There is something perverse and wrong about messing with the genes of animals and plants.
I exchanged messages with a blog reader recently on GM research, this is the attempt by science to tamper with the genes of animals and plants. Firstly, I have no issue with cross breeding of species; nor do I have issues with reintroducing long extinct species; but I am alarmed that humanity is ignorantly tampering with the code of life.
Lack of wisdom
Like Dr Frankenstein, humanity has walked into areas it should not be going into, this is when things go wrong, when GM modified creations go against its maker. Human science is inflicted with a profound hubris, ignorance and lack of wisdom when it messes with the raw forces of nature; profit replaces meaning and common sense.
My recent excursion into the world of cave art revealed to me a raw world of sex and death, where humanity depended closely upon nature, and their relationship with nature was respectful and close. In this world there is no writing, no farming, no metal, no time. Everyone hunted, they were nomadic and vulnerable to the full might of nature. In this dry and cold climate there was no Jesus, Buddha or Mohammad, it was a world of shamans, and all things had spirit.
A major archetype amongst the nomads was the Venus, in her earliest form she had no head, but displaying wide hips, large breasts, and a huge vulva. This Mother Goddess is the source of all life, the Grotto at Chauvet shows a stampede of animals going to and from a vulva-like depression in the cave, from which water also flows from.
Humanity at the time had a spiritual attachment to the Venus to provide him with food. An important food source was a bison, a powerful dangerous animal, which was a walking supermarket, providing a large proportion of the needs of a nomad: the skin for their clothing, meat for food, and bones for tools. The bison, and its bull equivalent was the symbol of abundance because of the quantity of needs it met. At Chauvet there is a central image of a Venus, cleverly superimposed with a cave bear and a bison. The Venus was the inner world that brought forth life; the bison was the outer world, symbol of abundance; the cave bear was a bridging figure between the worlds.
What came from the Venus was a swarm of archetypes who had taken the form of animals. These “gods” were seen as gifting themselves to humanity, the humans killed them for their needs, and sent the spirit back to its source with extreme reverence. To dishonor a spirit that a nomad killed would be to potentially cause the spirit and the Venus to turn against the nomads.
Who is backward?
Humanity has separated by a vast distance from nature; there is no reverence of animals now, who we subject to lab testing, factory farms, genetic alteration. There is no feeling of connection with the animal that died to feed us, the meaningless meat that is in a McDonald hamburger, or the pie from a supermarket. Those of us who may show respect for animals in our daily actions, I doubt do so from a deeply spiritual point of view as did our ancestors. The ancients would be horrified to see how we now relate with nature; who is backward? It is not the nomad.