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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 07, 2013, 03:02:59 AM »
I have long claimed that there is a lot of truth in the leftist dogma, and this sounds very odd, coming from such an ardent anti-leftist, but it's like this:
There is nothing in leftist dogma that I can categorically fault. IF one takes the sum total of humanity as all being in a state of enlightenment. Which means, being fully-realized, fully-conscious souls.
Clearly, the likelihood of such a state occurring is statistically non-existent, and therefore, leftism is only empty words that mean nothing, and if enacted, wreck everything they touch. History proves this, over and over.

What does any of this have to do with karma?
Karma, at its most basic level, as Aquarius says, is a system of consequences. Do reasonable stuff: get reasonable results. Do seriously bad stuff, and...

Karma may be much more, and much less, too:
The state that may be reached, where behaviour ceases to have any relevance, and disappears completely.
One is what one is, and nothing else. What gets transcended - or not - is the 'acting-as-if' bit, that we commonly know as behaviour.


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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 05, 2013, 04:53:07 AM »
Brilliant! Yes! Dylar gets it :)
Great comment, and thank you.

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Interzone / Re: Karma.
« on: May 05, 2013, 02:06:58 AM »
Ha! That's the sort of reality I inhabit :)

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Interzone / Re: Maryland Deathfest: Who's Going
« on: May 05, 2013, 12:47:21 AM »
Haha :) This thread is looking up.
I'm tempted to fly off to Maryland, first-class, impersonating a wasteful capitalist millionaire, just to see what kind of weirdos go to a scene like the one you mention.



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Interzone / Re: Liberalism causes terrorism
« on: May 03, 2013, 03:08:31 AM »
Tribal/agrarian culture needs far less in the way of an "efficient economy".
Before global culture, economies generally were sufficient unto the day.
In fact, as far as we know, the economy was never a sickly, fragile thing that needed putting on a pedestal and constant propping up. It was what it was: only one facet of a larger thing.

Anyway, the way things are going, we will get to witness, in real time, what happens to a society that replaces God, nation, family, and tribe with competitive Global Economy.

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Interzone / Re: Suicide increases were not metal
« on: May 02, 2013, 09:56:23 PM »
Not everyone would want one.

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Interzone / Re: Some victims are just guilty themselves
« on: May 02, 2013, 08:18:05 PM »
'Victimhood' is a mental-health issue.
You're not a 'victim' unless you see yourself in that way.


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Interzone / Re: Suicide increases were not metal
« on: May 02, 2013, 08:16:56 PM »
This is why mental-health is so important.
The whole reason I write what I write, on the internet, is because people are observably losing the ability to maintain any balance in their lives.
On the other hand, given the usual results, I really don't know why I bother :)


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Interzone / Re: Coping with cold climate in outdoor life
« on: April 30, 2013, 05:50:14 PM »
I was suitably young. I had enough reserves of youth to sustain me, barely, until it wore me out.
This is why there are tribes: to help each other do the impossible-to-do stuff that defeats a single human.
I was able to survive, alone, but it was never more than bare survival.
I could never do that now. I would be dead in three weeks.

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Interzone / Re: Coping with cold climate in outdoor life
« on: April 29, 2013, 10:08:40 PM »
While we're on the subject of Canada, I've noticed some really weird language anomalies...
Arctic becomes 'ar-tic'.
Nuclear becomes 'nookular'.
The plural of deer becomes 'deers'.
The singular of lynx becomes 'link'...
The plural of house becomes 'hice'.
While the plural of mouse becomes 'mouses'.

I think English is fast becoming a dead language.



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Interzone / Re: Coping with cold climate in outdoor life
« on: April 29, 2013, 09:28:04 PM »
Who, me? Initially all I had was an insufficient sleeping bag, and lay curled up under trees.
The silly single man tent I started out with was so utterly useless, soaking me with condensation, that I emptied a magazine of .22 LR into it, in a fit of pique. I actually got less wet in the rain without it, than with it.
Later, I started making primitive shelters, and later still, used abandoned cabins I came across.
I nearly froze a few times.

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Interzone / Re: The split between religion and science does not exist
« on: April 29, 2013, 12:14:26 AM »
I suppose that religion and science are generally not very different from each other, in that both are obsessed with the desire to understand. They just go about it in different ways.
Humans seem very prone to seek understanding, even when history shows, again and again, that understanding is a double-edged sword.
And what is understanding, anyway? The shuffling of observations into something that appears to make more sense than it did before the shuffling?
How does anyone actually know when understanding has been reached, or whether it is just an intermediate stage along the way?
I don't really care, any more, about understanding anything, preferring to stand-under, and observe from a point of humility, the mystery above.
 

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Interzone / Re: The split between religion and science does not exist
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:52:24 PM »
Maybe these acute human limitations are not acute, and not limitations, at all.
What if they are what they are, in order to enable us to live in a highly unlikely medium.
I mean, what would life be like if we were able to see, smell, touch and hear charged particles, x-rays, and antimatter?
Perhaps the desire to understand everything is a form of insanity.
What if - and I realize this is a bizarre concept - we were actually perfectly designed to simply live in this abundant and mysterious medium, without necessarily having to understand it all, and how it works?

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Interzone / Re: the dream thread
« on: April 28, 2013, 06:46:34 PM »
There's nothing wrong with courting sheep. If that's the way you do it, that's fine.
Why not share with the rest of us who only know counting, what it's like to court, instead?

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Interzone / Sharing.
« on: April 28, 2013, 05:15:48 PM »
There are roving bands of riff-raff where I live, who drink, smoke and mope their days away, between welfare checks, food-bank days, and break-and-enters, down at at the local cafe. My wife and I used to chat with them, for a while.
The idea of sharing often came up. It went something like this:

Riff-raff: "The rich should share their stuff with the poor. They have lots of stuff."
Me: "If they shared their stuff with you, what would you share with them? Resentment and jealousy?"

I didn't pursue that activity for long. But, since they sometimes asked f I had any work, I offered a few of them a bit of that. I have lots of work. I still do. Because, even though I paid them well, and my wife fed them, and very little output was actually expected of them, they still managed to produce nothing but resentment and jealousy.

Sharing suggests a give and take. Give something to someone, and get given something in return.
Strangely, such an arrangement already exists. It's called capitalism. You give your time, and get money in return.
The only real stipulation is that your time gets used for producing something approximately equal to the value of the money being paid to you. It's Rocket Science. Riff-raff are unable to grasp the concept.






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