The Chryslis gives a good perspective on modernity, non-duality, and the complementarity of opposites. It’s all about the change of consciousness that we are witnessing in slow motion?

The Chrysalis

“Out beyond ideas of wrongdoing and rightdoing there is a field.
I’ll meet you there.
When the soul lies down in that grass the world is too full to talk about.”


There is an evident problem in the functioning of human consciousness in the Late Modern Era. Some hold that the multiplying social and personal crises of the times are actually altogether a spiritual crisis or a crisis of consciousness at root — a crisis of fragmentation, atomisation, and disintegration of the modern self and its consciousness structure. This seems evidently the case. There is, as we witness, great anxiety and Angst and extremes of paranoia and insecurity about what we call “identity” which drives all kinds of projection, scapegoating, racism, and violence. Also quite a lot of mental confusion and cognitive dissonance that some describe as “schizoid” or as “the culture of narcissism”, portents that we are faced…

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6 thoughts on “Non-Duality

  1. “a crisis of fragmentation, atomisation, and disintegration of the modern self.” I wonder if younger people are afflicted more. I have a suspicion that many of us who grew up in the “analog” world can’t be taken in as easily by how reality is spun via social media, advertising, political manipulation, virtual reality, and whatever trends sweep the internet.

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    • Maybe so, Eric. However, it was the analog generations that created the digital modern world, so I’m not so sure about it. It’s been going on a long time, e..g. Goethe, Blake, Nietsche…. As ever, there are those who stand above and see what is happening and those too immersed to realise. I’d guess this also applies to younger generations (I hope so!)

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      • Good point about who created social media, but it is also worth noting that those same people severely limit or don’t allow their children to use it, knowing full well how pernicious it is. There’s serving up a batch of Kool-Aid, and then there’s drinking it. At least in the beginning, those behind the technology had more benevolent aspirations. As the darker implications of their creation mounted, their concerns were overcome by the exponentially greater mounting of profits.

        Surely, part of the problem is WHAT people believe, or what they don’t believe that would be much more grounding.

        But, I’ve been on Twitter as a necessary evil to try to sell NFTs (without success), and I’ve noticed many people tweeting about their “depression”. And I noticed that the platform doesn’t make me depressed, but rather angry. It doesn’t de-center or fragment me, it insults me. A friend who confided she is on “suicide watch” takes breaks from social media in order to heal.

        But these are just some anecdotal observations, and only a small part of the picture. As you indicate, there’s something much bigger and pervasive, and the solution may also be more basic and fundamental.

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  2. Hi, from Ontario!
    Thanks for sharing this. It’s something I’ve been pondering on myself. It seems all things are dual, as there are only two polarities – positive, negative.
    The digital age itself, manufactured out of 1’s and 0’s, is such a prime example of this duality.

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