See You At Naropa

As a sampler, here's a clip from a piece by Charles Eisenstien, one of the presenters at an event I'm attending at Naropa in Boulder, CO this weekend. If your in the neighborhood, consider attending. 
"Here are some ways to put a human being in a cage:

  • Remove as far as possible all opportunities for meaningful self-expression and service. Instead, coerce people into dead-end labor just to pay the bills and service the debts. Seduce others into living off such labor of others.
  • Cut people off from nature and from place. At most let nature be a spectacle or venue for recreation, but remove any real intimacy with the land. Source food and medicine from thousands of miles away.
  • Move life – especially children's lives – indoors. Let as many sounds as possible be manufactured sounds, and as many sights be virtual sights.
  • Destroy community bonds by casting people into a society of strangers, in which you don't rely on and needn't even know by name the people living around you.
  • Create constant survival anxiety by making survival depend on money, and then making money artificially scarce. Administer a money system in which there is always more debt than there is money.
  • Divide the world up into property, and confine people to spaces that they own or pay to occupy.
  • Replace the infinite variety of the natural and artisanal world, where every object is unique, with the sameness of commodity goods.
  • Reduce the intimate realm of social interaction to the nuclear family and put that family in a box. Destroy the tribe, the village, the clan, and the extended family as a functioning social unit.
  • Make children stay indoors in age-segregated classrooms in a competitive environment where they are conditioned to perform tasks that they don't really care about or want to do, for the sake of external rewards.
  • Destroy the local stories and relationships that build identity, and replace them with celebrity news, sports team identification, brand identification, and world views imposed by authority.
  • Delegitimize  or illegalize folk knowledge of how to heal and care for one another, and replace it with the paradigm of the “patient” dependent on medical authorities for health."

  • IMAGE from Findhorn Foundation Site

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    bayrider said...

    That's a brilliantly stated indictment of modern life, survival anxiety indeed. I will definitely be looking into his books, thanks.

    Britton said...

    Wow! Food for thought! Have fun in Boulder!