Monday, November 23, 2015
Thoughts on freedom, determinism, and the sacred goal of life
The word “life,” that is, metabolism, growth, reproduction, implies direction toward an end, at least toward survival and reproductive success, or evolutionary success in the world. I think the essence of life can be defined only secondarily as the “will to-power,” but primordially as the material Spirit-Will-To-Godhood. The deepest drive of “life” is toward evolving in the material world to supermaterial Godhood, which is the zenith of success in life.
Yet even when life attains Godhood in evolution there is probably not the immortality which life desperately and naturally desires, because there seems to be no beginning and no end to the cosmos, there is only the starts and stops of ongoing life and evolution toward ever higher forms of life.
What does this say about “freedom?” It implies that although there may be different paths in life which give us free choice, they are choices within the determinism that defines the action of life itself. That is, the Spirit-Will-To-Godhood drives life from within, to which evolution adds its own outside natural selection.
It would seem that only death itself makes us “free” of the drives of life and the actions of evolution, but this is a freedom that healthy life does not prefer, even if ascetics have desired such a condition while still alive, which has been the Great Spiritual Blockade of material evolution toward real Godhood. The spiritual blockade brought only the Inward God seen or experienced by ascetics, after ridding the body of all the desires of life, which is an insight that can be retained but transformed in the Outward Path of evolution toward supermaterial Godhood.