During winter break, I emailed Dr. Dean Kashiwagi a long explanation about my spiritual journey through life since Bangladesh. After hearing my story, he gave me an override to join the Deductive Logic class. The class has overall been an incredible growth experience. With a religious girlfriend bringing me around to my first contact with religion, it has been quite the journey to understand myself and the world around me. One of the hardest barriers for me to understand religion has been the jargon that is used. Kashiwagi Solution Models are really successful at breaking down core concepts in very logical simple ways. The core concepts are so simple that some students even find it deceiving. While my search for spiritual understanding has not been quenched, Deductive Logic has made it easier to understand some of the most complex ideas. “Religion for the Nonreligious” by Tim Urban has some very clear KSM dominant characteristics focusing on be Type A, B, C characteristics, and uncovering your true self.
In the first explanation of a Higher Being, Mr. Urban describes this notion of being in a “fog”. This idea further depicts the “fog” as the distractions from your true human being such as money, success, pressure, and animal instincts. Tim further describes that the core internal human struggle is the battle between the Higher Being (truth/consciousness) against animals (distractions from truth). He believes the goal of human life is to be aware of the truth, but warns that if the fog is thick, then there is no access to the Higher Being. This fog relates to Kashiwagi’s model on followers and leaders. The Followers (Type C people) are motivated by money, prestige, and comfort which are all distractions from the true motivation of life which is self-improvement. In order to self-improve, the individual must be able to continuous go through learning cycle’s faster and faster. This rate of change and understanding will improve yourself, which ultimately helps oneself to clear from the fog and into a more True self. Tim concludes that “being aware that the fog exists and learning how to recognize it is the key first step to rising up in consciousness and becoming a wiser person”.
This way of “rising up in consciousness” is similar to Kashiwagi’s Type A, B, C characteristics. Tim describes three clearly different characteristics and levels of human consciousness and calls each stage Step 1, Step 2, and Step 3. These three steps are exactly the same number to Kashiwagi’s characteristic types. Step 1 is described as the lowest step, the foggiest step, and unfortunately for most of us it’s our default level of existence. The distractions cancel out any opportunity for Higher Being which makes most people in Step 1 small-minded, short-sighted, and stupid. Tim further describes that “one way this stupidity shows up in us making the same obvious mistakes over and over and over again”. This relates to Kashiwagi’s Type C characteristic because people that are generally Type C do not have a fast learning cycle. This ultimately has Type C people make a lot of mistakes before completing the learning cycle. Step 2, according to Tim, is being more aware of the fog. This is easier said than done. The more an individual knows that fog exists, and understands what it is and the different forms it takes, the more the individual is able to recognize how it has been running the life of the individual. Some characteristics developed in step 2 includes empathy, understanding and letting go of expectations. The picture below accurately depicts the difference between a human in Step 1 and Step 2.
Step 2 most easily relates to Type B level in Kashiwagi’s model. However, in Deductive Logic class, Kashiwagi only describes extremes. Dean Kashiwagi never describes what a type B person acts like because there is no set characteristic since people and their personalities vary so much. Tim Urban relates Step 3 to the “WHOA” moments. Those moments that make you feel some intense combination of awe, elation, sadness, and wonder. Above all, they make you feel profoundly humble where you would just want get on your knees and surrender to the wondrous moment. It’s these fleeting moments, where there is no fog and the Higher Being is in full flow. This flow gives the utmost clarity for the mind and the soul, and the Fog or the filter of the mind does not taint this clarity. This flow achieves some sort of transcendent level of consciousness where every interaction, every motivation, every news headline has unusual clarity and difficult decisions are much more obvious. These feelings of “flow” and “clarity” directly relate to the Type A person that does not think to make decisions. Life is in constant flow for a type A person.
Tim further describes how when a person is in this flow, the person is in his or her truest form. This true form is a person feeling utmost fulfillment in pursuing a meaningful life. As a result, at the end of the article Tim describes his religion as “Truthism” and he is a “Truthist”. The goal of truthism is to grow wiser over time. The more conscious an individual is, the more one can see the truth about people, situations, the world, or the universe. Kashiwagi’s Solutions Modules can also be the basis of his own “Kashiwagism” religion. The goal of this religion would be to the best version of yourself through uncovering and understanding your true self. The search for Truth is the motive for any religion. What I am beginning to realize is that the Truth is not “out there”, but within. The spiritual journey only continues for…but I hope it never stops so I can relentlessly uncover my true self.
Urban, Timothy. “Religion for the Nonreligious.” Wait But Why. N.p., 19 Oct. 2014. Web. 21 Apr. 2016. <http://waitbutwhy.com/2014/10/religion-for-the-nonreligious.html>.