Wednesday, May 11, 2011

All is not well in Auroville

[Dalai Lama at the University of Southern California, 3rd May 2011 posted by Debashish Banerji, Last Activity on May 7, 2011
The Dalai Lama said that practical concerns would give the specific shape, but generally speaking, he favored socialism. He called himself a Marxist, though not a Leninist. He believed in common ownership of resources but not coercive methods through power. The sense of protection for all and basic necessities of food, clothing, shelter, health and education for all was part of the idea of socialism, though he also believed in the positive energetic force which creative free enterprise brought to people.] 

A lot of good work has already been done among feminists, queer theorists, disability theorists, actor-network theorists, critical animal theorists, race theorists, Marxists, etc., in drawing our attention to the variety of actors and agencies that populate the social field, but I think we need to refine our conceptual tools to intensify this sort of research. Lurking in the background of humanist orientations in social and political theory is always the assumption of a particular type of agency that has certain generic shared features. This generic subject, of course, tends to be the white, “middle class”, western, academic male in control of his faculties (in Luhmannian terms, this is the blind spot in the “observing system” of a good deal of social and political thought).]

[Issues of inclusion v exclusion in Auroville posted by Rod, Last Activity on May 8, 2011
Has anyone noticed the long list of contentious problems and the “tortuous process” reported by the AVC last week, concerning the behavior of Aurovilians which is not acceptable, and which in a normal society would be illegal. When issues of illegality cannot be handled adequately by an alternative process, and when issues of social and cultural disharmony cannot be resolved by a community dedicated to Human Unity, do we not see that all is not well in the city of the future?] 

Good intentions alone are definitely not a guarantee for appreciatable outcomes. The current occurrences, therefore, are best tested upon the touchstone of common sense. Nostalgia and rigidity can be damaging to men in a fast changing world. All principles and prejudices, hence, need to be re-worked and re-invented in order to be future ready. Following the example of Dalai Lama in demitting office can certainly be a right step. [TNM]

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