Taking his lead from Jesus of Nazareth and the Cynic philosophers of Ancient Greece, Feral Jesus is a fictional character who explores issues of state oppression, religious inanity, economic violence and anti-civ issues. Like the ancient Cynics, Feral Jesus makes a mockery of the inanities of civilization and offers a fresh but very old alternative:  Nature and wilderness (literally, will of the land).

Ultimate reality is found in the wild places. The community of wild places and wild things, including the wild place within our soul, is reality. Civilization is a tentative apparatus that continues to exist only from violently extracting from the community of wild places and wild things.  The extraction has known no limits from the mountaintops of eastern Kentucky, dying oceans, decimated indigenous peoples and their lands, disappearing small, sustainable farms and people whose very lives have been extracted by excessive toil, mental illness and the cancers, auto-immune diseases and various other illnesses introduced by the extractive and poisonous economies of the virtual world known as civilization.

Whether by sudden collapse or by a slow death, the civilization apparatus we have fabricated has failed. What we must do is begin to imagine a world beyond and after the virtual world of civilization collapses.

The word feral describes a creature that was once domesticated but has now returned to wild places and wild things. Feral Jesus, then, emphasizes we are called out of civilized consciousness (ego-driven mental activity and instrumental reasoning) to a wilderness consciousness. Wilderness consciousness is spontaneous, free and generous with no desire to establish rule or hierarchical claims over another. Such claims are the realm of the State and its handmaid, civilized religion. Wilderness, or feral, consciousness leads to a way of life that I have named the Feraldom of God.


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