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End/Eschaton

(1,167 words)

Author(s): Boneberg, Hemma
Actions for an End in the Biological Order 1. The expectation and experience of ‘end’ and ‘eschaton’ can ultimately be associated with evolutionary biology—as a consideration of the successful development of goal-directed appetites for goods necessary to survival, as individual living organisms have developed this thrust. If the quests for nourishment and territory, mating and child rearing, reach their possible fulfillment, they attain to their goals through ‘ actions for an end’: the quest for nourishment in taking nourishment, for search for a habitat in marking…

Secrecy

(1,250 words)

Author(s): Boneberg, Hemma
Secrecy as an Evolutionary Strategy 1. Secrecy is a strategy developed by evolution, in the case of beast and human alike within the biological food chain, that attains an elevated degree of individual opportunities and possibilities for survival and reproduction by way of the accumulation of various informational prospects. The person or animal with a successful disguise does not become prey, the one that hides his/her/its food survives times of want, the creature of restrained impulses and hidden intents …

Rites of Passage

(784 words)

Author(s): Boneberg, Hemma
Passage as an Arduous Task 1. Animal and human life is carried out in ‘passages’: between luminous sun and the dark of night; between working day and sleep; between the spatial boundaries of secure, familiar home and open space; between the path of peril and the place that is safe; between the seasonal periods of superfluity and want; in the biographical passages from childhood, to sparkling youth, to generative parenthood, to the debility of old age, to death. Two different, antagonistic, or frankly…

Garden/Paradise

(1,542 words)

Author(s): Boneberg, Hemma
Horticulture 1. There are steppes, wasteland and forest, mountain crag and open field, and then again there are gardens—things purposely shaped by the human hand, bound off and protected by hedge, fence, or wall—inner reserves for specially selected animals or plants. In comparison with the economy of the beasts of the wild, which live ‘from hand to mouth,’ and work and skim off what the natural environment spontaneously offers, gardening (‘horticulture’) demands a thoroughly planned out, long-te…