….. is God, tooth and claw.
That God operates as blind primal drive to life that manifests as highly elaborated nature ‘tooth and claw’ is the basic pantheist proposition. Most mature adults derive the proposition that Nature is God from their everyday observation
of objective nature in all its wonder, their brutal struggle to survive and the basic inference ‘By their fruits (and the means to them) shall ye know them.’
It is (conditioned by accidents, i.e. by random collisions) nature ‘tooth and claw’ that represents (pre-local-conditions) God’s survival ‘fittest’, meaning most complete, self-actualisation/application. In other words, all natural phenomena, meaning you and me and every other life form, that is to say, objective nature, serve to complete/perfect an incomplete/imperfect God.
‘God does not perfect nature but nature perfects God.’
“God does not clean up nature’s (i.e. man’s) mess but man (i.e. nature) cleans up God’s mess.’
Because of fundamental (i.e. ‘original’) incompleteness
(formerly called ‘sin’ more) God, i.e. the unconditioned (albeit incomplete) drive to life, is driven (as conditioned nature ‘tooth and claw’, hence suffering pain*) to self-manifest and so achieve completion (i.e. wholeness, fulfilment and so on). It (as the Goddess Durga in India and/or the sculpture ‘Separation’ in Victor’s Way) does that by generating zillions of localised complete (i.e. quantised ≈ finite) albeit momentary self-applications that provide momentary realness and (finite) identity (i.e. consciousness) and joy too (Sanskrit: sat-cit-ananda).
*… ‘There’s no such thing as a free lunch.’ For ‘lunch’ read: life.
© 2016 Victor Langheld