Solve et Coagula

I’ve been watching Fullmetal Alchemist Brotherhood and little while ago Red Ice radio mentioned the alchemical concept of solve et coagula, break apart and put back together again. It got me thinking about society again, and how I’ve always felt apart from it. Being a conspiracy nut and a general weirdo, an outsider, it never made sense to my how people accept what is the dominant state of affairs to be what it is. As if because that is how things are currently, that is how they should be. Plainly put, who people accept the government they have to have validity simply because it is their government, why they listen to the music on the radio just because it’s on the radio, and so on. Granted, I’ve sometimes done the opposite; just because something is popular, I refuse to like it, such as Harry Potter. Yet there are various popular things that I like too such as anime, Game of Thrones TV series and Asian girls.

Anyways, solve et coagula. I’m very happy not to be like those people who accept things based on what their told, because to any with half a brain it is obvious that many things we are told to accept as real or a reasonable course of action are false, even evil at times. Be it corporate governments and their wars, Orwellian police state, Satanic pop music (not necessarily because of the Illuminati symbolism in the videos, but the music itself. Maybe I’ll write about that some day.) or destroying the Earth for money. In that sense I feel lucky to be apart from the majority of humanity, even though at times it causes me great frustration when I look at humanity. I cannot fathom their blindness, yet on the other hand many people who don’t seem to have any holistic understanding of how things are, are able to do many things I cannot. It is foolish for a drop of water to think it is somehow separate from the ocean, so it is foolish for me think I am different from the rest. Merely my path from the clouds and rivers to the ocean is different from the majority. I went through the severs, ended up in a gold fish bowl for a while, it was knocked over by a cat…

Maybe it’s time I rejoin humanity. Bringing my unique perspective, and detachment to many fallacies they revere with, me. This has probably been the point behind it all. Solve et coagula. Turning base humanity into gold. (Not me alone, but countless others with similar detachment to the masses.)

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Football Physics

Modern science over-emphasizes the role physics in understanding reality. It’s as if you tried to understand all of society through football. Society has many different aspects to it. Families, friendships, culture in various forms, educational, religious and political institutions, big and small businesses, past time activities and so on. One those past time activities is football. Trying to explain all of reality as physical mechanistic processes is like trying to understand the complexity of society through football only. Trying to describe what society is, how would should behave in society. It’s much easier to focus on football than society to describe those things, as in football there are certain fairly absolute rules. The aim is to win. Winning is accomplished by kicking the ball in the opposite goal (or running with the egg to the other side of the field for yanks). There are also things you must not do or you are penalized. The same is not true for society. There is no clear way to win. One could argue there are right ways to live in a society and there are wrong ways, and you can certainly get penalized for doing the wrong thing. However it can, and should be, argued that who is that gets to decide what is right and what is wrong. There’s not much leeway when arguing the rules of football, because if you change it too much it won’t be football anymore.

Where physics fits into all of this is that it is only one part of the greater whole. Existence is much more than being simply a collection of atoms. There are emotions, thoughts, desires and experiences involved as well. Dilemmas about right and wrong, success and failure. Existing isn’t merely a mechanism. Physics is one part of the whole. The reason why scientists choose to focus on physics is that it is the only part where they can have certainty, or at least a semblance of certainty. It is easier to understand what makes a good football player than it is to understand what makes a good member of society. He has to be fit, be able to do teamwork and many other things I wouldn’t know since I don’t know much about football. It’s easier to focus on one part of the whole than the whole itself, simply because the part is smaller than the whole. When looking at the whole, you get a more holistic picture, but it is also difficult to say anything for certain.

Football is somewhat mechanistic. There is definite purpose behind every action a (good) player makes. For that reason managers can analyze the situation and the potential of the players to make the most of it. Meticulous analysis can lead to significant results. Same goes for physics. Yet the same approach does not work for everything, such as culture. If you compare Japanese and Korean culture to each other you find many differences. However if you compare them any European culture, let’s say English culture, Korean and Japanese cultures seem more similar to each other. You can try to analyze the reasons, such as historically England is a Christian country with a Greco-Roman philosophical heritage contrasted with Confucianism and Buddhism in Japan and Korea. Yet each country’s unique culture is more than merely the dominant religious and philosophical ideologies suggest. There is always something unsaid, unseen yet it can be sensed when looking at the culture. How the people behave, the atmosphere in a country, in each individual town is different. Still if you focus too much and talk to an individual he or she may not represent his or her cultures prevailing norms, yet they are a part of that culture. It is difficult to pinpoint where one culture ends and another begins, however it is an observable fact that Korean, Japanese and English cultures are all distinct.

The same goes for life. There are predictable and mechanistic things such as physics. Then there are more fuzzy areas in life. Equally, possibly, even more real yet you can never put your finger on it.

Academic sleepiness

I was a away in Thailand and China for three weeks. I’m back. I couldn’t access my blog in China. I assume WordPress was blocked and not just my blog. In Thailand I simply didn’t have the time. I’m back now and happy to see I got some comments. Somebody actually reads this stuff.

I’ve been a university student ¬†for almost ten years, so I can say with experience that I agree with much of David Icke’s assessment about academic institutions being right-brain memorization centers. Yet I must concede universities aren’t useless. I’ve learned a lot, and a lot of good scientific research is done by academic all over the world. Overall though, I’d say universities have lost touch with reality when it comes to various issues and challenges we are facing today. Academics simply refuse to see things that aren’t within the narrow field of perception which consists of bits of truth mixed with dogma to form the totality of main stream science.

The academia as a whole reminds me of an old Monty Python sketch. In it a man (Michael Palin), possibly an accountant but for the purposes of this article he’s an academic, is sleeping in his bed next to his wife. The wife keeps messing around with another man. When the academic hears something, he raises his head and asks his wife what is going on. The wife says it’s nothing, probably just the wind making tree branches brush against the window. Go back to sleep. He does as he is told. This happens a few times, and if I recall correctly he never finds out what is happening. All he gets is various excuses.

When things like conspiracies, UFOs, spirituality, synchronicity, non-materialistic theories of physics and countless other fascinating things nutty people like me are interested in, pop into the field of vision of the academic, he raises his head, but then his wife tells them to go back to sleep. In a nutshell, the academic perceives something of interest, an actual phenomena that could and should be studied further, but due to his pre-programmed view of reality is unable to contain such things, he decides they must be untrue. The academic is a passive and boring creature whose wife cheats on him next to him in the same bed thanks to his benign and gullible nature.

I usually don’t subscribe to the maxim “never add malice to something which can be explained with incompetence”, but in the case of academics, I’d say it is often true. I don’t have any experience of any conspiracy in the academic world, but then I again I don’t tend to associate myself with the higher up administrators of universities. That’s not to say that The Conspiracy hasn’t played a part in making the academic world what it is, but I don’t think they need to conspire much to manipulate the majority of academics as they have been rendered docile and herbivore of their own volition.

School shootings, broken cars and disease

When I look at ordinary people across the world, their values seem pretty similar. They care about family and friends, some degree of decency and honesty, respect toward others and they understand that nobody’s perfect. The details of what these things mean vary from culture to culture and based on ideological beliefs, yet basically the values of people are the same. However, the values of society are very different. Society values success, money, status, power and exploitation. There’s little room for kindness, respect or decency, except when you feign them to get ahead. You always have to compete to be the best, or at least be better than the guy next to you, so you don’t get trampled on.

The values of the people are at odds with the values of society. The social pressure leads to many kinds of suffering and confusion. To school shootings and suicides due to pressure, plastic surgery for not feeling pretty enough, addiction to drugs, alcohol or some form of entertainment. Because the values of the society do not represent the values of the people, both the society and the people are sick. Also when we run into problems, we don’t treat the cause, we don’t really even treat the symptom, we treat a rumour, a myth, a piece of hearsay. When someone shoots a bunch of people, we try to ban guns. When someone feels unwell we pump them full of drugs, so we can pretend we did something. We don’t bother asking why they feel as they do. It’s like if your car isn’t moving you beat it with a wrench and yell insults at it, instead of actually taking the time to figure out why it’s not moving. You can’t fix it unless you know what is broken. This is simply how we do things in our society.

The question is: why does society have these values, who put them there and why should we adhere to them?

Seriously.

 

I’m going on a trip for few weeks so I doubt I’ll be posting stuff here which must come as big disappointment for my hugely non-existent audience.

Gods of the Matrix

What are Gods? The Gods of ancient Greece or the Avatars of ancient India. They’re beings somehow not of this world, yet in this world. Having great power to wield over it, yet not omniscient nor omnipotent.

I wanna have a bit of fun with this idea. I’ve been watching the anime Sword Art Online where a bunch of people get stuck in an MMORPG. That made me think about the nature of the holographic (un)reality we inhabit.

Back to the Gods. What if the Gods weren’t simply myth, aliens nor Annunaki. If this world is like computer simulation, a computer game. We are simply characters in that game living according to our programming. The Gods then would be something external from the matrix. They’re not part of it, but they can log into it. They can play with. They can possibly even reprogram parts of it. Maybe the Gods or someone else created the matrix, they wrote the basic rules of how it functions. It can go on by itself. The seasons change, people do their daily activities. The Gods can alter certain local scripts in the matrix, such as maybe one morning the sun doesn’t rise, or they make one man immortal or allow him to walk on water. Things that are impossible according to normal laws of the matrix, but not for the Gods. Maybe a certain God followed the life of an individual in the matrix, found them interesting and granted boons. Or they didn’t like someone and made their life miserable. Sort of like when you’re playing Sims, except more interesting.

Perhaps there were Gods here a few millennia ago, but there aren’t any since they got bored with their toy or some other reason. Then again the simulation is still going on. They didn’t shut it off. Maybe there are a few Gods around, but they are more subtle.

The Gods could just be kids playing video games. In their eyes their malevolence or benevolence doesn’t matter, as they see us as characters in a game. When I play computer games I usually don’t care about the feelings of random NPCs. It may be somewhat as the Q and The Squire of Gothos on Star Trek.

The next question would then be who created the matrix and why. And what of significance are our thoughts and emotions as computer programs?

What am I supposed to do?

What should I do to be useful? How can I benefit mankind, mass-awakening, liberation from the oligarchs? Should I be more vocal about me beliefs? It’s far too obvious that the world is heading toward a global fascist state. Should I try to inform people about that? Is there a point? If they haven’t figured out that themselves what can I do to make them understand? Every now and then I post stuff on Facebook relating to the conspiracy or spiritually enlightening stuff. I try to keep it to stuff that even Joe Public understands. Something they can relate to. Some people notice them, but I doubt it has much actual effect. I should probably do more when I talk to people in real life. How do I do that then?

I don’t want evangelize. I don’t want to sound like an asshole who thinks he knows better than everyone else, or an advertiser who tries to make them buy his shit. If I talk to people and try to make them accept new information or discard old beliefs it has to be natural. A conversation. The problem is how do I get into such a conversation? Most people seem only interested in superficial entertainment and popular stuff. Can I break through that barrier of pointless airheadedness? Still, they don’t seem like soulless automatons, they’re simply not used to intellectually facing many of the contradictions inherent in our society.

If I talk to people I should stick to what I know. Not repeat something like a repeater because I’ve heard it repeated many times. While I can say I believe the Illuminati exists I cannot say I know it does. So I shouldn’t initiate a conversation about how the Illuminati has controlled us for millennia, since I am not quite sure how it has happened, or if it has happened at all. Rather I do know that there have “always” been all sorts of aristocrats and elites that have controlled the masses. I can try to highlight that it is still happening now regardless of the propaganda about democracy and equality, and that we don’t have to sit idly by as it happens.

How can I get people interested in their own lives? I don’t think many are. They’ve been taught that the cool people are on TV. Their romances are more interesting than your own. They discoveries of ivy league scientists are more significant than anything you might do. It’s still the deal of we don’t do anything ourselves.

I’m not quite sure what I want either, or what I should do with myself? I want a girlfriend, but then again I’m skeptical will I find someone who’d I find attractive physically, intellectually and spiritually, and she’d feel the same way about me. On an ideological level I want a girlfriend, but have a lot of doubts. Should I spend lot of time on some sort of supposedly spiritual activity like meditation? I haven’t meditated in a long time. I’m not that good at it. Should I focus intently on my Korean studies? It might help me with a lot of things too? Should I delve deeper into conspiracy stuff? Lately I’ve felt sort of detached from it. I don’t mean “going back to sleep”, but that there are all of these rabbit holes you have go down to understand better like Max Igan says, and I simply haven’t seem much point in it.

At least I’m glad 2012 is almost over. For all the hype about the end of the world/awakening it’s been a fairly boring year. I didn’t except anything to happen on December 21st, yet I was sort of hoping it would. Now that red herring is gone, maybe it’d be easier to focus on something real, concrete. I hope I can do something concrete in 2013.

In Defense of Collectivism

I mentioned earlier that humans are a collective of individuals, so there shouldn’t be a conflict between collectivism and individualism. Lets look at Collectivism a bit more. The almighty Wikipedia says:

“Collectivism is any philosophic, political, religious, economic, or social outlook that emphasizes the interdependence of every human being. Collectivism is a basic cultural element that exists as the reverse of individualism in human nature (in the same way high context culture exists as the reverse of low context culture), and stresses the priority of group goals over individual goals and the importance of cohesion within social groups (such as an “in-group”, in what specific context it is defined). Collectivists usually focus on community, society, or nation. It is used and has been used as an element in many different and diverse types of government and political, economic and educational philosophies throughout history and most human societies, in practice, contain elements of both individualism and collectivism.”

It doesn’t sound so bad, and it shouldn’t. Concepts such a communism and fascism have been called collectivist. I’d add most organized religions to that lot also. Yet I’m not sure if any of those are really collectivist, if we take collectivism to be an idea where the a group of people are regarded as a single entity. The goals of the entity are the goals of the people. Something all participants strive for equally, although possibly for different reasons and in different ways. Communism, fascism, totalitarianism, Christianity are not the goals of the whole group, rather by a small subgroup of manipulators. Perhaps on an idealistic level those ideologies might be collectivist, but not on a practical level. Communist countries always had a elite to rule over the masses, so did fascist countries and churches, especially the Catholic church.

I claim that those aren’t collectivist even though the whole collective shares the same goal, the goal is not one of the collective, but of the small subgroup which fools others to think the goal is theirs as well. For a group can have a goal, a group of people can become one entity, albeit an ephemeral one. Nor am I sure how big a group can become a harmonious entity where all the participants are truly willing, and not coerced or cajoled into it. A nation, or even a town might be too big, but a group of friends can certainly be an entity.

When I go out with a good group of friends the needs of the individual don’t matter as much, yet the individual is not suppressed or oppressed. Other priorities simply become more important than the desires of the individual. It doesn’t matter if we go to the restaurant I prefer, if everyone else wants to go to another place as long as I don’t hate the place. It doesn’t matter whether we play the game I want, if we do something which ends up being enjoyable. The role of the ego dissipates in a good circle of friends. Each individual instinctually knows how to bend enough to benefit the group without harming himself. However, if there is one guy who doesn’t fit in, he can ruin all of it by his mere presence. I imagine some rock bands, for example, are like this when writing songs. People present ideas, the ones that work are refined, others discarded, and it doesn’t matter who came up with what tune or which piece of writing. A collective can be powerful and beneficial.

The catch is that no-one can be part of a collective all the time. A collective is ephemeral. Everyone is an individual, and at some times you have to distance yourself from others to look at things from a different perspective. Being part of a group your senses often dullen, you’re not as sharp as usual. Softer. It makes you easy prey, easier to manipulate. That’s why you have to be able to switch from group mode to individual mode if the situation changes. Being in group mode all the time makes you dumb. Being in individual mode makes you jaded and agitated. Both are necessary.

Collectivism/ collectivist is sometimes used almost as a four letter word in the alternative media. I don’t agree that it has to be. It has been pointed out before by some guy who was a guest at Red Ice Creations (too lazy to dig up his name) that psychopaths are in a way the ultimate individual. They use the collective for their own benefit with little concern for others. The issue of collectivism vs individuality is not all that black and white.