Of all the ways to describe whats wrong with the world, I don't think its ever quite been put that way.
But its true, is it not? Does consciousness not grow more complex with reading? Yes. And why is that? Because reading is a process of actively seeking
to try to understand and relate many different symbolically encoded concepts into one coherent whole. This is what the "word" does. Initially, reading
is hard for us, but once you "get the hang of it" - a metaphor for your brains coming to compute a task that earlier required conscious attention at
the unconscious level, leaving consciousness open to surveying more rarefied levels of abstract possibility.
Because the brain grows in complexity through reading (also listening to intelligent conversation) the mind is able to better convey itself, and so,
persuade others of the self's coherency. And this is it, isn't it? Huddled within the core of every person who reads and experiences their minds grow
more complex through time, lies a pridefulness, and, in this ridiculous civilization of ours, most people who read easily and thought quickly believed
that their capacity was a sign of their essential superiority
- key word essential - which lent so easily to a way of thinking that deprecated
Unfortunately, we live in a world where people without morals, but who are "well read", are able to play the part of being 'decent people' while at
the same time cynically deriding the people they deceive - as if to remind themselves that they are strong, and right and true.
On a side note, but relevant to this conversation: there is a fundamental "performative" dimension to Human behavior, and this applies know more than
to the ostentatious commitment to "evil", or "badness".
Oftentimes, I think about Nietzsche, and I wonder how ironic it was that a man so full of himself and so convinced of a mans self-sufficiency, would
be wrecked by his own intemperance, and, furthermore, have his immoral philosophy repudiated by his sister, who affirmed something greater than the
individual by taking him in and tending to his needs.
Similar cases can be furnished from many people like him - Shelley, Wilde, Crowley, Evola, where each in their own way, in their own life, they
experienced themselves from the perspective of the 'weakness' that they so abhorred and put themselves in conflict with. Picture Evola, needing the
help of someone else because he can't reach for something. Or Wilde, reflecting on the things he did and said, and - unlike the others - maturely
acknowledging having gone too far, and needing to assume a posture of humility to keep face i.e. survive.
Yet, why do I call these people "liars"? The liar could be a lying politician or a lying religious figure or a lying police chief. Or, it can be a
more essential and intricated form of lying - self-lying of the reflexive and unconscious type: the confabulations we develop to sustain our
affect-regulation, and so maintain our sanity as a self. Yes - isn't that the harshest truth? That what we do is always embodied and structured as
neural pathways, synapses and special electromagnetic and chemical assemblies? Living is a canalization - a 'digging' forward into the future from the
same pathway you've been digging since you were born. Forward, but forward from the logic of what went earlier. Subjective sanity may be distinguished
from objective sanity by the formers "correlation" with the view of others, but not with scientific and empirical reality. Subjective "sanity" could
be evidenced in the Nazis or todays western civilization. Yes, the nazis were worse, but even they felt the sanitizing effect of common agreement and
mutual affirmation of what they were doing, just as this culture does. Yes - the brain distorts, and it distorts as a function of culture. Culture is
ancient - yes? So perhaps there is nothing more distorting than an unconscious loyalty to an ancient viewpoint simply because it comes with bedeviling
effect of being old.
Insanity is common in today's world because we do not acknowledge this basic reality. We go forward 'blindly', while liars who read profit from a
poor-enough educational system and stupefaction of the public through tv and media and video games, yet it has an end-game - being evil, careless and
predatory gas a limit: the planet sets it, by threatening the inhabitants of the planet with a dynamical situation that could, potentially, lead to
something called a "venus effect": run away greenhouse gas emissions.
So change must happen - some conscience needs to be injected into the matrix. But not too much - hell forbid that conscience grow too large and lead
to some sort of spiritual, progressive runaway feedback that eats away at the logic of capitalism - and thus at the system which maintains the elitism
of today's society. Oh - how difficult! And yet side-by-side with this there's the early-childhood education movement, the mindfulness in schools
movement, black lives matter movement, and many other movements: the wave cannot be held back - if hell or the way that hell's minions controls things
is to be maintained, it seems chaos/rigidity or excess is the only context that supports it. Chaos/Rigidity is easy. See ancient civilization. But if
a spiritual, self-sufficient, therapeutically conscious civilization were to emerge - a unique condition, and one very well supported by today's
infrastructure - these nut-bars in power may prefer the destruction of what is than a loss of their hold on the system, piece of the pie, and loss of
The next month or so will determine the way the future will unfold for the next decade. If Trump wins - which seems very unlikely - we are simply
f*ucked. If Clinton wins - which seems very likely - its becoming more and more likely that Trump will contest the results, claim it was rigged (as he
is doing now) and encourage his followers to engage in civil disobedience. Right now, indeed, a delusion is being weaved elsewhere on this site about
Hillary Clintons destiny to win - because she is obviously not as crazy as Donald Trump, as any emotional regulated person can see - and how this is
being "rigged". Rigged. An effort is being made to persuade people of a falsity - using clever language and typical cognitive science techniques
aiming to activate a known-metaphor network and so prompt the reflexive cognition into certain ways of thinking.
Anyways, it seems as if the United States of America is going through a very dangerous period in its history that is unprecedented. The rhetoric being
spewed by Donald Trump and his supporters is dangerously, dangerously out of touch with reality, because it is out of touch with any sense of caring
and considerate reflection. It is, as usual, a machismo time-bomb.
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