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The Dynamic Influence of Past Patterns on the Present
Cultural historians, philosophers, psychologists, essayists, and scientists caution us to seriously understand the past and its pervasive patterns. Sigmund Freud declared that in psychic life, nothing of what has been formed in the past ever disappears. Everything that has occurred is preserved in one way or another and, in fact, reappears under either favorable or unfavorable circumstances.
“The past never leaves us and the future is already here”. [Lewis Mumford].
“Wherever Western man went slavery, land robbery, lawlessness, culture-wrecking, and the outright extermination of both wild beasts and tame men went with him’. [Lewis Mumford].
“The West has ravaged the world for five hundred years, under the flag of master-slave theory which in our finest hour of hypocrisy was called ‘the white man’s burden’....
What sets the west apart is its persistence to stop at nothing”. [Hans Koning].
“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it”. [George Santayana].
“Those who control the present, control the past and those who control the past control the future”. [George Orwell].
Rupert Sheldrake, biochemist, cell biologist and philosopher, describes a theory similar to psychologist Carl Jung’s collective unconsciousness, or concept of a group mind, a kind of inherited COLLECTIVE memory.
Sheldrake suggests the process by which the past becomes present occurs within what he calls “morphic fields”. A morphic unit is any
form or organization such as atom, cell, social group, pattern of behavior, or even a galaxy and they possess morphic fields that organize its characteristic structure and pattern of activity. They in turn are shaped and stabilized by “morphic resonance” which incorporate influence of PREVIOUS structures of activity that transmit causal influences through both space and time. The memory within the morphic fields is CUMULATIVE within which the past thus becomes present.
When impunity dominates history, justice as a permanent value in the history of humans ceases to exist. This psychopathology produces a
sickness in the soul—of the individual, as well as of a nation—where nothing is real. Everything becomes pretend, the lies told over and over
in many different forms throughout time.
Impunity produces severe disturbances within the individual and collective psyche, manifesting in psycyopathological behaviors of huge magnitude, such as wars. Think of a spoiled child who has never been taught boundaries or been held to account for harmful behavior. Collective as well as individual narcissism can lead to extreme antisocial conduct. Security is experienced through individuality, and rigid adherence to individual and national economic privatization, but not social justice. Identification is achieved through possessions.
The acquisitive habit settles into the inner life, pre-empting an authentic inquisitive and social mind. A social compact is destroyed in deference to privatization, creating anomie. Life is commodified. Disparity between the Haves and Have-Nots becomes extreme; today this is called neo-liberal economics. History is negated, successfully concealing past traumas such as unspeakable genocides and wars about lies.
How many US citizens know of the crimes our country systematically commits throughout the world,
crimes that are constant, remorseless, and fully documented?
Really, how many? It is of no interest. Without historical context, there is little capacity to critique the veracity of contemporary policies and rhetoric. Our delusion of exceptionalism, if it is believed, means the US just couldn’t be involved in patterns of criminal interventions. Our origins just couldn’t be built on dispossession and genocide. This is not the American way. But the fact is that this is the American way. We simply don’t know about it and don’t want to know about it. Impunity has erased memory.
"I have had to feel, intensely, the pain of letting go of my addiction to the myth and the comfort that is associated with believing in "America" and its Way Of Life. In the process of letting go, I have chosen to walk, difficult though it is, on a different path, striving to free myself from imperialistic assumptions and thinking. This enables me to evolve as an authentic human being experiencing the new joys that accompany awareness of my sacred interconnectedness with all life. We are not worth more, they are not worth less."
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