Tuesday, 31 May 2016

Thought 228: Mort-Gage as Phoney Contract

The word mortgage is French in origin and simply means death-pledge

Mortgage contracts belong to some of the most phoney contracts in existence because on the one hand the bank does not in fact hold the money it puts into your account to buy the house (it simply summons it out of thin air in order to indebt you and has the gall to charge interest on this non-existent money) and second you do not actually yet own the house to be able to use it as collateral in case of default.

Banks essentially have the legally granted power to create debt at will which is to say, to enslave, and thereby reap up real wealth, i.e. goods, in case of default and only in exchange for fake wealth which is what money is in the first place (see Money and Goods).

Monday, 30 May 2016

Thought 227: Naivety that Comes with a Good Heart

French novelist Honoré de Balzac was evidently sensitive to the psychological phenomenon whereby good natured people can be most naive as to the wickedness, low mindedness and lack of enlightenment of others.

This makes them possible victims of mass mind control but perhaps not, in so far as the low mindedness of, say, the mainstream media, will not be to their taste and they will eventually seek out spiritually more enlightened forms of communication. 

This insight he expressed several times in his novel Illusions perdues when scientific genius David Séchard is robbed of the fruit of his discovery on how to make cheap but quality paper by calculating, scheming and generally psychopathic business owners. David never even suspects that he might have been manipulated and forced to give up his discovery, thinking no one could possibly be that low.  

The same could be said of Native Americans who welcomed and helped white settlers on what was their land only to be wiped out and killed, not to say enslaved, by said settlers who were obviously of a wicked-hearted not to say base disposition. 

The one advantage I will say that comes with a good heart and the naivety it can entail - and its attending possibility of being abused by the base motivations of others - is that it does enable a more child-like, fresh and creatively successful outlook on the world.

After all Goethe (was it him?) was right in stating that genius is being able to summon childhood at will and Nietzsche echoed this insight in Thus Spoke Zarathustra when stating that work for a man should be akin to the seriousness of a child at play. 

Sunday, 29 May 2016

Thought 226: Energy as Self-Therapy

People respond favourably to things, people, ideas, emotions that energise them. In his notebooks Nietzsche wrote that after millennia of confusion, he taught a yes to all that gives strength and justifies the feeling of strength and a no to all that makes weak and exhausts. 

Different sensibilities will be energised and depleted by different things which is why knowing the truth about oneself means coming to realise (real eyes) and actively engage in what gives one energy and minimising or even completely avoiding what spiritually depletes one. 

This is perhaps one of the most important insights in self-therapy that exists. Unlike the unconditional contemporary thinker Mark Passio, I would say that if seeking and learning the truth exhausts and depresses you without any pay off whatsoever then simply give it up.  

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Thought 225: Importance of the Heart

Becoming enlightened requires opening up one's heart and listening to it. 

In addition evangelist Matthew was right when he wrote
"Where your heart is, there will be your treasure also."
All my artistic creations originate from my heart chakra as mediated by my head chakra. 

Heart disease is the number one cause of death in the Western world and this could have something to do with the fact that many people out of conformist fear have shut themselves off from their hearts.

Dark occultists want to destroy the feminine principle of care (as ritualised in the cremation of care ceremony at Bohemian Grove) and the effigy of the secret society Skull and Bones in America contains the skull (thought), the bones (action) but no heart (emotion) (see Skull and Bones).

Psychopaths of course do not have feelings originating from heart perception whence their destructiveness and callousness towards others and Mother Nature. 

[Obscuranti overlord David Rockeller is rumoured to have reached such an old age through repeated heart transplants (6) but the presence of the physical organ does not necessarily mean it is a working seat of emotion and care.] 

Due to fear at school that stayed with me as an adult, I was closed off from my heart for many years and this spelt trouble for my well-being and sanity, causing no end of depression and general neurosis.

[The suicide attempt of my unhappy youth did involve attempting to stab myself in the heart and there could not have been a more symbolic act of my hatred towards my emotional centre had I tried.]

It was only when I stopped being on the defensive, putting a front on and wearing psychological armour, it was only when I was no longer afraid of being hurt and wounded that I became well. For it was only then that I allowed my heart to express itself and heal my psyche. 

And buddhists are right in saying there is no greater form of health than happiness or, in Greek, σωφροσύνη.

Friday, 27 May 2016

Thought 224: Thinking as Skill

Thinking is a skill that can be honed through practice, repetition and discipline. 

The same can be said of thought communication, i.e. the sharing of one's thoughts. 

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Thought 223: The Contagiousness of Ignorance

Michel de Montaigne opined in his Essays that nothing was quite as contagious as ignorance. 

Ignorance breeds more ignorance through the simple laws of imitation, influence and group dynamics where it does not pay to be the odd one out.

What is ignorance? Ignorance, as the word suggests, means choosing to ignore what you can reasonably be expected to know, the information being widely available and accessible. 

However there have been and perhaps always will be those who, in their rebellion against the ignorance of their contemporaries, will go out of their way not to ignore novel information, however controversial and risky it happens to be for their lives and livelihoods.

Service to truth is said to be the hardest. Perhaps this is due to the fact that, according to Plato,
"no one is more hated than he who speaks the truth" 
the truth apparently flying in the face of conventional wisdom which is often ruled by methods of mass mind control - such as religion and money - and also facing the very real possibility of persecution by the powers of the day. 

Many a modern day conspiracy researcher and whistleblower comes to mind not to mention the classic examples of Socrates and Jesus. 

Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Thought 222: The Meaning and Effects of Enlightenment

Questions: is the link made between enlightenment and personal serenity a true one? does being enlightened mean being at peace or rather being angry at injustice and immorality? does true enlightenment require action as suggested by the saying "to know and not to do is not to know"?  what is enlightenment? 

Answers: As regards the last question I would say enlightenment means treating yourself and others with care. I would also argue that enlightenment that is not put into practice is nil because that signals a disjunction between thought, emotion and action, a divided consciousness so to speak. 

My answer to the first two questions would be that treating oneself and others with care contributes to being at peace with oneself and that anger does seem to wear off - it has for me - the more one looks at the big picture and accepts not only oneself but others as they are

[Mark Passio, though enlightened, is angry because he does not accept people as they are and their lower level of consciousness. I'm not saying he is wrong in being of that disposition but it is not one that I share with him.]

Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Thought 221: Interpretation and Compliance

Generalisations and information generally are always first interpreted by the conscious mind with or without particular intention. 

People with conscious (political) intention are said in English to have a 'side'. 

Ultimately it is one's level of consciousness that will determine how one interprets data, i.e. information of any kind.

This insight is behind the saying according to which a wiseman gains more from a foolish statement than a fool from a wise one. 

So a quote by Nietzsche such as
"The weak and the failures shall perish - first law of our love of humanity"
will be interpreted by eugenicists literally as giving them justification for depopulation agendas, by charitable understanding as a sign that Nietzsche was evil, by others as an ironical statement designed to prevent spiritual exhaustion from being overly compassionate and by others still as signalling a new 'law' for interpreting spiritual reality. 

In this particular example the interpretation will largely hinge on how one reads the word 'weak' as meaning either vulnerable people (low level of consciousness), foolish people (moderately high level of consciousness) or immoral people (high level of consciousness), if one is indeed of the view that immorality stems from spiritual weakness. 

The danger with statements such as these, however, is that low levels of consciousness vastly outnumber high levels of consciousness and that in politics it is the great number rather than the enlightened few who make up mainstream reality, despite all the manipulation that is said to go on at the top because
"politics is not like the nursery: in politics, obedience and support are the same."  
It is mass compliance, it not mattering whether it be conscious or not, that enables the triumph of evil in whatever deceitful and seductive shape it chooses to take form. 

[See also More Cynical = Fairer?  and Freedom in Peril: World War 2 Poster]

Monday, 23 May 2016

Thought 220: The Intellectual Instinct

French philosopher Michel Foucault thought that the role of intellectuals was 
"to see and speak based on an intuitive model of reaction to what is intolerable."
As far as I can tell this is the model that many contemporary thinkers and dissenters follow, pointing out all that is wrong, disturbing and immoral in the world and attempting, if they are strong minded, to offer solutions. 

The intellectual conscience is however quite rare, most people suffering from 'eyes wide shut' syndrome and generally being content with thinking in cliché and common utterance. John Lennon thought that theirs was an easier life:
"Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all that you see."
That being said many people are not genuinely capable of intellectual thought as levels of ability and desire in this area vary.

Sunday, 22 May 2016

Thought 219: Keeping Past Works Alive

In classical music, the great benefit of interpreting past compositions, whether in concert or the recording studio, is that it keeps those works alive for a new generation of ears, particularly if the interpretation adds some value to the notes as written and offers new insights into the piece. 

The same applies to intellectual works which are written down, whereby insights by past writers are not only referred to and quoted ad nauseam but made new and original by apposite and skilful interpretation. 

[Which reminds me of a problem Heidegger alludes to in his book What is Called Thinking?, namely the question of why philosophers after Socrates became writers, and philosophy a form of literature. 

Given Socrates was executed for speaking his mind this might have to do with the politically safer nature of hard-to-grasp writing over spoken discourse as well as possible difficulties in verbalising thoughts orally as opposed to writing them down, e.g. because of a lack of like-minded intellectuals to converse with in person. 

Issues of transmission and posterity also surround the question of writing which was made into a genuine philosophical problem by Jacques Derrida.]

Heidegger claimed in his Nietzsche lectures that a great thinker hears what is great in previous thinkers and makes their observations his own by creatively transforming them. 

For, according to him, only the wise know what wisdom is, only the great know what greatness is and only the enlightened know what enlightenment is. 

I have discussed before (Philosophising) how philosophy understood actively as philosophising rather than merely describing established ideas is by nature creative and therefore potentially transformative. 

In terms of the chronology of this blog only my first five posts were creative philosophy in that transformative and original sense. 

And what is original, particularly in philosophical labour, tends to draw from what is most originary in history. In other words, in philosophy as opposed to the sciences, it is beginnings and origins that matter rather than future developments. 

This is no doubt why Pre-Socratic philosophers were seen so favourably by Messieurs Nietzsche and Heidegger and described as purer types than the usual suspects Plato and Aristotle who were relative latecomers in Greek intellectual history, existing as they did at a time of political decline and turmoil in the Greek world. 

Over-preoccupation about origins and beginnings, however, can be quite toxic as noted by Foucault in his argument with Derrida over his book Histoire de la folie a l'âge classique and the word 'purity' can be politically loaded. 

Historically, elite, i.e. literate, Romans were obsessed with Rome's past and its supposed Golden Age and perceived almost all contemporary developments as so many instances of moral and political decline: Horace, Sallust and Tacitus come to mind.

This 'good old days' syndrome is arguably a dead end that is easy to fall into when the present seems intolerable. That does not mean that there is not much to be learnt from the past. 

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Thought 218: Factual and Philosophical Truth

In her essay Truth and Politics, collected in her volume Between Past and Future, Hannah Arendt makes a useful distinction between factual truth and philosophical truth.

I made much use of this distinction in my past blog post Factual Truth and Created Political Facts calling facts the raw stuff of political thinking, polemics and manipulation.

Whereas factual truth is what preoccupies analysts, philosophical truth is what preoccupies thinkers.

The two preoccupations are not of course mutually exclusive. 

The ability to tell factual truth I think would require great skill in terms of evaluating the veracity of information as well as observing external contemporary developments whereas the ability to tell philosophical truth would require a great amount of introspection and self-knowledge that nonetheless draws from external observation and interaction. 

Let it be said, however, that one's view of philosophical truth, whether conscious or subconscious, is likely to colour how one gets to grips with and interprets factual truth and thus how one analyses the contemporary climate. 

The converse also holds, i.e. factual awareness can colour one's philosophical worldview. 

Friday, 20 May 2016

Thought 217: Putting Inspiration into Practice

It is not just having thoughts that makes a good thinker, conversationalist and blogger but the ability to seize them and verbalise them. That much is obvious. 

Similarly it is not simply having inspiration that makes an effective artist but his or her ability to commit that inspiration to a preferred creative medium with assurance and skill.

My father is of the opinion that unlike the political game, where one needs to be shallow and single minded, art allows for deeper, more divided natures to express themselves. 

I still think, however, that being unified in one's consciousness and being intellectually, emotionally and actively congruent is more conducive to successful creative industry than productions born of internal psychological division.  

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Thought 216: Suspending Judgement

"Entertaining a thought without immediately accepting (or rejecting) it is the mark of an educated mind." - Aristotle
Suspending judgement, particularly value judgement, is the sign of a degree of wisdom when there are in point of fact reality so many competing and varying interpretations of phenomena. 

This suspension of judgement enables the possibility for engaging in research and critical evaluation of said competing interpretations before finally reaching a position on a particular topic, e.g. anthropogenic climate change or the dangers/benefits of euthanasia. 

Wednesday, 18 May 2016

Thought 215: Controlling Others

Psychologist B.F. Sinner apparently stated (I'm taking as my source for this a John Cleese anti 'political correctness' video) that those who lack control over their emotions and are prone to being hurt will attempt to control and censor the utterings of others. 

Whether this is true or not is highly debatable but I will say this: the only legitimate, i.e. moral, form of control is self-control and attempting to control the thoughts, emotions and actions of others is a sure sign of un-enlightenment.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Thought 214: Maturity as Overcoming Fear

I believe it was Kant who stated roughly that growing up means overcoming one's fears. 

And perhaps the best way to overcome one's fears is to confront them head on. This is called exposure therapy in modern psychology. 

Maturity seems to me to involve both a process of ditching one's illusions, i.e. errors, (as argued in my blog post Growing Up as Dis-illusion-ment) as well as vanquishing one's fears with regards to the world and others.

Monday, 16 May 2016

Thought 213: Wisdom as Taste

In his ill-attended lectures on the Pre-Socratics, Nietzsche made an etymological argument according to which early Greeks saw the word σοφός, typically translated as wise, as having a connotation of taste. 

It is therefore with some glee that I read an amazon review of Heidegger's Nietzsche books entitled "two tastes that taste great together". 

As I wrote in my last blog post, critical faculty is what enables the emergence of a degree of quality, filtering out the bad ideas, whether intellectual or artistic, and critical faculty is of course governed by one's sensibility which itself manifests in taste. 

Sunday, 15 May 2016

Thought 212: Genius, Circumstance and Critical Faculty

Nietzsche surmised in his opus Human, All Too Human that the capacity for genius was perhaps not so much rare as hard to come by, requiring a great mastery over καιρός, the right moment, as well as life circumstance. 

Furthermore, he argued, the minds of great thinkers or artists are continuously productive of good, average and bad ideas and it is the critical faculty, developed to a fine art, that enables the manifestation of quality in the deed and the work. 

Nietzsche used the apposite example of Beethoven who carved out his greatest melodies from a plethora of musical ideas of varying quality as evidenced in his notebooks. 

The word critical comes from the Greek κρίνειν, to differentiate and distinguish, including between what is higher and what is lower in quality. The critical faculty - as I have suggested in previous posts (Knowledge and Sensibility and Interpreting Information) - tends to be governed most by one's personal sensibility. 

A link could therefore be constructed between quality and good judgement, since critical faculty and judgement are the same thing. 

Saturday, 14 May 2016

Thought 211: Truth and Feeling

Independent researcher Mark Passio claims that the veracity of a piece of information cannot be gaged by how it makes you feel

It is a contradiction in terms - not to say inadvisable - to think (head) with one's emotions (heart).

Emotions, which move you as suggested by the term motion, are best described, in my opinion, as the framework within and from which thoughts come to consciouness and manifest in speech and the written word. 

For him, and I would largely agree, truth, at least the factual as opposed to the philosophical kind, is absolute and independent of personal perception which wavers and can be in error.
"[Factual] [t]ruth consists of all the events that have already taken place." - Alfred North Whitehead
[For more elaboration on this point see previous post Truth is Objective but No One is Omniscient.]

Friday, 13 May 2016

Thought 210: The Devil's Music

"Rock has always been the Devil's music" 
said David Bowie to Rolling Stone magazine on Feb 12, 1976. 

It has been said that Mick Jagger, lead singer of The Rolling Stones, claimed that Anton LaVey (founder of the Church of Satan) helped inspire their music. 

Blues genius Robert Johnson is rumoured to have made a pact with the Devil to become the greatest blues artist of all time provided he agreed to die young. 

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page is well known to have had a penchant for dark occult teachings such as those of Alistair Crowley. 

Here is a picture of the Beatles doing the 666 and devil horns signs with their hands:

Bernie Taupin, songwriting partner of Elton John, said of the latter: 

"Elton John's home is laden with trinkets and books relating to Satanism and witchcraft."

Most modern MTV music strikes me as satanic in both sound (stimulating the reptilian brain rather than the neocortex) and visual representation with often perverse sexual overtones (e.g. Katy Perry's California Gurls music video) and questionable lighting techniques, not to mention allusions to dark occult rituals such as in Lady Gaga videos. 

Still from the appalling California Gurls video

Speaking of Katy Perry, she apparently said
"When I started I wanted to be like the Amy Grant of music, but it didn't work out, so I sold my soul to the Devil." - Katy Perry
Rock'n Roll of course was an American term from the Southern States meaning sexual intercourse.

Here is rapper Jay Z doing the all-seeing illuminati sign and his label is called Rockefella Records, presumably in reference to the alleged 'illuminati' Rockefeller dynasty. 

Influential songwriter Bob Dylan said in interview that he owed his success to
"the Big Guy who runs the show"
or something like that. I think he meant Satan, not God. 

AC-DC's album Highway to Hell is said to have been used in a military context. 

Miley Cyrus videos have been linked to illuminati MK Ultra ritualised child abuse and bands like Muse and Immortal Technique have made explicit reference to MK Ultra. 

Still from Muse's The Handler video which references Project Monarch for those in the know of the symbolism and the realities of that darkest of corners

Disney has been found to insert sexual subliminal messages in some of their kids movies - this can easily be verified on youtube - and Walt Disney himself has been claimed to be a practicing satanist. 

In any case the internet is replete with deep and sometimes valuable analysis of the subversive and lascivious symbolism present in modern popular culture and music.

A good source for this kind of analysis is vigilantcitizen.com

For hidden meanings and messages in mainstream cinema jaysanalysis.com has a great film analysis section that draws on profound esoteric knowledge. 

Of course, none dare call it a conspiracy.

Addendum - Of course there are countless more examples of the link between Rock music and Lucifer's influence but sometimes this can be possibly seen as the fruit of a rebellion against the outmoded and hypocritical Christian moral worldview such as one finds in Conservative households in America which can be a great fetter on creativity. I myself have been fascinated by Lucifer in the past (see post Lucifer, Light Bearer). 

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Thought 209: Higher Man as Lord and Master

With his claimed death of the Christian God, Nietzsche saw that as signalling a new possibility for what he called 'the higher man' to become Lord and Master, no longer beholden to divine authority. 

Heidegger formulated this insight in his philosophical poem The Thinker as Poet (Aus der Erfahrung des Denkens) as follows
"We are too late for the gods and too early for Being.
Being's poem, just begun, is man." 
In other words, God being dead, there is no longer any authority higher than personal conscience, and the higher the conscience, itself governed by level of consciousness, the higher the individual who exercises it.

It was indeed in his polemic On the Genealogy of Morality, Second Essay, that Nietzsche foresaw the sovereign individual, fruit of millennia of history, as calling his free will and dominant instinct his conscience

Small men become, in Nietzsche's opinion, but pale imitations of great men offering the necessary resistance for these great men to reach their highest heights in terms of enlightenment and creativity. 

And in his estimation the errors of great men are more admirable than the truths of little men for being historically more fruitful. 

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Thought 208: What is Occult Knowledge?

Occult (i.e. hidden) knowledge is essentially philosophy through symbols that stretches back to the beginning of human history and that has been concealed from the great mass of humanity.  

Occult rituals apply the philosophy of these esoteric symbols.

It was Confucius who said that it is signs and symbols, not laws or words, that govern the world. 

Occultists learn about the meaning of these ancient symbols in their practice. 

Dark occultists use their symbolic knowledge to manipulate others for their own selfish benefit. 

De-occultists use their symbolic knowledge to make others aware of the hidden meaning of these symbols. 

The word symbol comes from the Greek verb σύμβαλλειν which means to bring together. 

Philosophy through visual symbolic representations stretches much further back than philosophy through words even though words are sort of symbolic too.

For example, both the $ sign as well as the € symbol have hidden (and dark) meanings. So do numbers (see The Occult Significance of 9), corporate logos (such as the Apple logo which can be interpreted as being the forbidden fruit Eve bit in the Garden of Eden), street and building architecture (e.g in Washington D.C.), phallic monuments such as obelisks, tarot cards, police, military and graduate uniforms (see Graduates & Cops), street signs (such as the STOP sign in the USA), boxing rings (hypercube) and baseball pitches (freemasonic compass and square layout), governmental and monetary seals and regalia, mainstream popular music videos (see Satanic Insert in Beatles 'I Feel Fine' Video), movies, paintings and so on and so forth. 

All that being said interpretations of these symbols are always contested and do vary in quality. 

Tuesday, 10 May 2016

Thought 207: Self-Satisfaction

People who are good at their craft are often reproached with the claim that they are self-satisfied.

I agree that self-satisfaction that manifests itself in smugness is a most off-putting and unattractive quality, especially when unwarranted, but self-satisfaction as such need not necessarily be a bad thing.

It strikes me as a rather puritan, self-punishing philosophy to think that creators need always be hungry and dissatisfied with their work or themselves in order to be considered any good and worthy of attention. 

Monday, 9 May 2016

Thought 206: Creation as Dirt

As Friedrich Nietzsche formulated it in Thus Spoke Zarathustra, creating something, a thought, a piece of music, a drawing, essentially adds dirt to the world.

It is only the rigorous and unforgiving test of time that will determine whether or not the dirt reveals itself to be precious metal. 

Sunday, 8 May 2016

Thought 205: Interpreting Information

To recapitulate my blog post Knowledge and Sensibility below, I would argue that the way one chooses to interpret and decide upon information is governed by one's sensibility

And information that is decided upon and interpreted can amount to knowledge if the interpretation is based in truth. 

For false knowledge, i.e. a misinterpretation of information, is no knowledge at all but can nonetheless contribute to authentic knowledge if found out and confronted which is how scientific thought makes progress. 

It follows that, interpretation being governed by sensibility, some sensibilities are indeed based in truth or at least closer to truth than others in the sense of being closer to that which is, Being. 

Both thinkers Mark Passio and Martin Heidegger, in their own very different ways, understand (or understood in the case of the deceased Heidegger) that sensibility can be closer or further away from Being, that which is, determining the truthfulness of said sensibility and its ability to turn information into genuine knowledge through correct interpretation

Whence Nietzsche's witticism
"I, Plato, am the truth."
Problem: how can one align one's sensibility with truth, i.e. Being? 

Through self-knowledge as suggested by the famous know thyself inscription at Delphi:
Heed these words, You who wish to probe the depths of nature: If you do not find within yourself that which you seek, neither will you find it outside. In you is hidden the treasure of treasures. Know Thyself and you will know the Universe and the Gods.

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Thought 204: Philosophising

Martin Heidegger used to say philosophy is philosophising.

In other words, philosophy is not simply talking about ideas but creating ideas. 

I would argue that genuine philosophy, i.e. philosophising, is a creative as well as an intellectual pursuit.

At any rate, there is nothing inherently philosophical about discussing the history of philosophy as they do on the BBC radio show In Our Time unless the discussion happens to involve a creative element. 

Friday, 6 May 2016

Thursday, 5 May 2016

Thought 202: Employment Bullshit - My Economic Ideal

If employment consisted only in doing tasks, even merely for the purpose of making money for someone else and being compensated by a salary, then it would be a breeze. 

However there is a human element in the workplace which means dealing with nagging and moody bosses, lazy colleagues, arsy customers and negative social interactions including bullying which cause stress in the mind and the nervous system.

Jobs can also place a great deal of pressure on people to meet impossible targets, be everything to everyone, be happy and smiley at all times whilst not compensating monetarily for all this emotional labour and often not valuing the hard work of employees in keeping the business running. 

If you look up global statistics on happiness in work they are ridiculously low and I'm sure many would envy my lifestyle of not having to worry about money, having unlimited time (which, unlike money, is a true currency), not having to get up at some unholy hour to go to a job, and indulging in creative pursuits and whatever takes my fancy generally. 

I can understand the bitter hatred of workers against welfare claimants like myself, especially when some tax supported claimants are financially better off and have it comparatively easy compared to the long suffering labouring population. 

It is the curse of employment, which is all the more a curse because of the immorality of monetary exploitation and human beings preying on others for the sake of profit, that has always made me lean towards thinkers who dreamt of a mutual aid economic system where people perform tasks that actually perform a genuine service for others and where monetary or physical slavery is non-existent.

Apart from attending to basic necessities such as food, shelter, healthcare, which people would gladly do anyway, work should be voluntary and were humanity more enlightened and moral than it is now, and consequently more free, a mutual aid economy could potentially work (pardon the pun) for the benefit of all without the theft of taxation let alone the even worse theft of time and freedom for the sake of having to make money. 

I do follow with interest attempts at creating grassroots, community-based currencies be it non central bank money or time banks where there are no winners (i.e. predators) or losers (i.e. prey) but only the desire to see that others are provided for and cared for in exchange for their services to the community. 
"From each according to his ability, to each according to his needs."
Only fools who've fallen prey to false economic worldviews and other false idols not to mention human predators themselves need take issue with this quote from the maligned Karl Marx for all the flaws in his theorising. 

Natural Law, like truth, is simple. The more moral human beings are, the more freedom manifests in the world and the more happy the human community. While French essayist de La Rochefoucauld had it right when he wrote
"We all have strength enough to endure the misfortunes of others"
a deeper insight into Natural Law is expressed as follows
"As one suffers, all suffer"
because a moral, i.e. enlightened, community would not simply endure the suffering of one of its members but address it. 

Wednesday, 4 May 2016

Thought 201: University or How Never to Enlighten

I have spent many years in the university system but despite this I never formally obtained a degree because I had my fill so to speak before the final exams. Although many will agree that it is an overrated institution I do not think it is overrated due to a lack of teaching hours, pastoral care, jobs on the other side, unjustified expense but because despite the very significant amount of work I put into my academic life, gaining at times first class grades for both essays and exams, I felt that all this effort contributed next to zero to my personal enlightenment and found, conversely, that it made many students more unenlightened, conformist, superficial and neurotic than they would otherwise be had they not gone at all and listened to their hearts instead.

Modern universities are increasingly career-focused institutions wrapped up in the satanic monetary game of a civilisation gone mad and inevitably perpetuate the largely parasitical non entity that is academic discourse which at bottom represents institutionalised knowledge of a dubious and often short-lived value. And rarely does it speak truth to power or question consensus reality.

There are good aspects to university education if teachers and researchers happen to be enlightened - institutions are only ever as good as the individuals who comprise them - but in my experience that is rarely the case. Essentially you get what you put in studying-wise but I would say that the added value provided by the institution as compared to reading books, self-study, thoughtful conversation and online research is very low. Also the stringency of the outcome that is the exam result makes one lose sight of the purpose of doing a course in the first place: to learn and gain knowledge about a subject for its own sake

The more you focus on the goal rather than the process itself the longer it will take for you to reach the goal as some Zen master once told his pupil. And as a student colleague of mine once told me about his experience after three years of successful study grade-wise (my subject was Ancient Greek and Latin literature) he had learnt nothing about what the course was meant to be about but a great deal about how to do well in exams

University never provided me with moral or philosophical guidance and I had to dig deep and hard within academic literature to find the occasional enlightened statement or observation. If the goal of university was genuinely to enlighten and encourage rightful action over wrongdoing then I would be glad of its existence but it is way too trapped in the psychopathic game of control and conformity to be of lasting value unless outstanding individuals steer it toward a more enlightened and belligerent path. For truth is belligerent.

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

Thought 200: The Law

God's law = cosmic law = natural law = moral law

None of the above equate to man's law. 

N.B. I use the word God in the wide, non religious sense of the word. 

Monday, 2 May 2016

Thought 199: Romantic Relationships

Romantic relationships are not an exact science. However I came across this rather apposite advice called the '3 C's' that need to be there for a relationship to potentially work:

(1) Compatibility: if you and your partner's sensibilities clash too much this could spell trouble in the medium to long term and end up in misunderstandings, arguments and general interpersonal neurosis.
“Αί γὰρ ἀνομοιότητες τῶν ἠθῶν ἥκιστα φιλικόν.” - Aristotle, Economics, IV:2 
("Incompatibilities of habits/characters are far from favourable to friendliness/affection.")  
(2) Commitment: cheating on a partner is a form of betrayal unless they've given you the green light. Even then it could lead to hurt for the party you're cheating with. And they do say two's company, three's a crowd for a reason.

(3) Companionship: ideally a successful relationship results in both partners being mutually respecting life companions, happy or at least not unhappy in each other's company, weathering the good times and the bad together as a unit and providing mutual support, morally, emotionally and financially. 
Great sex is of course a bonus, and not a negligible one at that, but I do not see it as an essential component to a great or even moderately successful relationship, if one of these C's is missing. If having kids is an utmost priority for one partner and not for the other this could spell trouble but I would put that problem in the first category 'Compatibility'. Some people are of the opinion that no sex means no relationship but I am not of that persuasion. 

To take this post a little deeper I would say that a relationship based in truth, a true relationship so to speak, is the ideal. 
"Let me not to the marriage of true minds admit impediment."
['True' in this case potentially meaning both enlightened and faithful.]

For this to occur both partners must know themselves and be enlightened. 

Erotic love (έρως), even love of one's neighbour (φιλία) are not equal to the love of truth (ἀγάπη) which I view as the ideal basis for a successful relationship.