Entelechy and the Will to Power

Entelechy and the Will to Power

Ship’s Motif, by Alfred Jensen (1859-1935)
In The Entelechy of Animatter, I presented my ideas concerning how the soul serves as the entelechy of all things. Entelechy is the realization of potential. In Aristotle’s thought, soul gives form to matter, thus bringing about the actions necessary for the potential within a thing to come into realization, to be what it is meant to be. Pierre Teilhard de Chardin once said, “Entelechy is inside of you, like the butterfly is inside of the caterpillar…”

Form and matter, as in Aristotle, cannot be separated; they can only be distinguished. In other words, they are a holistic entity that I have called animaterial. Anima, or entelechy, provides form for the material. In this way, all things come-to-be to fulfill their destinies.

Nietzsche’s idea of the will to power is similar. I interpret “will” to be the entelechy, the coded blueprint within all humans that brings them to complete realization, but not a place of stasis. We are forever in flux. “Power” is the ability to operate in the earth as a creator of one’s life and one’s values, completely free from any external authority. Complete freedom, however, does not mean Utopia. These humans are engaged with suffering, the body, and the earth. They have willed their souls to grow the seeds within until they become towering redwood trees.

With great passion, Nietzsche writes,

For believe me! — the secret for harvesting from existence the greatest fruitfulness and the greatest enjoyment is: to live dangerously! Build your cities on the slopes of Vesuvius! Send your ships into uncharted seas! Live at war with your peers and yourselves! Be robbers and conquerors as long as you cannot be rulers and possessors, you seekers of knowledge! Soon the age will be past when you could be content to live hidden in forests like shy deer! At long last the search for knowledge will reach out for its due: — it will want to rule and possess, and you with it (The Gay Science, sec. 283)!

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