“Zombies of Denial”: How They Can Help
by Bodwyn Wook
The question, then, is in what ways may the phenomenon of denial be functional? And, here, we have to be aware that the activity of looking into any phenomenon allows us acting as scientists to deepen our knowledge, going beyond simple linearities of “cause & effect”. So, we can safely say that denial plausibly has deeper biophysical & even prospective roots than being “just opinion,” or even “just WRONG opinion”; this is better than saying something is “either” right or wrong. After all, in any N-dimensional space or decision-set, it is axiomatic that by the time you have beaten & chased everyone into the same church, that that church is done for & people are climbing out of the windows! Today as in all past time we still mainly just do NOT know under which bush the rabbit is hiding, although for instance biological science now may indeed have given us more “information” about rabbits. This brings us to the institutional crisis, now, of both religion & late-modern science. Today, both are entities that are cast in an increasingly clearly past set of languages, or “narratives”. In any case, the “solution” (or rather, solutions) to challenges, in this case of ever-changing climates, will be found in the creative biological activity of thought that arbitrarily sets itself free both to work the old languages (mythologies) AND to forge new ones. For instance, many who when up & dressed, for example on the topics of zoology & species’ extinction, think & act as hardened scientists, also have enormous fascinations with nonwhite peoples, “medicine men,” animal spirits. In such a context this is hardly “irrational”. It is NOT just foolishness. In fact, this sort of romance is an excellent example of the Shadow at work; it is nonrational and in it may lie the actual creative factor that will yield something truly new for the future for life in this world, even out of the most depressing data.
(The main thing is to not gush like a load of assholes whenever we get around Indians, saying things like “I’m WAY spiritual, too!” and asking for eagle feathers!)
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[12 June 2013]