Vol.4, #9

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Is Honesty Really the best Policy?

Is honesty better than guile and subterfuge?

Many people would say that subterfuge  is better, because it’s a lot more clever. Here’s how the argument goes:

“You don’t give away your game plan so everyone can see it, do you? If you do, you are a fool, because now everyone knows what you are doing, and your secret to success can be duplicated by everybody, taking away from your profits. What good is that? Would you rather be Microsoft or Mozilla? Who do you think has a better life, the fools who work for a non-profit, or filthy rich Bill Gates? Only simpletons and fools are honest and open.”

That’s the logic of planet earth, anyway.

But of course on planet earth, we live in hierarchical societies where a few have a lot of power, and the “masses” have very little. We live in an environment where knowledge of clean energy exists, but is not implemented. We live on a planet where millions of people continue to die unnecessarily from the disease of cancer - a condition that was cured back in 1931. We live on a planet, to summarize the words of Alexis de Tocqueville, where governments bribe the people with money taken out of their own pockets. What can we in the United States do about a corrupt Congress which passes legislation that benefits only a few special interests? Not a hell of a lot – other than every four years, vote for another Democrat or Republican who will do the same thing.

This is the kind of helpless situation you get into when you believe that guile and secrecy is better than honesty and openness. You get hierarchical societies where information and resources are hoarded, because of the belief in scarcity. You get a “follow-the-leader” mentality where individuals give away their power. You get a false and polarizing Democratic – Republican dichotomy, where people continue to rigidly support one party or the other even though both parties are corrupt to the core and do exactly the same things when in office.

Openness, honesty and integrity is always superior to secrecy, guile and subterfuge. I talked about this concept in an earlier blog post.  However, things have gotten so far out of hand that I feel I have to repeat this message.

Here is a little packet of energy – lets call it a quanta: *  A quantum is the building block of all matter and energy, according to physics.  We are going to call this quanta the most basic “bit” of information that exists.

Just as matter and energy combines from quanta to form subatomic particles, atoms, molecules, and the various shapes that make our world, so too do bits of information combine to form subsets or collections of useful data. Javascript, for example, is a collection of information – a programming language that helps us create dynamic web pages. Any programming language is essentially composed of 1’s and 0’s – the basic quanta of computer information.

Banking, politics, physics, are all collections of information. So is a blueprint for a house. All information systems came from somebody’s head – they are essentially collections of thought. Here is an information system – a Sumerian tablet:


Guess how useful this is? Not very, because no one now knows how to decipher  the symbols that represent the information being conveyed. That knowledge used to be in someone’s head, but even though the data has been written down symbolically, the information that it represents has been lost.

What is information? It’s ideas – thoughts, concepts, that people can understand. If you don’t understand something, it’s worthless.

It’s one thing to simply lose information, but it’s quite another when you deliberately attempt to hide information. The more you try to conceal something, the more energy you have to expend to keep it out of sight.

Secrecy leads to obfuscation, and obfuscation is just extra data you have to add into the system to keep prying eyes from figuring it out. Security systems (codes, encryption, etc) are always expensive add-ons that take time and resources to maintain.

Even when you take out data to prevent people from understanding your information – as in a file that has been compressed or zipped, or computer code that has been minified (taking out spaces and comments and substituting single variable names for longer ones)  – you need a special program to maintain the code. That is your extra data. Obfuscation, guile, subterfuge and lies generate extra data into the system, and require more time and energy to maintain the system. The more sophisticated the information system you are trying to hide, the more effort it takes. This eventually leads to a breakdown in the system.

The point is, information systems are only as good as they are open and transparent.

What would happen, for example, if the inventors of Javascript tried to make it so that only a small elite could understand it? Well, it just wouldn’t have worked, because people are smart and can reverse engineer just about anything. (Crime solving is just the reverse-engineering of a crime – the gradual discovery of the data and the information systems used by the criminal to commit the crime.)

Here’s how guile and subterfuge works:

First there is a quantum, a unit of information that combine into a collection that we call an information system. In an open system, that information just sits there and is accessible to anyone: * Perhaps the * represents an open-source program  — code that is free to all users. What if someone wanted to take that code and make a proprietary program that he or she could sell? Well, they would have to cloak their program with security programming, and hire staff to maintain the security system around the program. The same applies to dishonest persons and criminals. Dishonest people lie to obscure their connection to some kind of activity.

Here’s what a lie might look like:

A datum surrounded by other data that hide it.

The very fact of hiding something generates extra data: the “front.” But a front is also a collection of data and needs to be maintained, because lies are themselves data. Criminals forget this little fact until their lies contradict each other and the system caves in on them. The whole thing blows up – the obfuscating data in their carefully designed system of deceit simply falls away, and they are left with the simple truth exposed: *

The origin of the saying “too clever by half” encapsulates this idea of obfuscation through additional information, and the eventual result.

In other words, lies themselves are information systems.

I heard a story this morning on the radio. A guy (let’s call him Mike) wanted to switch from cable to satellite. When the cable guy came over, he told him a lie. He said that he didn’t want to watch TV anymore and so he was going to disconnect his TV. The cable tech then proceeded to ask him questions for 20 minutes. Mike defended himself by telling more and more lies, until he finally blew up and told cable guy to just pull the plug and shut-the-bleep-up.

Have you ever been able to tell just one lie and hide the truth from someone? Well, maybe if you have a reputation for integrity. But then you got that reputation because you’ve been open and aboveboard with people. Lies, like mosquitoes, breed very rapidly, and come back to bite you in the end. Lies create a sort of black-hole phenomenon, until the buildup of energy then collapses the event horizon – and the entire system — on top of you.

The basis for subterfuge, guile, obfuscation, propaganda, etc. are lies.

It’s really hard to lie, it’s hard to obscure, because you have to expend so much extra energy to keep the system of lies coherent. Integrity is the reason behind success in anything, even in sneak-thief activities, because illogic and inconsistencies stick out like a sore thumb and are recognized. That’s why the term “honor amongst thieves” exists. The most successful thieves are the ones with the most integrity! The “Ocean’s “ movies, although pure fiction, are great examples. Integrity is simply the coherent framework of an information system –any information system!  Without that coherence, the system falls apart.

An intelligent person who recognizes this can cut through a lot of garbage.

For example, I received an invitation in my emailbox the other day from a guy who claims to make over $600,000, automatically, every nine months. This offer came from a very respectable website. He offers “proofs” – photos of his big house and pool, his cars, and printouts of monthly income statements. When I went to his salespage, I discovered that he’s selling a course that costs $27. If this guy is making that much money without any effort, why does he need to advertise and sell a course for a lousy $27? The answer is that his sales page is a false front, because someone who really pulls in over 600 large every nine months on auto-pilot sure doesn’t need your paltry $27!

Nowhere is the art of obfuscation more prevalent than in politics. Politics, as it is practiced on earth, is the art of subterfuge. Politicians are stereotyped as liars, because they are skilled at saying one thing while doing another.

There are so many examples I can’t even list them. The “Monetary Control Act” of 1980, for example, gave the Fed the power to monetize virtually any debt instrument, including bank loans to irresponsible foreign governments, which resulted in an expansion of dollar-denominated debt on a world-wide scale. Bills that support oil companies and fossil fuels masquerading as environmental legislation, bills that purport to stop terrorism but curtail constitutional liberties, governmental accounting practices that obscure the actual allocation of funds, are all part and parcel of a political system that gives lip service to openness and honesty, and supports obfuscation and guile.

Such a system lacks integrity and must collapse, like the Leninist systems of the old Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.

Leninism is an insidious information system that revolves around duplication and obfuscation. In the old Soviet Union, for example, the Party and the government had duplicate departments, so that an appeal to a government agency could be overridden by a similar Party agency, and vice-versa. In the United States today, we have a similar system: the “national security” establishment duplicates many of the functions of our government, but these functions are hidden from the public. The very funding that supports these hidden agencies is supported by lies and obfuscation. If you don’t believe me, try to ascertain where the funding for the CIA comes from!

The world financial crisis is also based upon lies – the lies that “structured products” are worth their nominal value. (See previous blog posts).

Almost every problem we have on earth stems from a lack of openness and integrity.

Secrecy and guile is self-defeating, illogical, and irrational. Information systems based upon these false principles must inevitably collapse.

So why not just do it the open and honest way?

Not because of any moral or religious imperative, but because it works the best. Openness and transparency is the strong fabric that supports even the cloth of dishonesty. That’s why criminals and dishonest people are often much stupider than the rest of us – and have a much greater chance of failure.


Same-Old, Same Old

As the consciousness of humanity evolves, the political, economic, medical, and energy distribution structures on our planet must also evolve, or perish. Lies and obfuscation, which worked perfectly well under the influence of the old attractor (unworthiness, scarcity, and problem resolution through conflict and war) are no longer appropriate in the new energy and, if pursued, will fail much more quickly than in the old regime.

What do I mean by “new energy?”

Consciousness is the animating principle, and all things have, within them, a quintessential but invisible energy that is a product of consciousness. You can understand this idea by viewing my movie, “The Unity of Spirit and Matter,” which gives an animated description of how this happens. (go to Human beings are surrounded by a field of subtle energy, which is a direct product of consciousness itself. Every human being (and every life form) is connected to every other through the interaction of subtle energy. Each human being is a node in a vast, planetary network of subtle energy, just as your computer is a node in a planet-wide network called the internet. All of this takes place on a subtle level that is currently beyond the awareness of life on earth (although we are evolving toward it), through vibrational interaction.

In a previous newsletter I explained how the interaction of subtle energy fields is creating an increased background vibration. The human energy field is largely contained within a defined space around the body; but it also extends outward into the planetary field and to the universe as a whole. Therefore, all life on earth is interacting, even though we do not often feel it. Psychics, remote viewers, and medical intuitives can, if they are sensitive enough, "tune in" to these energy fields.

You may liken this to what happens at a party when there are only a few people in a room, as compared to the “vibe” in a room where there are dozens of people. The very air itself seems alive. And it is! When these subtle energy fields interact, it creates a vibrational excitation. The more of these fields there are, the more is the energy ramped up. When you throw a stone into a still pond, it sets up a vibration in the water, and when a number of stones are thrown in that vibration becomes more excited and powerful. This is precisely what is happening on our planet today.

Many of our so-called “leaders” and authority figures are blind to this phenomenon (even those who were elected to bring about change, like the current President, who have done nothing except continue the status quo in every aspect of government and finance). Their solution is to power ahead in the same old way, hoping to bring the human race back to the past. But going back is no longer possible!

Those who resonate to the old order have been forced into cells, away from the body politic. Just as the body isolates harmful cells into cysts, so too has the evolving consciousness of humanity forced the “old order” within the hidden structures of the world’s intelligence communities. Here, in the name of “national security,” lies, deceit, obfuscation, and other lower-harmonic practices that worked well in the old consciousness can be practiced on largely unsuspecting populations.

But even this situation is becoming untenable, for the increasing background vibration is causing more and more people to question the actions of their governments. And, concurrently, it is becoming harder and harder to maintain data structures that support lies.

What happens when oxygen enters cancerous cells? The process by which the cancer sustains itself is no longer supported, and the cancerous cells die off. And the same thing is happening with old thought systems that are no longer compatible with the rising vibration of humanity. Thoughts and beliefs are just as real as cancer cells! All action is based upon thought and belief, but thoughts and beliefs will change when the energy that supports them changes. For example, it used to be accepted that a man could beat his wife if she did not obey him. This belief (and the actions that proceed from it) can only become accepted in an energy that supports it. Now such an idea seems ridiculous, because the background vibration has increased, and such lower-harmonics are subsumed within the higher vibration and can no longer maintain their integrity; just like a piece of ice will melt if the ambient temperature (which is just another way of saying an energy increase) rises.  

Belief systems themselves evolve when the population becomes more enlightened. And then actions begin to change, corresponding to those changed beliefs.

Soon the idea of “national security” will no longer be blindly accepted (just as the idea of beating one’s wife is no longer accepted), and people will ask, “what is really going on behind those closed doors?” If I were to ask you to define “national security,” I am not sure that any of those reading this could give a coherent definition! And that is because anything that depends on lies and hidden intent for its existence, is not a rational, coherent system. It lacks integrity, and so cannot be pinpointed and defined.

Truth, of course, is exactly the opposite. Truth, integrity, and open-ness go hand-in-hand are representative of a higher energy! Therefore, as humanity evolves, we will either see an increasing amount of open-ness and coherence in our personal lives and our social structures, or they will collapse and implode under the weight of their own lies. As I said in a blog post (“Is Honesty Really the Best Policy?”) lies and obfuscation are a necessary, added data structure on top of a hidden intention, in order to make the hidden intent “plausible.” When one tells a lie, then one must remember the previous lies and try to make them consistent with each other. But of course, a lie is itself something incongruent, and it is impossible to create something consistent from elements that are themselves inconsistent. Therefore, it is very difficult to maintain any system that lacks integrity. Lies are inherently unstable data structures, because they are not supported by a solid foundation in truth! Eventually a system based on hidden intent looks like the crazy house in that old Three Stooges episode! The product of obfuscation and lies is therefore not stable and cannot last. Only truth, honesty and open-ness are permanent, because they reflect the spiritual (and immortal) nature of every human being.

Good and Evil

Is it better to tend our planetary garden together, or to fight over turf? Those who would rather fight for scarce resources do so because their belief systems, and their awareness, cannot see any other solution. If you ask such a person why he or she is fighting, they will tell you something like, “it’s a dog-eat-dog world,” or, “if we don’t get it somebody else will.” Underlying that is a bedrock belief in scarcity and, almost certainly, a belief that consciousness is biologically based and that “you only go around once.” But these are not bad people! They are simply persons whose sphere of awareness is very limited.

The problems that humanity faces have nothing to do with the idea of “good” and “evil.” These are immature, outdated, and primitive concepts that themselves stem from a limited awareness, and which reinforce themselves into a polarizing mentality -- similar to a tug-of-war – that takes attention off relevant issues like clean energy, a collapsing infrastructure, and irresponsible financial policy that is bankrupting our country, and focuses them on idiocies like the “War on Terror” (a silly and self-contradicting dialectic containing two irrational and self-reinforcing memes) and other stupidities like “Did President Obama cave in to Russian demands for scrapping the missile defense system?” (CNN question in interview with foreign affairs analyst Fareed Zakaria).

Mankind’s problems stem exclusively from a lack of awareness of self, which generates belief systems that keep you mired in the same-old-same-old, and which generate pointless debates like the above foreign affairs question. (BTW, the U.S. has spent over $150 billion on a missile defense system without generating a single, workable weapon. This is what happens when you try to create something that is based on a lie.)

Therefore, let us do away with the old paradigm of good and evil, and  realize that irrational actions stem simply from ignorance. Believe it or not, even a hostile or vindictive person is simply doing the best he or she can. All actions are based on belief systems, and if a person believes that he must cut the throat of his competitor to get ahead, or if a person truly believes that it is important to debate whether President Obama caved to the Russians on missile defense, these actions are completely rational from that perverse and immature belief system.

Have you ever wondered why, if a human being is first and foremost a spirit and connected to source, then why is there so much hostility and cruelty in the world? It is simply a matter of beliefs. A limited awareness results in a truncated weltanschauung, and beliefs based on a lack of awareness of self are self-reinforcing.

What can we do to break this cycle? The first step is to eliminate the inflicting of pain, or cruelty, in punishment. Punishment on planet earth usually involves sticking a person’s nose in the inappropriate action, which, of course, simply reinforces that activity in the person’s mind and in their emotions. If you are a football coach, do you spend the majority of time harping on how and why your players did it wrong, or do you spend most of your time teaching them the correct way? Those who are most successful in anything choose the latter. Again, concepts and actions that reflect the spiritual nature of human beings always persist, and those that are based on inversions and lies eventually fall by the wayside.

The Tipping Point

The population increase is the driving factor behind the awakening of the human race. As more people incarnate, the background vibration becomes more and more excited. It is inevitable, therefore, that at some point we will move out of the old belief systems and permanently into ones based on higher concepts and ideals, just as a rocket must attain an initial velocity that can break through the gravitational field of the earth.

There is nothing difficult about maintaining the present rate of population growth. Short of World War III or a worldwide pandemic, the human race will sooner or later reach a tipping point, where the increasing background vibration within the species consciousness creates a “break out.” In chaos theory, for example, a non-linear dynamical system will seemingly reach a point of explosive and chaotic growth that eventually settles down into a more established pattern. This is where the human race is at the present time – in a period of explosive growth. However, the probability of destructive options have decreased, and the probability of less destructive options have increased.

The evolving system of human thought and belief has resulted in a planetary financial crisis, which is relatively benign. This is a very good sign that the system is moving toward more cooperation and away from egregious outcomes.

The thoughts and beliefs of humanity are undergoing great change. The old memes are being questioned; oxygen is flowing into old cancerous systems and revitalizing them. The pace of change is accelerating, and will continue to accelerate until the tipping point is reached. We all feel the increased background energy: some feel it as a nervousness or anxiety, others feel a new burst of creativity.

All of us lead different individual lives, but if you have any doubt in these rapidly changing times about how to act, ALWAYS go in the direction of honesty and open-ness. If you are in a difficult situation it will be harder at first, because you have to face the music, but much smoother in the mid and long term. The lazy way out of a difficulty is to lie, which is easy at first, until you get found out. And you always get found out! Those who see nothing inappropriate in lying their way out of a situation are operating within the old paradigm. These persons will find life more and more difficult, until they move out of the same-old, same-old way of thinking and acting.

No matter how difficult it might seem to open up, it is the way that is congruent with Spirit, and that will lead to the most successful and happy outcomes.


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