Cold turkey was a revealing way to take Hollywood out of my life. I'm left with an impression of movies and porn which I didn't even notice before. An evident, phantasmagoric collage of sexualized action and drama.
The psychological impact of so much stylized violence creates a subliminal wanting of protection and authority. We trust ourselves less in the world, subconsciously intimidated, deepening fears of cooperation. It also gives us unrealistic impressions of reality. It's no wonder that so many of us hide from our lives with drug and entertainment addictions, and worry about social interaction, instead of seeing the world from that place of true self and love.
Being alone is a problem. People who aren't alone even suffer from it, coming from a place of self instead of existing in the world around us. Given an exaggerated image of life, we're inspirited by feelings of inadequacy and a sense of need that can never be satiated. There's no warning label on entertainment that actually informs people of its power to impress and control our minds.
Not having sex isn't as bad as not having friends. Rats deprived of social play are less intelligent after all. You don't grow without other people.
And masturbating isn't a substitute for intimacy. Coupled with loneliness it becomes utilitarian, and even addicting. Rats with friends manage to stop bonding with heroine for example. Porn is a psychological substitute, but it's also perverting, lacking so much and never touching your soul. Without intimacy only the psychology is left to escalate.
You can see this reflected in porn. Girls might be in their 20s but they're having sex on beds with stuffed animals, with psychological role playing like incest. You might not even notice how messed up it is. You have to think it through for it to become disturbing. Porn is porn. The camera disguises every bit of reality.
We live for sex after all, physical and mental. Clothing ourselves probably does a lot to keep us civil in society, putting a wall up and keeping us from exciting each other. It makes sex special by keeping it private, something only shared outside of society, breaking away from it. This is the taboo that porn is seeking to emulate.
Porn isn't the problem. It's how we reject, alienate and isolate people, creating that need to bond with addictions. So many people are in need of a healthy social experience, a deeper connection. It's enlightening, healing, and spiritually evolving. It means everything. Economic globalization helped dissolve our sense of community, and manipulative marketing is doing a lot to create our social prejudice and insecurity. We cling to close friends, and fail to appreciate anyone else.
Certainly things are messed up in the world. It's hard for us to see it. We're distracted by instant gratification and appetites for bliss. It's also hard for anyone to know what value good or bad things might have. But that doesn't excuse a systemic machinery of evil intentions, proof in the pudding. The absolute authority of money that superimposes reality with unconscious tentacles.
We have to see through the moving parts of our addictions and ego taken advantage of. All of us are in a state of transition, becoming conscious from something animal. We can never give up. The truth will always be there to pass every test, and evil will always avoid it.
Functionality is inherent in anything meant to be. Nature will settle on things that work and murderously cull what doesn't. Evolution is a slow process and we are upsetting this in a very short time, creating things like pollution, or that which digitise something profoundly analogue. Mathematically they produce a logical result even if functionally inappropriate.
The world has evolved over a vast time based on what was possible for animals, and we are now doing things which evolution is unprepared for. Our creativity, a means to understanding, something which has separated us from other animals, is rooted in our animal intention, like a kid with a gun. Psychologically, you could say that all hell broke loose.
Patterns repeat because everything is math, and math is always math. Greed and fear, fight and flight, had a new arena to manifest in regardlessly: scattering into things such as ownership and mortality issues, with a fear of being wrong, and the need for being right. And we evolve upon them, layering the collidescope with the false information of a prehistoric vanity.
Everyone being equal is a mutual opportunity. But the strong person is not surviving, the self-indulging are. They have twisted and popularized that to have life you must take it, to excuse their abuse of other people and extravagant behavior. A good person would never commit the same crimes against humanity. Evil is the only one playing and therefore continues to win.
Money changed everything, and the idea of it being energy is horrifying. It's energy that we invented, artificial and grounded in fiction. It also makes new things possible, and is a useful crutch to keep people participating in fairness. It's the right tool for the right job. But it's also absolute power, and this continues to make money our evolutionary factor, derailing the path of reality. An unsustainable environment, physically and mentally.
This is the definition of insanity, believing in things that are not real, and how that conflicts with a world which is real. If you ever experienced an emergency situation, you might have noticed something you liked about it: something that feels like an absence of time. This is life based on life, what you might as well call gods kingdom.
There's a belief that sacrifice gives power, that to be rich you must have the poor. It's a tyrannical fantasy to justify slavery, an apotheosis of ego, the vindictive monster of vanity. Truly, the greatest treasure is other people. Rats deprived of social play become less intelligent and prone to bonding with drug addictions. Think about it. Without other people, we are alone with a soulless existence. Money really has nothing to do with being rich.
Thriving this way must drive evolution crazy. Clams and starfish once gathered at river mouths, insects and birds filled the air, and people radiated an aura of their ability to think. The ocean is dead, the air is dead, and the souls of people are dead, but we can't appreciate this because we don't have that ancient past to compare things to.
Everyone is addicted to the internet. This more useful television. It's a wonderful thing to be connected telepathically to the entire world. But it's also a medium, and information is powerful. News has become trivial, like all entertainment. We are comfortably numb. It's no wonder how art becomes completely absent of love, and led entirely by sex.
We are taught to win at any cost, quickly and cost efficiently, the opposite of quality and honesty. We are consequently indulging in things that are designed to seduce us. Our ego is promoted excessively while the products are rarely respectable. A testament to the time constraints of pressurized cost of living. This land monopoly and ownership of people, like slavery. We can't even afford to love what we do.
With more free time people could really develop their true self. But then people could fill that time with more work, making it easy for anyone to get ahead without specializing. It's so confusing. What's wrong with slowing down, and putting more love into the things we do? It makes enough sense that we have an objective proving ground, wanting of ingenuity. But in a profound way this is killing us, and rewarding evil.
Good solutions being suppressed or sabotaged for the sake of dominating a market is just an example. There is a realm of transition we are failing to nurture. If we don't grow up and put mind over matter, music and math will rightfully judge this. Given such an opportunity at stake, if you don't know when too late is, that may as well be right now. Such as boiling frogs. Breeding denial can only stress something progressively unhealthy.
Language is not an exact science. Consider that animal solution will have us devour, while creative solution has given us power, and physics will combine that exactly. It's never too late to realize what happened accidentally.
Constantly learning, we are constantly teaching. One insult leads to another, and mental addictions are a flourishing vampirism. Wise men know nothing because ego will cloud the music, like gossip rules with an inventive tryst. There's an art of becoming familiar that we learn from, needing an intention of understanding that can never certainly know anything. Existence is the most accurate thing, it is free, and it is absolutely everywhere.
What are we supposed to do now? There's so many good people in the world. Everyone is having fun. It's so complicated. Are we oblivious? Whatever the truth is, it seems that we are being dumbed down and manipulated. Is this really what we want our future to look like? Does someone believe it's necessary for a condition of peace, or just easier for taking advantage?
We need our intelligence, our ability to change, and be more than one thing. Even science would flatten our diversity if it were given absolute authority. What would music be without a human touch.
In loving memory of Tananda
Thanks for keeping me company
The following was an effort to understand politics. It's a collection of ideas and even sentences from that research, put together in a collage to summarize the take away points, and elaborated upon.
When we speak of democracy it's for the reason of wanting society to reflect a profound understanding. But without free speech we become vulnerable to deception, and without critical thinking democracy is nothing but a justification.
The problem with absolute democracy is executive power, leaving nothing to defend the independence of people. The complex issues we disagree on can be infuriating, and by enforcing the will of a popular group it dissolves our capacities for originality as well.
But absolute liberty is unsustainable with limited resources. Given enough freedom monopoly will devour everything else. Only a relationship between democracy and liberty can avoid these traps and create a perceptibility, such as Ying and Yang.
That which breaks the natural world are the extremes. The universe requires a relationship that can balance an equation. We need democracy to keep liberty from devouring us, and liberty to keep democracy from becoming oppressive.
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People have an inclination to live in society, and this realm of enlarged thought is what develops our imagination and critical thinking. The public exercise of reason is premised on the freedom of expression, and the notion of having a reasoning political public is the necessary means of enlightenment.
External constraints must consequently limit our freedom of thought, eroding upon that which alone provides our means of overcoming the evils in our condition of civil life. Therefore a just state would have to be one that delimits the freedom of people.
But we also have a tendency to harbor a desire to direct things in accordance with our own ideas, and a state of nature provides no transcending protections to an individual from the coercive imposition of others. We are therefore beholden to engender a civil constitution as a condition of peace, entrusting mind over matter, with a coercive power acceptable and legitimate to the extent that it secures freedom for the individual.
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Direct democracy is akin to anarchist beliefs of a non-hierarchical society, relying entirely on the enlightenment faith of free citizens. You might believe that people such as yourself are ready, even though society as a whole might not be. But there lies the problem exemplified, essentially saying that if you were surrounded by like-minded people, the world would be perfect.
Throughout history we have seen democracies fail for this reason, being an absolute power given to the most irrational animal, a plurality of people. The public might decide that a factory cannot pollute. But the public might also decide that a factory can pollute because they would rather have more stuff for everyone.
There have been studies proving that in general people are not good at doing difficult things for the sake of a distant effect. How then, can democracy ever be a reliable tool to solve real problems which go against the comfort zones, disposition, or even the perceptibility of the mass of people as an animal?
Politics is a euphemism for control of the collective means of violence backed coercion, the essential core around which society exists and interacts, and an entirely democratic society means entirely political. No custom or culture would moderate, and nothing would protect inalienable truths. Everything would be subjugated by the popular will.
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The flexibility, variety, and responsiveness that make democracies work successfully over time also cause them to go wrong. They are reflexive and impulsive, embodying short-termism and historical myopia, with a taste for instant gratification. Crises are often perceived as moments of truth when we discover what's really important, but democratic crises are moments of deep confusion. But for this reason they are better at surviving because they can adapt, groping for a solution even while continuing to make mistakes.
In general democracies provide protection from the worst kinds of mad ideas, and mistakes don't prove calamitous because they don't become entrenched. Yet they suffer from arrogant complacency, not because they don't hear the whispers of their own mortality, but because they hear them so often. Democracies are so hypersensitive to the endless questioning of survival prospects they can never be sure when to take it seriously, in addition to being sluggish from an anticipatory uncertainty logic of waiting for the system to correct itself.
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Many of us hold an intuitive assumption about the making of decisions, that a decision is somehow more moral when those affected have participated in its making. However attempts to participate expose individuals to the full force of our collective incapacity to manage moral and value conflicts, often leaving us disenchanted with humanity.
There are multiple centers of power in a liberal democratic republic and indeed in most social orders, and this pluralism of powers captures an essential aspect of the conception of a democratic society. People are treated in accordance with principles akin in spirit to the laws of freedom which a people of mature rational powers would prescribe for itself. We thus reject the concept of a unifying popular will and we take sovereignty as irreducibly heterogeneous.
The more independent and less cross pollinated this can be, the more genuine an effect it can have.
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However the influence of business becomes surreptitiously more important, manipulating liberty. Consequently our system is climaxing with the domination of money, in world resources and vital necessities; the very planet and societal structures taken by inordinate exploitation. In an attempt to corner markets, monopolize and profit, society and politics are modified by ulterior motive.
Regular elections, a free press, independent judiciary and professionalized bureaucracy should be fundamental in creating democracy. But more and more our freedom of speech is becoming hidden and crushed in those defensive efforts of capitalism, cultivating a fortafied machinery of information and surveillance.
Consider how globalization of an economy significantly changes the nature of society, altering traditional systems of accountability and public participation. Citizens become subject while the government becomes more pervasive and authoritarian. Civilization transforms into a business model as we experience the dehumanizing effects of technology, material orientation of the market, and disintegration of community.
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Most of us don't even connect on that human level anymore, subconsciously unsettled by a diet of violence, addicted to comfort and consumerism, in a survival mode of assumption and conformity. Imagine if we promoted education and embraced life long learning, instead of being instructed faster than we can think for ourselves.
Democracy emerged from Greek antiquity at a time when the public was growing increasingly educated, for democracy relies on understanding. An independent media that can present all sides of a situation is vital to this effect. But if a single interest holds too much control the result is a one-sided debate, the means of controlling thought.
Public discourse is how we discover truths, and it's the responsibility of our leaders to respond to such discovery with a sense of obligation, in a way that is accountable and observable, a circulatory system. But at the same time our mass of people is like a wild animal, an avalanche of the multitude of captivating personal experiences. We need hierarchy to enact a level of solidarity.
The metaphor exists that the variety of people is similar to an insane person in need of a straitjacket, but a belief exists that intelligence makes the public dangerous, and this can't be true. Understanding leads us to appreciation. What army could possibly be stronger than an intelligent, healthy and loving people. Art is better when it can make the best of itself.