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1.The greatest deceit of the new God was to make us pagans the prisons of the old gods. Now we confine these old deities within the padlocked doors of our darkest closets, as demons, as “evil”. Eros, that once beautiful and profound artist, lies chained and whipped by the leather of our chastity. Aphrodite has been stripped naked by our shame and left to weather in the dust and darkness, shunned. Ares has been disarmed and ordered into unnecessary battles. And the great Athena is suppressed beneath the deafening sound of our ignorance, while Dionysus has no cause for wine. Sooner or later, these gods revolt beneath our whips and chains, if only to be free; and the great war between good and evil continues, with us as its battle-wearied soldiers.
2.The vices of men are simply the virtues men fear most. We fear them because we are not confident enough in our strength to control them. We refuse to be Zeus. Better to castrate ourselves so as to suppress our impulses rather than utilize them. Circumcision is an extreme example of this. That is what the new God teaches us—extirpation of the self, the suppression of our powers, the silencing of our animal nature, the body, in favor of attaining inhuman ideals as set forth by human men, and doing whatever it takes to get there. Perhaps rightfully so, as the old gods rarely listen to those who are not Zeus, to those who cannot lead their pantheon, but allow a series of parables and doctrines to do it for them. In the hands of the weak, the gods become devils, and the good, evil.
3.Sigmund Freud speaks of sublimation, the utilization of culturally unacceptable impulses to produce acceptable behaviors. This idea might have merit, being that we all grapple with our various impulses in one way or another. But as the monotheistic moralities propose, we must castrate those impulses with the blunt edge of self-diminution and self-flagellation—various forms of asceticism—believing ourselves thought-criminals if we allow an impulse to sound for too long, weakening them with constant disuse. That impulse lacks an outlet; that energy, nowhere to go, but to fester infectiously within the confines of our prisons. The result? Shells of human beings; enemies of the world and the beings within it.
4.Can one utilize his vices to become virtuous? Witness the genius artists, who through great power, releases the old gods not on others, but on himself, in a frenzy out of which flowers the greatest art. He becomes the only victim to his tyranny, his lust, his greed, his violence, his war, his envy, and out of this chaos plucks the most beautiful order. How he is willing to suffer under the conditions of his own impulses. In creation, he does not silence a pre-determined set of impulses over others, but becomes one complete impulse through the utilization of all of them, willing to go into the darkest of depths where others refuse to wander.
5.The progression of society has been propelled by these people, the geniuses and artists, while those who silence themselves simply remain silent, or worse, hinder the progression by slandering all around them, blaming violence, greed, envy, lust, on the proliferation of egoistic impulses, rather than understanding that it is the misunderstanding and suppression of these impulses that result in the greatest atrocities humankind has ever committed.
originally posted by: Nechash
a reply to: ImaFungi
Umm. If I had a 7 year old son, it would be impossible for him to have a heroine habit. Let's say somehow this theoretical 7 year old son is sneaking candy or refusing to brush his teeth, he's a child. His welfare is my duty to him. If I don't intervene and force him to brush his teeth, then I've injured him through negligence.
My theoretical 18 year old son would be a different story entirely. By 18, I should have equipped him with the tools he needs to make his own decisions in life and I have no business controlling him. I honestly don't know what I would do. I wouldn't enable him in any way. I'd offer him whatever support he needed to get clean, and I'd let him know that I would always love him no matter what he chooses and that I'm sorry for not preparing him better for the world. I think that's all I could logically do at that point.