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Interzone / Re: 'Uber-Man': A primer in how to be one.
« on: March 25, 2013, 05:30:21 PM »
Thanks for that. Thoughtful stuff.

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Interzone / Re: 'Uber-Man': A primer in how to be one.
« on: March 25, 2013, 04:33:40 PM »

I don't think the world needs more armchair intellectuals man.

The world doesn't need anything. It is the world.
Tread softly, doing little damage, and maybe it won't notice, and become upset.

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Interzone / Re: 'Uber-Man': A primer in how to be one.
« on: March 25, 2013, 06:20:27 AM »
Intense can be good, when intense is needed.
Bans are for outrageously destructive attitudes, and are, initially, temporary.
We plan to develop an ability to coexist with each other. Not necessarily to adore, but to coexist.
As you say: it was a long time coming, and hopefully, unnecessary again.
Meanwhile, rest easy, and do as the Chasm suggests: talk and relax.


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Interzone / The Establishment.
« on: March 24, 2013, 07:48:33 PM »
I wonder, sometimes, what certain left-leaning people are referring to when they rail against 'The Establishment'.
Do they mean that state-of-things that existed before they, and those like them, started destroying it, piece by piece, some time ago?
For The Establishment, such as it was, has not existed for quite a while, now. It has become nothing like it once was, and is now only recognizable as a non-functional, directionless, hopeless behemoth that fails and fails and fails.

We started out as savages. Which was fine, back then, since nobody had anything to compare that to.
But now we do have something to compare it to. And in most cases, what we attained, within the living memory of anyone older than - say - forty, was demonstrably superior to savagery.

Dentists, doctors, ambulances, houses, pubs, safety, long life expectancy. Schools, religions, Titanics that often crossed oceans without actually sinking...
Pretty good, really, wouldn't you say?

It is a mystery to me, that when you think a thing that is your entire life-support system, could be improved upon, that you don't devise some plan to get you by in the interim period, before you set about destroying it completely.

Nobody, really, can point to the way things currently are, and the way things are 'run', and call it The Establishment.
That has gone for good.

We're just too clever.


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Interzone / Re: Value versus Socialization.
« on: March 24, 2013, 07:13:00 PM »
Indeed. It depends upon what socialization means to different people.
Your example is the way that I see it, too, or did see it.
I discover, though, that this view is not very common, and what the term usually means, is people competing for ego-dominance while contributing nothing, while using up resources and otherwise useful time, to end up with a hangover, more lost time, fewer friends and a raging thirst for more of the same.
There seems to be this thing that accompanies socialization, whereby it is believed that it will somehow go better the next time.


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Interzone / Re: Spiritual awareness in the thick of society
« on: March 24, 2013, 06:59:18 PM »
Hahahahahaha!
There it is :)

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Interzone / Squawk!
« on: March 24, 2013, 05:46:02 PM »
Can you simply observe, without judging what you observe?
Can you simply report what you observe, without giving it spin?
Can you remove all context that is not your own, and rebuild your own context, through observation?

Like everyone else, you've been got-at. You have attitudes. Which is not necessarily a bad thing, although often it is.
People search for something they call 'truth', thinking it is something they can be told, by someone else.
But hearing it from someone else, it becomes suspect, because so often, it is.

Do you trust anyone? Do you even trust you?
You had better trust you, because anybody else is completely beyond your control.
Maybe you had better become trustworthy.

So when you know something about something, through observation and experience, you can trust yourself to know.
When you know enough about enough things, you can then extrapolate, with a high degree of accuracy.
Did you know you can see into the future?

The future is not so hard to see, when you stop hoping it will be something it couldn't possibly be.


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Interzone / Value versus Socialization.
« on: March 24, 2013, 04:31:18 PM »
When you consider it, the primary preoccupation of society is the separation, by individuals, of anything of value, from other individuals. This seems to be the basis of anything social.
Maybe I am missing something, but maybe everybody else is, too.
I mean, what is socialization, anyway?

It occurred to me, today, that civilization and socialization are very close to being opposites.
The first is interested in building something out of nothing, via cooperation of the many parts.
While the second is the wild party that follows the work, and uses up the fruits of the previously applied labour.

The more I see of people, the more I understand how socializing is really only an ongoing skirmish to separate others from their stuff. Money, goods, sex, opportunity, indeed anything having any perceived value. And for those who have nothing of any value, the socializing gets pretty thin.

Many people have built, and continue to build, whole value-systems around this idea. While inventing all kinds of explanations as to why they do it. The explanations are typically high-sounding and calculated to portray virtue of one sort, or another. Compassion, love, peace, caring. Sharing, equality, rights...

But when you stand back and examine what is going on, without assuming anything, beforehand, all you really see is what the individual can get out of any given situation, at the expense of another individual or individuals.

Camouflage. Make sure others get something too, so that what the individual gets doesn't look suspicious. Spread it out, so nobody will notice the selfish motivation. But where, oh where, does all the value come from? How much of it is there, to endlessly take from and hand out?



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Interzone / Re: 'Uber-Man': A primer in how to be one.
« on: March 24, 2013, 03:48:00 PM »
I get the feeling that the importance of intelligence has been rather overplayed in Western society.
It is undoubtedly a very useful thing, but how useful, compared to other things?
Seems to me that the intelligent man cares little for intellect, in the same way the two-legged man cares less about his two legs than the legless man might.

Character might be something worth elevating in an individual's eyes. Or honour. Or the capacity for respect and gratitude. These are things that one must cultivate, or not. Unlike intelligence, that, presumably, one is simply born with, or without.

Like a physically beautiful woman, it is the luck of the draw, more than any special effort made at attainment.

One may, I suppose, selectively breed for desirable traits. And this may have its value.
But in the real world, chance plays a larger part, and things turn out as they turn out.
The Uber-man takes the hand he has been dealt, and maximizes it.
The ability and resolve to do this, probably counts for more than raw intelligence.

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Interzone / Re: Spiritual awareness in the thick of society
« on: March 24, 2013, 03:31:25 PM »
Awareness in the thick of society could be seen to be a form of madness.
Attaining awareness, one could reasonably be expected to make some use of it, and probably its most useful aspect is self-defense.

Society moves ever further away from awareness. This is the nature of society. It is the opposite of civilization, which strives, lemming-like, for awareness. Attaining awareness, however, for any civilization, is the point at which it turns from building to socializing, and its all downhill again, from there.

Should one be fortunate enough to attain awareness, one is well-advised to abandon any thought of helping, being compassionate-to, saving, or otherwise hanging-out-with, those myriad unaware ones, that comprise society.
Because one aware human is worth more than a billion sightless termites.

Protecting that awareness comes first.
Anything else is icing on the cake.
It is the awareness itself, that is the prize.
Not its dilution.

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Interzone / Re: Wetiko.
« on: March 24, 2013, 03:19:56 PM »
As far as I know, this site isn't about leftists. What made you think it was?
On the other hand, leftism seems to be the complete opposite of what this site seems to be about.
Although what this site seems, observably, to be about, is individual point-scoring, and so maybe, unwittingly, it actually has a lot of inherent leftism in it.

Who knows? It is what it is, at any given moment. One may swing from right to left, left to right, without being either one, in general. Personally, I find leftism to be the antithesis of life, freedom, and the pursuit of happiness. In fact, the antithesis of anything that gives life any actual meaning. While rightism seems somewhat more useful, it too places unconstructive restraints on people.

Rightism is, to me, a decent place to start, on the difficult road to balance. Because it gives humans a chance to stop, somewhere, on their relentless drift towards the left. That is why I lean to the right, whenever I can. It stops me from leaning right off the far left hand side of the map, and falling into the abyss.

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Interzone / Re: 'Uber-Man': A primer in how to be one.
« on: March 23, 2013, 07:54:13 PM »
Food, shelter, care...
Most responsible adults already have that covered.

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Interzone / Re: 'Uber-Man': A primer in how to be one.
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:49:27 PM »
Oh and Cargest - sleeping, exercising, and thinking help to preserve one's self. I hope you still do those!  :P


It depends entirely upon why you do those things, not if you do them.

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Interzone / Re: Authority.
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:46:51 PM »
Profound! My mind doesn't work like that, unfortunately.
I write as well as anyone, but mostly I find myself unable to refute what I know to be clearly untrue.
You seem to be able to argue without it being an argument.
While I am unable to argue, period.

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Interzone / Re: What 'thinking' actually is...
« on: March 23, 2013, 05:43:05 PM »
I wonder how you came to that understanding.
A rare thing, indeed.

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