Sunday, November 2, 2014

On the Limits of Time, the Shifting Nature of Thought and More

It is raining and there are – scratch that, were – dogs barking outside my window.  I quite like the rain, as long as I’m not caught in it when it’s more than sprinkles.  I think this is more-or-less the opinion of the majority and illustrates a larger view, namely that of our opinion towards strife.  Difficulties in life are deemed as essential, noble and ennobling when they are depicted fictitiously, used to create some type of political or ideological narrative or when one is no longer suffering and essentially wishes to gloat – though the second and third can be found in concert in the case of Capitalism.  The suffering in film is typically viewed as an essential aspect of some grandiose struggle, and in a way this is both accurate and potentially motivating to the extent that it is realistic – much of film is one bold man struggling in an action movie that provides no motivation for meaningful change.  But we must remember that most of the suffering that happens on this Earth is not the deep-souled lamenting of a Nietzschean figure, it is the daily torments of the damned; those who have been prosecuted by our systems of capital, law and faith, and are condemned to miserable and meaningless lives because of the stupidity, greed and ideologies of others.  But this is a relatively simple point that strikes at the heart of what it means to be an Anarchist – to be against all of this.  It’s something that I may very-well have said more-or-less in half-a-dozen other essays, and is something I’ll very-likely say half-a-dozen times more.  Such is the nature of creativity.  Saying more-or-less the same thing but in different ways and convincing the mind it’s unique and novel.
As a being with limited time in existence, and as a being that is phenomenogically merely one thought passing to the next with only as much consistency and dependability as Nature and my brain allows (I’m capitalizing Nature again, I don’t think I’ve done that in a while), it seems wise to pump out a few essays tonight that I’d otherwise likely never get to.  Because the nature of the creative mind is something that is always processing information and churning out product to the extent that it is creative.  Therefore, since I pride myself in churning out at-least two essays a week, it seems wise to take this rare moment of neurological possibility (my current state-of-mind is making it possible to write what I am, think what I am, and be in the correct frame-of-being to go to my rummage-bin of essay ideas and get to the heart of some of them) to look at past ideas and quickly summarize what I meant to say.  There may be a bit of detail lost, but it would likely be detail that you will find a very comparable if not identical point in other essays of mine.  This will in all likely-hood be one of my least poignant essays, but it will be one that will likely be interesting for me to write.  To in a few words encapsulate a movie, television show or general line of thinking that I would otherwise spend some time thinking on as-to elaborate and create at-least roughly two-thousand pages of material for my own intellectual gratification and hopefully your enjoyment.  Let’s begin:
The Difference Between Coping and Evasion – Evasion is the process or action of actively evading reality to delude one’s mind and forget aspects of it that one perceives to be undesirable and consciously or sub-consciously assigns as to much to bear or not worth bearing.  Coping is simply enjoying life and focusing on more cheerful or enjoyable aspects of it either as a break (however long) from the unpleasantness of life or to muster the strength as to not succumb to it and affront it (in action or in words) to preserve one’s mind and dignity.  They can be and often are essentially the same action – taking pleasure in sex, videogames or intrinsically pleasurable activities with no intellectual or ethical pay-offs for example.  Therefore the frame-of-mind (once again both consciously and sub-consciously though much can be discerned from the moment-to-moment operations of one’s mind if only one paid close attention to them and therefore drastically altering them) is what is essential.  Evasion is always a Sin-to-the-Mind and to intellectual honesty, while coping has medicinal benefits in certain forms and amounts.  Coping is justifiable as long as one stays productive in some meaningful (intellectually or ethically) way.
On Underworld – The dog’s barking again, and I hear someone coughing; probably having a cigarette.  How nice that she found herself willing to witness the discomfort of an animal she is the guardian over to pollute her own lungs and his (or hers).  Honestly it seems that half of dog-owners in America like the idea of owning a dog more-than actually tending for and actively living life with said creature.  Very analogous to how some people raise their children.  If you’re not going to look after it and be intimately involved with its development, don’t fucking have any.  Do this planet and that child a favor and spare it the burden of existence that it would suffer in a wretched state likely to those who are raised by parents who don’t give a shit about them. 
Oh yeah, Underworld.  Solid series of films that do something somewhat creative with movie monsters.  I haven’t seen the one that is entirely in the past and focuses directly on the relations of the first Vampires and Lycans, but they seem to go through all the broad-strokes of the back history in the other films so it didn’t seem necessary; maybe the film is alright, I don’t know.  But yes, it’s obvious that we have a Vampires are beautiful and deemed good, Lycans are monstrous and deemed unruly and uncivilized metaphor for race and power-relations in general.  Not exactly a metaphor for Capitalism or Government (in itself, could be for specific forms or actions of Government) because the Lycans are not exploited and under the employ of the Vampires and the Vampires do not have laws implemented upon the Lycans.  The Lycans used to be the Vampires slaves, much like Africans were in relation to the Europeans, so it furthers the relations of race and conquest in more barbaric and currently socially unaccepted (at-least so obviously or without its own rationalizations, for many prisoners in America are essentially slaves) forms.
The Vampires killed the main characters family though one of them blamed it on Lycans.  This can be seen as analogous to propaganda against criminals and to be a hard-hitting “law and order” advocate when it’s the Statists who have a boner for establishing their laws and ideals upon others using force who are the major problem on this planet especially since they are often in-league with the Capitalists and the religious for all three exist on the dulling and subjugation of the human mind and lack of efficacy in reason.  It still has some relevance today, but since the major problems in the world are not based on race or the explicit extermination or subjugation of one group by another, and are instead the everyday exploitation and systematic abuse of human rights and potential by hierarchies (particularly Capitalism) the film is not incredibly useful – save as to show outside of said historical and ideological (race-relations) contexts the cause-and-effect of hierarchy and authority on the individual and the necessity of manipulation and lies to keep all systems going.  Once Anna no longer identifies predominantly as Vampire and stops following orders she is free – so there seems to be some Existential truth nudged in there to the extent of Logan’s Run and many other movies that have deeper, or at-least additional, themes.
It’s been several days since I worked on this essay, or wrote in-general.  I had a rather lax week, trying to enjoy the season and putting forth minimal effort completing my assignments.  I also met two lovely ladies that I enjoyed talking to – who of course had boyfriends.  There is nothing more disarming to any man of mental stature and confidence than an attractive woman.  And nothing more rewarding in the social realm of this life than hearing the laughter and seeing the facial expression of women who in one’s arrogance believes have been wooed.  Perhaps some will say differently, and speak of the feelings of triumph after long trials and stressors finally being rewarded by success in one’s own field of pursuit, leading to drastic changes in one’s life or even the world – righting wrongs and fighting for universal justice and freedom.  I know little of such things, but I do know the joys of the satisfied and well-nourished ego (at-least in my case) seem to be best fed and stimulated by the triumphs in the realm of the romantic – or at-least momentary achievements in such fields which having little intercourse with causality (or myself, to say the same thing more-or-less) causes one to debate whether or not one is truly “victorious.”  But such a mentally is ultimately unbecoming.  One achieves greatness not by satisfying noble (or erotic) ends but by living nobly (or, well, you know) to the extent one can and living the life of the mind which has no greater purpose in itself and has no end.  Love can be seen very-much the same way.  I’m tired, and I wrote this mostly out of guilt that I haven’t written in several days.  Hopefully I’ll finish a few more “essay-chunks” in the next few days.  Either that or maybe I’ll just leave this as it is and work on something else; returning to my old routine which I’m looking forward to.
The first two seasons of Boardwalk Empire are in my recycling bin, so though I have a lot to say on the show I’ll attempt to condense it to a few paragraphs:
On Interests, Consistency and Boardwalk Empire – Boardwalk Empire is an excellent show both as a historical piece and for its characters and plot.  Just under the notch of Dexter and roughly on par with The Sopranos and Breaking Bad.  I was originally going to name my BE essay “On Boardwalk Empire and the Contradiction of Utilitarians and Rule of Law Enthusiasts” highlighting the contradiction of those who want to limit people’s freedoms based on Utilitarian grounds, yet complain about the Rule of Law based on their own personal preferences whether petty or not.  Miss Schroeder is a perfect representation of this.  She (though later on we realize that very few of the characters believe precisely what they say or what they explicitly represent without further examination) claims to be an advocate for prohibition yet calls America primitive for not being like Ireland and allowing women to vote.  Well, if you can vote a man’s (or woman’s) freedom away in a force-based State-Capitalist society then we might as well either sustain the popular view in the 20’s that women are too intellectually incompetent to vote, or not have them vote because that would simply be another group of people given the freedom to tie the noose around another groups neck, a group that perhaps was against prohibition and the limiting of one’s freedom.  Here we see how Judicial Utilitarianism is completely morally bankrupt as is (particularly democratic) Rule of Law that breaks the Non-Aggression Principle.  Unless we are to accept a far-more rational and realistic form of Utilitarianism that focuses on aid and rehabilitation (or social programs and positive liberty in general) and therefore becomes essentially synonymous with a (Anarchist not Conservative or religious) Deontological view that every person is his or her property and is entitled to not only Negative but Positive Liberty, and should be (for their good and right as well as the good of society) given the resources to create a “self” that can freely choose (not to confuse such with free will) the bad or the good and has been given the correct environment and education to prefer the good as much as his or her nature will allow. 
Her hypocrisy only increases when she marries Nucky (and breaks her marital vows that one would suspect she’d identify as “patriarchal” by fucking a man under Nucky’s employ several times and plans to elope with him though Nucky has given her everything – at-least in the material sense – she and her children have) submitting to the Catholic Church’s stance that a wife’s role is to be subservient to her husband and being an overall religious twat that believes in divine punishment.  This is the illness of Feminism.  Don’t blame Catholicism, Islam or Capitalism for its crimes, blame the “Patriarchy,” some non-existent identity which is essentially the expression of the things you’re either too weak to criticize or chastise to the extent that its practiced by white men.  Feminists needlessly bring race and gender into ideologies and systems that deface both reason and humanity across-the-board, but being nitwits who are trained to focus on matters of Identity Politics (or rather to see the world through such a lens) they ignore that which is detrimental to humanity both in the potential and actual sense and focus on how the Hobby Lobby case is a minor irritant to women – not how it defecates on the Constitution and allows religions to be free from the laws that constrain the rest of us.  Most importantly what we see in Boardwalk Empire is a cycle of dependence and pandering to interests (Capitalists, Government, religion, special interest groups, men with power) to create a system of authority and subservience where freedom and rational objectivity isn’t allowed.
Nucky is an example of someone who though rational, has lost his sense of right and wrong (at-least most-certainly in the sense of implementing said reason) which is seen in him sparing the woman who tried to murder the man whom she worked for in what seems to be a moment of compassion on Nucky’s part despite the fact that it was both morally wrong (she could’ve quit whenever she felt such discomfort in her job and certainly had no grounds for murder) and it severed the ties between him and the Constable (was that his name?  Forgive me if not.) that creates the entire line of hellfire he must grapple with in the second season.  What we see here is that even self-interest (what all these amoral men believe in above all else) begins to dissolve when one acts regardless one’s principles dictated by reason, reason in-general and instead acts according to petty whims and one’s moment-to-moment sentiments.  Seen in being in the liquor trade.  For what is alcohol if not the attempt to drug (and destroy) one’s mind and escape reality in pursuit of momentary Hedonistic pleasures that one knows is to one’s detriment?  Here we see the very essence of authority whether religious or derived from the supposedly more sober and rational thinking of Government men and Capitalists.  All are irrational to the extent that they believe what they say (or truly are who they claim to be or represent) and are to some extent following the dictates and findings of reason only as far as it does not corrupt their delusional sentiments of punishing those for victimless crimes (or believing in punishment rather than proper social conditions and rehab) or the profit motive as well as various other often sickly sentiments that are used to justify slavery, ignorance, poverty and conformity.
We see that one is then not only against others in his pursuit of global conquest of ideology and markets, but fundamentally against one’s self by being against fairness.  For the axe of cruelty and base sentimentality or ideology that one puts over another’s head one day can easily fall on one’s own head the next.  Not only this, but because Nucky’s loved ones are closely related to his affairs of commerce, he can never be sure if those who he sleeps with and befriends are legitimate friends in the Aristotelian sense or are merely there for him out of self-interest.  We see this incredibly well in the third season, where numerous times men of influence aid another gent not out of a understanding of justice or proper course, but because in-exchange (once again highlighting the immorality of Capitalism) the man he is aiding (or someone else in this massive chain of influence and corruption) will do something that will be of personal benefit to the man doing what might otherwise be called a selfless deed.  All are against all and even a man is fundamentally against himself in the long-run in this system of force and personal profit and the expense of others. 
I was going to write a comparison ‘tween Nucky and the Italian from the third season; but ultimately (to summarize) it comes down to the fact that though in sentiments and character they are massively different, they share the same role and ultimately have the same effect(s) on society.  What is shown here is essentially the distinction between a more noble and intelligent implementer of force (a more “Liberal” Utilitarian or Bolshevik for example) and a petty tyrant out for petty bloodlust or acting in the name of an ancient religion.  There are particulars where the latter is radically worse than the former, but ultimately they are the same form of evil for they will both use force in the name of their good and will corrupt society fundamentally to have them agree to their reasoning.  And once reason is corrupted, universal interest of protecting freedom and justice is destroyed – such is the history of mankind.  I have not yet seen the last two seasons, and am interested if the ultimate and penultimate seasons have any other ideas or analogies worth writing on.

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