The dynamics of existence is a power play between the actors.
- All sentient creatures believe they are the center of the universe and see other creatures as objects.
- Every creature strives to ensure its existence.
- A diminishing of survival prospects creates pain.
- An enhancement of survival prospects creates pleasure.
- The effort to exist is driven by pain and lack.
- Pleasure is the temporary satisfaction of survival desires.
- Pleasure comes from the increase in survival prospects.
- Pain comes from the decrease in survival prospects.
- All creatures strive for pleasure.
- If I am weaker you are stronger.
- If you are weaker I am stronger.
- Every creature must devour other creatures in order to survive.
- The pleasure of one creature is predicated on the suffering of others.
PI = Pleasure index
SD = Increase in satisfied desires
UD = Increase in unsatisfied desires
OS = Increase in satisfied desires of other creatures that affect us
OU = Increase in unsatisfied desires of other creatures that affect us
PI = SD – UD – OS + OU
- All creatures, apart from empathetic people, treat other creatures as objects. Animals seem to have no awareness that other creatures are sentient.
- Striving to exist is the very essence, the root of all creatures, and they will do anything to continue existing.
- A diminishing of survival prospects might come through injury, illness, starvation, reduced status in the herd, and so on. For humans it might involve financial distress, social isolation, and the items listed for other creatures.
- Enhanced survival prospects involve plentiful food supply, increased status in the herd and improved fitness. For humans it might involve those just listed plus financial gain and increased social standing.
- The effort to exist is wholly driven by a sense of lack. We eat because of hunger, drink because of thirst, socialize to alleviate isolation, exercise to keep the body well, take medicines to cure illnesses, work to make money – and so on. Existence is inherently painful.
- When a desire is satisfied we feel pleasure – an increase in survival prospects. These pleasures are always temporary until we once again feel lack and make the effort to satisfy our desires.
- Pleasure is not simply how well we are surviving, but the increase from one level to a greater level. It is the increase that is felt as pleasure, and not the actual survival status.
- Pain is the result of a decrease in survival prospects. It is not the result of the actual survival status, but the negative change.
- All creatures strive for pleasure. At a basic level this is striving to obtain food, shelter, a mate. For humans it might include fame, wealth, entertainment and being part of a group.
- If I am weaker I am less competition for you, and hence it should be easier for you to gain the resources you need and want.
- If you are weaker you are less competition, making it easier for me to gain the resources I need and want.
- One creature devouring another manifests at a basic level through killing others to eat them. In human society it can mean one person devouring the effort of another in order to profit.
- Pleasure is nearly always predicated on the suffering of others. Clearly this is the case for animals devouring each other, but in human society it might mean buying cheap goods at the cost of low wages for those who have produced the goods. It might even be simply winning an argument at the expense of the other.