the greening of the self: the most important development of modern times

 
source: Joanna Macy

The self is the metaphoric construct of identity and agency, the hypothetical piece of turf on which we construct our strategies for survival, the notion around which we focus our instincts for self-preservation, our needs for self-approval, and the boundaries of our self-interest. Something is shifting here.

The conventional notion of the self with which we have been raised and to which we have been conditioned by mainstream culture is being undermined. What Alan Watts called "the skin-encapsulated ego" and Gregory Bateson referred to as "the epistemological error of Occidental civilization’ is being unhinged, peeled off. It is being replaced by wider constructs of identity and self-interest-by what you might call the ecological self or the eco-self, co-extensive with other beings and the life of our planet. It is what I will call "the greening of the self.’


How arbitrary is the skin between inside and outside? 

The strength of interaction  is important for identifying or belonging.

tag #InsideOutside 

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  1. ego
  2. identifying
  3. belonging
  4. insides
  5. outsides
  6. identity politics
  7. item 18407
  8. InsideOutside

Comments


Seth says
source: me on facebook

being sensitive to how it feels to belong to some particular group ... whether you are a member of that group or not ... is not a bad thing ... it is part of being conscious.

Seth says
We feel what happens outside of our skin quite differently than what happens inside our skin.  That is a fact which cannot be denied.  Now some will deny that we feel what happens outside of our skin every at all.  To those of you who deny this, i have zillions and zillions of examples for you to consider.  For the moment, let us just assume that these different kinds of feeling exist.

I said that to say, "the fact that you do not feel the spirit of the thing inside your skin, does not mean that spirit does not exist".

thought to be continued ...

Seth says
... 2015-06-15 07:41:36 18407
seth 2015-06-15 07:06:20 18407
source: me on facebook

being sensitive to how it feels to belong to some particular group ... whether you are a member of that group or not ... is not a bad thing ... it is part of being conscious.
mungewords like "sensitive" & "Conscious" as you use them yield bullshit.  One is or is not a member of a group. Feeling is just your construction & imagination & concepts if you are not a member.  It is like being pregnant for a male. Confusion & haggling are prevalent in this item. Not worth further comment.


try speaking in true sentences sans fallacy ... you just might get a better result. 

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