16 comments on “Living, Loving and Dying Out of Context

  1. I clicked on the article thinking it would give more information but this seems to be more of a stream of thought rather than proposing a method to fix it. I am left with the question, “so what are YOU doing about this?” It seems like you are ready to hand off information to other people, but you have not yet established yourself as someone who really has “it all figured out” yet. I mean this to be constructive criticism of your work. I’d like to know more about HOW YOU are different. You seem to be very intelligent, but your thoughts seem to be circling around a few issues. Just some feedback for you, as a reader and as a publication editor.

  2. First, I’d like to thank you for reading and commenting, Sam. I appreciate the feedback and your expertise in this area.

    Now to answer you, you’re right. I have offered no specific remedy to the problem. Typically my articles are either inherently reflexive (making a point to say I do not have it all figured out), or offer a plan of action in a reflexive manner, of course. This post has neither of those attributes, and maybe it should.

    Let me be clear: I did not intend for this post to solve any problems, but rather to illuminate there is a loss to all aspects of our lives when we lose our ancestral, human context. I guess if I did add a plan of action, maybe a part two, it would begin by asking people to recognize there is a problem with the way most of us live. And I suppose this post was to get people thinking with my stream of consciousness.

    I felt the linked articles within the body of the post both had some concrete examples of how to regain this context.

    Please keep the feedback coming and feel free to continue this conversation either here or by email at existanew@gmail.com.

    Thank you.

  3. Thanks for the article Beau, I appreciate it on a number of different levels. I actually enjoy it particularly because it does not offer any solution. The problems you speak of are so ingrained within us, that I have come to believe they are mostly solutionless. This does not mean we cannot still ponder, ask questions and give voice to our thoughts. In fact, a part of the systemic encoding in which you speak of, is a need to be problem solvers; we have an inability to sit with discomfort even though the world is full of it. And thus we have created the institutional machines you speak of. Prisons, mental hospitals, the welfare office, these are all warehouses for the marginalized and disenfranchised, whom society has deemed unfit because we are uncomfortable with “criminals”, mental defects, and the poor. The problem is the majority of us now can now fit neatly into one of, or all of, these categories. So in essence we are institutionalizing ourselves. Although wondering about what YOU DO in regards to your own personal “anti-institution” daily regime, Beau, may be valid, and an interesting article in which I will look forward to reading, the real question is what do I DO? And from reading your article I am indeed pondering that very thought. So I say job well done because a critical evaluation of ourselves is probably just what we need. Keep the thoughts flowing my friend.

  4. Living , rather than ruminating. Doing rather than dreaming. Flowing rather than blocking. We, not us vs. them. Learning and failing to learn. Mindful. Earning our existence.

  5. If I could have figured out how to edit my comment above, I would have also included—-Shoes without heels, or even no shoes.

  6. Interesting article, and so true. Some parts of this article really struck a chord with me. While working in the missing and exploited children’s field, the fact that we are detached from our neighbors and the “community” around us has become increasingly obvious. So many children could be found or saved if people took a minute to call the police or DO anything when they see something that doesn’t seem right. Instead, people shrug it off and go about their own lives. Apparently, it is too much effort to simply go with your gut feeling that something is amiss, and it is much easier to ignore it and mind your own business. Surely “someone else” will take care of it. “It’s not MY responsibility to worry about THEM,” seems to be the prevailing sentiment.

    A person from my organization was asked to present a child safety training to a group of women from Somalia. The women barely spoke English, so it was not a very in depth training and the trainer knew she had to work on presenting just a few key points. After learning more about the women and their families, her main lesson to them was that “Your neighborhood is not your village. Your apartment building is not your village. No one else here is looking out for you or your children.” A sad truth. This is not how it should be. We should all be looking out for one another, and especially for children (in my opinion). Instead we turn a blind eye, or read an article about something that has happened to a child and say “Where were the parents? Their fault.” Shouldn’t we all share responsibility?

  7. “Earning our existence.” I llike that term, Rodney. Most of us seem to be caught up making our existence about earning, money that is.

  8. Hi Beau, I very much enjoyed reading this post of yours. I recently discovered this project by stumbling upon your fantastic interview with Daniel Vitalis on Youtube. Your insights about the manner in which authentic, unmediated human connection is disappearing while modes of superficial connection and pseudo-service (e.g. running a 10k for cancer “research” and funneling money to random charity efforts) gain greater and greater currency strikes me as a very important and timely observation. I am currently working as a trainee psychotherapist and am struck by the crisis of intimacy that seems to pervade even the so-called “helping professions” in this western context…perhaps because this is inherent in the process of specialization, social stratification, and professionalization that allows our disconnected, consumption-centric lifeways to continue. In any case, thanks again for sharing these perspectives and I look forward to following more of your work!

  9. Thank you Kaitlin. I am very happy a health professional, like yourself, agrees with this outlook. Please feel free to share your views with us at anytime!

  10. I have one additional suggestion—sleeping without pillows..The reference to shoes without heels means shoes without built up heels. Running and walking shoes today have built in heels designed to absorb extra shock created by landing your feet heels first. Yet for most of human history it is likely that foot strike was either even or forward area first. I have been learning to walk and run this way. Heels striking first is very jarring by comparison.

  11. I just thought of an interesting comparison of sorts: the concept of relying on a “nanny state” can be likened to submitting to the lizard brain. Conscious grassroots programs of even tiny influence can be compared to carrying out novel ideas from the neocortex.

    Another thing: what amazing potential there is for these deeper connections issues to resolve themselves in our generation. And all the more quickly through social media and internet where anyone who wants to can begin to exercise their influence and point these things out to those who care to listen and begin acting with their own intention (just like Exist Anew). These kinds of ideas might have been held in secret a few hundred years ago and never openly acted on. But today, together as a confederation of human groups, we really have full power to tackle these issues little by little, gaining speed and power all the time.

    I think that it’s exciting to live in our times and act and watch how we resolve and improve in these areas.

    Thanks for writing this.

  12. Great blog you’ve got here.. It’s hard to find high quality writing like yours these days.
    I really appreciate individuals like you! Take care!!

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