Exploring Organic Society
Ask and Embla is a resource devoted to understanding the organic roots of human society, culture and spirituality, and how we can then apply that knowledge to our daily lives right now.
Here we seek to return to nature, to the pre-christian religion and the organic lifestyle of our ancestors. Human beings from all parts of the globe have evolved to live in supportive tribes, not under institutional systems of control. All institutions inherently work for the benefit of the institution itself, instead of for it's members or even it's stated goal. If an institution does achieve it's stated goal (mission statement), or benefit it's members in some way, it does so for the purpose of maintaining it's existence only. Any institution, be it a global system of control, a national government, a church, a school, a library, a non-profit charity, or a social club of some sort, will (knowingly or not) work first and foremost for the continuation and growth of it's own self. In this it takes on a sort of artificial life. It will seek to continue this artificial life, sometimes even at the expense of the real lives of those who support the institution, or those who stand in it's way. As our organic societies have been replaced by institutional society, so our lives tend to feel more artificial. Of course, in reality the institution has no power whatsoever, beyond that which we give to it by our belief in it.
The main premise of this site is that the Universe, the Divine, and Nature are all one single living thing. This organic body is who we really are, and makes up the world that we live in. It is a fact though, that generally, in the modern world, because of the institutionalization of society, we feel isolated from nature, from each other, and from our roots. The main conclusion of this site then is that this feeling is just an illusion, brought about by a society which focused on manipulation and control instead of being the organic support network that human society naturally is. Seeing again our connection to everything, the organic reality that we live in, and in doing so returning society to it's organic roots, is the goal here.