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2 Jan
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.
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2 Jan
Modern capitalism has to make life seem more worth living than it actually is. It has to keep increasing the decimal places of your attention span, so that you keep delving further and further into minute triviality.
Social life is basically the same. People make a lot of noise and fuss, which distracts you into thinking it's worthwhile.

They do this because they themselves have to believe their own hype. If they didn't, they would be depressive realists (i.e. true philosophers).
One of the reasons we moderns have an obsession with cute little animals is this: Animals, helplessly in the grip of the will-to-life, are role models in that they still have the motivation to act wildly and playfully despite there being absolutely no purpose to their joviality.
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25 Dec 20
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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25 Dec 20
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.
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25 Dec 20
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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24 Dec 20
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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24 Dec 20
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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24 Dec 20
"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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24 Dec 20
I don't think I've made it sufficiently clear what I mean by 'naked conviviality'.

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.

Women, though, are subordinate, soft and frivolous, so their company is desirable.
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6 Dec 20
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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4 Dec 20
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 20
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 20
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 20
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 20
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 20
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 20
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 20
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 20
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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21 Nov 20
Just think, for instance, of how the average person is mortified by the slightest harm done to a dog, but happily eats a burger from a tortured cow.

When you point out the hypocrisy, they lazily—often-times mockingly—gloss over it. They just want their slimy indulgence.
I'm not against eating meat that is properly sourced, but I've always been plagued by contradictions like these in my life.

The modern human is so disgustingly lazy when it comes to ethical output. They cannot for a moment interrupt their freedom of action.
Just think of how addicted the average person is to alcohol. They cannot let go of it for a single evening.

Look at the absolute rubbish they watch on TV. Much of it is borderline pornographic. They're perfectly fine with this objectification of life. Ethics is for schmucks.
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21 Nov 20
The basis for my saying this is two-fold.

a) The problem today isn't that the masses don't have enough bread and healthcare. The average person today behaviourally resembles an Oriental despot in their manner of consumption and attitude toward life. Punishment is required.
For the same reason Jesus said a rich person had a slim chance of getting into heaven, the average glutton today doesn't have much of a chance either.

Punishment requires temporal power, i.e. the state, in order to overcome all this. Temporal and spiritual must come together.
b) Even if this punishment is not forthcoming, the world would degenerate into such a low moral state that only the most radical (and even barbaric) moral reformer could prevail.

In any case, there is no soft-spoken route of this mess. A moral reformer must aspire to power.
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