Tuesday, December 17, 2013

A multiplicitous democracy of fellow creatures

Along the line of recent posts on Rifkin's ecological consciousness I'm reading sections of Faber's chapter in Theopoetic Folds referenced in another thread. An excerpt:

"Whitehead addresses the same problem of exclusion from and of multiplicity in terms of our projective epistemologies in which, since Aristotle and with Kant, we have closed the human mind off from [...] eco-nature. [...] Whitehead suggests that such isolation is an emergent in the evolutionary process for reasons of survival, orientation and directionality of organisms. However, it becomes toxic when when it closes itself from its primary inclusion with a realm of feelings of the multiplicity of nature in us. [...] Whitehead suggests, as Derrida would later, that we need to reconnect with the enveloping nature beyond [...] isolating self-presence [...] where we become multiplicity [...] amid a democracy of fellow creatures" (226).

I said something similar in this prior post

I'll respond as if they [videos] prove capitalism is what raised the standard of living in the world. I'll even operate from the perspective that indeed it was the driving generator for this development. That in no way negates the inherent inequities of capitalism that are now the dominant drivers of its continued existence. Perhaps capitalism was a necessary good in the appropriate time and context. The question is, has that time and context passed and is it time to move into a more beneficial economic model to address the inequities [...] [like] conscious democratic business? Good capitalism is much like Loy said above about being a good slave owner. The slave's standard of living was certainly raised but they were still chattel, as is most modern day labor, despite the toys they can buy.

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