – 1. A parasitic competitive entity that feeds upon outrageously small amount of money, with its primary function to further the careers of Managers. 2. A structure and process that efficiently reduces the welfare of its youth workers. 3. A disposable object that government can consequently use to shift responsibility to, as well as take credit for.

Self Actualisation – Illusion of liberty used to coax Engagement. See: Compliance.

Self-Harm – Tragic form of communication and Client self-control in a world out of control, often spoken about by teachers behind the young person’s back in a daunted manner.

Sex – 90% chance of babies.

Sex Education – 1. Conducted by internet pornography. 2. Almost nothing to do with healthy relationships.

Sexting / Sexual Harassment – An easy way for young people to get onto the Child-Sex-Offenders List. See also: Police and AVO.

Social Enterprise – 1. A train-wreck of bleeding hearts with zero business acumen. 2. A type of exploitation, for example incorporating Work For The Dole, that improves Service Provider branding. 3. Something that has as little to do with social as possible and is enterprising as much as possible.

Social Media – 1. Platform for improved continuity of bullying. 2. Home to lack of impulse-control that funds the surveillance economy. 3. A medium for youth workers to exercise awkward Awareness-raising. 4. See: Privacy.

Solidarity – A thing totally devoid of fun, hence abhorred like disease.

Strengths-Based – The bar is pretty low.

Suicide – 1. A subject all youth workers are obliged to educate everyone about. 2. Inevitable, regular, awkward, yet necessary conversations with clients.

Support – A method of sharing Trauma.

Survey – A type of song you’ve heard before, playing the same thing over and over.

 

T

TAFE – Slow lane for thorough humiliation, whipped by funding cuts and increasing fees.

Teacher – 1. A disempowered cog in the conformity machine. 2. Righteous punisher for any display of humanity. 3. Bleeding heart sop co-conspirator in the act of Enabling. 4. Someone deserving better training and support but goes without.

Teenager – A human phase of non-compliance to be lead into the salvation of conformity.

Tender 1. Brutal bureaucracy butchering basic benevolence. 2. Honey-pot for bad behaviour of Service Providers, preventing any meaningful collaboration between funding-cycles.

Trauma – 1. Completely common and ordinary state of things. 2. Raw ore used by Service Providers to maintain viability. 3. The uniform of slavery. 4. Heavy emotions sponged up vicariously by youth workers to keep them disempowered. See: Compliance and Career.

Treaty – A void, guarded by a white dog that barks constant insult to history and reality.

Tutor – Someone who is never available or impossible to organise.

 

U

Understanding – A type of mirage one sees in the desert.

Unemployment – Take any given publicly announced percentage, multiply by two.

University – Sales pitch to clients to aim for debt.

Ute – 1. Removalist tool of the poor. 2. Always a mate with one that never shows up.

 

V

Violence (Domestic / Family) – 1. Doesn’t exist as we all know best, and that is that teenagers need to grow up, go back home, and pull their socks up. 2. Often the end-point of an unplanned absence of Drugs. 3. The unfortunate death-throes of illegitimate authority.

 

W

Wages – You think you can do better elsewhere? Just try.

Welcome To Country / Acknowledgement Of Country – A genuine ritual of respect for Aboriginal and Torres-Strait Islander people used for meetings and ceremonies, particular to the Country in question; however sometimes used by white people to tick a box, feel good about themselves and ignore serious issues.

Welfare – A tar brush that paints shame while being the main thing keeping the economy going.

Well-Being – See: Compliance.

Well-Dressed People Getting Out of a Car – Quick hide! They are going to steal my baby!

Work Placement – Opportunity for client to embarrass the youth worker forever ruining any future opportunities with the target organisation.

Work For The Dole – 1. Neo-convicts appropriately punished and prevented from doing meaningful work or training. 2. A type of Program designed to make the Service Provider look good while herding quasi-slavery. 3. Putting young people to hard labour fixes them.

Work/Life Balance – An opportunity to finally make sure that balance does not get in the way of work/life.

Worry – A form of personality distortion that consumes the youth worker like the eternal flame while the client carries on conducting their trail of destruction.

 

X

X-Box – Deferment of feeling Trauma.

 

Y

Youth / Young Person – 1. Non-constituient demographic ignored during Elections. 2. Future tax payers to fund the welfare of the middle and upper classes. 3. Primary locus for Youth Workers to raise Awareness for.

Youth Worker – 1. A role that adults take on to play out their unresolved hero-complex and thus reach Burnout in 2-3 years. 2. Someone who lacks professional training, lacks professional-level wages, and much to the terror of young people loves them. 3. A complete bore at gatherings and on social media. 4. The magical ‘fixer’ that parents have long sought. 5. Bubbly exciting extrovert that conducts pleasing engagement activities for young people in order to hide from addressing serious issues. 6. Vicarious Trauma sponge, reliving childhood oppression in the name of Making a Difference. 7. One who holds many fingers in an increasing amount of holes in the dam wall, while a tsunami casually pours over the top.

 

Z

Zoo – See: Caseload and Service Area.

 

teenagers-talking

Forming Storms

Enough.
Enslavement no longer acceptable
Bring this subordination to light
A pledge against mindless conformity
Unquestionable entitlement dethroned
End the suffrage of servitude to perpetual war
Refuse to feed the data
Resist building the robots
Throw up the pleasant sedatives
Delete the accounts
Look within to the power feared
Activate, give voice, mobilise
Think with the heart.

As the towers collapse
Our humid rage storms
Anyway that we can
The new world form.

 

Forming Storms