This article provides an example of how people find it important to find words that sound nice in their head to describe and justify whatever actions they deem worthy of pursuing, and how angry they get when other people don't think those words sound nice:http://www.corrupt.org/news/selfrealization_is_selfjustification#comment-7592
If you read the comment section, you'll notice that someone started a flame-war over the topic not fitting into his club-house. Now, I'm all for club-house ideologies. Hear me out! They create error by placing a greater focus on their dogma than reality, and thus do a wonderful job of separating the wheat from the chaff. Another thing they do is provide an excellent target for mockery, and mockery is fun because it speeds along the process of cognitive dissonance and sometimes results in pure awesome like zone of the self-enders (my video-game parody of suicide). I decided to mock this ongoing great war of us vs. them with a ripping commentary on why duality is freaking awesome to transcend, be a part of, laugh at, and love.
Here are the sermons of the great individualists, who take no shit and do whatever the fuck they want.
I. I've got roughly 50 years left. I'm not going to benefit, enjoy nor reap the benefits of future generations so I have no vested interested in their well being. All I have is my own carnal desires at this very moment. And no amount of shaming language calling me outgrown immature baby is going to change that fact. There is no reason not to be living only for my own benefit and amusement.
Yours came off as a rant by some wage-slave stuck in a shitty situation and pissed off at people who don't want to 'live' their lives for others benefit. I don't know if you intended it be so.
Now I have no trouble admitting I'm being extremely selfish and hedonistic but why on earth should I suffer so that some ungrateful obscure future generation would have it all so much more easier.
II. I'll take hedonistic bar-hopping travel and crappy job to job lifestyle over "being a productive member" of some joke "society" to pass on some goofy "traditions" to some little humans who will probably just grow up to the same sense of disillusionment that all of us realized when we learned that "society" and "traditions" are all a joke. Plus I'd nail all of those chicks at the same time while you suffer with a "wife" who you fall out of love with after a few years when your neural-chemistry changes and you're just hanging on "for the children" who don't even respect you or because you're too afraid you'll never bang anyone else. Sorry AB, but I liked your writing better before you were a born-again christian goofball.
III. I think there something personal here...
Are you lucky when picking up girls at a bar?
Have you ever traveled outside Sweden?
Are you stuck in a miserable career with no prospect to change it?
Have you been cheated by your girl recently?
Take a look at these 4 girls with cocktails: definitely good-looking, confident, entertaining. They are going to have fun and be shagged by the most "successful" (Alphas) guys around for their next 10 years until they settle down with some boring Beta "provider" type who has spent these 10 years doing some dull job in an office (well, he doesn't like it and doesn't what to do else, but he "builds the society" you know). Girls are going to explore their bodies while skipping a facade of marriage (and most of them will be unhappy at the end as in a marriage). It's great, that we don't have family-arranged forced marriages any more.
The so-called fulfillment through work was simply bollocks promoted by those in control of a capitalist society to keep the machine running. Workers not happy, they are slaves and have no options.
/// "Did they write a great novel?" //
No, because one needs to carry a baggage of real-life experiences to do that. Have ever read some early creation of your favorite writer? Young people are bad writers: delusional, naive, idealistic, etc.
IV. ... sorry alex but for most of history the vast majority of people lived crappy workaholic lives, you want to BLAME people for not wanting free time to just enjoy life and loaf around when they've been working (school) for 13 years straight by law in a shitty institution and then released into society (another shitty institution)? The whole reason people are money obsessed is because the want to RETIRE and get out of the fucking rat race, there is nothing noble about religion and business (which is just work). Work is necessary because we aren't intelligent enough to design robots that are as smart and smarter then humans, if we could all retire and have automated machines do the majority of the work for us we would, this is the whole theory behind robot manufacturing, dishwashers, clothes dryers, microwave ovens, fridges, etc, etc.... that is the whole point behind technological advancement!
Do we still use whip's and buggies because it is more enobling to pay someone who does "real work" over those robots in the car manufacturing plants?
I'll tell you this from my own life: My parents were both as you said - religious and owners of a small business, they are not happy nor fulfilled, they are just fodder for our workaholic society that technological + specialist society has created, a society of people permanently in debt and who by and large only exist to maintain the machine.
I think corrupt really needs to read this and take out the true observations on technologies effect on society:
Read this firsthttp://news.stanford.edu/news/2010/february1/unabomber-ethics-question-0
And here is the response of the great asshole, who thinks he is an antichrist badass simply because it makes him feel like a badass, and probably doesn't actually like any of the things he says he does. Oh, look! There he goes again justifying himself! And again! And again! Oh, when will it end?
"You've created a fairly nifty dichotomy, but it's only really useful for the constant bickering between those evil wage slaves and you enlightened individualists; both of whom I find laughable. I pursue what I find productive for the sake of the pursuit. When I seek to ascend the ranks of power and respect within the business world, it is a carnal pursuit. When I undergo physical and mental refinement in order to further detach myself from falling into the trap of thinking the world is redeemed through one aspect of it, it is a carnal pursuit. I find the same joy in mocking an outdated and failed institution like religion as I do supporting the wisdom and virtue of it, and yes, I find both the blasphemy and worship of that as intense carnal pursuits. I may decide that I am chaste, or I may decide to fuck sluts into submission to remind them of what their worth really is. When I decide to challenge myself to begin a family and pass my values and virtues of intensely seizing experience like you would draw the blood from the conquered with a blade, I am carnally pursuing the essence of what has made life an intense experience for myself. When I write a great novel, I am pursuing the carnal desire to challenge myself. All of these decisions I find beautiful and admirable, and all of these I define as carnal pursuits. I also think that their contraries, or people who enslave themselves to some sort of equation-style ideology like individualism or work are beautiful, as they create something to tear down, build up, burn down, rebuild, repeat. I like life that much to be content with the fact that these things happen again and again. Perhaps you don't. Tradition was created by older societies not to justify why they are morally superior; hell, look at the Greeks' outlook on sex! They were defined just for the sake of having something to test against the world. Maybe you don't define these things I've spoken of as fulfilling to the individual, but hey, I guess that's why so many people are so wild about subjectivity."
Good content for an article? I think so. I think it applies to the division between left and right, modern and traditional, good and evil, etc... But maybe I'm just full of shit. You tell me! If I get enough positive responses, you may see something like this up on Amerika.
ALL HAILS TO VICTORY!