Wednesday, March 16, 2016


Jacques Coulardeau at (38)






An Abstract is a Post Scriptum. But can there be a post scriptum when all has been said that had to be said, even if there is much more to say altogether. In this world we are attached to the past that is like a procreative cocoon, a stifling and choking womb in which we may reproduce for ever and ever the same lopsided habits and customs that have no roots in free thinking but only in enslaving tradition. Luckily Homo Sapiens decided on his own to migrate out of Africa all over the world and create a myriad of civilizations and cultures. Some in this world of ours would like to go on with what it has been for centuries and millennia. This is impossible. We have to reject the cocoon and we have to break the womb that is like a fortified egg shell entombing us in the past. Let all windows be opened, all doors be unlocked and pushed apart. Freedom is out there with people who are different and want to be and remain different. If by any chance secularism tried to reject some differences like religions and make us color blind, then this could become a real dictatorship. This secularism of the full separation of the state and the churches by the rejection of all religions and churches out of the state territory of all public services and public spaces is the real terrorism of the 21st century and it is alas the ideology of some supposedly advanced countries.
Research Interests:
Rural Sociology, Indian studies, Indian Ocean History, Survival Analysis, Urban Sociology, Oral Traditions (Culture), Indian Ocean World, India, Modern Day Slavery, and Enslavement

The subject of my reflection in this first chapter, that came quite late in my three months, emerged when I opened the Russian doll of the word « eco-cultural » in which the cultural always seemed to be contained by the ecological. I wondered for some time what culture was at stake. I observed and read a lot and came to the conclusion that the cultural meant by this term of eco-cultural was the culture accompanying the eco-systems that were being defended, and if they were purely natural (fauna and flora), the culture of this approach was biodiversity and all it entails, or if they were social and economic (traditional indigenous life style), the culture was the biodiversity of traditional crops, traditional agricultural methods, traditional community life, traditional social relations and traditional entertainments, among which local rituals, religious or not.

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