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Interzone / A little thought experiment for y'all.
« on: January 05, 2011, 06:38:40 PM »
Let's say that you were either born thousands of years ago into whatever "traditional society" of your choosing, or perhaps alternatively, these traditional societies would still exist in a much similar, more recognizable and continuous form today.

 What "caste," "class," or social standing would you be a part of?  Do you know such definitely? If so, what is your reasoning?

If you don't know, but still admire the civilizations of the past, would you still hold positive feelings regarding them if you were either born or forced into a lower class, such as a slave, serf, or peasant?

Interzone / The Modern World is Autistic
« on: January 01, 2011, 10:14:53 PM »

According to DSM IV (TR), autism is characterized by markedly abnormal or impaired social interaction/communication with deficits in: eye-contact/body language; peer relations/friendships; language/speech etc. But so too is modern society, where you find similar impairments. Unlike traditional, small-scale societies where everyone knows everyone else in the locality and shares the same language, values, and mentality, most people you meet in modern Western societies are strangers, with most individuals encountered unknown by name, and with many different language and cultural groups.


More specifically, modern Western societies are characterized by high incidence of single-parenthood and divorce; high rates of crime, anti-social behaviour, and delinquency; privatization of sex and its divorce from reproduction, with approval of masturbation (by far the most autistic of sexual practices and one that was anathematized to an astonishing extent up until quite recently); secularization and privatization of religion, fragmentation of politics, with a loss of normative consensus and a cult of individualism and self-realization encouraged by cynicism about collective ideologies and institutional beliefs.

Having met a few aspies and enjoyed their wonderful, annoying "companionship," I couldn't help but notice their behavior was essentially a comedic, more expressed version of society as a whole.  I found this article by googling "society is autistic" and found it fairly in-line with what I've noticed.

On another note, it seems to apply to art, too: the masses like their watered down, simplistic music, similar to how autistics have literal thinking and are unable to comprehend metaphor. Society could never understand, say, Burzum or Gorguts, but understands Justin Bieber just fine.

Interzone / Criticisms of Jewish culture
« on: December 28, 2010, 06:15:48 AM »
Not trying to be token anti-semite, but everything about Jewish culture weirds me the fuck out.