Trading Places: Neocons and Cockroaches
By Robert Parry
The article above explores the imaginary retrospective from cockroaches inhabiting a post apocalyptic world as a result of neo-con policy.
It brought the following comment to which I then replied.
Even cockroaches have their problems
There is a small parasitic emerald wasp (Ampulex compressa) that uses the much larger common household cockroach (Periplaneta Americana) to perpetuate itself.
It does this by first stinging the cockroach’s thorax with gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) which paralyses its front legs, and then by injecting neurotoxins directly into the cockroaches brain. These neurotoxins stop spontaneous walking. The tiny wasp then leads the cockroach back to its nest, where it lays a egg on its abdomen. This hatches out and then devours the cockroach in an orderly sequence that keeps it alive (ie ‘fresh’) for as long as possible.
The only human analogy I can think of is the relationship between one small middle eastern country and a country defended by the worlds strongest military force.
The parasitic image is apt. The seeming incapability to recognize or respond to a plight we are induced to actively bring upon ourselves is a triggered terror – and rage conditioning whose very nature is antithetical to our ‘conscious’ mind – which runs upon the denial or evasion of such feeling intent. Thus for the most part we ‘think’ along such different lines and from such a different sense of self-protective survival and thrival that a ‘psychopathic rage’ of a primitive hate and defiance of any other power and coupled with the sociopathic manipulation of anyone and everyone as a right and duty of a superior intelligence, master race or as gods over man and world.
Waking up – as I feel it – is not merely the disintegration or recognition-release of a world-view/identity of evasion and denial in masks of diversionary self-illusion – but the expansion or opening to notice the trigger points within my own consciousness by which in some sense conditioning replaces or takes over from a truly relational being – the presence in which I know my existence through its natural extension as opposed to a tyrannous compulsion operating through the yielding of conscious willingness to ‘unconscious urge’.
Another image for this is the bot-net, in which seemingly functional computers are compromised by trojan ploy or masked deceits so as to be open to being taken over upon receiving specific code that has gained access to ‘direct the thinking’ of executive instruction.
Clearing the moneylender out of the template is awaking to one’s own responsibility for true presence – because once a mind is compromised it is simply not your own – or perhaps better said; not aligned with or representing your true willingness for life.
It can be said that the ‘predator’ can be used to illuminate the hidden or unrecognized lack of integrity and that re-alignment in true is enabled by the alarm. But a herded and domesticated prey become dependent on their ‘state’ and are retrained to ‘love’ the hand that milks them, puts out the feed, fences out the wolves and leads to the slaughterhouse.
Neuroplasticity and epigenetics are two fields that bridge scientific thought to open a possibility of change where our thinking belived none was possible – but the desire to embrace Life has to stir – for the survival urge fuelling the desire to escape fear of pain and death in life undermines our capacity to recognize Life apart from ancient re-enactments of ‘separation trauma’.