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Interzone / Cool Britannia.
« on: March 30, 2014, 11:08:11 PM »
I remember the exact moment Tony Blair coined the phrase 'Cool Britannia', in his hugely successful bid to sent the late, formerly Great British Rail locomotive off the bridge and into the abyss.
Where once was 'Rule Britannia', now it was merely 'Cool'.
And what is 'cool', anyway?

'Cool' is what someone thinks will look good to outside observers. Sometimes it works, sometimes not. But either way, it is all about appearances. To run a country based almost entirely of what other countries think it looks like, seems not the best way of doing serious business.

And yet, this is what you get. I have read innumerable reports of official justification for blowing the entire remaining wealth of the nation, purely to try to make that nation look good to others. There is a limit to this, of course. Not that those obsessed with appearances notice it. Now vast sums are borrowed, in the now permanent absence of hard currency, in order to give it away to numerous lost causes and absurd black-holes, again, simply to keep up appearances.

We are nice. We are cool. Aren't we fuckin' wonderful?
Er - no - we are finished as a nation.

Interzone / Memories of Morocco.
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:50:14 PM »
Well, there I was, with my wife, driving a silly rented Fiat Uno, in the Rif Mountains, in northern Morocco. She was poring over the Lonely Planet Guidebook, which I have a hard time not scoffing at.

"Do not take this road!" She intoned. "Under no account take this road, lest you be accosted by drug-dealers who will be most unpleasant!"
I laughed. Since when did Lonely Planet get anything right? And took the road.

By and by, a Mercedes sedan appeared behind us, following.
Soon there were two.
Then three.
The first then closed up and made as if to overtake. I let it. It sped past, with swarthy, bearded men glowering from its open windows. It raced off, ahead, and disappeared, while the remaining two trailed behind.
Soon, the road became a raised earthwork, spanning a deep valley. There, ahead, was the first Mercedes, stopped, its doors swung wide open, in the middle of the rather narrow road, with its occupants milling about, facing me.
"Tighten your seat-beat, sweetheart," I said to my wife. "This might get a bit hairy".
On either side was a fatal drop, but I aimed at the slightly-more-wide gap, on the left, and accelerated.
The men scattered, and with utter disbelief at what I was doing, raced through with inches to spare.
Even this did not deter the bad guys. They trailed me, at speed, to the next village, where there was a disused gas-station, on a gravel and dirt forecourt. I braked to enter it, allowing the following cars to bunch up close behind, before flooring-it, and raising huge billowing clouds of impenetrable dust.
In the confusion, I escaped, and the last glimpse I had of the three cars, behind, amid the dense cloud of dust, was a heap of smashed rubble, concertinaed into each other.

Later, we reached a checkpoint, manned by the local Gendarmerie, where I stopped and made a report of this whole crazy event. In French.

From what I could gather from the copper, he was disinterestedly saying the local equivalent of: "So? What's your point? Don't you read guidebooks?"

Interzone / What is conservatism?
« on: March 30, 2014, 05:30:55 PM »
Russell Kirk described six basic "canons" or principles of conservatism:

A divine intent, as well as personal conscience, rules society;
Traditional life is filled with variety and mystery while most radical systems are characterized by a narrowing uniformity;
Civilized society requires orders and classes;
Property and freedom are inseparably connected;
Man must control his will and his appetite, knowing that he is governed more by emotion than by reason;
and Society must alter slowly.

I can't imagine any of this being seen as somehow in error. Yet somehow it is. To many.

Interzone / You are right.
« on: March 28, 2014, 09:06:39 PM »
Galileo: "Yes. You are right. The earth is flat".
Darwin: "Yes. You are right. God prefabricated every living thing, and plonked it down wherever he saw fit".
Crow: "Yes. You are right. You already know everything there is to know. I must be imagining things".

Interzone / Woman With Black Eye.
« on: March 28, 2014, 05:59:27 PM »
This morning, my wife came downstairs, quietly, and called out to me:
"Prepare yourself for a shock!"
So I did, wondering what manner of bad news she had for me.
She lowered her hand from her left eye, and I saw she had the most magnificent black-eye.

I stared at it for a moment, and waited for an explanation.
She'd had what amounted to a nightmare, and had woken up thrashing around.
The only thing she could imagine was that she had somehow smacked herself in the eye.

We have an appointment today, actually two of them, in the village, nearby. A village, on a little inbred island, full of uber-judgemental left-wingers, lesbians and feminists.
"We can't possibly go out today," she said. "What on earth would people think?"
She was referring to an incident a couple of years back when she had been depressed and had told somebody that I can be frightening when I get angry. Whereupon the police suddenly appeared, shortly afterwards, and tried valiantly to get her into safe custody, while handing her lots of anti-abuse literature to read.

"It's fine", I said. "Who gives a toss what they think?" But so concerned was she, that she absolutely will not be leaving the house until that black-eye is gone.

Good wife, or what?
Gotta love that woman.

Interzone / Too easy.
« on: March 26, 2014, 06:37:19 PM »
Enlightenment is as easy as removing oneself from one's perception.
Which is why so few attain it.

Interzone / The menace of intellect.
« on: March 22, 2014, 07:53:44 PM »
People assume intellect is good. Like most assumptions, this is highly suspect.
Intellect attempts to make sense of things.
Making sense of things is really only a drive towards comfort.
What if things make no sense, and are not meant to?
What is sense, anyway?

People like to feel comfortable. In fact, they often demand it.
Truth is, they don't have any clear idea of what comfort is, let alone how to obtain it.
Intellect takes what is, and changes it, in order to make it comfortable.
Unaware that there is comfort only in the way things are, before rendering them something they are not.

It is good to embrace discomfort. By doing so, one gains a clear idea of what comfort is.
Without this clarity, comfort is the absence of life, even while being not-yet dead.

Interzone / Matter.
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:18:12 PM »
It doesn't matter what you think.
What matters about you doesn't think.

Interzone / Woman With Broom.
« on: March 20, 2014, 09:07:42 PM »
There is something heartwarming, love-inducing, even beautiful, about a woman using a broom, or a leaf-rake, well. Even more-so if that woman is the wife of the man observing.
The solid stance, the oblique attitude, the syncopation of the shoulders, the sharp focus of the eyes...
Men don't sweep or rake like this. They use too much force, or else not enough. They don't really want to be doing it, and so don't focus as sharply as they might.

Woman With Broom. Something too often missing from modern times.

Interzone / The Void.
« on: March 20, 2014, 07:08:20 PM »
An interesting state to explore.
No up, no down. No right, no left.
No in, no out. No young, no old.
Getting to it is the only challenge.

Interzone / Meaning? Purpose? Oh yes...
« on: March 19, 2014, 02:25:18 AM »
It's a very odd, and a very human thing, to wonder about such things as meaning and purpose.
A matter of unequaled blindness - of not being able to see the forest for the trees!

Life. What is the most obvious quality of life? It lives. It is living. Alive.
The second most obvious thing, that as humans, we know, is that it is not everlasting. It dies.
So between the living and the not-living, there is an unknown, but finite amount of time.
A good idea, don't you think, to pack in as much living as possible, before one lives no more?

As for purpose, well, again, it is too obvious. That packing-in of as much living, experience, learning, building, is the purpose. It being a one-shot deal, this living, why wouldn't one at least try to live it, while being alive?

Meaning? Life is for living. What else could the meaning of life be?
Purpose? To live as fully and completely as one can.

To all those who claim there is no meaning and no purpose, I have only this to say:
"Get a life!"

Interzone / Linkposts: NoNoNos.
« on: March 18, 2014, 11:50:51 PM »
I have a bit of an issue with new topics that contain a link and nothing else.
Please get off your butts (or on them, as the case may be) long enough to provide at least a brief description of what the link is about.
A slightly informative one, as opposed to:
"Dis is great man", or "Dis is crap man".

If it is interesting enough to post it, take a shot at saying why.

Interzone / Confidence.
« on: March 18, 2014, 07:05:46 PM »
What is confidence, anyway? Do you have it? Can you describe it?

I see, wherever I look, people either not having any of it, or simulating it, which is to say, simulating something they have no idea about, and so the simulation becomes a laughable facsimile of something that has no existence.

Stutterers are big on the idea of confidence. They want it. They want to know how to 'get' it. They know they need it, but they don't know what it is. They may be an extreme case, but not the only one.

Holy Ghost = confidence.

Holy Ghost??? WTF is that?

God = Reality. Jesus = proof a human can get it right. Holy Ghost = what happens when a human gets it right.

Confidence is a calm, beautiful, graceful quality that fills an empty vessel. The vessel, of course, must be empty, in order to hold it. It comes in, fills to the brim, and gives value to the vessel.

Confidence is not the appearance of confidence. It can not be manufactured. It comes from outside, and fills the inside. When it is there, it shows. Even to those who do not have it. It changes those who do. Profoundly.

Confidence is the reward for those who, through diligence and application, have aligned themselves with Reality, and given themselves up to it. The outward manifestation of perfect health.

Interzone / Mind and Truth.
« on: March 16, 2014, 05:54:47 AM »
When you consciously think, why do you do it? To find an answer to something you don't know?
Are you using your mind to find an answer to something your mind doesn't know?
If you are, is the answer you arrive at likely to be the truth?

The mind is a fabulous machine, but it was never intended to be directed by ego.
Ego, in this context, is what doesn't know the truth. This idiot directs your thoughts?
It seems an unlikely mechanism to use.

Consider that truth exists. It must, or you could not find it. You arrive at the truth; you do not invent it.
Therefore, arriving at it entails allowing your mind to do what it is designed to do: to see it.
Ego will prevent this, every time. It already knows everything, in its own opinion.

The key is to relinquish control of the mind, and leave it to its autonomous self.
To do what it is designed to do.
To know.

Interzone / What is leadership?
« on: March 14, 2014, 12:36:52 AM »
What is leadership?

A leader makes decisions. Choices. He does this based upon considerable experience. Thus a leader must be experienced. Experience gives him scope. Scope is a larger picture than a lack of experience allows.
Therefore, the young rarely make good leaders, lacking the scope of the older person.
This is why opinion can play no reliable part in being led.
Leaders do not lead by popular opinion. If they do, then it is called 'democracy', and we know how flawed that is.

I lend DMBM my full support and loyalty. Why? Because he makes enough good decisions, and makes enough sense, enough of the time, that I choose to support him. Sometimes he says flaky things. But rarely. Nobody is perfect, outside the realm of the spiritually-adept. And the only people who listen to the spiritually-adept, are either all five spiritually-adept people, or the tiresome group known as complete wankers.

There can be no real leadership unless the rest of the people are equipped to recognize real leadership.
The only way I know of, to do this, is to dispense with opinion. Agreement is not necessary. Ego never agrees with anything it didn't think of first. And so can never be led. Thus no real leadership can be possible.

Get my drift?

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