Race-Thinking and Empire * Truth Is the Daughter of Time

In a related post, I reviewed The Imperial Cruise, by Bradley James, in which the author traces the roots of American expansionism and the rise of Japanese race-thinking as key to its East Asia dominion…Here, I look at several other works which look deeply, unsparingly, into the abyss of western imperialism and race-thinking. For it seems that there is no end to the revelations of abuse endured by whole peoples in the colonial, imperial era…We place our faith in the old saying – Truth is the Daughter of Time

Imperial Reckoning: The Untold Story of Britain’s Gulag in Kenya. Here we have the first honest revelations of British genocidal policies in Kenya during the Mau-Mau War of the 1950s. This was an uprising of Kenyans after decades of already systematic brutality at the hands of the British colonial power.

Billed as just a small round-up, internment and possibly rough treatment of a few murderous rebels, it turns out that the British took a page from Hitler’s use of camps as the political instrument of terror for control as well as for the extermination of undesirable elements of the state.

The British forced a huge portion of Kenya’s population into concentration camps, subjecting them to officially-approved, systematic degradation through torture, forced labor, and starvation; at least 90,000 Kenyans died and more were terribly scarred, inside and out.

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Roosevelt, Aryanism and the Roots of American White Nationalism

It is vital that Americans, and the whole Western world, identify clearly one common driving mythology which American leaders would share with Hitler and modern neo-Nazis – Aryanism, the doctrine of white racial superiority enshrined in state power and its use to exterminate non-white peoples all over the earth.

Of all the threats to civilizations on this planet this one – systemic, rapidly (re)organizing Western racism – is the one most likely to plunge much if not all of the world into a darkness from which it is hard to imagine we might emerge as a recognizably human community. It won’t matter at all how green our planet is if it is littered with death camps and the howls of neo-Nazi, KKK or just plain white lynch mobs…

In this post I review a remarkable book which delves in the race-thinking which lay behind Teddy Roosevelt’s foreign policy which created American death camps in the Philippines, fostered Japan’s genocidal role as “honorary Aryans” in East Asia, and still echoes strongly today in the American far right. Continue reading Roosevelt, Aryanism and the Roots of American White Nationalism

Shamanism * Psyche, Symbol and Transformation

In Shamanism * Journey to the West, I suggested that Shamanism had come to the West in the same way that successive waves of Eastern philosophies and practices had come. Just as yoga and meditation, Buddhism and Taoism were embraced by a spiritually bankrupt West, so Shamanism has resonated in the Western soul. I observed that Shamanism seems not only here to stay, but is here because – even in its stripped-down “westernized” forms – Shamanism works.

I wondered if we in the West have been mistaken in our concerns about emulating the dramatic indigenous forms of traditional Shamanism. It seems clear that the spiritual and psychological power of Shamanism lies in the metaphysical realities – alchemical processes of the Mind – which it has embodied and transmitted through the ages. Though we have so much to learn from traditional Shamanism, is it possible this is a two-way street? Has Shamanism come to the West on its own Journey, to explore its origins, find new forms, and express itself anew?

Here, I look at the elements of Shamanism that I believe have been somewhat obscured in both Indigenous Shamanism and the new “Core” Shamanism in the West. It seems to me that, beyond all these cultural forms of shamanism, there exists what an essential Shamanism in which the psyche, through symbol, can access energy and matter to create transformation and healing.

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Shaman Kitaro * Aquarius, Kokoro, Bridge Between Worlds

Kitaro is an Aquarian (Februrary 4, 1953), one  who exemplifies this Sign’s unusual gifts, so often lifting talent into the realms of channelled inspiration.

His music sounds as if it comes to us direct from the planet of Aquarius – the big, eccentric and very beautiful Uranus.

Recognized as the pioneer and founder of New Age music, Kitaro’s Japanese Zen master calls him setu, which means bridge between worlds (which is also the meaning of the Shaman). I think of Kitaro as a living Silk Road between East and West, between Heaven and Earth.

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