Greek Roots

When you look at the White House or the Central Library in Los Angeles or the Central library in Liverpool, in the architecture, and the culture, you see the influence of Parmenides and the Ancient Greek culture of the early Classical period. That architecture is all over the planet now.

You see the flowering of law and science, navigation, quantum engineering and ethics. That happened in other cultures too.

Yet, it was the Greeks who first penetrated the atom. It is they that birthed the atomic age and the industrial society was a natural offspring of their science.

The Indians gave the world the 2nd Sutra of the first chapter of the Yoga sutras.

It says that what informs consciousness runs the shop.

It has an important word in it: vrtti

Mind stuff

It gives us the words:

Virus and virtue

Sort of like scared vs sacred.

James Lovelock, the author of Gaia theory, he says that when you look at the earth as an organism you understand it has its ecological equivalent of organ systems and homeostatic mechanisms.

The mind’s attitude shapes the direction of the movement of man.

When you look at the commercial pig farms today – all over the world – we see this mechanized mind of man and its collision course with activity that lacks virtue.

You start in your design of a pig farm with a happy pig’s life cycle throughout. But you can’t use clever lawyer speak to define “happy.” You have to love the animal, not just the product of its meat.

This lack of awareness about the symmetry of nature yields disease. Part of the problem is the myopic management systems and part of it is the sheer size of our human population. The biggest issue though is a lack of creative imagination.

How we treat nature reflects our own evolution of human nature. Character and health are connected. ‘Health’ and ‘heal’ come from a word which means ‘whole.’ When we overlook the whole then the common sense of our best character is postponed and the harassment of our own unattended conscience has consequences.

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