How They Saw The World

Neo-Classical Power Resisting Change

It is easy to accept the world as it is presented to you through culture and media. I am just as guilty as the next human for taking what older generations have passed down in the form of educated narrative, their defined truths regarding the world, and having trusted it and configured my life in accordance with this depiction of reality.

But what if they didnít have the right perspective when they leaned over their charts, formulas, complex equations, and alas, their answer to human questions pondering our existence in the world? They plugged in the numbers, they consulted their perception of possibilities in the reality that they knew, and they came up with an answer in linear terms. They werenít wrong, but they were limited:

- In accordance with a classical physics, the modern era rests in a classical paradigm of thought.

Classical Physics View

-Deterministic physical laws determine our reality, everything is predetermined, if it doesnít fit into accordance with a law, then it Isnít. The world in this case is viewed as a sort of machine, running like clockwork, a sum of its parts.

Mechanistic World View
Mechanistic World View

-Life is determined to be a linear system in which all events can be reduced to and explained as matter in motion.

The Scientific perception based in Newtonian Physics and Cartesian Dualism lead to the development of our current world Economic Theories:

-Our original political construct is based on the sovereign nation state as declared by the Peace Treaty of Westphalia in 1648.

This is what our current international government is premised on:

This is why the UN has no political party

The sovereign nation state is the system now in place which means that there is no one to boss a nation state around; they are not required to act in accordance with a global effort.

-Economic growth is the only incentive for action of any sort in the global market system.

-Our current economic theory is based within this paradigm; trying to twist economics into a mathematical physics formula equaling a closed market system that does not involve environmental cost.

Closed Market System

(Credit: http://www.eoearth.org/article/Neoclassical_economic_theory)

This image depicts the variables in our current economic system, but take note that there is no environmental variable, no mention of resources as non renewable, the model is predicated on the assumption that those inputs will never run out. These outside forces that threaten the stability of the closed system are considered exogenous, and thus not incorporated into the market flow.

How can this even be deemed as acceptable in todayís reality? Damage to ecological stability is an essential cost of production that could lead to the self-decimation of our species and yet economic theory hasnít even been modified to account for the real effects of our global market system. How many tons of coal were burned to power the production of this project that was then shipped via a massive form of transport completely reliant upon oil, emitting carbon dioxide into the atmosphere that stays there for a hundred years rapidly warming the biosphere in which human life is preciously cradled? Am I supposed to ignore this phenomena of truth?

Religious Narrative was the original attempt to explain the unexplainable by the human species.

Sometime after the random mutation leading to the repositioned Larynx and the development of language human beings became conscious of themselves, conscious of an inner self that is, and they began to ask those questions which are inherent to our species.

Questions tackled by religion, science, and philosophy. Existence and Being: Where it all began and how it all ends. Before the scientific theory of evolution, there was a story created by man in an effort to make sense of the mysteries of life; Religion.

The philosopher Descartes (I think therefore I exist) established a classical idea that the mind and body exist in separate domains. The battle between science and religion is in trying to bridge this gap with a narrative that maintains the perspective of one or the other, as opposed to a wider more encompassing idea of being that weaves these perspectives together.

Cartesian

-Religion embarked on its own attempt to bridge the gap between interior and exterior realms of the self, as a meta-narrative.

- The History of religion shows progression from animism, polytheism, to theism, the worship of a single God being, which articulates around 800-200 BC, the five major religions of our modern world emerging quickly from theism.





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