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EARTH SPIRIT WISDOM

"Only by going alone in silence, without baggage, can one truly get into the heart of the wilderness. All other travel is mere dust and hotels and baggage and chatter". -John Muir


DAILY QUOTATIONS
"Re-member-ing"
FEBRUARY 2011

"Singing the World":
Anima-Life Force-Spirit




TO JOURNAL FRONT PAGE

"If this be indeed the hour in which I lift up my lantern, it is not my flame that shall burn therein. Empty and dark shall I raise my lantern, and the guardian of the night shall fill it with oil and he shall light it also...It was but yesterday we met in a dream.... and our dream is over... and if our hands should meet in another dream, we shall build another tower in the sky". -Gibran

Yes! We are Created in the Image of God, we have been "thought up" by Creation...We are ..."The Dream of the Earth" (THOMAS BERRY). To be in the World is to be within the Mind of God : "Creation is not a hurdle on the road to God, it is the road itself".-(MARTIN BUBER)

 

1/10/11 11:49 AM
BLINDED BY THE LIGHT / ALIENATION / SYSTEMICS / REDEMPTION

Every one is isolated and alienated by there own existential epigenesis--we call this individualism at times. A highly hierarchical /competitive /and specialized cultural en-frame-ment ( weltanschauung ) is the systemic condition that sets this for every person. In our early primate existence there was only one ideology/philosophy; this did not even need to be spoken because it was written in the same environment / (con)-text that they were all immediately in--the universal biosemiotic text.

We can't see the world because we are blinded by our self (epigenesis). This is significant and necessary to understand if we are wanting to begin or offer a ontology of Being. We will not get anywhere unless we begin from this understanding. This isolation is also experienced in some sense as a failed self--to the individual--which attracts the need for a personal god/redemption. The emotional success of religion resides right here. If one can not understand the systemic of estrangement/incompletion (failed epigenesis) they often feel personally responsible.

The body needs to be reconnected to the Creation to be re-intelligized and re-inform-ationed into its purpose and teleology.

 

1/11/11
EARTH FOREVER COME UP THROUGH OUR BODY AND VOICE !
The Earth takes care of us more profoundly and deeply than any love affair we could ever have with another person. This is the experience we must have if we are to save the Earth.

But: They have us all taking care of what we can ultimately declare is just an historical illusion (weltanschauung)--what a waste of life!

"The curse of the age is busyness". -Molly Ivans

"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home". -Walter Brueggemann

 

"...evidence continues to pile up that the ecosphere cannot sustain billions of people when even a fraction of them live at First-World levels. Look at any crucial measure of the health of our ecosphere -- groundwater depletion, topsoil loss, chemical contamination, increased toxicity in our own bodies, the number and size of "dead zones" in the oceans, accelerating extinction of species and reduction of bio-diversity -- and the news is bad and getting worse. And we live in an oil-based world that is fast running out of oil with no viable replacement fuels. And we can't forget global warming and climate instability. Add all that up and it's not a pretty picture, especially when we abandon the technological fundamentalism of the culture and stop believing in fantasy quick fixes for deeply rooted problems....

Our troubles are not the result of the bad behavior within the systems in which we live but of the systems themselves. We have to go to the root and acknowledge that human attempts to control and dominate the non-human world have failed. We are destroying the planet and in the process destroying ourselves".-Robert Jensen

 

1/13/11 9:18 AM
UNSUSTAINABILITY/SLAVERY/POLITICAL POWER
The whole civilization has been unsustainable from the very beginning. It has had to cut its way across and into every resource for the last 10k years. We are at the end, we peaked Earth's resources in the last century and are in exponential decline. The ultimate tragedy is that this unsustainably has been done at the cost and slavery of both human and animal life, all along the way, for the privilege and luxury of the few, who have had the power of coercion.

"The State is the altar of political freedom and, like the religious altar, it is maintained for the purpose of human sacrifice".-Emma Goldman

"The mass state has no intention of promoting mutual understanding and the relationship of man to man; it strives, rather for the psychic isolation of the individual. The more unrelated the individuals are, the more consolidated the state becomes, and vice versa... The question of human relationships and of the inner cohesion of our society is an urgent one in view of the automation of the pent-up mass man, whose personal relationships are undermined by general mistrust". -Jung

“Thus far Christians have been so concerned with redemption out of this world, so attached to their spiritual life development or their social mission of reconciliation that they have had little time for their serious attention to the earth. Nor do Christians seem to be aware of the futility of social transformations proceeding on an historical-industrial rather than on a comprehensive ecological basis….We find relatively few Christian guides in the past to enlighten or to inspire us to a more functional relationship between the human and the natural worlds.”-Thomas Berry

1/15/11
PEOPLE ARE (FOR THE MOST PART) THEIR EXPERIENCE--NOT REASON

People are there experiences; their experience determines for the moat part who they are and what they believe. You will not change the rationalizations they have of themselves or what they believed, you must change there experience. It will not be the older generations that will change, they will stay imbedded in there experience. The adage of: "science progresses by funeral" will most-likely hold here. Any attempt will ultimately be futile and only serve a loathing self-aggrandizement in itself.

It is only the children we can help change, It is this next generation of children we must reach to begin the transformation of society--the world. Primary , secondary and the junior college levels should be the immediate focus. The living organic vision of life and the Universe is where we need to start. We will have great opposition from religion and fundamentals which will want to preserve the status quo. Instruction must be changed to experience.

"GROWING UP GREEN" by DAVID HUTCHISON:

"The most reserve form of impoverishment is surely the loss of the sense of wonder in childhood. That this loss, now commonplace, is connected to the larger process of biotic impoverishment and environmental degradation is the message of David Hutchison's important book....This is an important contribution to our understanding of education and its relationship to the earth story".-David Orr, Oberlin College

"No amount of word-making will ever make a single soul to know these mountains. As well seek to warm the naked by lectures on caloric and pictures of flame. One day's exposure to the mountains is better than a cartload of books. See how willing Nature poses herself to the photographer's plates. No earthly chemicals are so sensitive as those of the human soul. All that is required is exposure and purity of soul." -John Muir

1/18/11 7:15 AM
THE ONTOLOGICAL DIALECTIC IS NOT RATIONAL

For Plato, Pythagoras and Parmenides classical reason was more or less moving categorically from definition to definition. You were already contained in the presupposition of the conclusion--you moved categorically by definition. This also fits the logical mindset of Law in a highly conformed and regulated society, as well as the conclusions of math and geometry. You are in the artifact of a confining definition not the real ontological world of Nature. You see only what your rational mind is looking for--by definition.

The early organic Greek philosophers Thales, Anaximander, and Heraclitus were fundamentally existentialist moving in an organic dialectic, not rational categories. But Plato won the day, leaving us with the mechanical-religious view--of certanty--still so prominent today.

 

"Every minute, it keeps changing, something different...Enlightment...don't know what it is"-Van Morrison

"The major problems in the world are the result of the difference between the way nature works and the way man thinks." -Gregory Bateson

"The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend....To perceive means to immobilize... we seize, in the act of perception, something which outruns perception itself."-Henri Bergson

 

1/23/11
THE SHAMAN AS THE NECESSARY MEDIATOR OF DIVINE WISDOM

The shaman must stand at a conscious distance from society to keep connected to the intelligence of the Earth and all it guiding principals. The corporal power of estrangement--Patriarchy--is a constant threat to this guiding intelligence.

"And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness, and you have said, "He holds council with trees of the forest but not with men. He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon the city". True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? How can one be indeed near unless he be far? And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said , " Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell uou among the summits where eagles build there nests? Why seek you the unattainable? What storms could you trap in your net, and what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky? Come and be one of us. Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine". In the solitude of there souls they said these things; But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain, and I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky". -Gibran

"All true wisdom is only to be learned far from the dwellings of men, out in the great solitudes…To learn to see, to learn to hear, you must do this---go into the wilderness alone"… --Igjugarjuk, Caribou shaman, In Joan Halifax, Shamanic Voices (Galland. 1980, p. 100).

 

1/27/11 10:03 AM
"NATURE AND MADNESS"--PAUL SHEPARD--URBAN SHAMAN

Many thinkers and their thoughts have influenced me in my dialectical evolution over the years, but, if there were "one book " that spoke most deeply and comprehensively to all the issues collectively that I have wandered through over the years, I would without hesitation proclaim it to be Paul Shepard's book NATURE AND MADNESS (1982).

"Of his many distinguished books, Shepard believed NATURE AND MADNESS to be the most important, for its presentation of what amounts to a unified field theory of the human condition. To support this, he draws from a stunning array of disciplines. His research into the fields of biology, genetics, zoology, anthropology, psychology, ethology, history, theology, poetics, and myth is deployed not to demonstrate his intellectual powers, grand as they are, but because all these are necessary components of human ecology, a field of study that he practically founded... It was only after reading NATURE AND MADNESS that I grasped our fundamental Western myth: The Garden of Eden...Shepard's analysis, that the very idea of a Single Father--monotheism--brought about our psychic exile from the garden of the world, is profound, indeed, and fearful in proportion. "-C.L. Rawlins (Foreword to "Nature and Madness")

WE DO NOT BELONG TO HISTORY BUT TO THE INTENTION OF THE STARS--TELEOLOGY--(The Intention of the Earth is our natural "Space-ship" through this journey, not another planet or otherworld religion).
"A repeated question of our time is, "How do we become native to this place?" History can not answer this question, for history it self is the great-denativising process, the great-deracinator. Historical time is invested in change, novelty, and escape from the renewing stability and continuity of the great natural cycles that grounds us to place and the greater community of life on earth...History does not resolve our confusion but further misleads us with its mix of dreams and visions, infantile mnemonics, Golden Ages, Christian paradises, escapism, ethnographic misinformation, and fundamentalist attempts to make of it a mythology (p. 15)... the prehistoric unconscious forms a better basis for the creation of a new history (p. 17)."
-Paul Shepard

 

1/29/11 8:43 AM
NATURE IS OUR "EXTENDED BRAIN"

To be in Nature is to be in the Pure Encephalic Mass of "In-tell-I-gence"/ "In-form-ation" and the foundation of all morality--it always was our "extended organ" of informative intelligence. It is the only enveloping position from which pure Purpose and Intention is derived.

"If you slice off part of a ball, you make both the ball and the slice dysfunctional; neither will roll with the same perfection as when the ball was whole. The same holds true for our extremely indoor lives. They slice our mind, heart and sprit from the nurturing restorative powers of nature, of the 'ball,' our living planet Earth."- Michael J. Cohen

"Were you thinking that those were the words, those up right lines, those curves, angles, dots! No those are not the words, the substantial words are in the ground and the sea, they are in the air they are in you... The workmanship of souls is by those inaudible words of the Earth".-Walt Whitman

"Meanwhile, the sense of a normative psychogenesis became a compelling idea, of development as an organ. The prospect of general, culturally-ratified distortions of childhood, of massive disablement of ontogeny as the basis of irrational and self-destructive attitudes towards the natural environment is the prospect to which I now turn."-Paul Shepard

ENDING TERRORISM
"If Nature could speak it would tell us that our "progress," our excessive development, pollutants and lifestyles, are terrorism. Their destructive impact upon natural systems are an invasion of Nature's perfection, intelligence and integrity as a community...We have psychologically learned to disrespect life, and as part of life, part of ourselves and each other. We have polluted our natural intelligence; we must now restore it."-Michael J. Cohen.

1/30/11 8:50 AM
WE HAVE BEEN RATIONALIZED AND ABSTRACTED--WE NO LONGER INTUITIVELY FEEL OR ACCOMPLISH OUR WAY IN THE WORLD.
Deception and politicizing--in civilization--is presently the most formative and functional use of language, which can't offer the real world.

"Intuition is a method of feeling one's way intellectually into the inner heart of a thing, in order to locate what is unique and inexpressible in it. If there is a way of grasping a reality in absolute rather than relative terms, of entering into it rather than taking up positions on it, of seizing hold of it without any translation or symbolism, then that way is metaphysics itself." -Henri Bergson

"Whoever controls the language the images controls the race".-A. Ginsberg

"There is one fact that can be established: the only phenomena which, always and in all parts of the world, seems to be linked with the appearance of writing...is the establishment of hierarchical societies, consisting of masters and slaves, and where one part of the population is made to work for the other part...[writing] seems to favor rather the exploitation than the enlightenment of mankind..Writing, on its first appearance in our midst, had allied itself with falsehood."-Levi-Strauss (anthropologist)  

 

1/31/11 5:55AM
THE ELDER

The existential road to wisdom is life long, and aptly described to the journey of reaching a mountaintop, where you see only the Archetypal--all superficial cultural garments of distraction fall away. Your personal methodology and guides (rocky improvisational trail--books, mentors) will be completely your own and not for any on else. Your desire to get to the top is all you need, and will not fail you, because it is the desire of Being itself to get you there; the trail or length is immaterial except for the desire to Be there. Most people never get there simply because they never try.

"These thirty years, and more, that I've spent among exotic, barbaric, indomitable gods and goddesses, nourished on myths, obsessed by symbols, nursed and bewitched by so many images which have come down to me from those submerged worlds, today seem to me to be the stages of a long initiation. Each one of these divine figures, each of these myths or symbols, is connected to a danger that was confronted and overcome. How many times I was almost lost, gone astray in this labyrinth where I risked being killed... These were not only bits of knowledge acquired slowly and leisurely in books, but so many encounters, confrontations, and temptations. I realize perfectly well now all the dangers I skirted during this long quest, and, in the first place, the risk of forgetting that I had a goal... that I wanted to reach a "center".-Mercea Eliade (Journal entry, 10 November 1959)

 

2/1/11 9:31AM
END NEANDERTHAL CAPITALISM
For 6 million years, as rising hominids, we existed in intelligent, stable, leisurely foraging, egalitarian ecologies--encephalic evolution and diminished sexual dimorphism demonstrates this. We fell into inequality and stupidity when an isolated male persona broke off into the narrower unsustainable economy of unrestrained mega-fauna killing and extinction (100-30kBC). In this historical moment of crisis (the equivalent of today) it did not return to the guiding intelligence of nature's wisdom, but, the hierarchical patriarchic psyche of this mega-fauna cult, went into a further narrowing darkness by transferring its physical domination into a labor-intensive mono agriculture with mostly woman and children being the suffering recipients. This dominating patriarchal psyche has kept transferring itself through the ancient, classical, medieval, colonial rampages of slavery, and still remains alive in the corporate global hegemony of today. They have brought nothing but destructing, darkness, and suffering for woman, children, and all of the fragile Earth

"Agriculture enables greatly increased division of labor, establishes the material foundations of social hierarchy, and initiates environmental destruction. Priests, kings, drudgery, sexual inequality, warfare are a few of its fairly immediate specific consequences (Ehrenberg 1986b, Wymer 1981, Festinger 1983). Whereas Paleolithic peoples enjoyed a highly varied diet, using several thousand species of plants for food, with farming these sources were vastly reduced (White 1959, Gouldie 1986)".
-John Zerzan

"The original 'affluent society' were the hunter-gatherers [*] .They were the best fed people on earth with only 2-3 hrs 'work' - makes them the most leisured people on the earth. As an omnivore with great intelligence and dexterity his dietary range is so immense that thousands of other species will go hungry first. Also predation of homo sapian is practically non existent. The line between work, and play and leisure is less defined than modern categories".- Marshall Sahlins

* ["These hunters" were not the later extreme pathological, unsustainable, exclusive mega-fauna culture that practiced in the upper latitudes of northern Europe, and then out of selfish expedience (after their devistation), imprisoned a convient isolated "lower class" to continue the further exploitation, unsustainability, drudgery, of a nutrient deficient mono-agriculture for them.]

"There is no wealth but life...Labor is for life not profit"-John Ruskin

 

2/2/11 9:19 AM
ALIENATION (The incompletion of Self) BECOMES THE "BOREDOM OF TIME" = INDULGENT COMPENSATIONS WHILE HELPING TO ADVANCE THE STATE

Heidegger spoke of a pervasive boredom at the root of the human psyche: "Profound boredom, drifting here and there in the abysses of our existence like a muffling fog, removes all things and men and oneself along with it into a remarkable indifference (The Fundamental Concepts of Metaphysics, Heidegger,1929). This to me is the deadening of the human countenance, by civilization, and it having to be constantly pushed away by endless entertainments and excessively confined sensual indulgences (food/sexuality/enter-[con]-tain-ment, etc.). "The importance of time...[lies] rather in relation to our desires than in relation to truth" (Bertrand Russell)..."One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity."(Mercea Eliade)...I say time is manifested and becomes present by the incompletion of our existence which then excuses truth to compensation. However, interestingly this incompletion works out for the benefit and success of power: "The mass state...strives ...for the psychic isolation [and incompletion] of the individual. The more unrelated the individuals are, the more consolidated the state becomes" (Jung).

"The importance of time...[lies] rather in relation to our desires than in relation to truth" -Bertrand Russell

"One is devoured by Time, not because one lives in Time, but because one believes in its reality, and therefore forgets or despises eternity."-Mercea Eliade

"The world is deep, deeper than day can comprehend." -Nietzsche

 

2/3/11 10:40 AM
THE FALL INTO IDOLS--IDOLATARY

Where humanity "fell", and has remained ever since, is to have fallen into the symbolization of the world, rather than the "world-in-itself" (the biosemiotic text).

Our six-year hominid evolution (encephalic evolution and diminished sexual dimorphism) developed the social and concept-ional/memory capacity to transpose the "organic text" (con-text-ual world of experience) into any arbitrary sign/sound/symbols: "A Story". This capacity for "Stories" stored resource information for the evolutionary success of the species. Every compass direction had its own marvelous "landscape resource story": storage. The ability to recall the "Story", and communicate this to someone without the experience (story) is the one most amazing capacity of our hominid evolutionary success. This has allowed us to create culture: artifacts (arbitary incultrating social symbols)!

But this beauty to symbolize the world--art-i-fact it-- was also our Fall. Whoever could control the "symbolization of the world" could now easily falsify it...politicize it. This is exactly our fallen position, where we broke-away, into the replacement of the world -- "ontological/teleological fall" -- into idolatry. We took political control, from the once "in-tell"-i-giz-ing/ "in-form"-ation-ing Cosmos, into a cosmopolitan blindness: History (inequality/war/environmental destruction, etc.). We are now in a BAD-STORY: "HIS-STORY"!

"...as soon as a human spoke, he or she was separated.  This rupture is the moment of dissolution of the original unity between humanity and nature;"-Zerzan

"To name anything by a name is to win power over it."-Spengler

"Language itself is a repression, and along its progress repression gathers--as ideology, as work--so as to generate historical time.  Without language all of history would disappear."-John Zerzan

"truth...is a comparative latecomer on the linguistic scene, and it is certainly a mistake to suppose that language was invented for the purpose of telling it."-Caws

Like ideology, language creates false separations and objectifications through its symbolizing power.  This falsification is made possible by concealing, and ultimately vitiating, the participation of the subject in the  physical world.-Zerzan

"We must find out what words are & how they function.They become images when written down, but images of words repeated in the mind & not of the image of the thing itself."--- Billy Burroughs

[Mythology]"is from its very beginning potential religion".-Cassirer

"Human speech conceals far more than it confides; it   blurs much more than it defines; it distances more than it connects,"    George Steine

"A medium of communication is not merely a passive conduit for the transmission of information but rather an active force in creating new social patterns and new perceptual realities. A person who is literate has a different world view than one   who receives information excessively through oral communication. The alphabet, independent of the spoken languages it transcribes or the information it makes available, has its own intrinsic impact." -Robert Logan

 

Friday, February 4, 2011

BLINDED AND ANTAGONIZED BY THE LIGHT
This ego-anthropocentric slum--devastation of idolatry--(noosphere / weltanschauung) is so loud we can no longer hear or see the Earth. Everyone is narrowly blinded by their own obscure existential occlusion they can't see the forest from the trees; and everyone else is wanting to cut down everyone elses tree.

"Its rush hour now on the wheel and the plow, and the sun is going down upon the sacred cow". -Bob Dylan

"The curse of the age is busyness".-Molly Ivans

"My family and old friends all seemed so oblivious to the sensual presence of the world. The present, for them, seemed nothing more than a point, an infinitesimal now separating the "past" from the "future". And indeed the more I entered into conversation with my family and friends, the more readily I, too, felt my consciousness cut off, as though by a sheet of reflective glass, from the life of the land". -David Abrams

"This is what is the matter with us, we are bleeding at the roots, because we are cut off from the earth and the sun and the stars".-D. H. Lawrence

 

Monday, February 7, 2011

THE FALL FROM TELOS--PURE SPIRIT--INTO: LOGOS (imprisonment/law) POLIS (conflict) TIME (endless repetitious boredom).

The Body is the Pure Mind of Spirit; when you are Embodied in Pure Foods, Free and Wild Environments, you have then Entered Heaven on Earth--Your Ultimate Intention in this Life!

"Measure your health by your sympathy with morning and spring. If no response...know the morning and spring of your life are past". (OS, 205 full text)-Thoreau

"It appears to be a law that you cannot have a deep sympathy with both man and nature.Those qualities that bring you near to the one estrange you from the other".-Thoreau

"I am too high-born to be propertied, To be a secondary at control, Or useful serving-man and instrument to any sovereign state throughout the world."--Thoreau

"Ah! The world is too much with us, and our whole soul is stained by what it works in, like the dyers hand. A man had better starve at once than lose his innocence in the process of getting his bread."   -Thoreau

"Business! I think that there is nothing, not even crime, more opposed to poetry, philosophy, ay, to life itself, than this incessant business. There is no more fatal blunder than he who consumes the greater part of his life getting a living". -Thoreau

"What I want to say is this: in wildness, is the preservation of the world...every tree sends forth its fibers in search of the wild... [and] from this wilder-ness will come the tonics and barks that will brace mankind". -Thoreau

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

THE REAL WORLD IS UNIQUELY EXISTENTIAL AND CAN NEVER BE BROUGHT TO YOU IN WORDS, BOOKS, OR METAPHORS

"Real faith- if I may so term presenting ourselves and perceiving- begins when the dictionary is put down, when you are done with it. What occurs to me says something to me, but what it says to me cannot be revealed by any esoteric information; for it has never been said before nor is it composed of sounds that have ever been said. It can neither be interpreted nor translated, I can have it neither explained nor displayed; it is not a 'what'   at all, it is said into my very life... it remains the address of that very moment and can not be isolated..."-Martin Buber

"In the beginning of heaven and earth there were no words". -Lao Tz

"In the beginning was the deed."-Goethe

"Who will prefer the jingle of jade pendants if she once has heard stone growing in a cliff".- Lao Tzu

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

THE LIGHT OF THE WORLD:

"With all your science can you tell me how it is, and whence it is, that light comes into the soul".-Thoreau

[?] "Every burned book enlightens the world"...[?] "All great men come out of [leave] the middle classes" [?]...-Emerson

"There are voices which we hear in solitude, but they grow faint and inaudible as we enter the world... "-Emerson

"Would that you could meet the sun and wind with more of your skin and less of your raiment, for the breath of life is in the sunlight and the hand of life is in the wind... Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the wind longs to play with your hair..."-Gibran

"The light shines not on us but through us...I'm in the woods and they are in me ... I've taken the sacrament with the douglas squirrel, drunk Sequoia wine, Sequoia blood, and with it's rosy purple drops I am writing [a] woody gospel letter..." - John Muir

"This world we live in is but thickened light"-Emerson

 

Friday, February 11, 2011

CIVILIZATION’S SUCCESS: SANCTIONED SLAVERY… ”Solving the land question means the solving of all social questions...”-Tolstoy

This might be more conjecture, than anthropology, but at least an observation and argument of anarchy; I see know sane reason for the Paleolithic man to leave the garden unless he was exiled by a cultivated craft of slavery—not his own volition. Once the precedent is established (a sanctioned and designed slavery by a privileged political class) and the talent for political control maintained—as in modern capitalism and its war machine--it is difficult if not impossible to throw off the oppression unless within some major revolution or enlightenment. This has to be the only reason the oppression keeps its tradition. The clear mindedness of even the modern primary foragers observed and intuited directly that civilization exists by the incorporation of slavery (plants/animals and men) to have its success. –they would take no part in it, but if they did it appears by the calculated hegemony of a sprawling criminal growth. This is why civilization survives: a sanctioned slavery (keeping a hierarchal educational system, minimum wage, legislative body and enforcement system) to keep the masses in servitude to large accumulations of private wealth. In the US 50% of all wealth is controlled by >1% of the population!

“Laws are always useful to those who own, and injurious to those who do not. Laws give the week new burdens, and the strong new powers; they irretrievably destroy natural freedom, establish in perpetuity the law of property and inequality, turn a clever usurpation into a irrevocable right, bring the whole future race under the yoke of labor, slavery and money.” -Rousseau

"LAND, n. A part of the earth's surface, considered as property. The theory that land is property subject to private ownership and control is the foundation of modern society.... Carried to its logical conclusion, it means that some have the right to prevent others from living; for the right to own implies the right exclusively to occupy; and in fact laws of trespass are enacted wherever property in land is recognized. It follows that if the whole area of terra firma is owned by A, B and C, there will be no place for D, E, F and G to be born, or, born as trespassers, to exist."-Ambrose Bierce

“With land and wealth being concentrated in fewer and fewer hands (and with more prisoners than farmers in today’s America) we have actually reached a point at which land reform is as necessary here as it is in any nation of Latin America or Asia. Only when we get more people back on the land, working to feed people and not Monsanto, will the system have a chance to work. Most home gardeners know that the root of the problem is political, but the agricultural establishment would like nothing better than to see us spend all of our free time in our gardens and not in political dissent.”-Stan Cox

“This association of poverty with progress is the great enigma of our times...and with which statesmanship and philanthropy and education grapple in vain... the remedy for the unjust and unequal distribution of wealth apparent in modern civilization, and for all the evils which flow from it: We must make land common property.”-Henry George

"The rich grind the poor into abjectness and then complain that they are abject.
They goad them to famine, then hang them if they steal a sheep". -- Percy Shelley

“Now we can see that life before domestication/agriculture was in fact largely one of leisure, intimacy with nature, sensual wisdom, sexual equality, and health. This was our human nature, for a couple of million years, prior to enslavement by priests, kings, and bosses”. -John Zerzan

“The original 'affluent society' were the hunter-gatherers. They were the best fed people on earth with only 2-3 hrs 'work' - makes them the most leisured people on the earth. As an omnivore with great intelligence and dexterity his dietary range is so immense that thousands of other species will go hungry first. Also predation of homo sapian is practically non-existent. The line between work, and play and leisure is less defined than modern categories.”- Marshall Sahlins

 

Sunday, February 13, 2011

THE EARTH IS “ONE SUPRA-ORGANISM” (SPIRIT) WHO’S COLLECTIVE WELLNESS ULTIMATELY SHAPES THE SPIRITUAL DESTINY AND PURPOSE OF EVERY INDIVIDUAL WITHIN IT: YOUR TELEOLOGY; WE SIMPLY "NEED EACH-OTHER" TO ARRIVE AT OUR GRANDEST DESTINY POSSIBLE

"At the observable level...the body is...a self-organizing, intelligent organism, but one that requires creative interaction with all other embodied forms for the release of its true potential. No bodily form makes sense in isolation. Interdependence is written into the very essence of embodied reality. Indeed, it is these two features--intelligence and interdependence--that provide the most generic clues to the meaning of our embodied existence in a corporeal universe."-Fr. Diarmuid O’ Murchu (Religion in Exile: A Spiritual Homecoming, 2000)

"It is time to embrace the cosmic and planetary context within which our life story and the story of all life unfolds. We belong to a reality greater than ourselves, and it is within that enlarged context that we will rediscover the benign and generic mystery within which everything is endowed with purpose and meaning."-Fr. Diarmuid O’ Murchu

"Yet scientists tell us that at the deepest core of matter, at the very nexus of what we are made out of, there's not solid stuff but rather relationships, potentialities and possibilities. In fact, everything in existence springs forth from the cosmic womb of unlimited possibility, according to quantum physics. This is the realm of creative Spirit, weaving the story of creation's unfolding across eons that our human minds can barely comprehend."-Fr. Diarmuid O’ Murchu

"These concepts of embeddedness or holarchy, and of the autonomy at every level of holarchy always tempered by holonomy are extremely important to understanding how life works. We humans, for example, fight about whether to see individual interest or community interest, whether to develop locally or globally. This is because we fail to understand life's fundamentally holarchic nature-- always a dialogue among relatively autonomous embedded holons, all of which are critical to the function of the hloarchy".-Elisabet Sahtouris (Earthdance, p40)

Monday, February 14, 2011

LANGUAGE AND REASON WILL CONTROL AND ALIENATES US FROM AUTHENTIC SPIRITUAL EMOTIONS

"The market-place is a place set aside where men may deceive and overreach each other". -Anacharsis (600 BC)

"Whoever controls the language the images controls the race."-A. Ginsberg 

"Linguistic meaning for him ( Merleau- Ponty ), is rooted in the felt experience induced by specific sounds and sound-shapes as they echo and contrast with one another, each language a kind of song, a particular way of "singing the world"...it is the sensuous, gestural significance of spoken sounds- their direct bodily resonance that makes verbal communication possible at all. It is this expressive potency- the soundful influence of spoken words upon the sensing body that supports the more abstract and conventional meanings we assign to those words". - David Abrams ( language, emotional ethos )

"Although we may be oblivious to the gestural, somatic dimensions of language, having repressed it in favor of strict dictionary definitions and the abstract precision of specialized terminologies, this dimension remains subtly in all our speaking and writing-if that is, our words have any significance what so ever. For meaning as we have said, remains rooted in the sensory life of the body- it can not be completely cut off from the soil of direct, perceptual experience without withering and dying". [ "as the words tingle up your spine"] - David Abrams (language, emotional ethos)

"Somewhat closer to the mark, I believe, is the approach of contemporary linguist E.H. Sturtevant: since all intentions and emotions are involuntarily expressed by gesture, look, or sound, voluntary communication, such as language, must have been invented for the purpose of lying or deceiving. In a more circumspect vein, the philosopher Caws insisted that "truth...is a comparative latecomer on the linguistic scene, and it is certainly a mistake to suppose that language was invented for the purpose of telling it."-Zerzan

"Like ideology, language creates false separations and objectifications through its symbolizing power. This falsification is made possible by concealing, and ultimately vitiating, the participation of the subject in the physical world".-Zerzan

"Human speech conceals far more than it confides; it blurs much more than it defines; it distances more than it connects."-George Steiner

"truth...is a comparative latecomer on the linguistic scene, and it is certainly a mistake to suppose that language was invented for the purpose of telling it."-Caws

"...as soon as a human spoke, he or she was separated. This rupture is the moment of dissolution of the original unity between humanity and nature;"-Zerzan

"To name anything by a name is to win power over it."-Spengler

 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

HALF THE REASON WE CANT SEE LIFE--OR MISS IT-- IS BECAUSE OUR OWN ART BLINDS US...

Art is long, life is short.-William Blake

Art is the objectification of feeling and the subjectification of nature. -Susan Langer

[Art]..."creation in order to subdue the torment of perception."-Worringer

"Art, like religion, arose from the original sense of disquiet, no doubt subtly but powerfully disturbing in its newness and its encroaching gradualness. In 1900 Hirn wrote of an early dissatisfaction that motivated the artistic search for a "fuller and deeper expression" as "compensation for new deficiencies of life." Cultural solutions, however, do not address the deeper dislocations that cultural "solutions" are themselves part of. Conversely, as commentators as diverse as Henry Miller and Theodor Adorno have concluded, there would be no need of art in a disalienated world. What art has ineffectively striven to capture and express would once again be a reality, the false antidote of culture forgotten." (THE FAILURE OF SYMBOLIC THOUGHT)-Zerzan 

...For ten miles the mountains rise above the lake. The beauty of water and mountains is impossible to describe. In the glow of evening a traveler sits in front of an inn, sipping wine . The moon shines above a little bridge and a single fisher man. Around the farm a bamboo fence descends to the water. I chat with an old man about work and crops. Maybe, when the years have gone when I can lay aside my cap and robe of office, I can take a little boat and come back to this place. -Chu Hsi

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011
FIVE GREAT URBAN-ELDER-SHAMANS:

Gibran, Eliade, Cambell, Thomas Berry, Paul Shepard...

The existential road to wisdom is life long, and aptly described to the journey of reaching a mountaintop, where you see only the Archetypal--all superficial cultural garments of distraction fall away. Your personal methodology and guides (rocky improvisational trail--books, mentors) will be completely your own and not for any on else. Your desire to get to the top is all you need, and will not fail you, because it is the desire of Being itself to get you there; the trail or length is immaterial except for the desire to Be there. Most people never get there simply because they never try.

 

"And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness, and you have said, "He holds council with trees of the forest but not with men. He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon the city". True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places. How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance? How can one be indeed near unless he be far? And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said , " Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell uou among the summits where eagles build there nests? Why seek you the unattainable? What storms could you trap in your net, and what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky? Come and be one of us. Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine". In the solitude of there souls they said these things; But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain, and I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky. -Gibran

"These thirty years, and more, that I've spent among exotic, barbaric, indomitable gods and goddesses, nourished on myths, obsessed by symbols, nursed and bewitched by so many images which have come down to me from those submerged worlds, today seem to me to be the stages of a long initiation. Each one of these divine figures, each of these myths or symbols, is connected to a danger that was confronted and overcome. How many times I was almost lost, gone astray in this labyrinth where I risked being killed... These were not only bits of knowledge acquired slowly and leisurely in books, but so many encounters, confrontations, and temptations. I realize perfectly well now all the dangers I skirted during this long quest, and, in the first place, the risk of forgetting that I had a goal... that I wanted to reach a "center".-Mercea Eliade

 

"Man should not be in the service of society, society should be in the service of man. When man is in the service of society, you have a monster state, and that's what is threatening the world at this minute. ...Certainly Star Wars has a valid mythological perspective. It shows the state as a machine and asks, "Is the machine going to crush humanity or serve humanity?" Humanity comes not from the machine but from the heart. What I see in Star Wars is the same problem that Faust gives us: Mephistopheles, the machine man, can provide us with all the means, and is thus likely to determine the aims of life as well. But of course the characteristic of Faust, which makes him eligible to be saved, is that he seeks aims that are not those of the machine. Now, when Luke Skywalker unmasks his father, he is taking off the machine role that the father has played. The father was the uniform. That is power, the state role"-Joseph Campbell.

"We perceive the dark side of our present condition as our failure to adhere to the standards of "civilization". Crime, tyranny, psychopathology, addiction, poverty malnutrition, starvation, war, terrorism, and other forms of social disintegration seem to be the weakness and flaws in our ability to live up to the expectations of being civilized. Present disillusion with ideologies and goals of advance nations since the Enlightenment, and the decline in quality and experience of life it self, are matched by the degradation of world eco systems and the ratcheting scale of poverty and wide spread social turmoil. In the absence of some new synthesis that rejoins us to our natural heritage, the world of corporate organization pushes us towards the degenerating process of conformity, the frenzied outbreak of genetic engineering, and the pied pipers technological tootle leading down the "information highway" towards the "net worked" insanity that confuses electronic regurgitation with wisdom. This circuit-sedative turns us into entertainment junkies hooked without reprieve to the economic machine and its media, a new level of confusion between reality and virtual reality. Our image of ourselves-of humanity- is in question because ideology alone always fails. Species and cultures that have endured scores of thousand of years are subject to oblivion in the hands of this culture in which our faith has been upstage by growth...

"Beneath the veneer of civilization...lies not the barbarian and animal, but the human in us who knows the rightness of birth in gentile surroundings, the necessity of a rich nonhuman environment, play at being animals, the discipline of natural history, juvenile tasks with simple tools, the expressive arts of receiving food as a spiritual gift rather than as a product, the cultivation of metaphorical significance of natural phenomena of all kinds, clan membership and small-group life, and the profound claims and liberation of ritual initiation and subsequent stages of adult mentorship. There is a secret person undamaged in every individual, aware of the validity of these, sensitive to there right moments in our lives. All of them are assimilated in perverted forms in modern society: our profound love of animals twisted into pets, zoos , decorations, and entertainment; our search for poetic wholeness subverted by the model of the machine instead of the body; the moment of pubertal idealism shunted into nationalism or ethereal otherworld religions instead of an ecosophical cosmology. But this means that we have not lost, and can not loose the genuine impulse. It awaits only an authentic expression. The task is not to start by recapturing the theme of reconciliation with the earth in all of its metaphysical subtlety, but with something much more direct and simple that will yield its own healing metaphysics".-Paul Shepard

 

Look up at the sky-
The heavens so blue, the sun so radiant,
The clouds so playful, the soaring raptors,
The meadows in bloom, the woodland creatures,
The rivers singing their way to the sea,
Wolf song on the land, whale song in the sea,
Celebration everywhere, wild, riotous,
Immense as a monsoon lifting an ocean of joy
And spilling it down over the Appalachian Landscape,
Drenching us all with a deluge of delight
As we open our arms and rush toward each other,
You and I and all of us,
Moved by that vast compassionate Presence
That brings all things together in intimate Celebration,
Celebration that is the universe itself.
-Thomas Berry

(from Every Being Has Rights, Twenty-Third Annual E.F. Schumacher Lectures, Stockbridge, Massachusetts, October 2003)

 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

A DEALER IN SOULS / "WHERE ART THOU ADAM?"/ THE DANGER OF BEING NORMAL / A SLEEPING SICKNESS OF THE SOUL: "Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years."R.D. Laing

"WHERE ART THOU ADAM?"
Martin Buber has recited the Old Testament existential question: "Where art thou Adam?". Well...Adam is hiding. He has been hiding in the middle of his own historical wreckage and refuses to look at it. This is the same biblical question (from Genesis) that Martin Heidegger (Being and Time) has brought back into the philosophical stream of history. The human has ventured out on an arrogant over confident raft of futile artifacts, and has now hit a melting iceberg under the Golden Gate. He is now before the same question. He must urgently rise to it or be transpired into geologic sediment in the next global flood. His raft was riddled with religious and philosophic holes that were always plugged with dialectical putty (Hegel). This kind of thinking will only drown you. Heidegger is asking history to re-grasp the existential crisis before humanity..."The darkening of the world, the flight of the gods, the destruction of the earth, the transformation of men into a mass, the hatred and suspicion of everything free and creative, have assumed such proportions throught out the earth that such childish categories as pessimism and optimism have long since become absurd" (Heidegger). This life was never about boarding a temporary raft to take us to an otherworld--even a technological paradise--it was always about, and will always remain, the maturing process of being connected to this world (ontogeny/ epigenessis: Paul Shepard).

So "Where art thou Adam"? I also say, this is the same emotion our hominid ancestors--6-10 million years ago-- had to confront, when holding the last branch (on to the Tree of Life) and about to step to the ground. The firm hold of 65 million years was given up to a stone hammer and blade. Somehow these tools, in such a short time, have fabricated a countenance of force that has become horrifying. Being and Time by Heidegger, and Between the Stars and Embers by Kohak, are two enormous philosophic poems centered in this literary emotion.

I say the human angst--our troubled soul--goes back to this evolutionary moment of abandonment and trust: when we let go of the last bough to raise our brow to a wild-er-ness we forcefully entered with hammers, fire, and ideology. We broke an evolutionary Covenant with the Creation. The cathartic guilt of this, forever so emotionally devastating, that we everywhere had to banish God into an otherworld to hide the guilt of a terror that we could never redeem except by sacrifice. Yes "God is dead", not because Nietzsche said so, but because we crucified God with hammers and blades as we advanced the savannahs, steppes, and tundra. We had to created the shaman, to transfer our guilt into blood and ritual, who went even further, to write lies on a cave wall to overpower and indulge you even more. We have never-ever gotten over it. But some of us can still cry. We can no longer hide or pass the guilt ..."and when I have done all this...it [still] gazes upon me with a horrifying look" (Martin Buber).-EarthHeart.org

"One sticks one's finger into the soil to tell by the smell what land one is in; I stick my finger into existence- it smells of nothing. Where am I? Who am I? How did I come here? What is this thing called the world? What does the world mean? Who is it that has lured me into the thing, and now leaves me there?...How did I come into the World? Why was I not consulted, why was I not made acquainted with its manners and customs, but was thrust into the ranks as though I'd been bought from a kidnapper, a dealer in souls? How did I obtain an interest in it? And is it not a voluntary concern? And if I am compelled to take part-in it where is the director? I would like to see him". – Kierkkegard

“We have no idea, no memory, no presentiment of a world that holds man [sic] in its bosom”. –Jean-Luc Nancy ( The Birth to Presence, 1993)

"The condition of alienation, of being asleep, of being unconscious, of being out of one's mind, is the condition of the normal man. Society highly values its normal man. It educates children to lose themselves and to become absurd and thus to be normal. Normal men have killed perhaps 100,000,000 of their fellow normal men in the last fifty years."- R. D. Laing (1989)

"The whole conviction of my life now rest upon the belief that loneliness, far from being a rear and curious phenomenon, peculiar to myself and to a few other solitary men, is the central and inevitable fact of human existance."-Thomas Wolf

"You know of the disease in Central Africa called sleeping sickness....There also exist sleeping sickness of the soul. It's most dangerous aspect is that one is unaware of it coming. That is why you have to be careful. As soon as you notice the slightest sign of indifference, the moment you become aware of the loss of a certain seriousness, of longing, of enthusianism and zest, take it as a warning. You should realize that your soul suffers if you live superficially". -Schweitzer

"Many of the world's penetrating minds have regarded our so-called inanimate nature as a living thing, and many of us... have felt intuitively that there existed between man and the earth a closer and deeper relation than would necessarily follow the mechanistic conception of the earth". -Ado Leopold

"A human being is a part of the whole called by us the universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to enhance all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty". - Albert Einstein

"The last three-thousand years of mankind have been an excursion into ideals, bodilessness, and tragedy and now the excursion is over...it is a question, practically, of relationship. We must get back into relationship, vivid and nourishing relation to the cosmos...The way is through daily ritual and the reawakening. We must once more practice the ritual of dawn and noon and sunset, the ritual of kindling fire and pouring water, the ritual of the first breath and the last...we must return to the way of knowing in terms of togetherness...the togetherness of the body, the sex, the emotions, the passions, with the earth and sun and stars".-D.H. Lawrence

 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

WE ARE IN A RELIGIOUS CRISIS NOT A TECHNOLOGICAL ONE / THE CATHARTIC CLUB AND IT'S GOSPEL: SUSTAINING UNSUSTAINABILITY…
 
I honestly don't see technology (hybrid cars, solar panels, organic farms, efficient cooking stoves/water heaters, what ever...) or any economic stimulation being able to quickly save us at this point from the crisis we are in but only through changed personal lives. If we dont change, the future will look back upon us with great disappointment that we let our immediate comfort direct the most urgent affairs that history has never seen the likes of before. We will have betrayed Life for materializations that never bring you ultimate fulfillment. And now in this moment of crisis it appears many are continuing to refuse to listen to the evidence that speaks against them. We project (the deniers of global warming) upon the science community what is really our own self-indulgence, to continue it.
 
I say we really do not love our children because we do not protect the Life that gives them their love back to us..."when I loved, I loved with indifference...the shadow of murder lay upon my sleep...so the time passes away..." (To Posterity- Bretch). We are childishly covering up our own indulgence by recycling beer cans and plastic. If I felt more technology was really the answer, I would be full-force advocating every possible innovation right now--but it is not/we are fooling ourselves--and everyone is even failing at that level of commitment. We are in trouble because of technology and indifference..."we can live without clothes or tools" (Gary Snyder). The Earth would prefer--honestly--to get rid of the whole human project of history. We have trashed four-billion years of beauty and greater intentions.
 
There is no time to waste thinking more technology will help us. I will talk all of my friends out of going in this direction--if they have a real interest to change the world. But I find they would all rather compromise for the profits of a dialectical band-aid (Hegal). They want to stay part of the "pathology of normalcy" (R.D. Laing). I usually find them always going down to the local cathartic club (bar) to engage in that pathetic psychology of: I'M OK-YOUR OK, while talking this shallow sustainability through four-beers. At this point it is only the beer and a cheap thrill talking. They are always sustaining an unsustainable compromise.
 
We need an honest moral dialogue between us, not the profits of exploiting and skating through our systemic tragedies. I am one of the best gifted at doing and designing technological things; I now find the sound of saws and hammers--even if done by habitat-for-humanity-- difficult to understand spiritually. The immediate thing we need to be doing is to begin depopulation, not building more houses. The right thing, is harder to do, but you will experience that the spiritual return exceeds the pain..."Your joy is your sorrow unmasked" (Gibran).-EarthHeart.org
 

"...the roots of our trouble are so largely religious, the remedy must also be essentially religious...More science and more technology are not going to get us out of the present ecological crisis until we find a new religion, or rethink our old one." -LYNN WHITE
 
"...scientific analysis points, curiously, toward the need for a quasi-religious transformation of contemporary cultures."- PAUL EHRLICH
 
"The crises of modern man are to a large extent religious ones, insofar as they are an awakening of his awareness to an absence of meaning"-Mercea Eliade
 
"The global warming debate isn't really about science or economics at all. It's actually a question of theology.-RANDALL AMSTER, J.D, Ph.D.
 
"If we had a different feeling toward nature, we would have different feelings for the wholeness and holi-ness of life. Not having this contributes to our loss of everything sacramental--because if the whole universe is not seen sacramentally, the partial sacraments die off." -PAUL TILLICH
 
"We mostly are scribes maintaining the order of the day. We mostly are appreciated by and paid for by people who like it the way it is, who do not sense our exile and resist discerning it, who do not yearn for a home coming because we have fooled ourselves into thinking this present arrangement is our home". -WALTER BRUGGEMAN

 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

SCHOOL YARD BULLIES ON THE HISTORICAL STAGE--SANCTIONED BY IMMORAL PRINCIPALS--WHILE A MASK OF SANITY, POPCORN, AND PATHOLOGICAL LAUGHTER RIDDLE THE AUDIENCE…

"It is as though traffic, smog, disease, violence, crime, uncaring strangers, dirt, drug addiction, and unemployment collectively provide distraction from something that perhaps cannot be dealt with..." -Paul Shepard

The paradigms of this tragedy is onstage all about us. The 20th Century produced a school of psychologist who have been indicting the very weltanschauung of the collective psyche to be the root cause--the major theme of the "Matrix". It is argued that the script writers of this theater (political elite), have gotten it, maintain it, by keeping the masses fixated at a childhood level of development--psychogenesis (Paul Shepard). But they themselves are not exempt from this very systemic either; wealth, precedent and prestige have only falsely legitimatized and excused their class. There has been a cover-up, and lying, that has been masking these emotional failures and social inequities for centuries.

"…That this pattern has not previously been noticed by historians is because serious history has long been considered a record of public not private events. Historians have concentrated so much on the noisy sand-box of history, with its fantastic castles and magnificent battles, that they have generally ignored what is going on in the homes around the playground. And where historians usually look to the sandbox battles of yesterday for the causes of those of today, we instead ask how each generation of parents and children creates those issues which are later acted out in the arena of public life".-Lloyd DeMause

"....[as] they grow up as emotionally crippled adults and become vengeful time bombs who periodically re-stage their early traumas in sacrificial rites called wars…they occasionally appear on casual inspection as successful members of the community, as able lawyers, executives, or physicians....[t]he true difference between them and the psychopaths who continually go to jails or to psychiatric hospitals is that they keep up a far better and more consistent outward appearance of being normal”.-Hervey Cleckley

"Largely ignored so far in the study of historical change have been the emerging concepts of developmental psychology- a small but steadily growing body of theories about the sequences of stages of human development, the conditions that foster or inhibit development in children, and the consequences of early development for adult rolls, symbolizations, and values... Historical or cultural conditions which may stimulate it or actually retard it in other sectors...Some societys may 'stop' human development in some sectors earlier than other societies 'chose' to do so".-Kenneth Keniston

…child-rearing practices are not just one item in a list of cultural traits. They are the very condition for the transmission and development of all other cultural elements, and place define limits on what can be achieved in all other spheres of history. –Lloyd DeMause (psychogenesis, psychogenic history)

“That millions of people share the same forms of mental pathology does not make these people sane” -Erick Fromm.

"We could describe our industrial society as counterproductive, addictive, paralyzing, [a] manifestation of a deep cultural pathology. Mythic addiction functions something like alcohol and drug addictions. Even when they are obviously destroying the addicted person, the psychic fixation does not permit any change. . . Any effective cure requires passing through the agonies of withdrawal. If such withdrawal is an exceptional achievement in individual lives, we can only guess at the difficulty on the civilizational or even the global scale." --Thomas Berry

"We are talking only to ourselves. We are not talking to the rivers, we are not listening to the wind and stars. We have broken the great conversation. By breaking that conversation we have shattered the universe. All the disasters that are happening now are a consequence of that spiritual ‘autism.’” --Thomas Berr

"The break with patriarchal values is final. We are moving toward the end of the exploitation of nature, of work, of trade, of predation, of separation from the self, of sacrifice, of guilt, of the forsaking of happiness, of the fetishizing of money, of power, of hierarchy, of contempt for and fear of women, of the misleading of children, of intellectual dominion, of military and police despotism, of religions, of ideologies, of repression and the deadly resolutions of psychic tensions. This is not a fact I am describing, but an ongoing process that simply requires from us increased vigilance, awareness, and solidarity with life. We have to reground ourselves in order to rebuild—on human foundations—a world that has been ruined by the inhumanity of the cult of the commodity."-Raoul Vaneigem

 

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