Pharmakon Argues for ‘No Natural Order’
Pharmakon makes noise that will rattle your brain into an unrecognizable mess. Next month, Margaret Chardiet will be releasing the project's newest album, Contact, on Sacred Bones. We've already heard "Transmission," but today she's upping the ante with the chaotic and terrifying "No Natural Order." Both vocally and sonically, Chardiet argues against the idea that humanity deserves to continue on. The blaring noise is incredibly unsettling and uncomfortable, but still rich, featuring a wide range of percussive and electronic elements that will make you feel trapped.
Hear the song below via NPR Music, pre-order Contact and read a statement from Chardiet explaining the song.
With 'Natural Order' defined as the concept that humans have an inherent right (and therefore implied responsibility) to continue the human species, which claims humanity as the center of everything in existence — the sole sentient being, master of the universe — I argue that there is NO NATURAL ORDER (and no positive law, and no divine law). That there is no single true history or truth; that all societies, all systems of law, all systems of logic, are constructs that may be deconstructed. We own and are owed nothing. Our existence is chance by nature. No better than a hog or slab of stone. Just cells in a virus.
My interest in making this argument, is to point out that if humans could relinquish their ridiculous dream of ownership over the 'right' of existence, that they can also relinquish their ridiculous hopes of control over one another. I believe the theory that humans are the chosen custodians of the universe is toxic, and inevitably leads us to the conclusion that in fact some of us have more of a right than others. That this is the source for much of our struggle of power over each other. To stake our claim, find our place. To give our lives meaning over others. If we accept that it’s all meaningless, perhaps we could stop cannibalizing ourselves, and ironically have a chance of surviving as a species. Not that it matters if we do.