The cause of animal Man on earth is one thing but the question is if we have to contribute to the detrimental effects of the human condition. Do all of us including you and me have any direct responsibility for the inevitable fall of Man?N. What exactly is this infinitesimal part of the blame you are willing to admit? This is important stuff. We are talking about the fall of man. Honesty is the best policy.
D. Based on the Good Book - which you're so fond of quoting as if any of it were true - the human race shared in the guilt of Adam...or put another way
How Original when through it all
Generations were doomed by one man's fall.
meaning the virus of guilt has spread beyond its point of origin. We contain the virus which caused Adam to sin and therefore shareholders in that guilt...metaphorically speaking.
When the grand collective or the Great Beast becomes our God we sacrifice our ability for conscious attention to experience values for ourselves rather than rely on this god to provide them. When the Great Beast becomes our god and transcends individuals we sacrifice our potential to experience objective conscience so become atoms of the mindless great beast. When we sacrifice our ability to become ourselves how is our species expected to survive?In an aphorism of "The Great Beast," Weil begins the transition from analyzing society to discovering a solution or antidote. Here her thoughts hearken to anthropological thinking circulating in the early twentieth century, which maintained that society is a project of individual relationships, a projection given life and meaning separate from those relationships, a projection to which power and thought and authority is renounced. This is not a renunciation to the fictional cooperative called "society" but to individuals as authorities, who then contrive the symbols, ploys, and coercive social structures. Anthropology called these "totems"--Weil does not use the term--which define God, religion, and the norms of society via the power of institutions to interpret and sanction.
According to Weil, the person's accession to society, the individual's renunciation of values to the collective as defined by a small group, is based on ignorance and fear, fear that without society (which is to say the state), people will collapse into crime and evil. The social and collective is seen as transcending individuals, as a supernatural entity from which nationalism and war is as normal as science, progress, and consumption. All of these evils are taking place simultaneously in a social context. The individual has probably never reflected on these issues at all, never acknowledged his or her degree of complicity in this system. But, say the apologist for the Great Beast, the individual need have no direct responsibility,
You can blame it on God and you can blame it on the Bossa nova but the problem is us including you and me. The problem is the sacrifice of our capacity for conscious attention; to be able to experience reality as it is.
“We have met the enemy and he is us” ~ Pogo