Violation of boundaries

28 May

The DeepGreen Blog

Civilization originates in conquest abroad and repression at home // Stanley Diamond

The violation imperative runs deep in the dominant culture. What does it mean to be a man for example?  Well, for one thing, you know you are a real man by how well you violate the boundaries of others. No matter whether we talk about the boundaries of women, boundaries of other cultures, boundaries of nations, boundaries of communities or the boundaries of the natural world. In this patriarchy–industrial civilization–everything exists to be violated, down to the very atom itself.

180-200 species will go extinct today, 180-200 species went extinct yesterday and 180-200 species will go extinct tomorrow. Worldwide, forests fall. Worldwide, the ocean is depleted.  All in the name of violation. Violation of boundaries. There is no doubt that our way of living—industrial civilization—is based on, requires, and would collapse very quickly, without persistent and widespread violence…

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