Friday, 2 December 2016

Evaluating Mediated Information

Of course this applies to the mainstream as well as much of the so-called alternative media like Info Wars and Veterans Today. 

One, but not the only, primordial question remains whether the mediated information comforts the established order, e.g by concealing or promoting it, or harms it, e.g. by questioning its motives and deeds or pointing out its immorality.
"Journalism is printing something someone else doesn't want printed; everything else is public relations."
Critical evaluation of information is paramount if it is to become knowledge and the evaluation must be done with diligence and with reference to different and often competing sources.  For
"entertaining an idea without im-media-tely accepting (or rejecting) it is the mark of an educated mind."

The Good Suffer

Good people, that is to say, moral people often suffer, not only at the hands of human predators, but also at the hands of our disjointed collective reality, as they seek to understand and make right the Hell that we are in. 

It is a hard fact of life that evil scum who harm others in their quest for egoic fulfilment might be perfectly content and free from neurosis and suffering whilst moral people who do care about truth and morality will fall prey to such god-awful conditions as depression, anxiety, mania, psychosis, self-loathing and so on.

Not only that but people will often look down on you and turn on you if you happen to be vulnerable and in a bad emotional and mental state, even though you have done nothing wrong. 

It's like those psychopathically superficial American radio shows which pour scorn on an unemployed caller but talk to an ex-con murderer as a regular guy and one of the gang.

Moreover it is almost never the perpetrators of abuse and harm that suffer from the consequences of their actions as opposed to the victims of that harm who will internalise the abuse and become unwell and unhappy. 

These phenomena according to which the immoral thrive and the moral suffer, despite alleged Natural Law principles, is perhaps the biggest flaw in Mark Passio's thinking, in so far as he fails to take into account the fact that being moral, i.e. caring about the state of the world and one's fellow human beings, does in fact lead to suffering and neurosis whilst immoral, predatory behaviour arguably leads to contentment and success. 

ScruffyOwlet's Tree is a blog created with good people in mind who may have suffered at the hands of others and our culture (not to mention from themselves) so that they may be less confused in their apprehending the state of the world and consequently less confused in their own being and may become at peace realising that they are not at fault for what wicked wolves and silly sheep are doing to our collective manifested reality. 

Nervous Tension

I have written before on the demon that is neurosis, commonly referred to as mental health problems, seeing it as the number one enemy facing humanity today (Time to Conclude: Neurosis as Number One Enemy). 

Poor mental health is a largely still little understood phenomenon tied in with human suffering and the pressures of modern civilisation. 

One thing that I can say, however, as a past sufferer of a large host of mental health difficulties - including mania and depression - is that nervous tension is most detrimental to healthy psychology. 

It's a lesson I learnt relatively late that tension - the opposite of relaxation - leads to disorder. This lesson was handed me most effectively by my playing piano as I realised that psychological and physiological tension in performing pieces created no end of mistakes and inaccuracies, not to say choppiness as opposed to fluidity.

This is why the popular philosophy of 'not giving a fuck' is arguably very helpful in so far as caring too much about the wrong things, such as things which are not in your control, or that have to do with artificial societal expectations and constraints or internal insecurities and self-doubt (e.g. the fear of making mistakes) can lead to nervous tension and therefore neurosis.

It seems to me that our civilisation is in many of its aspects designed to create neurosis, what with examinations, job applications and interviews, performance evaluations, bills, money worries, being at close quarters with the public and colleagues in jobs, toxic media, toxic people in power, immoral values peddled hourly by the wicked and mind controlled, employment commitments, commercial predation, bullying, false intellectualist values, positive fascism, endless technological contrivance, our abandonment of Mother Nature and so on. 

These are realities that very few parents help guide their children with, since themselves under the influence of mind control methodologies and not in tune largely with their true selves and natural law. 

In any case it is because so much of our present condition is unhealthy and designed to ruin people both emotionally and financially that one has to work even harder to be un-phased by all the toxic rubbish of modern life and modern people and learn to take care of oneself - body and mind, though especially mind - which is to say, to learn how to relax (by not giving a fuck, including of what people think of you) so as not to fall prey to nervous tension and its dire consequences for the psyche.