“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Eileen Joyful

A refreshingly amusingly titled post with a good argument.

In Tibet this is the constant dialogue between monasteries and yogis. Yogis need monasteries to connect to a tradition, but in the end, they go to caves. They attain some realization. People come to make offerings. Soon there is a small monastery there after the yogi dies. And so on. 

There is a still deeper philosophical conversation at work here. It has to do with how some of us are still gleefully or forlornly lamenting the demise of (Western) (human) civilization as it sinks beneath the rising Pacific waves. Time to stop that, please.

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