Esoteric Dissertations from a One-Track Mind

May 12, 2008

Koyaanisqatsi: Life out of Balance

Filed under: environment, film — Tags: — codesmithy @ 9:35 am

Koyaanisqatsi was a film released in the early 80’s.  The film implies that we are living out of balance.  The film tries to demonstrate this fact rather than merely stating it.

I recently started reading “The Marx-Engels Reader” edited by Robert C. Tucker.  One of the central themes of Marx is alienation and self-estrangement.   Marx predicted the end of this estrangement which resulted in communism.  Marx’s formulation is, of course, flawed.  There is no natural progression of history.  Furthermore, there can be periods of great regression.  Anthropology shows that many early societies tended to truly “communistic.”  It was the introduction of Western values into these cultures that introduced the alienation that Marx sees as the natural course of history to eliminate.

Nevertheless, another kind of alienation exists in civil society, not only from man and his labor, but also from man and nature.  As long as man sees itself separate from nature and its dictates, man will not only be estranged from nature, but also man.

The difference between a fatal disease and benign organism is its ability to live in harmony with the systems on which the organism depends.  Fatal diseases are those that reproduce too rapidly and do too much damage that the host ecosystem that it collapses.  Benign organisms live sustainably with the surrounding systems frequently providing some benefit to the overall system.  In relation to the Earth, what is man?  Koyaanisqatsi provides the answer as it stands today.


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