“It’s characteristic of democracy that majority rule is understood as being effective not only in politics but also in thinking. In thinking, of course, the majority is always wrong.”
Joseph Campbell, The Power of Myth
Throughout history human beings have invented heresies (theories that are strongly at variance with established beliefs or customs) and usually regarded as ‘provocative’ by the status quo. Heresies involve holding power over people and often appear under the cover of the predominant religion and its attendant scientific worldview. In the post-industrial world, our heresies are subtly imposed and laced with a cultural and ecological consequence as deadly as arsenic.
I want to discuss three contemporary heresies and reframe them in their transformational context. The concept of ‘Transformational Heresy’ arose out of a conversation I had with the eco-poet and activist, Helen Moore. The gist is that our post-industrial growth culture has demonised so many areas of our lives. For example, new technologies with decentralized economic models, ideas that empower ordinary people, and traditional, even ancient insights and practices that are outside the patriarchy of the state.
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