How Deep You Can Identify

I have been reading Being and The Meaning of Life by A. H. Almaas (1990). I do not understand everything I have read, but dots have been getting connected, sometimes to humorous effect.

The third chapter, Who Am I, suggests the concept that we cannot disidentify with something that is operating at a deeper level than we are currently using. For example, an ocean can easily disidentify from a particular wave. Why? Because it knows that it has many waves over time and space and no one particular wave is all that important to who or what it is. It is bigger than any wave. On the other hand, no wave can disidentify from the ocean. The ocean is its ground, its source of existence. It’s all water, but it is about the size of the container, the container being consciousness or awareness (the bigger your self-definition, the more likely you are to have meaning when something goes wrong to the ego-driven personality). The wave cannot claim to be land-based or any other such nonsense.

I do not understand all the concepts, but I had an a-ha moment when I was looking through the news at how some Republicans are trying to distance themselves from Trump. It can never happen. Remember 2016? I recall how shocked I was to watch the Republican party not even bother to reasonably and carefully formulate a national platform and instead simply sign a loyalty statement to Trump. Even then, my response was, “What happens when Trump dies?” Perhaps they ratified a previous platform. I’m not sure. But here’s a newsflash to everyone that loves or hates Trump: he is mortal. Biden, Trump, you, me, and the guy down the street will all die. These bodies we live in shall perish. I did not think that that was news. To my knowledge, the Republican party has no platform. I could be wrong, but if it does, it sure doesn’t get talked about much.

Why is having no platform so incredibly significant? Because it is your ground, your source as a political party. Leaders come and go. The faces change over time. However, a coherent party platform tells the world what you stand for, the values you hold, and the hills you are willing to die upon. It is your agenda, what you consider worthy of making sacrifices for.

So now, the Republican party stands for Trump only. He has them by the short hairs. And he knows it. They are nothing without him. And he knows it. As a Democrat, I can only laugh uproariously.

Now it is six years later. Trump has never won the popular vote and the people he endorses go down in flames, usually because they are such poor candidates in the first place. As a Michigander, I give Trump full credit for turning our state government completely over to Democratic control, both houses and the governorship. I rejoice at Trump’s toxic influence over the uneducated and anti-scientifically-minded.

Some of the more reasonable and intelligent Republicans (remember Mitt Romney, the son of one of my governors, George?) are desperately trying to “move on” from Trump. The problem? That is not possible. They have no platform. Just a human whose time on Earth is coming to a close.

You say, “Everyone knows what the Republican party stands for.” False. Remember 2012? I am not talking about fifty years ago, just ten. Last week, twelve Republican senators voted for the “Respect for Marriage Act.” It repeals The Defense of Marriage Act from the nineties. It basically says that a marriage legally performed in any state is valid in the other 49 as well. It was inconceivable just ten years ago that that many Republicans would repudiate biblical marriage. I am speaking as an ex-evangelical.

The word “conservative” has the root “conserve” in it. To be conservative means that you are attempting to conserve something in particular. That’s why environmentalists are sometimes called “conservationists.” What are they trying to conserve? The planet. The word “conservative” has simply lost any meaning at this point. Without a platform, whatever it is you are trying to conserve clearly isn’t worth preserving or you would have gone to the trouble of deliberately crafting a national party platform.

To show you how meaningless the word “conservative” has become, here is a true incident from my life. Back in the early nineties, I was a very conservative Protestant. I belonged to a Church of Christ. And, of course, I was going to school. My dad and I were discussing morality. I stated, rather blandly, that for most cultures, morality comes directly from the predominant religion. My father’s response? “Where’d you get that? One of your liberal professors?” What? Huh? Could there ever be a more conservative position than a religious foundation of morality? His reply left me scratching my head for a few weeks.

I eventually figured out what was going on. He defined himself as conservative and therefore any disagreement with his un-thought-out opinion was by his definition “liberal.” He did not know what he was trying to conserve.

The bigger context we can get, the deeper our ground is, the more we can survive the blowing winds of change. You need to know what your limits are, what exactly you are trying to conserve. We all need this. I can’t guarantee much, but I can say with utter certainty that Trump, Biden, you, me, and everyone else on this planet will perish. Trump was the end of the modern Republican party back in 2016 and almost no one seems aware of that. It will be fun to watch Republicans try to disavow their own leader. No matter how bizarre his behavior has been, is, and will continue to be, they are stuck with defending it. He is all they have. Good luck with that.

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About cdhoagpurple

I live in Michigan. I was Greek Orthodox (and previously Protestant), but now am more Buddhist than anything. I am single now (through the till-death-do-you-part clause of the marriage contract). My husband Barry was a good man and celebrated 30 years in AA. I am overly educated, with an MBA. My life felt terminally in-limbo while caring for a sick husband, but I am free now. I see all things as being in transition. Impermanence is the ultimate fact of life. Nothing remains the same, good or bad.

One response to “How Deep You Can Identify”

  1. Ninasusan says :

    brilliant post! Just brilliant and articulate!

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