The official history of science says that with the birth of modern science astronomy and chemistry soared into the heavens while astrology and alchemy were condemned to lurk in the shadows. That’s not how Professor Leon Marvell sees it.
We couldn't have far-flung Empire until we
had writing and a standardized code of law; we couldn't have the modern
democratic nation state until we had the printing press.
We now have media technology that is fully interactive, and this
points toward "direct democracy," or "Society without a State."
It's possible for a relationship between people that passes through a machine
to avoid being a relationship of compulsion and control, but it takes work. The more that human life
and interactions are defined by machines, the more difficult this tends
to become. It is crucial that we rediscover the possibilities of our own humanity.
current economic system is institutionalized psychopathology, a parasitic
virus, and its perpetuation would likely lead to the termination of the human
experiment in an accelerating series of catastrophes. The alternative is extremely difficult to imagine, until we
There is not enough of a communal tapestry to support a popular uprising against industrial civilization and tear it down. Doesn't it make more sense to tend to the tapestries of relationships around us, identify the acts of vernacular dignity still alive, and generously, lovingly, tend them?
Gurdjieff believed that human beings are the sense organs of the Earth. I expect that a critical mass of humans could reunify us with
Gaia consciousness. This is not esotericism; it's pragmatic knowledge in indigenous communities and empirical practice among shamans.
2012 the movie is not about consciousness transformed or reborn. To get at the film's deeper meaning, we have to take it for what it is: an out-of-body flight through the corporate dream world's restless vision of collapse.
Science has brought us to a place where we can walk in living awe of the ongoing miracle that is the world. Perhaps the true purpose of science is to apprehend new realms of the awesome.
teaching we need will not come from priests, gurus, shamans, or scientists. We must find our way without the individuals and organizations that duplicate the power and alienation of capitalistic culture.