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Interzone / Re: All men equal before God?
« on: February 15, 2010, 07:17:33 PM »
Whils social standing cannot be a gauge for equality (one problem with most political systems), we are cultural beings.  We cannot exist outside of society, and we msut make sure that our place in society allows us the means to attain the sort of peace we need.  If we are continually struggling for survival, well, we must find salvation in that somehow.  Those on the bottom levels of society cannot afford the same level of spirituality as others if their physical well being is at stake.

The problem with the Bible is that it is a tool for social control, and that a given text has an infinite number of readings.

Dostoevsky makes a similar point in The Grand Inquisitor.  In the context of Christianity, the Grand Inquisitor would sooner condemn Christ to death than allow the second coming to occur.  The mob bows to the religious institution that affords them bread, and are willing to sacrifice freedom of thought and action for this security.  At the lowest levels of society, base needs outweigh a desire for a spiritual life.  The average person's ability to govern their own life wisely is inadequate at best, placing them squarely beneath others who are capable of exercising control.

Interzone / Re: Mystery Riff
« on: January 02, 2010, 05:23:32 PM »
It sounds similar to Slayer's "South of Heaven."

Interzone / Re: Cooking
« on: December 03, 2009, 12:49:59 AM »
You have my permission to call me a faggot ("Pink Frothy AIDS fan") for this, but I have a family and love them, and if you love something, you'd be amazed to what lengths you will go to feed it a nutritious meal.

There is a perception of cooking being a woman's domain.

Cooking is challenging.  Doing it well requires patience, discipline and attention to detail.  Not only this, it fulfills a survival need; it is functional.

When the time calls for it, being capable of providing a nutritious meal for yourself and for your family is something to be proud of.

Metal / Re: Maryland Deathfest 2010
« on: September 01, 2009, 05:49:22 PM »
Impressive lineup.

I'm at least 7 hours away from Baltimore, but this is worth it.

Interzone / Re: Romanticism: opposed to science?
« on: August 16, 2009, 02:36:38 PM »
It seems to me that humans evolved through technology, and it's our resource just like lions have claws 'n' jaws.

We are the technology monkeys. We cannot change that.

What we can do is what Kraftwerk recommended: join man and machine in a reverent, responsible, renewable way.

Perfectly stated.

Humans have thrived on technology.  Those clubs and simple spears we used to attack and defend ourselves from predators?  Technology.  The harnessing of fire?  Technology.  Primitive huts?  Technology.  And on and on. 

Our intelligence is one of our greatest assets, and it allows us to exploit technology in a responsible manner.  A healthy, noble society would never abandon or deride science, nor would it lose sight of man as a living, breathing animal made of flesh, living within a bionetwork.

That may include pruning the human tree of (a) the obsolete intelligences and (b) the broken (idiots, perverts, criminals, etc).

A giant heap of bodies with a small group of proto-Uebermenschen standing next to it is love for nature.

This seems almost inevitable.  It also seems cruel, and it raises deep-seated fear and pity in most people—but it is even crueler to allow our society to become oversaturated with destructive morons (who vote).

Metal / Re: Classical music
« on: June 29, 2009, 01:19:28 PM »
Yes, thank you, that's GABRIEL Faure (add accents as appropriate).

Well, having settled that, I haven't heard any of his music.  For starters, I'll probably head over to the Audiofile and give his Requiem, Op. 48 a listen.  What else should I seek out?

What do you think of Corelli and Rossini, since we're talking pasta people?

I've heard very little from both, so I can't make an accurate judgment.  I've liked what I've heard from Corelli, but I can remember nothing from Rossini.  Again, I'll head over to the Audiofile, but I'd appreciate recommendations (especially for Corelli).

Metal / Re: Classical music
« on: June 26, 2009, 12:09:56 PM »
I'm in exactly the same boat.  The composers you listed are enjoyable, and of them, I give most of my time to Beethoven and Respighi, and occasionally  Schubert and Schumann.

I also enjoy Mozart (particularly his symphonies and chamber music), Brahms (thunderously beautiful), Vivaldi and Holst's The Planets.  I've also started listening to Berwald (sy. 2 & 4), thanks to recommendation from this site.

Bach is probably my favorite composer.  Such a wide catalog, but I never grow tired of The Brandenburg Concertos.  Every piece is an unbroken, flowing stream of beauty.  BWV 1050: Allegro is hypnotizing.

Tchaikovsky and Shostakovich don't seem to be well-received around here, and are largely viewed as "background music", which is a fair assessment.  I still enjoy them, particularly Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Shostakovich's 5th Symphony.

I've never heard of Gustav Faure.  That wouldn't be this fellow, would it?
If not, could you give me a little more information?  Google isn't of much help.

Metal / Re: Winter Moon / Moldern
« on: June 12, 2009, 05:31:36 PM »
Hi Cargést.

To me, your music is, at times, reminiscent of early Immortal and Gorgoroth (which is certainly not a bad thing).

You've handled your earlier criticisms well.  However, the songs seem largely forgettable.  The music has a sort of "wall of sound" quality (a lot of black metal does) that makes it more difficult to discern subtle complexities.  I'll continue listening; maybe they'll grow on me as I hear new things.

Overall, I'm impressed.  It's a strong effort.  It will stay in my library.

Also, do you have cover art for this album?  If so, point me towards it.

Metal / Re: Sydney activist burns church
« on: April 20, 2009, 06:42:23 PM »
I'd be interested to hear his actual motivations, straight from his mouth.

Hopefully it's not something along the lines of "Christians are stupid and I was bored so I figured I'd burn a church to protest...you know...God."

Interzone / Re: ANUS Book List
« on: April 08, 2009, 12:34:26 PM »
Sadly, I have no books to add to the list compiled by kontinual, and of those, I've only read a handful.

Has there been any discussion of an ANUS book reviews section?

In the same way that there is a Heavy Metal section (the Dark Legions Archive) with a list of bands and reviews, I'd love to see a Literature section with a list of authors and reviews -- positive and constructively negative -- of their notable works.

EDIT:  Link added.  Thanks.

Interzone / Re: Is ANUS falling apart?
« on: March 30, 2009, 03:45:08 PM »

In the context of this belief system, how do you define rationalism? 

What behaviors make somebody a rationalist?

What do you propose in its place?

Metal / Re: Metal is not depressing
« on: February 09, 2009, 11:15:03 PM »
I've heard people say that underground metal seems distant and emotionless...almost as if the artists strive to stamp out emotion altogether from the music and leave the listener facing a stark reality.

This may actually be true in some cases.  Yet, for the most part, I don't think that underground metal artists are trying to depress the listener, nor do I think they are "anti-emotion."

Black metal certainly is not; the darker emotions conveyed are innate and healthy.  Heroism, pride, solitude, hate...most people are simply afraid to confront them.  In the case of death metal, subject matter often seems to be addressed from an inhuman standpoint, openly displaying the horrors and failures of man.

One thing that they both have in common, however, is that they exhibit passion.  This is not an emotion at all...it's more complex.  When a listener senses the passion in a piece of music, it's bound the draw them in and grasp them, to stir something deep within.  Music that is simply “angry” or “sad” cannot do this, at least not as effectively.

In concert, death and black metal urge us to face the reality of our world, no matter how frightening it may seem at times, to find meaning, to fulfill our potential, and to do these things without fear.

Depressing, they are not.

Interzone / News Sources
« on: January 09, 2009, 02:30:57 PM »
Searched for a relevant thread and couldn't find one - if there is one, point me towards it.

When it comes to news, this is how it usually plays out for me:  I hear about events first through friends and family, listen to their takes on it, then look it up online through random sources to see what's going on.

My question:  what are your trusted news sources?  Where do you regularly visit?  I'm sure televised news programs can be safely disregarded.

Interzone / Re: Internet versus reality
« on: December 23, 2008, 09:35:59 PM »

Interzone / Re: Journey and Hope.
« on: August 14, 2008, 09:44:40 PM »
It was this forum itself that I stumbled upon first.  This was over two years ago.  The high quality posts impressed me…much more thoughtful/useful than things said in other forums.

Eventually, I found the DLA (the reviews were a breath of fresh air) and finally sat down and began perusing the sections on Nihilism, Perspectives, and Philosophy.

I didn’t have a lot of direction at the time, but the more I read, the more things fell into place.  It didn’t take ANUS for me to realize the validity behind nihilism and a non-literal god, but it did take ANUS to help me view life holistically.

This is fatalist thought. That there is no hope for ever spreading these ideas. It did take the French revolution to finally change mass thought so it would get us where we are today. Does that mean we will have to wait for something big to change the public's thoughts.

There is much talk here of Romanticism and idealism, but above all, the nihilist lives in reality.  Most people today are kings of their own worlds.  So, yes—I think something drastic, something that will drag them back into reality, will have to happen.

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