Nomads and the Paradoxical Alternative: A Wandering God Review (Part 4)

Nomads are the acrobats of history who balance between:

  1. The perception of paradox and the perception of the Sacred Authority Complex.
  2. The practice of mature ambiguity and the obsessive need for certainty.
  3. Our “mobile genetic heritage” and our sedentary present.

Nomads are not part of the horizontal world of Paleolithic cultures. Nor are they part of the vertical world of sedentary cultures. They exist somewhere in between.

This in-between existence causes tension. This tension centers around movement.

The mobile lifestyle of nomads clashes with the sedentary lifestyle of agriculturalists. In his book Wandering God, Morris Berman writes that, for nomads:

“Their deepest value is freedom, which is underwritten by movement; on this view, to stay in any one place would be little better than imprisonment. As for sedentists, they have been peculiarly obsessed with getting nomads to stop moving. (…) It is not, then, merely raiding that is the source of sedentary animosity towards nomads; on a deeper level, it is movement itself.”

Lets focus in on these two worlds.

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