Thursday, 13 September 2012

Creating an Environment for Neophytes to Grow in:

Throughout history some groups have viewed anarchy as good and conducive to growth and development of people and society.  For example open borders (unrestricted immigration as a pressure on the indigenous population), Spartan child rearing (leaving them exposed to the elements with little to no clothing or food), no social safeguards (totally free market economy, that allows the poorest in society to suffer the most, the highest risks), no pollution controls (in medieval cities which didn't implement pollution and hygeine legislation were at a higher risk of diseases than those that did, e.g. Venice that had plague-oriented quarantine areas, vs London which didn't).  This can also apply to individual peoples and their thoughts as like societies and young people.  Thoughts begin their life as undeveloped, and require the person to develop them and understand them.  Otto Weininger calls these proto-thoughts 'Henids'.

New beings/willfullness are, almost, always born into an existing world, an existing environment (be it societal and physical or personal and mental).  New people (babies) or thought forms (Henids) are fresh out of chaos, and thus are fragile, not robust.  To expose them too unnecessary and high levels of hostility, be it intended or not, is unconducive the development, the growth, the lifeform itself.  It will stand little chance of survival.  It will die.  It will die prematurely.

People who believe that ever increasing levels of anarchy (absence of controls) can be exerted on a lifeform that is fragile and freshly out of the womb or mind, are hostile to growth.  Life forms exist and are subjected to the laws of contingency, meaning that they inherit the vulnerabilities of their ancestors, both in body and mind.  If the anarchic, 'no law', 'trial by fire' types  were allowed to follow their beliefs to their ultimate and logical conclusion, then their would be no life; because the environment would be allowed to become so hostile to life, think of medieval European cities which continually suffered from water-bourne diseases (cholera, typhoid etc), that life would not exist.  Ask yourself, would you rather raise a child in a city with a functioning sewerage system, refuse removal and limited planning restrictions, or would you prefer to raise a child, your child, in a cramped city with no sewerage, no refuse collection and unrestrained housing construction (shanty towns)?

As the environmental applies to humans so it applies to thoughts.  Excess noise, visual stimulation, other other kinds of sensory stimulation can jeopardise the development of a thought, and the thinking process itself.  That is why libraries are typically places of quiet, because to be otherwise would not allow you to think.  Schopenhauer once remarked that their should be an eleventh commandment (paraphrase) 'No excess noise!'.

An environment that wishes to bring life into the world must provide the environment to facilitate the growth of that life, be that life a human child or a Henid proto-thought.

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