7. Feral Consciousness, A Book on the Art of Life

Finally! I said very excitingly, as I ripped through the envelop which I was sure contained the books I had been waiting for since four weeks ago. And five hours later, I had read the book in its entirety, taken notes, and had been taken by the power of Julian Langer, an author not only with great linguistic abilities, but also the power to ground one’s pre-dispositioned, pre-conditioned consciousness, make it pause, and see for itself, and experience “it” directly. I stood with him at the train station, hearing all the noises, of the people, the shoes touching the ground, and I ran with him through the woods, howling at the moon, and jumping in the sea.

As he walks us from the unnatural to natural, from symbolic to Real, Langer embarks on this voyage allowing us to explore beyond the “cognitive framework” and limitations of language and get as far away from the mediation of the civilization, and to experience something “directly”.

Langer smoothly takes us through “ways of encountering the rational experiences that these forces strive to cut us off from, so that these rational experiences can be brought back into our awareness and lives, both as individuals, and as groups.” Through each essay, he builds on the notion and gives us reasons and stimulating ways to “assess whether it’s desirable to find a way to break free from these conditions.“ and we are taken on the “route to cultivating a relationship with the Real”.

As the first step of this voyage, he invites us to take a deep breath and to inhale the air and fill our lungs with it, feeling it ride and flow through our body. An experience he describes as “direct and Real: natural, authentic and non-rational.” He shows us how the civilization, with its forced rules, imposes mediation and distraction from the Real and natural. A way of life attempting to “cut us off from experiences like this”. He talks about the “political desire to overcome” these forces cutting us off and dominating our life, in a world of pre-created conceptions and ideology. In the essays, Langer, expands and, as he puts it, is attempting to address an account of some of features of such system of power, “some of its effects, and the desire to overcome such forces.”

You fucking created this world in your actions/choices. When I wrote “fucking” in that sentence I created an entirely new world from the one that existed before the one that didn’t have it here….. You have the power to construct and deconstruct the ideological apparatuses that surround you…. You are alive now, and on this day, you can choose to create (return to) a world of life or (continue) a world of death….. Your world is occupied by an invader, who is seeking to take from you your potential to flourish at life.

Julian Langer, Feral Consciousnesses — Deconstruction of the Modern Myth and Return to the Woods

Langer talks about a way to “retain/regain/reclaim” the natural, instinctual, passionate, joyful, authentic, free) using a method that is rational, unnatural, analytic and as Langer puts it,“ natural is not unnatural “ while he describes this journey as “hyper-exploitation of the Apollonian, (unnatural) and arrive at the Dionysian (Natural)”. “A position of material, animalistic survival through a rejection of transcendental essences.”

Langer smoothly takes us through “ways of encountering the rational experiences that these forces strive to cut us off from, so that these rational experiences can be brought back into our awareness and lives, both as individuals, and as groups.” Through each essay, he builds on the notion and gives us reasons and stimulating ways to “assess whether it’s desirable to find a way to break free from these conditions.“ and we are taken on the “route to cultivating a relationship with the Real”.

Langer describes the Real as “that which exists independent of conceptualism, or rather organically/naturally/wildly…. Things that are not perceived by human minds, or classification into symbolic culture.” Resisting civilization, Langer shows us, is not a moral fight but an “egoistic” one. And that by resisting it, this culture and its dominant ways, we are actively, embracing life.

As we explore further, learn from , and accompany Langer throughout this journey, of “exploration into the art of “wild”, “primal anarchy/feral consciousness, and “Being of being-in-the-world”, we get closer to the Real as ever before. We experience the Real, natural, wild, and are one step closer to that desire to resist and fight and follow him along as he smoothly introduces us to use the “post-civilized consciousness as a transitionary mechanism for attaining feral consciousness”, and to explore “deconstruction of the myths of civilization”. It gives us a moment’s pause, to seek removal from the symbolically mediated perception, and reclaim as much of the wild as possible, and to form relationships with our ecosystems. And that returning to the “re-wilded feral consciousness”, “the unmediated conscious state”, from which “something is possible”, is a necessary step for our planet to survive. He says it best: “This is a book on the art of life.”

Many thanks to I Am Resistance – Abolish Civilization for introducing me to, and sharing with me, the works of Julian Langer. Your writings, your thoughts, your compassion and your wisdom have inspired me so much, and make me think and challenge my ways. I love and cherish you.

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