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Hipster trend alert

Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 02:52:59 AM
In yet another sign that the new age lingo of the 1960s is still very much with us, “mindfulness” has become the new “sustainability”: No one quite knows what it is, but everyone seems to be for it.

http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116618/technologys-mindfulness-racket

Interesting analysis. The BOBO trend of the 1990s has now become slightly more ascetic and, oddly, more religious. There's a shift that way in general but it's picking up force.

NHA

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 04:00:51 AM
I think there's a trend in western psychology at the moment to utilize buddhism/meditation/mindfulness for therapeutic purposes.

It probably proliferated from all the depressed celebrities/yuppies after they picked it up from their psychologists. Also its eastern, so people can work the exotic or "Lost Wisdom" angle to decorate themselves.


Either way, the pathologically analytical types seem to benefit the most from it.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 04:07:06 AM
It's a funny term: 'mindfulness'. The Western mind automatically uses the mind to parse it, whereas the mind is the last thing that should be employed to realize it.
Mind Full Ness. Empty the mind to realize it. Not amp it up even more.
But the West has a long history of not-getting-it.
A new buzzword isn't going to change that.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 05:34:25 AM
Raising conscious awareness, broseph.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 05:47:35 AM
What's that going to mean to the masses? Load up on opinions about whatever is being mindfulnessed?

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 06:00:56 AM
What's that going to mean to the masses? Load up on opinions about whatever is being mindfulnessed?

Buy more chips.  Isn't that what it always means?  To society, I mean.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 10:18:23 AM
Mindfullness pretty much means: Become mindfull, so your trivial mindless life becomes bearable.

It's buddhism repackaged as a neat little product for the modern drone.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 11:52:53 AM
Following up on this, I think most people fill their minds with pre-programming so that they don't have to think.

However, there are multiple types of thought... the best kind doesn't happen with what we normally think of as the thinker, which is really just a little guy who sits at the top and summarizes what the rest of the mind is thinking.

Instinct, intuition and aesthetic thought are preferable to the little guy who has to put things into words (a narrow stream).

Thus the pattern should be:

(1) Nihilism: empty the mind, clear out the chattering voices and influences of others, remove social awareness.
(2) "Pay attention": a smart person's version of mindfulness.

As usual, the idiot horde has co-opted mindfulness from its original meaning -- more like "pay attention" and what the Christians call lowercase-g "grace" as in "a state of" -- to a moral meaning, which tends to refer to being always attentive to the neurosis of others.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 01:45:18 PM
Well, it doesn't really mean anything, because any actual meaning has been chemically stripped to leave only pure posture behind, but, hey, it doesn't actually mean anything, so anyone can do it.  Now you've got something to lord it over that Tesla-driving bitch down the street who thinks she's better than you.

Re: Hipster trend alert
March 14, 2014, 07:26:03 PM
it doesn't actually mean anything, so anyone can do it

Perfect for:

1. A product
2. Democracy
3. Conversation


Re: Hipster trend alert
March 15, 2014, 01:48:14 AM
Fuck it. Just fuck it 'til it bleeds.

I am over all this bullshit where everyone is able to learn a thousands of years old religious practice within two hours in a gym class with a zumba teacher (yoga for example) without not being able to take part half an hour in the most dumbest down religion in the history of the world; protestantism. KILL EVERYBODY!