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30 Nov, 10 tweets, 3 min read
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.
This might be a happy arrangement, were it not for the fact that

a) You will return to normality, so you'll have to keep taking the drug and become enslaved to a material arrangement

b) Properly grappling with time, desire, anxiety, etc, requires sensibility and sobriety
This excess of activity, over and above vegetative function, is the basis of cognition. Without it, consciousness would be entirely disordered. This is what happens on hallucinogenic drugs.

Consciousness loses its cognitive (i.e. temporal) character and becomes geometric.
Photoreceptor cells are the most positively polarised part of the nervous system. It's here, so to speak, that the nervous system has its eye on.

Without light, the nervous system loses its impetus. With light, it picks up again.

See related thread here:
This is why photoreceptors are positively polarised compared to the rest of the nervous system. Everything is heading there, and it's why you identify *as your eyes*

Notice when someone is on a depressant/anaesthetic or in pain, they no longer seem to be present in the eyes

Eg.
The centre of the nervous system is deeper within them, due to weakness or distraction of some kind.

Their consciousness dims as they no longer pay much attention to light in all its brilliance.

See also:
Light has its quality because it's radiant as opposed to self-contained (thermal conduction).

In the photoreceptor end of our flesh, there is one final lunge of superfluity into the external world. We see the energy which has not yet turned into self-contained heat.
Radiant heat—the remnant superfluous energy which has survived the process of thermodynamic decay in the course of its travels—is what we call light.

The energy which didn't radiate is thermodynamically self-contained: we call this 'matter'. It consumed light as heat.

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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
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
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.
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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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