Capitalism: A Mental Illness Generating System

Capitalism: A Mental Illness Generating System

In a country afflicted by endemic violence and social inequality, South Africa is a country in which evolving structural violence continues to perpetuate deep-rooted inequality, poverty and social injustice. The mental health sector is not immune to this and often struggles with the same issues faced on a societal level. Mental health in South Africa [...]

Does Our Social Dilemma Leave Room for a Solution?

Does Our Social Dilemma Leave Room for a Solution?

Last night (as of writing this) I took some time to watch the Netflix Documentary Our Social Dilemma, which provides a relatively deep dive into the frightening way that social media algorithms have come to dictate almost every facet of our existence. Watching the very people who helped design these systems emphatically convey the dangerous [...]

Psychedelics, Conspiracies and the Neoliberal Milieu

Psychedelics, Conspiracies and the Neoliberal Milieu

Lately, we've seen a spurt of spiritual individuals, many of them linked to the psychedelic community, almost surprisingly invest themselves into conspiratorial thinking that lends itself to right wing tendencies. I say surprisingly, but should it come as such a shock considering the context and approach within which most psychedelic circles take their 'medicine'? This [...]

Leftist Arrogance and the Question of Religion

Leftist Arrogance and the Question of Religion

“Modern humans made the night sky opaque; made the stars disappear; cut ourselves off from the cosmos; severed ourselves and our children from celestial miracles; banished mystery and knowledge; exiled ourselves from infinity.” - Drew Dellinger   It’s been a real pleasure to watch the it’Sunny blog develop and grow, and I’m excited to find [...]

The Limits and Possibilities of Morality for Finite Humans Living in a Finite World

The Limits and Possibilities of Morality for Finite Humans Living in a Finite World

“Nihilism represents the ultimate logical conclusion of our great values and ideals – because we must experience nihilism before we can find out what these ‘values’ really had. – We require, sometime, new values.” – Friedrich Nietzsche, The Will to Power, Preface, §4. How do we – human, all too human beings – reform our [...]

Liberals, Look to Your Left!

Liberals, Look to Your Left!

Almost anyone who identifies as being somewhere on the radical end of the political spectrum – as an anarchist or an autonomous Marxist or just a plain old leftist, for instance – has probably found themself in situations where they have had to explain their ideas to well-meaning but deeply frustrating individuals who also seek [...]

Eviction Convictions: Property Rights versus Human Rights

Eviction Convictions: Property Rights versus Human Rights

In Cape Town, South Africa, there has recently been an outbreak of riots, and the very first thing that most news sources would tell you about was the violence. Oh, the violence, so bad, so terrible. And yes, violence is absolutely awful, and should always be a last resort. However, thanks to the unilateral narratives [...]

Why I Became An Anarchist: My Case for the Unruled Collective

Why I Became An Anarchist: My Case for the Unruled Collective

If you have been following my writings or blog recently, you may have noticed quite a big content change. Although I am still spiritual and invested in that journey, I made a decision at the beginning of this year to stop sitting on the fence and find something viable to stand on socially and politically; [...]

An Open Letter to Black Lives Matter: Why We Need to Pay Attention to Climate Change

An Open Letter to Black Lives Matter: Why We Need to Pay Attention to Climate Change

South Africa condemns the lynching murder of George Floyd by the Minneapolis Police Department. We extend our deepest sympathy and solidarity to his traumatised family and community. We salute the thousands of Minneapolis residents who have come out in justified  indignation to demand justice for George Floyd. We are part of those protests in every [...]

Amateur theory Time: Connect to your Cycles and Cut Capitalisms’ throat

Amateur theory Time: Connect to your Cycles and Cut Capitalisms’ throat

Lately,  I've become more interested in anarchism, ecology, somatic experiencing, fungi, connecting with one's cycles, capitalism, and patriarchy.....and inhale. This, is, of course, a lengthy list of subjects to be interested in and so I may be completely wrong, or at the very least, there may be some gaps in my very limited knowledge and [...]

Conversations with Aragorn Part 1: The Anarchist Project, Post-Structuralism and Possibilities of a Better World

Conversations with Aragorn Part 1: The Anarchist Project, Post-Structuralism and Possibilities of a Better World

Aragorn Eloff is a long time-time anarchist with a keen interest in different forms of grassroots struggle, ecological activism and animal liberation.He is also an independent researcher working at the intersection of radical politics and continental philosophy, with a focus on the work of Gilles Deleuze and Félix Guattari.He currently works for New Frame, a [...]

Conversations with Jordan Bates: New Earth Entrepreneurship

Conversations with Jordan Bates: New Earth Entrepreneurship

Jordan Bates, CEO of Refine the Mind and co-owner of High Existence took some time to sit down and answer some questions regarding one of his latest passion projects 'Shamanic Entrepreneurship', now renamed 'New Earth Entrepreneurship'. Dayna: What inspired you to start the Shamanic Entrepreneurship group? / Could you possibly describe this project in a [...]

Story-time

Story-time

St. Augustine and Heidegger were two thinkers obsessed with time. Not time in the sense that physicists might understand it, but time as a phenomenon: how humans experience time. St. Augustine was fascinated with the mystery of time: in what sense do the past and future exist? They are in an obvious sense unreal – [...]