Jean Gebser was a German-Swiss cultural philosopher, intellectual mystic, poet, and scholar of the evolution of consciousness. Gebser’s time, I believe, has come yet again: to help us in this age of existential and ecological crisis to think towards a planetary future.
What the current pipeline dispute in North Dakota is really all about is how we, as the human family, wish to live in the twenty-first century. Two very different philosophies and lifeways are at issue, one deeply connected to spirit and the sacred beauty of Mother Earth, the other utterly disconnected, regarding the material realm as nothing more than an economic resource.
Any analysis of addiction in the wake of global climate change would benefit greatly from considering what we depend on in order to maintain our civilization. As we grow into a more holistic understanding of addiction and we awaken to the redundancy of the war on drugs, perhaps we can grow in our capacity to develop more sophisticated psychological frameworks for mending our ecological crisis as well.
Americans who, under the rubric of conservatism, oppose nutrition assistance to children also tend to deny the looming devastation of global climate change, the human costs of an inept healthcare system, the negative consequences of a constricted view of consciousness, and the dangerous costs of denying biological evolution. This is very troubling.
Some months ago, a chap called Jan Irvin put out a request for funds to help him pursue a project concerned with unveiling a sinister Elite/CIA/NWO conspiracy. Irvin is attempting nothing less than a total rewrite of psychedelic history. What got me involved were his insinuations about Gordon Wasson. I put my foot in it and all hell broke loose.