The Epic Struggle of Life to Continue Beyond its Historical Limits
Ion Soteropoulos

To the eternal and ever-important questions: i) Where Do We Come From? ii) What Are We? iii) Where Are We Going”? Conventional and time-conditioned science, as shown by the film, answers these questions according to the following linear reasoning: 

i) We come from proto-cells that appeared in the geyser caves of the earth. ii) We are presently the dominant life form on earth called humans with a finite range of life conditioned by linear time. iii) We are inexorably moving in the direction of the thermodynamic arrow of time to complete our programmed extinction.  

Human life is therefore an instant of ephemeral hope crushed into absurdity by two adjacent nothings: its chronological origin and end. But is this the meaning or sense of human life?

For us, the philosophers, the sense of life resides in its sustainability and continuity in space-time — in its continuous struggle to maximize itself – its energy and duration — by moving beyond its historical boundaries such as genesis and death.  

If L is the origin, end and order of life, and < designates succession (before/after), then the epic struggle of life consists in moving beyond itself L, that is, beyond its boundaries origin, end and order so that it continues to exist before itself and after itself:

L  <  L and L <  L,  

which constitutes the principle of reflexive (self) order.

The real and fundamental principle of life is neither the production of order from disorder, of life from non-life, which defines life’s chronological process of generation or progression, nor the production of disorder from order, of non-life from life, which defines life’s chronological process of destruction or regression, but the production of order from order, of life from life in agreement with the principle of reflexive (self) order. This latter principle defines life’s maintenance, continuity and free, boundless motion in the universe.


Tokyo Institute of Technology

Produced by the Tokyo Institute of Technology, Executive Producer: Shigenori Maruyama


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