Activist - Author - Builder - Farmer - Philosopher

 


I do not know what I think

Until I write.

The pieces do not fit until the words fit.

 

Yet truth is deeper than thought

Or words.

 

A single truth underlies thoughts of

War and peace,

Humanity and nature,

Mind and matter.

 

And the spirit moves.

 

                                                                                The mind follows,

                                                                                With words.

  

            There is nothing new in the subject matter of any of my books: no new discoveries in science, history, or philosophy – only new ways of seeing what is known already.  My purpose is to pry open assumptions beneath existing knowledge in search of unthought truth.

            My hero and role model is Nicolaus Copernicus.  He was not a great astronomer in the traditional sense.  We remember him not for contributions in charting the heavens, but for prying open the great assumption that confined the medieval mind.  Copernicus saw the same sky the ancients saw, and that we see today; all he did was say that the planets move in an irregular fashion because we are one of them.  He did not change what we were looking at; he changed where we were looking from.  He changed us.  We are no longer the center of the universe.  Without the geocentric assumption, what we see in the night sky suddenly makes sense, and we are in a bigger world.

            And what deep, unconscious assumptions keep us from seeing the larger picture in our own time?  We assume, with no possibility of proof, that space, time, and matter exist independently of conscious experience.  We think of ourselves as separate conscious beings, inside bodies, wandering about in an externally existing structure of space and time.  What would the world look like if space and time (and mass) were internal structures of perceptual consciousness?  What would the enigmas of modern physics look like from this standpoint?  A non- scientist myself, I venture into the special preserve of professional physics in:

The Dimensional Structure of Consciousness  and

Transcendence of the Western Mind

             A non-Buddhist as well, I am inspired by Buddhist meditation in: 

Buddha and the Quantum  and

The Quantum Screen

              I had great fun producing an illustrated approach to the physics of immaterialism using video, audio, print, and animation in a “v book” entitled:

Dimensions Within

            But my habit of prying open assumptions is not limited to science.  The greatest (and most dangerous) assumption of modern times is that of nationalism – the thought that personal altruism, civic behavior, and the gift of life itself revolves around the interests of one’s nation-state, and that the nation-state is the only possible form of sovereign organization.  I do not assume this.  I am a globalist – I do not believe in America first.  I love my country and my fellow Americans, but I believe in people first: all people, everywhere.  A justification of globalism based on the Federalist Papers is:

 The Globalist Papers

           We (as Americans) are not the center of the universe.   I’m still working on a book exploring the particulars of population, war, and climate change from a global point of view, expected to be out in 2019 or 2020:

 The Ecumene

            The relation between humanity and nature is hampered by the great assumption I call the economic paradigm, or the dictatorship of the dollar in understanding and evaluating “use” of the natural world.  The ecologic paradigm is a much wider picture that values the forests, the oceans, the deserts, and the weather as living entities over and above money.  I spell this out specifically in the struggle against the Keystone XL pipeline:

The Pipeline and the Paradigm

            My latest and best book for the general reader is a sweeping big picture view of life on Earth from molecules through cells to organisms and organizations.  The rapid technological changes we are seeing now are understood in organic evolutionary terms: evolution not of a new species, but of an entire new kingdom:

Soul of the Kingdom

            And finally (perhaps) there is a book I am thinking of writing some day:

Transcendence of Thought

            Truth is deeper than thought.  The spirit moves.  But I am still thinking about thought and have not, therefore, attained its transcendence, much less found a way to put it into words.

 

Thought reduces truth to the hazard of words.

To seek is not to say.

Yet, life does things.

I stare into the abyss, and would live:

Words, therefore.



Samuel Avery lives with his wife on a small wooded farm on the banks of the Nolin River in central Kentucky.  He spends his time gardening, building, writing, and operating a small solar installation company. He has practiced meditation daily throughout his adult life. “On the farm,” he says, “We have to find reliable sources of water, food, warmth, and energy.  We see where our lives come from.”