Plus and Minus C5.1: Paradox of the will to survive

How important is competition in life and why?

Fig. 1: Competitiviness

(I know, oddly drawn. Maybe I’m going to improve it in a decade or two 😉

When it comes to the question of identity, the model of the church is often used to describe people and to be able to divide them into its components:

The human body, the spirit and the soul.

When it comes to the question of what role competition plays in our lives, the main focus is on survival and our corresponding instincts, because the body works continuously to keep our system alive, regardless of the circumstances or events you experience after you get out of that comfy stomach.

The body is the decisive reason why you put yourself in danger, seek security, push yourself to the physical and mental limits, and then perhaps even feel ashamed of it:

In all of the activities listed, the hormones that your body play alongside your consciousness (and subconscious) control the most important role.

They are the trigger for your prioritization and decision-making preferences in respective situations. If you had no consciousness or control over your actions, the core of your existence would come to light:

Your feeling of hunger, thirst and warmth. The sexual instinct, the herd instinct, the simple, the beautiful, the good, the best. In order to be able to descend from all of these, you need a margin of maneuver and suitable tools to be able to satisfy these needs.

Why are statics and safety so important in life?

Fig. 2: Statics

We cannot walk without solid ground under our feet. And since life is about constant change, continuous adaptation to the respective situation is essential. But this does not mean building a safe haven on unstable ground. You can imagine it as follows:

The “safe haven” is your personal development zone throughout your life. The water represents the time. The tide is constant, and the water under this harbor is rising steadily, incessantly. So it has to be built.

However, since everything below sea level is blurry and almost unrecognizable, either the water has to be changed to get a better view, or it has to be based on the previously built one that was found by luck or chance or by careful palpation. All the ports below you are all previous lives, some ports still protrude to this day, even if only with a mast, but they have survived the centuries, the millennia, and even today all port builders are able to continue using this mast to orientate.

Of course, this comparison is only one of many good illustrations to understand the meaning of constant change and constant security. A healthy statics includes, among other things, a stable family environment (relatives are not a compulsory factor), a healthy attitude towards learning and other people, and above all: A target, a goal.

If the course can change, but the goal remains the same, you are well on the way to developing your port to what you want to get out of it.

Why is it actually a paradox that all living things want to survive?

Fig. 3 : Neutrality

In the case of changes (= (+)), the (-) should actually arise from the above facts. At least this can be seen in the abstract sense over a longer period of time: Because if life were to show a continuous cosine curve up to natural death, this would usually lead back to constant compensation, an unchanged starting position.

According to the theories, however, no change is to be classified as negative, with the exception of the statics.

Nevertheless, this knowledge is paradoxical, because even this model of change could not be represented in a variably fluctuating sinusoidal curve, but would take the form of an exponentially increasing function (after considering and subsequently assessing some living beings). This would be the case with immaculate success with human youth: Not making any mistakes, immediately having the right attitude to work and education, commitment and humility, constant readiness and charity, as well as the happy death that follows at the end of life. If this person really did everything right, they would logically live forever, wouldn’t they?

But since it would only be possible through A.I. (and the term “life” can also be discussed in such a case) it is a paradox to even want to enter into a life in which unconditional happiness should reign.

Or constant sadness and worry.

The aim is to balance the feelings of happiness caused by hormone release through suffering and to bring them to their respective potential. This maximum of bearable suffering and noticeable joy depends on the biological constitution of the respective living being. So why do all living things strive for life?

Why are all living beings “programmed” to strive for the (+), the positive result? Asking this question alone leads us back to the fact that only that civilization is most powerful, which can question, understand and then judge its survival instinct, since this produces mutual support and basically (theoretically) unlimited population numbers.

In other words: The anthropogenic principle applies here again. If we humans weren’t there to ask this question, there would be no reason for us to exist at all and ask questions. If we did not live with other natural constants or in a different universe, our known universe might not even exist or it would be completely unknown and improbable to us. Since we do not live in another universe with other constants or other strange phenomena, there is (for us) only this one universe in which we can play. We couldn’t know anything else. So in the end it all alludes to the fact that we are human and that we follow these random sciences. But why do these sciences want our existence to boil down to that?


Questions that probably no one knows the answer to … Who desires more? 😀

I hope you enjoyed the theory and would like to help develop it further! Then just write me your opinion, or deal with life and other living beings a little closer by simply commenting below.

Your death will surely thank you …

And I to you too …

And the comment section too …

As always, I wish you a wonderful day, stay curious and, …

Thank you for reading!

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