Thursday, 31 March 2016

Thought 173: Relaxation as Remedy, Means and Goal

If neurosis is the enemy, as I've written below, relaxation is the remedy. It is both the means to overcome neurosis and the goal in the sense that the best results in any activity, creative or mundane, are achieved whilst being relaxed. 

In other words, making effort is a good start but if you manage to combine effort with being relaxed you're on to a winning ticket in so far as execution and performance are concerned. 

Of course, in order to be relaxed you need to first fully accept yourself for who and what you are, in both your strengths and weaknesses.

And accepting oneself requires, to a degree, knowing oneself.

Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Thought 172: Time to Conclude: Neurosis as Number One Enemy

I will repeat myself because this is the one insight I think this entire blog - which covers all my work as a thinker and artist, introspectively and creatively - has been building up to. 

The number one enemy of humanity is neurosis.

After a decade and a half of plumbing the depths, of studying myself and others, of looking into the darkest corners of human existence, of undergoing my own mental health problems, of testing society's and my own personal limits, the statement above is the conclusion I have reached concerning the human condition. Mental and emotional well-being should be the number one priority of every living man and woman. 

For the record I use the word neurosis in the broadest possible way as including all forms of anxiety, insecurity, self-doubt, self-loathing, delusion, superstition, tension, obsession, envy, control freakery, hang up, awkwardness, trauma, mania, bigotry, hatred, rage, depression, suicidality, loneliness, resentment, lethargy and addiction (which is often symptomatic of neurosis). 

Now, being (largely) free of neurosis may not be the purpose or even the meaning of life but it is the sine qua non for the emergence of mental appeasement and the ability to engage in magic, that is to say, the art and science of influencing change to occur in accordance with (higher) Will (i.e. Natural Law) which is the only counterbalance to the use and abuse of sorcery by the powers that (should not) be, sorcery being the exact opposite of magic, namely the art and science of influencing change to occur with (selfish) will (ego). 

That, if nothing else, is the essence of my contribution to the so-called wisdom of the ages. Become well and as un-neurotic as possible, which is to say as relaxed as possible, by whatever means (intellectual, financial, social, cultural) at your disposal. What worked for me was looking at truth square in the face, making my peace with it, learning how to be relaxed, and moving on from there. Perhaps this is the route to be favoured but I can't claim that what worked for me will work for everyone. Discover your own method of getting well (method coming from the Greek for '(along) with the path, the way' - μετὰ όδός) and you will appreciate what I'm saying.

It could be surmised from what I've just argued that serenity and relaxation are directly proportional to one's level of enlightenment and it may be that the one true purpose of enlightenment is the attainment of what is commonly known as peace of mind. Without peace of mind little to nothing of value can be accomplished and made to manifest in the human spiritual world. 

On that note, to use a French expression, avis aux amateurs! (send out to the fans!)

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Monday, 28 March 2016

Thought 170: Having Children

The thought of having children weirds me out but nice picture anyhow.

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Thought 168: My Top Ten Keyboard Composers and Why Chopin is Last on the List

Piano music, be it classical, jazz or pop is one of my life's great loves. However Chopin's piano music does very little for me, even though I acknowledge that it is beautifully crafted and the love affair of many talented pianists. 

I can't entirely put my finger on why his music largely leaves me cold but, for want of a better way of putting it, I'd say it lacks a certain tonic crudeness that I love to hear in the compositions of a Bach, a Haydn, a Mozart, even a Schumann.

Music is about energy and I for one tend to derive more energy from works of the baroque and classical periods than the romantic and contemporary periods much as I adore some pieces from these last two artistic developments in classical piano.

I would rank my top ten (classical) piano/keyboard composers as follows:
  1. J.S. Bach: I simply have derived so much energy, inspiration and cheerfulness from so many of his pieces that this is a no brainer (I would also like to highlight the other Toccata in D minor named 'Dorian', which is far superior to the famous one).
  2. Haydn: Haydn's piano sonatas have a purity, a playfulness, a clarity that I find more appealing somehow to Mozart's or even Beethoven's, which carry some of their characteristics. 
  3. Beethoven: Beethoven's early piano sonatas are what I like to call "Haydn on steroids". My favourite Beethoven sonata is the Pastorale (op.28). I also like Sonata no.24 Für Therese and the all famous Pathétique, especially the first and last movement. I also love the middle movement of the Moonlight. However there is plenty in the Beethoven piano sonata corpus that I find inordinately dull. I only like one of his Bagatelles, the B Minor one.
  4. Mozart: I like the early Mozart piano sonatas for their cheer and classical purity but, as I said, I take more to Haydn's classical period sonatas than Mozart's. I do have a weak spot for some of Mozart's more famous (and ever so slightly cheesy) sonatas as well.
  5. Schumann: Schumann produced an inordinate amount of bland piano noise but occasionally generated true gems such as the first Fantasie stücke Des Abends as well as a very invigorating piano sonata (his first). And of course I'm rather fond of Arabeske and the first four pieces of his Symphonic Studies suite.
  6. Mendelssohn: Mendelssohn gains a place on this list by the sheer beauty of the first Song without words (which I intend to learn) and I also love the Midsummer Night's Dream Wedding March, a piano solo transcription of which I happen to have in my collection of tunes to learn. Let us also make note of the Rondo Capriccioso op.14, memorably immortalised in the first episode of Twin Peaks Season Two.
  7. Schubert: I don't care much for Schubert's piano sonatas (apart from the pearls that are the A minor one, no.16, and the B flat one, no.21) as I find that he constantly repeats chords making them beyond dull in some cases. But I love a couple of his impromptus (the second one from the first series and the first one from the second series) so he's earned a place on this list.
  8. Berg: like Mendelssohn this is on the strength of a single piece, namely Sonata Op.1
  9. Liszt: I love his first piano concerto perhaps second only to Bach's first keyboard concerto and the Sonata in B Minor contains some exquisite moments. I also enjoy his transcriptions of Beethoven symphonies, as I've heard them played by Glenn Gould. Let also mention the ecstatic étude Un Sospiro. 
  10. Chopin: Chopin is last on this list but I do have time for some of his Etudes as well as his first Polonaise. His first Ballade also contains an amazing passage even though I don't take to it that much in its totality. Most of the Nocturnes are also delightful and I for one prefer intimate Chopin to virtuoso Chopin. Some of the Préludes are also delightful, with honourable mentions going to the first and ninth.
Addendum - Having recently discovered the sonatas of Scarlatti and some keyboard pieces by Handel I would be tempted to insert those composers right after Haydn, demoting all the others underneath, but will stick with the list as it first announced itself to me. 

Clementi, whose music came to my awareness in Summer of 2017, certainly seems to be a foremost keyboard composer in his own right but I have not familiarised myself enough with his compositional work to evaluate it with any depth.

Thursday, 24 March 2016

Thought 166: The Enemy is Neurosis

Having long thought about it, I'd say everyone's number one enemy should be neurosis. I know it is mine.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Thought 165: Social Media and Mental Health

I can imagine social media being bad for people with low self-esteem and who are vulnerable to political toxicity. 

Tuesday, 22 March 2016

Sunday, 20 March 2016

Thought 162: Brown Fingers

If it's true that everything politics touches turns to shit, then politicians must by definition have brown fingers. 

Saturday, 19 March 2016

Thought 161: Internet Spying

Person: did you know that your blogger account is being spied on?
Me: Please, that's so 2013...

Friday, 18 March 2016

Thought 160: Classic Composers: The Short View


was a musical prodigy, and

a passionate genius, with

as their creative father, then

was a god of composition. 

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Thought 159: Piece of Satan

I've never been turned on by smartphones until today, having received a brand new iPhone 5s. It genuinely makes me feel like I've got a pocket-able piece of Satan at my disposal. 

Let me use this space to thank the exploited wage slaves in China who manufactured it and the exploited corporate slaves of California whose brainchild it is. 

Let me also thank Mother Nature for offering her resources to the self-indulgence of a consuming prostitute like myself, contributing to his own technological enslavement, thumb print and all. 

P.S. Did I mention that I love it?

Addendum - The 'piece of Satan' joke is more apposite than I originally thought given the logo of Apple.

This is an apple outline that has been partially eaten, just like the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden. And who is it that tempted Eve to take a bite out of the apple that sprang from the Tree of Knowledge? 

Beelzebub himself!

Wednesday, 16 March 2016

Thought 158: Choice and Outcome

There is said to be a universal paradox in the shape of being free in one's choices but never free when it comes to the consequences of those choices. The reasoning has it that a good choice will have good effects and a bad choice will create bad consequences. 

Yet bad consequences may follow from a choice that was a good one to start with - such as dropping out of university leading to more free time and better mental health - and what is more precious than well-being? - but with the result of monetary troubles rearing their head years down the line due to a lack of qualifications. 

Alternatively, as the author of points out in one of his comic strips, you may have made a choice to bet on the most likely eventuality - thus, an objectively rational, good choice - yet the outcome, by an unlucky roll of the die, fell against that outcome taking place and thus harmed your interests.

To take the same university example, someone may have decided to complete a course and not drop out and get indebted and mentally unhappy as a result with the hope of getting a career out of it - because that is theoretically a more likely eventuality if you have a degree qualification - only for that prediction and ambition to fall through at some later stage due to fierce competition and labour market scarcity.

This pinpoints the role of luck in the positive or negative outcomes of choices that were good ones at the time of decision-making but potentially turned out to be rife with bad consequences at a later stage due to the role played by factors outside one's control which were initially unforeseen or unknown. 

As a rule, speaking from my own personal preference, I am loath to sacrifice present well-being for a reward in a future that exists only as prediction and in the imagination. Nonetheless I consider present well-being as including restraint from instant gratification, because self-control is immediately rewarding. This choice of mine may yet still prove to be my undoing, however, due to externalities outside my control, including the role of mass perception. 

Ultimately, however,
"Nobody comes out of here alive"
and that is a consoling thought when caught in the fatalistic nexus of choices and their consequences. 

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Thought 157: The Other WTC

When I see mentions of WTC by political activists I immediately think of Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier rather than world trade centre buildings that fell into a million pieces.

I must have a classical music bias against world events. 

Monday, 14 March 2016

Thought 156: Re-pe-ti-ti-ve

It just occurred to me that the word repetitive is onomatopoeic: re-pe-ti-ti-ve. 

Sunday, 13 March 2016

Thought 155: Surest Way

Ultimately, the surest way not to die is not to be born. 

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Thought 154: Esotericism in the Film Cube

The film Cube released in 1997 contains much esoteric lore. The cube itself is the ancient symbol of the dark cult of the god Saturn/Chronos (quite literally: the Lord of the Rings, given Saturn's ring) - which many believe links up with Satanism - and related deities such as Dionysus, Hercules or the Egyptian goddess Isis, Saturn's eldest daughter. Cubes are ubiquitous in corporate and popular symbolism. 

A glance at this element of the occult and its ubiquitous symbolism is usefully provided here:

As if to drive the point home, the sequel to the film is subtitled Hypercube, which symbol I briefly covered in my blog post Graduates & Cops. The hypercube signifies encaged consciousness just like the giant cube structure in the film the characters are trying to flee from. 

Within the script there is also a passing reference to the occult tradition of Tarot. Issues of government conspiracy and the strategy of compartmentalisation (the left hand not knowing what the right hand is doing) also come to the fore within the dialogue, as well as questions pertaining to the human condition which the cube can be seen as representing. The question is: how did we get there? One character's answer is: we did it to ourselves, nobody's in charge.  

Spoilers: it is no accident in my estimation that the character who turns bad is the cop. Occultists have a low opinion of law enforcers as can be seen on their uniform regalia (again see aforementioned blog post Graduates & Cops) because not only are they unenlightened but they impose their lack of enlightenment on others by bringing liberty destroying measures into physical manifestation.  

The film can ultimately be seen as an allegory for and reflection on the human condition trapped in low consciousness, which is what the hypercube partly symbolises. No wonder does the plot turn sour due to what one character terms 'the groundless stupidity of humans.'

The one character who survives the ordeal and ascends to the light (the Sun, the good, as opposed to Saturn, symbolised by the cube, the 'dark' planet furthest away from the Sun, Pluto being excluded as a planet in ancient astronomy) happens to be a mentally disabled person (with a knack for factoring numbers) as he is in some sense the least warped character with no side, and possibly the closest approximation to innocent goodness among the group, as a genuine Child of God/Christ. 

Thus as humans we start out in a cube, i.e. a prison, of our own making and through collaboration - the characters put their skills together in the movie for their own survival - we journey through the cube only to find that the exit was in the first room all along before we set out on the journey in the first place. It took the long journey, however, and meeting new people along the way with special input to offer to know that. 

This plot point can be seen as an allusion to technical and historical development, realising that so-called progress is a regression from the original state of nature, the first room in which we began, which is closer to the real world and the sun's light. We need to come full circle after travelling most of the giant cube to realise staying put in our original state was the better idea, but now we are equipped with that knowledge thanks to our journey, unlike in our primal state of awareness.

At the end of the cube the rays of the sun beam - enlightenment - and provided we don't kill each other before reaching the light - as they do in the film, particularly because of the unenlightened law enforcer - we may ascend to a higher plane of consciousness that is not a prison but freedom. 

The mentally handicapped character is the only one to make it that far despite being threatened with being abandoned earlier due to his disability, only to find that his special skill, factoring numbers, was the key to the puzzle; only he reaches enlightenment, despite his atypical neurology.  

The film therefore reflects the occult in its very premise, the occult always placing emphasis on individual stages of ascending enlightenment with many perils along the way. Mark Passio calls it climbing the Mountain of Enlightenment (see Ascending the Mountain of Enlightenment) but beware, the view from above over the valley is not pretty. 

Conclusion: While films may vary in their level of esotericism and their level of explicitness, their allegorical and suggestive power points to elements of reality mostly ignored by the majority and dismissed as mere fiction. If only this majority knew how much truth is contained in many, even mass market, features, provided one has the mental tools to decode their hints and riddles, they too would grow in enlightenment. 

P.S. It is interesting to note that the Greek term κύβος, similar to our word 'cube', meant the game of playing dice. Clearly the cube of the film is also very much a game of dice, at least before the 'system' of the cube has been unravelled, with life itself being at stake given the multitudinous death traps.  

Friday, 11 March 2016

Thought 153: Engineered Crisis

What people need to wrap their heads around if they haven't done due diligence as I have in the field of political truth is that the vast majority of political and economic crises are engineered to impose new rules, what researcher David Icke calls the problem-reaction-solution strategy of power (along with the totalitarian tip-toe) and what Mark Passio more ominously calls chaos-confusion-opportunity or simply chaos sorcery (sorcery being the art and science of influencing change to occur in accordance with selfish will). 

In both cases a predetermined plan is brought about by engineering a crisis, such as a terror attack, this crisis is then blamed on some patsy group (like ISIS/Al Qaida in the West) or phenomenon (cyberattacks) that is in fact extraneous to the engineered crisis, with the intended effect of causing a reaction of confusion and fear in people who turn to their government for a solution to keep them secure and safe, a solution so-called authorities duly bring about (such as liberty destroying anti-terror laws and a controlled, surveilled internet) and which constitutes the predetermined plan that was behind the fabricated crisis all along. 

Thursday, 10 March 2016

Thought 152: Elections

Right-wing = disciplinarian father = police state
Left-wing = nurturing mother = nanny state
Voter = abandoned child seeking father or mother figure

Wednesday, 9 March 2016

Thought 151: Thought and Responsibility

To think for oneself is the beginning of self-responsibility. Thoughtless people cannot be responsible because their lack of thinking stops them from considering the consequences of their actions on both a micro and a macro scale. 

To think for oneself is to look past the oft-dubious nature of conventional, mainstream 'wisdom' and start accounting for one's own thoughts, emotions and actions, seeing them in the light of the whole and considering their harmony with truth and Natural Law.

Hannah Arendt's observation that Nazi bureaucrat Adolf Eichmann's lack of thoughtfulness, his over-use of linguistic clichés and stock wisdom, his empty soul led her to an insight into what she called the banality of evil, i.e. the realisation that evil stems not just from knowing malice, but also from unconscious conformity.

Equally, blind obedience and unquestioning order-following also result in evil, since morality is to do what is right regardless of what you're told and obedience is to do what you're told regardless of what is right; the case of police and military generally who are by nature immoral order-followers who do not question or think about their role in the world and the morality of their actions. 

Thinking is an individualising activity which stops our responsibility being subsumed and destroyed by the collective allowing us to do wrong as we please because we are not yet self-owning individuals who consider the consequences of our actions on the rights of others. 

The limitation of the banality of evil concept is that, of course, there is plenty of knowing evil, such as that which stems from psychopathic individuals in positions of power, but it is true to say that thoughtlessness gives these psychopathic individuals much more leeway for causing harm because to refuse to think is to fail to even begin to resist these psychopathic realities.

In an early post on this blog How to Become Master of the World I made the point that man is only really man as opposed to being animal when he thinks his habituation. Our habits, i.e. our actions, are intrinsically a matter of ethics and indeed the word ethics (as well as our word ethos) shares a root with the Greek word for habit, character, custom, i.e.  habituation generally (often used by Aristotle in his Nicomachean Ethics): ἦθος.

In conclusion to be thoughtful is to be mindful of both the world and our actions in the world. 

Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Thought 150: Political Diversity

The human population like the natural world showcases much diversity; diversity in individuals, diversity in body types and facial features, diversity in cultures and customs, diversity in occupations and socio-economic roles, diversity in beliefs and opinions, diversity in personality preferences and basic psychological make-up, diversity in physical and intellectual ability, diversity in lifestyles and habits and so on. 

As Mark Passio rightly observes, more diversity is a sign of evolution advancing survival whereas growing uniformity is a sign of involution advancing extinction, much again like the natural world whose key to success is biological diversity which, when harmed, causes negative consequences for Mother Γαῖα. Darwin himself saw diversity as a key aspect of his evolutionary theory. 

When it comes to the contentious realm of politics which concerns the organisation of power in society a great diversity of views is also apparent, often fighting each other for the final say so and not without violence. Researcher Mark Passio argues that this conflict-ridden reality is essentially the fruit of engineered divide and conquer strategies of mass mind control and that the most pertinent difference that lies between individuals is the level of mind control they're under.

My response to that is a quote from Nietzsche
"He is a thinker - he knows how to make things simpler than they are."
The point I am making is that perhaps diversity of political viewpoints like natural diversity is a healthy phenomenon despite appearances to the contrary. It forces us to consider different viewpoints and grow in our understanding, if we are not already closed off from rational debate. As philosopher Heidegger put it, struggle is the first law of Being and this struggle can be seen as a healthy if unpleasant part of what advances survival, to use Passio's wording.

With this in mind, political thinker Hannah Arendt was sensitive to the importance of political diversity because for her truth only appeared in the interplay and exchange of diverse political stands within a public realm. This is contrary the philosophy of her one time professor and lover, the same Heidegger, who was more interested in the individual's innermost singular essence as a mortal being and had little time for public discourse and the diversity of political opinions. 

Theirs is a difference between private, individual truth and public, group truth. Our liberal societies in the West pride themselves on their pluralism - one of the foremost features of democratic society as noticed by Plato in his Republic - which is always under threat from various authoritarian quarters but still applies to the general public. Left-wingers may hate right-wingers, anarchists may hate statists, but it could be argued that this interplay and exchange, however contentious and fraught, is itself reflective of healthy diversity rather than vulnerable division. 

Mark Passio may be right in saying that the universe gives priority to unity consciousness as opposed to divided consciousness, but what is typically seen as division could be re-interpreted more positively as really being pluralist diversity, in itself a healthy aspect of the human condition and Mother Nature herself. People from the right may have legitimate gripes with cultural marxism and people from the left may have legitimate gripes too with corporate fascism, but the truth may be that both phenomena exist despite denials from either side. 

A problem arises however: where does one draw the line? When does accepting diversity of political opinion become problematic, say for example when minority activists have people banned from public speaking and white supremacists justify their ill-treatment of ethnic minorities? Must we give way to these discourses and actions on the ground of allowing diversity and pluralistic ideals?

The answer lies in Natural Law theory. One may speak and act as one wishes as long as it does not violate the rights of others. Those rights can be defined only apophatically, i.e. in the negative, in the sense of the right not to be thieved, raped or physically harmed, all natural rights ultimately being property rights. When a political person or group violates these rights of others then, and only then, must they be stopped and prevented from spreading their deeds and words for reasons of self-defence against violence. 

Thus, in conclusion, diversity of any kind is a good thing provided it does not lead to violent division and if it does, Natural Law is the bulwark standard by which we must fight that violence to defend our freedom from being harmed and our natural rights from being violated.

Addendum - Having reflected on it, I think Mark Passio's insight is right; apparent political diversity is in fact division born of people undergoing unconscious mind control for it is clear that those who are more politically and historically aware will tend to fall into the no government, no elections, no State, no centralised control camp, i.e. the anarchist one or, as Mark Passio puts it, the an-archonist one (ἄρχων meaning master in Ancient Greek). 

That's not to say all anarchists and even less so libertarians and those who subscribe to the freedom movement generally are enlightened. Many are just rebelling against perceived encroachments on their freedom and care not for the exploitation and degradation of other nations, socio-economic groups and individuals, nor do they contribute to actual, realisable freedom by raising consciousness and human empathy. 

Monday, 7 March 2016

Thought 149: Legitimate Violence - A Contradiction in Terms

I think it was the German sociologist Max Weber, one of the founders of the discipline along with Emile Durkheim and Karl Marx, who popularised the specious notion that the State, in point of fact sociological reality, has a monopoly on legitimate violence. 

The reason this notion is specious is that it is the philosophical equivalent of saying the circle is square or that rape is consensual. Violence is never legitimate because violence means nothing more or nothing less than the immoral, i.e. illegitimate, initiation of the use of force, force itself being moral, especially as self-defence against violence. 

The monopoly on legitimate violence fallacy is typical of statist double-think where you consider yourself moral while making allowance for State immorality at the same time. 

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Thought 148: Where does Conspiracy Culture End?

The problem with conspiracy culture - and I myself am well-versed in and partial to many conspiracies - may be summed up in one question: where does it end?

Conspiratorial thinking as a lens with which to view the world is, for all intents and purposes, a combination of fact gathering and political motivation suffering as it can do from confirmation bias, i.e. seeking out information that confirms rather than disproves one's worldview.

Taking myself as an example, I regard myself as an anarchist of sorts in that I distrust the system of political representation and would wish to see people becoming their own government rather than ruled from on high. Does this mean that I am more likely to accept conspiracies in government and supranational institutions?

Put differently, fact searching - facts being the raw stuff of political truth as I noted in my post Factual Truth - be it historical or contemporary politics, tends to have a political impetus and a political motivation. As Liam Neeson laconically tells a young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace
"Your focus determines your reality." 
Moreover, how facts are selected and cohered into a narrative also tends to be subject to political temperament, preferences, colourings, interpretations, understandings, perhaps even maliciousness and agenda building.

Further still, facts may turn out to be false, either fabricated or genuine errors, so that what makes a fact a fact, i.e. its occurring as a historical event, is itself up for grabs and requires careful examination.

A good example of this is the spurious fact that J.F.K. initiated an Executive Order that brought upon him the ire of the Federal Reserve which duly had him killed; careful examination has shown that there was no such Executive Order, i.e. the Executive Order's contents were in no way inimical to the Federal Reserve's supremacy. 

A living proof that nature as will to power - and human thought is nature working through us - is 
"that which overcomes itself again and again"
- to use Nietzsche's expression - are the following revisionist examples that question all the received wisdom on the events and ethics of the Second World War: 
  • Was Hitler a German messiah as the 'documentary' Adolf Hitler: The Greatest Story Never Told claims he was, a messiah thwarted by perfidious English and Zionist interests? Is his bad standing in posterity's view the fruit of a historical cover up by those who defeated him?
  • Were the Jews really exterminated en masse by the National Socialists or was there a conspiracy to exaggerate the holocaust after the war ended to suit these same so-called zionist and Anglo-American agendas?
  • But wait! Was the Reichstag building being burnt down not itself a conspiracy by the National Socialists to discredit and shame the communists? Or is that conspiracy fact itself a conspiracy and therefore not a fact? 

Conspiratorial thinking à outrance leads to ridiculous results. David Icke, for example, renowned for his theorising on reptilian shape-shifters dominating planet earth in human form, claims in one of his works that Mesopotamian researcher Zacharia Sitchin was such a shape shifting reptilian, even though Sitchin was one of the foremost voices in favour of non-terrestrial intervention theory in human origins, which would à priori support alien co-existence claims by David Icke.

Yet David Icke too is the subject of conspiratorial thinking. Several YouTube videos make the case - based on shoddy televised footage - that David Icke is himself a reptilian shape-shifter! 

Similarly conspiracy overlord Alex Jones of Infowars fame is accused by some of being in the pay of the C.I.A. and representing, at best, an example of controlled opposition, at worst, a shill to misinform a certain demographic.

It would seem that conspiratorial thinking has come full circle painting two figures who've made their living from conspiracy theorising as being conspirators in league with the global conspiracy! 

As Mark Passio states in his podcast series, the key skill that prevents bad Natural Law consequences is the ability to discern truth from falsehood. But there are no short cuts in order to achieve this skill. 

One has to not only train one's mind to think critically, just like building a body muscle at the gym, but one must then use that critical thinking to evaluate competing and often discordant sources of information which one has done the due diligence to absorb and integrate. 

A solution in this light was perhaps best put by Aristotle
"It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without immediately accepting (or rejecting) it." 
Thus, suspending judgement might help the life-long task of discerning truth from falsehood, until such a time when a balanced, well and consciously informed judgement is possible, rooted as it should be in active research of alternate and competing sources of information combined with critical evaluation. 

Few are those who are prepared to carry out such a task systematically and indeed we are but human, all too human. We cannot at all times exercise caution and discrimination, we often need to accept things at face value trusting our intuition, our reason and our experience.

Thus, to conclude, conspiratorial thought, like most human phenomena and modes of discourse, is not un-negotiable - despite its attacking the institutions and discourses of power - and needs to be critically evaluated like all other forms of discourse including those that belong to philosophy, science and cultural criticism. 

Saturday, 5 March 2016

Thought 147: What do you do?

Person: what do you do?
Me: I'm not into the whole work thing, thank you very much.
Person: how do you live?
Me: With money.
Person: Where do you get your money from?
Me: Her Majesty's Government.
Person: You mean you're on benefits?
Me: Yes. Now crucify my arse.

Friday, 4 March 2016

Thought 146: Calvin and Hobbes or the Art of Imagination

Calvin and Hobbes is my favourite comic strip series not only for its fine, soulful, humorous, expertly traced artwork but also for the magic it captures of a happy childhood with Calvin's imagination and childish, yet to be conventionalised, wisdom capturing all one needs to know about the rotten, enslaved, conformist world of adults as compared to the active freedom and anarchic self-expressions of the titular characters with whom many identify. 

All this delivered and presented in such a way as to bring laughs, smiles and awe at the wonder that is a human child's imagination, imagination being the key to life and death in the Mystery Tradition of Alchemy, the genuine philosopher's stone otherwise known, including in Harry Potter, as the elixir of life (see The Philosopher's Stone). 

Thursday, 3 March 2016

Thought 145: The French Revolution's Philosophical Trinity

The three thinkers of the French Revolution's philosophical reality encapsulating a three-part dialectic may be named as follows:
  1. Jean-Jacques Rousseau as the thesis (stated in The Social Contract), the work and spirit of whom animated the French Revolution's soul as well as its most classic representative Maximilien de Robespierre
  2. Edmund Burke as the anti-thesis, whose Reflections on the Revolution in France were a typical English jibe at their French continental neighbours' idealistic politicising, giving a voice to the Conservative tradition in the United Kingdom which has so often defined itself against the French example
  3. Thomas Paine as the synthesis highlighting the limitations of Burke's conservatism and Rousseau's tyrannical passion by cooly explaining and understanding Natural Law principles that are an intrinsic moral compass to the human condition in his treatise Rights of Man.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Thought 144: Christianity as Mystery Tradition

As Manly P. Hall argues in his classic work on the occult, The Secret Teachings of All Ages, Christianity owes much of its symbolic lore to the ancient Mystery Traditions of the world, so much so that the Bible can be read as a code highlighting in a tangential way old traditions of esoteric wisdom that long preceded it. 

One thought that occurred to me in passing was the significance of the numbers 3 and 12. In Christianity there is of course the Holy Trinity consisting of Father, Son and Holy Spirit and the twelves apostles, correlating in number with the months of the year, the signs of the Zodiac, the hours in a half day and the number of solar system planets (according to Ancient Sumerian ways of counting these), not to mention the 12 god pantheons of Greece, Rome and Scandinavia and the 12 labours of Hercules. 

The point I wish to make is that 12 and 3 are identical in numerology because 12 equates to 1 + 2 = 3. This is of course a most cursory insight into the occult elements of Christianity but it appears to escape many people's notice.

And indeed the Greek word for truth, ἀ-λήθεια, means nothing other than what does not escape one's notice the α being privative a bit like our word a-symetrical. Truth-telling in its originary sense is therefore to take out of hiddenness, which is quite literally the task of modern day de-occultists (like Mark Passio) because they bring into the open what has been hidden from the great majority of people, occult meaning hidden in its etymological Latin sense (occultare, to conceal). 

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Thought 143: Social Media: The Short View

Facebook = private crap

Twitter = political crap

Tumblr = artistic crap

Blogger = philosophical crap