the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

11, A fortiori

“All the time I was getting closer to animals and nature, and as a result, closer to myself and more and more in tune with the spiritual power.”

— Jane Goodall.

The logic, throughout this thread, is not to usurp anyone’s beliefs with a graeco-roman Earth deity nor does it aim to reduce them to physical processes. The aim is to cultivate an appreciation for this recursive symphony serenading through our cartography of existence. This is more an acknowledgement of that inherent intelligence iterating through n effervescence of outcomes. From which we, ourselves and all our experiences, are engendered.

Often it’s assumed that an ascetic stance is essential for transcendence. Grasping divinity via a culling of the corporeal drives. Everyone has their path to enlightenment. I believe, this asceticism is just one of many.

“The reading of all good books is like conversation with the finest men of past centuries.”

— René Descartes.

Sinking into the body immersed in nature achieves a similar consequence (i.e. reintegrating sapience into the context of the wider holobiont); a state of cognisance. We become privy to this profound wealth of sensory vocabulary dynamically articulating our stream of reality. Eavesdropping on ancestors holding dialogues spanning time.

This unique amalgam of genes bridging both ‘the archaic’ & ‘the novel’ through symphony: the individual; the prima materia. The discernible body; the first cradle of an individual’s consciousness. The smallest scale that conserves sapience, both narrates & scripts the nuanced world around us; nucleation reality.

Our bodies, through an extensibility of the holobiont, is a sieve extending our conscious intent (will); inclining probabilities toward outcomes that shape an environment’s capacity for nurturing consciousness and/or sapience.

“The libido has, as it were, a natural penchant: it is like water, which must have a gradient if it is to flow.”

– Carl G. Jung.

Rather than demolish ego; I propose to extend its architecture, its scale. Assimilate a holistic understanding of self. Pool in information from the expansive holobiont network. Gaia sets in new percolation phenomena; sustainable self-schema models skewed toward preserving our stake, and our unfurling, in existence.

“Be careful when you cast out your demons that you don’t throw away the best of yourself.”

– Friedrich Nietzsche.

At the very least, the framework put forward in this thread builds on the very fundamental ethos: unus mundus.

Ouroboros on a shrine enclosing Tutankhamun’s sarcophagus [c. 1600 B.C.].

Gaia’s anthropomorphisms parallel our own abstractions of existence. Our experiences conform to the constraints of the hierarchies we’re embedded in. Stitching together stimuli from multimodal perceptual spaces (composite vantage points) expands our abstractions. Hence, we impress upon the world via recursive involutions of self into overarching ecologies. Crystallisations of these abstractions equate to legacy. Akin to the cellular automata; we each contribute to a distinct mosaic stitched across this canvas of space, time and consciousness.

“The world is before you, and you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.”

— James Baldwin




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