The Pantheist’s response to system’s failure
Death happens as the natural outcome1 of system’s failure.2 System’s failure3 is signalled with the varieties of physical, mental and emotional pain.4 System’s success5 is signaled with the varieties of physical, mental and emotional pleasure.
The pantheist, understanding herself as niche manifestation6 of the universal creative urge, here named PAN,7 hence as wholly natural event,8 expects and accepts inevitable system’s failure9 and its consequence, death, specifically in old age.
‘When in doubt, return to nature.’10 The basic rule of nature is: ‘The quicker11 get to eat and mate, and so survive. The slower are eaten! (end of story)
To avoid the awful downside effects of system’s failure12 she voluntarily ends her existence before the awful downside effects become unbearable.
That is both natural and honorable. Voluntarily ending her existence is natural because as failing system she now functions as prey and whose natural function it is to serve as food. And because she isn’t stupid and quickly realizes that enduring the awful pain of systemic mal-function is absurd.13
And voluntarily ending her existence is honorable in that she clears the field (of creation) of obstruction that impedes fully functional systems,14 i.e. PAN niches, yet striving to succeed at generating upgraded survival capacity.
In other words, the individual who has retired, or been retired from PAN’s creative endeavor because of system’s mal-, dys- or under-function voluntarily and painlessly ends her life to avoid the horror of decline15 to decrepitude and to clear the path for new PAN variations.16
© 2018 by Victor Langheld
1. For ‘natural outcome’ read: nature’s (hence PAN’s) way. Or, as the Old Buddha observed: ‘Whatever is subject to arising is subject to cessation!’ + ‘Things arise subject to conditions; things cease subject to conditions!’
2. In the case of humans, system’s failure is understood as biological system’s mal- or dys- function or final breakdown.
3. Failure is here understood as a decrease in relative survival capacity. For ‘relative’ understand: relative in relation to the initial state of the current situation (or world) and the expected or intended outcome.
4. (The varieties of) Pain and pleasure (Sanskrit: dukkha & sukha) happen as biological Guide & Control signals serving as feedback required for self-regulation required for directing self-adaptation.
5. Success is here understood as an increase in relative survival capacity.
6. For ‘niche manifestation’ read: a localised elaboration, hence adaptation of the basic creation algorithm (i.e. as set of rules = constraints), here called PAN.
7. For PAN understand: a universal set of constraints (to wit, laws, rules) upon disorder (or chaos) that produce order as emergent phenomenon.
8. Since all natural events (i.e. things/phenomena that appear to fill, that is to say, appear as the universe) emerge (as side-effects) of PAN’s ordering function, all natural events happen as it were as distributed network running on PAN as wholly recursive and so self-elaborating basic ordering operating system.
9. System’s failure is the sine qua non of a complexity increasing survival system relying on a food chain to provide it with the wherewithal for increasing both complexity and the energy to drive it.
10. The rule applies even to scientific endeavour. When in doubt, as PAN!
11. For ‘quicker’ read: applying greater survival flexibility. In this respect Darwin (actually Spencer) got it wrong. It’s not ‘the fittest’ who survive but ‘the fitter’.
12. The physical pain and emotional horror (of the cruelty) either of the inevitable slide into decrepitude or of being hunted, caught and eaten while yet alive.
13. Self-termination was common in ancient times amongst failed generals, such as Varus and Cassius, though sadly not now amongst failed CEO’s of multinational financial institutions.
14. ‘Old (i.e. redundant) theories die when old professors die.’ Likewise, repressive and restrictive, hence generally annoying archaic primary and secondary phase religious beliefs, such as those of Judaism and its locally elaborated side-show, namely Christianity, die and their ridiculous rituals and practices end when old priests are eliminated.
15. PAN (the basic creation algorithm) shows neither mercy nor compassion, neither love nor hate. Those qualities emerge as survival Guide & Control sub-functions in higher complexity Pan apps or niches.
16. For PAN variations read: locally adapted but fundamentally identical Pan copies, i.e. clones or replicants.