For the last decade of my career in conservation and resource management 1990-2000, I lived and worked among the Anangu traditional owners of Central Australia. For me this was a time and place where and when I was literally re-minded about the importance of my relationship to Self, other and all-that-is. On returning to live within non aboriginal society my Anangu inspired curiosity took me to a week-end retreat where I was introduced by Miriam McGilles to the ‘Canticles to the Cosmos’ 1990 and ‘The Universe Story’ 1994, works authored by Brian Swimme and Thomas Berry. These works further inspired me to undertake a Masters degree in Social Ecology, majoring in Environmental Education at the University of Western Sydney. My partner Glenys Livingstone and I graduated at the same time and place in 2003, me with a Distinction and Glenys with a Ph.D., we were both passionate about journeying together.
My earlier life changing experience in Central Australia followed by my academic study and ongoing practice of seasonal celebrations that are informed by ‘PaGaian Cosmology’ 2005, authored by my partner Glenys Livingstone, has enabled me to experience and deepen my appreciation of cosmic creativity in general and planet Earth’s Biosphere in particular as an awesome physical event that is a beauty to behold. ‘Canticles to the Cosmos’ is based on Thomas Berry’s ‘twelve principles of a functional cosmology’, principle number twelve convinced me that if we are to develop our full personal and human potential, we will need the emergence of what Thomas describes as an ‘Ecozoic era of Earth development’, an era during which we ‘activate the inter communion of all the living and non living components of the Earth community..’
Such was my new found experience of creativity and beauty throughout an otherwise increasingly troubled world, that it prompted me to search for a compatible political story. I had almost given up on my search and politics in general when I came across these two particular passages –
“In this world, at this point, no political revolution is sustainable if it is not also a spiritual revolution – a complete ontological birth of new beings out of old. Equally, no spiritual activity deserves respect if it is not at the same time a politically responsible, i.e; responsive, activity… The only meaningful political direction left now is synonymous with the only meaningful spiritual direction left now: towards the conscious re-fusion of the spirit and the flesh… This time it will be a global consciousness of our global oneness, and it will realize itself on a very sophisticated technological stage; with perhaps a total merger of psychic and electronic activity.”
Barbara Mor – ‘The Great Cosmic Mother’ 1987.
“Once he has done with the anarchic forces of his own society, man will set to work on himself, in the pestle and the retort of the chemist. For the first time man will regard itself as raw material, or at best as a physical and psychic semi-finished product. Socialism will mean a leap from the realm of necessity into the realm of freedom in this sense also, that the man of today, with all his contradictions and lack of harmony, will open the road for a new and happier race..”
Leon Trotsky – ‘In Defence of the October Revolution’ 1932.
The above quotes – among others, inspired me to revive and pursue the development of my political consciousness, eventually referring to myself as a born again Trotskyist who now firmly believes that the only way we can manifest such ‘a new and happier race’ is via the ICFI/SEP program and party of World Socialist Revolution. I am now convinced that providing we survive global capitalism, a global socialism could enable the emergence of Thomas Berry’s ‘Ecozoic era’, and eventually a global communion.
Robert Taffy Seaborne