Ah, now that's a bolder claim, I think. You're suggesting that ordinary life fractures consciousness. Freud and Ernest Becker likewise thought that neurosis is inevitable, because the course of growing up in a social setting is inherently corrupting and traumatic.

That's what I was saying then: the mystical remedy for a healed consciousness diagnoses social normality as harmful not just to the planet but to our mental health. I, too, condemn human herd life, the conventional rationalizations of the processes that blind us to our greater potential and to the damage we do on a regular basis.

I had a long debate with a mystical monist about the nature of enlightenment (link below). I take a more existential, philosophical, and naturalistic approach. You might want to see a couple of my articles that criticize monistic and moralistic spirituality (second and third links, for example).

https://medium.com/@benjamincain8/secular-versus-religious-enlightenment-4ab6a9d17b89?source=friends_link&sk=d857270ab185bfeb2b4fd13ce265287b

https://medium.com/indian-thoughts/the-shams-of-spiritual-love-490654259a08?source=friends_link&sk=0e51101075beaef7d47d49cfe7a49b46

https://medium.com/@benjamincain8/marquis-de-sade-versus-the-buddha-4709cc1f6856?source=friends_link&sk=65d7b26a260aaa8a0819c57a55799392

Knowledge condemns. Art redeems. I learned that as an artistic writer who did a doctorate in philosophy. We should try to see the dark comedy in all things.

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