Off Topic: Upledger on the Decline of Civilization

Feb 3, 06:22 PM

by Katharine Koeppen, RA

Being icebound for four days has provided some much-needed catchup time with the ever present pile of office paperwork, but it's also given me time to crack open a book I've been wanting to read for a long time. Embyros, Galaxies and Sentient Beings: How the Universe Makes Life is a treatise on embryology and morphology by philospher/poet Richard Grossinger, who attempts to explain how (and perhaps why) we all arrived on the planet.

Craniosacral pioneer John Upledger, DO, wrote the foreword and he had some interesting things to say about our present state:

"Our civilization is in the midst of a 'ceaseless' transformation of matter into 'dead' commodity totems that are manipulated in our creature minds for the purposes of indoctrination and disenfranchisement of citizens. We are replacing our very humanity and healing compassion with with a kind of mechanical greed fostered by commoditized ambitions. Under such a tyranny, it is fear that keeps individuals and groups clinging to a mechanical or fundamentalist world-view. After all, there is a materialistic aspect to fear and guilt. If you mislead yourself enough about what things are, your fear can be momentarily dismissed and your guilt superficially assuaged. You trade insight into the true nature of life and death for temporary control of imaginary material objects. And even those objects will ultimately overwhelm our feeble attempts to manipulate them, for they are alive on their own terms.

We are left with a sorry choice: would you rather have your brain imprisoned by high-tech science or old-time religion? Each of them creates God in man's own image; each in its self-righteous arrogance may destroy Life on the Earth."

Grossinger, Richard. Embyros, Galaxies and Sentient Beings: How the Universe Makes Life. 2003. North Atlantic Books: Berkeley, CA.

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