12 May 2012


Intrapsychic dynamics relate to the social organization of production, of course, although it receives, as best I can determine, not nearly enough attention. But the radical (hyper-) modernism which disembodies and disembeds life today brings us to this question: How did we ever come to perceive body and mind as separate, nature as dead resource, and place as inconsequential?

That the modern identity is peculiarly and severely individuated should be no surprise when global consumer capitalism as the social organization of production creates Homo economicus as raison d'etre of existence. The highly individuated individual has as primary task (other than to be a consumate consumer) to create a do-it-yourself universe, or so each believes. The illusion of a do-it-yourself universe survives and depends on the exigencies of consumerism.

It is also illusion that this kind of social organization of production can endure. A new individual, new ideology, new society, and new social organization of production--and a new, salubrious intimate relation to Earth, body, and place--will have to be (re)created anew over the decades of the 21st century. The self-organizing powers of the Universe are manifesting, if we but look--and look at ourselves.

Which brings up this Hopi wisdom prophecy about the passed time of the Lone Wolf:

"To my fellow swimmers, there is a river flowing now very fast. It is so great and swift that there are those who will be afraid. They will try to hold on to the shore, they are being torn apart and will suffer greatly. Know that the river has its destination. The elders say we must let go of the shore, push off into the middle of the river, keep our heads above water. And I say, see who is there with you and celebrate.
At this time in history, we are to take nothing personally, least of all ourselves, for the moment that we do, our spiritual growth and journey come to a halt. The time of the lone wolf is over. Gather yourselves. Banish the word struggle from your attitude and vocabulary. All that we do now must be done in a sacred manner and in celebration. We are the ones we have been waiting for."

And I say the ones we have been waiting for are our future selves that the self-organizng powers of the Universe are creating now as we push off into the middle of the stream of the Always-Being-Created.

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