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History of ecophilosophy, lecture 4: Ecological philosophy of history in the antiquity. Part 1

Publicerad 2020-09-02 19:41:00 i Critique of "progress", Critique of civilization, History, History of ecophilosophy, History of philosophy, Moses, Paradise, The Bible, The Golden Age, The Greek and Roman Antiquity, The origins of the earth, Öfverby klosterskola,

The historians of antiquity, people like Moses and Hesiod, saw history in a completely other way than most historians do today. We today mostly see history as a linear development from worse to better, while Moses and Hesiod saw it as a gradual fall from a paradisic state. Both thought in ages, Moses thought about "the age of innocence in the paradise", then the age from Adam to Noah, "the age of the first decline", then the age from Noah to Abraham, "the age of the rebuilding of the world", then the age from Abraham to Moses, "the age of the circumcision covenant", then the age of Moses, "the age of Law". Five ages. Hesiodos also thought in five ages; the golden age, the silver age, the bronze age, the age of Heroes and the iron age. Perhaps those two historians, Moses and Hesiod, had more in common than most historians want to admit. 
 
This antique attitude to history is deeply ecological, and reflect man's close ties to nature in antiquity. For them the fall of nature is also the fall and decline of man and history and civilization, because for them man is linked closely to nature, nature's prosperity is man's prosperity. In our time, it does not matter for the historians that nature is dying right in front of our eyes, if only civilization can prosper. They call it progress if only their civilization is thriving, even though everything else is dying. It is because modern man has cut the ties to nature that was there before, i.e. to reality itself, because nature is reality itself, and become evil and psychotic at the same time. 
 
All thinkers of antiquity (for example you can find this view in Ovid's work) thought like Moses and Hesiod about history. The modern view was unthinkable for them, and then we have to remember that nature was in a very, very much better shape in their time than in ours. We do not grasp the signals of decline even though nature is screaming and dying right in front of our eyes, because we love too much our "progress", our evil development, we have invested so much in our false righteousness, that we cannot see the truth here. 

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Born 1984 in Finland, Norwegian, lives in Österbybruk, Sweden, poet, ecotheologian and ecophilosopher (though not an academic such), is also called "The monk" ("munken", he is monk in a self-founded monastery order, "Den Heliga Naturens Orden", "The Order of the Holy Nature"), he calls himself "Forest Man Snailson" (Skogsmannen Snigelson) because of certain strong ties to Nature and the animals, founded among other things through many years of homelessness living in tent, cot, cave and several huts in the Flaten Nature Reserve and the Nacka Reserve outside of Stockholm. He debuted as a poet in 2007 with "Över floden mig" ("Across the river of me"), published by himself, he has also published an ecotheological work, "Djurisk teologi. Paradisets återkomst" (Animalistic theology. The return of paradise") on Titel förlag 2010. He has published the poem collection "Naturens återkomst" (The return of Nature) on Fri Press förlag 2018 together with Titti Spaltro, his ex-girlfriend. Lars' professions are two, cleaner and painter (buildings). Before he was homeless, but right now he lives in Österby boende, a group home for mental patients 45 km northeast of Uppsala. His adress is: Harviksvägen 6A, 74830 Österbybruk, Sverige. One can reach him in the comments section on this blog. His texts on this blog are without copyright, belonging to "Public Domain".

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