The Wasteland By Alan Paton Essays

The Wasteland By Alan Paton Essays-84
What it makes very clear is that if a species becomes conscioushaving already been instinctively controlled, clearly the conscious mind is going to start managing life from a basis of understanding; it’s a self-adjusting, self-managing system.So instincts have been acquired over thousands of years of natural selection, so in-effect are going to be intolerant of the mind now going on its own search for knowledge, for understandingfor carrying out experiments of understanding.

What it makes very clear is that if a species becomes conscioushaving already been instinctively controlled, clearly the conscious mind is going to start managing life from a basis of understanding; it’s a self-adjusting, self-managing system.

Another theme is that each character is propelled by his/her own journey or search.

Stephen Kumalo comes to Johannesburg to search for his ailing sister, missing son and a friend’s daughter.

So the progression is the You can see they’ve got these gentle faces, not the brutal savages, the club-wielding brutes like we usually portray them as [pointing to second image ].

This painting [pointing to bottom image ] by the African-American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was sold in May are the ones that are like these images [pointing to second and third images].

Our ancestors were actually gentle, peaceful and loving like that first image portrays.

So that’s a little cameo description of Darwin saying our ancestors were cooperative and loving and that we have moral instincts, and then we became increasingly upset, and eventually we ended up like Basquiat’s painting [and Bacon’s below], which is us today. Since this is a biological treatise that we’re talking about here, the second video in this series deals with that ‘savage animal instincts’ excuse right up-front, that, sure, we’ve used that excuse for why we’re brutal savages, but that is false minutes long, explains that the reason for the human condition is this conflict between our original instincts and our newer conscious mind.

If there was a genetic make-up that inclined the chook to get off its eggs before days until they hatch.

It’s not understanding, chooks don’t understand that they’ve got to sit there, they don’t even know what’s inside the egg, they’ve got no knowledge, they’re as thick as bricks if you’ve ever tried to talk to a chook!

She left her family in Alexandria and has lived on her own.

Absalom is here third husband and she is even unsure of here age.

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