Empiricism as Spiritual Practice

Is it possible that talk of ‘the spirit’ is yet another potential form of disconnection from the Earth because of the history of the term, and its denigration of life here on earth as secondary, together with a potential lack of interest in living complexity as manfiested to the senses and the body?

Empiricism is joy in what is, without wanting it to be different, without seeking an order which transcends and trashes the world and the life which exists.

Without ‘scientific’ empiricism how would we know that we humans are colonies, that most of our body mass does not carry our DNA, that bacteria swap DNA, that species are constantly changing and morphing, that tiny events in one place can have repercussions in another, that the world is indeed suffering from the Anthropocene and not the wrath of God?

Empiricism can be ‘deep’.


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