Nietzche thought that all things strived after self-realization, to power. Nietzche’s idea of the will to power describes how most things act in our universe. A hurricane strives to continue on with all it’s might until the calmness of the sky exerts its power over it. The flowers seek to bloom and flourish and survive to bloom again. And naturally, we see the things which fully express themselves as powerful, and often good.
There is an issue with this theory. The issue is that there are times when something gives up its will for the progression of anothers. For instance, we have only been able to validate true altruism within families. Ants are the most powerful and abundant creatures on the planet thanks to there means of reproduction; one queen births the entire hive. The familial bond allows ants to sacrifice for their hive without hesitation. Some ants will even live their entire lives as sacks for food storage for the rest of the hive.
My point is, it is not the individual which we want to live on, it is the individual’s pattern. We live and die for patterns. Genetic patterns, methods of being, all things seem to strive to maintain, develop, and pass on their patterns. If humans do not have a pattern for something, we seek out the means to develop one. For instance, if a child is learning how to skateboard, at first he may be stubborn and insist that he will teach himself. But over time the child learns he is helpless to become a good skateboarder without the instruction of another. The child then moves onto the learning phase, where he adopts the patterns of others, then the child makes this adopted pattern his own by adding his own style, inclinations and likings. This new pattern, developed a little bit further will then be passed on and changed and improved upon by other children.
The same phenomenon is observed with child-rearing. At first, our children are largely ego-centric, they have trouble considering the perspective of others. But they soon learn they need to learn and imitate. They then become imitators of their instructors. And then eventually they develop their own style by adapting their instructor’s patterns to their liking.
What are we really saying when we say “I like that guy”? We aren’t saying that we like the mound of flesh that that particular individual is constructed of. We are saying that we like their pattern, their method of being, their habits, their reactions, mannerisms, ideas, thoughts etc. We are saying we like a particular pattern. It really wouldn’t matter if that pattern existed in a completely different specimen.
This will to patterns characterizes the entirety of our universe. The universe is made up of trillions of living patterns. Patterns which progress and develop into updated versions of these patterns. Solar systems rotate around the universe over and over until another system overcomes it and adopts it, their collision is violent, but then their unity and progression is always beautiful.
On and on the patterns strive and collide and progress, every pattern has a will of its own, seeking to be realized and maintained.
Hustle it up!