Culture and Language tend to become traps. Yet, they can be the platforms for enormous freedom. IF you understand what it’s all about.
And what it’s all about, is YOU
Culture, defined by google, is the art and other manifestation of human intellectual achievement regarded collectively.
Now if we examine culture as a collective manifestation, how do we rank the civil democracies which we live in here in France/ Western Europe (or more broadly the entirety of the western world)?
“We live in a culture that is constantly trying to put out the flame of mystery within us. It’s constantly saying “NO, life’s about having this kind of career, this car, this kind of house, get a new phone, go to work, don’t be looking for mystery beneath the surface. Go punch the clock.” Chris Ryan, Sex at Dawn *Civilized to Death.
What place does the individual have in our collectively manifested society? We are told that we are unimportant. Most of us are threatened to be crushed under the economic machine if we don’t step in line, if we don’t seek guidance by some form of institution: University, trades, business, economics, military, ect.
“Most of the things that people occupy their time with are things that we’ve come up with, and that we have assigned great importance to. Taxes, Jobs, Social Statue, grades, etc.)” –Joe Rogan Experience
This is civilized culture. It does not speak or relate with the individual. Isn’t it crazy that the individual can be enslaved by a notion that was invented by humanity: Money.
What is it that generates Greed, Bigotry, Inequalities, and War?
From a behaviorist perspective these things are taught; through an indoctrination of values that uphold systems of power. Whether it be a pledge of allegiance to a created culture of nation, or a suppression of the most intimate tenants of our biology and sexuality through teaching homo-monogamous, Dominator culture.
“Dominator culture has tried to keep us all afraid, to make us choose safety instead of risk, sameness instead of diversity. Moving through that fear, reveling in our differences.
Finding out what connects us, traveling the paths of conscious living as a work of art; this is the process that brings us closer, that gives us a world of shared values, of meaningful community.” –Bell Hooks, Teaching community
ESM: Create Culture (ART)
Jan 29th 4pm – 7pm