I'm rating it based on what I usually rate books on: That said, the logic here is severely shitty. People nowadays have slightly higher IQs on average than they used to have. Therefore, modern media is making people smarter.
Belowan interview with the author of In the Absence of the Sacred: First, a few excerpts from the book itself: We have lost the understanding that existed in all civilizations prior to ours, and that continues to exist on Earth today in societies that live side by side with our own; we have lost a sense of the sacredness of the natural world.
We still have not developed an effective language with which to articulate our critiques [of the technological juggernaut]. This, in turn, is because we ourselves are part of the machine and so we have difficulty defining its shape and direction.
But even if we have this difficulty, there are societies of people on this planet who do not. These are people whose ancestors and who themselves have said from the beginning of the technological age that our actions and attitudes are fatally flawed, since they are not grounded in a real understanding of how to live on the earth.
Lacking a sense of the sacred we were doomed to a bad result. They said it over and over and they still say it now. In the beginning we were told that the human beings who walk about on the Earth have been provided with all the things necessary for life. We were instructed to carry a love for one another, and to show a great respect for all the beings of this Earth.
We were shown that our life exists with the tree life, that our well-being depends on the well-being of the Vegetable Life, that we are close relatives of the four-legged beings.
The original instructions direct that we who walk about on Earth are to express a great respect, an affection and a gratitude toward all the spirits which create and support Life. When people cease to respect and express gratitude for these many things, then all life will be destroyed, and human life on this planet will come to an end.
The majority of the world does not find its roots in Western culture or tradition. The majority of the world finds its roots in the Natural World, and it is the Natural World, and the traditions of the Natural World, which must prevail.
We must all consciously and continuously challenge every model, every program, and every process that the West tries to force upon us.
The people who are living on this planet need to break with the narrow concept of human liberation, and begin to see liberation as something that needs to be extended to the whole of the Natural World. What is needed is the liberation of all things that support Life—the air, the waters, the trees—all the things which support the sacred web of Life.
The Native people of the Western Hemisphere can contribute to the survival potential of the human species. The majority of our peoples still live in accordance with the traditions which find their roots in the Mother Earth.
But the native people have need of a forum in which our voice can be heard. And we need alliances with the other people of the world to assist in our struggle to regain and maintain our ancestral lands and to protect the Way of Life we follow.
The traditional Native people hold the key to the reversal of the processes in Western Civilization, which hold the promise of unimaginable future suffering and destruction.
Spiritualism is the highest form of political consciousness.
Our culture is among the most ancient continuously existing cultures in the world. We are the spiritual guardians of this place.
We are here to impart that message. Mander took 10 years to write this book, and a lot longer thinking about it.
Quoting from the interviewer Catherine Ingram, In the Absence of the Sacred paints a comprehensive picture of how the multinational corporations and the major financial institutions, combined with new technologies, form a juggernaut unhindered by any governmental control and which, day by day, constricts us further.
In this culture, we have science and technology as religion. We no longer have a religious or philosophical basis for making choices regarding the evolution of technology. All those decisions are made in the corporate world.
But there are other societies where taboos, the very concept of taboo, still exist. Taboo is probably the only concept that is taboo in this society. But in traditional societies they have had centuries-long discussions about whether to plant or whether to continue being nomads or whether a certain kind of agricultural relationship is a good idea or not.
Taboo constitutes a philosophical framework. I have to reject the idea that selfishness is instinctive. We are so isolated that we tend to act only in our own self interest.Everything Bad is Good For You by Steven Berlin Johnson is the book project I mentioned in my Weekly Geeks #9 post.I really enjoyed reading this book and would recommend it to others, but only with the caution that anyone seriously interested in cultural studies and pop culture is going to be left wanting more than the book has to offer.
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In an age of digitised media, everything is reduced to, and. Twenty years ago—when an attempt to critically disassemble television still seemed like a viable project—social critic Jerry Mander pointed out that this “delivery system of co mmodity life” works exclusively in one direction: “These are not metaphors.
Television is showing too much real life wherein children have open access to everything. Children can see various negative activities such as drug activity, sex, and murder on just about any primetime show on television.