THE PRE TRANS FALLACY HOW WE BELIEVE PRIMITIVE LIFE TO BE A PARADISE THROUGH RETRO ROMANCE
THE PRE-TRANS FALLACY: HOW WE BELIEVE PRIMITIVE LIFE TO BE A PARADISE THROUGH RETRO-ROMANCE
Ever heard of "tiki"? It's a particular stylised and romanticized view on Polynesian culture.
It's also a highly biased and limited view on the times back then, seeing it through the perceptive filters of art, movies, music of the times in America.
And this, forgets the great variety of ways that life back then was most often short and brutal, with people living no longer than 30-50 years.
This is an easy way we still mostly see other more primitive cultures around us on the planet: pure and closer to god/spirit and nature as a choice rather than the opposite.
This is also why, when we look at these cultures faltering, we turn around and blame ourselves and our culture for their failure, believing that along the way we dragged them into this failure. As such, we believe ourselves to be regressing while seeing them as being more evolved, while it is clear that they are clearly as a culture doing their best to rise above their circumstances while we face our own shame and try to return to a time when we were pure, regardless of whether this purity ever existed.
In this sense, we see colonization (which we ONLY perceive as European expansion though colonization has been happening since the dawn of time) as evil and anything other than colonization as pure and innocent with a wistful tinge of romantic desire for belonging to it.
"Rather, Ken saw that we begin our development in a state of pre-differentiated fusion or absorption with the environment, unable to distinguish where we end and where the rest of the world begins. We then begin to differentiate ourselves from our surroundings, dropping boundaries between self and other, inside and outside, mind and body, and so on.
This stage of differentiation was typically seen as the cause of all our sin and suffering—we ate the apple from the Tree of knowledge, learned to discern good from evil, and promptly got ourselves banned from a mythic Paradise. But according to this new evolutionary view, eating the apple was not a step down; it was a step up from Eden—a transition from the pre-differentiated fusionof the animal mind to the differentiated self-awareness, self-reflection, and capacity for choice that defines the human spirit, and only then to a state of genuine integration with the world and with nature—a true Enlightenment."
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