In previous essays on warfare, I wrote about the strangeness of cyclic mass extinctions that have no other causation outside of the human mind which is in contrast to the ecological balancing in relation to other species, and that it is a given that correspondingly, the cycles of these extinctions are internal, or inner-species in nature. In parallel to this unique cycling, we have the attributes of the human mind in comparison to other species in that it has qualities that others seemingly lack in spades.
There is a strange precision in these self harvesting cycles that reminds me of a clockwork which may indicate programming if we take this scenario further despite our own self defensive imagining that one hallmark of human consciousness is a greater spectrum of choice as derived by thought that weaves rationality into logic. The evidence suggests otherwise.
Along with the effects of thought is another chief feature which is tool making based essentially on mimicking nature by way of manipulating it in order to overcome it. Yet there is no device invented to derail the precision of these autonomic cycles which suggests again, there is a "war programming" software in the nature of consciousness we remain unaware of that utilizes specific triggers just as a timing mechanism controls the coordinated machinery of a a device.
In this sense perhaps man is a machine and it may be that our programming has a safety feature that relates to the overall planetary ecology in that our extreme creative adaptability by way of manipulating nature in order to overcome it, entails a equally pronounced rate of survival in relation to procreating an unbalanced population that is unsustainable in terms of a fixed level of resources. Therefore this safety feature is triggered through a self harvesting cyclic programming that prevents overpopulation as the rate of extinction in these cycles as well as their extent seems to follow the growth of population.
If we go down this road further there seems to be a feedback situation lodged in these cycles that act as a trigger. Some have suggested this may be due to solar cycles and while the interconnections are provocative of entrainment on many parallel levels, it lacks specificity in relation to neurology or any model of psychology it would produce. That is not to say it does not exist as a possible triggering feedback mechanism but our own nature in relation to our self image rebels at even a remote possibility of this being true
Philosophers love to debate and dissect what they term "free will" in relation to self awareness but then it is patently obvious by way of common sense, free will has a limit and this core concept I am relating to you puts a twist on how we define these limits in relation to autonomic cycles.
The earliest metaphor I am aware of is Martian in nature as it relates to martial matters. Mars as the planetary representative of warfare as a "God" which relates to a ruling principle as to these cyclic events. The symbol of this metaphor represents a shield with a spear protruding from behind it's protective surface in many metaphysical texts and of course the physicality of Mars suggests that it was once a living planet and is now devoid of life and as our own natural resources shrink in relation to population growth, our tool making and the greater ability to self exterminate a greater population in relation to a cycle, etc...Mars has become a focal point of our explorations toward another planet, another world. While the Greeks reviled Mars, the Romans viewed this conceptual metaphor of behavior as a way to secure peace through war much like ourselves.
This conceptual model is repeated in Astrology which is also a cyclic concept of external influences that allegedly lessen "free will" Mars, the God of War, is the ruler of Aries. In astrology, Mars is the planet of energy, action, and desire. It is the survival instinct, and can be thought of as the "leftover" animal nature of man.
Mars rules our animal instincts for aggression, anger, and survival. Our sexual desires come under the rule of Mars. Whereas Venus rules romantic attraction, Mars is most associated with basic body attraction. This is the planet of action rather than reaction. With Mars, there is no contemplation before action. The drive associated with Mars differs from that of the Sun in that it is self-assertion rather than assertion of the will; it is raw energy rather than creative energy.
This consideration of planetary talismans as augers to cyclic self harvesting programs may or may not be read as where the metaphors as signets of relationships reach an Omega point of a coming cycle or they may not.
One could say Mars may be a sublimated parable of human life on our own future as it relates to a dead planet, not literally, but in the sense of our own survival as a species, it may become dead as to sustaining the dynamics of population as well as other factors unless a X factor intercedes as again within a feedback loop announcing a larger self harvesting cycle to come. Under the thrall of biology attenuated by language and the imagination formed into thought, it may be that all roads lead to Rome, however difficult a price an agnosticism toward such an imprinting may cost, it seems this is the only exit available to us.
“Men are born soft and supple; dead they are stiff and hard. Plants are born tender and pliant; dead, they are brittle and dry. Thus whoever is stiff and inflexible is a disciple of death. Whoever is soft and yielding is a disciple of life. The hard and stiff will be broken. The soft and supple will prevail.”
― Lao Tzu