As the research of the new Chaos Sciences begins to eat away at the solid foundations of post-Newtonian reality, so all disciplines based on that world-view must eventually be reconsidered. Revolutions in the sciences are beginning to occurr, as the shift in emphasis from a reductionist to an integrationist perpective gathers momentum. There is also a growing awareness of a revolution in consciousness occurring.
The fragmentation of western culture shows how clearly "divide and rule" operates in all aspects of our experience. Our culture is profoundly egocentric - the terrestrial behaviour of tool-wielding apes. The "we superior-you inferior" behaviour loop has dominated our cultural relations with both ourselves and other planetary species, and is also at the root of notions such as free will or spirituality.
At the turn of the century, the shift from religion to science as the dominant ethos for defining reality exposed the fact that us apes required an ontonological dimension of action, to remain secure in a world increasingly percieved as hostile. The space left by the declining power of religion was quickly filled the the cults of the psyche - psychoanalysis, and various mystical/magical cults. These provided a comfortable rationale for the evolving Middle Classes. Enlightenment was captured into being another source of demonstrating status over one's neighbours. This attitude has become increasingly prevalent over recent decades. A magick which is acceptable to mass culture loses its transformative power, becoming a support to the status quo. By all means explore your "inner worlds", but don't rock the boat. Evolution is sacrificed to security. In a world of caterpillers, the butterfly is a dangerous enemy of the way things are.
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