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1831
Interzone / Re: Complaints
« on: April 24, 2012, 08:21:03 PM »
It's interesting to see how you all get along with each other.
You know, it might be a worthwhile exercise, here, to actively try to cultivate some kind of community spirit, just to see if it can be done.
You know: goodwill, benefit of the doubt, tolerance, friendliness, etc.
I realize these are alien concepts, to almost everyone, these days, in all but appearance-of, but you never know.
If you can manage it, maybe you'll have something nobody else has.
I mean, you've done 'intelligence' now, for what it was worth.
What else have you got?

1832
Interzone / Re: Complaints
« on: April 23, 2012, 11:26:23 PM »
Intelligence is no measure of a man's worth.
Anyone may have such a dubious quality, by accident of birth.
Fitness for survival may better be measured in worldview, and general outlook.
What use is a person?
From what I have seen of so-called 'intelligent' people, the world, at large, might be better off without them.
Rather a happy serf, serving something greater than himself, than a whining, scheming, calculating jackass.

1833
Interzone / Re: Complaints
« on: April 23, 2012, 10:07:14 PM »
What? Are all you big hard-men nihilists having trouble with democracy-withdrawal?
If democracy is what you crave, you know where to find it.
EVERYWHERE!

1834
Interzone / Re: When nothing matters
« on: April 23, 2012, 05:02:39 PM »
I derive meaning externally. Does that mean I'm a fatalist, or just not actually a nihilist?

It means you haven't yet seen that there is neither external, nor internal.
When you digest the reality that everything that exists is one thing, with yourself a part of it, things gain a clarity formerly lacking.


1835
Interzone / Re: Equality -- how can anyone believe this?
« on: April 22, 2012, 11:25:31 PM »
To address the OP:
Subjective reality is precisely what exists here.
Pimply adolescents posing as intellectuals, when the only things they 'know' are things they themselves have never experienced.
Hence the endless quotes from other people.
This is so, they say, because I read it, here, and here...
Which is about as far removed from knowledge as it's possible to get.
A parrot does something very similar, but is far less pompous about it.

Yet anyone with actual experience is derided, for not being able to 'prove' his experiences.
Evidence, proof, substantiation, sources, etc...
Anybody who actually experiences life is too busy experiencing it to be concerned with proving it to anal-retentive sceptics.
Maybe you all prefer to inhabit a virtual world where nobody ever experiences anything, and nobody is able to discuss anything.
May it nourish your ravenous egos. May it bring you joy.

And that is subjective reality.
You can keep it.


1836
Interzone / Re: Equality -- how can anyone believe this?
« on: April 22, 2012, 08:12:44 PM »
Proof of subjective reality.
Two scientists, observing identical particle behaviour record different results.
Further observation records something very like consciousness, exhibited in subatomic particles.
Imagine the consternation...

1837
Interzone / Re: Nietzsche and Nihilism, Metaphysics
« on: April 15, 2012, 04:18:35 PM »
I don't mean to be obtuse here but how do you reconcile Nietzsche and nihilism with having any kind of spiritual or moral belief? I just don't understand this.


Maybe peoples' ideas about what 'spiritual' is, need to undergo a re-evaluation.
I don't see it as religious, or moral. Spirituality is being able to recognize reality, and this being so, to revere it.
Imagine being a young child, long before you 'understood' the world, and became cynical.
And your parents gave you, for your birthday, a whole miniature planet, that was entirely 'yours'.
You could be 'God'. But this toy was so special and so perfect, that you were automatically responsible, in that you didn't want to break it.
You looked after it, and cared for it. Couldn't wait, to get up each day, and lose yourself in it.
You loved it.
That's a bit like spirituality.
Nothing at all to do with the Hollywood version, is it?
 

1838
Interzone / Re: Nietzsche and Nihilism, Metaphysics
« on: April 15, 2012, 03:55:04 PM »
Reality is exactly what it is.
Not what you 'think it is'.
Remove the thinking, and reality remains.
Can you do that?
When you can, you'll be living in reality.

1839
Interzone / Re: What was 'God'?
« on: April 15, 2012, 12:31:06 AM »
The great Mother, the tao, is older than God.
It took me a long time to digest this.
So I let it take a long time.
And now I see the truth of it.



1840
Interzone / Re: New venture
« on: April 14, 2012, 07:13:49 PM »
Hole-in-One :)
Way to go.

1841
Interzone / Garden of Eden.
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:45:37 PM »
I am not, and never was, one to spend much time reading The Bible. But...
I was doing a bit of research, yesterday, in the book of Genesis.
So it says: Adam's 'purpose' was to tend the garden.
Consider that.
Tend.
He was free to eat 'of' anything in the garden, while he did this.
Except, as we know, the fruit of the tree of knowledge-of-good-and-evil.
There's actually enough material in that one chapter to fill a lifetime of introspection.

To tend. Not to rape. Not to annihilate. Not to use-up.
To tend it.
My wife and I do this, in our own little five acre Garden of Eden.
Because it gives us purpose.
And nature moves in, in droves, to populate this pristine environment.
Rabbit plays with cats, who all play with raccoons. Birds play with us. We with them.
Insects buzz, frogs saunter by.

Do you lack 'purpose'?
If you live in a city, get one of those little plastic sprouters, and grow seeds.
Grow sprouts. Tend them. Eat some of them. Grow more.
Tend them. Tend yourself in the process.
Purpose lies in 'tending', not in 'getting'.


1842
Interzone / Re: New venture
« on: April 14, 2012, 06:34:21 PM »
There's one magazine I'll be sure to give the go-by.
It sounds just right, though, for the sort of thing you'd find in a doctor's waiting room.
Great for people who don't really have anything wrong with them, so that by the time they see the doctor, they do.

1843
Interzone / Invisibility.
« on: April 14, 2012, 05:48:12 PM »
I just picked up a trapped bumblebee, and deposited it on a leaf.
I often do this. I never get stung.
Bees, wasps, snakes, spiders. Mice, voles, shrews, squirrels. Hawks, owls, woodpeckers. Raccoons...
There's something quite mystical about all of this:
They don't seem to know where they end, and I begin.

What this tells me, is that there is a balance-point, where human meets nature, and the one is not at odds with the other.
No fear, no aggression. No defensiveness. No harm.
No resentment, No control.
Just balance.

Men need nature, far more than they appreciate. It is more than just a resource. It is their own body, extended outward.
Men speak of the sea as a 'fish-stock'.
How blind!

1844
You've been doing a lot of contributing, for a long time.
Could it be that you don't realize?
Be kind to your eyes with all that reading :)

What occurs to me is that - in my case - I have reached an understanding with the world around me.
I learn whatever I learn about life first-hand, and test everything I learn, myself, to see if it works.
If it works, I retain it. If it doesn't, it gets the boot.
I realize most people don't do this.


1845
Interzone / Re: The Soul.
« on: April 14, 2012, 04:22:15 AM »
I'm not very familiar with the Buddhist approach to ego.
But it seems to me that ego is not nearly the problem, in the orient, that it is in the west.
Even taoism has little to say about it, and I presume that when taoism was born, there simply wasn't enough ego around to notice.
It is a very modern madness, in that now, it is everywhere. You don't need to be very perceptive to notice this.

It is, however, the subject of my own intense study.
I've tried, for years, to distill down what ails society, to its core components.
Ego is right there at its heart.
It's a hard thing to grasp, in that anybody who tries, must first be able to recognize his own ego.
It's like a mechanism looking for a reason to exist. When really there is no need.
It's only apparent function is to present itself as powerful, strong, wise, clever, attractive...
I can see no useful purpose for it, at all, other than as a temporary stand-in for the failings of youth.
Once it gets the limelight, it does a Stalin, and can never step down.
Only a determined and concerted coup can oust it.

Once it is shown the door, though, it's like a blind man being suddenly able to see.
There really is a world, out there, beyond the mind, and it provides a multitude of experience that the mind can not.
This new world feeds, clothes, provides shelter, satisfaction, purpose, and communication with everything that exists.
That is why I promote ego-discipline.
It cures the madness of modernity.
It renders men sane.

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