Soul of the Body,Soul of the World:Initiation and the Reintegration of Nature and Soul
I am writing a new article about the Tower of Babel in our age...The tower of technology that is creating rifts and great divides between generations who speak different languages via their I-pads and I pods. All these devices will eventually erode our communications to such a point that the wisdom of the old masters will not be sought, but will be positioned as laughable. Already, the Tea-Party folks are being positioned as evil and out of touch with our own children by the Pop-Culture Media and Entertainment producers. Though we have lived long, and know much we are overlooked. In our schools they are taught a Progressive curriculum to supersede our history. Our founding fathers will not be respected. No wonder Obama can divide us as a nation. The America we once represented is being replaced by the Gang'sta Generation who ignores our founding principles and expects something for nothing. Our civilization is doomed if we buy into this mindset which takes our minds away from who and what we really were. We have forgotten our rolls in this great creation. The soul of the world is disillusioned from its own course. Thanks Aurora.
Already, the Tea-Party folks are being positioned as evil and out of touch with our own children by the Pop-Culture Media and Entertainment producers.
Nothing of the media ever comes out good...duh, however some of the views for the Tea-Partiers are far extreme to the point of being scary, at least the ones my town, who ARE still flying confederate flags outside there house. I am aware not all TP's are like this, but there are some thing Palin has done that I can not forgive and it involves my own philosophies and the philosophers who have guided me, both living and dead.
The America we once represented is being replaced by the Gang'sta Generation who ignores our founding principles and expects something for nothing.
Yes, that and IPods, will kill us all....probably from cancer ;P
...I forgot how I got here but everyone seems to be heading off in that direction. I hope someone brought food. I have a feeling this is going to be a long journey................
Most of the people who live in my part of the world are the offspring of the old South. They are good folks and very patriotic. I cannot stand against them because I know them well. I would trust them more than most I know of my former friends in the Beltway. I consulted for the Democratic Party and I can tell you that after I served on the Southern Governor's Conference Committee back in 1980s I realized just how bad some folks really are that work in Washington DC. I have gone in a different direction now and am attempting to find purpose in our distant past.
God bless us all, being alive is hard enough not to worry about politics.
I don't know at what point the 'soul of the world' started worrying about human politics. If anything I suspect it's not really with anyone except itself (though maybe it would vote Green), it doesn't seem to do much other than obey its own rules. I'm also not sure at what point the worlds soul became American?
We are all the same humanity...Buicks are multitudinous in China. Everyone is an American today just by the culture it embraces. Even my German relatives wear American apparel.
This is no doubt true. Much has been written about multi-culturalism and it definitely does homogenise in certain places, but it is a complicated thing. Capitalism itself results in cultural homogeneity since we buy mass produced material as cheap as we can - that means creating markets for products that cross cultures.
This is quite superficial though. We wear denim jeans, t-shirts, drive German or French cars, eat Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Italian, American food. We drink Dutch beer, or Spanish, listen to music with global influences, have religions from the Middle East (which is a good point in itself; religion can have a far stronger cultural influence than clothes or food and ours are not local at all, though have been locally modified).
If we are American then those fashions and objects need to be the defining aspect of being American - even for Americans. I doubt this is true. I think it is more likely that it is surface stuff and that the local environment and more powerful cultural aspects than fashion and car type (especially since many don't care about them) come to define a sense of country identity.
I am not saying that it doesn't change though, just that we all influence each other. I have not seen much of the US, but find Europe to be more culturally mixed than the bits I saw. Perhaps American culture has been less altered by multiculturalism, but that does not mean that it defines the 'soul' of countries elsewhere, they can have just as many, if not more, incorporated cultures, as they do have American.
Entertainment is still a powerful American export though, but the quality of Hollywood output has dropped significantly, as has its appeal. Realistically the games industry is probably more invasive now, but perhaps more culturally ambiguous. Here we spend much more time with programs like X-Factor, Big Brother, Spooks and other BBC and Radio output etc. Shrek and Toy Story look to be the summers up and coming biggies and though we might see some American trends in them, such as perhaps 'The American Dream', which also exists in other countries, and such things as Frontierism, or notions of civilising outbacks and less developed peoples the popularism of those sorts of identities is, i think, less common in the Old World.
I guess the whole point of this is that the 'soul of the world' does not just absorb that which is mass produced and cheap, but also resists some of these other ideas while at the same time opening its arms to ideas and experiences from other places.
The questions would need to be 'what is it to be American? and are we seeing parallelism and co-development/co-evolution in global politics'. If American power has controlled global cultural development in a way more assertive than foreign people simply taking what is cheap/easy/convenient/good for them while ignoring what they don't like then what happens when America is not the superpower? More Chinese food perhaps and Chinese people thinking they are the 'soul of the world'.
(When homogeneity occurs, such as through fashion, entertainment, produce, then does the homogeneity imply a powerful normalisation across cultures, or do people simply start defining themselves using something other than what has been homogenised?)
I must protest: I'm not American! Though I fancy I was in a past life. Now what does that say about my soul?
Oscar (EF) you cannot make a blanket statement that "Everyone is an American today" based on their type or make of clothing - and I would point out that not everyone on the planet wears jeans, T shirts and back-to-front baseball caps.
There are other countries with their own cultures and most of their inhabitants, despite having American TV programmes rammed down their throats ad nauseum (that's if they have TV) are quite happy to belong to the culture in which they live.
I do not, could not, and will never consider myself 'American' - why should I? I wasn't born in Australia, but have been more than happy to adopt their lifestyle, ethics and culture for almost the last 50 years, and as far as I am concerned I am an Aussie in every aspect except for place of birth.
My grandfather always used to say "If a cat has kittens in an oven it doesn't make them cakes" - true.
In essence, we are the same being replicating ourselves as a Multifaceted God in this our creation of a Holographic Realm. We truly can say we are everything and it is all our game, the biggest game in town.
It is lonely when one realizes that all of this is really a wonderful day dream...
Cheers to ourselves.
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