“The reaction to any word may be, in an individual, either a mob-reaction or an individual reaction.  It is up to the individual to ask himself:  Is my reaction individual, or am I merely reacting from my mob-self?  When it comes to the so-called obscene words, I should say that hardly one person in a million escapes mob-reaction.”  D.H. Lawrence

In a language there isn’t just words to communicate with, there is also a whole psychological structure specific to it. It gives us a model with which to view the world and to communicate about the world we sense, both the world within and the world without. But it also gives us our identity, since each language has its own history and also its own character. That character transmits itself into us a “national personality,” a sort of personality that deeply structures the human psyche from birth. In other words, stereotypes.

On one hand this can be useful; as we can see that languages and the qualities they carry are the accumulation of experience from history. Through language we are being transmitted the “wisdom of the ancestors”. On the other hand it can also carry the rubbish, the karma, of the past which is undeserved by future generations. Language isn’t just an encoding of ancestral wisdom, it has also acted as a waste bin to conveniently give the load of one generations responsibilities on to the next.

Time to sort the wheat from the chaff. Time to make a review of the type of language we use and how we use it. Say no to what is useless and harmful and encourage the growth of what is useful and healthy. Languages contain patterns, and we have to ask ourselves do we really want to repeat the past blindly? In a synchronicity a friend made a comment on Facebook about not letting an anger he had inherited from his ancestors carry on further. His affirmation that since it was not his it would stop with him and within him.

Like this we can all reject the “mob- reaction” within us, the stereotypes that have been transmitted to us through the generations, and so, as the Great Invocation says, “seal the door where evil dwells.”

For me it has been an important experience to move to another country and see my own country from “outside”, to see it from a different perspective and see its virtues in comparison to other cultures and also its vices . And so also see myself from an other perspective. Learning a new culture, and a new language, makes me rely less on the “safety blanket” of my native culture and seek to communicate with the world in a new way, and so I can only grow, retaining the benefits of my culture and discarding the disadvantages of it too, and adopting a broader view of the world that is not so limited.

La humanidad no sirve la nacionalidad, la nacionalidad sirve la humanidad. Hay mas que una lengua en el mundo y por eso el aprender otras lenguas, sólo es sentido común, el sentido de la humanidad (Thanks Mika for correcting this).

Photo of Mas De Gomis taken by Mika 2008

“Concern with the environment is no longer one of many “single issues”; it is the CONTEXT of everything else- our lives, our business, our politics.” Fritjof Capra (I told you I’d repeat some quotes lol)

“The unnamable is the eternally real. Naming is the origin of all particular things.” Tao Te Ching.

We’re living in a bit of an eco-fallacy. Somehow “ecology” got sidelined as a mere “subject” within human existence, like it’s optional. Simply inventing the word ecology can create a split, and instead of being the whole context of our lives, it’s become a specialist subject.
I can imagine, one day in the future, a teacher talking about the word ecology as though it were a footnote in history…

“Well, long ago, humans thought as though we were somehow separate from the world around us, from the processes that sustains life. We used this word “ecology” to describe the natural processes, but described it as though humans aren’t a part of it, which has had very tragic circumstances.

“Some while later, humans were suffixing “eco” onto nearly every word as they realized just how connected to ecology they were; things like ecopsychology, ecobusiness, ecopolitics etc. But the term “eco” was used so much it became superfluous and wasn’t needed for anything anymore, because every aspect of human existence was realised as a part of “ecology”. We cannot talk about human existence without ecology…”

Perhaps in the end, “ecology” will become superfluous. But before then, we need it, we need the idea of the importance of ecology and that idea needs reinforcing, it’s a word that will help us properly orientate our lives. And perhaps then, when our lives are so suffused with the concept, we can do away with the word.

But not yet…

(Tao Te Ching quote from http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core9/phalsall/texts/taote-v3.html)