(This can serve as a follow up to my last post)
So I’ve asked the question What is the primitive worldview? And I got the references: Don’t Sleep, There Are Snakes; Wandering God; and the seemingly outdated Primitive Man as Philosopher
I’ve been growled at a couple times because I used the word ‘philosophy’ in the same sentence as ‘primitive.’ Understandable. Although I mean it more loosely in this context, like ‘worldview’ or ‘thought pattern.’ This doesn’t have to be a system spun out in a treatise. Hell, the Australian aborigines seem to be oratorical system builders of the Dreaming.
If we end up finding only ‘religions,’ then well enough. Animism seems to be the recurrent theme in my searches (http://genealogyreligion.net/tag/relational-ontology). Although ‘religion’ to them will probably mean something unexpected to us. Who knows whether any group in question wasn’t pulling a joke on the ethnographer about it or what. But while I doubt for thousands of years nobody thought in a non-religious way, I doubt even more that they didn’t think with articulation, profundity, insight, in dialogue or in secret. For one, any given academic participating in high-art fuckery today is using the same paleolithic brain design. And secondly, they had/have free time, if not relatively more than we do. So the question stands. What was the primitive worldview?
On another note, I think de-colonizing one’s thoughts today is important. Being anti-intellectual in radical circles is disingenuous, as if one wakes up one day from his culture and thinks, “You know what? Civilization should burn.” Sure we could use fewer books and more action. But I’ve watched this anti-intellectual position develop in hyper-intellectual fashion more times than I want to remember. Thinking is a form of self-defense and play. There’s a sense that we can do it right, namely by de-colonizing ourselves in our day to day thoughts. Epiphanies are enjoyable. Even if you could abolish thinking, why in the hell would you? So I asked What could a feral philosophy be?
I’ll just remark first that if one’s going to re-wild one’s mind, it’s not at all necessary that this be done in reference to the ‘the primitive’ of ethnography or not. Why? The answer I think is provided in some findings…
So in the process of wondering what a feral worldview could be as civilization tightens its death grips and/or collapses around us in its mandatory theatre of unasked-for drama, I reviewed my memory about the history of philosophy, the meme-genealogy of dead white dudes, did some research, set a process of elimination rolling, and came up with only four ‘schools’ out of ~2500 years that have clear significance here: