It is time to retell the wisdom of the Earth, to celebrate and explore freedom, mystery and joy of the human spirit.
Mythologizing reality and envisioning a visionary ecocentric post-growth paradigm for the purpose of planetary survival is deeply connected to re-imagining culture, making use of new and old ideas, or rather the reviving of old ideas and ancient ways of knowing.
Slums, Dharamsala, India, 2013.
Oligopolistic proto-facist transnationalism denies humanity the right to freedom, health and life. “Neo-capitalism itself is the new modus operanti of capitalism,” an economic model which is unsustainable from an ecological, human rights and socio-political perspectives. Crony capitalists are (creepy ghosts) viciously feeding on human decay and death. Eight of the wealthiest individuals in the world own more wealth than the 3.6 billion people who are the world’s poorest half of humanity (Oxfam Report, 2017). This vicious form of wealth concentration is obviously unbalanced, ethically inadequate and fundamentally pathological. Climate change, warming temperatures, rising sea levels, the melting of glaciers and intensifying weather events emerge in tandem with the apparent systemic failure of globalized corporatism and the neoliberal program. Furthermore, this economic model is unsustainable from a venture capitalist and financial point of view.1
The death of neoliberalism2and decline of the global economic trading apparatus lies in the failure of the neo-capitalist ideology. The lavish comfort and delusion of grandeur of oligopolistic crony capitalists (evil forces) comes at the expense of the large majority of humanity, those who’s lives have been destroyed by the terrors of war, environmental collapse or ecological disasters, who live in dire misery, with the fear of endemic sickness and death. The prospect of riches granted by free market fundamentalism, consumer culture insatiable fetishism (void of cultural substance leads to a spiritual crisis), rooted in extreme individualism (spiritual crisis induced by ignorance, the illusion of separation and social confusion), prevalence of greed, selfishness, vanity, corruption, racial, cultural, and sexual discrimination (social confusion), have lead to neocolonialism, human right abuse, neoslavery (Chris Hedges), environmental injustices and climate apartheid (Vandana Shiva).
2 Naomi Klein Democracy now
The United Nations says it needs to raise $5.6 billion—most of it by the end of March—to avert a famine affecting 20 million people in Yemen and several African countries. U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres said Wednesday that war and climate change have left millions at risk of starvation in a "world of plenty."
Secretary-General António Guterres: "I’m here with my colleagues to draw the world’s attention to the fact that today more than 20 million people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and northeast Nigeria are going hungry and facing devastating levels of food insecurity. Famine is already a reality in parts of South Sudan. Unless we act now, it is only a matter of time until it affects other areas and other countries. We are facing a tragedy. We must avoid it becoming a catastrophe. This is preventable, if the international community takes decisive action."
Hardest hit is Yemen, where a U.S.-backed, Saudi-led bombing campaign and naval blockade has left more than 14 million people hungry. Among them are nearly a half-million children who face severe acute malnutrition.
The oligarchic war mongering power structure benefits a few elites based on the exploitation of the vulnerability of the Other. Void of any sense of morality, and concurrently engaging in violent atrocities, it is through war, coercion and the intense exploitation of humans and nature that this spiritually weak paradigm attempts to control the uncontrollable powerful spiritual forces of the mighty Heart of the Wild, the Feminine, and the Other.
The hypnotizing quantum field of materialistic commodity fetishism is void of cultural substance. William indicates that the very old-dated meaning of consumption is to destroy spend and waste (Featherstone, 2008: 23).1
“The process of transformation consists almost entirely of decay. But the butterfly is so fit an emblem of the human soul that its name in Greek is psyche, the word for soul.”
Rebecca Solnit, A Field Guide To Getting Lost.
BÉRANGÈRE MAÏA NATASHA PARIZEAU
My artwork, experimental films, and scholarly reflections emerge from a deep curiosity and fascination with the boundlessness of the human spirit, the limitlessness of the cosmic universe, the mythological, the spiritual, the exploration of my EARTH LIGHT body which emanates from infinity (this is the realm of the MYSTERY, the wildest imagination), as well as a real concern for our beautiful planet MOTHER EARTH. The premise of this heuristic body of work is that the current planetary crises are crises in human consciousness, crises of the humanity group soul/spirit. As an environmental advocate and consciousness activist, my work intends to intentionally participate in redesigning culture, the intentional participation in designing a post-growth ecological culture (this is the creative process of redesigning culture) for an ecologically sustainable and spiritually thriving planetary future. My intention is to shed light on the sacred multidimensional ways in which we potentiate the power of our consciousness. This body of work is a prayer to humanity to align our mind and hearts, to raise the power of our hearts, to develop methods and technologies to go inward towards the complexities and awareness of our individual connection to Source We are the Rainbow Warriors. If the world is indeed participatory, we manifest/dream this world into existence. Indeed, dear friends... a colourful future is ours to create!