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The Nature of Thought – Part V


by Mr. Iain Kirkaldy-Willis,

Naturalistic Philosopher

Canary Islands, Spain


So, if there were, and still are, native peoples who had direct access to 95% of the stuff with which our science just cannot get to grips, what is the score? What happened to our collective psyche? Where did we go off the rails? How do we get back on track?

Right now, I would ask you to remember what I wrote in the introduction to all these articles – how everything about them (their format, the material´s indiscriminate mix of orthodox and unorthodox views, the contradictoriness, the presentation, the repetitiveness, the lot) is there to provoke and stimulate philosophical consideration of who I am, in order to better use all that in us with which life has endowed us. This is especially the case in this article where the way we live, with the science and technology that have formed the world as we know it (a world within the world in which it is both inconceivable and impossible to live without them) comes under further scrutiny.


The clamour to be independent and the refusal to acknowledge the impact of science on society, even though it is deeply involved with social issues, makes dinosaurs of minds that are unwittingly engaged on a planetary scale with environmental, social and technological experiments, without a thought for any of the local, regional or global consequences. Science has been used to mobilise the planet´s resources for the service of humankind. There is, however, nothing scientific about serving self-interests that are detrimental to others, whether one´s neighbours, life in one´s vicinity or one´s planetary matrix.


Consider this, for instance!  Physical science has found ways to register the scream of a cabbage leaf being dropped into boiling water, the terror of yoghurt being injected with penicillin to kill unwanted bacteria, eggs fainting to avoid the fear conveyed to them by another egg´s just being cracked open and the fear of a plant at someone just thinking of lighting a match. Plants in the Middle East have been discovered to be reacting with fear to the aggression and violence around them. How subtle, delicate and total the communion of life is. How sensitively other life reacts to the slightest gestures simply because they are fields of energy inserted together within larger fields, all reading one another for the messages, essential to their individual and communal well-being. This has nothing to do with whether we are cognizant of what is going on or, not. This is an interesting detail, really. Since plants are energy fields encountering their environment  and their well-being depends on their ability to sense, understand and respond  to what is going on in their world, plants having recognisable feelings, like this,  means they have the brains to register and process those feelings against the memory of earlier feelings,. Here we are, face to face, with another type of intelligence than our own. Yet we are worked up about finding intelligence somewhere out there in Space when we do not even understand intelligence in the world around us!


Think then of the extent to the havoc we are wreaking, as a result of the psychic wounding that has undermined our native wit. We are societies in total disarray. Through science and technology we have unleashed circumstances that set physics and chemistry in the lab at loggerheads with life, in all sorts of ways. With all that we looked into about DNA in an earlier article, we should realise that it is the DNA of life everywhere, compounded by what is happening to it there within each of us, that is signalling the psychic mal-functioning of the human species, screaming, “Can´t you see me? What are you doing? What are you putting up with just so you can have a life?  Do the world and others in it deserve what is happening, so you can have the life to which you say you have the right?  What are you tolerating in others; allowing yourself to be part of, and perpetrating yourself – and WHY? This appreciation of DNA tells us what mystics always have and what metaphysics champions, that all life is one. We walk on sacred ground. Everything is connected. There is no in here or out there, for everything is here within us and we belong to it.


Here is why the question of knowing who I am is important. Plainly and simply, am I comfortable looking at that person in the mirror, knowing that I have lost neither myself nor my humanity? So, when it comes to indigenous people, here is the rub. Why people would want to be apart from nature, cut off from their matrix, bewilders them. Yet this is exactly what today´s world prides itself on, saying, “Nature is fickle! It betrays us! We do not need that! We can do things better our own way! We will do what we want! We will show it who is boss!” In other words, we have turned science into an indiscriminate pursuit of knowledge, before which the resources of the planet, its populations, the powers of nature and life itself, are expendable. How we live consumer-oriented lives, demolishing Earth´s resources, as members of dystopian societies, utilising science and technology in such a way, is but a footnote to the matter.

You know, there is no romanticising the likes of indigenous cultures at the expense of our own societies. There is no question of talking up indigenous societies as if they were perfect, any more than of talking down our societies for being dystopian. These articles are simply about exploring another way of thinking about Life and looking at who we are.


When the need would be for a systems approach to knowledge that would be pertinent to the meta- science of meeting larger needs, these are no wild generalisations, but simply the gathering up of issues that have already been emerging, here and there, in these articles. So, yes, what happened? How did things go wrong? When? The following image/text series, Endgames, Our Psychic Wounding and Our Native Intelligence are offered for reflection upon the matter.


For correspondence with the author, contact: Bibliotheque: World Wide.



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