Philosophy today needs to ask itself the following question: how do we protect the Living?
Human thought’s primary engagement has been with providing a testimony of life and its diverse variety. What I call “Philosophy for life” moves from this undeniable premise, and it aims at radically transforming today’s ethics and politics, which are founded on classical philosophy, with an abstract and absolute entity at its centre: man, an entity in which all identities are erased. Identity is a biologically given datum, and it finds its construction through a sociological process. A Philosophy offering a clear view of the world must necessarily refer to the Living, it must overcome gender differences and focus on primary needs, allowing scope for each individual’s full life experience. A Philosophy for the Living thus finds at its core the sustainability and protection of the Living and their existence. The main tenet of this Philosophy is respect for life’s various forms, beginning with the two basic identities: male and female, through which life is born and renews itself. If we try and erase or neutralise gender identity, we carry on a policy of abstraction – instead, if we open up to a constructive process of identity formation, we allow a wider scope to the creative experience, that is deeply rooted in all Living creatures. A misleading concept has been spreading now for a number of years: a gender-based argument which strengthens an authoritarian, normative tendency. Following this principle, one is led into believing that it is possible to overcome androcentric authoritarianism by obliterating the existing different, complex sexual orientations in the actual panorama (many genders=no gender). Is it a tendency to non-differentiation in order to avoid discrimination, or a smart ruse practiced by the dominant group in order to steer minds and bodies toward new consumer practices?
Philosophy for life can be subscribed to only by empathic-minded individuals, who act according its tenets. It is based on the unquestionable and concrete fact that we all are corporeal beings (human, animal, and vegetable), with sexual denotations, all in need of nurturing, and capable of intelligent thoughts. If we adopt a philosophy for life, we believe in the possibility of universal peace, because we choose to support a socio-economic policy aimed at the Living’s benefit, support, and protection. Philosophy for life does not wish to replicate universally-based theories of sexual dominance, based on a supposed superior natural entity; it aims at opening our minds to the Living’s real needs, which, in the present male-dominated society, have lost their identity and dignity. The acquisition of rights points to the achievement of equality, but the latter can be obtained only by recognising the various forms of life’s experience. In terms of real life, equality is not expressed in a one-dimensional experience; instead, it finds its fulfilment in a continuous exchange among each living being’s choices, made according to their different situations. Thus, if we accept that sexual differentiation is a natural datum, the juxtaposition of the sexes is a political condition, decreeing the overpowering of the weaker by the stronger one, the dominant over the subject: it is a power mechanism that lay at the foundations of human patriarchal societies.
There is, however, an urgent need to re-formulate life’s view according to a paradigm that can be shared by the Living, cutting across such domination and overpowering-based social conceptions. I’m referring to a female paradigm, rooted in the maternal outlook on life, that was already present in the most ancient forms of civilisation: matriarchal societies. Thanks to this outlook on life, women feel the need to act, in every social field, both in public and private life, according to the most basic and simplest duty, which also becomes a basic right, and comes even before that of man’s equality in the face of the law: we believe the basic rule to be the absolutely equal worth of each Living being’s life.
Poetry is the art of listening to life
Anna Pacifico



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