Monday, 7 November 2016

Concept - Conceive


To conceive is to grasp. 

And one grasps with concepts. 

Conceiving is the beginning of action for, as someone said,
"If my mind can conceive it, and my heart can believe it, then I can achieve it."

Life Missions Anyone?


A therapist I used to have once told me that people on a 'life mission' were wasting their time.

Then she said maybe life itself was a waste of time. 

So, in the end, all things would appear to be equal. 

Natural Law as Thing


While most academic researchers view Natural Law as a historical and philosophical concept, I genuinely see it as a thing that exists and is in operation at all times. 

One Simply Doesn't Know


Though I have been sharing my thoughts quite liberally lately, I have no idea what value they have, if any. 

They amount to opinions mixed in with a little insight and sensitivity. 

I hope that some will get something from them. 

Academia


Mainstream academia is compartmentalised and hierarchical. Anarchists and free thinkers should avoid it. 

Language is no Tool


People think language to be a tool when at most people are language's tools. 

One of my many beefs with academic literature is that it is jargon-filled and ugly, academics perhaps thinking that they sound clever using weasel terms and that they are choosing the words as they write them when in fact good writers know that the right words choose them. 

The skill for seizing and verbalising the mot juste is under-appreciated and under-valued, at least in the academic world. 

Knowing What You Don't Know


Knowing includes being aware of how little you know. 

The more knowledgeable you are, the more humble you get, in keeping with the realisation of how finite your understanding is as compared to all the Universe has to offer in terms of information and data.

Nature doesn't reveal her secrets easily. Indeed, to the possible dismay of scientists probing her ever more deeply and ruthlessly
"nature loves to hide." - Heraclitus 
(φύσις κρύπτεσθαι φιλεῖ). 

Meaning of Action


Contrary to popular belief, thinking, speaking and writing are actions. 

Great events, for Nietzsche, are not football matches, wars or presidential elections but occur when thoughts that arrive on doves' feet come to manifest in the world at a time of what he calls 'the stillest hour'. 

It is these thoughts that eventually come to guide the world. 

Action has been philosophically defined by Hannah Arendt as the act of initiating a new series of consequences, never knowing where these will lead. 

Valuing political action as potentially enabling freedom to manifest, the goal of politics being freedom, Hannah Arendt was anxious that over-technological development and the popularity of psychological programming techniques would destroy the quality of spontaneity and therefore the existence of un-calculated, free action. 

Universe as Conscious - Scientific Dogma


Contrary to many modern scientists, who lack philosophical insight as well as spiritual enlightenment, I do not believe that consciousness is an epiphenomenon, a freak accident of nature (especially when it could be argued that the reverse is true, i.e that it's materialism that's the epiphenomenon).

This ideology smacks of left-brain thinking and its tendency to subscribe to the philosophy of randomness, e.g. Big Bang theory, universe coming to existence as most unlikely accident etc.

[Right-brain thinking, by contrast, especially as expressed in religious thought, tends to view all things as being determined by the will of God. 

In fact there is a random element in nature, which is free will, and a determined element in nature, which are its laws, physical and psychological.]

It is obvious to me and some others, like mainstream-science whistleblower Rupert Sheldrake, that consciousness is at the heart of all things, be it animals, plants, minerals, trees, stars, planets even the sun. 

The Sun was seen as being conscious by most ancient civilisations and it is only the anti-spiritual arrogance that came with the rise of modern scientific prejudice and dogma that poo-poo'ed the idea. 

Before the rise of modern scientific dogma, animals were seen as spirits whence the very word 'animal' (anima in Latin meaning soul, spirit).

The above scientific dogma according to which only humans are conscious of course allows for much callousness in the way we treat the earth and the beings who inhabit it.

Modern scientific dogma, like all dogma, is, to say the least, unenlightened and extremely dangerous in its ramifications and implications for the human condition.  

A dogma, to be clear, means an unchallenged belief.

Accounts and Accountability


One is accountable for one's accounts. Although true of bank accounts, this is particularly true of one's moral accounts in that we are accountable to the creator of the universe for all our thoughts, feeling and deeds.

This is why it has been said
"No minister or priest can absolve you of your sins"
because no human being is the Creator and to re-present God is by definition to mis-re-present God for no mere mortal mind can do justice to the vastness of cosmic intelligence.

Moreover, those who believe in reincarnation rather than the 'one life and out' doctrine will perhaps be more driven to act with care than those living for the immediate moment, oblivious as these are to the next-worldly consequences of their actions, however immoral and harmful.

Conventional Man v Superman


Man will never overcome himself and become the superman in the philosophical sense if he clings on, with ever more ferocity, to the trivial surface of his conventional nature. 

For as I wrote a long time ago in How to Become Master of the World, man is only authentically man when he thinks his habituation and therefore questions himself and his environment. 

Failing that he is an animal at best, with some capacity for rational, i.e. calculating, thought - an animal rationale in the proper sense. 

Furthermore, the superman is not simply an extension of traditional man but is different in nature in so far as he has delivered himself from revenge (see the book What is Called Thinking? by Martin Heidegger), which follows the cycle of 
"where there is suffering there must be punishment."
The superman will no longer seek to punish those who've caused him to suffer and will embrace the ever-recurring present moment (the so-called 'power of now') in a state of gratitude to all those who contributed to his ascent up the Mountain of Enlightenment. For
"There are two kinds of people in this world: those who build you up and those who tear you down. But, in the end, you will thankful to both."

Truth and Falsehood


According to Mark Passio, the ability to tell truth from falsehood is what helps one prevent negative consequences, for actions that are in error - themselves based on erroneous thoughts and emotions - can and do lead to bad things happening. 

Spiritual Tyrants and the New World Order


In his posthumous work The Will to Power: A Revaluation of all Values, Nietzsche foresaw the coming total economic exploitation of mankind.

He opined that the same conditions that would keep people domesticated, in check and on the lifelong treadmill of economic servitude would also give birth to tyrants.

No doubt he meant intellectual tyrants like myself.

[Nietzsche was fond of the expression 'tyrant of the spirit' in reference to past philosophers as evidenced in his work Human all too Human.

Moreover he foresaw that the new world order would, contrary to popular conspiratorial belief, come to be outside of any existing social order.

In other words, what is in fact happening, is that the Dark New World Order is currently prevailing through the existing social order whereas the Light New World Order is coming to force outside the existing social order. 

Simple Insights


It is my philosophy that simple insights bear repeating.

And what is simple is not always easy.

The Continuing Story of Cassandra


In Greek mythology, Cassandra was a prophetess who predicted the downfall of Troy at the hands of the Achaeans but was ridiculed and laughed at by her countrymen for sharing her vision. 

I cannot help thinking of this myth when evaluating the polemics, controversy, vilification around Hannah Arendt's report on the banality of evil, Eichmann in Jerusalem, not to mention the character assassinations that were made against her person. 

Like Cassandra's prophecy to the Trojans, that book was indeed full of dark truth that met with animosity and ridicule.

Self-Punishment is not Enlightenment


Self-punishment, whether of a charitable or puritan kind, is not enlightenment (if one accepts my definition of enlightenment as involving care for others and oneself - Meaning of Enlightenment). 

I should know for having been in the past exceedingly and insanely hard on myself and suffering mentally and emotionally as a result.

Giving all your resources away may be charitable and noble but if this results in your own personal suffering then I would not regard that as being enlightened.

Similarly, being overly hard on oneself for perfectionist reasons is still not taking care of oneself. 

And just because others are suffering does not mean you have to suffer as well. 

It could be argued, moreover, that one needs to take care of oneself before being in a position to take care of others

For you cannot care for others, or at least give them quality care, if you yourself are in need of care. 

This is perhaps the insight that consciously or unconsciously made Nietzsche balk at Christian forms of self-flagellation for the sake of neighbourly compassion and making him as a result the most anti-Christian thinker in history.

Perhaps a healthier way to view one's neighbour and by that I mean the vast majority of humanity is to care but not care. 

Show enough care so as to be moral and not an arsehole but don't care in so far as don't ever expect miracles to happen when it comes to humanity's varying levels of consciousness and morality. 

In fact I have found that having low expectations with regards to people has helped increase the amounts of pleasant surprise I have experienced in my interactions with them. 

Rarity of Intellectual Conscience


Nietzsche (him again!) was of the opinion that most people, not to say the vast majority, do not have an intellectual conscience, i.e. a desire to understand the world. 

The question remains whether this is due to literally not having the ability for intellectual understanding or not exercising said understanding by putting it into daily practice. 

This in turn raises the question of ignorance, defined as choosing to ignore what one can reasonably be expected to know, the information being widely and freely available (as well as accessible). 

Privileges of the Mediocre


Nietzsche was keen to point out in his powerful rant entitled The Anti-Christ that the mediocre, and by that I think he meant conventional and uncreative minds, are privileged in the sense of having it a lot easier than those who excel at something, life allegedly becoming harder the higher you get.

This goes contrary to popular wisdom. I would say that being gifted can set one apart from one's contemporaries and having a passion requires a great deal of work and sacrifice, causing often money problems, isolation, difficulties relating to people on the street as well as problems fitting in the employment system - routine jobs such as catering and retail not being by nature designed for the thoughtful and creative.
"I want a nation of workers not thinkers"
 is a famous Rockefeller statement. 

Many starving artists and intellectuals I'm sure would testify to the truth of what I've just said. 

That being said, the gifts of above average imagination and creativity can and do allow for the possibility to immortalise oneself in deed, word and work. But the price for immortality can be high, arguably requiring several deaths in one's lifetime. 

Thinkers as Exceptional


Thinkers, for Heidegger, were those exceptional human beings whose destiny was to give word to Being, that which is. 

It is said, with reason, that the universe is spoken into existence.
"In the beginning was the word..."
How then are thinkers exceptional? Of whatever sensibility, creed or persuasion they happen to be, they are the exception rather than the norm. 

And to think almost by definition means to resist

It is much easier under conditions of tyranny not to think and therefore not be burdened with conscience and the need to resist. 

But that is the norm created by normal people and normalising trends. 

Conscious Breasts


As a heterosexual male, I view breasts as conscious creatures that speak to me.

Of course the same could be said of male genitalia but I'm not into penis. 

[This a joke by the way.]

Taking Care


The expression 'take care', even though mostly said without much thought being put into it, is ultimately the best advice in existence, provided one understands what genuine care is all about. 

Money as Satan's Currency


I would argue that money (unlike mon-eye, spiritual awakening) enslaves far more than it liberates and preys on people's minds, determining the majority of their actions and behaviours and whether or not they're close to destitution or already destitute.  

Psychopathic controllers who determine money creation and distribution know this and the financial system is what runs the whole satanic game of modern civilisation. 

The religion of the (Dark) New World Order is money as evidenced by the iconography on US dollar bills and other cash currencies. 

As I've written before (Rewards for Psychos, No Rewards for Empaths) money is the devil's currency, ensnaring people to live in contradiction with their moral selves, and time and attention are God's currencies, giving rise to care, for oneself and others. 

Care for oneself and others is enlightenment.

Reflection as Meditation


I meditate through reflection. 

Indeed, reflections are sometimes called meditations, pinpointing the link between thinking that springs from Being and meditative practice. 

Seeking Recognition


While seeking recognition may be a necessity for purely monetary purposes, I do not think the need for external recognition should govern and determine the existence and content of one's creative output. 

I personally enjoy lack of recognition (see post: Freedom that Comes with Little Attention - Ego Attachment), as giving me more creative freedom and preventing the pressure of expectation from building up. 

I am not saying that the odd connection made with one's audience and finding out that one's creations are at times enjoyed and of benefit are not a huge boost to one's creative self-confidence but you cannot expect this to happen. 

In fact it would be a recipe for disappointment as most people simply do not care - nor should they - in what someone else, including yourself, has brought forth. 

This is why I am so anti the monetary system, especially when it comes to creativity, because it forces one to make a business out of what should be given freely and widely, the best creativity indeed springing from freedom. 

Thinking as Sport


While many harp on about the benefits of physical exercise, intellectual exercise can be most beneficial for the psyche and well-being, provided it arises from a state of health and strength. 

Seeking and learning the truth, including my own, has been the single most powerful factor in my recovery from mental health problems. This could not have been achieved without putting my brain muscle to regular thinking use. 

Under the Influence


Just because someone is under the influence of drugs and/or speaking incoherently doesn't mean they are not speaking truth. 

Some drugs, like psychedelics and entheogens, can clarify as opposed to obscure the mind, as the very words 'psychedelic' and 'entheogen' suggest. Cultures have known this for millennia and therefore practiced drug use in controlled settings - unlike modern day recreational drug users who use mind-altering substances like toys. 

It is drug ab-use that leads to negative consequences not drug use per se

Similarly, just because someone is mentally ill doesn't mean that some of their utterances are not based in reality including their own, even though oddly interpreted and discomforting to common understanding.

Coming Clean


I have come clean about being on social benefits many times on this blog.

A thinker worth his salt should come clean about what gives him the time and freedom to air his thoughts. 

Finding Your Tribe


My grandfather, John Strevens, used to say that
"water finds its own level."
In other words, most people, however unusual and unconventional they are, will wind up finding their tribe and community.

It's a basic psychological law that like attracts like and that similar sensibilities will seek each other out and even find each other by chance. 

It seems to me that the internet can help along this process. 

Rule of Law


When politicians talk about the 'rule of law' they obviously mean man-made law as opposed to natural law. 

Rule of law theory holds that man-made laws should bind both rulers and the ruled but in practice those who make the rules are above them.

Henry Kissinger knew this well when he said
"Illegal we do immediately, unconstitutional takes a little longer."
[See also Phoney Rule of Law]. 

Anarchist Split


It is sad to see that even anarchists split along right-wing, left-wing lines, some regarding capitalism and business for profit very favourably and others not so much. 

Anarchists vary in their sensibility and personal preferences just like statists do. 

Economics as Silent Weapon


Many times before on this blog I have shared the view that the science of economics is overrated and wrong-headed, particularly if never dealing with the money issue and moral questions generally. 

In the elite handbook Silent Weapons for Quiet Wars, the science of economics is precisely seen as one of those 'silent weapons', namely the most effective way to control and direct people's energy, acting as a leash so to speak (which is the etymological meaning of the word 'religion' - see Double Etymology of Religion). 

For the writer of that book, wordly power lies with the book-keepers, those who understand the laws of money creation and money distribution. 

The movie Batman Begins points to such a conspiracy when the League of Shadows leader Ra's Al Ghul states to Bruce Wayne newly developed techniques used by his secret society to bring civilisation into disrepair: economics is one of them. 

Measure of the Times


Philosophy need not be merely an academic pursuit of intellectual discussion but one of creative labour that, while finding little echo in its own time, still manages to quietly impose its measure on the times. 

The same can be said of art generally. 

As Heidegger said in his lecture Introduction to Metaphysics, philosophy
"will have its time"
springing from backstreets and hidden pockets never chartered in advance. 

Internal Monarchy, External Anarchy


If all were internal monarchs, i.e. sovereigns of themselves acting harmoniously and morally and never taking orders from above or preying on those below, then external anarchy would manifest.

Anarchism does not mean chaos but the absence of άρχωνs, masters. To avoid ambiguity the term could newly be coined as an-archon-ism. Anarchy = no hierarchy, at least not one based in falsehood and coercion, i.e. immorality. 

Civilisation's Double Life


Civilisation is comprised of those who are awake and those who are asleep. 

Moreover, it is striking that, while many live with their eyes closed, going to jobs and forgetting themselves in entertainment, there is a whole pagan jungle under the white collar surface of everyday life - what Nietzsche termed the demi-monde of mainstream civilisation - of people passionately and eloquently communicating insight into the world and otherwise trusting their intellectual and artistic instincts.