PARADOX OF EMANCIPATION

Comments written 2002

This text was written in Danish 1980 as a master's thesis at the Institute of Sociology, Copenhagen University, Denmark.

The master's thesis for the title mag.scient.soc was my third attempt to complete my sociology study. The first was about 'Sport under capitalism', which I worked on while living in Bremen approx. 1976, and the second attempt was about 'History of the (bourgouis) Family ', which I worked on during my time at AAO, must have been 1977-78.

I delivered 199 pages, a discussion (in German, Auseinandersetzung , unfortunately not found in other languages) of two polarites of theories or ideologies of emancipation: Freud contra Marx, marxism versus spirituality, individual versus social emancipation. As a basis, I described my life story and building on this basis, I presented a theory for these two ideologies, but all the time during the investigation I encountered the question: 'Who am I' or rather: Who or what is the 'I'? In the last three weeks of the writing process, I was permanently in a state of consciousness that is very difficult to describe.

At that time the highly Marxist and intellectual teachers of the Department of Sociology, University of Copenhagen, who were to assess my thesis, were at least honest and told me: 'Michael, we do not understand a word!' Then I wrote 40 pages of university jargon, which we then discussed. Of course we did not agree, but I got my degree 'mag.scient.soc'.

At this point in the evolution of mankind, we are at a turning point, a change of paradigm inclusive of a new way of looking at man and human consciousness. Our common theories are reflections of our reality (reality), and since our reality consists of several layers or dimensions, we need new theories and discussions of these different layers and dimensions.

When Albert Einstein and the dane Niels Bohr discussed, only a few people (12 say one) were able to understand. To say that these theories are non-important, just because few understand them, is not correct. These theories were and still are very important to our collective consciousness. The philosophers, who met in the 19th century in Germany, have raised our collective consciousness to a higher level.

I think of Heidegger, Kant, Kierkegaard (dane), Hegel, Karl Marx and many others. Have you ever wondered why all these highly gifted people were in Germany at the same time. Coincidence? Maybe. I could tell a similar story about Mozart, Beethoven and many more of the classical music geniuses. Same story, same country.

Without these thoughts and their work, we would be poorer. These philosophical discussions - like the corresponding ones in Greek culture - have had a strong influence on the theories that later were developed in human development. What I want to say with this: You don't have to feel stupid if you don't understand a word.

The comic or paradoxical thing about this matter is: The people who have studied 'capital logic' have the best chance of understanding this text purely intellectually. This interpretation of 'Das Kapital' by Karl Marx was commonplace at some universities in Denmark and Germany around 1970 - all intellectual and 'revolutionary' students have read Das Kapital. For two years, I was working solely on understanding these theories.

From Karl Marx and his dialectical method, I learned: From the Concrete to the Abstract and again to the Concrete as the presentation [german: Darstellung] [When you read this text, you will learn about this] This scientific method (study and production of the 'substance' I (un-) consciously used to write my first booklet 'Get the most ouf of your PC'! This booklet became a bestseller in Denmark - 4% of the danish 5 mio population purchased it. It also became a bestseller in Germany.

2003 I sold knowware.de and some years later the owner removed ALL links to my books and pdf's AND the information, that I founded knowware.de ;-)

When I was 23, I moved to Germany. I lived with many people. I experienced a lot and slowly I realized my emotional life was not as I imagined. Instead of emotions, I had thoughts. Thoughts had replaced my emotions and feelings. My emotions were very oppressed. I experienced it as anxiety, and in 1975 I started with psychotherapy.

Apparently, human consciousness, since the Greeks have been identified with what we today call the self consciousness, is bound in time and space. After some years of working with body therapy, massage and dreams, I started meditation. Here I learned to know a state of consciousness in a calm and fairly controlled way, for which our culture lacks words or concepts.

In the state called meditation, physical reality loses its importance in the overall consciousness space. It is in the background, while other parts or dimensions of consciousness appear, not as crystal clear objects, but rather as floating moods. It takes a long time to get used to deeper states of meditation. Often you have to wait half an hour until a certain condition or state occurs, and only then is it possible to explore this state.

The bulk of this text is concentrated matter, condensed, abstract thoughts. I was becoming increasingly concerned with the progressive thought process that was itself the object of my study. I studied thoughts or rather thinking as a process; as a dimension of consciousness. And faced with this perception, the thinking became the object. The man in our culture evolved towards a thinking being. We put more emphasis on thinking than on perception.

If you want to study thinking, it is of no use to use that part of consciousness, that is so strongly identified with the thinking. Deep in the consciousness there is a seed, which - with the right nourishment - flourishes into a light, that in a neutral way can cast light over the space of consciousness. The West, apart from the occult schools, has no tradition in the development of this seed, as opposed to the East, that has had such a tradition for many thousands of years. Meditation means nourishing this seed. The strange thing about meditation is that one can do nothing actively. You have to open up to the unknown.

Continuation of the discussion between Marx and Hegel

The thoughts in this writing can be seen as a continuation of the discussion between Marx and Hegel. These authors were seeking people, who devoted much of their life to thought processes, our thinking and, in particular, logic in various forms. They both worked with the dialectical logic. Karl Marx's work on the dialectical research method is fantastic.

As I as a 20 year old read Marx, I was particularly fascinated by the thought development of the relationship between the Abstract and the Concrete. The intellectual basis of the present writing is my experience and my use of meditation during the self-development of thoughts together with my knowledge of the dialectical method. Concepts and words were always a problem within psychology and philosophy.

The terms I, Ego, Witness, Consciousness, Intellect, Reason etc. are difficult to differentiate. The concept of witness was unknown to me until I came in connection with the teachings of the East. The neutral experiencing in the meditative state of consciousness is called the Witness. The witness recognizes directly and without dissemination from other parts of the overall consciousness.

In this text, the term Ego denotes the self-consciousness of man. The term ego is often used to denote something negative. I do not use the concept in this way, rather as the everyday consciousness; as the the 'I' in our culture. Intellect and ego are close to each other conceptually. The word intellect refers to the unilateral use of analysis, logic and reason to understand something.

The ego is the part of consciousness that mainly uses the intellect to understand something. The concept of Witness was unknown to me, until I became acquainted with the teachings of the East. The neutral experience of the meditative state of consciousness is referred to as the Witness. The witness recognizes directly and without dissemination from other parts of the overall consciousness.

Subsequently, I speak of a state of consciousness that I refer to as the Yin-Yang relationship. In such a state, the boundary between subject and object is fluid. This condition can be compared to a baby's condition in which the baby cannot distinguish between himself and the outside world because it has not yet developed an I.

We are different in our mental universes. A writer tries to attach mental images, lines of thought, thought processes and references to common experiences in the hope of conveying the reader a mental picture that is similar to that of the author. The problem with new mental environments, as yet or almost never before is described is that the author must intuitively create images from the reader's mental universe. The following series of thoughts can be compared to an apparently unstructured chaos, a spider web of different strings.

For a writer, the core of thought series is not always known. That's how it was anyway for me. The thoughts developed so to speak by themselves, formed their own conditions which in turn produced new thoughts etc.

Just as the human temporal self-understanding develops spirally, often cyclically revolving around one and the same theme - perhaps over several years - Similarly, the mind tries with different methods or differently start conditions to work forward in the direction of clarification of a so-called problem.

Unfortunately, I can only write one character, one word and one sentence at a time. However, our consciousness is often concerned with several different things. Sudden insights, aha-perceptions and intuitive understanding can be very difficult to describe through phrases that are written in sequence. Often you have to write several pages just to give a hint of what is to be communicated.

Let's imagine the solution to a riddle. We have a feeling but can't formulate it. Along the way, it turns out that the puzzle can be divided into several, admittedly smaller but diverse puzzles. Parts of the solution of a riddle are maybe a condition for understanding part of another riddle, etc.

The apparent solution of several puzzles pretends to be the quick solution of the greater mystery - suddenly one sees that a condition within the long line of thoughts was never proved. It was only a vague unconscious hint that might be based on a tradition or a taboo. You have to to start over, approaching the puzzle with fresh eyes.

Furthermore, it turns out that traditional logic is not at all sufficient for solving the puzzle. One is forced to be extremely creative and intuitive to be open to all conceivable methods of perception. A maze is two-dimensional. A multi-dimensional maze is a better image for this kind of compound structures of which our consciousness exists.

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