The Light … beautiful white light. It contains everything. But it also represents the, as the mind might say, boredom of true enlightenment. Nothing spectacular there. Just serenity. Purity. Spotless.
A rainbow gives us a peek into the inner workings. It enables the mind to perceive all the ingredients in that white light by separating them. It induces bliss and amazement by showing the mind all there is that it normally is not aware of since it is used to seeing it all mashed together, perceiving only the end product.
And when do we get this opportunity?
Not when everything is fine. Naturally.
But when on a rainy day, the Light clashes with the grim setting, does not allow it to have the stage to itself. When a ray of hope breaks through in dark times.
The contrast makes us see.
I consider it of profound meaning in connection to this that psychedelic experiences tend to come with perceptions of the rainbow colors.
They make us aware of the full spectrum; of maybe the light at first, but other things later. Time. Space. Experiences. Possibilities.
In the game Star Citizen, Operation Pitchfork is a fandom idea where at the end of the beta phase all kinds of people, not just the military, will invade the space of the war-minded aggressive Vanduul race as an act of retaliation and such. Thus the name: Basically a lynch mob of commoners armed with pitchforks.
And I suddenly realized while reading a news report from the galactic front…
Operation Pitchfork would mark the victory of the demons that drive the Vanduul by turning humans into their enemy; making them a tribe fully committed to being aggressors, fully expanding the war mind to civilians.
While I say that all the people should support good values like freedom and keep society healthy, the methods are very relevant. Among the most valuable functions of the military is their sacrifice of directly facing and dealing with the horrors that war inevitably brings with itself so that civilian life can remain that. Then military people will also have a healing sanctuary to return to and recover and remind them of what they fight for. The Vanduul is exactly what you get when you expand the ‘culture of war’ far into the civilian life.
Act on fear and fear you will serve.
Sometimes it is the coward who fights and the brave one who refrains.
You often hear it when businesspeople speak. “The customer” instead of “the customers” even when talking about the totality of them. That totality is treated like a single entity, as a type.
That is convenient, because it helps to generalize and to deny the individual interests and thus potentially causes thought patterns of dehumanization to creep into the mind.
It is a common thought pattern in the business world, because ideally the whole customer base is conformant, homogenous. That helps with maximization of efficiency and thus profit. Deviants are inconvenient for that, as is proven again and again not just in the business world, but anywhere where fear reigns, often fueled by big money.
Think about where else you usually find this rhetorical tool for mind (self-)conditioning:
Note the quite crucial, intentionally left out word “average”. (Which comes with its own set of problems somewhat related to this topic, but is not as severe as when left out altogether.)
Not a coincidence. Same thought pattern. If you saw a group of people as individuals, you’d have to accept the mental effort and practical inconvenience of allowing each individual their relevance.
Marketing has learned a lot from Hitler and such, and Hitler learned a lot from people before his time.
As I often point out: Thought shapes language and language shapes thought.
(That’s the whole point of applied rhetorics.)