Edgar Morin and The paradox of PCC/SCA
Excerpt from Homeland Earth. pg. 95
“The idea would be to move toward a universal society based on the genius of diversity (homogeneity lacks genius), which would lead us to a double imperative, inwardly contradictory but fruitful for that very reason: (a) everywhere to safeguard, propagate, cultivate, or develop unity; and (b) and everywhere to safeguard, propagate, cultivate, or develop diversity.
We thus have the following paradox: Cultures must be simultaneously preserved and opened up. There is nothing new in this. At the origin of all cultures, including the most bizarre, we find encounters, unions, syncretisms, and cross-breedings. All cultures have the ability to assimilate what had been foreign, to a certain extent at least, measured by their vitality…
Thus, according to a twofold complex dictate, harboring a contradiction that we cannot conceal (but can we leave it behind? Is it not required by the very life of culture?), we must simultaneously protect cultural specificities and promote cross-fertilizations and cross-breedings…”
At CIIS, the paradox Morin mentions exists between the two programs of which I am a student – and now a formidable product. The overwhelming majority of my post-graduate studies have existed between the divergent departments of PCC (Philosophy, Cosmology, & Consciousness) and SCA (Social & Cultural Anthropology). The paradox, though much more complex, exists as Morin articulates: SCA values diversity, PCC educates unity. I have lived my education between the worlds of PCC and SCA. In my mind and body exist the ‘cross-fertilizations and cross-breedings’ Morin sees as ideal.
I achieved my education through living the dream of integral thought and practice within CIIS’ SCT (School of Consciousness & Transformation). I draw from both programs because both programs were needed to integrate the complexity of my thought and my intentions in life. This pattern of integration began well before I arrived at CIIS. In undergraduate I placed one foot in the Philosophy and Religion program and the other within the Political Science program. In one department I studied the integration of science and religion through A.N. Whitehead, Teilhard De Chardin, William James, Charles Darwin and Charles S. Pierce; And in Political Science I was introduced to the thought of Nietzsche, Foucault and Derrida, Jefferson, Spenser, John Rawls, and Eric Fromm. Bound between the worlds of metaphysics and social sciences my education sought the integration I have uncovered while at CIIS. Bridging the worlds between the human and the divine, the City of Heaven and the City of the Earth, integrating the difference between sustaining diversity whilst insisting on unity; promoting hybrid wisdom – is my work.
My world, my thought, exists in the hybrid space between SCA and PCC. SCA promotes postmodern critique and PCC honors philosophy through re-enchantment; SCA engages pain seeking justice and PCC seeks heart through reason; SCA problematizes race, class, gender, sex, nation, religion, biopower and PCC empathizes the evolution of consciousness to unify psyche and cosmos; SCA proves social activism and PCC delivers Integral Ecology ideals for the New Earth Age (NEA).
Welcome to my world… where paradox dissolves into a life…