Politics of Survival | Planomenology

Politics of Survival | Planomenology.  Find myself in huge disagreement with the pan-naturalisation and -normalisation of the supposed ‘struggle for survival’.  The perception that such a struggle exists and persists across zoe is an ongoing outcome of our Western Graeco-Judaeo-Christian heritage.  As far as I can see, it’s a teleological interpretation of a tautological intendency-as-imperative, operating in all immediacies under its existing impetuses.  Everything is alive until it’s dead, and so continues to do the things that its life habitually consists in until it can’t.  As per headless chickens. This iteration of life habits until death intervenes has been misinterpreted as evidence of ‘the struggle for existence’.  This is our story as entities facing existential angst of entities facing existential angst.  We humans tell ourselves stories about life and death in their experienced unpredictability simply because that’s what we do to pass the time.  Meanwhile our bodies keep on metabolising until they can’t.  The argument about the value of life to animals, and how humans have to plead for them applies only in a world that seems to humans to be dominated by humans.  That’s just our human experience.  It cannot be extrapolated to any other species and should not be privileged except in equalitarianism, which entrains and entails behaving with integrity as humans for humans.  Virtue (goodness) ethics, combined with viability (utility) and value (duty) ethics, are for us to follow to be ourselves for ourselves.  A common experience of existence, that might be called ’empathy’ or ‘resonance’, characterises all energetic-and-elemental entities across scales and scopes, as that’s what existence is, experience.  Humans in their human experience recognise, as in Hinduism and Buddhism and Taoism, a common substance/essence of existence, that all life as existence passes through, pattern-process, particle-procession, ont-onde, existence-as-experience all there is, entities emerging to experience and extinguishing as/in that experience, as/to the experiencer.  All entities discussed in the article are artefacts of human experience of existence.  Yes, humans then must decide how best to be human with their species- and culture-specific experience, that of course includes the artefacts of examination of that experience, as discussion/discussed here.  Since according to our stories we are ephemeral, our empathy of and with our own experience of our empathy with other species and cultures enforms (sic) all our actions.  Evolution e-volv-ing, emergence e-merg-ing, existence ex-ist-ing, and extinction ex-tinct-ing.  Empathy in/as ecological existence is/as justice.


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person thinking about life as a series of encounters between expectations and experiences, and applying ideas to ecology, ethics, epistemology, and education in various environments
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