Archive for December 10th, 2010
This is a look at yet another canal in Changzhou. An interesting thing about this particular canal was the presence of floating gardens, aquaculture at a small and practical level for a few brave individuals on a little used canal – a peek at China in the past. It’s not an accident that all peeks at the past involve water. Humans congregated around water, lived and died and fought over water. And we are born out of water.
When one emerges out of the womb, one is not a conscious being, but the promise of consciousness is implicit. As a parent, I have watched my own children discover themselves, others and the world. Now that they are adults with children of their own, I can still see them continuing to grow consciously. A culture is much the same. Becoming aware of tribe, others and the world which contains them. Though the culture of China has a very long history, much longer than most cultures, it appears to me that the level of consciousness is not as “evolved” as the level of consciousness of the western world. But that said, I am not a good judge as I stand within my own culture as I make this evaluation. I am limited by my personal and collective filters.