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Interzone / What's in it for me???
« on: April 24, 2013, 09:26:08 PM »
If you approach everything you do, think, want and experience, from the perspective of "what's in it for me?" then you are in all respects normal. This could well be described as what humans do.
But what if something you discovered, explained itself to you as "it was never about you, and never will be"?
I suggest that this state is indeed possible to experience and realize.

People go after what ever they go after for personal gain. Especially so-called 'altruists'.
This is what motivates the religious, the political, the entrepreneurs, the welfare-cases; almost everybody, in fact.

I have discovered that riches beyond measure come to those who are able to step outside of 'whats in it for me', and instead to go forth in a state of complete humility, vis-a-vis life.

Interzone / Philosophy vs. Wisdom.
« on: April 24, 2013, 08:45:46 PM »
Wisdom = observing what things actually are, and living in a way that is based upon those observations.
Philosophy = observing things in terms of how the philosopher imagines they should be, and writing vast volumes about it.

Student of wisdom = one who seeks to understand the currently incomprehensible.
Student of philosophy = one who seeks to impress others with how much he 'knows'.

Sage = one who has observed enough of life without superimposing his own judgments upon it, to know WTF is going on.
Philosopher = one who has succeeded in finding fault with almost everything except himself.

It is easy to see how short a step it is from philosophy to ideology. The religion of how things should be, and the enforcement of that view upon everybody else.
Thus it is also easy to see how wisdom can become vastly unpopular, in the latent threat it seems to pose to ideology.

Wisdom = the quiet assimilation, into one's own life, of timeless natural principles.
Philosophy = the strident harangue for everybody to act in the arbitrary fashion of the moment.

Interzone / Re: Science: metal listening helps brain fitness
« on: April 24, 2013, 07:42:55 PM »
Drones can be good. Bagpipes depend on them. So do those lucky lucky wasps.

Interzone / Re: How fragile it all is
« on: April 24, 2013, 06:59:52 PM »
How I loathe that word: "vulnerable".
Doesn't such a state occur when you allow yourself to depend upon something that is utterly undependable?
This is why conservatism so embraces the idea of consequentialism. You can depend only upon yourself and your own considered actions.
I guess we can all feel vulnerable sometimes. But any time I feel that way, it makes me angry enough that I can overcome feeling vulnerable. Death before feelings of vulnerability :)

Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 24, 2013, 07:37:48 AM »
There's nothing inevitable about insulting people. An intellectual argument can do very well without insult becoming part of it. Think what you like, while remembering it really isn't necessary to write everything you may think.
And no, you don't get to ban people, unless you have been appointed to that capacity by the reigning monarch.

Interzone / Re: Terrorism causes liberalism.
« on: April 24, 2013, 02:51:48 AM »
Well that is certainly a lateral view.
Who knows, but you may be right.

Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 24, 2013, 01:46:53 AM »
It does more than merely 'border' on the surreal.
But yes: leftism is so very appealing to so many, because to so many, it is so very appealing.
Who doesn't want free stuff?
Strangely, I don't. I regularly turn down free stuff. But I am not so naive as to take my own behaviour as anything like representative of the whole.
There are undoubtedly appealing aspects to leftism.
But knowing the damage it does, and where it must ultimately lead, integrity demands saying no to it.

Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:39:22 AM »
Didn't I recently advise you not to insult me again?
See, this fine site no longer permits gratuitous insult.
If you are not a closet leftist, then clearly, my statement does not apply to you.
I am becoming very tired of hinting to various abusive characters that their behaviour is not acceptable.
And being so tired of it, no more hints will be forthcoming. There will be action, instead.

Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: April 24, 2013, 12:15:37 AM »
Threads like this sure uncover the closet leftists.

Interzone / Re: Terrorism causes liberalism.
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:57:32 PM »
It's weird but I have sympathy for the idiots who blew up the Boston Marathon...

Is that sympathy, or empathy? The latter involving an ability to understand motive.
Or, then again, is it actually irony? In that you feel no sympathy whatsoever?

Interzone / Re: Senses
« on: April 23, 2013, 09:44:55 PM »
You are right, of course. Live an unnatural life, and you become unnatural.
So what is so good about being natural, anyway?
There's a whole new line of debate, I suppose.
But I would say, being natural does not put one at odds with nature, and contrary to what socialists believe, nature is what defines us all, including whether we live or die. Better to be aligned with our entire support-system, than to be at odds with it, as we are when humans become the one and only concern to humans.

Interzone / Re: Senses
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:42:59 PM »
The challenge lies not in escaping ourselves, but becoming ourselves.
In contrast to whatever it is that society would force us to become.

Interzone / Re: DIY vermicomposting with blueprint
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:35:44 PM »
That really doesn't account for the worm presence, in any usable way.
Not that it matters, beyond being interesting.
Such things fall into the realm of Reality, which is, by its nature, mystical.

Interzone / Re: Senses
« on: April 23, 2013, 08:29:20 PM »
If you can be in a city with wide-open senses, you're capable of something I am absolutely not.
I can do it, and have done it, for long periods, but it was very, very unpleasant.
So I would say, no, you can't; at least not comfortably or constructively.
In my case, such a state led inexorably to depression.

And, on a lighter note: I haven't been depressed in years, and seem completely immune to it now.

Interzone / Re: DIY vermicomposting with blueprint
« on: April 23, 2013, 07:39:38 PM »
Where do Mr. and Mrs. Worm come from, then?
If you start out from scratch, with no worms, still you soon get millions of worms from who-knows-where.

Our compost bins invite mice and ants to nest.
This seems not to be a problem though.
The ripe compost gets shovelled out from the bottom, and everything sinks down, while the centrally-heated colonies of mice and ants migrate upwards to the surface. They seem to actually assist the process. Maybe roaches do the same, but being roaches, we don't like them to be there.

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