Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Regaining Spiritual Freedom with Chet Shupe


Eden – Regaining our Spiritual Freedom
by Chet Shupe

Chet Shupe’s professional background is in Electronics Engineering. As that young engineer, never did he imagine he would someday be developing a thesis that addresses sociological issues. At mid career, he was inspired to apply his background in control theory to the human condition. Out of this has come a unique perspective addressing many sociological issues, our lack of human intimacy being a principal focus. 
Why is our world essentially without intimacy when that is what we want most? Intimacy: To feel as one with those around us and with our surroundings, where living in the moment is as natural as breathing; where we are gifting others with our presence and unique skills, as they are gifting us with theirs. 

If what we want most is to love and to be loved, what is preventing it? Though getting worse, this lack of intimacy is not a recent phenomenon. The seed for it goes way back to the moment humans instituted our first social and material contracts.

What does securing our lives in property, instead of in relationships, have to do with spiritual estrangement?  Shupe offers his answer to that question, and also suggests a path to recover our natural state of intimacy.

 Excerpts from Eden: Regaining Our Spiritual Freedom
Eden – Regaining our Spiritual Freedom pp 210
Without our spirit’s freedom to prove its worth, we aren’t really alive. Spiritually, we are in survival mode.

Eden – Regaining our Spiritual Freedom pp 296
Presuming Eden is true, and a few women are inspired to form spiritual bonds, then the truth will quickly become self evident, not just among the women but also among others who have contact with them, their children, and the men who have joined to support them. From that small beginning spiritual freedom could spread quickly. And this would all happen without changing a single law and without overthrowing a single government.

Eden – Regaining our Spiritual Freedom pp 286
No matter how simple your emotional needs may seem to you and your sisters, all too often men have no clue.

Interview with Chet Shupe:
Q: When we lived in Eden, spiritual freedom may have worked, but hasn’t the Earth’s population become too large to even consider it? 

A: Nature will eventually determine if the human population is too large. The decision is not yours, mine, nor that of any government. One thing is certain: If we were attaining our needs directly from the land, our per capita requirement for resources would be miniscule compared to now. 
Q: Will spiritual freedom result in a utopian or ideal existence? 

A: No. Until someone can provide a generally-agreed-upon notion of what a utopian existence is, the question is meaningless. To seek a world where nothing bad happens, is to look for one that is void of creaturely existence. If by an ideal existence you mean a place where there is never any hunger, disease, anger, rejection, hurt feelings, armed conflict, or cause to mourn, then spiritual freedom will not result in Utopia. Spiritual freedom offers relational intimacy, not utopia. 
Q: You say in spiritual freedom we are agents of our species. How could we be free if our behavior is dictated by the needs of our species? 

A: If by the term “free,” you refer to absolute freedom, no such freedom exists. Without a transcending purpose to serve, life would be meaningless. By a woman realizing her desire to have and raise children, she finds her life meaningful. But our species needs the children, not her. Her children are meaningful to her only because our species expresses its needs through her – rewards her for serving it.  

Q: What about head-hunting and other such practices we find in primitive cultures? 

A: Once our sisterly bonds were destroyed by allowing men to make exclusive and lifetime claims on women, all sorts of weird things began to happen; head-hunting and civilization being only two. Of the two, civilization is more threatening to human existence. Head hunters do not destroy their habitat nor do they deploy atomic weapons.  

Q: Would there be crime in a spiritually-free culture? 

A: No. Crime is defined as breaking the law. Without laws, how could it exist? Disregarding that, in a spiritually-free culture there would be no stores of wealth, nor would significant numbers of the population be emotionally or materially dispossessed. The two major causes of crime in a spiritually-enslaved culture would therefore not exist. Furthermore, because anti-social behavior would offer no individual rewards, such behavior would be appropriately seen as crazy or dysfunctional, not criminal. If the dysfunction were alarming enough, the brothers and sisters would probably take care of the problem before the individual killed or raped anyone. If they didn’t, then they would take care of it after it had happened. Their act would not be authorized by a prescribed notion of justice, but instead because that is how things are – i.e., by instinct, our brains are not stupid. The reason humans possess sensibilities that enable us to kill is because sometimes killing is necessary to protect life’s process.


About the Author: 

Chet Shupe is a successful electronics engineer who once suffered profound attention deficit disorder (ADD). With ADD, social relationships baffled him. After years of bewilderment and depression, his condition was finally diagnosed, and effectively treated by the drug Ritalin. Suddenly, at 43, everything made sense.
Shupe emerged from ADD with a unique perspective on the way society functions. His engineer’s mind forced him to ask basic questions about how the brain is organized, why feelings exist, the origin of good and evil, the true dynamics of every relationship – whether between humans or countries – and how all of this relates to the wellbeing of humanity. For years, Shupe has pursued his inquiry with passion and conviction, ranging far into the intricacies of the modern social contract to question how well it is sustaining us, both individually and collectively. As a scientist, he bolsters every conclusion with logical and compelling examples. As a person of feeling and intuition, he expresses his hopes for humanity with genuine compassion and sincerity. As a whistleblower to the world, he speaks with urgency about the need to make fundamental, radical changes in our way of life, if we are to assure the eventual well being of humankind.


Patti Hultstrand said...

I am happy to introduce Chet to my blogging family. He is one of the most open-minded men I have ever met. So, please come by and ask questions or leave comments. He will be checking in today.

We will be giving away one of his printed and signed books to someone today who asks a question for Chet either here on the blog or during our LIVE show on Tuesday. More chances to win with the more questions you have.

Patti Hultstrand said...

Jen Lancaster was not able to make it to the LIVE radio interview on February 21st, but I still have an extra copy of her new book. So, I am holding a contest!

I will send someone this PRINT book with FREE SHIPPING, who asks a good question or participates in comments of ANY Blog post this week.

Contest will end March 3rd - Book will be shipped to you the week of the 5th. Winner will be notified on the blog they commented or asked questions on.