How Our Machine-Based Way of Life is Not Only Destroying Nature, It Is Also Destroying Us | Culture Collapse Disorder | Scoop.it

In a society with little time for rest, our sense of self is identified with anxiety and accomplishment instead of our true being.

 

We're so engaged in doing things to achieve purposes of outer value that we forget that the inner value, the rapture that is associated with being alive, is what it's all about. —Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth


As human beings living in the modern world, we must ask ourselves, “How does our being coexist with all our going?” It‘s an important question because every day we are constantly and simultaneously moving in multiple directions so rapidly that we rarely have the opportunity to connect with the being of our human nature. Being is not the same as doing, and we live in a culture of non-stop acceleration, of continual, frenzied, anxiety and competition-driven, on the go action.

 

Even our foremost pastimes, the movies, television shows, and sporting events we view—things we do to recover from all our work and busyness—exemplify this glorification of non-stop, nerve-riveting action, of violence, crime, sexual exploits, and destruction.

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In this world, there is very little time for rest and relaxation, and when there is time we virtually recoil... (Click title to continue)