The Mythology of the Battle and the Trap of Duality Consciousness

Why we can’t (all) have nice things

Keri Mangis
The Dissident

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The Initiation

It’s me against the world.

I don’t remember how old I was when that thought first sparked in my mind. I do recall that I was young. And that it made me feel small, scared, and alone.

I remember the loss of trust in the world and the awareness of a new understanding: I would have to prove myself worthy. To this end, I would need to gather my weapons. Learn how to strategize and battle. How to conquer at all costs. To overcome obstacles and secure victories.

Or, what is known in our culture as “growing up.”

Growing up means recognizing that life is not for playtime. While our endless questions were indulged in our youngest years, growing up is a time to choose knowledge and fortitude over uncertainty or nuance. Any cognitive dissonance in the future will need to be immediately adjusted for by fully eliminating one path, idea, or belief in full-throated favor of its opposite.

In this worldview, everything in the world is limited and finite. And war is the only way to settle the disputes over who is owed what.

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Keri Mangis
The Dissident

I am author and speaker, dedicated to getting out (and staying out) of Plato’s Cave of shadows and deception. Hope to bring a few people with me.