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Interzone / Re: On being 'human'.
« on: April 09, 2014, 12:11:43 AM »
It is strange that humans fear death.

Death is inevitable. We cannot know anything about it's true nature. Not before it is too late to matter what we know and what we don't.

It'll come to us all.
No one knows exactly when.
It'll be like that, whether we accept it or not.

If we cannot accept it, then we have nothing but the eternally unacceptable to look forward to.

Wiser to accept it. Then it won't really matter. Until it does.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 11:35:47 PM »
Who said man couldn't fly? ;)

I try my best, though I often feel that I fall flat on my face.

But still, I feel my feet are getting lighter. I hope my words are too.


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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:59:43 PM »
Funny how it's a philosophical convention to ascribe freedom to man, but not to animals. The philosopher argues that the animal is trapped in the world of instinct - but perhaps it is man that is trapped in a world without it.

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Interzone / Re: On being 'human'.
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:51:27 PM »
One who has realized that ego is an illusion can forget himself completely, with no fear of dying. Forgetting himself, he can become everything. Becoming everything, he ceases to be anything. He may have once known what it was like to be human, but it seems like a long faded dream.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 08, 2014, 10:36:20 PM »
There are different levels to being human.

A human needn't think all the time, and he will be better off for it if he doesn't.

Yet there are some humans who are addicted to thinking. Too many, in fact.

The more you think, the more time you'll spend locked up in the mind.

It probably boils down to this: Some people like being in prison, because they do not understand the outside, and therefore fear it.

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Interzone / Re: Critical thinking
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:59:57 AM »
Critical thinking is fine, if you know how to apply it.

This implies being able to understand what you apply it to.

If you do not understand the thing you are criticizing, then your critique will not make any sense.

An overemphasis on criticism leads to a devaluation of understanding.

Insanity is a result of an unbalanced mind.

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Interzone / Re: If you want it done right...
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:48:03 AM »
It all stems from the inability to even 'get' when somebody is doing something right, and how this can be so.

Losers tend to think, that they would be able to do absolutely everything, if it wasn't that life had dealt them such a bad hand.

People doing something right are the ones who have transcended loser-like thinking, however. They realize that they have limitations, and are thus able to work within the limits of their own ability.

Being stuck in their own ways, the losers cannot see this vital ingredient in doing right: To accept the reality of what you can and cannot do. They think that everybody is at heart a loser like they are, and that those doing right are just 'lucky'.

The losers cherish the thought that they are hypothetically able to everything in general - and by this they excuse the fact, that they never seem to able to do anything specifically.

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Interzone / Critical thinking
« on: April 07, 2014, 11:33:56 AM »
Throughout my school-years I've been taught, that it is important to think critically.

If you can think critically, then you can think for yourself, and then you won't be so easily fooled - so the reasoning went.

As I got older I gradually realized how insane this idea really is: No matter what, you must always remember to criticize.

What I found out - especially at university - was, that everybody felt that thinking critically was so important, that it really didn't matter if you understood what you were criticizing or not. It was all about thinking independently - and everybody assumed that being critical of everything was the only way to 'not letting yourself be fooled'.

The foolishness was, that nobody even thought of criticizing the whole idea of criticism as independent thinking in itself. Everybody just went along with it. Why? Well - that's what we were taught, wasn't it?

So much for thinking for yourself.

What it really leads to is no one being able to think at all. Everybody is so afraid of being fooled by 'dangerous ideas', that they don't even dare to understand the things they fear being fooled by.

'Cause that could lead to, like, oppression man.' Oppression of every man's right to 'think for himself', ie. to be freely able to dismiss anything, without understanding anything about it, that is.

- 'Equality' follows naturally: Nobody should be fooled by anything = Every individual has an absolute right to fool himself.

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Interzone / Re: Experience.
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:19:39 PM »
The more we seek to escape pain, the more painful it becomes.

The modern ideal of safety first means: We must shelter everybody from the harsh physical aspects of reality - ie. protect man from nature.

Thus we have created what's probably the most psychologically harsh enviornment of all time: The modern urban area, where there is no nature to protect man from himself.

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Interzone / Re: More on Reason.
« on: April 05, 2014, 04:02:03 PM »
Reason = Perceiving reality in terms of order, structure and 'what we can be sure of''.

There's a lot of use in this: To perceive reality as something orderly means the ability to interact with this order: To develop tools, farming, technology, medicine... everything to do with science.

Reality, as it is, isn't necessarily something to be used, though. It can be used - but that doesn't mean that it should be.

If we perceive reality strictly as order, we push everything unruly and disorderly to the side, and dismiss it as somehow less real than that, which we understand to be rational. Thus we create chaos - cause the disorderly aspects of existence will still be there, even if we try to set them aside and to 'see through' them.

Reason: To divide reality into order and chaos - and to assert the order over the chaos.

The order is dependent on the chaos, however - the more we seek to assert the order, the more chaos will manifest. One cannot 'win'.

If we step back, and behold reality strictly through what is - not with regards to how it can be of use - then we see that the chaos and the order are in perfect balance. That's beauty - and beauty is neither rational nor chaotic, as much as it is order sacrificing itself to the chaos, and vice versa.

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Interzone / Re: Confidence.
« on: March 18, 2014, 10:56:39 PM »
To be graceful.

To see beauty in reality, and act in accordance with it - and thus to become beautiful.

Grace was the original aim of Christianity. But people seeking the outward appearance of grace turned it into something ugly.

...those may or may not be some of those who sought to write it down in the New Testament.

Nice to see someone 'getting' the trinity. You make it look so easy :)

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Interzone / Re: Further ruminations
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:22:40 AM »
It's not annoying. It's useful.

Brett has shat out a lot of useful stuff throughout the years :)


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Interzone / Re: Hipster trend alert
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:18:23 AM »
Mindfullness pretty much means: Become mindfull, so your trivial mindless life becomes bearable.

It's buddhism repackaged as a neat little product for the modern drone.

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Interzone / Re: Art Lover Kills Two in SXSW Drive Through Massacre
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:14:57 AM »
There's life and then there is human life. Sometimes, they are opposed.

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Interzone / Re: Is that you John Wayne? Is this Me?
« on: March 14, 2014, 10:12:40 AM »
That's true.

The fine art lies in distinguishing. When is it necessary to think outside of the box (don't conform to modernity) and when can you rely on the tested and true (the traditional ways are unquestionably superior).

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