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Cultural Blindness

Hi Mark,

You asked me how Maturana's work can impact "life on the ground, feeling blue, lost broken, confused, ugly, disappointed, lonely, or filled with outrage?  I want to carry on this conversation with the caveat that Maturana is a scientist whose work has vast implications in many fields.

I have studied and lived with his work for over twenty years and understand only a speck. Anyone who wants to go further into his work can read Origin of Humanness in the Biology of Love by Humberto M. Romesin (Author), Gerda Verden-Zoller (Author), Pille Bunnell (Editor).

(Note this book is a scientific text and is challenging to read)

The description of the book is: "The central concern of this book is us human beings. The authors' basic question is: 'How is it that we can live in mutual care, have ethical concerns, and at the same time deny all that through the rational justification of aggression?'

That sounds complicated, but it is as simple as when we find ourselves hurting or lost, and we ask Byron Katie's four liberation questions:

  1. Is it true?
  2. Can you absolutely know it's true?
  3. How do you react when you believe it's true?
  4. Who would you be without that thought?

How we talk to ourselves creates a mental history of who we are, this has good and bad implications. Individuals can understand that we are the product of our past but we can break the cycles and bonds.  We author our reality.

 Krishnamurti talks about, "The observer and the observed" When you say, 'I must be free from all conditioning, I must experience,' there is still the 'I' that is the center from which you are observing. Therefore there is no way out because there is always the center, the conclusion, the memory, a thing that is watching and saying, 'I must' or 'I must not.' Krishnamurti in Bombay 1961, Talk 8

The human condition is living in language, and teachers, such as Maturana and Krishnamurti, explain how to exist using language as the underlying tenet of experience. Cultural blindness occurs as the result of the conservation of our personal and collective negative “I” thoughts. One can change their personal experience by choosing the consequences of their language. Language is a verb.

For me it’s useful to say:  open my "I" to self-awareness, self-acceptance, self-confidence, and self-love. Then I get lost again. That is known as languaging.

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Thanks for this, Madeline!  I'm going to check out Maturana's work.   As for Krishnamurti, he was my first great spiritual love and I know his teachings well.  Hope to see you later on the writing call.

Have a beautiful day,

M : )