The Sequitoria: The Synthesis of Nature and Culture ... ... and the only hope for this planet.
The relationship between humankind and the natural world has been fractured. In some places, there is no relationship in evidence at all.
Every problem facing humankind, from inter-personal conflict to international conflict; from social isolation to economic inequality to climate change; from social justice issues to environmental challenges - all have been exacerbated by this growing bifurcation.
The earth and our relationship to it are all we have*. We can choose to deepen and enhance that relationship, explore its great potential, improve ourselves and the planet in the process, or continue to allow the forces of modern life to undo it.
The Sequitorian Society was founded to preserve, protect, promote and enhance the relationship between humankind and the natural world.
* This does not preclude the spiritual life.
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"I believe that the horrifying deterioration in the ethical conduct of people today stems from the mechanization and dehumanization of our lives, the disastrous byproduct of the scientific and technical mentality." A. Einstein ... (and that was almost a hundred years ago!) - §
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"Men (sic) have sought to make a world from their own conception and to draw from their own minds all the material which they employed, but if, instead of doing so, they had consulted experience and observation, they would have the facts and not opinions to reason about, and might have ultimately arrived at the knowledge of the laws which govern the material world." - Francis Bacon
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"The society which scorns excellence in plumbing as a humble activity and tolerates shoddiness in philosophy because it is an exalted activity will have neither good plumbing nor good philosophy ... neither its pipes nor its theories will hold water." - John W. Gardner
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“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” - Robert Heinlein
Note: The Sequitorian Society, while appreciative of Robert Heinlein's supposition, takes a somewhat different, if more basic, approach as to what human beings (as he writes) "should be able to (do)" - that (ideally) everyone should have some direct involvement in meeting their dietary needs (hunt, gather, garden, cook - whatever); they should be able to make (craft) something useful (i.e. work with their hands); they should appreciate the importance of personal boundaries (hence the Sequitorian Society's focus on boxing); they should understand their place (whatever it may be) in the evolution of the species (this relates to gender and sexuality and has virtually no limitations); and they should be able to express themselves in some manner that has the potential to rise to the level of art. That pretty much covers it.
It should be noted that every human activity (as well as all of academia) can be traced back to one, or a combination of, those five evolution-driven activities. Feedback welcome. - §
The Luncheon of the Boating Party (Le Déjeuner des Canotiers - 1881) is a painting by French impressionist Pierre-Auguste Renoir, now in The Phillips Collection Museum in Washington, D.C. It depicts a few of Renoir's friends relaxing on a balcony at the Maison Fournaise along the Seine river in Chatou, France.