Symbiosis leads to Metamorphosis
I’ve been doing research on parasites as represented in fiction – with the original idea of turning this concept to represent the oligarchs who feed on the labor of others – as opposed to the current common sense of parasite – he that feeds on those who work.
My ironic idea was that the true parasite is the oppressor who feeds on all other humans.
However, as I began my research I came upon a definition of the classical forms of life and their relationship to the natural world.
The three forms that can be found everywhere life is to be found are:
- Parasitism – those that do no work today, but feed harmlessly on others.
- Predation – those that attack others and feed directly on their dead carcasses.
- Symbiosis – those that create relationships with others and survive via mutual support.
It is interesting to note that wherever the predators have gained dominance, the adaptors (symbiosis) must become invisible in order to survive. In Jungian psychology, they might be considered to be archetypes of the collective unconscious, or perhaps (due to the symbiosis) better be described as an aggregate of shadows.
It should also be noted that whenever the predators have gained dominance, they leave enough of the parasites around so that they have a constant source of food. The goal of the parasite, meanwhile, is to replace the oppressor with themselves – thus becoming an oppressor themselves, continuing the cycle – a pure didactic relationship
My goal now, however is to create a story world (a speculative fiction story world) in which the life represented within the fiction, contains all three classes of life, two of which are in constant battle (the oppressor and the oppressed), while the third (symbiosis) continues their metamorphosis (natural selection and adaptation) created through constantly seeking – and finding – new symbiotic relationships with other life forms. Once the relationship is established, evolution occurs!
I still like the idea of traveling through time via one’s DNA, but it has now expanded to contain predator influences, parasitical influences and symbiotic influences – all in the form of attached genetic structure (just as science tells us it happens now with inherited diseases.)
I think it important to include all three because what I see outside myself must also exist within me (What is without is also within – as though a mirror of oneself.)
My “witticism:” I love to let my mind have its way with me, is the recognition that I have all three types of life force within me and they are more powerful in shaping how I think than what I’ve learned from today’s metaphorical “climate” (which changes constantly).
PS: in order to explore this fully i am once again detaching myself from other worldly concerns. Events in Europe, Asia, Africa, the Middle-East and here at home must take a leave of absence from my consideration (I don’t have much of value to contribute, anyway.) so that I can exercise ironic detachment in order to let my collective unconscious assist me unfettered by those archetypical aggregates of shadows that seek to keep me preoccupied with didactic concerns. When that which is in constant warfare within becomes quiet, that which seeks symbiosis will rise to the surface. My metamorphosis is at stake here, after all – that’s why I write.