Man—so often imagined to be the only creature ensouled—operates in this world paradoxically more like a virus than an organism. Though he replicates, spreads, and modifies, he does so destructively—parasitically. Historically it has been seen that in spite of the best laid five year plans and social constructions the effects of these models often produce the most deleterious symptoms and corollaries.
This is by no means to say that what is natural is optimal (as outlined by man), but it has the virtue of having been selected for propagation. Man’s well meaning truths–by–contrivance offer no such decency. If we look at an economic example, we find that Ricardo and Smith we’re only formalizing observations of market systems. This is not to universally vindicate market dogma, but these unrefined wild systems have the strength of having arisen between the natural interactions of merchants within the bounds of feudal society.
Now, bad omens and good intentions are two things I’ve never learned to interpret. And we’ll take this early discussion of organic process as preamble for a deconstruction of morality as it is normally imagined. This is to say, we’ll come to a description of a spiritually guided moral nihilism. And more importantly: ‘why intentionality ruins everything.’
One critical comment on organic processes and a feature often forgotten in an inventory of the metaphysics of this world: while local and occasionally mechanical interaction governs much of what is organic, there is a chance for a miracle to occur. The miracle is observation, or a projection of an organic process onto the other. Like a child viewing their father and adopting his traits; traits that might only exist as an image, and are viewed as idealized image. What was impossible for the father to be or become but only project, becomes possible for the son.
The assertion we’ll be dissecting is that: man’s systems are utterly vitiating and any system of morality or ethical code will fail and fail frequently. The ego is clever, and whether it is Jung’s Shadow, the yetzer hara, or Watt’s decidedly British phrasing of the element of irreducible rascality; the ego can rationalize or justify any action it needs to perform.
Artwork: Shōrin-zu byōbu, Left screen; Hasegawa Tohaku