The Greening of America

by Charles A. Reich - Bantum Books

[Page 3] " … . The revolution is a movement to bring man's thinking, his society, and his life to terms with the revolution of technology and science that has already taken place.  Aquarian Conspiracy Forward  Technology demands of man a new mind—a higher, transcendent reason—if it is to be controlled and guided rather than to become an unthinking monster. It demands a new individual responsibility for values, or it will dictate all values. And it promises a life that is more liberated and more beautiful than any man has known, if man has the courage and the imagination to seize that life.  Fear 

"The transformation that is coming invites us to re-examine our own lives. It confronts us with a personal and individual choice: are we satisfied with how we have lived; how would we live differently? It offers us a recovery of self. It faces us with the fact that this choice cannot be evaded, for as the freedom is already there, so must the responsibility be there.

"At the heart of everything is what we shall call a change of consciousness. This means a "new head"—a new way of living—a new man. … "

"In Cosmic Consciousness, written in 1901, Richard Bucke, a Canadian physician, described the experience of an electrifying awareness of oneness with all life. Persons who experienced such states of consciousness were becoming more numerous, he said, walking the earth and breathing the air with us, but at the same time walking another earth and breathing another air of which we know little. 'This new race is in the act of being born from us, and in the near future it will occupy and possess the earth.' "

"In 1902 William James, the great American psychologist, redefined religion not as dogma but as experience—the discovery of a new context, an unseen order with which the individual might achieve harmony. Our ordinary consciousness filters out awareness of this mysterious, enlarged dimension, yet until we have come to terms with its existence we must beware lest we make a 'premature foreclosure on reality.' "

"Of all the creatures o earth, James said, only human beings can change their pattern. 'Man alone is the architect of his destiny. The greatest revolution in our generation is that human beings, by changing the inner attitudes of their minds, can change the outer aspects of their lives.' "
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[Page 7-8] " … . Of all the forms of impoverishment that can be seen or felt in America, loss of self, or death in life, is surely the most devastating … . Beginning with school, if not before, an individual is systematically stipped of his imagination, his creativity, his heritage, his dreams, and his personal uniqueness, in order to style him into a productive unit for a mass, technological society. Instinct, feeling, and spontaneity are repressed by overwhelming forces … . "

"The danger of the past was that men became slaves. The danger of the future is that men may become robots. True enough, robots do not rebel. But given man's nature, robots cannot live and remain sane, they become "Golems," they will destroy their world and themselves because they cannot stand any longer the boredom of a meaningless life."
Fromm

"All that is valuable in human society depends upon the opportunity for development accorded the individual."
Albert Einstein

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[Page 32 - 33] " … . The worker must submit to the authority of the bosses; all sense of power and potency passed out of his hands. His mind was not wanted, nor his judgment, nor his imagination. His sense of design, of rhythm, of music, of craftsmanship was rejected. Boldness, courage, leadership, fun, play, kindness, affection, had no place in the discipline of the factory or the office. The authority of the industrial rulers was different from the rule of the southern slave owners, but in some ways it required an equally great submission, an equally great loss of human possibility. We have often spoken of the industrial worker as a wage slave. But this imposes a narrowly economic view on his condition. His mind, his spirit, his personality, his human functions were chained as well, and, like the sad, yearning, awkward, and speechless monster created by technology in the film version of Frankenstein, he was irrevocably cut off from the circle of humanity."

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[Page 148] " … . No person with a strongly developed aesthetic sense, a love of nature, a passion for music, a desire for reflection, or a strongly marked independence could possibly be happy or contented in a factory or white-collor job. Hence these characteristics must be snuffed out in school. Taste must be lowered and vulgarized, internal reflection must be minimized, feeling for beauty cut off. All of these processes are begun in school, and then carried into later life in the case of those who are destined for the lower half of the nation's productive force."

" … . In his famous "Ode on the Intimations of Immortality" William Wordsworth described the gradual shutdown of our senses: The glory and the dream fade, the prison-house closes in after childhood, and custom lies on us "heavy as frost" The prison is our fragmenting, controlling, fretting attention—planning, remembering, but not being … ."

"We teach people how to remember, we never teach them how to grow."
—Oscar Wilde

"To be nobody-but-yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight; and never stop fighting."
e e cummings

" … Relationships are the crucible of the transformative process. They are bound to alter, given the individual's greater willingness to risk, trust in intuition, sense of wider connection with others, recognition of cultural conditioning … .

" … social relationships in general cannot be rethought by a committee or reformed by a program. These are not true institutions but millions upon millions of relationships—connections—that can only be understood at the level of the individual, and then only as a dynamic process. Social custom is perhaps the deepest of cultural trances."
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[Page 338] " … The only way in which the old consciousness could survive as a repressive force would be if the young, when they become older, return to their parents' consciousness. But if consciousnes is not a set of values or opinions, but a total understanding of reality, then there can be no return, for the experience is now part of the individual. Once an individual has experienced good relationships with others, relationships with openness, honesty, sharing and love,he will no longer be able to accept or tolerate relationships where nothing is happening. Once a person has experienced a true sense of wonder in nature, a participation in the sea or mountains, he will not go back to travel agent tours or mechanized camping. The new reality is just too much better."

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[Page 370] "To work within established procedures can succeed only when a change of consciousness is caused by or accompanies the work. This is the hard test that must be met by those who choose this method of seeking change, as distinguished from trying to change people's way of life by direct means. Self-deception is easy. To work within established procedures without changing consciousness merely affirms the existing system. Yet revolution by consciousness can take place in the court room, the administrative hearing chamber, the committee meeting, as well as in a private home or on the streets.

"One of the most potent means of revolution … is "subversion" through culture. There are two aspects of this "subversion," and both are already evident throughout the mass media … Music, the theatre, and the plastic arts have become major avenues of ideas critical of our society, and there seems to be nothing the State can do to prevent this. At least in the case of pop music, the radicalism of Dylan, of the Rolling Stones, of the Jefferson Airplane reaches a vast audience in a meaningful way … there is little the (censors) can do against a changing culture, which flows into every cell of any cultural medium, even the media which are the main purveyors of false culture."

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[Page 371] " … each individual who wants to see change come about has a wide choice of personal means. He can concern himself only with his own life. He can try to influence the "consumer" way of life and values. He can take a job or profession and try to bring about change from there. Or, in a position such as that occupied by a lawyer, he may attempt the complex and subtle task of introducing new consciousness directly into existing structure. Each individual must choose and experiment. What is common to all the choices is this: none involve assults on the machine from "outside." All depend upon changing consciousness. All require, as their one indispensable element, changing one's own life first."