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30 Nov, 10 tweets, 2 min read
In an ideal realm, we would be Jesus-like in our behaviour.

In fact, a person whose mind isn't filled with impurities can notice this in themselves. In their daydreams, such people fantasise about loving, caring, forgiving, patience and heroism in general.
Patience is arguably the master virtue, because all anger, hatred, cowardice, falsehood etc, is the result of taking a shortcut.

In the material world, we have skin in the game (i.e. will-to-life), and so we take the shortest route to our satisfaction by lying, being angry, etc.
Christ so little instantiated the will-to-life that he embodied the ideal in the material world.
I remember I would fantasise about greeting people with my dearest affection, but then they would be late, or the train would be delayed, and my mood was spoiled so my greeting turned out to be dismissive (if not slightly abrasive)

The material world is the friction on ideality.
To allow the ideal full expression, you have to be completely indifferent to the material world's failures. This is supremely difficult, the challenge of a lifetime.

It's particularly difficult when someone is unfairly angry with you, and treats you like an object.
In such cases, I try to realise that their anger is the result of their failure, suffering and moral shortcoming; i.e. a person who treats you unfairly has a deluded worldview, and suffers in the long-term.

If you realise this, you become far more patient with them.
This is nearly always the correct perspective in everyday life. Sometimes, however, you simply need to prevail, and flipping a table becomes appropriate so to speak.
The desire to indulge anger is explained by another of my threads. Namely, it being the easier pre-made animal route which allows you temporary freedom from confinement.

See e.g.
The fact that this easy ready-made route exists tends you toward taking it. This is the fundamental nature of temptation (and ultimately delusion). The easier-to-think, easily available precedent offers a quick freedom.
By indulging it, you become Will incarnate. By *perceiving* this predicament correctly, you become Representation.

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30 Nov
Here is a beautiful exposition of the essential feeling of *confinement* in the material world.

She has not read a word of my philosophy, and yet, from her very real experience of the other side, explains it with perfect naivety much more vividly than my philosophy does.
I love these interviews. They're as refreshing to me as reading Schopenhauer.

These are normal people who, by accident, keep giving proof of my hard thought-out philosophy, which was often provoked by my looking at a wall or something, frustrated with the dullness of matter.
These are some of the most precious and enlightening interviews ever given, but our disgustingly philistine world refuses to take them seriously.

People insist on cash value in this world, not insights into the next.
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30 Nov
Humans have an excess of sensibility. We have, so to speak, more nervous system than is necessary for the purely vegetative functions.

(In fact, this more or less defines the nervous system: cells that are superfluous to vegetative functions, and expand in pursuit of affinity.
...All cells are electrically charged, i.e. have ionic imbalance; it's just that nerve cells have a more expansive and ordered domain.)

Because of this excess of sensibility (i.e. nerves), we are axiomatically inclined to check for problems even when they aren't near.
Alcohol and opiates appeal to humans because they depress the central nervous system, and bring you to the present moment. A high enough dose will reduce you to mere vegetative function, and maybe even less than that.

Being in the present eliminates desire, and is thus pleasant.
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30 Nov
The reason drugs like heroin and alcohol feel good is because they give the illusion of being among a warm protective barrier.

They numb the extremities of the central nervous system, so that the ego identifies closer to the centre therein.

You feel cosied up *within* the body.
This makes you lose control of yourself, but this very outsourcing is what makes it pleasant. You can just swing about without your usual powers of discernment.

This is why a pleb likes to mix in crowds. He can cosy up within it, and abandon his powers of discernment.
Alcohol and crowd mentality is therefore a perfect marriage.

It's not just alcohol and drug addictions I'm describing, though. All addictions are a function of the will-to-life (the will-to-life is the sovereign addiction, the engine of them all).

Take gambling for instance.
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30 Nov
The feeling of embarrassment/shame/cringe is a feeling that, despite great effort, you didn't accomplish what you wanted in the material world.

This is because you were anticipating a kinetic outcome to the build-up of potential. You were *clinging* to the outcome.
If, instead of that, you had built up potential without view to a kinetic outcome, you would not notice either way.

What makes you feel shame is not the build-up of potential, but the fact that you were *looking for the kinetic outcome*.
You feel ashamed of your lack of naivety. The fact that you checked afterwards makes you feel enslaved. If someone caught you looking, you would be embarrassed that you demonstrate that you care too much about what others think.
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30 Nov
One of the main barriers to ideal behaviour is a touch of embarrassment.

As will-to-life, one of your main priorities is securing a position in the animal kingdom. When you start talking about God, or when your ethical output seems excessive, you come off strange and irrelevant.
When you're young, you're especially keen to secure a position in the animal kingdom, so you will do your best to avoid high-flung talk of God and the need to love your enemy and whatnot.

On growing old, it becomes more appropriate, although still slightly jarring.
The decline of culture today means that securing a position in the animal kingdom has become a central aim, and so almost no one is willing to talk in such grandiose terms

Now and again, a young person has an outburst of ethical output, but then they feel embarrassed afterwards.
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30 Nov
Correct me if I'm wrong, but I think I'm basically describing Arianism.

I think Jesus Christ is the perfect Platonic Idea of man, but that this is distinct from God. This still makes him worthy of exclusive worship, and his story must remain in the material world.
For me, this has force.

I dream about Jesus. He's in my thoughts every day and every other moment. I am deeply moved and inspired by the story of Jesus Christ, etc.

But, in my mind and heart, I can't quite form an identical relation between him and God.
Perhaps this isn't one of those things I should be speculating about out loud, because after all, my mind could change over the years.

But I figured it's worth clarifying anyway (as there are a few people interested in my philosophical outlook).
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