Anarchist Spirituality Presentation From the 2015 East Bay Anarchist Bookfair

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At some point, many Anarchists in North America will eventually cobble together enough experiences to gain an actual sense of self. At that point their lives will cease to be a desperate scramble to create and defend an insecure social identity, and the deeper question of how to relate to a complex universe will emerge. Their place in a reactionary teenage subculture will be revoked or refused, but sadly, most will turn to some mixture of politics, religious or secular monotheism, and humanism to seek answers. What would it mean to cultivate an amoral, anti-humanist spiritual practice that places one in direct relationship with a living world and offers the possibility of an actual Anarchist adulthood?

This talk was given at the East Bay Anarchist Book and Conversation Event at humanist hall on December 5th 2015

Time stamps:

0:00 Talk is given:  a person cannot believe in animism, they can only be animistic.  A person cannot believe in polytheism, they can only be polytheistic.  A person cannot believe in anarchism, they can only be anarchistic.

31:30  Question and Answer for about 40 minutes

Topics discussed:  Spiritual practice, how society keeps people in adolescence, wingnuts from the audience being only semi-wingnutty.  There is talk of relationships with non-human animals, death of youth identity and the moving into a non-identity space, and much more.

Sound Production by September

Editing and Production by Rydra

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