Nature

Noisy by Nature

At Glastonbury, on the Summer Solstice of 1990, Margaret Thatcher was still in power – but only just – the Poll Tax Riot, in Trafalgar Square in March, had been the beginning of the end for her. Her legacy was a particularly aggressive breed of individualism – she had famously gone on the record as saying: There is no such thing as society. It was her government that had used unprecedented violence against the mining communities, peace protesters and travellers, and, in 1987, drafted the New Public Order Act which gave police more powers to prevent unsanctioned public gatherings. Her jack-booted attempts at crushing free-spirited society were brutally implemented but, as far as I could see, they were wholly unrealistic. Humans are social creatures, we like to gather freely – it’s in our biology – it’s our nature. Legislation that seeks to privatise all space, divide, isolate and control people by corralling them into gated, pay-in, venues is against that nature.

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4 responses

12 06 2011
Jez Lewis

Tramp the dirt down! Very much looking forward to this Mark, good for you mate. Jez

6 08 2011
Anonymous

In his book Ecstasy, the Jungian psychologist Robert Johnson explains the importance of the Dionysian element to psychological health and points out it’s scarcity in our culture: “We no longer have the divine ecstasy of Dionysus, we have addictive behaviour” . The world of Dionysus is ecstatic because one stands outside (ec-stasy) the ordinary world of conscious responsibility,control and rationality; one flows with life and follows one’s inner guide. The Dionysian sees the world as sensual rather than sensuous, that is, by experiencing the living spirit of the world through the senses (as artists, poets (and ravers) do),rather than by limiting the senses to a material world devoid of spirit. ” When we touch Dionysus we touch the irrational wisdom of the senses and experience joy”

21 11 2011
Oksana Wolf

Humans are social creatures, we like to gather freely – it’s in our biology – it’s our nature. Legislation that seeks to privatise all space, divide, isolate and control people by corralling them into gated, pay-in, venues is against that nature.

RECLAIM YOUR NATURE

7 01 2012
Lucy

It would be good if we could collectively blow up all the myths about privatisation of stuff being good for anything. It’s not really good for anyone, not even the people profiting from it, not spiritually anyway.

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