Posts Tagged With: Anarchism

The Non-Negotiables

Watch this video, pay particular attention to the QUALITY of the souls here, not the dogma and theology involved:

Honestly, people like the anchorites described here freak me out (in a good way).  India has a long, long tradition of wandering fakirs, hermits and sadhus which I’m sure many of you have heard of or seen if you’ve ever visited India.

Sadhus in Nepal

Sadhus in Nepal

Likewise Tibet also has a long tradition of yogis, monks or nuns going into seclusion for long-term meditation. Fewer and fewer of them exist with each passing year and the sad part is as they go, so do the teachings as well, since much of their insight is not based on dogma and jargon but rather direct experience.

However, I had no idea that anchorite monks and nuns still existed in the Orthodox world. Whenever I hear about such pure souls like these, it makes me wonder how they can still exist in this age of globalization, instant gratification, nuclear bombs and digital communication. How they can literally devote their entire life to contemplate and attempt to understand the Infinite in solitude and in remoteness.

Modern-day hermit, The man Who Quit Money, Daniel Suelo, living in the wilds of the Utah canyons around Moab.

Modern-day hermit, The Man Who Quit Money, Daniel Suelo, living in the wilds of the Utah canyons around Moab.

It got me wondering about the nature of genuine spiritual seeking and I’m pretty sure there are different levels of it. In my opinion, the demarcation line is, without question,  the market economy. I know I’ve gotten flack for this in past blog posts but you simply cannot mix spirit with money. I firmly believe that. It was what was taught to me by my first teacher back in Cappadocia as well as the Native Elders I spent time with in Canada and the US. If you do, it won’t last for very long and there’s always inevitably some blow-back. But the very fact that it doesn’t last long should also signal right away the level of authenticity and genuineness involved. It’s like fast-food for the soul. It satiates the hunger for like a minute but the hunger comes back even stronger than ever after a while.

Sure, you can sell your abilities, do tarot readings, astrology readings, psychic channelings, yoga classes which emphasize stretching instead of hard-core Vedanta, books based on your insights if you’ve got an aptitude and talent for it or suggest donations for services rendered, but I don’t think you can sell genuine and authentic teachings which usually come from very deep, painful and hard-won experiences and you certainly can’t sell such intensely personal experiences. They either happen to you or they don’t. You either get it or you don’t. When I watch the people who yell the loudest, “Why not?”, I can almost guarantee you’re probably dealing with someone who can’t even imagine a life which exists outside of the capitalist market economy. Yes, I get it, we have to eat, but we’re not just animals trying to eke out a life. I think we’re more than that.

Anarchist thinker and writer Jacques Ellul, elucidated perfectly in his many books why anarchism is the only political and economic model which allows man to become truly human.

Anarchist thinker and writer Jacques Ellul, elucidated perfectly in his many books why anarchism is the only political and economic model which allows man to become truly human. If you don’t have  time to read his books, there’s a lot of videos worth checking out on Youtube.

This isn’t going to be an anti-capitalist rant. My own anarchist inclinations and sympathies are pretty evident to those of you who have been reading this blog for a while now. Maybe I’ll write in another blog post why I’m an anarchist, but I really do think anarchy is the only system we’ve got which acknowledges human beings as creatures with spiritual and social potentials to be fulfilled, not just economic ones. Minds far greater than mine have already written about how radical a philosophy capitalism is and how in its extreme forms eats up everything in sight, all resources, water, land, air, human beings, bodies, life, love, sex, food, shelter, everything and the obsession of infinite growth, infinite productivity and infinite profits eventually starts cannibalizing on itself. We’re already seeing it happen. When a society enters that stage, life and society becomes unbelievably coarse and human life isn’t worth a hill of beans.

The thing with authentic spirituality is that it leads you away from this world, from an existence which is based on a material, mathematically deterministic Cartesian model towards something which very often cannot be quantified and pinned down. Capitalism is its purest form, engulfs you even deeper into the material and physical. There’s literally no room for the soul there. Therein lies the conflict.

Sure, there are many things which money can’t buy, but have you ever noticed they’re usually the first qualities to be missing in a person who is so utterly engulfed in the material, they don’t even “see” what they’re lacking? The lack of manners, character, decency, class, integrity and moral fortitude? Unfortunately, these types are everywhere.

Ultimately, it is about what is negotiable and what is non-negotiable in your own life and your own spiritual journey. The only thing I can add is that when it comes to matters of the spirit, there are some things which are non-negotiable, no matter how you cut it.

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Theoretical versus Practical

Like everyone else, I’ve read the blogs, watched the YouTube videos, read articles and then some on what we need to do and get this revolution in consciousness going for real. Authors, speakers and film makers like Michael Tsarion and Chris Everard point to the history of these controlling groups, the language of symbolism that they use, the rituals and so forth.

Michael Tsarion

Chris Everard. (Why do almost all conspiracy research guys always look grouchy? Is it a prerequisite?)

Researchers like David Icke rightly point out that there is no cavalry coming, that it really is up to us to join in and fight back peacefully, that we outnumber them by the millions and billions. None of that is controversial.

 What I think keeps many people back is fear and it’s an understandable reaction. That fear is closely related to the impulse to survive. You have kids, a mortgage, a car and retirement savings to make on a monthly basis. In an unsteady world, people are afraid to walk away or give up their comforts in order to resist a system, which I am positive, even if many of them won’t admit it, is slowly killing them also. It’s the regimentation of work, it kills creativity, spontaneity, and I also suspect libido but don’t quote me on that.

You think most of humanity actually ENJOYS facing traffic like this everyday, to and from work, to pay the bills?

 Authors and lecturers pass on the message to lose the fear, that it’s all an illusion and in some cases that if we just love enough, or shine enough light then it’s all going to be A-OK. I wish it were that easy, I think if more practical advice and a new way of looking at our civilization were presented, then some alternatives can hopefully be realized. What I do see is a lot of rhetoric, wishful thinking, bizarre visions from channeled sources (let’s not go there)  but not enough practical advice.

Not likely to happen.

The only people who I do see strategically making plans and concepts for a post-capitalistic world are surprisingly, the anarchists. Now before any of you freak out over that word, anarchism is much more that a bunch a thugs running around breaking windows and looting stores. Real anarchism is essentially about movements and organizations, run and directed by citizens. The internet, before it became super commercial, was anarchist in nature. So are many cooperative movements and organizations. It’s about the people who work the mills also own the mills.

Different kinds of anarchism and their respective flags

Even under the umbrella of anarchism, you have a variety of types of anarchism like anarcho-syndicalism (which Professor Noam Chomsky is an advocate for), eco-anarchism espoused by the likes of Murray Bookchin and anarcho-primitivism which believes in a  going-back to the land philosophy and it’s biggest advocates are writers like John Zerzan and Derrick Jensen.

Bookchin was a very serious and prolific writer on anarchist ideas.

While I don’t agree with everything he says, I cannot deny that Derrick Jensen is one powerful writer, visionary and poet. I first read “A Language Older than Words” about 7 years ago and I was hooked. I read his other tomes,”Endgame Vol.I and II”, “Welcome to the Machine”, “The Culture of Make Believe” and ‘What we Leave Behind”.

Watch the talk and you won’t have to read these books, but you’ll still be missing out on some fantastic food for thought.

Jensen makes the point that civilization by its nature of cities, and cities based on the import of resources it requires continuously to prosper, are inherently violent. If your water supply runs out, and the next town has water, you’ll just go take it.  That in essence, our civilization is based on an understanding of violence, either implied (Give us your water or else)  or real (i.e Iraq). This violence permeates every aspect of our culture, from the objectification of women (do you only see her as a series of orifices which porn and the sex industry tells us) to the violence in families and in the media. Jensen rightly points out that because it’s everywhere, we’ve become numb to it. What I really admire about his work though is that he offers alternatives, even if it may make us uncomfortable. Like entering into a relationship with Nature. Speaking to the trees, the land and the animals. He gives some ideas where many New Agers fail.

I think the biggest failing of many in the so-called spiritual community is that they still ground their thinking based on a capitalistic model of abundance which is actually very anti-Nature at its heart. Chris Hedges said it best when he defined capitalism as essentially the commodification of absolutely everything including human life. And THAT has nothing spiritual about it.

This is a long watch, Jensen is not a very camera-friendly subject. His speaking style and his writing style are very different also but it’s worth a watch because he points out many things which serious alternative thinkers fail to consider or pick up on.

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