‘That Subtle Knot Which Makes Us Man’… Reflections On Embodiment

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[A note to my readers: I have been asked on any number of occasions to say what we can do to find our way through this maze, this “long emergency.”  I am suspicious of any social or political action taken without there first being a transformation in our personal sense of being-in-the-world.  Additionally, one of our fellow travelers, Hasdrubal Barca, sent me an excellent series  that ended with the following call: “The only path forward is inward. Find yourself. Only then will you be able to find the others.”  In the spirit of the request, I offer this piece from my book,  The Recovery Of Ecstasy.  Our need to recover some feral memory trace of who we are is preeminent and may provide a framework for reconstituting society, albeit on a much smaller scale… a more human scale!  I hope you enjoy the excerpt.]

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About kulturcritic

With a doctorate in religious studies from the University of Virginia and a master’s degree from the University of Chicago, Sandy had a ten-year academic career, with appointments at University of Virginia and the Colorado School of Mines. He spent the next twenty years in executive ranks at several of America’s largest international firms, including Computer Sciences Corporation, Ernst & Young, and General Electric. He has traveled extensively throughout Europe and North America, as well as parts of Eurasia and Africa. For the past five years Sandy has been living in Western Siberia with his wife and young child, teaching at the Pedagogical University and the Altai Institute for Law and Economics in Barnaul, Russia. Published works include VERONIKA: The Siberian's Tale (a novel), (Islands Press 2011) Apocalypse Of The Barbarians: Inquisitions On Empire (Islands Press, 2010), The Recovery of Ecstasy: Notebooks From Siberia (Booksurge, 2009), Recollective Resolve: A Phenomenological Understanding of Time and Myth (Mercer University Press, 1987), Ethical Decisionmaking Styles (Addison-Wesley Press, 1986), and Gandhi in the Postmodern Age: Issues in War and Peace (CSM Press,1984).
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