Thursday, April 15, 2021

We Lie to You News

 Awaken with JP has pretty much taken over the task of Forgiving the News with his weekly "We Lie to You News" segment where he exposes the truth behind the news by making fun of it. Most of what True Forgiveness entails is simply seeing illusion as illusion and remembering to laugh.


This footage that came out this week also does a good job of exposing the fakeness of the news.




Tuesday, April 13, 2021

The Catch-22 of Statism

A catch-22 is a paradoxical situation from which an individual cannot escape because of contradictory rules or limitations.

Statism is the belief that government authority is legitimate.

In general, the corporate press is a propaganda fear machine used to hypnotize people into being and staying statists. Statists come in many forms; the two main forms being liberal and conservative.

I find it interesting when a news story arises that poses a catch-22 for statists of both the liberal and conservative variety. The recent Minnesota unarmed police shooting incident is precisely such a news story. 

A man was pulled over for having a dangling air freshener and also his mother failed to be obediently extorted by the government and pay her vehicle registration. But the real problem was that the man had a warrant out involving unauthorized possession of a firearm and for fleeing police; he had gotten in trouble for having a Ruger .45 pistol without a permit and he skipped his court date. So, in the end, the man was shot due to resisting cops who were enforcing anti-Second Amendment gun laws, extortion laws, and just plain petty laws. I'm not saying the guy wasn't dumb for resisting cops, and I'm not saying the guy wasn't dumb for at least appearing as if he was a ghetto criminal, which he likely was. All I'm saying is that whether one wants to defend or condemn the man, doing so as a statist leads to a catch-22.

This incident poses a a catch-22 for both anti-gun liberals and pro-cop pro-Second Amendment conservatives. To support the cops in this situation is to support enforcing laws that go against the second amendment. And to condemn the cops is to condemn enforcing gun laws. 

The main point of the duality of liberal vs. conservative is so statists can project the sins of statism onto the “other” instead of statism itself. The duality of light skin color vs. darker skin color serves the same statism sustaining guilt projection. The idea promoted in regards to skin color is that the problem with statism is not statism itself but skin color differences in regards to the state.

These days the corporate press makes a big deal over cops killing darker skinned people and mostly ignores the many lighter skinned ones. Light skinned people are generally such obedient whipped dog statists they don't make the fuss the darker skin statists do. The whipped dog light skinned statist people who are also whipped dogs over racial guilt will make a fuss for darker skin people though. 

A few years ago an unarmed light skinned woman was killed by cops near my home and it was barely even mentioned in the local news, let alone national or international news. A classmate when I was in high school was killed by cops pursuing criminals in a high speed chase. Police chases are so dumb; it is pathetic that people are such statists that they allow cops to engage in such reckless activity.

The problem is not that there are some bad cops, but that the whole idea of cops and government authority in general is bad. Cops are lackeys of the state and therefore lackeys of the lawmakers chosen by the mob (the majority). Cops enforce the law no matter what the law is. All laws beyond “don’t initiate force” are laws that instead initiate force. Therefore, enforcing laws beyond “don’t steal people’s lives, well-being, or property” usually means being the aggressor and thus the “bad guy.” Protecting people from the initiation of force is a noble pursuit, but the reality is that much of what cops do is instead the opposite. Even the way cops are paid through forced taxation is a result of the initiation of force...or at least the threat of force. Support of cops is support of the government initiating force. And support of the government is support of cops since all laws beyond the Golden Rule (non-aggression against non-aggressors) mean nothing unless there are people willing to initiate force to enforce the laws. 

Fortunately, there is an alternative to the violent nonsense of statism; it is called voluntaryism. But voluntaryism is only appealing to those who want to be free not those who want to be safely imprisoned. Building and maintaining a safe prison is the whole point of statism. Statists just fight over the conditions of the prison and who is in charge; that's the war of liberal vs. conservative, left vs. right, light skin vs. dark skin. Statists do not want to leave the prison, just rearrange it to their liking.

As Mencken once said, "The average man does not want to be free. He simply wants to be safe."

Such is the plight of the statist.

As the statists like to say, "If you don’t resist they won’t kill you.” And as the statists also like to say, "The state is racist and just targets darker skin people."

That's just not true. Watch this video below of cops making white people play twister, where if you mess up you die. It amazes me that people are such whipped dogs that they can watch videos like this and remain government worshiping statists seeking safety through imprisonment. Every time people want the government to do anything, this is what people ultimately want: outsourcing the dirty work keeps people unconscious of the violence they support. Without obedience it is execution or shackles. In a free society, people who murder, maim, kidnap, and steal (violate the Golden Rule) die due to people exercising self-defense. In a statist society people who murder, maim, kidnap, and steal can get paychecks, pensions, have unions, and be revered. Forgive fake authority by remembering the true authority and staying faithful to that authority instead of feeding the false authority of humans.

Below is the edited version. And here is the unedited version that shows the actual murder.

"If a German Shepard can do your job, maybe we're using the word hero a bit loosely." -- Michael Malice





Wednesday, January 20, 2021

The End of the Cognitive Dissonance Presidency

Now that Trump’s presidency is over, I can review the results. Trump was the cognitive dissonance president. Trump broke a lot of people’s minds. And the world will never be the same because of it. I know I’ll never be the same. There are so many people, both left and right, both for and against Trump, that I’ll never be able to take seriously ever again because of Trump. Trump was the naked emperor that exposed just how naked most everyone else is also.

The morning after Trump was elected in 2016, I posted on social media, “Don’t get excited or upset, the most likely outcome will be that Trump will fail to live up to the expectations of both his supporters and his detractors.” The expectations of Trump’s detractors, both left and right, were so low that all Trump had to do was not be Hitler or not start a nuclear war to prove his detractors wrong. On the other hand, the expectations from Trump’s supporters were so high that Trump would have had to be a completely different person with lots of support from Congress to pull it off.

The exaggerated expectations of Trump led to a four year global outbreak of widespread cognitive dissonance. Egos want to be right, especially about guilt and innocence projection. Taming cognitive dissonance is how egos delude themselves into believing they are right despite the reality. Trump’s detractors spent four years taming their cognitive dissonance with endless exaggerated, misleading, and even fake news stories/witch-hunts like “the fine people hoax” and “Russian collusion.” And yes all that stuff was mostly fake. If it wasn’t mostly fake, Trump wouldn’t have lasted four years. On the other hand, Trump’s supporters spent four years taming their cognitive dissonance about Trump with hope that Trump was playing 3-D chess and that the good stuff was about to happen eventually. The cognitive dissonance became so bad for many Trump supporters that the QAnon conspiracy theory became appealing. What Trump was doing versus expectation of what Trump should do required new beliefs to tame the cognitive dissonance.

Although neither side could likely stand to admit it, the propaganda of the corporate media and QAnon are the same thing psychologically. The corporate media is just QAnon institutionalized; both are alternate reality games that have the appeal of taming cognitive dissonance. People who believe the corporate media do so because it serves the same psychological function that QAnon did. All the people who sat with bated breath for years for the Mueller report to reveal Russian collusion and spell the end of Trump are the same as all the people who sat with bated breath waiting for “the storm” or "the kraken" or the "mass arrests."

In the end, Trump was like all presidents, as well as most politicians and citizens. Trump was and is philosophically, like most everyone else, a run-of-the-mill statist. Statism is a loser philosophy conditioned into people by society. When will people learn, statism is not the answer? Now that Trump’s term is over, I am happy to see so many people disillusioned by Trump. The Trump supporters getting suckered into the Capitol honeypot and then thrown under the bus by just about everyone disillusioned many Trump supporters. Trump failing to address social media censorship and thus letting himself and his supporters get censored disillusioned many Trump supporter. And then the final straw of Trump failing to pardon some popular people who were screwed over by the state for providing services and information many people wanted (Assange, Ulbricht, etc.) left lots of former Trump supporters not just disillusioned but totally disgusted. Maybe some of them will wise up and give up statism in favor of voluntaryism. We’ll see.

I added Statism to the title of this blog, because that is the subject I want to tackle for the foreseeable future. Whereas the Trump years were mostly about forgiving cognitive dissonance, the Biden years are shaping up to be mostly about forgiving statism (which still includes cognitive dissonance). Biden/Harris will have most institutional power on their side. Which means they will have the current flowing in their direction, unlike Trump who was constantly fighting against the current. Whereas the last four years the corporate media constantly screamed that the emperor was naked, now we’ll have to endure four years of the corporate media constantly screaming about how great the emperor’s imaginary clothes are. 

Statism is always naked. Unfortunately, statists tend to only ever see the nudity of their opposition’s statism, not their own.








China Communist Party News

What foreign influence controls the United States more, Russia or China? Spoiler, not the one the corporate media is always talking about disparagingly.



Tuesday, January 19, 2021

Forgiving Hypocrisy is Forgiving Projection

Politics and hypocrisy are intertwined because the very concept of government is a contradiction. Politics is the contradictory belief that, “force is bad when used against me but force is good when me and my team control and use force.” That’s why, to believe in government force, which is to be a statist, is to be a hypocrite. Politics is a bunch of people fighting over control of the force of government so that they can forcefully impose their subjective preferences on everyone else. The opposite of statism is voluntaryism. I am a voluntaryist. As a voluntaryist, I am not a statist because I don’t believe in government force. Voluntaryism is the belief that we should strive for all human interaction to be voluntary, never forced (non-aggression against non-aggressors). Voluntaryism is the Golden Rule view. Voluntaryism is peace. Statism on the other hand is constant war. Statism violates the Golden Rule, because it invariably does unto others what it would not have others do to itself. Anything that violates the Golden Rule is contradictory and therefore inherently suicidal. But the "bad" force inherent in statism is kept unconscious by projecting it onto the opposition. So the choice is always presented as different forms of statism rather than voluntaryism, since different forms of statism maintain the guilt.

The left has been winning in the culture war for many decades because it turned its political projection into a fool-proof methodology. The left’s method comes from philosopher/sociologist Herbert Marcuse. The left's method is why the left has come to control most institutional power in the United States (from corporate media, to academia, to the permanent unelected government). And until the right adopts the same method, it has no hope. However, if the right does adopt the same method the result will be civil war—unless the left calls a truce to stop using the method. But constant war is the name of the game of statism regardless. Voluntarism is the only viable way to defeat the left because it also defeats the right and so defeats statism. But that would require guilt projecting statists to give up statism in large numbers.




 
And I'll leave you with this amusing meme that illustrates the fate of the political right if the right doesn’t adopt the left’s "repressive tolerance" method for itself.



Thursday, January 7, 2021

News = Projection

As I keep on saying, news is just a game of guilt and innocence projection (propaganda). How so many grown adults can be so self-blind as to relentlessly play and play into this projection game goes to show just how much ego runs the show. It's always revolutionaries for me but not for thee.




Tuesday, January 5, 2021

What I Learned from Four Years of Forgiving the News

As a voluntaryist, I don’t support the left or the right, because I don't support statists. We should strive for all human interaction to be voluntary not forced; that precludes the whole archaic concept of government. The only thing I like about the left and right is that they oppose each other. In other words, they are somewhat tolerable as long as neither has enough power (force) to do much. However, an important thing I clearly learned from the last four years of forgiving the news is that even when the left lacks elected governmental power, it still holds most other types of power.

Over the last four years, through the left’s desperation to defeat Trump, the mask of pretend neutrality has completely fallen. The corporate press, the big tech companies, the unelected permanent government, academia, entertainment, establishment republicans (Lincoln Project), spiritual gurus, and so on are all dominated by the political left. The result of all that power is a relentless propaganda machine that serves the goals of the left. The right has its own propaganda machines but they are miniscule in scope by comparison. The right’s propaganda machines are more decentralized and independent rather than institutional. Consequently, due to the left's widespread institutional power, the political right is always the underdog these days, even when it holds elected governmental power. 

As a result, although the left may find this hard to accept, the right, on average, tends to be a bit better informed due to the fact that, due to the left's cultural dominance, those on the right can't help but get both sides of most propaganda. For that reason,"on average" the worldview of those on the left tends to be more one-sided. And I emphasize "on average" since there are lots of individuals who don't fit the average. 

Propaganda machines are not truth; they can be factual but they always bend truth to their favor. People choose their preferred propaganda machines based on what they want to hear. And in the realm of politics, what people most often want to hear are stories explaining why their own political team is innocent while the other team is guilty.

Overall, what I learned from four years of forgiving the news is that forgiving the news is really just forgiving human subjectivity. And most subjectivity revolves around the specifics upon which people project guilt and innocence. That’s why I released the free ebook last year, “Forgiving Subjectivity.” https://alexandermarchand.com/books/subscribe/

Through the last four years of forgiving the news, I’ve consumed less and less news. I’m down to almost zero news now. Forgiving means letting go of guilt. The attraction of news is guilt. And to consume news without the pursuit of guilt (projection) is rather pointless. At its core, news is mind programming designed to satisfy the appetite for guilt projection; it’s not about truth but guilt. So, in that sense, even from a practical perspective, it’s better to be uninformed (unprogrammed) than misinformed (programmed). News is okay if you use it to forgive, but if you do actually forgive it you'll lose interest. On the other hand, if you don't use news to forgive (like most people), I can hardly think of anything more detrimental to the mind and beneficial to the ego than consuming the news (propaganda).

Seeing as I’m down to almost zero news, I really don’t have much to say about forgiving the news anymore other than the generalities that I’ve already covered. I’ve even lost interest in the people sincerely trying to sort through the propaganda that passes as news, like Tim Pool

Anyway, rather than say anything more, here is a series of quotes from anarchist (without rulers not without rules) writer and professional smart-ass Michael Malice that I’ve collected over the past few years. These quotes get to the core of the guilt-dealing, mind-control business called the news:

“The corporate press is the enemy of the people.”

“The corporate press is factual but not truthful.”

“The establishment's bloodlust for war—in which I include the corporate press—cannot be overstated.”

“Referring to the corporate press as mainstream normalizes their malfeasance and depravity.”

“The battle is won when the average person regards a corporate journalist exactly as they do a tobacco executive.”

“The fact that there are pathways that distribute news and information outside the Cathedral's control causes them existential dread in direct proportion to their recognition that these are existential threats.”

“Extremist: A person who refuses to submit to the edicts of the Cathedral.”

“As humorless, self-righteous, insufferable and mediocre the corporate journalists are, they still fare better in all those metrics than university professors.”

“The evangelical left is so thoroughly convinced of their right and duty to rule that they leave no psychological space to address being defied, let alone being repudiated.”

“They want you dead but will settle for your submission.”

“Socialists regard your property as their property, but even more nefariously regard your children as their property.”

“Conservatism is progressivism driving the speed limit.”

“Those who need leaders are not qualified to choose them.”

“It is the government's job to implement the agenda. It is the media's job to convince you that you have a choice or say in the agenda. It is the school's job to train you—and your children—to listen to the media.”

“Whenever you hear them cite ‘experts’ they are invoking how they trained you to listen to your teachers as a kid.”

“To be blue-pilled is to perceive every screen as a window.”

“To be red-pilled is to believe that what is presented as truth by the corporate press is in fact a carefully constructed narrative designed to keep some very unpleasant people in power.” 

"Blue pill: 'If that were true, I think I would have heard about it.'"

Thursday, September 10, 2020

Forgiving 9/11

It's odd to think that a large percentage of people alive today weren't even born when 9/11/01 occurred. Nonetheless, for the people who were alive and watched 9/11 and its aftermath unfold in real-time, the event still conjures up various emotions--some of which are not forgiving. If you want to go back and revisit the pre-9/11/01 atmosphere of America as a forgiveness exercise, check out the pilot episode of "The Lone Gunmen." The pilot episode of the short-lived X-Files spin-off show "The Lone Gunmen," which originally aired March 4, 2001, predicted 9/11 quite accurately; it's worth watching if you've never seen it. All ten episodes of "The Lone Gunmen" are on YouTube. If you ever decide to watch the series, the last episode is "All About Yves." And since the show was not renewed for a second season, the conclusion to that last episode was covered in the X-Files episode "Jump the Shark." 


https://youtu.be/FcZ6HXIOmYE


Forgiving the Church of Woke Identitarian Critical Social Justice

There is a new religion that has been growing and developing for many decades now. The evangelizers of this religion are often referred to as Social Justice Warriors. It is a postmodern religion that came out of academia. This religion doesn’t have a formal name, so I just call it Woke Identitarianism. Woke is equivalent to being "born again." I know quite a bit about this religion because in college I studied its source texts in pursuit of a minor degree in Literary Theory. I abandoned that minor degree a few credits short though since getting those credits would have required at least two more semesters of school. And I had already completed all the credits I needed for my major degree.

You’ve probably heard things like, language is violence, science is sexist, practicing yoga is cultural appropriation, racism is systemic, silence is violence, the language of A Course in Miracles is sexist—and heard terms like, micro-aggressions, rape culture, fat shaming, safe spaces, white privilege, colonial violence, and body positivity. All such things come from the religion of Woke Identitarianism.

The history of Woke Identitarianism is complex. To understand it you first need to understand postmodernism and its relationship to other movements like modernism. You need to have a familiarity with people like Foucault, Derrida, and Marcuse. And you have to understand the unholy trinity of identitarianism, critical race theory, and intersectionality. However, you don’t have to understand the religion to practice it. To practice the religion just requires acceptance of the church’s basic mythology. (You can read the basic mythology at the end of this blog post.)

As someone who is pro “Age of Enlightenment Liberalism” and also pro A Course in Miracles, I completely reject Woke Identitarianism; it’s a religion of destruction … of Western civilization. Woke Identitarianism is anti science, anti reason, anti evidence, and anti forgiveness. Furthermore, Woke Identitarianism is very pro specialness, pro special victims, pro special victimizers, and it makes the special body very real. As a straight, white male, I am a devil incarnate in the religion of Woke Identitarianism. I’m not judged by the content of my character but by my superficial group traits. All that is offered by Woke Identitarianism to a person like me is a dead end of self-flagellation and endless restitution (slavery). I’d have to be a total moron to ever get suckered into such nonsense. As a white, straight male, there is nothing I can do that won’t continue to make me guilty by categorical association.

Unfortunately, I see a lot of people being suckered in by Woke Identitarianism, including A Course in Miracles people. Woke Identitarianism is a very political religion, so political affiliation has been a big factor that has helped sucker a lot of people into the religion. The religion has great bullying tactics and has been infiltrating institutions for decades, such as governments, academia, sports, news media, and Hollywood. To give a full breakdown of Woke Identitarianism would require a whole book. And I’m not interested in taking on that task. But fortunately, there is someone who has been doing a great job at explaining Woke Identitarianism, James Lindsay. Check out his website: https://newdiscourses.com … I especially like the book length essay he wrote recently called “A First-Amendment Case for Freedom from the Woke Religion.” (Note that just because I agree with Lindsay on this subject doesn't mean I agree with him on everything he has to say. For instance, he's big on atheism while I'm only a dualistic God atheist.)

This is a very academic subject, but if you want to be part of the informed group you have to do some homework. So, let James Lindsay show you the way. He also has plenty of videos you can seek out if you’d rather not read. Once you understand Woke Identitarianism, you’ll see how it is a rigged game, how it pushes equity not equality, how it is inherently discriminatory in its formulation of anti-discrimination, how its objectives are inherently destructive rather than constructive, and why it seeks to deconstruct everything but itself.

I’ll save you a little work by pulling out some good paragraphs from “A First-Amendment Case for Freedom from the Woke Religion.” 

The creation myth: “Systemic power, an evil of the same sort as sin, entered the world when certain human beings in a certain geographical and historical context identified rationality and empiricism, then individualism and universal humanity, as founding principles for a new system of thought and governance. That is, the Enlightenment was the Fall, and the Garden-like pre-Enlightenment world is as remote and inscrutable as the Garden of Eden in Genesis. The introduction of Enlightenment rationalism and all the rest led to long-justified conquests, colonizations, enslavement, genocides, and other horrors that asserted “Eurocentric” dominance in all spheres of life in the world, even just by changing how people think about the world and relate to one another with, say, scientific inquiry and certain among so-called Western values. Whiteness and Eurocentrism, together in lesser effect with maleness, masculinity, heteronormativity, and so on—that is, the markers of privileges—are the Marks of Cain that indicate having adopted complicity with the sin of systemic power for selfish gain. That which has been conquered, colonized, and enslaved are, against it, Abel, who was killed with a rock and left lying in the field.” Read the full creation myth below or go to: https://newdiscourses.com/2020/09/woke-creation-myth/

“Critical Social Justice quite plainly has a God-concept, and it might be called (following but extending from Marx) “the Eye at the End of History,” which is something of a metaphor for that which looks back upon all of history from its end with the capacity to judge that which was on the right side of history and that which wasn’t. The Eye at the End of History will be able to tell the abolitionists from the slavers, the colonized and decolonizers from the colonizers, and the oppressed from the oppressors. As with the ideas of Ibram Kendi’s formulation of “racism” and “anti-racism” in “policy,” which is to be known after the fact by its effects, righteousness and evil will be determinable by the omniscient Eye that can look back on all of History and see what bent its arc toward liberation and what bent it toward the maintenance of oppression.

Adherents of Critical Social Justice do not believe in such an entity literally, as do most religionists in faiths like Christianity, nor do they posit that such a supernatural omniscience exists at all. They merely act as though such a scorekeeper on the legacy of all their actions must, in some sense, be. As with deities more generally, it is something like a real idea that has been kicked out beyond “the infinity point” that defines the limits of human comprehension. That real idea is the judgment of an increasingly seeing and judgmental society, especially as it creeps ever close to a social media Panopticon. Just as the Woke judge past generations by this standard, they imagine themselves judged by future generations and their standards. Taking this idea “to infinity” results in the Eye at the End of History—the great and omniscient judge to which one is constantly morally accountable. That imaginary judge of History, all the way at its long end, sets the context, relevance, and ontological stability of the moral law of liberationism via deconstruction of all unjust powers.”

“…the view that systemic racism (and other bigotries, we should assume) “is entrenched in every aspect of life” is a totalizing mythological view of the issue that springs from a clear commitment to a prevailing moral law. From it, clear duties of conscience are outlined. These duties are described as people’s “everyday commitments,” which are held against an exalted standard such that “every action taken … is not enough.” No evidence for any of these claims or mandated actions is even offered; the community being spoken to must do better by faith.”

“I think this does a thorough job of summarizing the case that Critical Social Justice, as an ideological worldview, is very similar to religion in most of the relevant ways. It forms a moral community that is designed to meet the same psychosocial needs as religions are, though it is decentralized and disorganized (I have previously called it “disorganized religion,” though “decentralized” might be nearer the mark). It provides a mythology, metaphysics, and moral law that binds the community and enables “divinity”-based psychosocial valuation of adherents and others, and this gives rise to clear “critical” duties of conscience in everyone the system can touch. It ontologically grounds its moral commandments against the long view from the End of History, as a kind of legacy-based moral lawgiver and adjudicator. It possesses its own epistemological framework as well—one rooted in the critical mythology of problematization and postmodern mythology of lived experience and discursive production. Since it proceeds from a mythology with its own creation myth, metaphysics, and moral law, this view is totalizing to those who adhere to it, as is typical of religious belief. This system of belief is, in fact, constructed along the same lines as how Augustine organized Christianity and Aquinas “proved” the existence of God. Finally, it gives way to fundamentalism of both types and manifests in puritanical form, which is something that, while it is not limited to religion, is very common within sects or cults that arise within religious movements and worldviews.”



 

THE GENESIS OF INJUSTICE

 Chapter 1

1. IN THE BEGINNING there was Justice in the world. 2. The world was like a garden, and it was full of people who were warring and enslaving, raping and conquering, murdering and killing, and committing of genocides and ruling of empires. This was Just because they were as equals, none with power over any other. Any power they could acquire was not systemic and could not last long, for each was as ignorant as every other. This was the Garden of Even, where all had the same amount of power.

3. Everyone in the world was at peace, amidst their warring, and all the rest, as their cultures rose, interacted, and fell, and the many diverse peoples of the world were happy. The Garden of Even, they saw, was inclusive and full of Justice, and they were content. 4. Their contentment included many strifes and conflicts, and every manner of woe and misery, but each culture saw each other as they were: equal and, most importantly, not oppressed. 5. The diverse cultures of the world in the Garden of Even were happy and content amidst their raping, their killing, and their enslaving because oppression they knew not. 6. “The world is difficult, and our neighbors want to take our lives and rape our women, but we are content! We are not oppressed!” they cried unto a Heaven they still believed in.

7. Among the diverse cultures of the world within the Garden of Even, there was one as prone to warring and enslaving, raping and conquering, murdering and killing, and committing of genocides and ruling of empires as all the rest, and this culture had remained mostly an unnoticed people in a northern clime just east of the sea they believed divided the world in two. 8. This culture, and its people, called themselves the Europeans, and due to the earliest injustices of history, they believed themselves mostly Christian. 9. Much like the others, their culture saw spreading their culture—Christendom—as the justification for their warring and enslaving, raping and conquering, murdering and killing, and committing of genocides and ruling of empires, and they were, in that way, at home in the Garden of Even.

10. The Europeans were not as were the other cultures in the Garden of Even, however, for they were curious. Their curiosity was so great that they looked back into history, and, idolizing the cultures in which their Christianity had been established, looked to recover the ancient knowledges they had previously burned. 11. It was in this way that the memory of the Greek culture, one great but laid low by the ravages of history under the rule of Justice, was revived for the Europeans, and it came upon them like a tempting serpent, whispering to them from within the branches of the Tree of the Renaissance, telling them a story from their own distant past. 12. “Do you not know that ye are free? Dost thou not realize the message of thy Magna Carta? Have thee forgotten there is a power called knowledge is in the world, which has been hidden from thee,” it said unto them. “Look to this world and use your freedom and reason, and you will remember much that has been forgotten.”

13. Tempted by this whisper, the Europeans looked, and they saw much that had been forgotten. “Yea,” said they, “this is good. We are remembering much that has been forgotten and more that has been withheld from us.” 14. “Yes, that is so,” said the serpent of the Renaissance, “for this knowledge was thy birthright and was taken from thee by others and, in their downfall, has been rescued by thee. It is thus for thee. Study it, learn from it, and ye shall grow more powerful than any other culture.” 15. And the Europeans took this fruit of knowledge from the Tree of the Renaissance and gathered the seeds of methodological rigor from it, and in that moment disobeyed Justice, for they would not long remain as ignorant as the other diverse cultures of the world.

Chapter 2

1. The Europeans, looking upon the temptations of the serpent in the Tree of the Renaissance, were moved, and they were tempted to pursue this knowledge that had been at one time self-removed from themselves, and they were intrigued. At that time, questions they had believed unaskable began to be asked, people were being set to flame for asking them for the sin of hegemony had already entered unto their people, and many true knowledges were being discovered in the despite. 2. From this pride, new social constructions destined to become hegemonic entered the world, and new strife arose among the European people as their culture grew. For the first time since the Beginning, there was injustice in the world, and Europeans could no longer remain in the Garden. All, at that time, was no longer Even.

3. The Europeans, in learning about the world, grew discontented with the Justice of the world and, in their pride and lust for power-knowledge, forsook the Garden, disclaiming it as barbarous and without culture. From that moment forward, they alone had culture, and culture became that which was reserved for the most important amongst them and no others. Injustice for the first time entered the world. 4. Thus, in their knowledge and their pride, they brought hegemony into the world, and they left the Garden of Even of their own accord and yet sought to make its entire expanse their own. 5. They had forgotten Justice, and sought to rule the world and render its diverse cultures like unto themselves, for the wages of hegemonic power are cultural fragility.

6. “With this knowledge we can acquire,” they nevertheless said unto themselves, “we can advance our arts of warring and enslaving, raping and conquering, murdering and killing, and committing of genocides and ruling of empires. We shall wage war unlike any upon this Earth and enslave the rest. We will rape and conquer lands and their women, and we shall murder and kill any who oppose us. Genocides we shall commit, and empires we shall rule!” 7. Such was their pride that this was their declaration, and so began the European project of colonialism, the first systemic oppression to enter unto the world. 8. “All of the Garden shall thus be ours, and our culture shall be The Culture! Under our rule, we can do better than Even!” they declared as they set about establishing their dominance. “We will civilize all the rest of the world with our culture, the culture of our aristocracy,” they declared as they marched forth in roughly the same kind of war that the diverse cultures of the world always had before.

9. In this way as Cain did become the European nations, and as Abel the remainder of Even and all the diversity of the world, and with their ships and their steel, their fire and their cannons, and their stolen wealth and their wretched disease did the Europeans set to subjugating the Earth to “civilize” it with their culture, which they just called “culture,” forgetting the diversity of the world in their pride. And, as was their wont, just as Cain did slay Abel in the field with a stone, the European empires grew and subjugated the world. 10. In this way, systemic oppression spread throughout the world at the point of their swords and by their infected blankets, and the diverse cultures of the world for the first time knew subjugation, which no other culture before had ever been competent enough to make systemic. 11. For this evil and by it the Europeans were themselves also afflicted, for as they wrought upon others, they wrought upon themselves, and poverty and lack, hatred and malice, racism and misogyny followed them in their wake, and the Europeans could not themselves escape them, for all their culture and their growing knowledge.

12. Time in this way wore on, and the domination of the Europeans was unmatched by any culture of the world. This is because they had taken upon themselves the mantle of systemic power, called knowledge, and with it they could lay low any who opposed them with the power it granted them. For them, the world was less mysterious, and this was a great injustice. 13. So it came to pass that at this time, their warring and enslaving, raping and conquering, murdering and killing, and committing of genocides and ruling of empires became systemic, and none could oppose them. This change, however, did nothing to temper their lust for knowledge and the power it provided them. In their depravity, they wanted to know ever more, and so they continued to study.

Chapter 3

1. As they grew in knowledge, the Europeans forsook the many other knowledges of the world, including much of what they had called their own, and they decried it as ignorant and bereft of culture. “We alone have knowledge, and we alone have culture,” they declared, and in their pride, they believed it. “Culture is what we aspire to and reserve for our most elite,” they spake unto themselves, and they believed this also. 2. “We must bring our culture and our knowledge to the world, for we are the bearers of philosophy and of science,” they declared. With this philosophy and this science, they knew themselves as one culture that was no longer ignorant, and Justice was forced to flee and fall before them wherever they went. 3. The Garden of Even was nearly subdued as they went forth, destroying all those in the world who warred and enslaved, raped and conquered, murdered and killed, and committed genocides and ruled over empires in relative ignorance and Just contentedness until that time. With their philosophy and their science, the Europeans became colonizers and by taking slaves they became masters, and so the world was subdued by disease, by force, and by the curse of understanding physical laws.

4. In this way, injustice spread for the first time fully throughout the world. Some lands were conquered and stolen, and injustice so entered unto them. At other times lands were colonized and corrupted with European law and its mocking imitation of Justice, and so injustice so entered them. In some times lands were left untouched except for the seduction of the knowledge of the Europeans, and so injustice also entered even these. 5. The mark of knowledge became the color white upon the skin, the virility of great men and their turgid white penises, and the very name “Western,” which the world learned to covet as the West slowly spread its depravity from one culture to another. 6. “We alone are cultured, and you are uncultured, so it is for your own good,” they said to all those they conquered, whether by death, by force, or by the subtle seduction of knowing what they were talking about and getting results. 7. Systemic oppression thus became the norm of the world, replacing the warring and enslaving, raping and conquering, murdering and killing, and committing of genocides and ruling of empires that previously was Just, and its mark was ever after to be that of the white, Western man.

8. In their great pride, the white, Western man arose alone amongst the many diverse peoples of the world and declared himself the default man. “It is natural that we rule you all, you primitive screwheads,” they declared unto all the world, “for we alone are cultured, and you are uncultured; we alone have knowledge, and you are all ignorant; we carry boomsticks, and you have naught that can resist them; and it is in the greatness of our whiteness and our very masculine penises that we rule over you for your own good. Your women we will not honor, but they will we also not deny, for they are hot enough for the needs of our loins, and we do not even honor our own women,” and so misogyny and rape culture, and racism and misogynoir became the hegemonic standards of the world. 9. “It is for your own good that you all bow to our superiority,” they declared, and in so doing, they established the white, Western male as the one right and proper dominant power of the world and so oppressed everyone else with their knowledge, of which they were proud, and their rapacious virility, which they only pretended to suppress in their claim to a higher and more noble culture. 10. In this way, and through his judgments, the systemic oppressions of racism, sexism, misogyny, ableism, and Eurocentrism dominated the world and gained hegemony through the high culture of white, Western men, and Justice retreated and was lost to the Fall for what seemed to be for-ever.

11. And in his pride and in his arrogance, the white, Western male did declare his own superiority natural and thus did conceal it from himself. 12. “Look at all I know,” he spake unto himself, echoing the voice of the serpent, “of course it is because I am superior. It is because I alone have remembered what was forgotten, that there be truth in the world and men can be free to find it.” And so his vanity grew, and he used this claim upon his own superiority to make law and to call it just, to claim lands as his own and to call this just, to declare what is and is not so about the world and to call this “truth,” so that he might name reliance upon his own knowledge, and no other, just. 13. And so Justice was completely deposed from the world and replaced with the hegemonies of white, Western man, which are but an idol called “justice” in the vanity of domination. Then, with his Rule of Law and objective standards did he remove Justice from the world except in its most remote, least touched corners, where he could not yet conquer. 14. This, the white, Western man did look upon and call just and right, noble and cultured, reasonable and sensible, and rooted in the best science of the day, and he forwent his ability to believe that he might be wrong because that might cost him his power. His own dominance, he did then internalize, and with it he conquered and enslaved the world. 15. Justice, he believed to his own satisfaction, was not to be found in the world again, for it had been, under his domination, “civilized.”

Friday, August 28, 2020

Forgiving Self Cancel Culture

Most of us have seen what happened this week in Wisconsin and has been happening in mostly democrat dominated areas across America during the summer of 2020. Some have only seen the events filtered though their preferred news sources, while others like me have exclusively gone straight to the raw unedited video. There is a mild civil war going on in the streets of America. To one group, police are killing innocent black people left and right for no reason other than systemic racism … and that group also really hates Trump. While to the other group, police are accidentally killing criminals of all colors who don’t know how to take instructions to assure safe interactions with cops, which they see has led to angry fake-news-programmed zombies looting, vandalizing, and rioting … and that group tends to like Trump. What you believe about what all has been going on probably depends on your news sources. In other words, you believe what you want to believe based on your political leanings or lack thereof. That’s the point of special relationships: project guilt on the other side and innocence on your own side no matter how ridiculous the story needs to get.

Rather than dwell on specifics and try to sort out the guilty from the innocent like a spiritual hack would, just think what would happen if people just forgave? Do forgiving people march down the streets bullying people with mindless chants of group conformity? Do forgiving people advocate violating the Golden Rule? Do forgiving people destroy and steal people’s private property? Do forgiving people consciously put themselves into situations where they might get attacked by an angry mob and put in a kill or be killed position? Do forgiving people scold the bad behavior of the other side but resist addressing their own side? Do forgiving people insist other people conform to their subjective view of the world? Do forgiving people lust for control of the force of government to impose their will on others? Obviously, forgiving people don’t do that stuff. But most people don’t forgive much including the ones that claim to.

Regardless, how do you forgive when the war shows up to you instead of you showing up to the war? It’s easy to pontificate and act all holier than thou from afar. But if the war shows up in front of your face what do you do? Do you join the unhinged mob so as to not get hurt? Do you let the mob destroy your property and even yourself in the name of nonviolence? Do you fight back as the only recourse to preserve life and property and risk prison over self defense? On one level it’d be nice to think that such a thing could never happen to a dedicated Course student. But still, it’s nice to be prepared. If we were already free of all our unconscious guilt, we wouldn’t seemingly be here. So I don’t know what the answer is for you. You’ll have to figure it out yourself by consulting Spirit. I have.

War is inherently suicidal. When you hate your abstracted opponent so much that you are willing to destroy your opponent, you are also willing to be destroyed yourself. War violates the Golden Rule and so it is suicidal. War comes in many forms, not all forms are bloody but all forms are inherently suicidal. For example, professional athletes (war actors) have been trying to commit career suicide by not playing games. They can’t quite articulate the solution to what they are upset about but they are nonetheless willing to threaten to destroy themselves unless they get what they don’t even quite know what they want. Pretty dumb, especially since plenty of their fans don’t share in their subjective perception of things and would be willing to return fire by tuning out from their trivial games. This is the year 2020 after all; entertainment choices are not limited like they used to be. For example, in 1995 this free blog didn't exist.

If people really wanted to reduce death by cop right now, they’d be teaching people to start any interaction with cops with the question, “How can we stay safe today officer?” and to then comply with what the cops say. If you are up against a grizzly bear, it is best to just do what won't get you killed unless suicide by bear is the objective. Would changes with cops be useful? Of course, but it will never be enough just as it already hasn’t. Because really it’s not about that; it’s really just a typical mammalian pissing contest where one side has power the other side wants. If you don’t want government cops then it’s time to get some philosophy and become a voluntaryist like me. Otherwise, you want government cops because you want government force when it works in your or your special group's favor. Just remember, all government laws are just words on paper without people in special uniforms willing to use guns or other lethal force to enforce them. 

Play stupid games and win stupid prizes.

Friday, August 21, 2020

The Fake News Cycle

After seeing Biden once again repeat the debunked fine people hoax (debunked for those not living in a total TDS bubble) in his democratic presidential candidate acceptance speech, I just had to post this humorous infographic by the Babylon Bee. Just think, how did you feel about the news and about certain politicians when you found out the truth about the fine people hoax by simply watching the unedited video? And Fox news has been just as much a worthless fake news propaganda operation about the fine people hoax as the propagandists at places like media matters. Furthermore, how do you feel now when you see Biden still spreading the hoax? It says to me he's either a race-baiting liar or totally clueless (and surrounded by race-baiting liars or the clueless), neither are at all acceptable. And to think, some people wonder how it could possibly be way too beneath my dignity to vote lol. It is extra beneath my dignity to vote seeing that in the year 2020 there still isn't online voting. Instead, people are talking about the postal service with a straight face. What a joke. I'm a relative idiot when it comes to programming and even I could make a clone of Bitcoin tweaked for voting that would be transparent (distributed ledger and open-source code), reliable (social security numbers tied to a private key), cheat-proof (one vote per valid social security number and the vote could be double checked on the public ledger), and provide instant results.

https://babylonbee.com/news/infographic-a-guide-to-our-stupid-news-cycle