Transgression/Submission

The feral is typically cast as the inverse of the domestic: the wild in opposition to the civilized. While this is true from the perspective of the domestic and civilized, it is not the case for the feral itself, which simply is.

The feral does not define itself in opposition. The feral does not deliberately antagonize, although it frequently finds itself both opposing and antagonizing.

The feral transgresses borders but does not do so because of a desire to cross borders: it simply ignores the presence of borders altogether. The feral is a kind of blindness to systems of organization which can be caused by ignorance as easily (or perhaps more easily) as by careful study.

An observation made by many: It is an odd trick of language to label a violent or discomforting human act bestial or animalistic when it is, in fact, the opposite. No feral creature would act animalisticly although they may frequently act anomalistically, in feral ally.

No matter, in the end the feral recognizes the feral.

The feral is less a state than a stance: it is a way of being and an epistemology: a way of knowing, a sensibility. It is rarely a recordable action, moment or set of actions. It cannot be deliberately invoked or described, although it can be practiced as an approach to everyday life.

Feral thinking can lead to confrontation, but confrontation requires organization-in-opposition: a careful and deliberate polarization and polemic, a circling of tail to nose in attack or defense. In this, then, the feral becomes unferal. This failure-loop is why the feral is at best a metastable state.

It is the goal of the feral not to engage in these confrontations, while it is the goal of the enemy of the feral to induce them. This is a seat of great tension: “normal” boundary-maintaining acts for the unferal manifest as periodic and potentially deadly encounters for the feral.

The feral can thus be seen as a deliberate act of submission which also serves to move the fulcrum on which dominant power rests. It is a survival technique. It is a long game. The goal is never to win, but only to prolong play.