“The very practice of living the post capitalist values is itself an act, but that requires being a good student of your culture, and spending some time educating yourself ourselves on what’s happening in the world as an ongoing practice.” Alnoor Ladha
E123 – Alnoor Ladha on POST-CAPITALISM, MYSTICAL ANARCHISM AND SOLIDARITY
ENTRUSTED WITH EVERYTHING, ENTITLED TO NOTHING
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How can we re-contextualise our relationships and interactions in a time of post truth and late stage capitalism?
“The very practice of living the post capitalist values is itself an act, but that requires being a good student of your culture, and spending some time educating yourself ourselves on what’s happening in the world as an ongoing practice.”
In this episode Amisha talks with Alnoor Ladha, political strategist, writer and activist. Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organising, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He comes from a Sufi lineage and writes about the crossroads of politics and spirituality in troubled times. He was the Executive Director of The Rules (TR), is a co-founder of Tierra Valiente and a board member of Culture Hack Labs and The Emergence Network.
Amisha and Alnoor contemplate our current moment of polarisation as an initiation into non-dualistic thought and being, where we face our personal role in the destruction, entitlement and victimhood paradigms of late stage capitialism, so we may become comfortable with its complexities and garner spiritual practice from its currents.
Alnoor believes that our spiritual work accelerates our political work and that solidarity is not a political concept, but an embodied spiritual practice and a pathway to spiritual development. He reveals that in order to re-contextualise our dominant political and value constructs, we need to replace these with containers of deprogramming and contemplation, where our ideas can transcend traditions of ownership, growth, accumulation, destruction, and where we can plant roots in shared values, so our souls can do the work we being called forth to do.
We learn that we have to take back responsibilities of meaning making, so that we may birth new stories and context moving beyond our belief systems of false gods. Synthesising wisdom traditions with Western technique may be the way to remove the psychosis of colonisation, hierarchy, domination and extraction; and to be in dialogue with our living planet and in practice of solidarity, contemplation, spiritual practices, meditation or work with psychedelics will guide us to become initiated into the the bounty of life that we have been entrusted with.
“Abundance is not the manifestation of physical wealth, it is the absence of scarcity from the heart.” Alnoor Ladha
Alnoor’s work focuses on the intersection of political organising, systems thinking, structural change and narrative work. He was the co-founder and Executive Director of The Rules (TR), a global network of activists, organisers, designers, coders, researchers, writers and others focused on changing the rules that create inequality, poverty and climate change. TR started in 2012 as a time-bound project and an experiment in anarchist organisational design, exploring new ways of how to work, play and make trouble together.
Alnoor comes from a Sufi lineage and writes about the crossroads of politics and spirituality in troubled times. He is a co-founder of Tierra Valiente, an alternative community and healing center in the jungle of northern Costa Rica. He is a board member of Culture Hack Labs and The Emergence Network. He holds an MSc in Philosophy and Public Policy from the London School of Economics.
To connect or work with Alnoor, visit www.braveearth.com
To connect or work with Amisha, visit amisha.co.uk
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