Hell is what you leave behind…
and Heaven too.
It is what you do today, did yesterday,
and are yet to do.
It's all just cause and effect and recognising the patterns
Hell is what you leave behind…
and Heaven too.
It is what you do today, did yesterday,
and are yet to do.
Imagine if the compulsion to donate your legally dead body to the State could only be wavered by Religious choice. For some it will be easily done but for others less so. The Atheist will have to decide if they are more than just their brain and will be forced to re-evaluate their philosophy. With the fence ripped from beneath them the Agnostics will have to choose between Religion and a precision predator chopping and slicing and dicing away at the fresh flesh and body of their brain-dead corpse.
The Atheists will be known as “Those without Religion”, perhaps even “The Users of the Wheel”
“The Users of the Wheel”, Industrialisation, The Enlightenment, Reason, Logic, the Nihilists…the Sinners….the Consumers. The Nihilists need more because they have no Faith, no purpose, no meaning in their lives.
For those that chose the Faith loophole there are compulsory stipulations. Adherence to their Faith is mandatory: prayer, meditation, diet and exercise strictly monitored.
And so Religion was given a value in the market place.
With the abundance of body parts and whole bodies available a boom in stem cell bio-engineering ensued. The moral ambiguity of such practices had been removed by the Atheist’s choice.
The Atheist cadavers had their brains removed, their bodies rebuilt, and a computer aided brain inserted; they became Cyborgs and did the work their Masters desired.
The cyborgs became sex robots pimped out to the highest bidder, and industrial workers, etc, etc
I was inspired to write this piece following Jordon B Peterson and Sam Harris’s recent discussion on the nature of truth. It was a messy discourse but I was intrigued by Peterson’s postulation of Darwinian Truth. He mentioned the demise of the Irish Elk. The Irish Elk devolved into extinction, the process of sexual selection was based on the size of the male elk’s antlers. The females chose poorly; big antlers do not signify genetic health. It is often the case that in the human species females also choose poorly and choose mates based on their height. The irony is that the male offspring will nearly always be taller than the mother. Rich men choose tall women and have tall sons, their daughters height will vary. Height, like, antlers is a poor indicator of “fitness”.
The evolution of the human species is founded on the size of the brain. Mammals with large a brain to body ration are more intelligent. Why is this? Intelligence requires long term planning, the ability to form social networks, use language, empathy. Long term planning exists in the realm of the neo-cortex. Short term planning is influenced by the Lower brain – the Amygdala and Hippocampus; the snake or lizard brain. All addictions are ruled by the lower brain.
In Christian myth the Seven Deadly Sins, Pride. Envy. Wrath, Gluttony, Lust, Sloth and Greed, are attributes associated with the Devil. The Devil is often represented as a horned demon and I am struck by the image of the hippocampus and its resemblance to the Ram. It is also symbolised as the dragon that must be slain.
Any Religion that practices War and Terror is the Devil.
Consumerism drives our Economy. Consumerism is the Devil.
Property must be defended. Property is the Devil.
Capitalism is the Devil
Caffeine, Sugar, Alcohol, iEntertainment are all drugs and are the Devil.
The evolved human being has empathy.
Practice yoga and meditation to free yourself from the shackles of the hippocampus, the Devil, and you will know True Enlightenment.
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You are the Universe manifest.
Through your senses you experience this World, the Universe.
Your experience of the world is unique.
Our experience of the world is shared.
All knowledge is pattern recognition.
The I, the Self, is the perceived Constant.
I am you and you are me.
Please, tell me your story.
Existentialism was the psychological reaction to Nietzsche’s observation in The Joyful Wisdom –
“God is dead. God remains dead. And we have killed him. How shall we comfort ourselves, the murderers of all murderers? What was holiest and mightiest of all that the world has yet owned has bled to death under our knives: who will wipe this blood off us? What water is there for us to clean ourselves? What festivals of atonement, what sacred games shall we have to invent? Is not the greatness of this deed too great for us? Must we ourselves not become gods simply to appear worthy of it?”
Nietzsche was a product of the Enlightenment which replaced God with the individual at the centre of the universe. Without God the individual may ask “Then how do I live my life?”, “How do I live a Moral life”, “How do I find meaning in life when there is apparently none”. Nietzsche aimed to answer this question and his ideas are akin to Buddhism but delivered in German and with force; the dual title of ‘Twilight or the Idols’ is ‘How to Philosophise with a Hammer’.
The Existentialists (Sartre, Gide “Fruits of the Earth”, Kierkegaard, Merleau-Ponty) suffered from Radical Doubt and doubted even their own existence but still struggled with the same questions. I recommend Gide’s “Fruits of the Earth” as a beautiful response to that question.
The Existentialists did not thoroughly answer that question and Radical Doubt turned inwards, on the individual itself: Structuralism, Post-Structuralism, Post-Modernism. We killed God and now we have killed Meaning. We are the snake that has begun to eat itself.
Language is the shadow of our thoughts. But Language is the tool with which we have to communicate. Some use English, some use French, Chinese, etc. There are roughly 6,500 spoken languages and if you don’t speak another’s language then you are reduced to pointing and playing charades. Hopefully you can say at least “Hello” in your neighbours language; saying “Hello” is the first step to become friends (As-salamu alaykum). I learned this in Tanzania where everyone says “Mambo” a hundred times a day; it connects people. To your elders one would say “Shikamoo” as a sign of respect to which if you would reply “Marahaba”. A child would say “Shikamoo” to me and I would say “Shikamoo” to my elders when I passed them on the street. In mud hut villages older is wiser and respect is due just for still being alive. I digress a little but a little colour adds humanity to the prose.
Words are symbols. Words and Language are the tools we use to get ideas from one brain to another brain. We are not very good at it.
This I will say the the Social Justice Warriors and Extreme Left with regards to preferred pro-nouns. I have taught English in Africa and if you want to add 31 more personal pronouns and explain those terms to majority Muslim class then please go to Tanzania as a Volunteer English teacher. I wouldn’t want to explain the personal pronouns to my mother let alone a people who are hungry and have nothing. To have nothing better to worry about than a personal pronoun? This really is what I understand as White Privilege and this is the product of Post-Modern Crisis. (please check out the recent debacle with Professor Jordon Peterson.
Islam is one of the many religions that holds families, villages, towns and cities together; a way of life. These people have meaning in their lives and that meaning is derived from God. We killed our God but we did not kill theirs. This is a Post-Modern Crisis. Generation X had an Existential Crisis (The Death of God) and now we live in a world living in a Post-Modern Crisis (The Death of Meaning).
Kierkegaard wrote about Faith and strove to understand the story of Abraham and the sacrificing of his favourite son, a dreadful thing to ask any parent, and son or daughter. Abraham took a leap of Faith. Reason would lead him to not kill his son but Faith and blind obedience allowed him to kill. Both Christian and Muslim have Abraham at their root, you are cast of the same stone. In anticipation of comments below I would ask you read Kierkegaard’s “In Fear and Trembling”
If we broadly speak of East and West it is a struggle between with Faith and those without. I have repeatedly said that we are not selling it at all well. Post-Modernism has made us a society of Selves, the Selfie being a great example of that followed by the aforementioned personal Pronouns. Online communities appear full of hatred and spite; there is no harmony. It is Sodom and Gomorrah.
More than that the worship in Islam doesn’t fit into Western working hours. Muslims have to prey five times a day and many do. When i was a young man the shops were closed on a Sunday and there was initial outrage at Sunday opening hours. It opened the gate to 24 hour service. The “I want it now!” psyche took over. Shops weren’t open on a Sunday…we got by.
We in the West are being pushed into a consumer lifestyle more so now than ever where we have become products ourselves, and piggy banks for the Government and Corporations. We are all in the same boat and we need to start working together.
Perhaps i should preface this by letting you know that I have recently returned from Tanzania. It is a mixed bag of Muslims and Christians. Certain areas are predominantly Muslim and some predominantly Christian. There appears to be no conflict amongst the people and they live within their religions quite peacefully. The Christians show respect and don’t make public shows of eating in public during Ramazan and live next to Mosques that wake them up at 4 o’clock in the morning and the Muslim’s let the Christians practice their faith. Now, I lived with people who lived in mud huts and mixed with fishermen and boys, cooks, shopkeepers, hotel staff, charity workers, the Masai…the Lower class (The British use the term “Working Class which is designed to keep them in their place). I was teaching English and thought I had discovered a novel way of teaching Indefinite and Definite Articles applying a little simple Logic:
Definite and Indefinite Articles: The, A and An
The definite article The is used to refer to something for the first time or to refer to a particular member of group or class. It may be something that the speaker has already mentioned or it may be something uniquely specified. The definite article in English for both singular and plural nouns, is “The”.
The Indefinite Article (A and An). Use An for Nouns that begin with a Vowel or Vowel Sound. Use A for Non-Vowel Sounding Nouns.
Hence the Logic follows:
If X = True then
If X (Noun) is used to refer to something for the first time or to refer to a particular member of group or class. Or something that the speaker has already mentioned or it may be something uniquely specified THEN use The.
We now know that the Noun must be referred to by either A or An.
If X (Noun) begins with a vowel sound Then
I was explaining this to a fellow native teacher and he said to me “Ah, you must first teach them how to think” and this was because the method of teaching in Tanzania is Victorian, authoritative and children are not encouraged to think for themselves. This extends to their religions and Islam is certainly not questioned, that would be dangerous. I think it is fair to say that people feared offending Muslims. As I say I lived amongst people with very simple lives and all I could ask you to imagine is your country and your people but 100 years ago, law-abiding, church going Christian folk and then from abroad you see video’s like this:
You must ask yourself: If you lived 100 years ago and was a person of Faith and you saw this as a representation of the West, would you fight to save your country from Sodom and Gomorrah? What would you think? The Muslim’s in the Middle East have not learned to think, all they know is to do. I talk in general terms. The Enlightenment meant a different thing to them. It certainly didn’t involve Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”, Post Modernism, Existentialism, Rock ‘n’roll, Punk and the rest. They have not got the BBC despite its faults and oppositional views are tolerated.
A Muslim is a person of Faith and we in the West have forgotten what Faith is and to have a relationship with God. That is a big thing, and we forget this and perhaps dismiss it as silly when it is the most important thing to any human; their relationship with the Universe. For some reason and another, mostly having been born in a Muslim country, they have chosen Islam as their guide and God. The West has chosen Stuff, Sodom and Gomorrah, sugar and coffee to keep usgoing through the week and booze to help us relax on the weekend.
It is no use arguing that the excesses of the West are restricted to Sex because they also apply to things:
The Muslims are fighting against Consumerism and the Self for sale.
Syria is a religiously mixed country also but is ostensibly secular: free from religious rule and teachings.
The Terrorism that Syria is being met with is the same Terrorism that the West is facing. However, President Bashar al-Assad does not want to forge an military alliance with the West (The United States) because Assad like the Muslim’s recognises the excesses Consumerism too and also sees the corrupting influence of Free-Market Neo-Liberal policies on the West.
We have austerity and food banks and homelessness and drug addiction, sex trafficking, politicians in sex and financial scandals, corporations not paying tax, the government giving away tax payers money to the wealthy, our healthcare system falling apart, children suffering from ADHD and medicated, obesity, greed, self and the relentless echo of “I want”. If you were President Bashar al-Assad would you want to forge an alliance with Donald trump or Hillary Clinton? The US has Syria surrounded (Please study the maps) and is supplying ISIS, Al Qaeda and other Right Wing Muslims with the weapons to attack Syria for being Secular. The US wants ISIS etc to beat Syria into submission, to force them to forge an alliance with them. However, Russia has come to Syria’s aid; they both have an aversion to the United States. And the War continues. The White Helmets are on the side of ISIS as is most Western media.
There may be those that view the President of Syria only through Western eyes and ears, who cannot imagine what it must be like to rule a country that has a complicated Religious base with Islam breathing down your neck. The UK has only recently quelled the remnants of a religious war in Northern Ireland. Assad continues to keep his country together despite facing terrorism from many factions of the extreme Islam who have the military backing of the United States.
I have never understood why women fought for the Right to Work. Their cause was and is utterly foolish as Work only serves the ruling elite (Corporations and the State). Work is exploitation and serves business in terms of profit and the State in terms of tax (Two taxpayers are better than one!). Feminists lexicon of blame always begins with the alleged Patriarchy and yet they fought and continue to fight to be enslaved by it. They adopted the term “Patriarchy” and blamed “men” for their position not realising that the men too were enslaved. However, the men wore their shackles with pride and called themselves “The Working Class” and wore that badge with pride and still do; it is a fantastic sleight of hand; words are powerful indeed.
Upper, Middle, Lower. “Working Class” is a dupe.
Women valued Work over Motherhood. Very few women wear the badge of Full TIme Mother with pride…the Feminists won’t let them for a start.
So there we have it. Historically men were duped into finding pride in their Lower Class position and women were duped into following them into the cesspool of exploitation at the expense of the family unit; it was never fought for. Feminism failed because it did not value the role of the mother.
The absence of either parent for most children leave them alienated, estranged and in fear. Schools pick up the mantle and indoctrinate them into the Status Quo; cookie cut kids.
If you doubt my words then just reflect on our Culture. The kids have invented nothing new since the 80’s, they have been pacified like everyone else.
And what of the grown ups? Feminism (3rd Wave, 4th and 5th) has turned woman against man and divided us, turning the power of the proletariat in half; divide and conquer is the oldest trick in the book.
Fool me once “Working Class”
Fool me twice “Feminism”
Fool us again and it is our end, and epitaph.
1st October 2016 update
Feminism has morphed into Social Justice Warriors. Their mission – to destroy a perceived Patriarchy and replace it with a Matriarchy.
I consider Professor Jordon Peterson to have a firm grasp on the subject.