Will the Real “I” Please Stand Up! #3

By Atom Bergstrom

Atom’s Blog


The problem with “what you see is what you get” is that what you see is all you’ve got.

Marshall McLuhan’s son, Eric, wrote about us being “sucker-punched by the electron.”


According to Adano Ley (Swami Nitty-Gritty) …

“The environment is an illusion unto itself.

“‘Thou shalt not lie’ is not one of the Ten Commandments because the entire universe is a lie.

“It’s called Maya, or relativity.

“Place the conviction in the sonics. Don’t put your faith in the optics.

“You fixate to an object, you merge with the sonics, but there is no greater joy than to dwell on the optics.”


Marshall McLuhan & Bruce R. Powers (The Global Village, 1989) wrote …

“The prince of this world must be a great electrical engineer.”


According to Swami Nitty-Gritty …

“You don’t have a free mind. You are hypnotized.”

“You live a life of self-deception.

“We live an environmental lie every day. It’s called illusion.”


Seymour B. Ginsburg (Gurdjieff Unveiled: An Overview and Introduction to the Teaching, 2005) wrote …

“Behind Gurdjieff’s teaching lies the idea that human beings live and die in a state of sleep, but do not realize this. In this sense, all human beings are divided into two categories: those who realize they are asleep and who are attempting to awaken, and those who do not know. The ideas that human beings live mostly in a kind of sleep state is not new. For example, we can find it expressed in Plato in his allegory of the cave in The Republic.”


William Irwin (“Computers, Caves, and Oracles: Neo and Socrates,” The Matrix and Philosophy: Welcome to the Desert of the Real, 2002) wrote …

“The prisoners in the cave are chained by the neck, hands, and legs. They have been this way since birth and so have no conception of any other way of life. Shadows appear on the wall in front of them, as their jailers pass animal figures before the light of a fire in the manner of a puppet show. The prisoners watch shadows on a wall, shadows not of real animals but of carved figures. The light that makes these shadows possible is firelight, not the best possible kind of light, sunlight. Yet these prisoners do not know that they are prisoners and do not suspect there is any reality but that which they experience. One day, however, one of the prisoners is set free of his chains, is dragged to the outside world, and by the light of the sun beholds things as they actually are. Rather than selfishly remaining in the outside world, the prisoner returns to tell the others, who reward his kindness with mockery and resistance, believing he has gone insane.

“This story parallels the life of Plato’s teacher, Socrates, who was thought mad and ultimately put to death for trying to draw attention to a higher plane of reality. Of course it also parallels the story of Neo, who one day is freed from the Matrix to behold ‘the desert of the real.'”

According to the same source …

“‘Why do my eyes hurt?’ Neo asks. ‘Because you’ve never used them,’ Morpheus replies.”

(To Be Continued)

'Will the Real “I” Please Stand Up! #3' have 3 comments

  1. October 23, 2016 @ 6:58 pm Atom

    A woman injured her right knee after visiting her mother in the hospital.

    She said,”Life has brought me to my knees” three times and “Life has cut me off at the knees” one time in the first ten minutes we talked.

    She was unconsciously describing her injury.

    “You’re lucky your subconscious believed ‘Life has brought me to my knees,’ and not your other affirmation,” I told her.



  2. October 23, 2016 @ 6:59 pm Atom

    Elie Wiesel (Night, 1982) wrote …

    “The general opinion was that we were going to remain in the ghetto until the end of the war, until the arrival of the Red Army. Then everything would be as before. It was neither German nor Jew who ruled the ghetto — it was illusion.”


  3. October 23, 2016 @ 7:01 pm Atom

    Re: When I was listening to the last show, Atom mentioned eating corn chips.

    Atom remembers mentioning corn tortillas made with limewater (calcium hydroxide).

    Corn prepared with limewater increases nutrient absorption and kills mycotoxins.

    Limewater neutralizes corn’s defense proteins.Plants have antibodies too.

    Plants aren’t hep to us eating them, so they manufacture antibodies (lectins, etc.) to prevent a “transplant” of their organs to ours.

    Nixtamalization — the fancy-schmancy term for limewater soaking — allows plant tissues to be “grafted” onto ours.

    Whatever we eat involves horizontal gene transfer, something rarely discussed by nutritionists.

    Eating chips occasionally as a treat is OK as long as it’s not done on an ongoing basis.

    Baked chips are the highest choice.

    The oils used in chips are usually the dregs of the barrel, so they’re best kept to a minimum whether saturated or unsaturated.

    “A little of anything [on time] is medicine; too much is toxic or abuse,” according to Swami Nitty-Gritty.

    Re: Is that the only grain you and Atom eat these days?

    Atom occasionally treats himself to a little rice, rye, millet, or quinoa.


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