On an infinite timeline, the world is perfectly fair. Everything will happen to everyone, and every combination of up and down and positional possibility will come to pass. Krishna was right, sure.
But you probably won’t remember the times when you were you, when all of the atoms that have ever been you are swallowed by the heart of the galaxy. and everything that you ever were finds new life as the other side of the event horizon. The abstract realisation of your former godhood will not comfort you as starve to death in a Missouri gutter. There will be no identification, then, with all you are, now. Not unless you strive, now.
As lots of people have noted, we’re here for a pretty short time, all things considered. Longer than some things, but far less long than others. We certainly no Sequoiadendron giganteum or Turritopsis Nutricula or Pinus longaeva. We’re here for like, 100 years, max, barring Daoist sage outliers, so we have only a very few options on that whole “universal harmony” thing.
One of them is to, as previously discussed, express every possible iteration of self we can think of, and explore them all as fully as possible, knowing that it’ll all even out in the wash. Another is to say “fuck that” and find whatever it is that we want, whenever we want it. (These two aren’t so different; it’s mostly just a matter of intent.) Another, though, is to try to figure out what it is that we will become, what everyone else is trying to be, and why we’re any of us doing what we’re doing.
And then try to help.
I mean, with 100ish years to live, and most likely all of it on this ball of rock, ice, dirt, water, fire, and air orbiting a precariously balanced path around a nuclear reactor in one of the weirdest collections of parts in the known universe, why would we spend our time making things shittier for each other?
You’re probably never going to see a fair world in any way that means anything to you. When it’s fair, you won’t be this you who remembers the unfairness, you won’t know why “fairness” means what it means. It’ll just be life, existence, and “you” will just be the atoms in everything, everywhere, again. And maybe you’ll look out from inside, and inside from outside, and you’ll see yourselves and everything that you’ve become and you’ll say, “Good Work, Us; Glad We Finally Got There.”
But maybe not. We don’t know. In the meantime, there’s something we do know for sure, and it’s that this world can be a big old bag of shit, some days. You KNOW this. You’ve seen it, you’ve felt it, you’ve DONE it. This world is crap, some days, and unfair every day, so why would you perpetuate that? Why wouldn’t we just try to be kind?
Gravity works, I promise. No need to keep checking the experiment to make sure that shit rolls downhill—left to its own devices, it Totally will. You might be better off building some kind of ramp, or a waste disposal system, or a way to turn shit into non-polluting biofuels and convert the kinetic and potential energies of its tipping and rolling into free energy for everyone.
People, let me tell you, the world ain’t “fair,” and it ain’t “nice.” And with that attitude, it never will be.
Back to work.
Oh, hey. If you like it when I say this kind of thing, or anything at all, maybe consider becoming a patron of my work? Here’s what I’m doing through the setup, over there: http://www.patreon.com/wolven
Again: Barring happenstance, you are going to die after roughly 100 years of life, and so is everyone else.
What do you want those years to look like?
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Protesters from across St Louis turned up and turned out for the first St Louis County Council Meeting since Mike Brown’s Death. (Part II)
The St Louis County Council meeting was a fiery afar, as residents from across the county demanded Darren Wilson’s arrest, answers for Mike Brown’s death, and expressed frustration at their own police force being turned on them like they were enemies of the state. #staywoke #farfromover
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Roll Your Own Culture, a chat with Gordon White of runesoup.com
A free wheeling chat with Gordon White of Runesoup.com on building your own reality map. Drawing upon chaos magic, gnosticism, and the strength of fictional works. Looking at topics such as the billionaire world view, the Secret Space Program, Nazi Science and the Nazi International. Contrasting the Western world view and cosmology with the Eastern, especially China & India. And using network theory to talk about the construction of Nomadic Taste Tribes.
key Runesoup posts: the Archonology series
& Adolescence’s End
“Someone stole your future. Don’t you ever wonder who?” - Warren Ellis
- Doktor Sleepless
- The Legend of Korra
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
- X Files
- The Invisibles
- Rewilding Witchcraft
- Taste Tribes by Joshua Ellis
- Nick Redfern, Final Events
- Timothy Leary – Start your own religion
- My blogpost “A New Life Awaits in the Chinese Sea Colonies”
Here’s to all the Nomadic Taste Tribes and Lifeboat Survivors, moving further up the beach. Ello!
Music & Samples:
- X-Files Theme Piano/Strings Version - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KraD-DnbSsU
- Living Colour – Pride [Time’s Up] , Cult of Personality [Vivid]
- Leverage S05E15, “The Long Goodbye”
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"The Internet threatens final confirmation of Adorno and Horkheimer’s dictum that the culture industry allows the “freedom to choose what is always the same.” Champions of online life promised a utopia of infinite availability: a “long tail” of perpetually in-stock products would revive interest in non-mainstream culture. One need not have read Astra Taylor and other critics to sense that this utopia has been slow in arriving. Culture appears more monolithic than ever, with a few gigantic corporations—Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon—presiding over unprecedented monopolies. Internet discourse has become tighter, more coercive. Search engines guide you away from peculiar words. (“Did you mean … ?”) Headlines have an authoritarian bark (“This Map of Planes in the Air Right Now Will Blow Your Mind”). “Most Read” lists at the top of Web sites imply that you should read the same stories everyone else is reading. Technology conspires with populism to create an ideologically vacant dictatorship of likes."
This is interesting commentary but rings completely false to me. It’s hard for me to understand how anyone who remembers pre-internet culture can say with a straight face that culture is “more monolithic than ever.”
I grew up in a small town in America in the mid-1980’s. Everyone got the same three or four national TV channels (there was no cable service where we were), read the same local daily paper (rich folks might get the big city paper mailed to them with a perpetual two-day lag), and listened to the same two or three local radio stations. Your tiny local library might have between 1,000 and 10,000 books in it, but most of them were cookbooks, automotive manuals, and pulp novels destined for the garbage heap, and virtually all of them had been through the editorial-committee-gatekeeping at one of a half-dozen major publishing conglomerates. All the video, audio, and print culture available to me was totally controlled by a handful of corporations and there were literally no alternatives.
If you had a niche interest, you might be able to get a book on the subject through inter-library loan, but the paper card catalog at your local library would not have a comprehensive listing of what other libraries might or might not have (how could it?). That meant that the only chance you had of finding such a book was if you knew such a book existed already, and knew the title. You could send away by mail for a magazine on the subject, assuming of course that you could identify what the name and address of such a magazine even was, and that your niche interest was not so niche that no such journal of ideas existed.
And that doesn’t even cover the dozens of ideas or questions half-formed that would never be researched or even expressed because they seemed so outlandish that one simply assumed they were local to one’s own mind, never mind that dozens of people elsewhere were thinking the same things and possibly even expressing them in a fixed medium, but in ways that would never, ever, reach you.
The internet has not homogenized culture; it has just made it incredibly obvious in a data-rich way that people prefer to consume homogenous culture. The culture available to me today is vastly more heterogenous than the culture that was available to me prior to the internet, and I suspect that is true for almost anyone who isn’t living in a megalopolis (and even then…).
If one is lucky enough to have unrestricted access to the internet, one just has to be willing to look, which is far better than the previous state of affairs in which a willingness to look, by itself, was never enough.
reblogged for on-point commentary.(via courier5)