Anankelogy 101

09 Principles

Anankelogy based insight

Anankelogy Principles

 

Nature-based anankelogy, the study of need.

Which do you think is more likely?

 

Apart from written laws, you have a right to believe and do as your conscious dictates, because all beliefs about moral conduct are culturally relative.

 

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There are universal principles equally applicable to all members of humanity, and failure to live by them equally result in problems.

 

Nature-based anankelogy recognizes needs as objective phenomenon. Core needs exist as universal phenomenon. How we experience our core needs includes some variance. How we ease these core needs drifts into realms of relativity. But let’s not jump to extremes by declaring it all relative (since “all” is itself an absolute).

 

Each of these listed anankelogy principles speak to maintaining or restoring function, or avoiding defunction. Function provides the anchor for universality.

Pronunciation guide

anankelogy [n.] (ä'-nä-kĕ'-lŏ-jē): the study of need, specifically here the human experience of need.

anankelogical [adj.] (ä'-nä-kĕ-lŏ'-jĭ'-kâl): of, relating to, or characteristic of anankelogy; referring to the role of need in another subject.

anankelogist [n.] (ä'-nä-kĕ'-lŏ-jĭst): one who studies the role of need in observable phenomenon.

anankelogically [adv.] (ä'-nä-kĕ-lŏ'-jĭ-kâ-lē'): referring to the role of need on some action. E.g., Political views tend to be less rationally deduced and more anankelogically produced. 

anakelogic [adj.] (ä'-nä-kĕ-lŏ'-jĭk): same as anankelogical.

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Anankelogic principles

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1.  Needs resolve.

 

Every core need exists for complete resolution. Only by fully resolving your needs can you remove its pain and restore to full functioning. Otherwise pain persists, and you do not return to full functioning.

 
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Each core need you experience cycles from being resolved to being unresolved, then back toward being resolved with proper resources. You go from feeling quenched, and then to feeling thirsty, and back to feeling quenched after drinking enough water. Other needs follow this same pattern.

 

Core needs resolve fully only with primary resources. Water, for example, is the primary resource for quenching your thirst. You cannot fully resolve your body’s need for fluid and temperature equilibrium if only drinking warm beer. You will soon feel thirsty again.

 

Your life cannot function for long if deprived of basic resources to resolve your many needs. You cannot go a month without sleeping. Nor can you go a week without eating. Nor can you go ten minutes without breathing. You can only function as well as your needs resolve.

 

You cannot fully resolve your need for affection while angry at your loved ones. You cannot fully resolve your need for autonomy if smothered by well intentioned others. You cannot fully resolve your need for growth if continually stuck in survival mode.

 

Needs resolve predictably. The resource fully resolving your needs before typically resolve your needs fully again. The resource that fails to restore you to full functioning will likely fail again to restore you to full wellbeing.

 

Unfortunately, most of us fail to resolve needs fully. We sink into symfunctional strain. We feel the mounting discomfort of unresolved needs, and limited functioning. We become self-absorbed. We cannot see far beyond our own experience of needs. We feel estranged from each other. We lose sight of love.

 

When your needs fully resolve, its cause for pain evaporates. As this pain goes away, you find yourself functioning again. You can see beyond yourself. You soak in more of life. You can experience yourself connected with all life. You can reach the pinnacles of a deeper love.

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Love constrains me to resolve needs. I simply cannot settle for anything less. I am under a constant compulsion to fully resolve needs. I even experience this as a compulsion to transcend divisive gender norms.

 

Conventionally, I am transgender. But for me, this is more than expressing an identity. Rather, I am compelled to transcend whatever prevents resolving needs. I am compelled to integrate my innate feminine and masculine energies. I am compelled toward greater wholeness of being, to resolve needs.

 

I am not free to desire what cannot resolve needs. In fact, I do not know what it must be like to sexually desire someone outside of a clear path to resolve each other’s needs. I am demisexual. I have never experienced sexual desire for a woman until after I have first formed a close emotional bond with her. So far, that has occurred only once.

 

Like the Apostle Paul, I do not burn. And paraphrasing Paul of Tarsus, I am neither Indian nor white, neither rich nor poor, neither transgender nor cisgender. I am spiritually compelled to link both, to resolve needs on all sides. Much like Paul, love constrains me.

 

A decade after coming out as transgender, I realized I am actually transspiritual. I am compelled to connect deeply across conventional divisions, in order to fully resolve needs. I exist in contrast to the typical norm of identifying in one category as opposed to another category. I exist within and without both categories, to freely resolve needs. I am something of a sacred misfit.

 

While I am both transgender and a tribally enrolled Native American, I do not see myself as a two-spirit. While I honor that tradition, I see myself emerging as something thus far without a name. So I gave it one: I am less transgender and more transspirit.

 

I experience this as a gift that comes with great responsibility. Years ago, the idea of transgender being a gift received scant attention. The transgender movement largely smacked it down. They didn’t want the appearance of “special rights” but only equal rights. Since then, my full authentic transspirit being has been basically silenced and hidden by transgender culture.

 

There is little to no room for someone like me, compelled to fully resolve needs. Not in a world focused on pragmatically relieving needs. I am spiritually compelled to connect across these divisions preventing resolution of needs. Even as it transgresses the barriers others rely upon for their meaning in life.

 

For example, I naturally transcend the liberal-conservative divide. I intimately relate to the prioritized needs driving both sides. Deep down, I am both sides. As mutually exclusive identities, I am neither.

 

My very being compels me to prioritize resolving needs, at odds with those prioritizing relief. Those heavily invested in opposing categories frequently target me for rejection, condemnation or accusation. Cutting across their sacrosanct divisions appears unacceptably strange to them. Needless to say, I was not popular at school. I can only be who I honestly am, even at great personal costs.

 

Thankfully, I am not alone. My older sibling came out as transgender before me. Janet embraced our Oneida heritage before I realized I too am indigenous to the core. She too expressed demisexual sentiments. We grew up as brothers in an alienating world, then finally met each other as indigenous sisters.

 

We first encountered each other when meeting at a transgender support group in the spring of 1993. We each stepped into two separate changing rooms to transform into our authentic selves. When we stepped out and met as sisters for the first time, Janet summed up the experience when she quipped, “This changes the family structure a bit.”

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The less your needs resolve, the more pain you suffer, and the less you fully function. The more your needs resolve, the less pain you suffer, and the more fully you function.

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You should be able to function fully despite unresolved needs. You can suffer pain despite your needs resolving fully. You can remove pain other than resolving needs, such as with pain medication. Some needs take much longer to resolve.

2.  Needs evolve.

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3.  All needs sit equal before nature.

 

From the perspective of nature, no core need exists greater than another core need. Nature compels each need to resolve to preserve all functioning, without attention to contradictions.

 
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From the impartial perspective of nature, all needs seek resolution no matter how more urgently or less urgently felt. Urgency of the need is relative to those who experience them. Before nature, level of need urgency—even at risk of imminent death—tends to be irrelevant. The fly’s need for survival once caught in the spider’s web remains distinct from the spider’s need for nourishment drawn from the captured fly. Nature lacks our anthropocentric bias.

 

The fly will cease to function once devoured by the spider. The spider lacking food will cease to function. Admittedly, the fly’s need presents a direr situation. From the more removed perspective of nature, all needs resolve by adequately returning to functional levels through some accessed resource. In this case and in many others, the accessible resource for one organism happens to be another organism with impacted needs of its own. We may find ourselves disturbed by the implications. Nature remains neutral.

 

Consider this from another perspective. While the individual fly’s situation seems far more severe, this specie of spider may be facing extinction. It may require every morsel it can capture in its web. Flies are numerous and adaptable to many environments, while this species of spider could well be vulnerable to current environmental changes. If weak flies limit the herd of flies, per se, then this pruning by the spider web serves a vital purpose to the collective of flies. Albeit at the expense of its individual weakest links.

 

While crude by our standards of humanity, nature plays by a different set of rules. The fly is not more important than the spider, nor is the spider more important than the fly. Survival of one is not more important than the nutrient needs of the other. It is easy for us to believe otherwise. Our beliefs do not control our needs, but our needs do control our beliefs. Needs come first, without partiality.

 

By the way, resource needs do not sit equal before nature. The resource that fully resolves a core need objectively sits with greater value over a resource that only eases that need. Access needs are lesser still.

 

Laws and institutional needs exist as a type of access need. They exist to serve resource needs, which in turn exist to serve core needs. Law enforcement’s institutional need for exclusive use of physical force, for example, remains subservient to everyone’s equal core need for security from violence.

 

As if to come full circle, psychosocial needs sit equal before nature. Your self-needs and your social-needs compel equal attention to function optimally. Politics sit far below in objective value to the psychosocial needs it seeks to express.

 

The deep-yet-narrow (far right) need for exclusionary group cohesion sits equal with the wide-yet-shallow (far left) need for safety from retraumatizing incidents. Both naturally burn the same for relief. Neither chose to be politically different, but rely on politics to expresses natural differences they already experience.

 

If your dependence on traditional cohesion was painfully undercut with the sanction of government impositions, you would likely hate such apparent sources of pain. Some of this pain spills out into violent incidents, easy to cast as exemplary of them all. Characterizing them all as hateful “white supremacists” to ease your own discomfort fails to address the need fueling the pain, or could actually reinforce the hated pain.

 

If you were repeatedly traumatized because of your particular and less socially visible identity, you would likely call out any risk to retraumatization. Some of this pain spills out into violent incidents, easy to characterize as exemplary of them all. Dismissing them all as “snowflakes” to ease your own discomfort fails to address the need fueling their pain, and could actually reinforce the pain being avoided.

 

Generalizing all identity politics as authoritarian is no better than generalizing all celebrations of European heritage as racist. Nature does not care about our beliefs. Our differing beliefs have no bearing on nature, and never will. Only by resolving these equal—albeit paradoxical—needs, instead of favoring one need over another, will the threat of violence be resolved. Nature herself is not contradictory; that’s just us getting in her way.

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5.  Needs get queued and then evoked.

 

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4.  Emotions personally convey needs.

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6.  Emotions prioritize your self-continuance.

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7.  Cognitive bias prioritizes your needs.

 

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8.  You believe what you need to believe.

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9.  All beliefs include error.

 

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10.  Laws impersonally convey needs.

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11.  Culture compels uniformity of need experiences.

 

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12.  Your environment shapes your experience of needs.

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13.  No one in this world has authority over your needs.

 

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14.  Pain relief almost always distracts from resolving needs.

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15.  Organic pain is good.

 

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16.  Laws do not resolve needs; people do.

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17.  It is against the grain of law to fully resolve needs.

 

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18.  Reflexively enforcing norms hinders resolution of needs.

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19.  Wellness is psychosocial.

 

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