The Importance of Holistic Consciousness

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Haveyoubeenseducedintoscrewingeveryoneelseontheplanet?Isthestoryyoureenactingoneofconquercontrolconsumerepeat?Istheculturalmythyouveswallowedyourentirelifeatoddswithnatureandtheworld?Toughquestions,certainly,butimportantquestionstoasknonetheless.

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    Theresnothingfundamentallywrongwithpeople.Givenastorytoenactthatputstheminaccordwiththeworld,theywillliveinaccordwiththeworld.Butgivenastorytoenactthatputsthematoddswiththeworld,asyoursdoes,theywillliveatoddswiththeworld.Givenastorytoenactinwhichtheyarethelordsoftheworld,theywillactasthelordsoftheworld.And,givenastorytoenactinwhichtheworldisafoetobeconquered,theywillconqueritlikeafoe,andoneday,inevitably,theirfoewillliebleedingtodeathattheirfeet,astheworldisnow.DanielQuinnsIshmael

    Haveyoubeenseducedintoscrewingeveryoneelseontheplanet?Isthestoryyoureenactingoneofconquercontrolconsumerepeat?Istheculturalmythyouveswallowedyourentirelifeatoddswithnatureandtheworld?Toughquestions,certainly,butimportantquestionstoasknonetheless.

    Thestorywehavebeenenactingsofarasacultureisoneofhumansupremacyovernature.Webelievethatwearethepinnacleofevolution,imaginingthatnaturewasputheresomehowforustoconquerandruleover.Thisculturalmythisparochiallydrivenandegocentric,andhasledtothedegradationoftheenvironmentandtheexploitationofpeople.

    Weimaginethatoursupremacywilleventuallyleadtocompletecontrolofnature,atwhichpointwewillbeabletobringaboutautopianparadise.Wecontinuetofail,however,becauseweareaflawedandfalliblespeciesnottomentionanexceedinglyinsecureone.Andsoourparadiseeludesus,andweareinsteadleftwithaburntouthuskforaplanet,duetotheviolationofcertainimmutablelaws.

    Indeed,thereareimmutablelawsthat,ifbroken,havedireconsequences.Asaculturewehavebrokenmanyoftheseimmutablelaws,andwearebeginningtoseetheconsequences,suchasendangeredorextinctspecies,globalwarming,andmodernmentalhealthissues.Immoderateandfundamentallyunsustainable,civilizedsocietiesarefailingtheworld.Humansupremacyisnothingmorethanaculturalmyth.Wehaveforgottenthatwearenotindependentcreatures.

    Weare,inallways,interdependentcreatures.Whenweenactthemythofindependencefromnature,ordominanceovernature,wearebreakinganimmutablelaw.Itistimewegotbacktoanintimateunderstandingofourplacewithinthebiosphere,aGreatRewilding.Itistimeweletgoofthemythofcontrolandgainamoreholisticconsciousnessinregardtoourrelationshipwiththenaturalworld.

    Inhisnovel,Ishmael,DanielQuinnexplainstwotypesofpeople:theLeaversandtheTakers.AccordingtoQuinn,ThepremiseoftheTakersstoryisTheworldbelongstoman.ThepremiseoftheLeaversstoryisManbelongstotheworld.Letsfaceit:ourcultureisaTakerculture.

    AsTakers,wemustbewillingtotransformourselvesintoLeavers,oratleastbeginpracticingLeaverstrategies,ifwewanttolivesustainablyonafiniteplanet.Wemustbewillingtoprogress,notregress,intorewritingthestoryasManisinterdependentwiththeworld.Thisistheessenceofholisticconsciousness.Weandthebiospherearemutuallydependent,interreliant.Totheextentthatitseemsweareseparateisanillusion.Thisistheepitomeofdeepecology.

    AndthereisnoreasonwhywecannotimproveuponQuinnsTakers/Leaversdichotomyandaddathirdtype:Makers.Makerswillcreatefromnatureinmoderation,takingwhattheyneedtoprogresssustainably,whilecreatingsustainabletechnologiesthathelpboththehumanandthebiotic

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    boththehumanandthebioticcommunityprogressandflourish.Makerswillbeecocentric,asopposedtoegocentric(Takers),and

    proactive,asopposedtopassive(Leavers).Theywillbetheonestosoundthehornforanewwayofgoingaboutdoingthings,acalltosustainablearms.

    Theywillmergethemodernworldwiththenaturalworld,unitingtheconsciousaspectwiththeprimitive.UnlikeLeaverstheywontbedocileandsubmissivetheywillbecourageousandproactive.UnlikeTakerstheywontbehoardingandplunderingtheywillbecreativeandhealing.Theywontbeinertconsumers,theywillbeheroicrebels.LikeRolloMaywrote,RecallhowofteninhumanhistorythesaintandtherebelhavebeenthesamepersonIndeed,Makerswillbebothsaintsandrebels.

    Itisonlyinaccordancewithimmutablelawsthathumanevolutioncanachieveabalancewithnature.Thecombinationofcreatingsustainabletechnologies(Makers)andlivinginaccordancewithnature(Leavers)shouldallowustoevolvepasttheunsustainablemethodsofmoderncivilizations(Takers).Andwhoknows,withenoughtime,andenoughecocentricMakerspracticingholisticconsciousnessanddeepecology,wemayyetachieveastateofparadise.Onethingisforcertain,itwontbeachievedifweareenactingastorythatisatoddswiththeworld.

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    Aquotefromthearticlebelow:Thestorywehavebeenenactingsofarasacultureisoneofhumansupremacyovernature.Webelievethatwearethepinnacleofevolution,imaginingthatnaturewasputheresomehowforustoconquerandruleover.Thisculturalmythisparochiallydrivenandegocentric,andhasledtothedegradationoftheenvironmentandtheexploitationofpeople.

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