a reply to: AnkhMorpork
Basically anything that's opposite.
Systems theory would regard "opposite" or de-correlative behavior - the opposite of a behavior suggested and inclined by the nature of the situation -
as being "entropy".
Why else have the Wachowski brothers changed sexes? Why else do we see a mass-hysteria about sexual identity? De-correlation. Do the opposite, and by
doing the opposite, you "create" yourself.
Clearly, everyone knows from within their own personal experience what this feels like. The "rush" of the taboo. The thing you have blocked off from
yourself, and your own fortuitous encounter with challenging your own boundaries.
I know it - I can empathize with the situation as happening - but I cannot, at all, tolerate the pursuit of such thinking when the consequences are so
intense - when people die, suffer, and experience pain that does not need to be experienced.
I see at the heart of this issue an existential fear that is being processed in the opposite direction. These people do not realize - because modern
neuroscience was not yet developed - that their entire being has been structured as a function
of the sorts of relational stimuli they
experienced as they self-organized into a brain that could correctly predict how to be
in the presence of others, and so, how to become
motivated, and how the world affects you.
Identity is a CONSTRUCTION OF CONTEXT - for elite as much as for commoner, so a part of me actually feels compassion for them, no matter how insane
and deranged their thinking, they're just as embedded and embodied as everyone else is.
I'd like to think that this doesn't go deeper, but it probably does. The world and everything within it probably exists in "harmonious equilibrium"
with everything else - such that my identity as a living being is a possibility made real by a context that "constructs" the background condition
needed for my existence: an oxygenated atmosphere, itself a creation of plant life, and the creatures which "consume" the product of photosynthesis
(oxygen) they themselves "give back" to the wolrd in the form of co2.
Feedback. The world that these people hate, apparently, is a world of give and take, reciprocality, mutuality, and in the case of the human being, it
is because we mutually recognize one another as needing beings that we even evolved consciousness in the first place. Consciousness "suckles" from the
teet of mutual-recognition, from friendship, kindness, love, play, mutual awe etc.
There is such a deep existential conflict within people like this - who are willing to transform themselves, because every evil action literally
constructs into you a "form of enlivenment" i.e. attaches you to a behavioral referent that, if it entailed some evil action, and generated a positive
affect, has now got a control on you that you were too naive to know in the beginning.
A part of you almost wants to get angry at God - because we are all, all of us, very naive, very un-aware creatures, because we in fact are living in
the present - moved by the present - even though the conditions which shape our future entice us forward, only to enchain us. Indeed - some people,
afforded by a set of interpersonal contingencies, are brought forward in life to become an "elite", in some way or form, such that theyre baited into
a deeper and deeper form of perversion.
What I'm saying Ankh: were all in this together. Something tells me that even the detested elites, Humans just like we are, are as "structurally
fitted" to their way of being as a traumatized human is prone to see things through the lens of the worse-possible-scenario.
If we only knew how happy we would be if we didn't plot against one another, or hurt one another, or feel threatened by one another. But indeed:
trauma is everywhere, because anger and irritation is everywhere. The body becomes aroused when it sees or reads things - when "contradictory meaning"
hits it, it lashes out, like a bodily reflex - but this time, a neuropsychodynamic reflex of the "feeling self" against what another self is saying to
We wont mature past where we currently are until we recognize that our mental environment - what we know about the motivations we have - emerged out
of and is a continuation of the external environment. That is, just as the amygdala will respond to an approaching pack of wolves, it will also
respond to a thought with a negative experiential referent; it will respond to cues in the context that remind the self of a negative past experience.
In short, being a Human self is a HIGHER LEVEL than having a physical body. But importantly: it is dynamically connected to the processes of the body,
so that self and organism continually inform one another in a loop. This is also the major reason why ALS, Alzheimers, and MS, among other conditions,
are the characteristic "threshold" for dissociative ways of managing affects during life. In short, the brain works "best" when the brain-mind
properly correlates information with the outside world - as self-world correlations happen to produce a coherent and dynamic integration within the
brain-mind. However - if you're like a Ronald Regan, wishful ways of thinking will catch up and "eat" away. Indeed, the plaques form as mistimed
protein replication - and mistimed because the hippocampus (the starting area of Alzheimers) is repeatedly being "inhibited" by a by-now automatic
neurological-psychological process that dissociates important and relevant information i.e. truth and facts.
There are costs for lying and misleading. They come - whether within this world or beyond this world, i am fairly certain (based upon the functioning
of matter within this world) that you can't escape this.