2010-12-24

eu angelion ex carolus

"From the egalitarian societies of the Paleolithic, humanity evolved into great agrarian civilizations in which the rich were those who owned slaves. In the Machine Age, overt slavery disappeared, only to be replaced with a system in which nearly everyone did demeaning work out of survival anxiety. "Do it or you will die!" That's slavery, all right. The great promise of machine technology — Every man a king! Every man a god! — has borne its opposite. Every man a slave. Slaves without human owners, all laboring under the yoke of money."

Most of the misery we witness, and go through ourselves, arises from the idea of separation and control. We cannot watch things happening "naturally". We just don't let go. As we try to subdue reality according to our will, our whole civilization consists of thick layers of patches to problems which previous "solutions" have created in the first place. That's why things look so complicated; hence the need for experts. To my experience that need is an illusion. Life is much simpler than it seems. It became obvious as soon as I learned how to not divide the world into wrong and right, what should and what should not be, or to look after what I think I "deserve" as "my right". The first two steps - seeing the illusion and letting go of it - were the most difficult, and the latter one, in my case, is still in progress. Adyashanti so aptly called that, which is keeping us, a fear of breaking the ultimate taboo of leaving humanity behind, as it actually implies the realization that the world (in every sense) cannot be saved, and does neither need nor want to be saved. In fact, civilization has to collapse - rather than slowly fade away - so that every man eventually allows the urge for a different paradigm to be felt within himself.

"With the end of the age of the Machine, we see the possibility of a return to the original egalitarianism, in which the economy is a flow of gifts within a context of abundance [...] The collapse of the Newtonian World-machine will reunite us with the world, and we shall once again fall in love with it. To be in love is to dissolve boundaries, to expand oneself to include an other. Already it is happening. Have you noticed? One by one, we are rejecting our society's priorities and falling in love again with life. That is our true nature, which we can deny only with increasing effort."

(Quotes from Charles Eisenstein's "The Ascent of Humanity", Chapter VII-6. My own writing originally appeared as comment to Mark Boyle's Freeconomy Blog)

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