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The Becoming

In Culture, Life, Philosophy, Politics on October 27, 2017 at 12:06 am

What does it mean to be, become and continue being a human, in these modern times of technological despair? Our widely accepted ideology at present consists of selling an individual’s personal time in exchange for sustenance. Capitalism, with all its warts and cancerous moles, has engulfed our entire planet in a death-grip, that has decided to not let go till our last natural resource has been remolded into an imaginary paper currency.

Every time anyone raises their voice in critique against this system of passive subjugation, insults of being a Leftist are hurled, which just shuts down any conversation about changing the status quo. It is automatically assumed by the guardians of Capitalism that there is no viable alternative. Truth is that humans haven’t been able to truly harness their God-given ability for co-operation in elevating themselves above the stature of being mere animals. Not yet.

Capitalism considers competition as its cornerstone, where a person who has been lucky enough to have been born earlier, has gotten access to our planet’s previously hidden natural resources, and now will not let it go for the greater good, citing his/her natural right to that bounty by claiming he/she is natural owner of aforesaid ‘property’ just because that person was favoured by random luck to be first to appear/exist in the spectrum of our universal time-scale. Nothing more. This is why there is the common lament that most wealth is held in the least number of hands. There is only a finite amount of natural wealth and people who came before us all have claimed ownership to said property.

Capitalism is just a superficially rational monarchy. Semantics and written language have been turned into a tool for ensuring unquestioned subservience. The natural and social urge of human society to co-operate has been deemed to be unfit and repulsive, which it indeed is when implemented by power-hungry individuals indulging in the propagation of self-interest and subjugation.

There is only one way to break out of this cycle of chronic thralldom and that is to direct our attention up & above our planet’s atmosphere into outer space. We are gifted with only a few years of life for existence and it is way too little to be bogged down, wasting it away, cowing to either vicious dictators of apocryphal co-operation, or winners of a random birth lottery.

None of the rules are set in stone. It requires just that little push to move past a tipping point for reclaiming the hours of your precious time. YOU ARE INDEBTED TO NO PERSON!

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Have a Spooky October!
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TOTEM

In Culture, Life, Philosophy on June 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

 

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Reason for the existence of mental illness such as Schizophrenia is the dichotomy of individual reality and social reality. An individual’s reality exists solely on the basis of that person’s perception. Imagine a person who cannot see. That person will have a very deviant opinion on beauty which might be rooted in sounds or voices, rather than visual aesthetics.

Coming back to persons with their senses functioning optimally, we find that individuals in proto-societies devised a method to amalgamate discrete realities into one single, all encompassing one by submitting themselves to a common ‘totem’.

Definition of totem. 1a : an object (such as an animal or plant) serving as the emblem of a family or clan and often as a reminder of its ancestry; also : a usually carved or painted representation of such an object

b : a family or clan identified by a common totemic object.

It is only natural for a species like the intelligent humanoids as we appear to be, to devise such methods to offset our mass space dementia, floating along hopelessly and unpredictably through uncharted territory with an obscure history that noone really knows when it actually began. The punishment or consequence for not accepting the social totem is banishment to the fringes of societal existence, or death in most extreme cases. Territorial and aggressive as we are, most clans prefer to kill the non-believer than risk a future uprising that will topple their precious totem.

The author sees an end to the relevance of totems in the propagation of social anthropology only after a technological breakthrough to link individual minds of persons into some kind of hive-mind so that a thought can be said to be shared absolutely as opposed to being strictly discrete. That brings in even more conundrums but we’ll worry about it when we get there. The Conjoiners in Alistair Reynolds’ Revelation Space saga is a valid imagining of that scenario.

Until that era of Transenlightenment, we are going be apes on a floating rock, murdering opposing clans with differing totems, in an endless gallop to merge all realities into that ever so slippery and incomprehensible single reality of an Ultimate Truth.

 

Read more:

Totem and Taboo by Sigmund Freud

 

 

 

 

False Prophet

In Culture, Life, Philosophy on October 21, 2016 at 8:09 am

In this day & age, how would you recognise a true prophet walking among you without anything short of getting thunked on the head with a lead pipe, carried by the prophet of course.

You cannot be blamed for this state of things because in the world we live in, the average person is inundated with useless information shutting him/her down into a passive state of adherence to the status quo. The number of people you’ve met during the course of a year will now include all the human beings you’ve met, as well as the quirky characters you’ve been exposed to in all the movies you saw, or the mindblowing ones in the books you’ve read. (The author of this blog recommends the characters in books since they’re well fleshed out than the other two sets of losers)

On top of this quandary, there are the vast number of false prophets walking amongst us. The ones who claim to have a guaranteed position upon the shoulders of a supposed creator when judgement day finally comes. It is assumed that you can achieve salvation only if you communicate with that creator using this person as a conduit. Their malevolence feeds on the weak and the destitute!

Coming back to our initial query of how to determine a bona fide prophet in this day & age…

Ironically enough, the one person who unknowingly discovered the procedure was one of  the scions of our present consumer culture, Steve Jobs. And the technique he came to be known for was Reality Distortion. In older days, this was known by another name, a miracle.

 

The reality you are experiencing right now was manufactured by people similar to yourself who’ve come before you, but it is also possible  to completely change it and mould it into a new phase. The proof of this lies with Heisenberg’s Uncertainty Principle.

 

You have every right to be skeptic about any such methods, and you should be. If I want to imbibe anything through this blog, it is this….

Do not take anything at face value, Question Everything & Everyone!!

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