Agroecology, Oneness and the Cuban Revolution
http://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/24/world/americas/obamaurges-raised-voices-incubas-husheddiscussions-ofrace.html Via Senay Yitbarek, a graduate student at the University of Michigan Department of Evolutionary Biology a hotbed of agroecology.
Recently, I read an article acknowledging the mistreatment of certain Cubans based on their phenotype or physical appearance, and began to see how work promoting agroecology in Cuba will necessarily result ultimately in ending such mistreatment by raising the consciousness of islanders to their oneness. (See above.) Humanity is not fully enlightened. We remain largely unconscious as a species. We have yet to become conscious of, much less live, the reality of the oneness of humanity and all there is, on which agroecology is based.
It is in the nature of our species to separate itself into groups on the basis of "superficial phenotypical differences" such as "head shape" in some communities, ear lobe differences and skin color etc. for the purpose of distributing the benefits of society. Sigmund Freud, Case Histories II (PFL 9) p. 132 Cubans are no different. Cuban society is largely stratified by such superficial differences and decisions impacting health, wealth, security and all the aspects of life are made on these bases as in all human societies.
All human communities do this. It is a psychological characteristic of our species stemming from the inability of our species to accept ourselves as we are. We cannot accept ourselves as we are, our "impure, complex, less desirable" thoughts, beliefs, and desires, so human beings "project" these "less desireable" thoughts, beliefs and characteristics onto others. Id. This "other" is created by often paying attention to or creating superficial phenotypical differences in humanity itself that have no basis in reality for distinguishing human beings. But rather than accept oneself as one is, our species is so immature, it "creates" an "other" and then projects these traits in itself which it cannot accept onto this "other." It is a complete fabrication, of which humanity is largely unaware, accepts and practices widely, including in Cuba. This is deep unconsciousness and a characteristic of all human communities and some communities closely related to humans. Id.
The Cuban revolution was largely a socio-economic revolution concurrent with the highest levels of human consciousness of its time. Its leaders did not have the consciousness to address the need to transform human psychology and evolve human consciousness itself, rather again, the focus was on transforming human socio-economic systems, but not humans themselves. Perhaps some of the work that remains to be done in Cuba and the world is transforming and evolving human beings themselves, consciousness and behavior, as opposed to simply changing human systems, including the food system. Perhaps the problems humanity faces are lodged more deeply than in its socio-economic or food systems. Perhaps, the challenges that remain with humanity are lodged in its deepest psychological nature.
A true understanding of agroecology stems from deep human consciousness of the oneness of all there is, humanity and nature, and that humanity is nature. When humanity becomes conscious enough to accept agroecology, based on the oneness of the all, it will necessarily then have the consciousnesss to practice oneness among itself as well..
To work for agroecology is therefore to work for the oneness of humanity. To work for agroecology is therefore to work to end the deeply unconscious human practice of seeing itself as less than one and justifying mistreatment of "the other." Agroecology is the science of oneness and necessarily requires waking up to the oneness of humanity itself as well as the oneness of all there is.