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25 Dec, 26 tweets, 5 min read
I want to try and express a Platonic Idea which, although it sounds weird, has strong intuitive force for me.

Firstly, life is the left-behind—the rejected outsider—of thermodynamic decay. It is left behind in the cold as others pushed toward the hot centre (as described below).
As an outsider, it was aloof and lost. It found a certain happiness in being aloof, but at the end of the day, it still felt like thermodynamic decay. It wanted to join in on the hot decadent freedom, but it's slower and more gentle nature cringed when it tried.
Thus it was stuck in a strange contradiction. On the one hand, it wanted to decay, but on the other hand, it felt diminished by the decay. In neither case could it find happiness.

In the midst of its exclusion, it builds up a worldview which accounts for its predicament.
The world flowed past it, and it watched from afar. This was a sad but for that reason perceptive process.

As it built up this worldview, it began to find self-esteem. It realised that it was loftier and its actions were less futile. It attained a higher kind of freedom.
However, because it was still bound to matter, it wasn't content with loftiness and perceptiveness alone. It wanted to demonstrate this superiority to like-beings so that those of inferior perspective (i.e. more in the grip of trends) could identify and worship its superiority.
It is impressed by itself, and on that basis wants to preserve itself as a unique and special being which is distinct from blindly pursued tendencies.

However, others don't see it this way. Others reckon they deserve credit and praise because they underwent this same process.
This leads to a competition as to who can be the most unique, unpredictable, and contrary to blind material forces.

Everyone reckons themselves to be the most significant locus of consciousness, and they fight for this recognition.
I am now describing the will-to-life, which, as I discussed yesterday, is the feeling that everything is contingent and new

i.e. "This is new, unique and world-domineering, and thus merits my full attention as a true exception in the universe"

This is how people fall for trends
Only a tiny numerical minority are truly excluded in all this, and so only a tiny minority actually become philosophically lofty.

Most people aren't happy with this, so they become cynical and say "Just do whatever you feel like doing. There is no superiority."
Thus they fall back into thermodynamic decay, and feel diminished and ashamed. Then they recall the value of civilised values. (This happens within a human lifetime and in the cycle of civilisations)
The strange claim here is that this is true not only of human life, but of life in general.

Life itself is order which is avoiding disorder, for the same reason we don't want to act like monkeys and children. It feels beneath you.
(I'm not doing a terribly good job of conveying this.)

Essentially, life is the noble left-behind of thermodynamic decay, but which is still tethered to it, such that the possibility of decay always remains as a possibility.
Relevant thread on entropy and the human condition:
The reason everything looks biologically evolved *from* a state of entropy towards order is because of our skewed sense of time.

(However badly I explain this next part, I promise in advance I'm expressing what is a lucid idea in my mind).
Essentially, because we are invested in flesh, we view time in the direction of entropy. Thus, we start off with the axiomatic feeling that entropy is the norm, and that order is the fleeting exception.

In actual fact, though, time is symmetric, and existence is timeless.
This latter fact means that what can happen has already happened (precisely because that possibility existed in the timeless span of existence).

Our biological, fleshly arrangement was an expedient and desperate route which was possible, and therefore happened.
I am with Schopenhauer (as well as some other contemporary abiogenesis scholars) in that crystals are the connecting point between organic & non-organic

The mere fact that they look like plants, reproduce (each cut of it contains the seed of the same crystal), etc, is convincing
In a loose sense, they are left-behinds, in that they refused to conjoin with lower forms beneath them.

Plants, though, move toward the light, i.e. away from thermodynamic decay. Humans do the same thing, which is why light has such a divine significance for us.
The move toward the light represents a lofty desire to see more of existence.

When I said earlier in this thread that life feels dignified by its perception of the world, this is basically what I meant. It is because we see light that we reckon ourselves special.
Death frightens us because we fear a black void.

We wouldn't mind dying so much if it resulted in a permanent out-of-body experience where we could still see (and no longer feel the pain of being flesh). In fact, God-believers look forward to precisely this scenario.
We are beings that fell from the light, and in the process of this fall (nay, *identical with this fall*) was fleshly incarnation

In the grand plan of existence, this possibility already existed, and we are the stupid children checking to see if it's really as bad as Father says
I must stress this point: *Because the possibility of entropic decay existed, it happened.*

We fell into this temporal state, like a steak into a tank of piranhas. We see the world with a certain breadth and clarity, and so we resist falling any deeper.
To resist falling deeper, we have to resist petty distractions and destructive desires. This is the punishment of being tethered to flesh.

The possibility of decay (i.e. desire) exists, but this time we have to make sure it doesn't happen. We have to remain lofty and aloof.
Death is the moment when you are fully left behind by entropy. On realising there is no hope in the material world, this is when you return to the light.

Because entropy (your fear of decay) was the basis of your sense of time, you thereafter become timeless.
Timelessness is the original and pure state of existence, whereby all is potential without the corresponding kinetic checking.

See also:
All great things are the slow, timeless left-behinds. The geniuses of world-history, for example.

The people who were distracted by each new moment fade off into nameless nothingness. They existed only for the moment, not for eternity.

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Women want to look young & cartoonish because this makes them look stark and *HERE*. Their makeup says "💡I'M HERE. I EXIST."

Old people, on the other hand, look like they're fading in with the inconspicuous, undifferentiated contours of nature. They don't look "all there".
They want shiny skin because this shows that that they are an unambiguously differentiated object. A unique and entropy-defying thing.

Reflective surfaces are rare in nature, which is why diamonds, youthful appearance and eyes in general catch our attention.
A reflective surface suggests that something has distinguished itself exceptionally well, and has therefore avoided the whims and wrinkles of entropy

E.g. calm water without waves, a young person without wrinkles, a mirror, etc.
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Some thoughts on race and humanity's mission on Earth.

I'm not a hardcore racial nationalist because I believe in the eternal Platonic Idea of man, which will keep arising in some or other form in the course of time.

In our own realm, this first took shape in the Middle East.
Mankind made a decisive split with the animal kingdom, and thus realised himself as a truly spiritual being.

Civilisation allowed him to reflect on his condition more truly, as I discuss here:
We are something like the dead-end of life. This is the conclusion of Schopenhauer's philosophy, but it's really the conclusion of every wise person.

All true religions regard mankind as the most important mistake in the universe.
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Not only is your own life basically similar throughout, but it's similar to every other person's life.

And yet, it's only the people who realise this whose lives transform into something more-than-ordinary.

Most people reckon their own struggles uniquely challenging and unfair.
The wise person can sympathise with this, because he felt this same way when he was in his teenage years. The difference between him and the common person is that he actually tried to build a picture of the world which didn't put him at the centre, and thus got past the delusion.
It's amazing at first to realise just how similar the human experience is. The most wildly varying people experience basically the same thing.

A black stripper's tweet went viral the other day. It was a truly relatable Contempus mundi rant, despite her radically different life.
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People want to live in such a way that they don't have to look back behind them.

This is why they accept the burdens of life without complaint. They want to keep moving forward without reflecting on the absurdly tautological and not at all justified will to live.
The wise person draws lessons. He doesn't simply move on without complaint, but reflects deeply on the errors of the world.

Most people, for instance, barely notice that hot weather is unpleasant, or that London public transport is slower than walking. They just keep on blindly.
In the extreme case, the wise person perceives that nearly everything which animates the ordinary person is not worth all the bother.

This is considered "depressing" and "boring" for most people, because they need to concoct some kind of basis on which to act in the world.
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"Pretend" is the key word here, because there is a dimly conscious understanding of how the thing in question ends. Indeed, it is this knowledge which forms the basis of the pleasure.

It is a sense that the thing is contingent, and therefore should be "made the most of".
If the thing was a permanent feature of life, you would get used to it (like spouses get used to one another, and are sometimes reignited by the threat of cheating).

Everything said here applies to life itself, in the most general sense. You pretend there is no tomorrow, but...
it is precisely because you know there is in fact a tomorrow that you cling to the moment.

If you pay sufficient attention to the world, you will notice this sickly contradiction in all areas of life. Every moment of joy is "A temporary moment of escapism hehehe. Life is good."
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In all seriousness, the attached video should make it clear.

It's that raw mammalian connection which, due to our spiritual elevation, we are no longer allowed to indulge.
Instead, we must be relatively cold and distant, always polite and respectful of each another's personal space. We remain clean and unfazed by animal desires.

Most people find this a huge burden, and cannot wait to dance, laugh, and tumble around in a state of generic commotion.
Men tend to be threatening, arrogant and protective of their personal space. They want to commandeer their surroundings, especially around other men with whom they're in competition.

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