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4 Dec, 6 tweets, 2 min read
This is entropic decay, and the opposite is potential energy.

Potential energy is when you remove time from the equation. Kinetic energy (entropic decay) is when time enters the equation.

Potential energy is the simultaneous (i.e. timeless) sum-total of possible states.
The Platonic Idea.
Nietzsche contemptuously regarded Christianity as Platonism for the masses.

I say instead: look at how naturally and intuitively this man (who underwent an NDE) describes Platonism. It's a little crude, but for that reason rings of sincerity.
Potential energy must precede kinetic. It cannot be otherwise. This is an a priori statement, even for a materialist.

Potential is ontologically prior to kinetic instantiation.
The kinetic route is determined by the fact that it *can* happen, as I discuss in the original tweet of this thread. This possibility exists because it is much easier to pursue a non-ordered existence. It sees potential in nihilism.

(This is why humans become degenerate too).
We become potential again when the kinetic route is no longer immediately possible, i.e. when our flesh dies.

We build up potential in the meantime, however, by perceiving that the kinetic/entropic route leads to nowhere, and so it's better to elevate mind above matter.

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6 Dec
Some more thoughts on the same subject.

Entropy and desire have a close affinity. In fact, if we replace the term "desire" with "tendency" (or "inclination"), we will quickly notice that these concepts or more or less identical.

What can happen, wants to happen.
Imagine you are walking a cliff edge, and then you look down.

The mere fact that falling down the prescribed kinetic route seems so eminently possible is actually what draws you into falling. This is also why the thought of failure (e.g. during a speech) inclines you toward it.
The route which intuitively seems most possible is the route which you *tend* toward.

The difference between the tendency to fall off a cliff and the tendency to be immoral is that the former has an obvious dead-end, whereas the latter doesn't obviously pose a dead-end.
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3 Dec
This is why many of them have anime-like facial expressions. An excess of social activity makes *you* feel like there's something you're missing out on

Invariably, on further examination, you'll find that there's nothing of value beneath the surface. All social life is like this
When a large number of people congregate and make a scene, this makes people turn their heads and think there's something worthwhile happening

You start off life worried that you're missing out on something, but as you grow up, you realise it was just a false pretence of freedom
Everyone in the group is deluding themselves in a similar fashion, and they're smugly aware that they're attracting other people's attention.

The hope is that there will be a generic buzz of activity in which they don't have to confront serious existential issues.
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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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