“One man whipped with Hunger toils half-naked in the Pit, face to face with death; the other is crowned by his fellows, sitting in state with fine wines and the sound of jubilee. This is the Divine Right of Capital”.
“The desperate clinging to the self and the desperate clinging to life are the surest way to eternal death, while the power to die, to strip one’s self naked, and the eternal surrender of the self bring immortality with them”.
Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf
“Modern civilization suffers from a lack of principles, and it suffers from it in every domain. By a monstrous anomaly, it is, alone, among the others, a civilization without principles, or with only negative ones, which amounts to the same thing. It is as if an organism with its head cut off went on living a life that was at the same time intense and disordered…”
René Guénon, East and West
“Sociability and need of mutual aid and support are such inherent parts of human nature that at no time of history can we discover men living in small isolated families, fighting each other for the means of subsistence”.
Peter Kropotkin, Mutual Aid
“Western man has no need of more superiority over nature, whether outside or inside. He has both in almost devilish perfection. What he lacks is conscious recognition of his inferiority to the nature around and within him. He must learn that he may not do exactly as he wills. If he does not learn this, his own nature will destroy him”.
C.G. Jung, Psychology and Religion
“Technological idolatry is the religion whose doctrines are promulgated, explicitly or by implication, in the advertisement pages of our newspapers and magazines – the source, we may add parenthetically, from which millions of men, women and children in the capitalist countries derive their working philosophy of life… So whole-hearted is the modern faith in technological idols that (despite all the lessons of mechanized warfare) it is impossible to discover in the popular thinking of our time any trace of the ancient and profoundly realistic doctrine of hubris and inevitable nemesis. There is a very general belief that, where gadgets are concerned, we can get something for nothing – can enjoy all the advantages of an elaborate, top-heavy and constantly advancing technology without having to pay for them by any compensating disadvantages”.
Aldous Huxley, The Perennial Philosophy
“As a smile appears or a chuckle bursts forth grand narratives of ‘progress’ are seen for the farce that they are, cracks appear in the colonial project and modernity can appear as just one story among many”.
“Freedom is involved in this process in two distinct ways. Firstly, it will be freedom in its dynamic aspect – the innate human desire for freedom – that will act as the battering ram to destroy the current system. Freedom here takes the form of energy, life-force, creating the possibility of transformation. Secondly, when the various blockages and delusions which imprison us have been cleared away, freedom in its permanent fullness will then be able to flourish”.
Paul Cudenec, Forms of Freedom