In Blog 14, In my search for a body of human rights that could fulfill the premise of the Declaration of Independence that governments are established to secure the people’s rights, I discovered the chakras of the Upanishads and Hindus–seven levels of human consciousness and desire. The levels of consciousness are also levels of desire; for everything which we are conscious of, we want to understand, experience, and apply to our lives. The seven chakras, in ascending order are survive; pleasure; power; love; know; free; dream.
Since fundamental aspirations, hopes, and desires are terms used to describe human rights, I drew the inference that the seven chakras are also seven human rights. (Note: For an in-depth discussion and understanding of the chakras and the reasons why I believe they are seven fundamental rights, read my book, Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers.)
However, I did not believe that the chakras, alone could be a complete system of consciousness and desire because they do not clearly differentiate among mental, emotional, or physical states. For example, emotional, physical, and mental power are different from one another and should be distinguished. Physical love is different from mental love. Physical survival is different from emotional survival; and so on. And, then I discovered wisdom of ancient Egypt.
Ancient Egyptian royalty studied a system of consciousness, which would become known as the Tarot. In that system, humans were viewed as a composite of mental, physical, emotional, and creative/intuitive characteristics. Consciousness occurred within the four human dimensions symbolized with swords, disks, cups, and wands. I learned that the swords represent the mental, the disks stand for the physical, the cups represent the emotional, and the wands represent the creative/intuitive. I noted that the fourfold system corresponded to prevailing left-right brain theories of the seventies. The mental and physical characteristics are attributed to left hemisphere, while the emotional and creative attributes correspond to the left.
I concluded that the mental, physical, emotional, and creative/intuitive attributes comprise the playing field for the game of consciousness and desire. Thus, seven levels of consciousness and desire exist within each of the four primary human characteristics.
I wanted to visualize the two systems as an organizational structure so I placed the seven levels of consciousness and desire, in vertical order (as the chakras are traditionally depicted) in each of the four general categories of consciousness and created what I call, the paradigm of individual consciousness and desire. The paradigm represents the totality of reality divided by four and further divided by seven.
As I looked at the paradigm, I realized it could be the matrix for an educational curriculum for self-knowledge. It confirmed my suspicion that I had gotten an incomplete education; one that emphasized my mental and physical qualities while largely ignoring the emotional and creative ones. Imagine, for a moment, an educational system based on a system of comprehensive consciousness that could enable students to become aware of their full range of mental, physical, emotional, and creative potentials.
The next step was to name the rights. Naming the seven rights was easy. Naming the four foundational rights—what I call “mega rights” was more difficult, but relatively easy, once I had read At the Edge of History, by William I. Thompson (explained in Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers). I categorized these four mega rights as social rights, cultural rights, educational rights, and safety rights. The emotions correspond to social; the creative to cultural; the mental to educational; and the physical to safety. Further analysis also convinced me that these four mega rights correspond to the rights to life, liberty, pursuit of happiness, and safety of the Declaration of Independence.
I named this body of rights the seven rights schematic. I diagrammed it as a four-sided, seven leveled, pyramid—from an aerial view.
My favorite feature of the paradigm is its emphasis on multi-faceted human potential–a quality not found in the more limited Bill of Rights; amendments which emphasize protection from British colonial abuses of the eighteenth century. Enhancing the schematic’s comprehensiveness is its structural balance among the four mega rights which facilitates the allocation and distribution of government resources. The seven rights schematic is a paradigm of all human wants and embodies a simple philosophy: Do what you will–with love.
I have just given you a bare-bones summary of a blueprint for a future government (with implications for education and business). The seven rights schematic is my vision for the organization of a government based on a body of comprehensive and balanced rights—consistent with the premise of the Declaration of Independence that the purpose of government is to secure all rights of the people.
From my perspective, the highest goal of a national political party would be the achievement of a government whose purpose is to encourage and secure all rights of the people. This objective could engage activists and citizens for a hundred years or so.
Next: Blog 15. Trumps Lies and the Right to Truth.
Note: To all peaceful revolutionaries. If you want to understand the origins and societal implications of the seven rights schematic in depth, please read my book Seven Rights for Citizen Slackers.