I often find it frustrating as hell about all this talk about being woke yet no one, it seems, really knows what it means and I highly doubt the podcast will address it with the attention it deserves. I believe Wikipedia has it right about the meaning of being woke but defines it as psychological mindedness
"A person’s capacity for self-examination, self-reflection, introspection and personal insight. It includes an ability to recognize meanings that underlie overt words and actions, to appreciate emotional nuance and complexity, to recognize the links between past and present, and insight into one’s own and others’ motives and intentions. Psychologically minded people have above average insight into mental life"
Dr. Adrian Piper would most likely agree to the above when she said
self-examination entails self-awareness, i.e., awareness of the components of the self. But self-awareness is largely a matter of degree. If you’ve only had a few discordant experiences, or relatively superficial discordant experiences, you don’t need to examine yourself very deeply in order to revise your false beliefs
Then you have Dr. Arthur J. Deikman
*So habitual is the trance of ordinary life that one could say that human beings are a race that sleeps and awakens, but does not awaken fully. Because half-awake is sufficient for the task we customarily do, few of us are aware of the dysfunction of our condition"
The Arab proverb below alludes to the reason why many people find it hard to wake up
"He that doesn’t know and doesn’t know that he doesn’t know is a fool, shun him. He that doesn’t know but knows that he doesn’t know is simple, teach him. He that knows but doesn’t know that he knows is asleep, wake him. He that knows and knows that he knows is wise, follow him"
Carl Jaspers follows along the same lines as the Arab proverb
"The untruth of the present state of affairs, regardless of whether the form of government is democratic or aristocratic or tyrannical, cannot be remedied by great political actions. No improvement is possible unless the individual is educated by educating himself unless his hidden being is awakened to reality through an insight which is at the same time inner action, a knowledge which is at the same time a virtue. He who becomes a true man becomes a true citizen"
I believe Dr. Robert Firestone’s quote below tells us that, not only do we have to deal with our own shadow and unresolved inner conflicts- going as far back as childhood- but we are also confronted with the social/political and economic system that is largely culpable in this malaise we are in which makes it harder to wake up. (it’s no wonder some individuals decide to live in a monastery because it’s the best environment to focus beyond being woke: self realization).
"Our society actually exist as a kind of negative afterimage. We all live in a crazy, backward world, often unaware of the lies and double messages we are given. If we could be free for a moment to catch a glimpse of our true situation, if we could view our society as a visitor from another planet, we would be stunned at the nightmare in which we live. The things we are expected to believe about ourselves and about society are frequently the very opposite of the way things really are. Unhappily, the individual and all the members of our society are often unconsciously working together to maintain a largely defensive and dishonest way of living"
I believe Dr. Jaspers was very perceptive when he said that our "hidden being " must be awakened to reality. I would amend that by saying that when we discover our hidden being
it awakens us to a greater awareness of reality. It’s the kind of experience no amount of college education can provide and it makes you wonder why our universities know nothing of this.
Having said all the above, I often wish we should stop this ongoing tiring and endless politized arguments about being woke and instead focus on HOW to realize our hidden being in a very real way. No amount of talk is going to do it. In fact, the more we argue and talk about all manner of being woke, the more we entrench ourselves away from our hidden being. It’s just another way we are spiritually bypassing. I believe the aforementioned authors are much closer to the truth as to what we are up against in discovering our hidden being. And so, and for the love of God, WHAT are the means by which we can realize it? To lose weight, we already know we must exercise and eat sensibly. So how do we realize our hidden being? As far as I know, no one has said anything about this. I have yet to see Corey Devos interview a psychotherapist who has developed a therapy that focuses on psychological mindedness as well as individuals who have benefited from this treatment. Until then, we may take pleasure talking ad nauseum about being woke but nothing good will come of it.