Greetings Healers and Earth Lovers. I have been planning to write these short essays dealing with the old debates between the various schools of scientific, holistic, traditionalist/Indigenous knowledge systems/Afrikology as well as the new and old theories developed within the contexts of the Global South. This series of mini-essays will be part of the ongoing conversation between Healers, practitioners, armature as well as experts in the various fields. In essence we all all involved in some kind of interaction with Nature, but our values, objectives and end goals may differ slightly or vastly. This is why this is an open platforms wherein not one opinion or world-view can be greater than others.
We shall begin with some general pieces around Natural selection, Darwinism, mainstream vs so called fringe sciences and the rise of Self help and Consciousness philosophies.
It is important to stress that pioneers such as Darwin and others are often largely misunderstood during their lifetimes, but it is most crucial to note that they also deliberately misinterpreted by both disciples and detractors alike. Darwin’s ideas and experiments regarding evolution and the origins of material life have many diverse meanings to many people. While others have used them to entrench their particular prejudices, such as so called ‘social Darwinism’, others extended his Origin of the Species towards racially nuanced tomes such as the extended title of – Origin – Or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life* which had an obvious resonance for how Western civilisation understood itself, its history and current activity, the so called civilising, colonial mission of the fittest.
In our endeavours to realise a more just world characterised by socio-environmental harmony and a more holistic appreciation of Nature and creativity, we are compelled to also deal decisively with ways of thinking and doing that are primary causes of disharmony. We aim to do this without egotism and a fundamentalist know it all mentality. We tackle notions of racism and humanity’s disconnection with Nature and the Cosmos as children seeking to not only play with others but also as builders sourcing our materials from far and wide without doing harm to the environment. Our work is as Spiritual as it is Materialist. We respect proverbial sacred cows as much as we do not shy away from uncomfortable discoveries or truths. We recognise that our existence on this Earth in this time is not just about survival and self preservation, it is largely about relationships with others and to the environment.
Conversely, the disciples of Charles Darwin state and quote this: “The fitter survivors are those best adapted to take advantage of their environment.” This wording is very interesting and telling. Phrases such as ‘taking advantage of -‘, ‘Exploitation’, ‘utility’, even adaptation are fraught with various nuances that we may have to analyse fully at a later stage. Scientists seek grand unifying theories and as they discover their theories from the visible world, there are those who discover much more from the seemingly invisible realms, from the subconscious levels and from the Spirit. The dichotomy can be devastating. Note:
“From the war of nature, from famine and death, the most exalted object which we are capable of conceiving, namely, the production of the higher animals, directly follows. There is a grandeur in this view of life, with its several powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful have been, and are being evolved.”
The grand unifying theory, which these days is termed the Singularity, had to include mankind/humanity. As Gruber and Barrett point out: ‘The subject of man and his place in nature was so woven into Darwin’s thought that it forms an indispensable part of the nature of his beliefs.’