Antaeanism is a combination of classical Cynical philosophy, environmentalism, and a sociology of place. Antaeas (also spelled Antaeus)) was a god in Greek mythology whose father, Poseidon the sea god, and mother, Gaia the earth goddess, gave him great strength, but only as long as he stayed on his own ground. He overcame all who came his way until Herakles (also spelled Hercules) lifted him, he was strangled. As a parable, this myth shows that natural forces, such as rivers, can be dangerous unless controlled, but that control is also dangerous. Herakles died, as a result of one his own techniques being turned against him. Antaeas, although strangled, is immortal, and lived on, much as a river lives one after its dams are burst.

Antaeanism draws from this allegory cautionary tales about technology, and the displaced lives of an humans who avoid natural limits. The purposes of antaeanism are finding and nurturing place on earth where humans can live within nature without dangerous illusions of supernatural power.

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