Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Thought 311: Pinch of Salt

It amuses me when someone says something like "I take what he says with a massive pinch of salt" because a mere pinch can never be massive by definition.

That everyday language does not follow the rigorous rules of mathematical logic is perhaps one of its greatest charms, which is why I'm suspicious of people who rail against, say, double negatives ('I don't know nothing') and redundancies ('he's a clever wit') while not appreciating the spiritual communication at play in such perceived irregularities. 

This is a charge that could be laid against linguistic logicians who take issue with language's multifaceted and poetic capabilities since lacking the precision and absence of contradiction present in mathematics.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Thought 310: Sense of Accomplishment

One's sense of accomplishment can sometimes be governed by the level of effort expended in manifesting that accomplishment.

This psychological phenomenon can be double-edged in so far as what comes easily to one, even though not to others, might not create any sense of personal accomplishment and therefore be the possible object of neglect with the result that one does not do what one is best at. 

Taking myself as an example, while I derive plenty of self-satisfaction from my musical and visual creations, which require a lot more effort than writing, I feel largely un-accomplished in terms of my thought communications - which comprise the majority of this website - because these come much easier to me than drawing or playing the piano, although possibly due to the fact that I'm more practiced at writing than the aforementioned activities.

I know a person who is particularly gifted on the piano but has chosen to make his living, unsuccessfully might I add, by ever more bizarre and ineffectual business ideas that do not draw on his greatest talent, the piano. 

It occurred to me that perhaps finding piano all-too-easy he does not derive feelings of personal accomplishment from being so good at it and has sought instead to focus on activities in which he has no competitive advantage but that presumably bring him greater feelings of having achieved something. 

This insight links up with 'circle of incompetence' theory according to which people who are good at things in the workplace - finding them presumably easy for them to do - get promoted until they reach levels where they are no longer good at what they do - finding things more difficult - and therefore stuck in a position/area where they are more incompetent than competent.

Monday, 29 August 2016

Thought 309: Knowing Others Through Empathy

As a learning support assistant for adults with learning disabilities I know that I cannot use my own intellectual gifts as a standard by which to evaluate and judge the work of the students I assist in the classroom. 

This pointed me to a more general insight into the limitations of self-knowledge in grasping the motives and sensibilities of other people. 

The role of empathetic or emotional intelligence is precisely to help one along in evaluating others as they are and as they stand, with their own personality preferences, their own sensibilities, their own temperaments, their own likes and dislikes, their own social and intellectual backgrounds, their own financial resources etc. 

To close the circle of this argument I would make the case that true self-knowledge includes the ability for empathy, i.e. the capacity to perceive the difference in perception or, if you will, wavelength that lies between you and others around you. 

This definition of empathy as perceiving the world through other people's eyes and therefore also the difference in the ways you see it was reached in a most early blog post on ScruffyOwlet's Tree, A Brief Anatomy of Perception.

It is empathy that allows one to reach to others despite your differences and as someone said
"It is not our differences that divide us but our inability to celebrate those differences."

Sunday, 28 August 2016

Thought 308: Navel Gazing

Philosophers are often viewed as navel gazing layabouts.

I cannot argue with this view except in so far as it makes this tendency out to be a bad thing.

Navel gazing, getting to know yourself, is essential to growing in consciousness and as I've said before constitutes the true meaning of self-re-spect, i.e. taking another look at yourself and drawing the lessons you need to draw.

As for laying about I personally find it conducive to successful and valuable creativity that springs from a place of personal freedom, philosophically known as self-hood. 

Saturday, 27 August 2016

Thought 307: Scorcese FIlms as Morally Ambiguous

My general gripe with Martin Scorcese's films is that I see them as glamourising villainy, psychopathy, natural law violation whislt providing little and half-hearted moral correctives to what are basically adverts for violence and immoral behaviour. I see them as embracing moral relativism, i.e. as denying an objective difference between right and wrong, yet being nonetheless interpreted by critics as having moral depth.

Taxi Driver sees a psychotic man kill a pedophile while previously considering killing a popular politician but the motive for this killing could be the fruit of 'wanting to amount to something' rather than genuine concern for Jodie Foster, the under-age prostitute.

Cape Fear portrays the character played by De Niro as a hundred times more physically and intellectually fit than the lawyer whose family De Niro preys on but again this makes an equation between talent and immorality, itself based on 
a misreading of Nietzsche.

Goodfellas, a film I find overrated, makes mafia-style immoral practice seem like an apt strategy for a successful life away from the corporate and employment treadmill. Whatever happens to the main character eventually, the message that winning means avoiding mainstream routines and being a criminal is still there.

New York New York sees a jealous neurotic again played by De Niro seem somewhat cool and manly and his treatment of his wife is not put into question at any point, although she winds up finding success and not he. 

Raging Bull makes us feel pity, by the end, for the fate of a boxing champion who is not only a wife and brother beater but a jealous, controlling, insecure and lascivious piece of garbage.

The Wolf of Wall Street is essentially money and sex (i.e. satanic) pornography making ultra-capitalist Jordan Belfort seem like a cool, funny and self-aware trader/drug addict as compared to the hopeless masses who are revealed, by the end of the film, to have no commercial sense whatsoever, unable as they are to sell a pen by creating urgency. In addition all of Belfort's employees essentially have rubber souls apart from one who has depth and who kindly decides to clean a fish bowl only to be humiliated and sacked for doing so. Lastly, I interpret the film as having the effect of a smokescreen in its portrayal of loose cannon traders for much more cynical and calculated practices by white collar banking establishments. 

The Departed is an ultra-violent film showing the ties between the mafia and the police and it seems to me that the message of the film at the end is 'don't be a rat' rather than not getting involved in immoral behaviour, whether the State-approved or the mob-criminal kind. 

Of course these points of view are rather over-stated as there is some nuance and correctives to these narratives but I personally find them very weak and half-baked. 

Oliver Stone, by contrast, is less morally ambiguous in his film work but many take issue with his films for that reason, as being too preachy and righteous. 

I have less of a problem with Quentin Tarantino's work - which is also ultra-violent and villainous - because it so transparently makes a link between violence and comedy that people do not come out of it thinking 'ah yes that had a moral message' - moreover, Tarantino has always made clear his penchant for the aesthetic of violence and gore and while perverse, this trait would only be mistaken for rightful thinking by mind controlled fools. In other words, I find Tarantino's oeuvre is less hypocritical than Scorcese's.

Friday, 26 August 2016

Thought 306: Wisdom as Power

Contrary to mainstream belief, knowledge is not power if it is not applied, i.e. put into action. For
"To know and not to do is not to know."
It is wisdom, i.e. the art of knowing what to do with what you know, that amounts to genuine power. 

Thursday, 25 August 2016

Thought 305: The Occasional Dullness of Classical Music

As a rule I love classical music, especially classical piano, but by God can it be dull at times. 

As Oscar Wilde said in his foreword to his novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, art fails if it's boring. 

While it is true that some things are boring for some and not for others, I am inclined to agree with the personal truth of Wilde's statement. 

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Thought 304: Rock Sex Nightmare

This would be uncool:

Sitting on a rock somewhere, wanking and crying amongst a colony of sex therapists. 

Tuesday, 23 August 2016

Thought 303: Rewards in the Hereafter

As Jesus preaches in the New Testament he who does alms visibly for others to see has his reward in the here and now rather than the hereafter.

Perhaps this element of his teachings can be applied further to creative works, thoughts, deeds that, while largely unrecognised by contemporaries when they are brought forth (reward in the here and now), will gather strength and influence with time, even after the death of their originator (reward in the hereafter). 

Shakespeare, whoever he was, is more popular now than in his lifetime and so is his musical equivalent, J.S. Bach, whose music was largely out of fashion come the Age of Reason (second half of 18th century). 

The test of time is the litmus test when it comes to creative work, as work that is based in truth and enlightenment will likely outlive its creator, provided there are always those clued-up receptors who recognise and validate quality, even long after the death of the artist/thinker behind said quality. 

Meanwhile many artists and thinkers who are in the public eye in their lifetime and get symbolic rewards such as Academy Awards, Nobel prizes, glowing reviews in the mainstream media may in fact not be remembered centuries after their death.

Of course there are always those who have an impact in their lifetime as well as after their death, but it does seem to be an unspoken law that justice does come to bear on creators who, relatively unknown in their own time, come to be acknowledged as significant contributors in the long term.   

Monday, 22 August 2016

Thought 302: Leaders and Followers

Everyone knows of Buddha but it is much harder to name other Buddhists in history who followed his example. Not that they would mind.

Followers of a cause or original thinker may serve a purpose in disseminating, spreading and giving voice to that cause or thinker but where there are followers there are leaders. 

I have a problem with leaders in the sense of human beings who are shepherds managing their flock - as practiced by many a cult and political party - because everyone should become their own leader and achieve personal dominion rather than seek to dominate others or, as the case may be, follow others. 

I have less of a problem with leaders who, while having followers, use their skill and enlightenment not to exploit these followers for selfish gain but to help and lead them to become their own leaders. 

Such was the desire of both Nietzsche and Heidegger and of contemporary thinkers like Mark Passio, James Corbett, Richard Grove and many others.

Sunday, 21 August 2016

Thought 301: Entertainment and Satanic Agendas

The French word for entertainment is divertissement which literally means distraction

While being entertained is no doubt pleasurable for most, allowing an easy escape from the world and all its problems, the fetishisation of entertainment in the Modern World - e.g. in the video games industry - can prevent people from discovering their creative sides as well as their true positioning in terms of the world they live in. 

Mainstream TV programmes as well as many video games have the effect to program people to think a certain way, usually along conformist and satanic lines of 'being the best', not being 'the weakest link', being 'popular', 'lying and cheating for success and money' (as in the reality show Survivor), embracing elite memes and never once encouraging creativity or the raising of one's consciousness. 

TV is largely sewage that can be pleasant in moderation but not as a way of life and certainly not as a source of truth and wisdom. 

There is also unwholesome contradiction within mainstream outlets, e.g. bemoaning the objectifying of women whilst having adverts with attractive, scantily dressed female models, bemoaning 'climate change' whilst selling the latest car model, keeping you up to date on cancerous foods whilst publicising processed food products on the next page and so on and so forth. 

This unclean schizophrenia in our civilisation which pretends to promote morality whilst in fact pushing satanic agendas is symptomatic of what Nietzsche called
"The confusion of the language of good and evil."

Saturday, 20 August 2016

Thought 300: Role of Time in Dominion

Time is an essential spiritual currency for the task of finding oneself. If you feel you lack the time due to commitments and the obligations of, say, workaday living, you need to find the will-power in you to make the time for starting your ascent up the Mountain of Enlightenment

I know this is easy for me to preach who isn't (yet) tied to a job but the quest of knowing oneself and where one stands in the universe is certainly worth all the effort required involved in making time. 

Civilised culture allows for too little time in this regard in so far as school tends to lead to university for many - with the odd gap year in between where you are still meant to do stuff - and then to the workplace where you are generally under the thumb of your employers. 

Find the time to learn about yourself and the world you live in. The cost of not doing so is simply too high. 

Friday, 19 August 2016

Thought 299: Knowing Where You Stand

Generally speaking, if you know where you stand in the universe you will know where to look, i.e. find enlightened human beings either online or offline as well as creative works that do good for your soul. 

Thursday, 18 August 2016

Thought 298: Saying No

The word 'no' has been said by researcher Mark Passio to be the single most powerful word in the English language. 

While many popular self-help philosophies preach positive thinking and affirmation, i.e. saying 'yes' to everything, Passio is of the opinion that life is in fact a lot more about negation than affirmation.

In other words it takes a big saying 'no' to all that is wrong, immoral, disturbing, satanic in culture in order first to find oneself and then, having found oneself, to say 'yes' to that which is of true value and of true benefit to the evolution of mankind as well as your personal self. 

It is also wrong-headed and dishonest to preach the view that by focusing on the negative you somehow give power to the negative. If you have a gas leak in your house you better know about it in order to do something about it rather than go up in flames when you next light a cigarette. 

In my experience, positive thinking in actual fact has the opposite effect to that which it claims it has, i.e. it can make people feel a lot worse and at odds with themselves if this positivity does not spring from a true inner source of self-belief and attunement with one's being as well as the Being of all beings. 

When the Dalai Lama recommends ignoring the pain and suffering in the world he is preaching what is in effect a nihilistic philosophy which fails to negate and therefore even begin to address that which is contrary to cosmic law. This philosophy can only result in partially minded humans, too cowardly to confront that which is in its entirety: truth. 

It is much rather by in-forming yourself as to what is dark in the world - as well as looking at what is not - that you will become well for then you will be able to embrace the entirety of existence in your mind - not just the bright side - with a clear sense of what is right and what is wrong, losing inner self-doubt as to why the world is such as it is and to what extent and in what way you are personally contributing to either its good or bad sides. 

Wednesday, 17 August 2016

Thought 297: Angle and Truth

I argued in my previous post Interpreting Information that some angles, i.e. sensibilities and perceptions, are closer to truth than others. 

How is this so?

People who know themselves well, who have immersed themselves in factual reality, who have critically evaluated the world they live in as well as their fellow humans are bound to attain insights that are more profound and accurate than perceptions that rely solely on what mainstream sources of information and common understanding tell them to think.
"Create your own reality or it will be created for you."
At bottom it is the extent to which one is in tune with Being that, in my opinion, determines the truth-level, i.e. truthfulness, of one's views, truth simply being that which is. And being in tune with Being means considering all that is awe-inspiring as well as terrifying about existence. 

Tuesday, 16 August 2016

Thought 296: Personal Presidents

My position on the latest US presidential election will come as no surprise to those who know me, either in real or in online life: we should all become our own personal presidents and elect no one to power. 

Philosopher Immanuel Kant theorised that in order to gage whether an action is moral or not, consider what would happen if everyone acted that way.

If no one voted like I do not vote, then the phoney system of 'democratic representation' would cave in and this in itself would send genuine (as opposed to alleged) ripples through the whole political and economic establishments, sending a clear message to the self-appointed and self-serving elite that the people no longer want to be controlled by masters and obey laws made by them.

Monday, 15 August 2016

Thought 295: Spiritual Wealth

While I have oft expressed the view on this web log that monetary wealth is fake wealth as opposed to goods and services, the latter nonetheless remain a form of material wealth.

More valuable than material wealth is perhaps spiritual wealth coming in the shape of ideas, artistic expressions, contact with friends and loved ones, general enlightenment and self-love. 

While materialism is in some sense spiritual, because material objects do affect and engage the spirit, spiritual wealth is arguably less bound to pragmatic things and allows for one's soul to float and appreciate our Creator-given existence in a more open-ended and liberating way. 

Sunday, 14 August 2016

Thought 294: Musical Language

As an amateur musician, I am partial to the view sometimes expressed that music is a higher language than words. 

It is for this reason that one of my favourite forms of verbal expression is poetry as good poetry shines by its musicality.

Music is somewhat less divisive than linguistic expression, also less prone to being misread and rejected, but of course music is very varied and some forms of music do offend some ears, as modern chart music does mine. 

Good music allows for an open-endedness, a nuanced expression (as the case may be), an a-political gratitude towards life and the Creator that few other mediums can replicate so well, even though the visual arts are of course very capable in capturing these elements of raised consciousness as well. 

Saturday, 13 August 2016

Thought 293: Rejecting Philosophy

Rejecting philosophy or thinking for its own sake deserves respect, as Heidegger once pointed out, in so far as such a decision contains more philosophy than it itself knows

In his opinion, it is the toying with philosophical concepts - as practiced by a majority of commentators - that is more deserving of contempt as it signals reluctance, for whatever reason, to actually engage in the labour and introspection involved in philosophical thinking while still making use of the ideas of others even if only to poo poo them. 

As I wrote below in Rarity of Philosophy, many are suspicious of generalisations, however true, and unfortunately this mere suspicion already counts as an argument against intellectual labour in such people's minds.
"You can't generalise"
is itself of course a generalisation and, in the same vein, Obi-Wan's statement to Anakin Skywalker in Revenge of the Sith according to which
"only siths reason in absolutes"
is for its part also an absolute, at least for those of us following at home. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Thought 292: Sex and Nature's Agenda

Sex has designed us, at least those of us who happen to be heterosexual, to procreate by making the so-called physical act of love as well as the mere thought of it pleasurable, at least to a great many people.

With contraception, practiced for millennia in different ways, couples have tried to gain the pleasure of sexual intercourse without the attending possibility of pregnancy and the responsibilities and risks that follow from pregnancy and having a child. 

Yet contraception is not fail-safe, as I know two women who got pregnant despite being on the pill, condoms for their part can break or come loose as I myself have experienced and I also know a woman who got pregnant despite having an operation not to!

The surest way to avoid having children is of course to practice sexual abstinence but the power of Venus is such that even the most chaste man or woman may be tempted to give in to the temptation of sex if caught in the passionate heat of the moment. 

Thus it would seem that nature cares not for personal preference and ideal conditions for having a child, merely the fact that we do self-perpetuate as a species, at least for as long as sex is practised by heterosexual couples. 

Sex can be recreational, of that there is no doubt, but nature's agenda always lurks behind even the 'safest' sex that has ever been practiced. 

Thursday, 11 August 2016

Thought 291: Self-Love and Self-Respect

Self-love, in practice, means to follow the pattern of 
"As I think, so I feel and so I act."
Self-respect, as the word 're-spect' means in truth (from the Latin respectare: to look again, 'etymology' itself etymologically signifying 'true'), is to look at yourself again and draw the lessons about yourself you need to draw.

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Thought 290: Putting Up With Bullshit

Putting up with bullshit means putting up with your own bullshit as well as other people's. 

This insight was inspired by the following exchange I had on twitter:

Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Thought 289: Nothing Hurts Like The Truth

It's a very common French saying that
"il n'y a que la vérité qui blesse."
i.e. only truth hurts or, better, nothing hurts like truth. 

This is especially true of psychological truth when someone challenges an element of your character or personality and you are hurt by what they have said.  Chances are what they are saying has truth in it - would you be upset if a comment on your person was obviously false and therefore unthreatening to your self-image? - and you have yet-to-resolve issues/demons to address including that of pride (which, as I have said many times before, is the opposite of self-esteem). 

Anyway the insight that nothing hurts like truth would give weight and reason to Plato's observation that no one is more hated than he (or she) who speaks the truth, be it political, psychological or philosophical. For people react violently to what hurts them.

Monday, 8 August 2016

Thought 288: Carrots and Ali G

In an interview with a US diplomat, Ali G could not get his head round the expression 'carrot and stick' used by said diplomat to describe US policy towards foreign countries.  

When finally told that carrot in this instance meant money, Ali G exclaimed
"Yes, well, money is way better than carrots!"
Although true in the context of the monetary system, in a moral culture that has freed itself from the mind control methodology that is money, Ali G's exclamation would not be true.

For carrots are edible. Money is not. Carrots exist in nature. Money has never, does not and never will exist in nature. Carrots are real. Money is artificial. Carrots sustain life. Money destroys life. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Thought 287: Rarity of Philosophy

It does amaze me how rare it is for people online, and especially on my Facebook, to share philosophical ideas of their own or any kind of thoughtful generalisation about the world.

Generalisations are seen with a poor eye by common understanding as being untrustworthy and nothing offends people's sensibilities more than admitting to the fact that truth may be absolute rather than relative and dependent on or equivalent to perception.

Mark Passio is always keen to point out that some blanket statements are true and the fact that a statement amounts to a blanket statement - e.g. there are no enlightened people working for police authorities - does not necessarily mean it is a false one.

Many who deal with philosophical ideas online limit themselves to sharing what other thinkers have thought and appear to be loath to themselves make the leap into the strong winds of thinking for its own sake. 

The vast, vast majority on my Facebook account share pictures, videos, memes, stuff happening in their lives, the occasional rant or reaction to mainstream political events, but the philosophers among my friends are incalculably rare. 

[That being said, the fact that people choose not to express their philosophical views for whatever reason is no sure sign that they do not have philosophical ideas. Perhaps sharing philosophical ideas takes more temerity than I realised.] 

I would not be surprised if many of my Facebook friends considered my online philosophical musings and opinions as a waste of time, hard to read, pretentious or even the sign of a character flaw. 

This was brought home to me not only by the general lack of interest in my thoughts but also by the fact that the one thing I said that did get attention was my admitting that my philosophical labours were at bottom opinions mixed with a little insight and sensitivity.

Now that got a lot of likes.

People just don't care or want to know what you think, however deep and profound, and likely do not see any value in the art of thinking. Moreover, getting off on ideas is likely a minority taste.

Nietzsche thought that the fact that the philosophical sensibility was a rare plant, historically and in his own time, had perhaps good reason behind it. After all, a lot of suffering can arise from over-philosophising. 

Yet I personally fail to see the wisdom in this because it is reluctance to think and therefore to resist that allows evil and immorality to endure and this failure ensures the continuing success of mass mind control methodologies that divide and conquer and lower the consciousness levels of the great majority. 

Although often quoted with amusement, the statement by Socrates according to which great minds think in ideas, average minds in terms of events and small minds in terms of people should perhaps be taken literally

I was once asked how I knew that I had a great mind. Although unable to answer the question at the time, in retrospect I should have answered with the above quote: I think in ideas rather than events or people.

I hope that my example as an outspoken blogger who is not scared of probing the depths of existence will encourage others to partake in the pagan feast that is thinking for the sake of thinking.

Addendum - Of course material conditions are key to one's ability to philosophise, including whether or not one is tied to a job or is constantly worried about money or has dependants that need active, daily care. 

Saturday, 6 August 2016

Thought 286: Emotional Flashbacks

While many are familiar with the concept of PTSD-style visual flashbacks, just as equally devastating are emotional flashbacks, e.g. when a harmful or negative interaction/event causes an acute stress reaction which has its root in past trauma and is arguably out of proportion with the upsetting interaction/event.

I used to suffer from these on a regular basis and it took a great deal of self-labour on my psyche and emotional make-up to overcome this problem. 

Friday, 5 August 2016

Thought 285: Modern Medicine

As I know first hand, mainstream psychiatrists largely ignore the traumatic root (almost) always present behind mental illness and consider only the symptoms of thought and mood disorder (Madness as Coping Mechanism).

Treating symptoms over causes is one of the hall marks of modern medical practice and ideology. 

For instance, most medical professionals are untrained in and offer little to no advice on good nutrition and eating habits while the Father of Medicine Hippocrates for his part stated two and a half thousand years ago
"Let thy medicine be thy food and thy food thy medicine."

Thursday, 4 August 2016

Thought 284: Ali G

I am convinced Ali G is my alter ego. 

Whereas I am a sedentary thinker, pondering the universe in the comfort of my own home with the utmost seriousness, Ali G is a worldly thinker, seeking answers from people practically as unenlightened as he is with the utmost comedy

P.S. You could almost say Ali G is to me what Aristophanes was to Plato. Only I'm not as clever as Plato but the actor Sacha Baron Cohen - at least in his television work - is funnier than the playwright Aristophanes. 

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

Thought 283: Conspiracy Theorist

To the largely pejorative term 'conspiracy theorist', itself fruit of a conspiracy by the C.I.A. to silent dissident discourse, I prefer the expression 'conspiracy realist' or even 'conspiracy factualist' when the conclusion that a conspiracy is at play has been reached through diligent confrontation with factual reality.

Of course not all conspiracy theories are of equal worth but as I've written before in We're All Conspiracy Theorists, conspiracies, i.e. people colluding to do harm for their own gain, are a common not to say mundane reality in everyday life. 

Tuesday, 2 August 2016

Thought 282: On Feeling Down

"Pain gives of its healing power where we least expect it."

Feeling pain or feeling down is a natural human response to events, external or psychological, that are, well, painful. 

While unpleasant, being in pain can help a process of self-clarification and self-knowledge in terms of knowing what one's limits are, what one should be doing with one's time, what people to cultivate as friends, what activities to focus on, what thoughts to entertain and so on. 

Of course clinical depression is pain that is in no way obviously helpful but even such a serious illness as that can also help, in the long run, the goal of knowing oneself, even if only as a reminder of how much one can suffer without giving in to the temptation of suicide. 

As Heidegger also wrote
"How can we expect to feel cheerfulness if we were to shun sadness?" 
Though pain and pleasure are often seen as opposites, pain does lead to pleasure (witness the song by Queen Pain is so Close to Pleasure), as in sexual intercourse where losing one's virginity for women might be painful initially or men their anal virginity, and the capacity for psychological pain in my opinion does signal the possibility for intense joy, at least in a healthy and relatively balanced individual.

Socrates in Plato's dialogue Phaedo makes such a link between pleasure and pain as being two heads of the same beast, where the feeding of one leads to the satiation of the other, for the lifting of pain is in fact pleasurable and pleasure would be of little moment in one's psyche if the latter was unfamiliar with the experience of pain.  

Pain is part and parcel of the human condition and as such has a role to fill in the general advancement and evolution of our species. For the couplet of pain and pleasure helps humans navigate their own paths through life's material and metaphysical expressions.

The following quote by the by the Persian poet Rumi (1207-1273) puts it best, I think:
"God turns you from one feeling to another and teaches by means of opposites so that you will have two wings to fly, not one."

Monday, 1 August 2016

Thought 281: Ancient Cult

I know this doesn't go down well with many people, but my relatively extensive research in political truth has led me to the conclusion, true or false, that we are indeed led by an ancient psychopathic religious cult that hides behind the phoney (and vacuous) façade of mainstream culture.

I can only urge my minute amount of readers to do their own homework and reach the conclusions that their own sensibilities and courage will lead them to.