Posted on 14-7-13
To Be Is To Oppose
By AM, 13 July 2013
Experience, the one and only teacher, is unambigous, where un is the
operative part, un, no, notness, negation... therein lies the boundary, the
defining line which creates and thereby gives ex-is-tence to every thing.
Yet we are born, raised and I suppose most people die in an ocean of
assertion, yesness, going along withness, positive-is and negative-is-not,
an ocean invented by human institutions for human institutions and while one
cannot deny the necessity of human institutions for infants, children and
the infirm as/if a human life progresses the noes and negations either lead
to retreat back into child-like dependency on human institutions or advance
into the un-known psychic territory that is the individual's world.
To be is to be un-ique, a one-and-only, a not anything else and thus to be
is to set the boundary of one's self, to say no, to oppose all the demands
of others/institutions that one can sustain. Initially the individual is
small, its ability to oppose minute, however with diligent self-observation
the self knowledge attained is applying as noness and one's self then grows
in proportion to one's strength of character, one's ability to sustain
The individual has a lonely life? No. Dependency on others, reliance on
membership of institutions past childhood is to be alone as that
relationship is about the other, to which the self is sacrificed. The
individual alone has the ability and increasing opportunity to relate to
other individuals in a free, voluntary and mutually beneficial way that is
the strongest of all relationships available to a human being, friendship.
The individual through friendship is the basis of a sustainable
ecology/economy which is necessarily cooperative. The institutional man on
the other hand is inherently competitive, institution first nature second.
The future for humanity, if there is one, will be built by individuals...