Six rules for humans rejoining the natural world


According to Guardian columnist George Monbiot, Jeremy Lent is “One of the greatest thinkers of our age.”  His book The Web of Meaning: Integrating Science and Traditional Wisdom to Find Our Place in the Universe is awe-inspiring:

As our civilisation careers towards a precipice of climate breakdown, ecological destruction and gaping inequality, people are losing their existential moorings. Our dominant worldview of disconnection, which tells us we are split between mind and body, separate from each other, and at odds with the natural world, has passed its expiration date.

“Yet another world is possible.

“The author investigates humanity’s age-old questions – who am I? why am I? how should I live? – from a fresh perspective, weaving together findings from modern systems thinking, evolutionary biology and cognitive neuroscience with insights from Buddhism, Taoism and indigenous wisdom.

Jeremy has permitted me to provide a link to one of his pieces, which provides an insight into his words of wisdom.

A society based on natural ecology might seem like a far-off utopia—yet communities everywhere are already creating it.

In these troubled times, we need to think totally outside the box of our mindsets.  

By the way, Lent’s six rules are:  1 Diversity – 2 Balance –3 Fractal Organisation – 4 Life Cycles –  5 Subsidiarity – 6 Symbiosis,

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  1. Stephen Gwynne says


    In stark contrast, natural ecology is driven by the maximum power principle which translates as the biological organism maximising survival within thermodynamic system constraints.

    Thus we have ecological laissez-faire pitted against an eco-dictatorship which seeks to enforce energy and resource constraints to avoid climate change whilst needing to exert sufficient social control and order as natural competition intensifies, especially as the per capita need for redistribution increases, particularly if the human population is allowed to grow.

    The irony of course is that it takes a dualistic mind to dream up disembodied life-affirming solutions whilst our bodies continue with their instinctual propensities to kill and enslave other biological organisms in order to maximise our survival.

    Arguably, this dualism is at the heart of Left thinking. At the mind level, they “cooperatively” expouse diversity, equality and inclusion but at the body level, they “competitively” seek to create inequality, uniformity and exclusion.

    This for example is why they exclude human population numbers, why they exclude the need for hydrocarbons to drive the global production of a Green New Deal and why they can never be trusted with State power.

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