The Western 20th century paradigm

A destructive mind dare not examine its behavior.

It will hold onto what it believes to be good, and that’s all.

Anything outside this is uncomfortable and thus should be avoided.

It will talk about new plans within its awareness and not forget to touch on the failures of ‘the outsiders’.

By focusing attention on the perceived failures of the outsiders it is deemed necessary to defend against their perceived Malevolence.

The shadow of the destructive mind must remain defined outside the light of its awareness, this way its destructiveness can merge into the unknown realm of ‘the outsiders’.

This shadow analogy has been described in depth by Carl Jung and refers to unconscious parts of the human mind. In ordinary discourse we can simply refer to this as willful ignorance. This phenomenon is quite paradoxical in a sense as we are defining the word ignorance to describe that which is specifically undefined. Natural curiosity of this self-reinforcing tunnel vision may allow inspection of the nature of this ignorance.

What lies in the shadow?

Can we connect this ignorance to the destruction of earth’s natural resources?

The Western 20th century paradigm; technologically advanced to the point of being chained to an encapsulating belief of material identification.

Are the technological advances we now have only the result of necessary evolution against a domain of scarcity?? Is scarcity a prerequisite for evolution? Does this frustrating battle against decay serve us in that respect?

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“It is only by creating an indirect dependence on the land (e.g. modern city life) that nature is easily perceived as “less than” the humans that manipulate it. The world split into the religious and secular is a world judged to have constituents of moral and ethical value (religious) and those of dross (secular), the pure and the impure, the worthy and the worthless. This world view projected onto plants also sees them as having constituents of value (active) and those of dross (inactive). For purposes of utility this can be a useful distinction. But when utilitarianism is raised to a guiding social ethic, an approach to all of the natural world, it cuts off spiritual relations with it.

This can be understood as a “great forgetting” – one of the defining pathologies of highly rationalist cultures. Medicinal plants are specialists in helping humans re-awaken from this amnesia. Some “speak” louder than others; vision plants urge a deep ecological message of change that runs so contrary to the guiding myths of industrial-growth cultures that they are often made illegal. When the medicines are outlawed, then the healers become outlaws. It’s a sign of the times.”

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