A Novel – In One Page Per Day
Day 215, Friday
August 3rd, 2018
Chapter Five: Primordial-Self
The most basic thing a creature strives for is the establishment of their identity. The ganglia of selfhood is the ability to see one’s self as distinct from every other thing or being around it.
Differentiation begins with the desire to continue. It is what pulls the single celled amoeba apart so that it becomes two beings, it is what transforms that most basic creature into new creatures of increasing complexity and sophistication.
It is what leads one creature to devour another.
The desire to continue drives every act of altruism, and every crime. It allows us to see every other creature as a source of food, and it is what allows us to band together with strangers to form social compacts.
Desire is the key to sexual reproduction, not the desire for pleasure, but the desire to continue, to project your own future into the lives of your progeny.
The desire for continuance governs everything we do.
This is true at the most basic level. It is true of the simplest forms of organic life, just as it is true of the most advanced.
Self-conscious beings, like the Ancients, like their children, like humans of Earth, they differentiate themselves as individuals, identifying simultaneously as both separate from and an integral part of their tribes.
The individual is not merely a member of the collective, they must also be able to see themselves as a unique contributor to the whole.
I am I, this is the key to self-awareness, and it is the way of all life.
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