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Aldous Huxley on The Three Pillars of Western Society

29 Jan

“Armaments, universal debt, and planned obsolescence – those are the three pillars of Western prosperity. If war, waste, and moneylenders were abolished, you’d collapse. And while you people are overconsuming the rest of the world sinks more and more deeply into chronic disaster.”
― Aldous Huxley, Island

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Behind the BP Oil Spill: A Deeper Look (Part 1)

17 Sep

A few weeks back I was contemplating the idiotic nature of the BP oil spill in the Gulf. By then, I had moved past simple anger over the long-term, largely hidden ramifications of the spill. Clearly this held deleterious effects that we all need to come to terms with, not only on the part of those people dependent on the health of the fishing industry (e.g., the fishermen, the consumers, etc.), but also (let us not forget) the immediate and future environmental impact this will have on our coastal region and the countless creatures of the sea. My reflection that day concerned grappling with considering ULTIMATELY WHY this could happen at all!

It is apparent to myself and many others that there clearly exists a destructive underlying philosophy and worldview that most of humankind has bought into, an understanding of which the whole future of our planet depends. Hence I wrote the following in my journal:

The fact that the were galaxies and stars spinning, displaying a symphony of light, and later, on earth, life teeming with one-celled creatures and ants and birds and dragonflies and fish and whales and dinosaurs and ferns and flowers and trees — AEONS BEFORE  humans walked this earth — should dispel any theological assertions that the earth and it’s creatures somehow exist “for Man.”  — (c) Thomas C. Webber  7/26/2010

In my second, future posting on this subject, I will attempt to briefly deconstruct  and trace the origins of this anthropocentric (i.e., human-centered) understanding of the world. I will argue that understanding this worldview ultimately explains why “man-made” disasters such as the BP oil spill have happened, and will likely continue to happen, in the foreseeable future. As the journal entry above hints, religion itself has played a sad and insidious role in the formation of this philosophy.  The good news is that such a bleak view of the future is not inevitable — provided humankind as a whole is willing to undergo a fundamental moral / spiritual revolution. It is my hope to do my small part in helping to raise consciousness so that future generations face a brighter future.

Hope you find my thoughts helpful. Please take time to share your own in return by leaving a comment!

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