It’s been four months now that I’ve been living off the grid on a plot of land with no electricity, no real running water and no neighbors. You would think the inevitable questions would arise, whenever I tell people about this, but often my interlocutors are too perplexed by the exotic nature of my life to really ask anything at all. What are we – my partner and I – doing out there? Why have we chosen to live like that and, surely, it’s just temporary, right? Soon, internet connection and solar panels will bring the modern day and age back into our back-yard…
Before you wonder, this is not going to be a religious article – I’m using the term Original Sin to describe a phenomenon I believe is keeping us from fully integrating ourselves into the living world. Since there is a parallel to the idea of Original Sin and what I will be describing here, I found it made sense to use the term, especially since we can’t deny that Christian philosophy has influenced and shaped the western world to a large degree.
I’ve written about this phenomenon before here, but when I did I realized it warranted an entire post on its own to expound: Ingrained in our language and our thought patterns we have a notion of something like “Original Sin”, which hinders us at finding harmonious ways to be with the non-human, rest of the world. Human nature that is, is initially bad.
Even if we are not Christian or not religious it exists as a kind of subtle and hidden story we tell ourselves. This is true not only for English speakers but is probably present in most latin-based languages and germanic based languages – I only know a few of each, so I’m not sure. Whether it exists in other languages or not, perhaps some Russian, Japanese and Chinese speakers for example could tell us.