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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

Destruction of the Dayaks, Dictatorship of the 'Developmentalists'



What price progress?

Civilisation carries with it the necessity for technological progress and more inventions. But if Nature is destroyed in the process of creating 'civilisations', what does being 'civilised' mean? Would 'going back to Nature' and 'destroying civilisations' be a better way to conceive the meaning of human progress? Must human beings de-evolve, de-urbanise, de-technologise and de-construct themselves in order to save Humanity from its environmental doom?

Industrialisation is a process of transforming nature to culture by the state's appropriation of natural resources. The resources are transformed into technology and techniques and applications derived from the use of science help fuel inventions. Inventions are products/artifacts of the activities of the human mind, activities that are fueled by the need to master man's destiny and the environment. But these inventions contain 'inert capital’ in them, transforming human labour into technologies.

Technologies are then used to further transform nature into culture. Culture in this sense means the culture that comes into being as a result of human beings' economic activities. Modern governments, such as those installed in Sabah and Sarawak, are the necessary evil – they use the state apparatuses and transform the environment by collaborating with powerful multinational corporations in speeding up the use of natural resources, leaving the land barren and human beings in famine and poverty-stricken. Enlightened citizens must collectively revolt against governments that systematically destroy the environment in the name of 'civilisation' and 'progress'.

Citizens must raise the consciousness on the power of these post-modern multinational corporation in that the power these primarily Western-industrialised corporations have are used to bring destruction to the peoples of this Earth as evident in the refusal of powerful nations to ratify the Kyoto Protocol and other global treaties that are enforced to save planet Earth.

Eco-philosophical thinking

Thinking of the Penans and of the blockades against logging, I think of a world inspired by ecological security as a paradigm of a post-global Depression Obamanomics era.

"Ecosophy" or the paradigm of thinking that synthesizes "ecological security" and "natural philosophy" ought to be explored if we are to honor Mother Earth and tame Father Hell. We need to engage in a form of thinking that takes preservation of the environment as a philosophy of development.

Amongst this is to "reuse" and not "recycle". Recycling takes a lot more energy. We need to explore what paradigm of thinking to "reuse" and what to avoid "recycling".

We should not even "recycle" politicians who are corrupted or has a record of destroying the environment. We should not even reuse them.

To engage in an "ecosophical" thinking means to go back to the drawing board of everything and rethink even the way we think. It is going even beyond metacognition; beyond even understanding the way we think about how we think about the world around us.

This might be a mentally paralysing notion even for the thinkers in our government ministries but it is worth exploring. "Ecosophy" takes into consideration not only the environment but the radical ideas about the self itself.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

dayakbaru.com emerged but it only glitter the mind and perception of the educated dayaks.

The dayak has been marginalized and left behind.

They have been treated unfairly as reckon by the constitution.

I cry in my heart. What has happened to malaysia?

komando said...

BRUNO MANSOR THE SWISS JUNGLE MAN DID WHAT HE COULD AND HE DIED BELIEVING HE DID HIS BEST!

THE PENANS CANNOT BE PUT IN A FIVE STAR HOTEL AND CALL IT HOME!

THEY LIVED BY THE LAND FOR AGES!
THEY THRIVE ON THE LAND TO SURVIVE!

IMAGINE SENDING TUN MAHATIR TO STAY IN THE JUNGLES WITH THE PENAN, HE WONT LAST A DAY!
HE STAYS IN POSH & LUXURIOUS HOMES THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE!

SO, WHY CAN'T WE LIVE THE PENAN'S ALONE AND LET THEM LIVE THEIR LIVES THEY KNOW BEST?

SO WHY MUST WE TRY AND JUSTIFY OUR WAYS & MEANS TO SOLVED THEIR PROBLEMS!

THEY WANT THEIR LAND BACK THAT'S ALL.

THEY HUNT AND FORAGE THE JUNGLES FOR THEIR FOOD - FISHING, HUNTING AND PLANTING!

NO FOREST & JUNGLES MEANS DEATH TO THEM!

NO MORE FISH BECAUSE THE GREEDY LOGGERS FELL ALL THOSE TREES THAT SUPPORT GAME AND ANIMAL LIFE! THEY CONTINUE TO DO SO TILL TODAY, NEVER EVER SAYING IT IS ENOUGH, I HAVE MADE MY MONEY!

RIVERS ARE ALL POLLUTED AND CLOGGED UP, HOW CAN FISH SPAWN? NO MORE TREES HOW CAN ANIMALS FEED, LIVE AND REPRODUCE?

SO IMAGINE .....

HOW A GROUP OF INNOCENT PEOPLE SUFFER IN THE HANDS OF SO CALLED LEARNED AND INTELLIGENT HUMANS CLAIMING TO BE SUPERIOR AND RULING THEIR LAND!

Anonymous said...

THE PENANS ARE IN TROUBLE AGAIN
THEY HAVE CUT OFF THE WORLD FROM THEM
THEY BROKE THE BRIDGE LEADING INTO THE VILLAGE
THEY ARE WITHOUT FOOD SUPPLIES
THA MALAYSIAN GOVERNMENT IS CONDUTING GENOCIDE
OF THE MODERN KIND
KILLING THIS INNOCENT TRIBE
WHAT IS THE WORLD SAYING ABOUT IT
MAHATIR IS WAR CRIME FIGHTER
HE CAN'T SEE THE GIANT PROBLEM INFORNT OF HIS CLUDY EYES!
WAKE UP CHE DET
DO SOMETHING
BEFORE THEY HANG THE OLE WHITE HEADED SCUMBAGS

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