A Prescription for Rebellion

In the midst of a convoluted pathway of multi-pronged research toward producing a series of upcoming posts on the magical quality of Omniverse, I stumbled on footnoted source material bearing the title: Prescription for Rebellion, by Dr. Robert Mitchell Lindner, first published just four years before his tragic death in 1956. The copy I managed to obtain had been the property of a college in Massachusetts apparently since its 1953 republication in England. Apart from the library’s title page stamp and Dewey Decimal label, the book is like new. The card inside, typed on an old Remington with glass-covered keys no doubt, is still crisp, bearing no mark to show it had ever been lent or read. How sad. Academia has its subtle way of steering minds and shaping them to suit the purposes of commerce and government. Even today, this book would not be on a conservative professor’s list of recommended reading as grist for term papers. 

The cornerstone of Lindner’s thesis is his concept of a human Triad of Limitations, an iron triangle formed by (1) the medium in which we live, (2) the equipment/tools we use to live, and (3) our mortality. “All effort,” said Lindner, “all being, is directed upon the elimination of the sides of this enclosure.” Based on my analysis of barriers to human development—the response to which is expressed through all of my work since 1992—there is another and greater limitation, one that can be symbolized by a circle drawn around Lindner’s triangle and labeled: Perceptual abilities—hence my new science of Enhanced Human Perception™, my development of the Noetitek™ system and its cabinet of meta-tools, and my formulation of the NoetiTaoist™ philosophy. The bedrock institutions of civilization need to place an emphasis on optimizing that circle. Until then, “perceptual abilities” will be just the unrecognized fourth side of a virtual prison cell. 

Dr. Lindner knew the significance of human power to form ideas, yet he was unable to define the term adequately. In NoetiTaoism™ ideas are the products of gathering and processing perceptions. Ideas are more than just things people live by; ideas shape our inner experience as well as our experiencing of life in Omniverse. But Lindner was correct in saying that the idea of psychological adjustment is bad—the enjoining of people “…to conform, to adopt an attitude of passivity and a philosophy of resignation… [to] submit to existing ‘realities’ described as inevitable… [to] make peace with things as they are… [to] engage in behavior as will result in the adaptation of the self to conditions… [and to] abjure all protest not only as vanity but also as harmful. Implicit in the concept is a pessimistic conviction of man’s helplessness before an unfriendly universe whose circumstances can be deplored but never changed.” 

I agree with Dr. Lindner that adjustment is “a mendacious idea, biologically false, philosophically untenable, and psychologically harmful” for all the reasons he sets forth in his thesis and more. PluribusOne™ Consulting challenges everyone to use every tool available to enhance their perception and master their creative abilities for the purpose of making a better world for themselves and all others. The commandment: “You must adjust” is an unhealthy and unholy one although pressed on us at all levels of our lives via certified but unworthy leaders in almost every arena of society. Fifty years ago I selected a quote by transcendentalist leader Ralph Waldo Emerson for placement under my photograph in the high school yearbook: “Whoso would be a man must be a nonconformist.” Of course, the idea is equally applicable to women, but Emerson lived in the 1800s. In addition to that favorite, I have also always liked these: “Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail” and “All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make the better.”


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