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and negation as derived mode of differentiation
individuality of genesis, part 2 of 8
gary e. davis
May 9, 2017

We’re born already able to quickly learn perceptual distinctions, but we’re not born already having them. Overt differentiations are derived from capacity to employ a capability to distinguish, which quickly individuates.

At first, there’s no difference between Self and being mothered (held, having the emergent voicing of the womb—which is quite acoustically permeable—continued in the light, being fed, etc.). Then, self/m[other] difference is derived. And mother/other difference is derived.

To say (later in life) that another is “not” mother is different than negating the other (except symptomatically, i.e., troping a developmental congestion). Persons are different; father is “not” mother (but no negation of mother, except pathologically).

But we commonly grow into a tribal world (family, neighborhood, etc.) that doesn’t know the difference between differentiation and negation. But negation is a derived, special mode of differentiation: Only situations of danger truly call for negation
(e.g.: “Do Not!...” pry off the cover of the electrical outlet). Generally, negation is a defeating mode or self-defeating mode of differentiation, forfeiting appreciation of difference. Difference is appealing for normal individuation: differences are fascinating, proven by infant preference for novelty (though mom might prefer that her little darling not stick a spoon in doggie’s mouth).


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