Catatropy and Anastasis

From the Classical Greek κατά-τροπος: “turned downward”. Dys-ontic correlate to our Conditio in/humana which may contribute to the correction of pronatal decisions. The world does not keep its promises and parents cannot keep the promise that they implicitly make to their children in and by their begetting of them. Everything either collapses under its own weight or sinks quickly into a state of damage, destruction or decrepitude; building it up again is always a long and weary process. This fundamental catatropic tendency inherent to all being is counterbalanced by no opposite anastatic tendency (ἀνά-στασις: raising up, rebuilding). It takes just a split second for someone to cut themselves, but the healing of the cut can take weeks. And one’s fellow men are more captivated by the sight of a demolition than by that of a construction.

Müller-Lyer (1857–1916)

Müller-Lyer remarks that human beings tend generally to honour those who torment them more highly than they do those who render them happy.  Thus, the names Tamerlane and Genghis Khan are known to all, whereas mankind’s great benefactors in the fields of chemistry, technology and health have remained completely unknown. “The explanation for this seems to be that destruction is something easy to perform and spectacular to behold. It lands like a bomb and creates a sensation. The work of construction, however, being a slow and silent activity, is much harder to appreciate at its true value.”

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