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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?

Interzone / Why?
« on: March 10, 2014, 05:37:02 AM »
I have a big Maine Coon cat. Every time I look at it, it is looking at me. Right in the eye.
I have a rabbit, too, that pretty much does the same thing.
Raccoons look at me. Birds...

Humans are the only creatures that ask questions in order to 'learn'.
But they don't learn anything by asking questions.
Any answer they may get inserts an abstraction between themselves and what they wish to 'learn'.
They 'learn' words associated with whatever it is. But they learn nothing about it.

What is 'God'? Who is going to tell you? Who knows?
Creatures do not ask, or wonder. They do what they always do. They live.
I am one of them.
You could be, too.

Interzone / What does it mean?
« on: March 06, 2014, 04:36:41 AM »
You fellas are always going on about there being no meaning in anything, and for all I know, you may well be right.
I am becoming aware that what passes for meaning, to me, might not to anybody else.
The other day, Bruce Charlton wrote something very odd - which is nothing very unusual, for him - something about "what God really meant..."
I smiled at that. Not least because God - in the Christian view - is actually a person, with a personality, and a whole pile of neuroses and insecurities and fears, like any other person. Hmmm.

I see meaning in everything. Meaning being something signified by a manifestation of effect. It is very wet. Meaning it is raining. It is very dark. Meaning rain clouds have gathered. I am very cold. Meaning I am very wet. Many would moan about all this, because the effect is not something that they like. While I take it to mean I am not dead yet, and wow, what does that mean?

Here's what it might mean.

Most of us are hard pressed to even put one foot in front of the other, and even if we can manage to do that, to be able to do it without moaning about how crap everything is. But I don't do that. Because, so far, my feet still follow each other just fine. And while there is definitely a lot of crap around, it really doesn't bother me much, because I've decided that it's about time I started just being myself, abandoning any further attempt to protect everyone else from exposure to the monster that is me. They'll just have to deal with it.

So I subjected a cashier in the local food store to my special rendition of Shakespeare, in a suitable 'off' accent, which went like...

Hubble, bubble, toil and trouble.
Fire burn and cauldron bubble.
Eye of newt, tongue of frog.
Dead man's liver, Dutch man's clog!

I'm not really sure how well it went down, but it sure was fun.

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