New Thought Ancient Wisdom

New Thought Ancient Wisdom

Ancient Wisdom Made Fresh Again for the Modern Mind

In 1916, Claude Hopkins wrote:,

“Social morays and fashions are fleeting and salient, ever changing. Human psychology however is not whimsical. The things which motivate us today, are the same things which motivated us 1,000’s of years ago. The things which work for us today, are the same things which worked for us throughout all of human history.”

Although our clothes and dialects change, and skirts grow shorter, then longer, then shorter once again, our core motivations have changed little over all these millennia. Much the same can be said for our means of obtaining these myriad ends, the techniques of the ancient ones, the classical techniques are still, as they ever were, the most effective and efficient ones available today.

There is no doubt, that each generation is the first to ‘rebel’ against its elders. It is a certainty that each generation must make itself distinct in order to establish its own inclusiveness.

For Clarity’s Sake: If your generation wore short skirts – the one that follows will either make theirs shorter or longer, and consider it a “New Fashion” that they created all in and of themselves! How will they know if it is to be shorter or longer? Well, there are certain practical limits to how short a skirt can be! It’s not something New if they just make it so short that we old timers call it a belt! So when the practical limits are reached, the ebb flows in the opposite direction, this waxing and waning has repeated itself over and over throughout the millennia…

A subtle irony exists in the skirt example: Imagine a generation (as now) who has aspired to ‘as short as is realistically possible’ and an older generation (as now) who says such things as “in my day such outfits were reserved for prostitutes and strippers!” all the while forgetting that just 7 generations ago public nudity was commonplace in the Northern United Kingdom and North America!

And don’t forget, the flesh seen in such disdain was exalted even worshipped by the renaissance artists 500 years ago, the Byzantines 1000 years ago, the Egyptians 2,000 years ago, and the Hindus 3,000 years ago ! Over and over the cycle repeats itself… From Exaltation and Reverence, to demure and modest…

I’m big on examples, and the skirt becoming the mini-skirt and the mini-skirt becoming the micro-skirt is such a great example of the same phenomenon that is occurring with Thought.

Let’s us, for mental pleasure’s sake, imagine a spectrum with – Conservative/Reserved/Cautious at one end (the left) and Chaotic/Haphazard/Innovative at the other (the right end).

Are we crazy? Chaos and Innovation at one end?

I’ll leave it to your formidable faculties to reconcile that one…

Now, let’s place “New Thought”, “Old Thought”, “Modern Thought” and “Ancient Thought” into the spectrum…

Let’s get the linearity of time in perspective before we go any further, it goes something like this (from present to past): New Thought – Modern Thought - Old Thought – Ancient Thought

New Thought: New Thought (as a phrase) has been gaining popularity for about 150 years now. Before that, the tenants it encapsulated were called ‘High Thought’. An Aside: There have been a great many “High Thought + One = new Thought” which means “Take the basic principles of High Thought, add one thing, then it’s ‘New thought’…” Most of the time the one thing which gets added is some sort of religious or dogmatic element (ie: High thought + Jesus, or High Thought Plus Science, or High Thought Plus Laws of Attraction)… For our purposes here, we’ll stick with those principles common to all the New Thought doctrines a foot: There is a divine force of goodness, and by harmonizing with it, goodness becomes our life… Simple when you extract the dogma or ‘Proprietary One-Upmanship’…

So on the spectrum it falls near the very left most… it is a very conservative ideology (note: new thought Proponents don’t like to be considered conservative, nor consider themselves conservative…) but, it is in fact on the very near left most extreme of our spectrum: Conservative/Reserved/Cautious – The Divine force of Goodness has little need for chaos or wild speculation, more a flowing river then a storm in all the myriad sects…

Modern Thought: Of course, such broad categories as these open the door to vehement disagreements regardless of what I say… After all, how can anyone hope to distill something as broad as “Thought” down into a dosage befitting a single slot on a spectrum?

Look no further! I’ll do it! Modern Thought is characterized by Innovation, Experimentation, and Expansion. These three characteristics place it very near the right hand side of the spectrum. The distinction to be made is that Modern Thought seeks to bring order to the chaos by its reliance on science and experimentation… Alas, sometimes we in the modern world tend to make the whole world our laboratory and run wildly speculative experiments using the global economy as our laboratory, just listening to a few mintues of public news (circa 2009) and you are overwhelmed with the phrase “We think this might work to save the global economy)… Clearly, very near the right hand of the spectrum: Chaotic/Haphazard/Innovative.

Old Thought: Smack dab in the middle of it all. Old thought is characterized by a conservative disregard for the ancient ways, the earth, and the sanctity of life (both human and other)… In the modern era we tend to think of Old thought as Conservative, but the evidence points out that it really isn’t at all… in fact, such examples as the Inquistion, the crusades, Native American Genocide, the debauchery of the Roman Emporatic system, as well as the very nature of ecological defilement on a global scale are altogether not conservative on any scale!

In many ways, this can be likened to the person in the mini-skirt claiming she is conservative next to the person in the micro-skirt….

Now, to Ancient Thought: It is tough to say where Old thought ends and Ancient Thought Begins, also baring in mind that this rather terse expose is entirely should carry the moniker ‘Western’ before all phrases… More important than the distinction of where one ends and one begins is the context of Conquest versus Escarpment…Or escarpmentation as I prefer to call it (although I have no evidence ‘escarpementation is even a word” (verb form of escarpment)…

Aha!!!! 93% of all readers just said: “Hmmm… I know the word but don’t know what it means, exactly.” That’s because it’s ancient! It is indicative of the ancient ideological and even theological approach!

You see, old thought is characterized by conquering, Ancient thought is characterized by fortifying and inhabiting. An Escarpment is “defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it” and is the fundamental technology of the ancient era…

So, with this in mind, Ancient Thought is cleanly and neatly placed to the very left hand most of our spectrum, right beside: New Thought…

The irony, well , not all that ironic, is that Hermetic Thought is over 5,000 years old, and forms the underpinnings of all Constitutional Law (the very idea of a ‘law’ and a ‘constitution’ of laws is Hermetic in origin…)

I guess that’s not really all that ironic on first read… But, it may unfold for you over the coming days, and you’ll witness the irony of Ancient Thought and its hermetic Roots resurfacing as the epitome of conservatism…

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