Deep in the heart of much human psychological distress is an oppressively singular rationalization of the individual ‘self’, analogous to a cardboard cutout model. This ‘free agency’ is a paradoxical artefact of the objective abstraction of the material ‘content’ of nature out of spatial context. It is dislocated from the receptive space of its natural neighbourhood, and so held to be ‘independent’ and fully responsible and culpable for its own behaviour. But at the same time it is confined within an imaginary 3-dimensional structural frame, where it is embroiled in a relentless ‘struggle for existence’. This artefact is sustained in human cultures by the desire for power over sources of fear, which leads to the imposition of definitive ‘barriers to love’ that provide a false sense of security and control.


All movement is thereby reduced to the translocation of independent bodies in discrete numerical intervals of distance and time, as a reaction to or effect of the imposition of causal force or action. In life forms, this causal force must be situated on one side or other of a fixed bodily boundary, either within some internal executive control centre or in the external environment: the so-called ‘nature or nurture’ dichotomy.