notes 4 today: 2016-12-02 (The Human Body As Cure; Desire And Civilization; Ethics and Mediation; Attacking The Seven)

title: The Human Body As Cure
If humans are to play a part in the remedying of the catastrophic biomass and biodiversity the Earth over, it will not come from their minds but from their bodies. If human bodies become much more active, resuming normal patterns of movement for their animal, what would follow is a lessening of machines moving as the balance of time would exchange to humans using their bodies. There would also, verily, be more of the day spent sleeping and resting to restore the utilized human body, and this is also helpful to keep the machines out of use in the balance of a day.

title: Desire and Civilization

Desire is chastised by many cultural traditions in civilization’s trajectory, but in so relegating it to an objectionable place, the phenomenon of desire is misunderstood and inappropriately handled. Desire enters as a feeling (or emotion, sorry lacking clarity on it at the moment) that has the one feeling it trying to get the desire met, and thus extinguished. As civilization advances, less and less of our needs are being met, and so desire increases across many areas of living and in increasing intensity. Desire is a symptom that is maligned as a disease, whereas civilization is the disease that enables torturous desires to be felt and endured long past any biological useful point. The cultural mores, however and for whatever reason they evolved, are the chains of civilization that keep us stuck in discomfiture as we are tickled by the feather of desire. The feeling of desire, backed by whatever single or collection of hormones and other bio-chemical combinations, is something that needs to be eradicated in the animal that feels it, but civilization now leaves few doors open to this option, and so desire is put in a prison cell; desire being a powerful inmate, drags the rest of us through the prison bars where we are left to stagnate. Such is one narration on the human condition.

When a symptom is wrongfully targeted as the disease, the disease is enabled to grow stronger and put out more tentacles of symptoms.

title: Ethics and Mediation

Anything that is used as a medium to get more of itself, without being intrinsically used or activated but only used to get acquire more of its form or material composition (increasing its regional purity), is the repetitious behavior of a disease and is very harmful (it should not be conflated with Conatus, which sees a growth, not a mere collection). Not partaking in an act of acquiring to acquire more of the acquiring agent can be taken as a universal truism of how to act in the world—I think it is categorical and can be foundational to a guiding ethics. The following two examples will help flush this out:

1) Metals dug from the ground are in turn turned in to shovels of various and evolving types simply to dig out more metal from the ground. Metals come to have cultural and infrastructural significance that is not feeding the organic, which is where it strays from an ethics that puts breadth and complexity of life at the forefront of how and what to act for in the world.
2) Slavery is in crude terms the using of a slave body to do work when you could instead be using your own body to do that work. Slaves are turned in to mediums to get more resources, which are at some point in the process traded back for more slaves. Just as with metal collection and purification, entering a slaving system is to enter an extraction process with a determined end that the overseer must just “go through the motions” of without truly evolving anything. Pointless motion that comes to pollute and dissuade purposeful motion to evolve higher complexity of life. These two pointless motions do have a finite end point, which differentiates them from true Conatus motions which are specifically getting further and further from any endpoint.

title: Attacking The Seven

5-2-5-2 is an incessant pattern for our whole lives to endure without cessation. For all the controversial initiatives wrought forth by Robespierre, it is a winnable debate to say he had the right spirit in proposing a new temporal system where the seven day week was departed from. Days not yet lived already have a frame of reference and certain assumptions tied to them months and years in advance, precisely because the day of the week. Such bonds to the future are deplorable, yet it is hard to conceive of a people freely leaving the strictures of days, probably because it is so hard to conceive of a free people.

The Desynchronization & Disenchantment Of The Human Relationship To Trees

Trees fruiting and providing hominids with their needs in ephemeral fashion would have been one of the many wondrous dimensions that existed in the backdrop of our ancestor’s primal experience in the forests. If edible fruit were on the tree or on the ground, they were eaten, and if there were no immediate availability, the group moved on, probably forgetting all but the vaguest ideas of that particular time and locale. The intervening time when the hominids were off exploring other realms, keeping their migration and eating rhythm constant but with alterations in food flavors and colors, trees would continue on through the other portions of their seasonal cycles, fulfilling their own oscillations of generation and reproduction. Because this relationship had to be sustainable—just like with any ecosystemic relationship—the efficiency of hominid migratory trajectories had to coincide with the harvestable time ranges for a given locale and they would usually land on a place that had some food to keep them going. In this way, hominids were the spatially moving targeteers aiming at a stationary but temporally dynamic target. Symbiosis could be maintained as long as hominids had a broad enough range to spread out their needs for immediate and ephemeral food sources, or if they were in small enough groups to not need too wide of a range (perhaps the latter possibility is where some original conceptual dissonance between trees and humans could have emerged).

Why Did This Relationship Sour?

Above is painted a crude but sufficient description of millions of years when hominids and protohominids migrated in seasonal sync with an adequately large territory to produce a sustainable pattern and enduring ecosystem; they wouldn’t have had a ripe possibility to conceptually analyze a single tree down to a banal object. It must be supposed that changes happened to disrupt or alter hominid migration rhythms to where they were now stranded on a new island formed by natural disaster, or a drought or year of great plenty concentrated them in a smaller or restricted area; or, another supposition is that the proto-humans chose to stay in a particular area (because of cultural developments?). Whatever the reason(s), and whether they be listed here or not, occurring alone or in concert, there eventually emerged enduring changes in how humans came to regard trees in quite a different light, which at base was resultant from new rhythms in the interactions between the humans and the forests.

Specific individual trees, as well as specific tree species, would have been normalized in the human experience like never before. With a more localized (less nomadic) living situation, we would have been in proximity to the trees for a longer part of their seasonal cycle, and would now come to behold uninteresting (or too interesting, to be explained later) slow changes in trees when they weren’t providing us with fruit. Those parts of the human mind that ask “what more can I get out of this?” would be activated, wondering what other uses a tree has since they are frustratingly slow in offering their fruits again. Normalization would allow trees to become deleveraged, banal objects, offering themselves to creative manipulation. A tree becomes its wood, its bark, and its possibilities as dead wood to grow fruiting mushroom bodies; a tree also becomes magical, seeming to have some spirit that causes something seemingly unchanging to change. A tree caste system might have emerged, where privileged trees (those seemingly more productive for human ends) would be favored, fostered, even worshiped and bestowed with qualities that weren’t actual. This unbalancing comes to show the twofold danger with this new unsustainable relationship to trees: trees would not only be analytically regarded sometimes as the sum of their parts, they also might have parts added on to their whole, imposing a foggy dogmatism and cultural evolution that would retard and stray humans further from an appropriate ecosystemic relationship to trees.

Summarization of the Problem

By a higher dose of interaction with specific trees that allowed their normalization/banalization by the concept-heavy humans, humans would come to add mediations to the observably slower plants around them that would come to blockade an accurate relationship. Trees would have both an elevated and diminished role in the minds of the humans who would dwell for long times in their presence, ranging from deities to mere timber resources. Forests could not be left to their own devices, as we see now with either preservation (including the non-passive interaction of burn suppression and “pest” removal) management, or with deforestation in to timber and building sites.

Wandering Where To Go

There are no forests unmapped, left to vague enchantment, as distinctly different from the interaction of our deep ancestors. There are options to not look at the maps, and not be entwined with all the forays of human industry and knowledge and to allow the original and unmediated enchantment enter when going on an adventure. I think we all still have the capacity to feel this as evidenced by the distinctly different feelings of being in a whole new place. To reclaim our minds from the doldrums of banalization, we ought to keep travelling before normalization sets in—movement is its own end… endlessness is its own end! If we step back, and keep stepping back, we can allow the rest of life on Earth to heal itself and then we will find simultaneously many of our wounds—physical and psychological—to be healing themselves too. A sedentary lifestyle for such a powerful, non-sedentary animal as humans, puts in peril the whole project of life on Earth.


River Sleepiness

Mammals are the most dehydrated when they wake from a long sleep and are thus the most in need of liquids to be their tonic. Could it be that the white noise from running water calms us in to a restful sleep not just because it might remind us of our deeply nurturing time spent in our mother’s womb—as is commonly suggested—but also as a primary survival trait that encourages us to rest when we are in earshot of a life-replenishing water source. The vibrations of the moving water grounds and relaxes us after a long day of adventuring abroad to places that might not have had drinking water possibilities; it’s lacking in an environment keeps us more on edge to truly rest as our bodies sense that they need to be in proximity to a water source. In the quiet of the early night when we are still alert and on the move, we are hunting not for the sounds of prey, but for the sounds of tomorrow’s water.

Just wanted to point out what I thought was another example of the tremendous foresight built in to our instincts, which is in contrast to the notion that has instincts painted as lowly and banal “animal” reflexes and reactions.


¿Madre O Más?

From my experience of the idiosyncrasies of life on Earth, children are created precisely to outlive their parents and continue the stream of life. The fates of mothers, and fathers (if the organism is not sexually hermaphroditic) are not necessitated to link to the fates of their children—the eggs are spread in many baskets that often get further and further from the mortal ends of their birther.

Mother Earth or ME?

So any mother that dies that also causes the death of her children is more than a mere mother. The Earth is not our mother, we are the Earth. We might be the Earth’s mature realization of ancient dreams longing to dance; yet we build walls to be flowers to.

Our fate is inseparably tied to the Earth despite our best and flightiest efforts to escape. We are not yet terrestrial extra, and despite the stories humans tell themselves we are more dependent on the rest of the Earth than ever before, evidenced by the amount of Earthen resources we use to keep ourselves alive, and despite this little bits of us are dying all the time. In a place called the first world, all I see is an advanced stage of cancer. As the terra goes, so go those that live on it.

Humans Hunted by Herbivores

As with many of my flighty or subterranean ideas ruminating in and out of consciousness, this is one narrative of deep anthropogenical “predicting of the past” that has heretofore not had a landing space on the surface for which it could clearly be elaborated and connected. Now a clear and propelling catalyst has emerged—thanks to the awesome possibilities ¿unEarthed? by a recent post by Ria Montana—so that this anthropogenic chapter in the human story can emerge without a stark aloofness. This narrative (for lack of a better word) is in answer to the direct and perhaps simplified question:

Why did the proto-human primate-types leave the trees and become the upright humans that we see today?

In rough terms my answer is the following:

→ Our ancestors as forest animals were deeply embedded in the fungal dominated forest eco-system and were quite connected to the needs of the forests, and were acutely aware of encroaching grassland herd species of animals (large ruminants, mostly) that were chipping away at the forest edges over the generations and quickly bringing the land to a succession towards bacterial dominated grass lands. Frugivorian humans turned hunters were the forests’ answer to these “herbivore” predators displacing the forest ecosystem at a cancerous rate (in an Eon-ic time scale) in to a new bacterial dominated savannah and grassland. Humans were the paleo (but not pale) white blood cells of the forest’s immune system, the animals most fit to restore a balanced relationship between the fungal soils and the bacteria soils. Up to this point the Earth had not yet evolved an effective ecological control on the indomitable marauding masses of unsizably large ruminants, but that was to change with the ascent of humans in to this new “grand-stewardship” role.

→ Possible origins of our nearer-side nomadic patterns and our shift to an omnivorous diet (away from a more strictly frugivorian one) can now be offered, as these humans leaving the full ecosystem of the forest would now be exposed to the lands of two annual seasons: wet and dry. During the peak dry and peak wet seasons humans would preferably migrate to forest ecologies where a water and fruit supply could be attained, and their sensitive bodies could better thermally modulate and keep from being too hot and burning or two wet and shivering; during the intermediary times when faring in the less protected grassland ecology was more plausible and the rivers and springs ran with fresh strong water, humans would do a greater deal of hunting and carrying out of their forest immuno-responsibilities. This bi-modality of shifting nomadically from open grasslands to the retreat of a protective forest could be looked at as humanity’s first engagement in geographically and climatologically determined guerrilla warfare. Unfortunately, this lifestyle, given that it eventually unbalanced to bring surplus rather than sustenance, might have planted the seeds that saw human vigilance begin to wane, and the human championing of life’s cause be replaced by human’s championing themselves, from the species on down now to the individual, against the world.

→ The not innately-violent humans—used to being a link in the life cycle eating the freely given fruits of the forest—had now become the champions of the forest. They had to devise ways and methods to “dehumanize” the fellow mammals they were sent to slaughter, and such symbolic methods of separation became our downfall and the current downfall of the Earth, roughly stated.

→ Regardless of the low points we have come to now, understanding this part of the human story is very reassuring, for it is one of our most important embarkations as stewards of life on Earth, which I believe is a natural role to which humans are inclined and predisposed. We were very threatened and sensitive enough to realize we were threatened not by a direct predator, but by a predator that threatened the whole entire ecosystem of which we were a part. This awareness is astounding and reaffirming of much deeper connections of life than science has yet discovered via its dissective and anti-life methodology. In a very noble attempt to keep back these bacteriological grassland conquerors, our ancestors chose to stand up (literally) and fight back on part of a series of organisms which we held in community and in high regards. We died hunting and evolving ways to attack these animals and lessen their populations to save the forest eco-systems we held so dear. And I’d like to believe that for a time the transitioning middle was extended before we made our wrong turn, and we held both the forests and the grasslands in high regard; we let ourselves be a bridge, a common ground through our not favoring one ground over the other, and these two very different worlds of vital development were given a relationship through us and our migrations. They could peacefully co-exist for this epoch as long as humans were to fill in our new niche responsibly, not overdoing it or underperforming. Unfortunately we overperformed in our specific species successes and became conquering and predatory without keeping in mind the long view that we were to be eating away at our future selves; a disease is a blind act of suicide.

→ And lastly, I offer an allegorical way to put this transition in terms of “rock-paper-scissor”. Ruminant herbivores came along (the paper) ready to swallow up our friend the forest (the rock); in order to get back at the paper and defend our friend, we fashioned ourselves out of the rock minerals in to the scissors with which we could now cut back at the engulfing paper. We made the enemy of our friends our enemies and created ourselves as the scissors, the third length in an important cycle. Unfortunately, the scissor moniker has been taken to heart, and now we cut down everything, including rock! But the choice is ours, even at this seemingly late stage, to reemerge as the stewards the Earth borne us to be.

Fall of Colors

You cant see the consequences of past bad decisions when you are the consequence...”


The same old song will keep playing whether or not I refrain from singing it, but perhaps consciousness of the acutely malevolent harmony can prove the needed watershed. The song of civilization—an insult to music and an assault on musicality—has degraded so much of our environment and our faculties that it persists with greater force concurrent with our deteriorating ability to resist. The losses taking place are across the entire range of experience, and happen in an overall holistic fashion despite the analytic mind’s tendency to dissociate phenomena to distinct spheres. I thought it would be best to focus in (while focusing is still an option!) on the visual losses incurred because of human civilization’s pushing recklessly onward to sterilize the land of vitality.  By the points of arrows, in fitting with the theme, I will list how both the colors in the environment and the visual perception of them are both dulling and atrophying.

→ Paradoxically, the more artificial light we shine on our surroundings, whether it be during the dark of night or the variable light of the day, reduces the rich range of color. When every elaboration of color is exposed to additional light, the degree of difference between the subtle shades of colors is all averaged down, reduced in degree of difference to a more common denominator of whitened (un-appreciable) light; there are fewer types of photons even as the intensity and quantity of those photons increases. Color suffers even greater dilution by light of a narrow spectrum which forces photons in to a narrower field.

→ By this increased light—whether it be a screen LED light, a CFL, a welding arc, or even a fire—our pupils are constricting and not exposed to as wide a spectrum, leaving our visual perception organs with less information to use to “view” reality. The visual apparatuses for detecting even more subtle sensations will be allowed to waste for want of use. The colors of the shadows that our ancestors used to appreciate are not even known to exist by us, for there is both a lack of eye opening exposure to the dark and a blunting of pupil training to open quickly and accurately given a variable dosing of light. The harsh visual environment even has our eyelids failing their nightly task, illuminated by the very fact that eye covers are now a common bedtime accessory.

→ Being in closed and walled spaces has generally made us nearsighted. We are losing our abilities to see far for a host of reasons brewing together which can be described as genetic, epi-genetic, physiological, and cultural. We are homebodies with home-eyes, having every reason to leave our homes but having imagination to access none of them. Nearsightedness correlates with near living that is part and parcel of civilization’s sedentary “do nothing, see nothing” motif.

→ As humans spend greater and greater majorities of their time surrounded by artificial creations (possessions, the walls of their dwellings, cooled and dried air) rather than those derived by an eco-systemic community (a lush hillside, a mangrove, a balmy humid air), their understanding of subtlety will only come to be as deep as the creations they surround themselves with. As more and more of our possessions and the paints for our walls and appliances are mass produced, there is little room in the mechanized manufacturing process for intricate difference. It is the reduction of such physical objects to mere utility that would see them colored from end to end all in the same shade and same lacquer. The only thing redeeming about an indoor space is if there are other humans there; without a social gathering it is nothing more than an early tomb deceptively decorated.


→ The specific color schemes that are manufactured in large quantities are made out of a range of subtler and more variably colored raw materials that are combined and averaged together to make something specific: the plurality of forms are reduced to uniforms. Those raw colors cease to exist once they are turned in to a new “civilized” color, and they only can come again in force once nature finds the materials out of which to create them. However, being that those materials were just tied up in the industrial color, the degree of availability will not be present until the industrial color is decomposed and recycled. In this case it is true that there cannot be a new life of a color without a same quantity of color(s) elsewhere dying. A zero-sum game is correct in the quantity sense but not in the moral sense—the sum is far more negative. The goal of ethnic purity is condemned for the it’s anti-social outcome, why should not similar ills and impoverishments emerge in an ecosystem when purity is pursued to the loss of diversity? Purification is the goal of a lower order virus.

→ The depth and richness of colors cannot be produced by organisms when there are deficiencies in nutrients. Soil health is deteriorating for a variety of reasons: erosion, unbalanced and erratic hydration, antibiotic chemical attack on bacteria/fungi, lack of bioavailable nutrients due to soil ecology waning. Vibrant and subtle colors are associated with a higher level of vitality that is in sync with a reproductive desire, but reproduction concerns are being suffocated by the very need of survival. The belt is tightening and beautiful colors will become more and more an unfeasible luxury.

→ This last arrow, perhaps the most crucial but also the most abstract, is that civilization has been making the world gradient (in part through purification) where it was once more continuous. It is reification made visible, even if reification is usually done invisibly and the victimage remains veiled. Colors of all shapes and proclivities are subjected to a cookie cutter that removes the natural sweetness for artificial flavoring. The space in between the remaining colors is vacated, turned in to a void, which is the space now for a stark transition between grades; the fragile smoothness of human vision is now gradated (and degraded), reinforced by the surroundings for it to perceive, and it is devolving to adapt to. The inductive and conductive wholly middle is excluded for a reductive and deductive separateness. It is tautological in its feedback looping, and it is akin to calculus breaking a curve in to several discrete alternating horizontal and vertical directions of a line. We are losing grip of reality in part because there is less to grasp; expansive big-box stores replace more balanced sustenance “Mom and Pop” stores, and trucking to these stores and your doorstep keeps you from walking to stores not distant from your doorstep. This Lego → Duplo → Mega Blok image might make the case better than words:


“Lego don’t Let Go, though we are being Mega Blocked”

← ← Aiming Our Arrow In A New Direction ← ←

Hope you see where we need to go (back is forwards, adding fuel to the postulate that our age is one of contradiction). Color loss is a symptom that would be folly to try and treat directly. The root cause is the lack of rooting space for life to take hold and diversify. We need to both stop our industrial land (and water) destruction processes and regenerate what has been lost through targeted personal and communal micro-climate re-establishment. The best way to fight climate loss (the non-euphemistic term for climate change) is by adding back micro-climates, which are the foundations of climate stability and harmony.

My Thoughts Inexactly: W is for Willing, otra vez

The easy road gets harder as your body atrophies, and the hard road gets easier as your body is exercised along it.

Speak visceral words such that one loses not only their sleep, but also their sleepiness.

Love is the ultimate rebellion against individualism.

Remove all that has been instilled in you, and then find that there is more of you not less of you.

If you are too careful—and you homestead in the forest quietly and peacefully with only a few friends—you may let death pass you by. Your FOMO from the extinction event of our epoch is truly warranted!

The asymmetrical conquers in an instant what the symmetrical can’t even imagine given an eternity.

Ideology is the surrogate brain you rely on when your own is faulty or missing.

Not only do we need to rebel against the state, we need to rebel in a very deep way against ourselves. The bodies and minds we inhabit have become very static, in many ways.

You cant see the consequences of past bad decisions when you are the consequence.

On Earth a hundred years from now, all that will remain are the scars we left, and possibly our progeny. It is up to us whether or not the two are the same thing.


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