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Month: May, 2014

Mutalation Naturae

 

The Bird Cage

perhaps man has ensnared himself…

Self-mutilation is a rising epidemic in the modern age; perhaps one of the lesser known results of our current lifestyle. Occurring in increasingly young people in a persistently ‘social’ environment or so we’ve been led to believe. Major changes in family structures involving both parents working longer hours and losing hours to be together as a group. Technology in general and the internet is filling a void in the lives of young people. The traditional structures of the village, neighbors and extended family is lost. With that the attention is turned to a source or means to alleviate the isolation caused by these societal changes.

The Internet provides the illusion of social interaction, but speaking to a wall of text is not enough to fool your brain into thinking you’re being social enough. We need to see faces, read emotions and interact on an interpersonal level to maintain a healthy mind. If the mind is healthy then so to the body. It’s just not sufficient to replace this kind of interaction with a device, the end result is depression, decreased well-being, and self-destructive tendencies. Such as cutting, burning or hitting oneself, overdosing on prescription or illegal drugs, or abuse of alcohol.

Though self-mutilation may seem bizarre, to choose to physically harm oneself; to most the behavior seems completely irrational an outsider behavior. Self-harm is frequently described as an experience of depersonalization or a dissociative state. An estimated 30% of individuals with autism spectrum disorders engage in self-harm at some point, including eye-poking, skin-picking, hand-biting, and head-banging. Again this relates to the inability to appropriately express oneself socially leading to the damaging behavior.

Self-mutilation in non-human mammals is well established but not a widely known anomaly. Especially among higher mammals; other lower mammals are observed to engage in self-destructive behaviors after being subject to laboratory conditions and drug administration. Just as humans need to meet face-to-face and socialize, animals require similar social and emotional desires.

Birds, dogs, and even mice are all very social creatures. Physical contact plays a large role as social interaction in these species; when left alone that physical contact disappears and anxiety increases. In these types of isolation animals are shown to exhibit self-mutilation similar to that of humans. Captive birds known to engage in feather-plucking, causing damage to feathers that can range from feather shredding to the removal of most or all feathers within the bird’s reach, or even the mutilation of skin or muscle tissue below.

Both of these are the result of the acceptance of beyond what is natural both for humans, and for animals. They are the result of residing in a system that is mentally and physically destroying us. If it is not natural for a bird to live in a cage, then for a man to do the same is it not thus unnatural? All the evidence points again to a discord between the society we live in, and the natural world which we are alienated from.

Bibliotheca Intactilis

 

are books dead?

are books dead?

I’ve been hearing a lot of discussion regarding the “obsolescence of libraries” as of late. I was working and pondering this idea that digital media is somehow superior to books and other written or printed media. The internet is not invulnerable; I can say with certainty that it is not going to be around forever. Not that we’ve never lost written media or great libraries in the past by the acts of Christianity. That being said it is easier now than it has ever been to access information of any kind anywhere in the world. Previous to this if an area library never had a resource we had to wait for it to be ordered, or simply went without it.

The internet is also a great deal less monitored and regulated, it’s much easier to read material or authors that would be normally “restricted” from libraries. However in the lack of regulation there is a sea of information out there that is highly suspect. Almost anyone with access to an internet connection can publish an article that will go out into the sea of information. Which is currently just above one-third of the world’s population. Most people don’t bother to regard sources and on the internet; anything read is just accepted as true!

The wisdom of the internet is simply not as nearly reputable as the library. The highly social aspect of the internet brings with it the information that is the accepted ideas being spread rampantly; while less popular opinions are bulldozed underneath a thick crust of media that is easily influenced and intertwined with public opinion so the information in nature is already biased. The moment an unpopular opinion occurs it’s gutted by the people bloated from the fashionable ill-considered media trough. The opposite is true of libraries, they are instead protected by a very thin mesh that filters out only the carefully analysed literature.

It shouldn’t surprise that the current methods of learning are well favored in our culture of immediate satisfaction. Knowledge is not taken in large amounts, but small and incrementally; websites offering lists of facts of science or history. It’s removed any concept of patience as virtue from out of the lexicon. Consuming hundreds of pages of historical text is an experience that just doesn’t happen online, it’s an experience unique to books. A comprehensive study that takes place over years and is compiled by a devoted author into a particular subject area.

The nature of books, and libraries simply cannot be matched by the internet or digital media in any aspect. People calling for the death of the library should not be so quick to dismiss them.   We cannot equate the intangible nature of the internet with the reliable quality that a good tangible book gives. Inevitably there won’t be an internet forever, it’s not powered by an unequivocal resource. It’s just as fragile as the current state of the society. Although difficult to imagine all the information that is stored can be lost as easily as paper to a fire. Perhaps one day the internet will be regarded in passing as a more garish form of the ancient Library of Alexandria.

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