Aaron Schwenzfeier commented on my The Landscape of A Psychotic Murderer post asking whether there were more modern examples of the habitat-disconnection mode.
I’m not sure about examples in fiction, I’m not a huge fiction reader. But there are some other examples here and there.
The film “The Corporation” shows another side of this – that if Corporations were psychoanalyzed as individuals they’d be sociopaths.
I think what’s important is that we’re witnessing a process, and that all of these things (corporate behavior, books like American Psycho, etc.) are symptoms of a trend in process.
The process is caused by (a continually deepening/widening) disconnection. The disconnection is especially from the Earth and Earth-systems (knowledge and practice), but also from our own physiologies (“normal” or “scientific” physiology, and our own unique individual physiologies).
It’s a feedback loop, like this:
1. goal-directed behavior within environment leads to evolutionary change, and to technologies…
2. as the organism evolves, its goal-direction and perception or attentional-focus changes; and technologies change as well (and older technologies continue to evolve)
3. interaction with the environment comes to be guided more and more through and within the constraints of evolutionary changes and technologies
4. “success” focuses effort even further – pushing it down the path that led to previous “success” in a certain behavior or technology
5. culture is the expression of the shared-interpretation of experience within habitat – culture is shaped by (it is the shared interpretation of) perception of and interaction with environment, which includes technology-use
6. culture and “success” support one another to encourage a particular behavioral pathway – even to enforce it, through customs, laws, or group-think – leading back to number 1.
Our process has been one of separation and isolation, which has yielded a particular kind of success, that really only applies within that framework. It is not a “Universal” success. E.g., even the discovery of antibiotics has proven to be limited in usefulness, and ultimately will prove to be its own undoing (and that is largely because that technology is used in a disconnected fashion, as it must be, within a paradigm of disconnection).