Notes on the desire to exist.

Evolution harnessed the explanatory power of the struggle to exist, but this struggle rests upon the even more evident reality of the desire to exist. One can doubt that natural things struggle with each other, but not that the nature desires to exist. To be means to have a desire to endure. In the inanimate, this desire does not rise above mere endurance- though stones and metal do show impressive abilities to endure. The various elements of things do have a certain eternal existence. The living exceeds the inanimate by gaining eternity- not as an individual, but as an individual of a species. This desire to exist seems to add something to merely existing, but at the same time it is necessarily present with existence itself. This desire or striving is as the first operation of existence: operatio sequitur esse.

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