“The difficulty with a morphological approach to history is precisely that a sample size of more than one turns up patterns that next to nobody in the modern industrial world wants to think about.” [Pertaining to the study of an organized system or form.]


“By placing past civilizations side by side with that of the modern industrial West, Spengler found that all the great historical changes that our society sees as uniquely its own have exact equivalents in older societies.”



The Scheduled Death of God

John Michael Greer



In my not so humble opinion, John Michael again brings us essential insights into, as I like to put it, “how to make sense of our reality, or what’s really going on here”  This latest post shines a light on one of my early ideas – one that I could never develop clarity enough to feel that I understood it.

I am a history major because I found in history courses license to study several aspects of whatever I found interesting.  Most probably, I favoured a morphological approach without having any idea at all what that meant. The first quote reminds me of my poorly understood opinion as to why people subscribe and hold on so tightly to structures that are illogical and moreover do not serve them.  My vague understanding here emerges as a feeling that people tend to jump onto ideas that support their prejudices and views that justify how they want to be rather than how they actually are. Correspondingly, people also tend to hold firmly to ideas and concepts that support the lifestyle and morality that has brought them emotional and financial gains.  As John Michael seems to me to be saying in the first quote above, many people refuse to go where the result of their reasoning might reveal gaping holes in the justifications necessary for their continued comfort achieved in behaving as they do.  I’ve often said “Lies I can deal with but the truth hurts.”