On Creative Wills
Life is and has always been driven by one thing: the will to create. Although this will manifests in different ways for different beings, wherever life has been sustained, it is ever-present. In most animals, this drive presents itself as a will to procreate, wherein the creature in question acts to the best of its ability to ensure the survival of its genes; in some animals, the drive gets aggregated to create a sort of herd, or tribe, wherein only the genes of those who're approved by the group, or genus get to survive; and occasionally, this drive presents itself in geniuses, who're incredibly creative but don't often have offspring. What's notable about each level of selection is that as the form of creation becomes more abstract, the configuration of genes which get selected becomes more specific, thus causing greater means of reproduction to be rewarded to those who produce greater insights. Indeed, knowingly or not, the aim of geniuses is, and has always been to achieve clones — which when together, may even aim to co-create an aggregate of some other type.
Musings of an afterlife aside, my theory of creative selection has not only celestial, but biological implications. The three layers of the brain — being the reptilian, paleomammalian, and neomammalian complexes — each cause different behaviours in the animals that possess them, and can each be understood as adaptations to a level of selection. Evidence for this claim can be derived from that when only the reptilian complex is fully developed, one is instinct-driven, and fixated on procreating, while when only the paleomammalian, and reptilian complexes are developed, one is herd-like and intuitive — or, is driven by group dynamics but for subconscious reasons — and that when the neomammalian complex is robustly developed, one expresses the behavioral abnormalities which are common in schizoid, autistic, and very creative persons. Likewise, given that a theory of this type should have not only explanatory, but predictive power, what follows will be a description of a population where this will is decreasing rapidly; comparisons between the population discussed and any known communities are left for the reader. Amor fati.
First and foremost, the hallmark of this great regression would be a preoccupation with implicit meanings and ignorance of those explicit; all in all, a heightening of suggestibility happening concurrently to a lessening of rational thought: a concretizing of the mind. So firstly, their speech would become convoluted, as they'd come to place ever more priority on reacting to supposedly non-verbal signals and disregarding those which are not — this is so because as abstract ability begins to fade, too goes the ability to understand complex notations — that is, language. Secondly, due their rising need for in-group agreement — which is due their decreasing capacity for creative thought — they'd give rise to a culture that both prizes and produces work that more closely resembles failed attempts at abstraction than anything that is coherent: their music, being inseparable from noise; their paintings, identical to accidents; their prose, thinly veiled riddles and recycled cliches. And thirdly, lacking insight as they would into their own condition, promiscuity would advance under the guise of sexual liberation. Men, being of the sex which is unable to bear children, and as a result, of the sex which is most sensitive to changes in mating preferences, would respond to this shift most strongly: meaning that if by virtue of a desire to sustain high amounts of sexual activity, or status, large swaths of women began using contraception and found feminine features more attractive as a result, large swaths of men would come to exhibit feminine traits; meaning that given sufficiently long, or intense capture by this dynamic, high numbers of men would begin to transition genders; meaning that given how susceptible to adopting tribal dogmas this group would become, alongside how culturally molded the psyches of the women that would result from this change would be, the most charismatic of the women that'd be caused from this shift would be hailed as Christ figures, with their ideas as touted as revelations and their foreseers as prophets — moreover, I suspect that by this time the average neocortical ratio of the population would've decreased by about 12%.
Text Author: AntJuan Finch

Published: May 13th, 2019

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