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TimmyCatChores wrote

Yes, we need to look inside ourselves. What you find is that there is no self without others. Our minds are built for social connection, not to be separate.

If you want to prove that to yourself, (assuming ones lives alone) bring a weeks worth of food into your bathroom, bring no company, no music, no books, no phone, and no TV. That's individualism.

Individualism is a fantasy of the ego. It's impossible to fill ones own psychological needs.

Capitalism thrives by disconnecting us. We are no longer filling our needs through solidarity, in the way of 99% of human history in small cultures.

Our minds were built for solidarity, not the contrived idea of a person that ruling-classes have taught since their inception a few thousand years ago.

Look at the solidarity of small tribes. That's how the mind evolved to live. Each member knows how to fill the physical and psychological needs of the entire tribe.

In modern cultures, physical needs are filled with the aid of technology. No one person in modern cultures knows how to fill the physical needs of the entire culture.... there is absolutely no reason that we should not know how to fill each others psychological needs in the way the body demands. The body and mind demand solidarity, or else we get what we see: humanity at war with itself.

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TimmyCatChores wrote

I see your point. If we get a compassionate upbringing, and then get thrown into the kyriarchy, we learn our own style of ego defenses, part of which is creating rationalizations in order to hold on to our own dignity, and avoidance of people.

An introvert learns to live in their heads, which is about creating rationalizations.

I've never called what I do meditation, but I've developed serious rationalizations to defend myself as a compassionate person in a systemically violent culture.

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TimmyCatChores wrote

Thing is, I don't know what meditation is. Everyone seems to have a different story of what it is.

I can get to spiritual feeling through thinking, but it's hard for me to not thinking creatively and actively, which is really my form of mental protection.

If I have try to meditate and stay in a spiritual mood I wind-up only being able to do that a few minutes.

I'm not sure that counts as meditation.