OUR SHORTSIGTHED WORLDVIEW, CULTURE SHAPE MADNESS, ANCIENT COSMOLOGY, DAVID FIDELER ON PHYTAGORAS

Who would tell my secret

Who’ll tell me my secret,

The ages have kept?

I awaited the seer

While they slumbered and slept…

“The fate of the man-child;

The meaning of man;

Known fruit of the unknown;

Daedalian plan;

Out of sleeping a waking,

Out of waking a sleep;

Life death overtaking;

Deep underneath deep?

Ralph Waldo Emerson

The hubris of our contemporary civilization is the belief that never in the world has existed a time better than our own, of course the only reason we can uphold such a statement it’s by our ignorance, and the shortsightedness of our weltanschauung (encompassing World view a philosophy or view of life; the worldview of an individual or group.) who is happy for the simple conveniences of life, like automated anything, and everything like a calculus machine that can do complicated arithmetic’s meanwhile we conveniently forget how to add or multiply, or the fact that more and more people it’s dependent on  ready meals, that you pop on the microwave, and little by little forget, or never learn how to cook a good meal from scratch, thousand of examples come to my mind, but it will be useless to enumerate them, too much time consuming, and after all what we seek it’s saving time, shorten the instant we will receive gratification to the satisfaction of our desires, with the minimum of effort, and cost on our consuming part of the bargain, ignoring conveniently the labor, of others, and the real cost that entitles, not only in money, but in the destruction of our environment, the suffering of many other people on third World countries, were labor it’s so cheap that it’s more convenient to freeze fish caught by Scottish fishermen in the North Atlantic, send it in a boat to China, clean, and fillet it there paying very little for it, freeze it back, and send it back to Europe for consumption, saving on wages, that produce unemployment in Scotland, plus pollution all around the World, If that is progress, well I hate to be the bearer of bad news to you, but if I don’t it will defeat the purpose of you knowing the truth, about what is very important to be aware, since our future depends on it, sorry if I spoil your diner!

We posses a lot more than we did in the past, but we are not happy and never have enough, we eat more than we ever did yet we suffer of all kind of degenerative ailments, and overweight because of it, we travel at will only limited by your funds, and time available, you can be in Beijing in 11 hours and 45 minutes if you are in Venice Italy, something that would astonish Marco Polo and his father, and uncle  who reached it after 3 and a half years!Not to talk you can be connected in seconds trough telephone or a computer.

What we consume in a week

Despite the numerous advantages you can cite, and they are many, we ignore what we have lost, and in my opinion weights on our future a lot more of what we have gained, which it is basically more comfort, and goods at the expense of ruining our environment, our health (based on our actual physical wellbeing, like being fit and in shape, not in our ability to fill a diabetic prescription that would keep you alive).

Gary Greenberg’s on Joel and Ian Gold on Suspicious minds how Culture Shapes madness

We not have lost our physical health, but our mental health here we have some excerpts that appeared in the NY Times.

“Joel Gold first observed the Truman Show delusion — in which people believe they are the involuntary subjects of a reality television show whose producers are scripting the vicissitudes of their lives — on Halloween night 2003 at Bellevue Hospital, where he was the chief attending psychiatrist. “Suspicious Minds,” which he wrote with his brother, Ian, an associate professor of philosophy and psychology at McGill University, is an attempt to use this delusion, which has been observed by many clinicians, to pose questions that have gone out of fashion in psychiatry over the last half-century: Why does a mentally ill person have the delusions he or she has? And, following the lead of the medical historian Roy Porter, who once wrote that “every age gets the lunatics it deserves,” what can we learn about ourselves and our times from examining the content of madness?

The Golds’ answer is a dual broadside: against a psychiatric profession that has become infatuated with neuroscience as part of its longstanding attempt to establish itself as “real medicine,” and against a culture that has become too networked for its own good. Current psychiatric practice is to treat delusions as the random noise generated by a malfunctioning (and mindless) brain — a strategy that would be more convincing if doctors had a better idea of how the brain produced madness and how to cure it. According to the Golds, ignoring the content of delusions like T.S.D. can only make mentally ill people feel more misunderstood, even as it distracts the rest of us from the true significance of the delusion: that we live in a society that has put us all under surveillance. T.S.D. sufferers may be paranoid, but that does not mean they are wrong to think the whole world is watching.

Having replaced, or at least augmented, neurobiological accounts of the mind with evolutionary and cognitive accounts, the Golds set the stage for considering what biological psychiatry has elided in its rush to reduce mental illness to brain dysfunction: the environment as a causal factor in mental breakdown. They note that the psychiatric disorders in which delusions play a role are more common in cities than in rural areas, which indicates that the more relationships one has to negotiate, the more likely the navigational apparatus is to break down. And, they point out, Internet-enabled cameras and cellphones, not to mention National Security Agency snooping, have turned the entire world into a single, if virtual, city and “a bizarre delusion about being watched into a sober worry.” Mass culture has become a “Panopticon of the 21st century”; we have achieved through technology what Jeremy Bentham’s infamous prison design tried to achieve by architecture — an arrangement in which inmates must always assume they are being watched. People with T.S.D. are those who, for whatever reason, are uniquely sensitive to the resulting loss of privacy. They are, in other words, the canaries in the data mines of the surveillance society.”

Our progress has blocked the exits

The Wisdom of The Ancients

But above all our loss our capacity to be one with our environment, and wise on the ways of Nature, most of us I dare to say we are not even aware we live artificial lives sustained by our technology, lives, that soon would come to an end if our society would suddenly collapse due to many factors, like wars, famine, or other natural disasters we have no control, ironically our indigenous communities around the world have a better chance of survival than we supposedly educated, and cultured individuals, for them things can get a little harsher than usual, but they are well equipped to deal with such contingencies. What passes as a wise man of today, are not wise at all, most them know a lot, but of very little, and ignore  lot, gone it’s the ideal of a Renaissance man who would encompass all knowledge, an impossible thing today, but I will be happy with men/women with wisdom. In our search  to dig in the structure of matter we have lost our ability to look at the heavens. And what I mean by that it’s just not only the physical facts of traveling outside of the city lights and look at the heavens like an astronomer, but to the fact we have lost our Myths, with first Christianity  who persecuted the pagans, but also the Enlightenment, and  modernism who discarded Spirit,  ancient Religions wrongly named Mythology now days, possessed a holistic view of the World and the Universe, were all the aspects related to Nature and Man  were integrated in to their World View   and were capable to see the whole picture rather than just the details, as our shortsighted World View does now, were the sciences and the arts belong to the specialist, not to the common  individual, and even our so called specialist, with few exceptions, are incapable of linking Music with Architecture, or Mathematics with  any of the seven arts, or Astronomy with psychology, or agriculture, or religion, I could go on, and on giving examples of this sort of links between the sciences, the arts, the crafts, medicine, metallurgy, gemology, and many other obscure branches of knowledge the ancient cultivated since for them no phenomena was outside of their Cosmological  World View, and everything was related by analogy, the base of Theurgy.

Theurgy (from Greek θεουργία) describes the practice of rituals, sometimes seen as magical in nature, performed with the intention of invoking the action or evoking the presence of one or more gods, especially with the goal of uniting with the divine, achieving Henosis, (Mystical Oneness, Unity) and perfecting oneself.

We have been diminish by our success, we live a life fragmented,  disconnected, and most of the time devoid of meaning, and purposeless, yet in fear, and anxiety, searching for whims, and momentary pleasures to drown our sorrows, and existential voids chasing childish empty, and illusory dreams, mostly too crass, and materialistic in nature to bring real joy, peace and fulfillment to our subjective self, that the ancients used to call soul.

Ancient men were connected to the cycles of heaven by watching the stars, unlike today were we do rarely rise our heads to the night sky to be fill with awe, wonder, knowledge, and wisdom…

Humans in awe at the Cosmos

David Fideler on Pythagoras Cosmovision

The universe is a kosmos, because it is perfect and “adorned” with infinite beauty and

living beings.

—Pythagoras

In a living cosmovision, the world is luminous and transparent. It radiates a divine beauty in which we are embedded. In the modern world, however, a great confusion has arisen about beauty. We see it as subjective, “in the eye of the beholder,” or as culture-specific, rather than seeing it as an objective quality of nature. Under the spell of materialism and the quest for efficiency, the world grows increasingly heavy and opaque. We are surrounded by the beauty of nature on every side, but fail to see it. And when we have become anesthetized to the beauty of the world, the world itself becomes exploitable—just “a natural resource” for human consumption. If we could come out of our protective, closed-down cocoons and once again see the world with unclouded vision and appreciation, we would treat it with reverence and realize that beauty reveals a deep and essential aspect of the cosmic pattern. While our human tastes are certainly in some ways individual and culture-specific, beauty itself is rooted in the deep structure of the world.

By destroying the beauty of nature in the name of economic growth, we are destroying our most vital link with the depths of the cosmic pattern. In terms of our evolutionary heritage we emerged from the beautiful, organic harmonies of the world fabric, but when we no longer have direct access to the organic harmonies of living nature something of our own nature is lost or forgotten. As the biologist Gregory Bateson pointed out, the aesthetic unity of nature reveals an ultimate unifying pattern far deeper than the findings of quantitative science can describe. He also wrote that the lost sense of this aesthetic unity—the common possession Beauty, Desire, and the Soul of the World of all traditional peoples—is one of the most serious failings of the modern world.

 

By entering into a deep experience of nature’s beauty, we are able to experience directly the vital patterns and organic harmonies that connect flowers, starfish, and galaxies, and our own human lives with the greater tapestry of the living universe. As Goethe wrote,“The beautiful is a manifestation of secret laws of Nature, which, but for this appearance, had been forever concealed from us.”

Ultimately, the beauty that we can perceive directly at all levels of existence and scale reveals the whole of nature to be an organically interconnected and comprehensive unity.

Fyodor Bronnikov Phytagoreans Saluting the Sun

The Greek word kosmos cannot be translated in to a single English word,but refers to an equal presence of order and beauty. When the Greek philosopher Pythagoras first called the universe a kosmos, he did so because it is a living embodiment of nature’s order, beauty, and harmony.

The fact that the physical world embodies beauty and harmony can be demonstrated in many ways, but rational proof is only required when we have forgotten our own connection with the underlying fabric of life. When we can view the exquisite grandeur of a forest, mountain range, or the form of a distant galaxy with a clear and untroubled heart, the beauty and harmony of the universe becomes immediately obvious—not through argument, but through direct perception. As William Blake wrote, “If the doors of perception were cleansed everything would appear to man as it is, infinite.”

In this sense, the perception of the world’s deep, intrinsic beauty and harmony was the starting point of ancient science and philosophy. In the vision of the ancient philosophers, the universe itself was seen as an embodiment of beauty, which is itself a manifestation of value.

Hence Pythagoras (570–496 b.c.) called the universe cosmos— a “beautiful order” — and explained that the world-structure arises from harmony or the “fitting together” of different elements through proportional relationships.

We can see the patterns of harmony reflected in the structure of galaxies, trees, snowflakes,the deeply elegant forms of living creatures,and the proportions of the human body. In the harmonic structure of the living universe, all the individual parts fit together to make up the greater whole.

For Pythagoras there could be no separation between science and religion or between the worlds of fact and value. The cosmos reflects a universal order, which is a fact, but is also an embodiment of beauty,which is a manifestation of value. Fact and value are not opposed,but two interrelated aspects of the same pattern, because it is from nature’s organic order that the beauty of the world arises. The cosmos is a living unity in which all things are related through kinship, harmony, proportion, and sympathy. Referring to the teachings of the Pythagoreans, Plato wrote that “the wise men say that one community embraces heaven and earth and gods and men and friendship and order and temperance and righteousness, and for this reason they call this whole a cosmos, my friend, for it is not without order nor yet is there excess.”

Or, in the words of another ancient writer, “there is a certain community uniting us not only with each other and with the gods but even with the brute creation. There is in fact one breath pervading the whole cosmos like soul, and uniting us with them.”

One Breath Pervading The Whole Cosmos

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33 Responses to OUR SHORTSIGTHED WORLDVIEW, CULTURE SHAPE MADNESS, ANCIENT COSMOLOGY, DAVID FIDELER ON PHYTAGORAS

  1. Good evening, it needs a lot of courage for me to write to you about your post because there are so many truths in what you say. We continue to know more about less and less but don’t see things anymore in connection or as a whole. We are not able anymore to cook, which is also an art, but are very good at writing useless messages, which may bore us to death and so on.
    Many thanks for your always deep thoughts. All the best

    • theburningheart says:

      Martina you scored a perfect bullseye, with your comment, we are disconnected from our environment, and the cycles of Nature, and we lack a sense of being wholesome, because our fragmentation, and not to be part of the whole process, that bring meaning, and fulfillment to a life in wisdom.
      Thank you! 🙂

  2. Maria F. says:

    What a great essay, and you’ve mentioned something that is always in my mind: the technological “fantasy” world we live in. I always have in my mind that technology makes us live in a fantasy world. Even when I’m a technology consumer, I do have an awareness of how a natural disaster can instantly take away all this fantasy we have. It can “dissolve” bank accounts, “college degrees”, “private properties” and everything we considered “society” to be. And to think that primitive societies are better equipped than us, isn’t that telling you something??

    • theburningheart says:

      You are absolutely right, a mayor disaster may collapse our whole technological fantasies, however I am more inclined to think we are children with new gadgets, one day we may get bored with the toys and crave the real thing, not the virtual, a big problem now day it’s the lack of wisdom, that has little to do with knowledge, a return to the ideal of Arete (see my post o July 20014) will be our growing up.
      Thank you for your comment, I appreciate your praise! 🙂

  3. “…medical historian Roy Porter, who once wrote that “every age gets the lunatics it deserves,” what can we learn about ourselves and our times from examining the content of madness? …”
    And interesting postulation.
    “They note that the psychiatric disorders in which delusions play a role are more common in cities than in rural areas, which indicates …”
    That is a myth … or might it be a delusion? In rural areas there are merely fewer documentarians keeping track of rural delusions. Some of those delusions are disguised as religions and other customs. In rural areas if someone is feeling “bloody”, they can just go out and kill something…. stick the hook s..l..o..w..l..y.. through the worm, skin the fish alive, after putting them on a stringer … bleed out the meat, and skin it while it is still kicking … disembowel them alive …. torment rabbits in cages …. that is OK in rural areas. Of course that is not everyone … but it is easier to hide such sins in rural areas. And there are fewer confessionals for hallucinations, delusions, misconceptions, stupid ingrained ideas beaten into them as children. Most others also share similar mental outlooks, and consider it all perfectly normal. Besides most rural folk lack the language and/or the leisure to pay attention to what their own or anybiody elses minds are doing or not doing.

    Most rural folk are quite defensive, even protective of their mental illnesses. They are used to it and don’t like change. If something is too bothersome, they can self-medicate with ethanol and pretend that is the real problem …

    Except for a few like me, the

    Critically Cryptic Crazy Old Swamp Lady, Bear 😀

    P.S. I don’t hunt or fish, nor do I have a still, but I know who does ….

  4. LaVagabonde says:

    I’d never heard of TSD, but I’m not surprised that such a delusion has been identified. It seems that the more tech the world becomes, the more it seems like one big two-way LED screen. I’ve made a conscious decision to unplug from most of it. I agree with the “canaries in a coal mine” analogy. Very few notice the noose that is tightening around us.

  5. jbertetta says:

    Damn, that was awesome, so right on…as far as your discussion on technology you might find a short piece I wrote interesting: http://jbertetta.wordpress.com/2014/05/22/buddhism-suffering-and-the-new-iphone/

    THank you for liking my post on Tara, especially because it brought me here. Wow, can’t wait to read more.

  6. sherazade says:

    Ho molto apprezzato il tuo scritto e letto malamente ma con grande soddisfazione per i temi trattati così appassionanti.

    grazie, sherazade

  7. Leyla says:

    interesting post…

  8. ptero9 says:

    Wonderful stuff! I think you covered a lot of ground here. Thanks too, for visiting my blog.
    Debra

  9. “The hubris of our contemporary civilization is the belief that never in the world has existed a time better than our own, of course the only reason we can uphold such a statement it’s by our ignorance…”

    Substitute United States for civilization. Not that USA is “the” civilization but in the sense that American policy makers have no sense of history when dealing with other nations. USA does not understand that people around the world have a self identity that is based on cumulative ethos of total history of a particular people not just the immediate now. Just cannot comprehend the mindset of other cultures. Plus USA dismissive of other cultures which is a cause of profound resentment.

  10. theburningheart says:

    Yes, we suffer the malady of American exceptionalism, most Americans do not travel abroad, and even if they do, some are predisposed to look on things with our own prejudices, and biased opinions, but that is also true of other cultures, however what make it so bad, it’s our ability to reach other imposing our own ways on other cultures through media, movies, TV shows, MTV, etc. Without us being able to reciprocate, and learning from them, when was the last time we saw a Norwegian movie, or listened to a Swedish song, or read a German novelist, countries that uphold a better standard of living than our own, now imagine to do the same with countries very small, or those ,who we call third world, and what most people never heard of them, like Lesotho, Niue, Slovenia, Moldova, Bahrain, Paraguay, or Tajikistan?

    In contrast in most parts of the world they import all of what Hollywood, and our powerful media produce, influencing peoples minds, and make believe that America is a paradise, recently I read a story that despite the current tension between Russia and America, people in Russia watch movies made in America some of which Russians are not portrayed in a good light, with hardly a word of protest on their media, imagine the uproar if we would have a Russian movie on our screens portraying us as the bad guys!

    But yes, there is resentment in many parts of the world about our dismissive attitude.

    Well, I better stop I am making a rant of all this.

    Thank you for your great comment! 🙂

  11. Simona says:

    ▐▬▌αρρу ƊƌƳ♥

  12. beeholdn says:

    Oh, my God, to see a night sky like that before I die!
    (More than once would also be great 🙂 but even just once would, I think, be enough! Am not greedy . . . )
    Thank-you!

    • theburningheart says:

      You got to be far from city lights, way far!
      Take a cruise when there is no moon, or go to a remote desert.location.
      Thank you for your comment! 🙂

  13. E.D. says:

    your blog is holds a great wealth and very worthy of people’s attention. thank you. eve

  14. Please, please can you tell me where I can get permission to print the picture you have used of many coloured flowering trees. I have searched and searched, but only come up with your site.
    It is so important to me and so beautiful. Hope you can help. Thanks. Margaretha

    • theburningheart says:

      Margaretha

      There is no pictures of colored flowering trees in this post.
      However you may be referring to the picture in the post :
      DREAMS AND MYTHS, CROSSING THE WATERS OF KNOWLEDGE, ARCHETYPES OF WISDOM, AN INNER JOURNEY

      If that is correct I suggest to search for:

      Al Ain Paradise
      Zakher
      Abu Dhabi
      United Arab Emirates

      Good luck in your quest. 🙂

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