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Progress Without Loss of Soul by Theodor Abt
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Mar 01, 07

Recommended for: Jessica
Read in August, 1992

This book inspired me to view the development of community projects with the care of the collective psyche/soul ( depending on whether a persons first language is science based or metaphoric based). Abt as a Jungian traier and a regional planner recognized that much discourse and planning of the "pragmatic sense" does not account for the very real collective psyche/soul which is immeasurable makes up the lifeof a community. In this work, Abt encourages the inclusion of the "soul's" concerns when planning a community's future.

Invaluable for me is the appendix of the book which maps the consciousness of Western Civilization from a mythopoeic impulse to the rationalization of the enlightenment. In the loss of the mythopoeic was a major loss of the sensibility of auctothony ( the sense that humans emerged from the earth) which afforded human cultures the capacity to find integration with the universal. Though he notes the displacement of "pagan" beliefs by Roman Catholicism he illustrates the forms which persisted in folk culture, i.e. belief in the fairies, the bears or storks brought the baby, etc.

In his mapping of Western consciousness he notes that the enlightenment, the development of science and the resultant industrial age perhaps have, finally, locked the gates to Eden.

Perhaps, if the teachings for the soul simply are hidden away as Ananda K. Coomaraswamy writes in the ark of fairy tales then the soul does adhere to the laws of physics: E=MC2.
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