How long does this revolution last? Think about a nice round figure: the NEXT 10,000 years.
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The revolution of the individual progresses from PROMOTER OF REALITY to CREATOR OF REALITY.
Through vast propaganda and "education" campaigns, the individual is urged and trained to favor and promote particular organizations and structures in society. But outside of this venue, there are individuals who are waking up to the fact that their real job and desire is creating new unprecedented realities.
Historically, this latter outlier trend is not the sole result of some external force; rather, it mainly comes from the individual exploring his own internal capability and power. The accompanying history consists of the formation and founding of nations based on some partial version of individual freedom---even though those liberating mandates have been suppressed and squashed in many ways.
Western philosophy reached a crossroad late in the 19th century: the focus shifted from attempts to describe and impose ultimate reality to attempts to understand how the individual perceives and gains basic knowledge---and this latter inquiry quite naturally evolved into: THE INDIVIDUAL INVENTS REALITIES.
That being the case, why should the individual accept the realities he has already been subconsciously shaping, when instead, he can create new preferable realities.
THAT is the "underground revolution" which has been underway for more than 100 years. It is far from smooth. The revolution experiences many stops and starts, many abandonments, many renewals. No one said it would be easy. It is not a collective group effort. How could it be? It takes place in the private reflections and decisions of individuals.
A formidable barrier to the revolution: societies are based on popular acceptance of what the individual does. Or popular rejection. The individual tends to believe he must create something that will gain group favor. Therefore, he scales down his own imagination and opts for "safe ideas" and safe inventions. He pretends he has less power than he actually has.
He subconsciously returns to the shaping of limited realities. In fact, he carves out metaphysical positions that justify and rationalize his "limited power." This is called "maturity."
What inner resources does the individual consult and sift through, in order to shift from passivity to active creation? In a nutshell, the answer is: all his experience, his values, and whatever imagination he can bring to the table. There is no set method or pattern. That is the key. He finds paths, and he follows them. He invents new paths, and he probes their outer reaches and implications. The longer he works, the more imagination comes to the foreground.
It seems that humankind has been committed to trying every conceivable unworkable solution possible. In the fullness of time, every individual will give up the ghost and embark on a new search---based on his answer to the question:
WHAT DO I WANT TO CREATE?
Then a new day dawns.
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