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Interzone / Looking forward...
« on: October 10, 2013, 02:04:47 AM »
What do you look forwards to? Anything? Nothing? Lots of things?
An interesting question, perhaps, for nihilists.
I don't look forward to many things, but I definitely have a few.
Tell me yours, and I'll tell you mine.



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Interzone / What is Religion, anyway?
« on: October 06, 2013, 08:43:55 PM »
It seems many people are very down on the whole idea of religion.
It's not hard to see why.
But is this a reaction to the current state of religion, or to the idea of religion, itself?

I am not religious, in the usual sense, while at the same time being very religious, in another sense.
I live by rules, morals, ethics and scruples, which I rarely - if ever - violate.
Most of these things have close similarities with Christianity, as practiced when I was young, but which now are more or less extinct. There is no denying that such attitudes are beneficial to the one practicing them. They work. Yet this is no 'official' religion, but rather a way of life.

I suggest that religion, itself, is blameless, for all its current ills and hypocrisies. It is people who insist upon destroying it, as a valid and useful adhesive for binding together a civilization.


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Interzone / Rabbit wisdom.
« on: September 23, 2013, 05:47:26 PM »
I was feeding my replacement bunny, this morning, which was a very wet, clammy sort of morning.
It was already in its hutch, which remains open, and is a shelter against the weather.
It saw me coming and prepared itself to be unprepared.
Then it made like a ram, and head-butted my hand, before clamping its shovel teeth to my finger and reminding me of what it could do if it decided to.
And nibbled a bit of hay instead. Looked me in the eye and cared about nothing. Washed its face. Yawned. Skittered out of the hutch, down the ramp, back up again, and ate some pellets.

It came to me that I behave in much the same way.
Prepared to respond to anything, anytime, by being pointedly unprepared for any particular thing.
Open to the moment, and what the moment may bring.
If rabbits have any wisdom, then that may be it.


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Interzone / Murphy's Law.
« on: September 20, 2013, 02:34:54 AM »
If you're from the UK, you may already be familiar with Murphy's Law. But if you're not, take a look at this very involved, very deep, very odd crime drama.
Murphy is from the depths of Hell, aka Belfast. If he wasn't an undercover cop, he'd be an IRA terrorist.
This man rocks! And he speaks just like me :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0-Igl5gAOtg

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Interzone / Concerning Cavemen...
« on: September 11, 2013, 11:58:34 PM »
I myself am a caveman. Or at least, I have been.
Maybe it's partisan, but I like to think I was a civilized one, though.
But 'civilized' is a word, like any other loaded term, that means different things to different people.
On the one hand, it is about the highest state a human can aspire to, yet on the other, it has very little to recommend it.
It was suggested, moments ago, that cavemen have their uses, and this is true.
Caves would suffer the depredations of all kinds of critters and creepy-crawlies, were it not for the domestic instincts of cavemen (and cavewomen). They even inspire cavemen to resort to art, to while away those dreary ice-ages.
Out of caves come civilized humans.
Sometimes.

Caves are quiet, dank places of reflection and contemplation. They embody nature, and its permanence.
They enfold, like a chilly womb. They provide shelter and safety, or at least the illusion of it.

I often look up at the night sky, and see it as a vast cave in which everything lives.
Once, it might have scared me. But now, I feel only wonder, and safety.





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Interzone / An avian definition of Nihilism.
« on: September 11, 2013, 10:00:25 PM »
From the perspective of a crow, Nihilism is thus:

The realization that just about every viewpoint a human has, about the way things are, is completely arbitrary, and hence suspicious.
Society, and its rules, are arbitrary. They have no basis in reality.
Civilization, itself, is arbitrary. It is a group of people agreeing to behave in certain ways, so that they are all on the same page.
Not much of this social interaction is truth. It is almost all made-up, by crazies who like their own ways of seeing life, as opposed to understanding what life actually is.
Therefore, Nihilism is a good starting point to discover the truth of things, and a baseline from which to sortie outwards in the exploration of - and search for - reality.

On the other hand, Nihilism is not:
Behaving like a devil-worshipping, disgusting, scurrilous cannibal, in order to show others what a brilliant and irreverent rebel one is.

This is not a widely-held, or popular definition of what Nihilism is, but rather what a crow makes of it, from the limited exposure a crow has, to such things.
Do feel free to correct or modify this description, to explain your own ideas on Nihilism.



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Interzone / Concerning amerika.org...
« on: September 11, 2013, 09:08:07 PM »
Amerika is a place for civilized conservative discussion. Far more so than here. It is not a deathmetal site.
So it might be a good idea to do a reality-check before you go there and behave as you do here.
Not everyone is interested in immature quasi-nihilistic tough-guy posturing, and any and all civilized conversation be-damned.

Amerika is concerned with reinstating, reinventing, restructuring the current advanced chaos into what was once a passable civilization. Please respect that mission. If you must be a caveman, this is the place to do it.





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Interzone / Spirituality can not be explained.
« on: September 07, 2013, 07:49:00 PM »
Spirituality can not be explained. It can only be experienced.
To attempt to explain it removes its essence, so the explanation becomes about something that no longer is what it was, before the explanation.
The best one can do is describe spirituality after experiencing it.
And even that is only a pale skeleton of what it really is.

How to experience spirituality?
The only way I know of, to gain a first glimpse upon which to build, is meditation.
This is a solo thing, which is what spirituality is about. Starting with aloneness, to flower into being everything. It is never, ever, a display involving others.

Spirituality can not be explained. But if you chance to discover it, you'll immediately know what it is.

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Interzone / Jaguar.
« on: August 27, 2013, 05:10:05 AM »
I dreamed, last night, that beyond my woodshed, where garden gives way to forest, a Jaguar presented itself to me.
I say presented, because this was precisely what it did. It stood, grinning faintly, all teeth and spotty camouflage.
It was redder than Jaguars generally are, but it could have been nothing else.

I was aware of the advisability of arming myself, with some makeshift weapon or other, although I really didn't feel inclined to, and the creature appeared to offer no threat.

To a crow, this was clearly a totem spirit animal. With a message, a test, and a gift.
Heroism and valour. Grace and power. Poise and agility. But little endurance.
Fierce and lethal, but get the job done fast, before energy fades.
Do the deed from behind, not full frontal assault.
Meter out energy. No unnecessary motion.
Stealth and patience. Silence and senses.

Absolutely no deathmetal :)

Mostly a totem animal will appear in the flesh.
But those that appear in dream or trance, must, not being indigenous to the target's location.
I've never even seen a Jaguar, let alone dreamed of one.
Mysterious...


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Interzone / A.D.
« on: August 22, 2013, 04:47:22 PM »
The mind finally stops. Then what?
That depends.
Did you create anything useful, in life? Anything that would outlive you?
Did you give birth to, successfully raise, and set free a soul?
If you did, you are - literally - laughing.
The soul is you, and you it.
Now it is everywhere. Always.
Not 'you', but far more than 'you' ever were.
Your own, unique, essential contribution.

Or did you produce nothing?
Oh well. Lights out.



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Interzone / Is your woodshed half-empty, or half-full?
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:58:37 PM »
You probably don't heat with wood.
In which case, you probably don't have a woodshed.
But if you did, and if you had one, at what point would you consider your woodshed 'full'?
Let's say, for an average winter, you would need 40% of your woodshed filled.
Let's also say, that you had a large-enough forest, upon which to draw.
Bearing in mind that it takes a considerable investment in time and effort, along with a certain amount of risk, to get those trees, from where they are, to a split and stacked state in your shed.
Would you invest in machinery, other than a chainsaw?
Or even a chainsaw?

My woodshed is, at present, about 95% full, while nearby, there are many huge rounds of fir, stacked under a tarpaulin, with several raccoons living among them. Each round is about as much as I can move.
I have, in addition, a drying-shelter, standing empty. It could easily hold another 30% of the woodshed's capacity.

If my situation was your situation, what would you do?
Smile smugly at what is probably three winter's supply of ready wood?
Worry about a possible Ice Age?
Haul, split, and stack every available round?
Fell a few more dead trees, cut them into rounds, and store them, too?
Or completely ignore everything, until you start shivering?



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Interzone / Superior? To what?
« on: August 19, 2013, 05:47:38 AM »
Humans assume their superiority over every other living creature.
If they even notice the Earth, they assume they are superior to it.
Most obviously, they feel superior to each other. But most attempt to disguise this.

But what human swims as well as a fish, flies as well as a bird, or burrows as well as a rabbit?
We have machines for that. Tools of all types. But we are the only creatures that need them.
A hare lays down and flattens the grass to the shape of its body. This is all the home it needs.
Crabs grow their own homes. Wasps make theirs from wood and spit.
One thing you can say about humans: they need a lot of stuff.
Nothing else does.

Many religions propose the idea of reincarnation, and this assumes a gradual rise from lesser to greater.
Lesser being slugs and mice. Greater being human.
I wonder. Maybe it's the other way around.

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Interzone / Morphine: the good, the bad, and the ugly.
« on: August 16, 2013, 07:14:49 PM »
When I was sixteen, I once downed a whole bottle of a certain cough-medicine, because I had heard you could get "a really nice stone, man".
It was true. I spent the whole day blissfully cocooned in warm, fuzzy cotton-wool.
It contained morphine, of course, and ever since, I've had this inclination to experience it again.

I've recently had the most extreme pain imaginable, owing to two abscessed front teeth, one on top, one on the bottom, both at the same time. Both were root-canalled on the same appointment, without anaesthetic.
My very odd dentist generously prescribed me the strongest painkillers he could, and advised me to use with caution.

Well. Owing to the degree of pain, I failed, entirely, to experience any pleasure from the drug. All there was, was the agony, and as far as I could tell, the drug didn't do much to block it, but instead, went some way towards rendering me unable to care about it.

Until today. Suddenly, the pain receded into the manageable zone, and finally I was left with the morphine stone. Which I found (and find) very interesting...

I hate it!

I feel uncoordinated and bleary. Shaky and ill-at-ease. Dopey and detached.
No sign, at all, of the safe and cosy warmth I remembered from my teenage years.
And so I have this to observe:

Morphine is wonderful, when your life is so horrible that it makes you feel blissful.
And it is horrible, when your life is actually blissful.

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Interzone / Your Soul.
« on: August 02, 2013, 03:13:02 AM »
Do you have a soul? Are you sure? How would you know?

Somewhere, sometime, somehow, you may become impregnated, by a word, a sound, a sight, or an idea. This seed may never amount to anything. Or it may take root, and begin to grow. If it does, you will be on a journey, which is a process, very much like a pregnancy.

Given the right conditions, the seed will flourish and consume much of the life you would have been having, if it were not for this other life, growing inside you.

At some point, if you live a reasonably healthy life, are reasonably pure of heart, and are reasonably ready, the seed will - quite suddenly - stop being a seed, and will be born. This will accompany a magnificent insight, illumination experience, or transcendent revelation. Still, the process is not complete...

Like any baby creature, it must be nurtured, protected, nourished and loved.
Many years may pass, until, once again, if conditions are right, the child will mature.

The moment that newly mature soul leaves the body, flies free into the cosmos, and becomes everything, is a moment that will never leave you. It is, in actual fact, rebirth.

This is what is metaphorically referred-to as eternal life. This soul is you, but without the trappings you always associated with being 'you'. It will have no identity, or personality, as you know it. But it will be forever unique, regardless.

Your job done, your purpose fulfilled, you will live out the rest of your physical life. Your soul has departed, but since it is now everything, everywhere, always, it will continue to reside within. It will remain, it will endure, it will be.

While you are left knowing.

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Interzone / Some folks are just too thick to survive.
« on: July 25, 2013, 10:26:06 PM »
Two women became lost, while hiking.
After being rescued, and returned to their vehicle, they immediately drove down a boat ramp, and into the ocean, whereupon they both drowned.
There's just no helping some people...

http://news.sky.com/story/1120188/rescued-hikers-make-fatal-turn-into-ocean

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