Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Koyaanisqatsi…..from the Hopi language

I wanted to name the blog Koyaanisqatsi, but decided that appropriating a word from the Hopi might simply be another instance of taking from Native Americans that has been typical of the white European way of behaving.

The word itself is rich in meaning…..according to Wikipedia one Hopi language dictionary defines it as: “"life of moral corruption and turmoil (re life of group), life out of balance". It is the opposite of suyanisqatsi "life of harmony"”.
 

Life out of balance succinctly summarizes my take on the majority of the culture of the United States and most of the hierarchal, free reign capitalistic societies on the planet.  Many (not all) of the Indigenous cultures of the world seem to embody  ways of living much more conducive to sustainable and life satisfying existence than do “modern” cultures.

It actually wouldn’t take much to do better than any society that appears to have as its greatest measure of success that of being most effective at satisfying greed.

I plan to use this blog as a repository of information and thoughts about society, politics, education and whatever else might occur to me.


By the way, there is an excellent film, documentary sort of, called Koyaanisqatsi, that is scored by Phillip Glass which does an excellent job of visually and aurally capturing some of the spirit of what is meant by the notion of Life out of Balance.