A contrasting view of the role of US culture is provided by our second speaker, Brian Willson, rebroadcast from episode 166. We hear the conclusion from his speech on North Korea, in which he zooms out and looks at the larger picture of political leaders' use of war. He highlights how the demonization of North Korea is carried out to support the Pentagon's campaign of perpetual war and fear. If human survive this current time, he speculates that future archaeologists will ask themselves "What on earth were these people thinking... how can have been so deranged?" He asks "When will [we] begin to start climbing out of the box, because [our] humanity has been stifled long enough?" His moving conclusion is to ask "When are we going to revolt from a system which is so destructive, that [otherwise] it is going to cause our own demise?"
Our first hour is concluded with a wide ranging talk by Elisabet Sahtouris, which questions a lot of our assumptions about the nature of reality. She challenges the main metanarrative of physics, that of the purposeless dead universe which is heading steadily towards heat death after an enigmatic big bang. Similarly, she rejects the metanarrative of perpetual scarcity and competition behind reductionist biology (which infuses modern society through other disciplines such as economics). Instead she advocates an acceptance that nature, and so the human story, transcends our rational, reductionist, understanding.
Our second hour is made up entirely by the remainder of Elisabet Sahtouris' talk. She suggests that society should be organised more in tune with the rest of nature, for example, as a gift economy, one which is not predicated on scarcity, but which recognises the fundamental abundance of the natural world. She notes how sensitive people are to labels in the debate on evolution, and how easily discussion can become polarised. In contrast to traditional positions on the topic, she rejects them only as complete explanations, suggesting that they each contribute partly to a bigger understanding of the whole picture. Self-interest works on every level of the system, as does cooperation. She highlights a variety of ways in which modern thought is stuck in metaphors of competition and scarcity, suggesting - for example - a change of metaphor, from 'turning point' to 'metamorphosis'; humankind is not an unchanging voyager pursuing a new direction, but we are becoming an entirely new form of life, she says.
This episode rebroadcasts content from http://UnwelcomeGuests.net/166.