Apes, Angels and Outlaws - archetypal aspects of the human
Discover your inner ape! Attune to your actual angels! Befriend the outlaw who may after all turn out to be the real 'you'! Say 'hallo' to this extraordinary animal - the hu-man - who lives out an uneasy marriage to invisible ideals, but who has a hereditary compulsion to betray the angels and to break his/her own rules.
In our meetings, we shall be entering the zone of a groundbreaking (r)evolutionary theory created in the 1970s by the pioneer of 'human ethology' Charlotte Bach - but now in its twenty-first century refurbishment created by Mike Roth.
Mike has decided to treat this as an experiential zone – and so we will not be discussing or exploring Charlotte’s theories. Instead, with ‘the alternative to the alternative’ in the background, we will focus upon the paradoxes of:-
· being a real person
· the interferences between the ape, angel and outlaw aspects
· how we may find each other in the 'here and now' in spite of all the difficulties.
This also means entering into the ambiguous zone where truth, spontaneity, humour and storytelling all co-exist, sometimes in tension and sometimes in harmony.
Notes on Charlotte Bach and her theory
Charlotte/Karl was a transexual confidence trickster who, in the late 1960s, re-invented herself as an eccentric genius and scholar. Mike, a survivor from the hippie revolutions of the old century, had extensive contact with her in the 1970s and has published his own book about her theory. He still believes in 'the alternative to the alternative' - which is Charlotte's legacy, still largely unclaimed by the potential inheritors.
Charlotte Bach, who died in 1981, believed herself to be an opponent of Darwinian evolution. Since her death, however, the evolution of Darwin's actual theory has proceeded in its own right – and perhaps would not be recognized by Charlotte today. Evolutionary theory now encompasses the natural selection of 'cybernetic communities', of ecological communities and of patterns of life. There has been a deepening and enrichment of the concepts of 'mutation' and 'natural selection'. All of this makes it far more likely that Charlotte's key concepts can find a home within the new evolutionary framework. There need no longer be any quarrel between Charles Darwin and Charlotte Bach.
Bach was a polymath, and very well read in animal ethology (Lorentz, Tinbergen, Desmond Morris) as well as an explorer in depth psychology. Alone of twentieth-century thinkers, she created a place at the table for the more intelligent aspects of the Freudian and the Jungian theories. There has been no other plausible attempt to reconcile planet psycho-analysis with planet biology/evolution. This is all the more remarkable when we consider that even Freudians and Jungians are unable to talk sensibly together; and both of the pro-genitors wrote as if Darwin had never existed.
This may be a significant intellectual landmark, even though barely known to the public; Charlotte’s work remains unpublished 30 years after her death.
You can read Mike's recent summary of her philosophy at www.apesangelsandoutlaws.com/interview.htm