Will to power and the quest for symbolic immortality

Regarding that other post about the modus operandi, it is hard to know the winner of that “life-force” because anyone can claim a superior argument or strategy. The last example could’ve been between two strangers or two family members who know on how to get at each other’s worst side. The transference of life-force involves lots of nuances but because the will to power is in everything and exudes a gravity-like capacity to bleed into every crack and crevice, the transference necessarily take place. A superficial read on Nietzsche claims is that the one who holds the will to power is the winner. Those who really understand Nietzsche understand that it is not by scientific, utilitarian, or fact-based force that an agent possess the will to power. It is the agent who happen to be on the side of the will to power.

However, a body which contains forces contains both its active force and its reactive force to give the body a tension-only existence. Out of which a body can only exist from tension. Deleuze explains in extreme detail that forces obey the will-to-power in a way that encompasses all net-forces within a body, thing, or phenomena. And that the way we know of forces (motion, gravity, weak nuclear force, thermodynamics, ect.), is that we (of which consist of forces ourselves), act on that body and that body reveals itself back to us. This ‘revealing itself back to us’ is known as ‘effect’ and we take it in and quantify it. This legacy measuring a body of its reactive-ness is known as physics. What is physics? The study of force and motion. Deleuze’s interpretation of Nietzsche gives an account for forces that is not based on us using reactions firstly to observe its effects, but by making an account of its genealogy or difference of forces. There are active and reactive forces and motion occurs when reactive forces reacts to the active forces. All forces within an object, let’s say a brick, if we were to move it by pushing it with our hand, we would apply a force to it. We could see it’s movement and give it a quantitative unit of measurement. We arbitrarily gave the force that makes one kilogram of mass to move one meter per second, a Newton as a unit of measurement. We can also calculate friction, chemical reactions, gravity, and other forces the same way but only after we do something it first. But Deleuze says that quantitative representations of forces “zero” the scales. As if we might put a weight on a scale, and we fixed the scale to make it zero. It does not take into account all net forces and certainly not genealogical forces. Deleuze talks about Dionysus limbs in Thus Spoke Zarathustra. A qualitative force demonstrate which body is doing the “pushing” and what is being “pushed.” The will-to-power is the “what makes” in my handing making the brick move.

Science as an industry that has given us outstanding breakthroughs in health, wealth, and overall living standards. But the more healthy a person is, the better he is capable to extract life-force inside the modus operandi. This cynical view challenges the notion of “progressive.” What is the progressive man if not a supercomputer for the “computational power” to perform advanced inceptions. The healthier a man can become the more intelligently self-conscious man that can feed its consciousness, making him more self-conscious. As Nietzsche puts it in the Genealogy of Morals, bad-consciousness is a force turned against itself. Imagine giving the a healthy bulky person the ability to react to a greater extent in arguments. The ultimate example is the struggle to get to the top of a meaningful life in the western corporate environment. Where is he slaughtered, murdered, torn, beaten, lynched, and curb-stomped to symbolic death, only to prove to his soul that he has conquered death when he “made it.” A soul dies millions of times before his physical death occurs. This drive is capitalism’s ultimate goal, to give the soul a proof of symbolic immortality. This insulates the anxieties about death and the soul can continue on its quest to suck life-force out of everyone who gets in his way for symbolic immortality. The cynical view explains capitalistic altruisms puts man to its limits for the sake of altruism itself. Life expectancy, health, meaning, all this to exceed his physical needs to put it to good use for this altruism. It also nourishes his weakness of which people can suck life-force that he couldn’t do to a sickly man in the 16th century. The monstrosity is the dialectic man, as opposed to the overman.

The view that the smaller and smaller we look at the observable world, the finer and finer we will be able to find and ultimately hold on to the will-to-power. Start with distant galaxies and peer into the smallest subatomic particle, there must lies The Truth hiding in plank’s length. This is what the public seem to think of quantum mechanics which dominates curiosity from the contemplative types. This is worrying as most people think that dialectics is the answer. That by using sher rational measurements, we can arrive at a conclusion that will satisfy both types, the care-free and the contemplatives.

All phenomena, forces, densities, historical events, biological systems, heat systems, everything, is inherently unstable. As mentioned earlier, all bodies contain within themselves both active and reactive forces. The relationship as to which is dominant and which is dominated is known as qualitative forces. Start from the smallest subatomic particle and we can conclude that forces obey according to the will-to-power but properties seem to emerge differently as we move from atoms to molecules to tissues to organs and so on. Deleuze describes Nietzsche’s concepts of Dionysus’s limbs as this phenomena of properties emerging at every jump (physics vs chemistry vs biology vs ecology vs sociology vs astronomy). The doctrine of physical reductionism explain properties of forces that results as a Dionysian limb, making it seem that forces are separate or significantly disattached from others. Subatomic particles vibrate, excite and bounce off each other at high speeds. Water molecules are a jumbled mess of vibrating hydrogen and oxygen atoms but one can look at a tranquil lake and see it as anything but chaotic. It’s rather nice, calm, peaceful and still. Even a block of concrete that seem like an object onto itself, is composed of an uncountable number of atoms each of them with their corresponding strong forces, weak forces, nuclear forces and gravitational forces in a war with each other to dominate. This war is what allows the block to exist according to science. So we can push it and measure its force in Newtons implying that all forces we just mentioned gets zero’d out into that unit of measurement. By its shear number, emergent property of “wetness” or heaviness emerge. Atoms themselves are not “wet” nor do they have any weight in the sense that we experience weight.

The doctrine of physical reductionism is that there’s a fundamental truth the more we piece up the world because the simplicity. We open up the body, the organ, the cell, the molecule, the atom, the quark until, there lies an answer. So with that brick example, moving it and calculating the force is relative. Einstein’s equations put every motion into context. The block sits on a piece of earth which sits on The Earth, which revolves around the sun, of which exists in the solar system of which is apart of the Milky Way Galaxy and so on. Every level out, forces are moving at speeds so great. But Einstein’s special theory of relativity goes to the conclusion that gravity is the bending of space-time and motion is the body’s weight “falling” into the curvature of 3 dimensional space-time. So Physics is really just the study of forces. Let say an asteroid, came floating into space and came in contact with another asteroid, the larger asteroid moves the smaller asteroid into motion. We can calculate everything we need to know about them by observing. The “how” is the dialectic question, the “why” is the genealogical question. The will-to-power of those two asteroids coming from an initial state is set arbitrary. The dominating force of the larger asteroid (let say, it broke off from an even bigger space rock but still bigger than that of the smaller asteroid) of which came from a previous state, of which came from a previous one and on and on. We have an eternal regression until we get the entire universe compressed into one singularity that existed at one point. Even space-time itself as well as all of existence converge into this infinitesimal point and BOOM!

Deleuze criticizes the physical reductionism, dialectics, and this rationalism that imposes representation as the Will to power. What this reductionist, dialectical view does is it affirms a soft-determinism in everything. As the big-bang explodes, what follows is just one event, the consequence. Expansion. This shallow explanations leaves us with more questions than answered. Both Deleuze and Nietzsche wants us to affirm life as it is because it contains the entire genealogical forces already as it is affirmed. This is what he means by “the being of the becoming.” If people in an argument can be analogous to who represent the qualitative forces, of course there will be a modus operandi where capitalistic drives manipulate the clueless into becoming represented rather that willed. The one who insults can be seen as active force, but can also become reactive as the one insulted can be the aggressor in return. The one who pretends to be “the bigger man who doesn’t give a fuck” is the active or dominating force but can become-reactive. If he affirms to his opponent’s ideology, political, nihilistic, communistic, capitalistic ideology, his opponent can conduct an inception. This affirmation is done deterministically because the dialectic minded-person is just a carbon based molecule floating in a habitable space rock in space. If inception is analogous to the qualitative forces and the modus operandi as the will to power life-force simply flows. If one becomes triggered because he emotionally reacted to what his opponent said, he triggered himself. And his opponent takes advantage necessarily rather than willingly. He can leave and admit defeat (being the bigger man) his soul can demand to finish triumphantly even though its a petty matter. His body can urge him to go back and “teach him a lesson.” But the soul is not a physical state like his biological body or his nervous system. The soul can use these mediums (with the help and power of the prefrontal cortex), and affirm his state or disaffirms it. And this is not under his control but that of the will-to-power.

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