Categorical interrogative 

If ego is an illusion, if separation is alienation, if all existence is one – then why do we perceive individuality? Similarly, if history is not past, if progress is a story, yet there is only the one story that is all existence – then why do we perceive time? Kant teaches: because these concepts are necessary (the categorical imperative). Nietzsche: because they are useful (the genealogy of morals). Indeed, these falsifications have fostered species preservation through the mindsets of security and narrative, promoting competition and consumption, providing us meaning and purpose. But these concepts were necessary or useful in different times. They are of limited usefulness – and we have approached and surpassed that limit, to the point of impending destruction. We must now transition to other mindsets that promote collective responsibility in the present.


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