merely thinking out loud....
Our Need for Transcendence
Surely, man was once a passive creature, thrown into an accidental existence as an animal with animal instincts. As we developed reason and
imagination, we became fully aware of our ability to create/destroy and the will to do so. All living beings can create, but only man is aware of this
power. This awareness led to a need to transcend nature and the passive existence as a creature. We became man; a being in control of, and aware of,
his reason and imagination.
Popular Hebrew and Greek mythologies, such as with Adam and Eve, depict this transcendence from nature. Man became aware of himself as a creative and
destructive being. Whether this awareness has freed us or imprisoned us is up for debate, but in my opinion, it was the beginning of human history and
existence; we disobeyed nature, left the Garden of Eden, became fully human and were no longer the passive creature. It is unknown if this was a a
willful choice or subconscious step in evolution, but we gained the power of will and the tools to impose it.
How do we know we’re transcending nature? We are aware of our ability to create and destroy while nature is totally unaware and indifferent (as far
as we know). We realize our bodies are at the mercy of nature, but refuse to submit. We no longer submit to nature, but force nature to submit to
The Need for Identity
Through transcendence we developed a need for identity. Animals, having not transcended nature, aren’t aware of themselves as being separate from
nature. They have no need for identity and thus completely innocent. Man, having been torn away from his union with nature, needed identity to
continue his transcendence. I’m aware that I’m an individual, co-existing with other individuals. I am able to sense myself as the subject of
my own actions
. For man, identity became a necessary part of survival. We are aware of ourselves, and we are aware that others are aware of
Things changed when the species thrived. An objective awareness grew from proximity, guided by objective creativity and reason. This is the birth of
objectivity. Putting the needs of the tribe over the needs of the individual is better for the species. Objectivity is probably the first illusory
system of governance created by man. It doesn’t exist as something tangible, yet we submit and give up our will for it. It is the first product of
our collective imagination. I'm still unsure if we've created a monster.
Well, what happens when our personal identity becomes an objective identity? We give up that very will we developed when we transcended nature.
We’re returning back to the passive creature, or in the case of modern man, a herd-like creature. Today, personal identity has all but disappeared.
We no longer rely on our own reason and imagination, but our objective versions of reason and imagination; further giving up our individual identity
for the identity of commonality.
Products of Objective Creativity
What does a completely common and mediocre level of objective creativity get us? (besides every show on ABC)
We feel like cogs in a giant machine, continuously pushing it onward—but the machine exists only in our heads. We’ve created (or rather
objectivity has created) more illusory systems of governance, to control our last remaining ties to nature—our instincts. The things we call
society, economy, the government, the global market or any other system are entirely fictitious and illusory substitutes for nature. We can’t reach
out and grab religion, but we can imagine it. We are dominated by objectivity and our own imagination. We’re reliant on things completely intangible
and make-believe, things we've constructed and that exist completely within the realm of our thought. We're building these prisons at an exponential
rate and maybe we've lost all control. It would seem that the same awareness and creativity we used to pull us out of nature is still transcending,
but this time beyond man. We're playing a joke on ourselves, a cruel cruel joke.
I would assume we further transcend nature by destroying the only thing that still connects us to it—our bodies. We’ll either use our creativity
and live in technology, or in some digital dimension; or we’ll use our destructive powers and destroy our bodies in a war or catastrophe. Freedom
from our bodies will be the final act of transcendence and the circle will be complete.
Objectivity, or a hive mind, has only created illusory systems of governance (society, economy, religion) and the quality of these creations and their
existence deserve critical scrutiny from the individual as he exists in relation to himself and nature, separate from the objective awareness.
Anyways, these are only thoughts and ramblings....
Do you think this objective awareness, and the completely illusory systems of governance it has put in place to control our natural instincts will be
our demise? Or the end of our transcendence over nature?
Can we stop it?
edit on 9-12-2011 by NiNjABackflip because: added summary