Naturally Human: A Hypothesis

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By virtue of natality and the ability to act, each new individual poses a threat to civilization. The child carries barbarism with him or her.  – Einer Overenget
Perhaps we would not view babes as self-centered creatures of desire were we not already committed egoists ourselves. – Marshall Sahlins

How do we resolve this apparent conflict, and the legacy of enculturation to the requirements of modern civilization?

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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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One Response to Naturally Human: A Hypothesis

  1. Patric Roberts says:

    Sandy,
    I continue to enjoy your drift and ability to unearth this primordial feral natural experience of being in a unity of humanness that is completely lost in the western world today. I offer a few reflexive comments in kinship as an observer.

    I assess the distinctions you are crafting in discourse between natural being and cultural self hood in the swept along historic drift is paramount. Today I read this interview where Native Americans who viewed the Donor Settlers in Utah reported back to the village “They Eat Their Own.” I consider that comment is an excellent expansive creative perception of our current condition and situation, then and now. (Why The American Empire was Destined to Collapse http://www.alternet.org/story/154453/why_the_american_empire_was_destined_to_collapse?page=1)

    What I invite you to consider is your distinction of this primal feral state as being “wild” when maybe the appropriate distinction is love = in the presence of another having legitimacy in coexistence in a mood of joyful concern. In the rain forest we have categorized over 500,000 species on insects all engaging in the 4 F’s (fucking, feeding, fleeing, fighting), and it’s a legitimate natural agreed upon game where a caterpillar can become a butterfly as an emergent virtual identity. And there is no single specie that is attempting to design a culture to take over and control all the species and the rain forest. What is wild is the elite agrarian lawlessness of unrestrained ego-ology that has emerged in the culture of man not nature. For millions of years all are ancestors (male and female) enactively embodied love in social unified solidarity learning to care, feed and nurture one another.

    Finally if I read your posts correctly you are enlisting solutions in conversations. Listening is based on hearer’s assessments of what you say not what you say. Two observers agreeing to observer generate the circularity for the solution to arise. The question is does the rooster, chicken or egg come first? In actual living they move together in a natural flow. Understanding is the triadic ground they operate in a whole unity not parts. Which is what any successful entrepreneurial innovative conversation is, does and produces in community; an egg between two observers (rooster and chicken) sharing a speculative conversation of possible possibilities.

    In this regard I offer that modern cybernetics only increased the rapidity and depth of modern illness, insanity in a faster, cheaper and better sense of consumption. “The only rational response in today’s emotional contradictions and double binds is to exhibit schizophrenic behaviors in the modern cultural in the name of Get Money or Eat Dirt.” This presentation is worth reviewing to begin to see the fundamental breakdown, From Rosenblueth to Richmond: A Historical Review of Cybernetics by Randal Whitaker August 10, 2011 ASC Annual Conference on “Listening.”
    http://www.asc-cybernetics.org/2011/

    No one is listening to one another is the denial in modernity and we are all very busy “Eating Our Own Children” now to stay dead zombies in a matrix death culture. Let’s stop it! We know how to love, do it all the time naturally in the domain of friendship. Or has the domain of friends turned into power as well? Lakota wolakota is alive and 7,000 years old. And yes no one wants to learn or listen to the Lakota story. It’s too painful. Imagine having to reflect in authentic responsibility on the arrogant aggressive genocide of an innocent people. That may make you cry and that is the one thing in this guilt ridden self important egotistical culture no one is up to. You have to do penance and pay back in the sense of distributive justice. Some people love the shadow and hate the light is all I can say.
    Thanks

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