Archive for February 2015
(This article is a review and analysis of some of the ideas presented in the book “Conscious Capitalism” by John Mackey and Raj Sisodia, in the light if Integral Management)
After the recession in the West, there was some soul-searching and critical rethinking on the virtues of capitalism. Many of them called for a radical renovation of the capitalism by bringing in some of the principles of socialism like equity or more government intervention. This book under review belongs to this category of rethinking capitalism but with a difference. This book is not a critique of capitalism. On the contrary, the authors are confirmed capitalist and hail capitalism as one of the greatest innovations of human mind for bringing widespread prosperity to people. But they also argue, capitlaism can still evolve into something higher and better and more soulful. The unique feature of the book lies in its positive approach…
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Humanity acts based on the motive force of desire, and much of our mental development and focus is based on ways to both satisfy and justify this vital force of attraction and repulsion in action. The ego represents a limited formation that essentially is built up around a set of (for the most part) habitual responses to objects of desire, and the specific organized set of these responses that we identify with through the ego-consciousness we call ourselves, our personality, and our being.
In fact,however, this is a surface being that is both ephemeral and transitory in nature. There is a deeper, true self that is not based on the ego, and not focused on the satisfaction of desires, that represents the true reality of our existence. The process of Yoga works to unveil this hidden true self and bring it to the fore, thereby shifting the motive principle of…
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When one takes up the integral Yoga, there are considerations involved that were not clearly of much concern to those who followed other yogic paths in the past. For the most part, yoga has been traditionally focused on the liberation of the individual and the unification with the Absolute; the life in the world was treated either as an illusion, or at best, of secondary importance. In the integral Yoga, where the transformation of the active nature and the evolutionary development of the world manifestation are recognised essential aspects, a new level of complexity enters into the process. Abandonment of the life in the world is essentially no longer an “option” and the body, the vital being, the emotions, all need to be taken up, reconfigured and transformed.
Once the determination has been made, another debate arises; namely, whether it is better to focus on the path of Knowledge or…
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A very wide-ranging and far-reaching conversation. Economics, the “ownership theory” made and sold to students at the London School of Economics and many other Universities around the neoliberal globe, is put on trial by both Latour and Williams. Latour goes so far as to stick a poison label on it.
About 10 minutes in, Williams’ discussion of the two kinds of knowledge reminded me of Whitehead’s line from The Concept of Nature about the bifurcation of nature (the line Latour is always quoting):
What I am essentially protesting against is the bifurcation of nature into two systems of reality, which, in so far as they are real, are real in different senses. One reality would be the entities such as electrons which are the study of speculative physics. This would be the reality which is there for knowledge; although on this theory it is never known. For what is known…
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Most of us, at some point or another in our lives, will reflect on why we are alive, what it is “all about” and what, if any, purpose there is to our existence; thus, raising the ultimate question of how we should live our lives and what we should do with ourselves. Some come to the conclusion that there is no “ultimate” aim and they settle on trying to experience comfort, entertainment, social standing, family relations and fulfillment of various forms of desire. In some cases this is extended to include various forms of intellectual development and fulfillment, utilizing the higher mental capacities that appear to be unique to the human being in this world. For the most part, however, there is no clearly delineated and defined aim before most individuals and they tend to respond and react to the events and situations in the world in a more or…
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