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2 Jan, 47 tweets, 9 min read
In other words, we reckon that everyday human language is brought about not by the will to live, but by a lofty, knowledge-seeking indifference

People try to give off the impression that their insights are the product of idle philosophical output, not of nagging boredom & angst.
The assumption is that we are floating indifferently above a world of objects, and that we are discussing them in a wholly disinterested way.

This obviously isn't true. True indifference of this sort doesn't feel the need to speak.
All vocalisation is the result of the will to live. It wants to be in among humanity to a more or less extent.

In dangerous circumstances, this is clearly the objective of language. In safe circumstances, this is far less clear.
In safe, modern circumstances (e.g. on Reddit, Twitter, in academia, etc), the motivating impulse of language is this: "I matter! Don't leave without me! Look at how much I can add to life!"

This is humiliating, and therefore we conceal this.
In safe, modern circumstances, the will-to-life doesn't end. Rather, it becomes superfluous. It becomes the will-to-life, and then some more life on top.

This results in a hyper-inflation of life standards, whereby modesty becomes impossible. You always have to play catch-up.
Because all language is a kind of incontinence, you feel a generic guilt when recalling all the things you've said.

You find that you subtle-bragged a lot. You lied about your mastery over certain things. You tried to present yourself as up-to-speed with the world.
Whenever you tried to communicate, you were never lofty and indifferent. You were heavily involved in life.

Even the most serious philosophy assumes a more trivial note when expressed in words, and becomes a source of shame for the writer.
The basic principle I'm describing in this thread is metaphysical, and has wide application.

In fact, it accounts for materialism as a whole.

Like language and words, the materialist assumes that matter itself is a kind of indifferent, neutral building block.
In actual fact, matter is itself the will-to-life. It is a subtraction from a higher, more ordered state

Atoms aren't a building block for existence, such that the sum-total of atoms is synonymous with existence. Atoms are what would happen if you kept smashing something to bits
(I hate to use the term 'atom' for the reason attached below: )
An atom is existence trying to achieve its least burdened state. It is not some indifferent building block, i.e. some matter-of-fact, stable, coherent thing which happily holds onto its form.

It's actually in the grip of entropy, and is therefore incontinent.
It is trying to keep up with existence by looking for a route to satisfaction of its yearning for freedom of action. In short, it's the will-to-life.

All emissions, all movement, all superfluous existence, is the result of entropic incontinence.
Genuine indifference is perfectly still and equanimous, and scorns death (which it regards as a delusion).

It is the original, pure, ideal existence, for which there are no words.
The atomic worldview, like materialism in general, is the easier perspective, because it suits our finite brains.

The most easily intuited perception is the one that fits *within* consciousness (i.e. as a cognitive object). The hardest is the one that accounts for consciousness.
It always comes off plausible because you can chop a bit off, and say "look, it's differentiated". By focusing on a certain part, you differentiate it, and it becomes an object which seems self-sustaining and persistent.

It's not self-sustaining, though, because it decays.
It also loses its reason for being in the first place, and is therefore arbitrary, disconnected and loses a satisfactory explanation for its existence.

You end up with totally arbitrary nouns: the reductio ad absurdum of chopped-off things, e.g. atoms or organic molecules
Nonetheless, because you can cognitively rewind to the moment when its existence wasn't arbitrary, i.e. as part of a biological being or as part of the Earth's crust, the resulting constitutive picture keeps the material explanation anchored in the realm of intuitive plausibility
"Ah, because it smashes up into these parts, it must be what made it up in the first place."

This also accounts for the philistine's belief that computer scientists can exhaustively describe and identically replicate language.
Mainstream evolutionary scientists also believe that life came out of matter, as opposed to the other way around

They think perfectly differentiated building blocks (atoms) decided, out of nowhere, to go for a stroll, but fell over and accidentally tangled up in the form of life
They reckon that, with perfect mathematical linearity, the universe was pursuing entropy, but suddenly—*WHOOPS*—self-replicating molecules appear out of nowhere (albeit just as a temporary detour, because existence will end in perfectly equilibriumed heat death soon).
The correct metaphysical perspective says that evolution isn't a constitutive process starting from atoms (from time zero to time infinity), but a downward decay from Ideality into time.

Matter is the demand for contiguity between the Ideal and the least ideal.
Ideal, original existence always contained this possibility, and is necessarily ahead of matter, such that the material world will always look plausibly complete and ordered to the material observer who disregards the problem of time. He will be content with material explanation.
He will disregard the problem of time (i.e. the impossibility of absolute beginning and end) because this necessarily admits of metaphysics, which is far too serious a concern for the materialist, who wants to get the most of the familiar world which fits in his puny brain.
He will see a world in which there is a transition from order to disorder (entropy), and instead of supposing that order is the primary state and entropy secondary, he'll say that entropy is one and only state

He does this because he only looks at objects, which only ever decay.
He is stuck reviewing/clinging to static objective arrangements which have faded into time, meanwhile the idealist is up to date with reality.

In emotional life just as in scientific analysis. See also:
The idealist sees that there is an eternal order to things which transcends material arrangements.

He sees that order, Idea, meaning and sense precede matter, time and entropy.

Materialists indulge entropy as the proper mode of existence.
Lacking a sense of the eternal order, the materialist thinks that the future of entropy can be different. With this belief, he lets himself be taken in by the flow of time. He rushes in with it, believing that new, random and novel shapes will entertain him unto infinity.
He thinks all forms are contingent, and that human beings are a random accidental detour of natural selection.

The idealist, by contrast, sees human beings as the left-behinds of a world sliding into entropy, and therefore as a necessary and eternal part of existence.
All life has the same entry into the world. Even a seed that's germinating looks like an animal embryo. There's a longing for extension, by holding strong to itself while entropy unfolds

What makes the human distinct is that its Idea insists on elevation above the animal kingdom
The mere fact that it holds strong to its Idea gives it a form that's distinct from the merely inorganic surroundings.

The early years are hard to remember for the same reason that a dream (even a vivid one) is hard to remember. You were too involved and present.
You were drunk on seemingly infinite possibility. This appeared as vital force extending you into the material world, as you checked every corner.

As you grow older, the possibilities become fewer in number. You become confined, and objects become clearer and more defined.
The limits of the world become increasingly rigid, and the dream-state becomes a stale, boring reality. Confined and objectified, you become more conscious of being an autobiographical individual with tragical constraints.

It's no longer a dream, but a battleground to navigate.
This, naturally, makes your memory more keen, in the same way that touching a hot stove does.

Ideally you would develop beyond puberty, but the Idea becomes exhausted at this point, and the open system gets closed just as the Idea becomes replicable (as reproductive organs).
The feeling of confinement results in oscillations between spitefulness and helplessness. Outbursts of boredom and chaos, and also periods of depression.

The outbursts of boredom and chaos are coping mechanisms, which dupe everyone involved into joining.
They reckon there is a route to freedom, and that it consists not in defying entropy, but in indulging it.

Then they feel stunted and degraded by these failed attempts at freedom, and so they sink into depression.
The average person keeps being duped by other people's fake demonstrations of freedom, and so they feel like they are exceptionally disadvantaged and doomed to life in a cage.

The wise person realises that everyone is faking their happiness, and thus envies no one.
Whereas most people wish they could be someone else, the wise person curses life itself, as the common denominator of all suffering.

He realises the mistake of entering this existence, and deeply regrets the initial delusion of there being infinite possibility in this world.
Having learnt his lesson, he tries to remember it like a drunkard quitting his alcohol addiction remembers all the problems it caused him.

He forever struggles against the delusion of life being worthwhile. It keeps presenting possibility, and he keeps saying "No! Not again!"
Alongside this realisation, flesh begins to lose interest. The Idea is no longer *willing* to live and reproduce (i.e. keep up the farce). It realises the farce and becomes jaded, which shows up in the face as drooping disappointment and inattentiveness to detail.
The bold, puffed-up defiance of youth turns into sagging indifference

No longer seeing possibility in this world, the Idea isn't holding as fast. It lets go of matter in the same way you can't stand the hyperactive music of your youth anymore. It no longer has potential for you.
It just wants peace instead, and flesh is a hindrance to that end. Having sincerely let go of flesh, you undo the mistake which you made at birth, i.e. believing that flesh offered infinite possibility.

You return to the Heavenly Father like a child who touched a hot stove.
Only human beings have this capacity to evaluate life as a whole, i.e. whether being in time is good. This is the eternal Idea of humanity.

It must be bipedal, it must be dexterous, and it must retain a lofty distance above crude matter.
Becoming matter is a superfluous addition to existence, and always degrades and undermines the initial Idea

Unsure of its permanent existence, it clings to a certain form and chases this form just to be sure of its existence once more. I discuss this here
This stunts the thing in question, in the same way that listening to your own voice as you talk makes you sound clumsy and goofy. You try to get too much out of existence.

This is also why, when looking in the mirror, we look so dumb and pathetic. Flesh is ridiculous.
The average person looks ugly and stupid. Only a democratic average which cancels out all the flaws produces a symmetrical being who looks suited to this world, but even with them, their entrails just as well confirm that their existence is something of a cosmic joke.
Far from being a wonderful design, flesh is a clumsy, fevered, superfluous lunge at existence.

Existence, from its very inception, presented this route down to the bottom, and we're squeezing into it because we see potential in this direction.
The more you pursue matter, the more you get yourself twisted up and tangled. You get caught up in knots which imprison you and make you scared to act, like a person who owns too much stuff.

This accounts for our entrails. (This is also how my philosophy essays get stunted.)

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