Any new religion…

Two things however are clear about any religion that might derive from cybernetics and systems theory, ecology and natural history. First, that in the asking of questions, there will be no limit to our hubris; and second, that there shall always be humility in our acceptance of answers. In these two characteristics we shall be in sharp contrast with most of the religions of the world. They show little humility in their espousal of answers but great fear about what questions they will ask.

— Gregory Bateson (Angels Fear)

On Entertainment & Art

Thought

I just pulled out two snippets of conversation between Gregory Bateson and Mary Catherine Bateson from the book Angels Fear. The main topic of their conversation is addiction but their speak about entertainment is the highlight for me, in this time of the pandemic. Confined to our homes, surrounded by gadgets, equipped with high bandwidth connections, besides bad news, we are having to deal with endless streams of information & entertainment through various channels and in various forms.

Sorry if the conversation snippets seem disconnected or even severed. I found these quite meaningful and worthy of sharing. I recommend reading this book but, be warned - Its not entertaining.

Quotes 55 - Consciousness & Evolution

Daughter: {…}Daddy, do you think consciousness is lethal?

Father: Mmm. Empirically it seems on its way to being so. Human consciousness linked with purpose might turn out to be rather like the tail of the argus pheasant, an extreme elaboration of a particular trait that sends a species into an evolutionary cul-de-sac. But that’s happened before. What is frightening is the possibility that the presence of a creature like us anywhere in the system may eventually be lethal to the entire system.

— Mary Catherine Bateson (Angels Fear)

Quotes 54 - Practice & Revision

Whatever it is, make your practice something that can bear some revision. Revise it, and revise it again, until it becomes something that truly sustains you.

— Christina Rosalie (A Field Guide to Now: Notes on Mindfulness and Life in the Present Tense)

Quotes 53 - Materialism

Materialism is a set of descriptive propositions referring to a univers in which there are no descriptive propositions. Its vocabolury and syntax, its epistemology, is suitable only for the description of such a universe. We cannot even use its language to describe our activity in description.

— Gregory Bateson (Angels Fear)