Saturday, 30 April 2016

Thought 197: Mark Passio and James Corbett

From a philosophical and esoteric viewpoint, I would say that independent researcher and public speaker Mark Passio from is the sharpest motherfucker in the world right now.

From a current affairs and news analysis perspective, I would say journalist James Corbett from comes a close second.

I find that these two researchers complement each other well, for James is slow and often reluctant to engage in philosophical speculation if not to do with factual reality and Passio is sometimes lacking in factual knowledge, preferring esoteric and more obscure strands of analysis. 

And of course there are plenty of enlightened individuals online and in the world doing the Great Work of awakening minds and showing the path of authentic morality and σωφροσύνη.

I choose these two because they were the most instrumental in my own personal coming to consciousness. 

Other notable speakers and writers are Richard Grove from and the author of 

I would draw the line at vlogger Stefan Molyneux whose discourse clashes with my sensibility.

But each to their own. 

Friday, 29 April 2016

Thought 196: Ridiculous Nature of Speculative Markets

It amuses me no end that the international value of our monetary currency which determines what and how much we can purchase or transfer abroad is determined by what are essentially speculative gamblers on worldwide currency markets.

Money being in its essence fake anyway (as opposed to mon-eye, spiritual awakening) it goes to show the extent to which our societies are not only unenlightened but downright insane.  

In fact it's not only currency markets that are downright insane but all speculative markets based on the solipsistic belief that perception is reality and reality is perception.

Such a belief, in its current phoney almighty status, and its hourly application worldwide through the thoughts, emotions and actions of so many traders and business people will surely translate into murderous and dire consequences for all, even those innocent of taking part in it. 

Ignore cosmic law at your own (and others') peril. Financial and personal bubbles will always wind up bursting. 

Thursday, 28 April 2016

Thought 195: Sparing People Shame

As Nietzsche once observed, sparing people shame is the sign of a humane sensibility. 

It is also a good way to determine whether someone is potential friend material, say, for example, by admitting that you are jobless and on welfare or a sexual virgin or some other embarrassing truth and they don't look down on you for that or make a sny comment. 

For all his magnetic charm and the facile entertainment provided by his TV show, Jeremy Kyle does essentially make a living from putting people to shame, including for being on benefits and being sexually promiscuous. 

He acts as though nobody ever fucks up in life, including himself, and that the hapless individuals who get publicly humiliated on his show somehow deserve to be talked down to and judged - by him of all people. 

Entertainment is not enlightenment, to say the least.  

Wednesday, 27 April 2016

Thought 194: Secret Laughter in Places of Power

Daily Mail writers and editors probably secretly laugh at the gullibility of their readership and the same applies to Sun workers as well as all the usual suspects. 

In fact this secret laughter is perhaps not reserved to newspapers or even media outlets such as Fox News and Time magazine but I suspect applies across the entirety of real centres of power and influence.

Researcher Mark Passio who used to be a priest in the Church of Satan which happens to be populated by extremely powerful and influential figures in society regularly reminds his listening audience of the belly laughs he heard from these so-called sorcerers of consciousness who love to manipulate their way to power and stay there by all the (immoral) means at their disposal. 

These belly laughs, you will have guessed it, were at the expense of the unsuspecting masses who lap up their garbage and buy into their lies.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Thought 193: Value of Mathematics

I'm no mathematical wizard. That said, I did very well in my end of school maths exam and had fun solving a problem on this blog several years ago (Maths with Calvin).

Mathematics has been said to be god's language to man and there is undoubtedly a purity about its logic and much satisfaction to be gained from engaging with its ideas. 

I however feel that the aura around mathematics as being the highest form of knowledge slightly over-stretched not to say overrated.

In my perception, the fact that mathematics uses symbolic language that is hard to access and happens to have technological and scientific applications leads to the erroneous view that truth is mathematics or, at the least, logic. 

I can see the attraction this idea holds for many, particularly of a left-brain and unintuitive disposition, but I see it as potentially being a barrier to self-enlightenment in the sense of people giving up on introspective labour on the grounds that it is not exact like mathematics and will always be subject to disagreement.

As controversial but pet philosopher of mine Martin Heidegger used to state repeatedly in his lectures, being himself relatively proficient in the science, exactness is not the same thing as truth, that which is, and mathematical science is no more rigorous than other fields of human thought and activity like history, philology, philosophy or art which are not as exact as mathematics but require an equivalent level of mental application and dedication (see his lecture What is Metaphysics? collected in the volume Pathmarks).

It is very convenient for those who want to prevent people from getting in touch with themselves and questioning the world around them to make the equation mathematics = truth in so far as high-end mathematics is restrictive in its accessibility and people will simply give up on even attempting to master it and carry on leading lives that avoid questioning the world they live in, thinking this to be a waste of time since lacking the quality of mathematical precision. 

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Thought 192: Freedom that Comes with Little Attention - Ego Attachment

Many creative people crave attention and this is understandable. Energy flows through attention, it's flattering to the ego and of course with attention and popularity comes the very real possibility of making money out of being creative. 

I for one have at last come to appreciate the fact that I receive very little attention, whether it be this blog, my youtube piano videos, my Facebook posts and so forth. Why? It gives me more creative freedom and also the ability to edit and improve previous creations almost unnoticed, slowly but surely building a better-quality body of work for posterity to enjoy. 

I feel blissfully free of the pressure that comes with people's expectations in my output, the unwanted publicity, and the fact that many will not identify and perhaps criticise my brand of sensibility such as in personal blog comments which fail to grasp the intention and spiritual content of my communications. 

I also intensely dislike the emotional reactions that come with strong or even moderate disagreement, especially when the disagreement is based on a simple misunderstanding, a lack of spiritual discernment and self-knowledge or, worse still, a clash of egos. 

Ego attachment is an unhealthy trait preventing self-realisation and often develops into pride, which has been described as the actual opposite of authentic self-esteem. 

My basic position regarding pride was perhaps best and most amusingly expressed by the character of Marcellus Wallace in the movie Pulp Fiction
"Fuck pride. It always hurts. It never helps."
Pride as caused by ego-attachment also prevents personal growth and flourishing because you need to accept that you may be wrong and have been in error in order to make progress up the Mountain of Enlightenment and achieve a good level of personal sovereignty. 

As Mark Passio rightly states in his podcast series, the three most powerful words in the English language are:
"I was wrong"
since uttering these words signals the beginning of your understanding that truth lies outside of your ego. 

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Thought 191: Truth is Simple

Contrary to popular belief, truth is always simple. Key insights into the laws of nature and psychology can be expressed in the simplest of terms that (almost) everyone can grasp. 

And in my opinion simple but true insights always bear repeating. 

The perception that truth has to be complicated in my view stems from spiritual confusion and a lack of discernment as to how cosmic law really works. 

All that being said, simplicity is not the same as something being easy to fully grasp or express. 

Obfuscating simplicity with complexity is of course a technique of mind control, putting people off from engaging in thoughtful and introspective labour due to reasons of perceived intellectual inadequacy.
"The splendour of the simple"
should not be underestimated. Nor should the authority of such a thinker as Isaac Newton when he said
"Nature is pleased with simplicity and nature is no dummy."
To this we may add both an excerpt from the twelfth chapter of the Confession Fraternitatis belonging to the Rosicrucian order:
"Believe us, Truth is simple and unconcealed, while falsehood is complex, deeply hidden, proud, and its fictitious worldly knowledge, seemingly aglitter with godly luster, is often mistaken for divine wisdom." 
and Friedrich Nietzsche's observation according to which:
"Heads fully mature, finally, love truth also where it appears plain and simple and is boring to ordinary people: they have noticed that truth is accustomed to impart its highest spiritual possessions with an air of simplicity.
Yet, he later wrote,
"the simplest things are very complicated - a fact at which one can never cease to marvel."
See later blog post Complexity in Simplicity for more elaboration on this last point. 

Friday, 22 April 2016

Thought 190: The Meaning of Enlightenment

Being enlightened doesn't mean having an I.Q. of 200 but simply treating oneself and others with care. 

Thursday, 21 April 2016

Thought 189: Sensitivity as Emotional Astuteness

There is much confusion surrounding the concept of sensitivity but I think the best definition of it ever given to me was that sensitivity is emotional astuteness

In other words, sensitivity and emotional intelligence are the same thing. 

Being sensitive and in touch with one's emotions is a very positive trait but can have knock on side-effects such as being affected by negative vibes, upsetting events and interactions and the general toxicity of mainstream culture as I see it. 

Those who are sensitive, i.e. in touch with their emotions, will have to learn not to fall prey to them but listen to them and apply care, knowledge and will to overcome confusions as to whose emotions they are feeling - us sensitive types pick up on others' emotions sometimes confusing them with our own - and steer them carefully by monitoring the content of their thoughts. 

This monitoring of one's thoughts is an essential skill for sensitive people because high emotionality can lead to being ruled by one's emotions and even attempting to think with one's emotions when at best emotions should only be the framework within and from which thoughts manifest themselves.

This skill can be developed into a fine art and it is amazing the extent to which the content of one's thoughts can affect the body's chemistry and general well-being but the goal, and this is the goal, is to achieve what Mark Passio calls present moment awareness, i.e being aware of the whole whilst being engaged in the now.

As a sensitive teenager I erroneously believed that present moment awareness involved being entirely focused on tiny minutiae but as I grew older and more self-confident I learnt that true living in the now means being aware of the whole at all times. 

This awareness of the whole is the greatest remedy against neurosis, provided one has fully accepted oneself, because everything appears as it truly is and as I wrote in my blog post below, fear is illusion. Being aware of the whole lets you be unphased and largely unaffected by (sudden) externals occurring in physical reality and being unaffected essentially means being relaxed and in control. 

So the lesson I've learnt as a sensitive person is to never allow myself to be ruled by emotional re-actions and always monitor my thoughts carefully so that I may be psychically aware of the whole in which my physical existence takes place and benefit from the serenity that comes with that union with the whole or, put differently, the universe.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Thought 188: Intelligence and Unhappiness: My Own Example

It was claimed by a study that 99% of down's syndrome people were happy with their lives and 97% of them liked who they were. 

I doubt these numbers are as high when surveying the general population, let alone the moderately to highly intelligent demographic. 

This is not to say that down's syndrome people don't have intelligence but those of us who don't have down's syndrome could definitely learn from their example, especially if trapped in the woes of persistent unhappiness. 

I know a thing or two about unhappiness, as do the vast majority of my close friends, having attempted suicide when I was 23 and being in a long-term relationship with a life-long depressive. I also know a thing or two about down's syndrome individuals, supporting as I do adult students with learning disabilities in the classroom every Thursday. 

Intelligent people have the ability to process more data, particularly of an abstract nature, and with this ability comes increased awareness. And awareness encapsulates the positives and the many negatives that surround us in what is sometimes called the human condition. 

With intelligence can come undesirable side-effects like overthinking, rumination, perfectionism and when the emotional framework within which thoughts occur is disharmonious and upset, for example after experiencing a trauma of some kind, the intensity of those negative thoughts will have a tremendously poor effect on the body's psyche and nervous system. 

It could also be argued that the less mediocre you are, the more gifted and able you are, the harder life gets, the more fierce the competition, the higher the demands placed on you by others as well as your own self and the harder it is to relate to others and make friends because people simply don't get you and won't always respond in a positive way to your unusualness.

With intelligence can come toxic ways of thinking, such as focusing too much on the future with anxiety or too much on the past with regret, and imagination, if used against oneself, can be a mighty enemy. 

The down's syndrome people I support in the classroom overwhelmingly do have sunny and jaunty personalities. They live in the present moment, they are blissfully unaware of planetary and political issues, they do not self-doubt or engage in self-bullying and while they are of course vulnerable to predation they generally lead pretty easy lives with little to no responsibility. 

Ignorance or, rather, nescience is indeed bliss. And responsibility and its attending obligations and duties can be a pain in the butt as far as happiness is concerned. 

The link between intelligence and unhappiness is pretty well established - one need simply take a cursory overview of the lives of great thinkers and artists and see that many of them were replete with agony, pain and neurosis. The cost of genius can be very high indeed. Many others have suffered terribly throughout history on account of poverty and general human cruelty.

My twenties were, generally speaking, a bloody miserable period. After experiencing a series of emotional traumas, I was plagued by self-doubt, low self-confidence, acute awareness of painful and unpleasant realities, fear of the future and others around me, a ridiculously small amount of friends and so on. 

Now in my thirty second year (I'm currently 31) I've never been happier. What did it take to go from unhappiness to happiness?

Largely it took full self-acceptance, getting to know myself and the world around me (I was particularly empowered by the teachings of Mark Passio), learning the value of morality, i.e. going from moral relativism to moral absolutism, getting over intellectual confusion born of a lack of genuine external guidance, using my intelligence creatively on the piano and in the arts, generally not giving a fuck about fitting in or having a job, quieting my critical mind to accept others as they are as well as my own achievements and last, but far from least, losing my social phobia, i.e. unease around people. 

As I've written below on this blog, if neurosis is the enemy, relaxation is the remedy. And to become relaxed you need to accept yourself 100% in all circumstances and banish the nasty habit of negative self-talk. This in itself can take a long time and many hard lessons to achieve. 

Another key element is filtering and selecting who to engage with and what to spend time doing. For example, I banished mainstream television entirely from my life, as well as mainstream radio, and avoid going out to pubs and night clubs and have been very discriminating about who and what I choose to associate with and who and what I choose to avoid, life becoming in effect a constant act of repeated self-therapy.

This is all about learning and becoming who one is. In fact, rather oddly given popular prejudice, reading up on conspiracy research had a wonderfully liberating effect on my psyche, making me realise (real-eyes) once and for all that I was not the problem but that the problems I perceived but couldn't put my finger on had a reason external to myself. Seeing the truth about mind control and the toxic nightmare of mainstream politics helped me liberate myself from those energy-sucking demons. 

Perhaps most helpful of all was heeding Mark Passio's arguably most important teaching; the distinction between love, the force that expands consciousness, and fear, the force that shuts consciousness down. I chose love over fear and immediately reaped the benefits. Fear, when confronted and taken care of, reveals itself to be illusion. In other words, I started listening to what my heart was telling me, after I opened myself up to it, rather than what society's voice in my head was telling me. 
"You shall learn the truth and the truth shall set you free."
"To look into the sickness of the world and one's fellow human beings is a terrible undertaking, but those who do will become well."
"Follow your heart for there lies your treasure." 
I would argue that it was getting to grips with truth, that which is, but really getting to the bottom of it and not what I initially and mistakenly thought it was, that made me become well and happy in the long run and in order to get to grips with truth you need to listen to what your heart tells you so that the head (thoughts), heart (emotions) and guts (action) can finally work as one as part of that unified entity which is the person you really are. 

The path to self-realisation is indeed fraught with pain and difficulty but once you become enlightened and have exorcised all your demons you will experience the tranquil and authentic happiness known as serenity or, in Greek, σωφροσύνη.

Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Thought 187: Free Will as Acquired

To the tired and over-beaten debate over whether or not free will exists and to what extent I offer the following suggestion, inspired by the Mystery Tradition of Freemasonry and others:

Free will is acquired and not innate.

The journey towards enlightenment is precisely about acquiring free will which is to say, dominion, otherwise known as self-ownership. Unenlightened people do not possess free will as their thoughts, emotions and actions are disjunctive; they are not properly speaking individuals but rather divi-duals as they are both divided and dual. 

Unity consciousness, whether of a light or dark kind, is what enables free will to occur and be exercised at will, pardon the pun. Without it one is slave to one's emotions or one's thoughts, or both of these in opposition or, worse still, we engage in actions that are out of sync with both our thoughts and emotions.

Free will occurs and occurs only when you can say without hypocrisy
"As I think, so I feel and so I act" 
in that precise order.

In other words, free will is a possibility that can emerge when one has aligned one's thoughts with one's emotions and with one's actions. 

Monday, 18 April 2016

Thought 186: Hugo v Balzac

I have read a great deal more of Balzac than Hugo but it struck me how different their moral characterisation was. While Hugo seems to deal with heroic figures, such as the bishop in Les Misérables, who is unambiguously portrayed as being a charitable man, not to mention the hard-bitten monument that is Jean Valjean, Balzac seems to deal far more with weasely ambitious types who are given to Satan's game, as mastered by the character of VautrinLucien de Rubempré and Eugène Rastignac immediately come to mind. 

Sunday, 17 April 2016

Thought 185: Obscuranti and Light-Concealers

From the little I have garnered about both practicing Luciferians and the all-mighty Illuminati both terms are obviously misnomers

Luciferians, the dark ones at least, do not bring light - as the word Lucifer implies in its etymology - and instead promote their own toxic creed of obscurantism.

Ditto the illuminati, if the claims about them are true, are pretty fucking far from being as enlightened as their name would suggest. Rather in their manipulating and seeking to control others they would appear to be at the lowest possible level of human consciousness.

So, in light of this, let us rename Luciferians 'Light Concealers' and the Illuminati the Obscuranti (the Unenlightened Ones).

Saturday, 16 April 2016

Thought 184: Emotional Visibility

The view that women are more emotional than men, even more neurotic, may have something to do with the degree to which they visibly display emotion and the way in which such emotion is expressed. 

Men may conceal their emotional life a greater deal than women, and may be slower to show emotion, other than anger and bravado, but that in no way equates to being less emotional.

After all most of us have heard the saying boys don't cry. Perhaps feminist thinkers attribute this emotional divide to culturally determined gender roles according to which men must be placid providers and women allowed to be their own emotional selves, as long as they are nurturing spouses and mothers. 

But the tale told by male suicide rates suggests that men are indeed prey to neurosis and many men are seriously damaged by romantic break-ups and take a long time to recover from the abandonment that comes with such break-ups. 

It can also happen, as it has in my life, that men show lots of emotion to women  (I am no authority on homoerotic relationships) in their vulnerable or not so vulnerable moments and that it is women who are put off by these unwanted expressions of emotion. 

So this idea that women are more emotional than men is perhaps pure bogus, based on a superficial equation between emotions visibly expressed and the presence (or, as the case may be, absence) of emotional events actually going on inside. 

In addition, some may not regard male expressions of anger as being emotional when of course they absolutely are. 

Friday, 15 April 2016

Thought 183: France and the Collective

It is an arduous task to generalise about France without falling into easy cliché. That being said, I have the advantage of understanding French culture from an insider's perspective, having grown up in that country and experienced both its educational and professional environments. 

The thing that in my opinion sets France apart from many nations, particularly English-speaking ones, is that it is a nation that embraces collectivist philosophy and largely views the State with a benign eye, seeing it largely as a proper caretaker and representative of collective desire, political polemics aside. 

The word taxpayer in English, with all its connotations of being thieved upon by centralised authority and generally being a mug, shares little common ground with its French translation: contribuable, i.e. contributor, but in the sense of someone who happens to contribute. 

France is a dirigiste nation par excellence, at least on this side of the global map, and whereas in America everything philosophically stems from the individual, the government being largely seen as an illegitimate form of control and exploitation (including by the Founding Fathers themselves), in France it is the collective will which matters - as encapsulated in the ubiquitous French expression "l'intérêt général" (the common interest) - and this collective will is ultimately what government is there to give voice to and put into action. 

Of course this is a very idealised summation of French collectivism, as dissent against authority is a French specialty, but unlike in the American tradition, the individual matters little as compared to the volonté générale as determined by the permanent negotiation between centralised authority and popular dissent. 

Anarchism is not a particularly strong current in France - not to say it is elsewhere - as few French people view the State with quite the same level of hostility as Americans do theirs. Is this the sign of some French cultural flaw or is it to be welcomed as a refreshing change from anti-government neurosis which never considers the good that could potentially come from centralised authority acting morally? 

It is true that the general problem with collectivist philosophy, which has as its desire the purported greatest good for the greatest amount of people, is that it winds up being determined in practical reality by a select few who happen to be in power and who may well decide to act in their own self-interest rather than the collective's or be misguided entirely in their idea of the greatest good. 

Ultimately, however, government is made up of individual people, and history has seen more enlightened rulers and aristocracies than others, which goes to show that the value of a system of power organisation is always determined by the morality of its deeds, whether it be democracy, monarchy or anarchy. 

My ideal is and always will be moral anarchy but should government be here to stay, it is preferable in my view to coax it towards greater morality through collective pressure and other democratic methods. Many American anarchists view government as intrinsically evil but fail often to see that anarchy, should it be immoral, would always lead to non governmental but nonetheless real forms of coercion and power abuse over others. 

Thursday, 14 April 2016

Thought 182: Knowledge and Sensibility

In his book Human All Too Human, A Book for Free Spirits, Nietzsche penned the following observation within the text of aphorism 34
"I believe that the decision with regards to the aftereffects of [...] knowledge will be given through the temperament of a man."
I wholeheartedly agree with this insight with the proviso that I would be tempted to add "through the temperament and sensibility of a man."

Temperament in English contains the word temper and generally covers in its meaning the mood dispositions of an individual. Thus new in-formation has to be interpreted  and the ensuing decision over how to interpret this in-formation is, according to Nietzsche, largely governed by basic mood disposition

While sensibility undoubtedly includes temperament, i.e. mood disposition, it also includes other elements of the psyche such as character, imagination, taste, physiological make-up, personality preferences, comfort zones, discomfort zones, sensitivities, neuroses, creativity, morality, intellect and so forth. 

Thus, in my way of thinking, the way one chooses to deal with information, to accept it or fight it, to modify it or subscribe wholly to it, to ignore it or engage with it, is the result of a conscious or even unconscious decision governed by one's unique sensibility, as described above. 

Although apparently mundane, this insight governs a huge proportion of human intellectual and artistic life, in so far as everyone has a potentially and relatively unique sensibility - including the victims of mass mind control techniques who've yet to come to consciousness - which will colour how all sensory data (visual, audio, tactile) and consequently knowledge as well as art will be received, propagated and passed down.

Sensibilities vary hugely among the human population and over time, even though modern psychological research has tried to categorise and narrow them down to basic 'personality' traits, and that variety in sensibility will ensure a permanent diversity of opinions, likes, dislikes, beliefs, fashions and so forth. 

Some sensibilities will clash, others will complement each other, still more will derive inspiration and energy from each other and all this chemical reaction contributes to the intellectual as well as physical reality we co-exist in and constitutes perhaps the true motor of history, if indeed there is such a thing. 

A good example is the rather taboo world of conspiracy research. Narratives that seek to undermine consensus reality and manufactured worldviews will be received with glee by some, with hostility by others or else completely ignored in favour of safer, less threatening narratives.  

As such, it is not just your focus that determines your reality, as claimed in Star Wars Episode One by a Jedi master, but your sensibility which includes character. Or better still, it is your sensibility that will determine what you choose to focus on, and therefore your psychic reality. In schematic form we may say that, following Star Wars philosophy, sensibility leads to focus itself leading to self-reality, both received and manifested. 

Knowledge, or art for that matter, are not objective quantities but always first received and decided upon according to individual and collective sensibility and as I've written elsewhere on this blog (Political Diversity) this diversity may be the saving grace of humanity ensuring not only our survival but also our flourishing. 

[However the same could be said of a people's decline if their sensibilities are misguided, i.e. unable to distinguish truth from falsehood, and under the influence of toxic influences stemming from environmental and spiritual bankruptcy.

Controversial philosopher Martin Heidegger sought to redress this decline in sensibility by restating the problem of Being, what is, but Heideggerian sensibility remains a rarity.]

There is one problem I have left ambiguous so far on this blog post which is the question that asks: at what point does information become knowledge? Is it precisely when in-formation has been received and decided upon, that is to say, interpreted? Is knowledge in essence interpretation which, as we have seen, is itself determined by sensibility?

In-formation, a most felicitous green language, will form you from within and thus contribute to your sensibility for, as Mark Passio repeats on his podcast series, we are all that we take into ourselves (which includes food, obviously, but also what we see with our eyes and hear with our ears). 

This in-formation will presumably, given the right circumstances, give rise to knowledge when it has been ingested and digested, interpreted and critically evaluated. This process of ingestion, digestion, interpretation and critical evaluation will be governed by sensibility by whatever means, moral or immoral, sensibility comes to be shaped and influenced in the first place. 

Addendum - another word that captures the idea of sensibility is attunement which is perhaps a better translation of the German term Stimmung than temperament. Attunement is the preferred choice in Heideggerian scholarship for translating Stimmung

Monday, 11 April 2016

Thought 181: Intellect is not Intelligence

It amuses me how the media portrays Stephen Hawking as being one of the most intelligent people on the planet. 

They fail to see that intellect alone, however great, is not the same as intelligence which includes creative aptitudes as well as logical faculties. 

And even intelligence is still not the same as being enlightened, even though a modicum of intelligence is arguably a necessary psychological component for enlightenment to manifest.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Saturday, 9 April 2016

Thought 180: Rewards for Psychos, No Rewards for Empaths

Monetary mainstream society rewards those with psychopathic tendencies, be it in law, business, finance, politics, academia or entertainment. 

Being empathetic is never financially rewarding. Money is the devil's currency that ensnares people to living in contradiction with moral law and their own (and others') human selves.

By contrast to money, attention and time are God's currencies. Unlike money, these currencies give rise to care, for oneself and for others (see The Meaning of Enlightenment). 

Friday, 8 April 2016

Thursday, 7 April 2016

Thought 179: Empathy and Intelligence

Empathy takes intelligence and a good heart which many, if not most, do not have. 

Wednesday, 6 April 2016

Thought 178: Healing Power of Jazz Music

No matter how dire the world seems to get, whenever I listen to jazz music everything seems to be in order. Such is the power of improvised harmony. 

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Thought 177: Note on The Shining

Kubrick's The Shining is a much analysed film - from both an academic and an esoteric viewpoint - and I can't do all its suggestive intricacies justice in a short blog post. For that the documentary film Room 237 is a most worthwhile watch.

That said, I think it can be safely extrapolated from the film that the haunted hotel is nothing other than an allegory for the United States of America, built as it is on Native American burial grounds and itself reap with Native American decorations as evidenced throughout the feature. 

The USA strike me as a relatively uprooted nation which was built on land that was ancestral to an indigenous people and has made full of adoption of the technological and ahistorical way of life. 

There are elements of the film that make covert commentary on the history of the United States, such as the Gold Room scene where the bartender refuses Jack Torrance's cash as it is not backed by the gold standard - an important moment in American political history - or even the alleged debunking of the moon landings in terms of Danny's Apollo 11 sweater and the room he is supposed to avoid. 

Is modern day America haunted? I would argue that David Lynch is the great film-making genius of capturing the phoney unreality that lurks under the airbrushed façade of mainstream American culture. What Lies Beneath, the title of a nineties horror flick starring Harrison Ford and Michelle Pfeiffer, is the perennial question to be asked concerning the so-called 'Leader of the Free World'. 

Indeed, what lies beneath Hillary Clinton's icy smile and Donald Trump's skin tone? An enlightened land full of morality and justice or a darkened dystopia full of lasciviousness and violence?

Monday, 4 April 2016

Thought 176: The Beatles: What's in a Name?

The Beatles band name was originally spelt the Beatals. 

The Beat-les is a great name for a Rock band because it has the word 'beat' in it, as in rhythm, as well as in the sense of defeating the competition in the music trade: Beat-All.

And of course the beetle is a ubiquitous black insect which fits in well with the black tie outfits worn by the band members early on. 

Saturday, 2 April 2016

Thought 175: Artistic Statement

As philosopher Martin Heidegger points out in one of his many lecture courses, there is something so immediate and easy about applying the word 'expression' to artistic accomplishments and activities and yet it could be argued to be a hollow descriptor. 

Indeed, expression could be said not just of art, but of someone cursing, of a dog barking, of a child laughing, of a politician talking and so on. It doesn't really capture something essential and specific to artistic creation. 

Of course I'm the first to admit that it is a handy word that captures a basic idea of pressing something outward from within and I suppose artistic creation does involve an element of that. 

However if I were to choose a word that captured the intent and venture of artistic doings it would be the word statement, understood not just politically or verbally, but as a usually autocratic assertion of a quantum of energy and life force that occasionally transcends the destructive element of the creative deed. 

Be it a piece of music, of architecture, a movie, a piece of visual art, a comic strip, a poem, a piece of literature, even a video game, all communicate a ready formed état de faits, that is, a statement occurring within the world that can take on a life outside and beyond the creator's inner life at the moment of inception and completion. 

I would argue further that the more successful an artistic creation, the more it transcends the individual creator and reaches the imagination and sensibility of the spectator or listener, giving him a moment of self-release, of losing him or herself in the (hopefully) open-ended statement that has been made by the artist, perhaps in a fleeting perception that all things are connected and our lives, however disparate, are interlocked and intertwined as members of the human species. 

Artistic expression or, as I prefer, artistic statement would thus contain in the best of cases an element of expanding consciousness, which is none other than the force of love as opposed to fear (which in opposition to love is the force that shuts consciousness down). 

Great artists could therefore be argued to be light workers in the sense of bringing illumination to the darkened minds of individuals trapped in conventional ways of thinking. It was indeed Heidegger who defined art's task as setting truth to work, truth being understood widely as that which is, Being itself. 

To be sure, not all art is light work expanding consciousness and sometimes art can be used to darken minds and contribute to the obscurantism, i.e. the general state of unenlightenment, of the world. Thus, artistic statement can be employed both to reveal or to conceal; in the first case the statement smacks of magic which influences change to occur with higher will (natural law) and in the second of sorcery which influences change to occur with selfish will (ego).  

As students of the occult will know, symbolic knowledge can be used for good in the sense of expanding people's consciousness in which case it is light occultism or, on the other hand, can be used to manipulate and control others in which case it is dark occultism. 

This is all very Star Wars I'll admit but the dark and light sides of the force exist here on earth for those who have understood the allegory of those movies allegedly set in a galaxy far, far away. Art does not escape this duality in nature and can partake of one or the other or even both sides of the force depending on whether it springs from the polarity of love or the polarity of fear. 

So, to conclude, even though art may initially be a form of expression for creators, it is ultimately the statement it represents in the world that determines its position regarding the love-fear polarity, the light or the dark side of the force, the illumination or the darkening of men's minds. 

Friday, 1 April 2016

Thought 174: Enthusiastic Amateur

The word amateur is regularly used disparagingly of individuals who are less proficient in a given art form, ignoring the fact that we all start out as amateurs in whatever walk of life we choose to get involved in. 

But the word amateur does not, etymologically, mean a noob for the Latin root of the word, amo, means to love. If you're an amateur in a given trade you are, linguistically speaking, a lover of that trade (but presumably not professional and disabused enough). 

I should know. I'm an amateur pianist, an amateur poet, an amateur drawer, an amateur philosopher but I feel no less worthy for all that. In fact I prefer the word enthusiast to the word amateur because it captures the original sense of the word amateur (which derives from the Latin amo, to love) without the negative connotations. 

In short: enthusiasts of the world unite!