3. Working a Field Becomes Simulacrum for What?

Culture itself is simulacrum for physiological anomie. Socio-genetic, physio-sensory experience, in order to preserve integrity of human groups, is driven to take part in the physiological simulation that is social belonging; and individuality as the culturally specific, rational self is the highest form of anthropological simulacrum.

But, a simulacrum for what or in place of what?

Human physiology, as of its historical point and condition of ceasing to evolve, is most adapted for living in nomadic packs in basically permanent movement, and in permanent inter-conflict and strife amongst themselves. But survival in groups over and through the lives of its temporal, living members, can only be understood from the standpoint of what for us is our own inexorably corporeal rationality, as an unresolvable paradox—a paradox that of course is never to be actually resolved, but rather sustained in the always only present and inchoative violence of individual sensory impression and need.

And thus it has been the logic human groups have historically been able to impose on themselves that has in fact saved us from our own physiological entity. Socially congruent, physiologically relevant forms of superstition—but also the culturally enforced logics of religion and belief—are vitally important mechanisms of structuring individuality itself, and not just as a way of “explaining” natural phenomenon and human limitation. For it is only through physiologically homogenized individuals that groups sustain themselves, through time.

 

 

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