ON THE PATHWAY OF THE VILLAGE PHILOSOPHER

By William Markiewicz

We are operating in three modes: 1 – we attack, 2 – we defend ourselves, 3 – we sympathise. Identical behaviour may change its significance: showing the teeth, from a threat became a friendly smile. A dog or wolf can wag its tail because it is noticeable. This also concerns the more primitive species: a smaller snake inflates itself to show the bigger that it is too big to be swallowed. The toxic species warn with their colour; others are protected by mimicry. How to explain it? The existence of a structure is more difficult to explain than the behaviour. The human uses psychology but not necessarily completely; the character trait is genetic so, as mysterious as mimetism and other traits, not dependent on will. The automatic world is as complicated as the world of consciousness. How does it happen that birds flying in a flock, the small fish swimming in a mass, the insects flying in a swarm, don’t collide? It goes too quickly to be the result of decision. On which level does domination of the situation appear? There is collective domination, individual domination . . . the body formed of cells, covered by common skin, divided into organs . . .

Unicellulars, individuals like amoebas, or living in intime neighbourhoods like lichen. Here all the mystery of life holds us in its grasp. Are we peeping at nature? Or are we walking on its pathways? When something happens, whether eternally or sporadically, God himself will be bored. If we could discover “why” maybe we would discover “how and what”.

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