Oppositional Cultural Practice™ Theory: A Phenomenal Intentionality Pedagogy for Healing Jurisprudence

Western New England Law Review, Forthcoming

38 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2017

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Kim Clark

Pacific School of Religion

Date Written: January 28, 2017


Oppositional Cultural Practice™ (OCP) theory sets out to explain how individuals come to a system of rules and principles for the guidance of human conduct which, independently of enacted law or of the systems peculiar to any one people, leads them to a knowing and understanding of reality that vivifies their actions to engage in life decently. The theory is also pedagogy. OCP theory posits that when these individuals take those rules and principles for the guidance of human conduct out into the world, the effects have transformative healing impacts on self and community.

Throughout time, women and men have thrown off the shackles of oppression and lived, albeit for brief periods of history, with greater freedom and flourishing. Yet, the world is reminded time and again of the relentless push by a few to live in the Id: that which knows no judgments of value, no morality, alongside the death instincts, the task of which is to lead organic life back into the inanimate state. This paper is a call to all peoples of the planet (“the society of the people”) to once again throw off the illusions of helplessness and restore a balance in power such that decisions and actions are in align with that which produces the greatest advantage to the community: that which is the society of the planet.

Oppositional Cultural Practice™ theory is interdisciplinary and seeks the contributions of those in the fields and domains of psychology, sociology, law, political philosophy, world religions, geology, and others who will add their voices to this work so that the society of the planet can find the courage and knowledge to overcome learned helplessness, apathy, anxiety, anomie, et cetera as they regain survivability on the planet. Climate scientists say that the window on the Holocene age (the “Goldie Locks” era) is closing, if not closed, and the Anthropocene epoch is here. If humans hope to reside more than just a few additional generations on Earth, then now is the time to rally the energy and focus to live. And, if it is too late for longevity, then at least humans ought to choose to spend their remaining years in peace, community and harmony as they enjoy the waning days of their existence on planet Earth.

Suggested Citation

Clark, Kim, Oppositional Cultural Practice™ Theory: A Phenomenal Intentionality Pedagogy for Healing Jurisprudence (January 28, 2017). Western New England Law Review, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2907457

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