The Realm of Existence
The Realm of Existence
By David Preussen
Nothing ever is but all things are becoming. Things that are no longer becoming are declining. That is one of the fundamental and absolute truths, or laws, of existence. Just like everything natural has a purpose and a cause. When something is no longer becoming, it has lost its purpose, the cause for its existence, and without purpose or cause everything declines to the point when it eventually leaves the realm of existence. Existence is a journey of becoming and progress its purpose and cause. Since nothing ever is but all things are becoming, things no longer progressing, no longer becoming, are logically in decline. Children are in the process of becoming adults and when they are no longer in the process of becoming than the decline starts and we grow old. Empires and civilizations too are always in a process of becoming up to the point when they no longer progress and start to decline. Talent, ability, wealth, knowledge, power, this rule applies to everything in the realm of existence and that is why it is an absolute truth. When something is no longer becoming it is declining. Consistency is an illusion when it comes to things bound to the laws of existence, an illusion caused by the fact that some things decline, or become, less rapidly than others which makes it appear to us like they are persistent. A decline that takes a 100.000.000.000 years is still a decline, time is relative is this context. For us humans with our short life span a stone may appears to be persistent but this impression is only the product of our subjective perception, neither a stone, nor our planet, nor the sun, nor anything else bound to the laws of existence is persistent. Everything that exists is in constant motion and this motion knows only two directions and that is why something is either becoming or declining. Existence knows no intermediate state between becoming and declining, knows no consistency.
I do not know if our universe is currently becoming or declining but I do know that it is moving in one of those two directions, that it is either becoming or declining. I do not know if those rules of existence apply to gods as well for I can not even be certain that gods exist. But what I do know, as far as a mere human can ever be certain of anything, is that all things in the realm of existence are either becoming or declining. Nothing that exists ever stands still and therefore the first question we have to ask ourselves whenever it comes to forming a judgment about a certain thing, what ever it may be, is if the thing in question is in a process of becoming or in decline. Whenever something is no loner becoming, no longer progressing, than it fallows, logic commands it, that it is in decline. Conceiving if something is sill becoming or in a state of decline is sometimes rather easy, sometimes difficult, sometimes it may even appears impossible depending on the particular thing in question. The process of declining usually kicks in whenever something has either reached or lost its purpose and with it the cause for its existence. The biological purpose of humans for example is to reach an age that allows them to reproduce, a stage we call adulthood. Once this is accomplished the biological purpose of our existence is fulfilled and our body starts to decline like a flower that has bloomed.
I do not know if providing a biological organism with a new biological purpose could prolong its life. Or in case of a lasting purpose, a task of continuous becoming, even lead to a lasting life span. I do not know because I can not know. Some things are simple beyond the reach of pure reason and biological precesses are complex and it is unknown, at least to me, how many possible limitations stand in the way of prolonging the life of a biological organism as complex as the human body. Let alone how to provide every single cell in the human body with a new biological purpose without destroying the stability and balance of the whole. But it does not matter much that I do not know this because that was never meant to be the subject of this essay, but only as an example of many in this short introduction to the laws of existence fallowing the theory of existence as motion that was most likely first conceived by either Socrates or Plato and which I modified slightly in the direction of accuracy. The thing I wanna talk about is our civilization and our species and their current direction in the realm of existence. Historically factors like increasing crime rates and failing educational achievements were among the first signs of a civilization or nation in decline. Obviously we are a civilzation in decline, be it global intelligence, health, quality of living, happiness, or the level of freedom enjoyed, pretty much everything positive is in a state of decline with the third world, retardation, diseases, crime, poverty, pollution, tyranny, and corruption experiencing the greatest growth rates. But telling people what most probably already know isn’t the subject of this essay either. What I really wanna talk about is the reason for this negative development, this decline, and how we could get out of it back into the direction of becoming, the direction that points forward to real progress and improvement in the realm of existence.
Like I already pointed out; everything natural has a purpose and a cause, and without purpose or cause everything declines. So what is the purpose and cause of our species? What is the purpose and cause of our civilization? Self-destruction? Pollution? Consuming for the sake of consuming? Those are no purposes but symptoms of a defect, like a cancer we have no real purpose anymore and only grow for the sake of growing but this “growing” is no becoming, no progressing, it is only a decline with the apparence of becoming. The growth of cancer does neither benefit its host organism nor the cancer itself since at the end of the growth nothing but self-destruction awaits cancer and host organism alike. When I see or read news about the economic situation talking about growth without a purpose like it were something beneficial I always think of a doctor going to a cancer patient with a smile and telling him: “Good news!” “Your cancer growth rates have again increased by X% in the last 3 months!” “The shareholders will be happy!” Such is the everyday insanity of what our civilization and species have become! It is not the absence of progress but the illusion of progress which constitute the greatest obstacle in the way of progressing. And it is not mainly having no purpose but the illusion of having a purpose which is currently dragging our civilization down into an abyss. A decline that was brought about by Jewish materialism, an ideology of emptiness, a paradox, an unfulfilling construct based on the notion that material abundance is all there is to existence. The German enlightenment philosopher Kant accurately posited Judaism as an abstract principle that desires nothing but consumption with Mammon as its sole god and material abundance as its sole purpose and cause.
The opposite to materialism is and always was idealism, with German idealism as its highest manifestation standing in total antagonism to the abstract materialistic tendency found in Judaism and all the ideologies and systems based on it. While German philosopher like Kant and Hegel are among the most prominent voices of idealism, Jewish ideologists like Marx and Engels represent the materialist camp. Idealism draws a contrast between the ideal world, the world like it should be, and the world like it is. The strive to reach this ideal world, the world like it should be, than becomes cause and purpose of existence. Idealism has its roots in Indo-European culture. Be it the old Persian religion of Zoroaster, Platonism, Indo-European Polytheism, all those ways of thought and life are clearly idealistic, they all draw a distinction between the world like it is and the world like they thought it should be and strive to reach this ideal world of their creation be it in this life or the afterlife. This strive for improvement has lead our society ever since our race first saw the light of the day. It was the driving force behind our unprecedented development and the civilization we build out of nothing. While materialism has as its purpose and cause nothing but an unfulfilling desire for material abundance, the goal of idealism is improvement, improvement of oneself, improvement of society, improvement of anything that is not yet ideal. Idealism is a philosophy of “becoming”, a positive philosophy, in itself a purpose and cause for existence. Socialism at its beginning was a positive philosophy too that was driven by a strong underlining idealism striving for a better world. That was up to the point when the Jews eventually subjected it to their empty materialism which is nothing but the unconscious expression of their mental poverty. It was the point when socialism lost its driving force and degraded to something people were no longer willing to fight for, something lacking a higher purpose. Precisely this strive for improvement found in idealism is the higher purpose we are currently lacking as individuals, as civilization, and as species. The purpose that was taken from us. The decline that is currently dragging us into an abyss is the logical consequence of having lost any real purpose and cause for our existence. Without purpose or cause everything declines.
The main goals of the enlightenment and German idealism are freedom, autonomy, reason, and their increase. Maybe it’s just me but I believe that striving to reach those goals, the strive to improve ourselves and our society, appears much more promising than mere material abundance and consumption for the sole sake of consumption like a cancer with nothing but self-destruction waiting at the end of the road.
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~ by metadave on April 21, 2008.