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6 Dec, 55 tweets, 11 min read
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.
If, however, jumping off the cliff doesn't pose a dead-end, it becomes fun. This is why people go bungee jumping, or on a lesser scale, it's why children (and even animals) enjoy slides.

When a desire is strong enough, you feel the same adrenaline rush (e.g. in romances).
I get the sense that Tourette's syndrome is just the strong and overwhelming feeling that some kind of entropic/disordered speech is possible, and that therefore they must resist it.

This ends up making them say it.
The reason women dress and act like sluts is because they are revealing that sex with them (i.e. entropic conviviality) is *possible*, and this tends men toward them.

Being part of the material world (i.e. being in time) is the undoing of potential energy.
Our desires are insatiable on a principle similar to Zeno's arrow paradox. All analytic paradoxes are based on the pursuit of increasing possibility toward the infinitely small.

They pursue an object, attain it, then they dig deeper, then they're annoyed they can't find the end.
This is why I always found the Halting Problem trivial; so trivial in fact that I thought I was the stupid one when computer scientists told me how profound it is.

There is no wisdom to be found in digging down into infinitesimals. There must be a metaphysical binding principle.
Degeneracy is also the outcome of everything I'm talking about in this thread.

Consider, for example, the simple phrase: "The rules were meant to be broken." This is a statement of entropy, and it's also why degenerates want to corrupt pure, innocent beings.
The more potential something has, the more the degenerate feels inclined to bring it down. We all have this evil tendency to some extent, which is why as children we enjoy breaking apart the lego structures we built.

The *possibility* entices us.
Schadenfreude is enjoying the breakdown of order.

Moral degeneracy is giving into the easier, more possible route of animal-like behaviour, because our biological constitution presents all these options in the first place.

The temporary joy is: "I'm giving up."
You're handing yourself over to entropy, and letting go of your potential.

It's acceptance of disgust, because it's the eminently available kinetic route, just like falling off a cliff. This is why sex gives you an adrenaline rush.
I've noticed, actually, that when people abandon themselves to the kinetic route, they actually *look* as if they're disgusted.

When people laugh at a stupid dance, in the midst of the laughter, you can see their eyes convey disgust. They even turn away from the sight.

The kinetically available route is something akin to a democratic consensus. Gravity is a democratic phenomenon.

When you check the cliff edge, you lose faith in your higher self because the odds seem stacked against you. Falling off the edge seems so eminently plausible.
Gravity seems inimical because it is the essential correlate of the material world (it itself is entropy). Moreover, because you're privy to the light of experience, you do not identify with mere matter.

If you identified merely as matter, you would go along with gravity.
And in fact, when you feel worst about yourself, you do slouch and lie down. You look at the floor. Your lungs deflate. If you're particularly down, you might kill yourself by jumping off a building.

The desire to kill or harm yourself is also an act of entropy.
It's born of the need to act, because the will-to-life is predicated on the thought of "If I do nothing, things will be worse."

This is what leads to all degeneration and decay. It is indeed the basis of the material realm.

It's "I've got to do something. I don't care what."
It starts with the perception that "stuff is happening without me, I must get in on it"

I discussed this in relation to women and social life just recently (see attached thread: ), but it applies to physics too.

I'll explain how now.
Take a look at this wind map.

Imagine you are a gust of wind trying to get past the vortex. Something pulls you in toward the centre of activity. You may be relatively aloof, but you still find yourself in its orbit.

This is a precise analogy of gravity (and thus entropy).
You were naive to activity at first, living with your head in the clouds, and then you're distracted (dis-tracted, in the Latin sense of that word: removed from your prior track).

You're suddenly unsure of yourself, and worry that your current course is tantamount to oblivion.
It is pulled into the route which offers more possibility for action.

Again, return your mind to the cliff example. You are mentally sucked into that route by merely perceiving its possibility.

Now think of what it feels like to notice this sudden opening up of kinetic freedom.
Your nervous system actually tends towards it. Your body is inclined to take that route. Your executive function (the pre-frontal cortex) awaits the order, but it's denied it by your higher ideational awareness (which refuses to be distracted, and does what is right instead).
This conflict results in you becoming shaky and your innards are taut.

The initial gush of "adrenaline" is the realisation that there is a tremendous possibility of free action (whether that's falling off a cliff, sky-diving, having a romantic encounter, etc).
Your body says "yes", your mind says "no".

The andrenaline rush is your body wanting to take the entropic route, but your mind stops it in its tracks.

The gust of wind, suddenly sensing potential for action toward the vortex, would feel the same adrenaline rush that we do.
It would be thrown toward that centre. It clings to that centre of activity which seems to offer the prospect of freedom and life-affirming activity.

This is also why humans are compelled to socialise.

Outside of the activity, it's cold and inactive.
This moment, of giving into temptation, is when innocence becomes fallen. Massless, weightless light become mass with weight, pursuing superfluous freedom of action.

Now, let's zoom in on the concept of "higher ideation" or "mind". What is meant by this?
When you have an adrenaline rush, you're being compelled into action, but prior to movement, a sense of dignity and elevation above matter refuses to give in

It's not just will-to-life ensuring it remains intact, because pure will-to-life is the extensionless atom (see attached)
The perfect will-to-life is an abstract infinitesimal that can never be arrived at (which is why pursuing life for its own sake is nihilism). Even if the dead-end could be arrived at, you would not be content.

Thus, the need to retain integrity is more than just will-to-life.
It is potential energy that is refusing to become kinetic energy.

Take for example this tennis ball which is about to translate from potential energy to kinetic. For there to be any movement in the universe, there must first of all be potential energy. Potential is a priori.
Something is mediating the transition from potential to kinetic, and it's not component aspects of the ball (which are all too happy to escape in smithereens), but is rather the higher constitution of the ball whose arrangement was durable.
(I'm at that point where words are failing me, so I might drift off into ambiguity.)

The ball, so to speak, wanted to preserve what it believed to be its intact nature; that aspect of itself without which it would no longer be striving to survive as the ball (but as parts).
Not this part of the ball, not that part of the ball, but the ball as a simultaneous whole.

Imagine the ball breaks. The simultaneous electric-force arrangement (which is all it ever was as matter) is no longer instantiated as such in the material world.
Its higher Idea, recognising it had no place in this material realm anymore, abandoned its form and left it to subordinate forms to carry on.

As the electric field, i.e. matter, is light turned inside out with knowledge only of itself, it will now blend back with original light.
Original light is outward radiant and casts its light on everything. This at least explains the universally agreed-upon light during death.

Light, even in the purely physical sense, is timeless and without mass (and only becomes physical after an object notices a change).
In a sense that almost defies the imagination, light is completely without space and time. Light itself is just existence, and only objects/entropy brings about differentiation.

Light you could say is the opposite of entropy, because it has no temperature and is permanent.
In the human case, the higher ideation is your autobiographical sense of self. The whole, that ineffable synonymy with "I".

This is the undistracted you, the you which isn't degraded and enslaved to the will-to-life. The you which hasn't entropically decayed.
When people look dignified in the course of their life, they look unfazed, meditative and calm. They refuse to budge, and don't look like an object being kicked around.

I'm going to try to explain this state of mind with reference to my own personal experience.
My sense is that memory and immediate perception are the same basic faculty, except that the former is when you have kinetically lapse and the latter is when you're still building up potential.

When using memory, you're being lazy and giving up on perception. You're not open.
You're too desperate to act in the present to live naively. You don't want to remain alert and open, because this requires self-denial and mental energy. This makes you a closed-system.

When being perceptive, you're open to broader patterns and make your own judgements.
When you're in a naive meditative state of mind, you're building up potential. Eventually your mind gets tired, and you need some basis on which to act, so you then objectify the world, and this becomes a basis on which to act in the world, except it's more expansive and profound
Because most people are desperate to act and can't stand uncertainty of not doing anything in particular, they have truncated concepts and a trivial understanding of existence.

They are bounced around in the world like objects, stumbling from trend to trend, game to game.
The person who has spent a good part of his life doing nothing in particular has accumulated a huge wealth of patterns in the world and existence. He is very seldom involved in the world the way most people are. He doesn't fall into trends or take joy in social life.
He is constantly perceptive, and rarely consults memory. Instead, his memory consists of his own authentic perceptions, which combine into a *general sense* of the world.

The more he accumulates perception in this manner, the less attached he is to life.
Everything starts to come together. Everything follows the same analogy. Matter always works in its own interests at your expense. The more you invest yourself in matter, the more you suffer.

You realise everything and everyone is suffering, and that this existence is a mistake.
Rather than accumulating bases on which to act (like most people), he is slowly finding himself indifferent to worldly things.

Whereas most people stock up more obligations, suffering under their own weight, angry that nothing comes to fruition, he becomes light on his feet.
They try to create experiences, and grip onto things. He sees life as a constant recurrence of the same thing, and grips onto nothing.

Because of this, he is not weighed down by memories and unreconciled conflicts in his past. His ego diminishes and he doesn't grip to life.
Death no longer concerns him because he will be liberated from an electric confinement in a nervous system.

He will reunite with original timeless existence, the light which is and always will be, permeating everything simultaneously. This is a much happier existence.
So, whereas the tennis ball resists dying to the bitter end, wanting to remain tethered to a contingent form, he will happily let go, and enter into that whole continuous potential outside of time and space which is existence in its proper form. Pure understanding and potential.
Understanding, in the sense here described, is the timeless mode of apprehension, where you know all its possible states without actually having to instantiate it.

He who 'understands' has no time for the kinetic details. He wants to know the essential Platonic Idea.
Whenever someone explains the world in terms of kinetic details, his mind washes over, and he sees that the person in question is in the grip of a selfish delusion.

One of my favourite excerpts from Schopenhauer:
In establishing that memory is just lapsed perception, I'm inclined to say that the more impoverished your Platonic perception is, the more you identify as will-to-life, which means you'll keep pursuing entropy and end up in a state of chaos and arbitrariness (Hell?)
If, however, you have accepted that the material world is not an end in itself (even if only by virtue of a last-minute life review), you will take the path of light, and you will be bound in permanent potential and understanding (i.e. with God, love, etc).
Love and understanding are linked because love is the immediate perception that someone is lost in the will-to-life, and that they are incapable of being wiser than you, which means you will not be surprised by their actions. This results in a lofty and generous superiority.
Because understanding of this kind is isn't a kinetic fact, but a timeless understanding of all possible states, it's Platonic perception, i.e. potential energy

These are not arbitrary strings of nice-sounding words. I am full of intention and meaning when I express it this way.

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4 Dec
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.
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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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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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