Fifth installment of exploration of Morris Berman’s Wandering God with Tim K
Part One: Destination Motion (0 – 31 mins)
On the road again, the pressure of sedentism, an argument for something that can’t be spoken, writing vs dancing, the history of pastoralism, the zone of flux, techno-sedentism, pilgrims, tourists, & vagabonds, latter-day hobos, life in Hope, First Blood, the crucial tension of the nomad, stealing & hustling in Morocco, a haunting undercurrent of sedentism, destination motion, autism & socialization, the stamp of reject.
Part Two: The Husks of Religion (31 mins – 1 hr 10 mins)
Self-diagnosed autist, the tolerance agenda of assimilation, one of a kind, autism vs neurodivergent, walking out on Point Break, the surfer lifestyle, an assault on the senses, better TV in time for lockdown, the constellation of narcissism & dependency, autonomy as self-rule, exposing the system while using it, what martyrs do, disruption vs rebellion, homesteading vs dumpster diving, from social system to biosystem, the road to truth, iconoclasm vs innocence, what babies do, Islamic injunction against icons, the fixable sacred, the husks of religion, the Jews & modernity.
Part Three: The Futility of Resistance (1 hr 10 mins – 1 hr 38 mins)
The homeless Jesus, what is a home, identity politics 3.0, Jewish racial vs religious identity, back to pop culture, catastrophe & shrinking groups, a global identity, identity, mimesis, and cultural acclimatization, homogenization & sedentism, the futility of resistance, why true outliers don’t fear blending in, axial civilization, strain between transcendent & mundane, magic disguised as science, why movements go nowhere, how obstacles make us aware of motion.
Part Four: Geography Without History (1 hr 38 mins – end)
Herding economies & sky gods, Mongol shamanism, the pragmatism of mysticism, Dave Oshana’s senses, pastoralism & common sense, delayed & immediate return, the importance of brown-nosing in sedentary society, alcohol as disinhibitant and group bonding, suppression of feeling, the advantageous position, the illusion of choice, the obligation of freedom, the thoughts of others, a commitment to flux, Israelites & Canaanites, Jahweh as boss of gods, ambivalent legacy, agents of uncertainty, the persistence of paradox, tree vs rhizome, geography without history.
Dark Ages America (Morris Berman’s site).