In honor of the first day of Spring, I’m re-running a video I posted last Summer. I was reminded of the video on a couple recent occasions and then yesterday had a synchronous encounter with Alexander Barry himself! This is the kind of video that you can watch many times and receive different insights from each time, depending on what else you’ve devoted your attention to in the interim. It may not be everyone’s cuppa tea, but I just love it.
I definitely resonate with his description of the relationship between technology and death — the idea that death is a requirement for manipulation. Returning to a recognition of our connection to the living, breathing Universe can help us to develop technosophy, rather than technology. As explained by one commenter on youtube, “Technosophy: Derives from Τέχνη – Techni and Σοφία – Sophia, both ancient Hellenic words. Techni means making in the sense of constructing (also ποιώ in ancient Hellenic), while Sophia means wisdom. In contrast the term Technology derives from Techni and Logos – Λόγος which in ancient Hellenic language connotes Logic which is only part of wisdom.”
This video seems particularly rich after attending last night’s Goshen College lecture by award-winning journalist, associate professor and eco-hero, Simran Sethi regarding “Faith, Knowledge and Food.” Speaking at the Mennonite college, she (as a Hindu) addressed GMO’s — or what she prefers to call “transgenic foods” to distinguish them from hybridization that really could occur in nature — and the intersections among technology, food as a social justice issue, and spirituality.
Although she used many Bible quotes and Christian concepts, I especially enjoyed her passionate, personal description of how the seed is sacred in the Upanishads. Remembering all the bija or “seed” mantras I’ve learned, her brief comments on her personal faith sprouted rapidly inside of me. They helped me to realize why I have such visceral outrage at the technological manipulation and patenting of seeds, i.e. tinkering with and making propietary the very Life Force itself. To me, it seems like sacrilege. An ongoing abomination that wounds my soul. She managed to stay much more neutral in her concepts and delivery than I would have, yet the audience questions revealed that she had indeed inspired people “to ask better questions.”
All of which is a rather long and rambling reintroduction to Alexander Barry’s work on technosophy. It feels appropriate for this transition day. Happy Equinox. We’re at the beginning of a whole new cycle. What kind of world would we love to create and nourish?
Uploaded on 29 June 2012 by 108morris108