Moss-covered Monk

Moss-covered Monk


Saturday, January 19, 2013

Daily Musing - January 19th, 2013 - Dominance - 優勢 - Yōushì

Dominance - 優勢 - Yōushì

The urge to dominate develops
early in life, but is unformed;
the individual must specify
which objects are fair game.
Being separate of the rest of humanity,
elevated by the sense of domination,
frees one of empathy and communal familiarity
and allows anyone to be used as a tool.
A centrally located, celestial body provides life for all,
but not everyone turns their face to the light.

~inspired by Deng Ming-Dao

All life depends on direction. In our world, much of it is oriented towards the sun. Life revolves around the pursuit of energy. Our planet revolves around the source, the seasons depend upon it, and even our concept of night and day is tied to the rising and setting of the sun. The sun is a dominant element in our lives. However, there are organisms which do not depend directly upon the sun, such as the microscopic lifeforms living on the ocean's bottom, thriving on the chemical energy produced by thermal vents. Similarly, certain individuals do not find comfort in the light. These people find the darkness more comfortable, and draw energy from that source instead.

In all areas of life, we cannot avoid making arrangements that are centered, or have a point of orientation. Our lives are composed of structure, just as the solar system is completely ordered in the elliptical pathways that each planet takes. Yet, this structure and orientation is essentially arbitrary. We see the sun as the center because of our vantage point. If we were watching from another galaxy, the sun would merely be another point on the periphery. There are limitless perspectives from which we can draw a conclusion, but there is no absolute standard to call something the center. Therefore, all arrangements and compositions, any determination of a dominant element, is relative, subjective, and provisional.

There is no center, besides our own consciousness. Look at the sun and the planets, but you must include yourself as an observer. How else would you determine your place in the universe? Consciousness is part of the phenomenon. We are the center, but that is a foregone conclusion...what does it mean though?