“Fermi Paradox”

A gifted College Senior sent the following request, which I will of course have to honor, as part of my playing with students’ minds:

“I enjoy reading your blog and was wondering if you’d want to do a post talking about the Fermi Paradox (the apparent contradiction between high estimates of the probability of the existence of extraterrestrial civilizations and humanity’s lack of contact with, or evidence for, such civilizations). I’d be interested in hearing your musings about why we’re so apparently alone in our galaxy, specifically regarding certain theories that all intelligent life eventually destroys itself (or its resources) before it is capable of interstellar travel.”

HG Wells  Playing

HG Wells Playing

I actually do not have that much new to say to this age-old question. The answer is so obvious that we have always known it, in one form or another. The only difference is that we are beginning to realize that the boy (and his interfering sister), who was given this here toy set, has now become a teenager and has moved from primarily playing silly physical war games to becoming more interested in manipulating his earthlings’ minds into the most ridiculous twists of irrational responses one can imagine. How else would you explain that the Republican Party won any votes in the last election, having been against everything, and that the Democrats hoped to win votes by being for absolutely nothing? Only an idle teenage mind could come up with such a twisted game of influencing the weak human brains, by means of alien telepathy, to play out such a complete absurdity, probably also in the name of  the “Post-Modernism,” readily supplied by the boy as liberal backdrop.

From simpler times

From simpler times

This crafty kid from a more skilled civilization of aliens (Republicans have also been brainwashed into being against all aliens, even their very existence, with the exception of those whom they exploit at leisure as maids, cheap labor “home on the range,” etc.) –  this now Adolescent Alien even provided us with a resident philosopher, to get us all the more ready for the game: Alasdair MacIntyre (who converted from philosophy to catholicism, itself a neat trick played on him by our Alien mental puppeteer).

Here are two samples of the Adolescent Alien (AA, which also stands for “Aliens Anonymous,” not be confused with Alcoholics Anonymous) philosopher’s message, from up high: “… the unity of a human life becomes invisible to us when a sharp separation is made between the individual and the role he or she is playing.” In other words, do not ask a Republican or Democrat or an increasingly impoverished voter, who voted for soaking the rich, to make sense as an individual, thoughtful person, to take responsibility for their thoughts and actions. Simply fire them on to play their preordained role, in accordance with the plot our AA is insinuating into their brains.

"roles into which we have been drafted"

“roles into which we have been drafted”

Here is the second choice morsel from the AA’s philosopher:

>>I can only answer the question “What am I to do?” if I can answer the prior question “Of what story or stories do I find myself a part?” We enter human society, that is, with one or more imputed characters – roles into which we have been drafted.<< (MacIntyre “After Virtue”)

Stamp of Approval

Stamp of Approval

No more is needed. Life is intelligent again, because we now know that ours is not to reason why… Washington makes sense again, racism makes sense again, even fornicating cardinals make sense again, since our boy is obviously playing out a story of keeping humans as close to insanity as possible, without (mind-) blowing themselves up altogether, yet.

Yes, we have been visited by intelligent life from outer space all along, and the solid proof is our otherwise unexplainable level of stupefaction.

 

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Separating Mind and Body

Revisiting the film version of Alexandre Dumas’ “La Reine Margot,” centered around the St. Bartholomew’s Day Massacre of 1572, I was reminded of how fervently religious people of all ages have tried to assist the human race in separating mind from body, sending the bodies into smoldering or rotting graves and our souls to hell.

oh, when the Saints...

oh, when the Saints…

If the atrocities of past religious forms of Christian love or Communist or Nazi roads to salvation were to be broadcast on YouTube, raked over in today’s media, the way we now revel in the horrors of ISIS beheadings, etc., we would surely get bored very quickly by the ineptitude of those Arab extremists: what boyish showmanship to murder, rape, torture a few hundred here and there, when good Christians could do it by the thousands, for example around 6000 fellow Christians (and who is counting?) in one St. Bartholomew’s Day.

St. Bartholomew of course is to be revered because he was skinned alive, in honor of Jesus, while God looked on in delight at so much devotion. Such Love!

Ah, yes “love.” Why is it that the vast majority of religious people are so obsessed with separating physical love from “spiritual” love? Is there perhaps a direct correlation to their obsession with torturing and murdering the body of human beings with impunity, because the “soul” can still be “loved,” even though the lovers of God are busy murdering the body (also supposedly a creation of their God)?

For the Love of God, or Allah, or the Proletariat...

For the Love of God, or Allah, or the Proletariat…

If one is so very physically in need of doing something horrendous to the body of a fellow human being, is it not much safer to preach at the same time that the physical is sin, is negligible, should be cut to pieces in order to free our “human spirit.”

God forbid that two human beings should merge in such love that their love forms a complete union in which neither their bodies, nor their minds, emotions and spirit know of any distinction. That, hellfire and fornication, could all too easily be mistaken as pure love, pure not by exclusion but by the purity of loving inclusion of all in all.  – Reason enough to cut them to pieces, in the name of salvation.

"Hiroshima Mon Amour"

“Hiroshima Mon Amour”

As if there were any higher salvation from human sicknesses than the complete love we can sing through each other’s body to all that we are, the sanctity and wholeness of all in each of us, as we are now.

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Why Good Christians Vote and Pray Republican

Usually less than meets the eye, but don't look!!!

Usually less than meets the eye, but don’t look!!!

In a recent interview for Der Spiegel (2014 10 23), a recruiter for ISIS faithfully recited the world-wide dogma: “Democracy is for those without Faith.” Speaking anonymously, no pictures allowed, face covered with a heavy beard (no bare-faced lies here), he bravely proclaimed what so many believers in the Ayn Rands of this world, in the way of capitalism, and in God the Clockmaker, secretly would love to profess: the “will of the people” is a blasphemy! The true believer only knows the will of God.

Could Jesus be under there?

Could Jesus be under there?

Yes,  “Blessed are they that have not seen and yet have believed” (King James), or better still “Happy are those who don’t see and yet believe” (CEB), more in line with the recent emphasis on “Republicans are happy people” (Christians have always been blissfully happy, especially when killing each other in the name of love and the infidels for the Glory of God).

Why would anyone trust in democracy? Please! Even on the dollar bill it does not say “in democracy we trust” but “in God we trust.” Can you imagine a capitalist economy based on the fully informed will of the people? Talk about breaking the bank!

Holy Smoke!

Holy Smoke!

The Seniors in our University Honors and Leadership program (UHL (believe in what is not spelled out)), most of them being pre-med, recently wrote essays on the question: should we entrust future biomedical advances to public debates and rely on democratic decision making?Practically down to the last man and woman, they declared that this is something to be left to the experts, even though they readily agreed that biomedical advances (not to be confused with making advances toward patients) will have significant long-term effects on our society, pregnant as it is already with the seeds of expert intelligence.

God-Knows-Best with a non-compliant patient

God-Knows-Best with a non-compliant patient

None of these soon-to-be Lords of Health students even hinted at the possibility that one may instead want to vastly improve our education systems, counteracting the cutbacks imposed, in good faith, by mostly Republican believers in only a song and a prayer for the masses. Even when I quoted Jefferson’s proposal that a democracy is only as good as its education system, they thought their fellow citizens largely incapable of knowing what they, the future medical students, did not yet know and would soon forget, once they donned their White Coat cum Stethoscope (the medical equivalent of all “you can trust me” uniforms.)

Interestingly enough, there is again a debate in the European Union about the obvious ways in which the bureaucratic masters in Brussels have fairly removed themselves from the will of the people and intend to do so more and more. Hopefully, they too will sing with God’s people everywhere: “Democracy is for the Infidels.” Thus the faithful, the bureaucrats, the Neo-Cons, the doctors, the strategically covered women, and anonymous bearded faces will all come together, joined by the endless masses of the duped, to praise the Lord of Ignorance.

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ISIS: Hollywood Extras Dying to Be in The Movies

While the international press and whole flocks of politicians are competing over who can roar the loudest against the blood and gore perpetrated by ISIS, while right now these blood thirsty fanatics are decimating towns and villages in Syria and Iraq, Mel Gibson is shown on television, here, twice in a row today (aren’t we blessed), decapitating all kinds of people, drenched in blood, in the patriotically historic movie “Braveheart.” The sheer number of body parts flying through the air, the amount of blood smeared all over the place, the piles of dead bodies surely would make any ISIS fighter dream of going to Hollywood.

In the meantime, shows such as “The Walking Dead” are on the hit list, and one can read comments from parents, explaining “since kids are going to watch violence anyway, why not let them watch the Walking Dead?” The number of movies competing with ISIS for atrocities is of course too great to list. One relevant scene, for example, might be from the still popular movie “The Hunted,” which opens with a lens-feast of civilians being mowed down by Serbian gangs, over and over again.

Romans_(Niketas_Oryphas)_punish_Cretan_SaracensOne could argue that some of the young people who have joined ISIS did so because they do not have meaningful lives in our modern world. But then one has to wonder why Hollywood, with practically endless supplies of money, materials and talented people, cannot think of anything more meaningful to do with all these riches than to produce an endless supply of detailed movies of every imaginable violence and horror.

It is safe to predict that Hollywood is already chomping at the bit to get their hands on some of those ticket-selling decapitations, rapes, murders, and mass executions. What else would one expect Hollywood to do? It’s money in the bank.

And of course, if any of those young ISIS fighters had been watching Hollywood, Mel Gibson etc. in action, we would still say: “yes, but that was only art and there is no correlation between what bored Hollywood does, unable to think of anything else, and what religious warriors want to do, in order to become famous like a movie star.”

When will we ever face up to Hollywood, the way we claim to want to face up to religious and ideological maniacs? Probably never, because as we know: violence in movies sells tickets and violence in the name of the gods sells weapons to all sides. To imagine anything else is not only anti-capitalistic socialism, it is unpatriotic and, well, blasphemous.

And, since there are absolutely no secrets to the violence generated by these walking dead who have taken over Hollywood long ago, not even the NSA would want to protect us from such destructive forces against our society: much more fun to watch the action!

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Propriety: The Anti-Human

Does it matter?

Does it matter?

Reports today suggest that Princeton scientists may have discovered Anti-Matter. That of course could be used to wipe out everything that matters, with the possible exception of the human spirit, if it is viewed as immaterial.

We have long labored in apprehension regarding anti-gods, Anti-Christs, always raising “the anti” if there does not seem to be enough fear in the world. However, while we are busy trying to discover ever new magnitudes of what could come up against us, from the outside, we have luxuriated in the world-wide viral spreading of something that is far more aimed against who we are, uniquely, as human beings.

Anti-Whispers

Anti-Whispers

The fertile birthplace of everything anti-human can easily defined by the simple descriptor: “You and I better not agree to do this with one another, because it is not what one is supposed to do.” – The more you and I feel that there is an interpersonal dynamic developing between us, uniquely ours, indescribable in institutional, legalistic, general or societal terms, the more we should shrink back in horror, guilt or at least suspicion, because, if it were proper, other people would do it as well, and it would fit into the general scheme of things.

Institutional and professional codes of conduct are a marvelous example of such suppression and punitive formulas against everything “personal.” “Don’t bring the personal to your workplace. Nothing personal!” If we look behind the facade of these anti-human nay-sayers, they all have one thing in common: they argue that since the personal can be abused by people with ill intentions, the very possibility of anything deeply personal should be eliminated from the world, other than perhaps at funerals. (It is rather like saying we should not allow apples into institutional settings because somebody might throw them at a fellow committee member, to say nothing of the fact that the devil used the apple to get us in trouble with paradise.)

Hammurabi's Ship to Hell

Hammurabi’s Ship to Hell

It is hard to believe that anyone, in good faith, would honestly propose that the very essence of being human, human intimacy and interpersonal connections, are themselves the cause of their abuse, in the hands of those craving power or those who despise everything human. The only plausible reason for their banishing our humanity from our workplace, our public life, and yes, even the life of friends and family, is that these code-of-conduct makers hate everything that is truly human, have themselves turned into the very “anti-matter” of humanity, and have committed themselves to only one function in the universe, to undermine, curb, forbid and ultimately eliminate everything human from the universe, before anti-matter takes care of the rest.

One ought, therefore, resist Propriety like the very Devil. One should, at the very least, always be wary of institutional and other codes of conduct, as we used to be wary of Judgmental Hell itself. However, let’s make sure, in the best traditions of the British Empire, that we do not speak to one another until we have been Properly Introduced, thereby guaranteeing Propriety above all.

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Interference

"You make me mad" - seek help,

“You make me mad” – seek help

All interferers are created equal and should be treated as such. It does not matter who interferes with whom and for what purpose: they are all the Devil’s creatures. The only exception, complicated as it may be at times, are those who interfere with interferers, to stop these from interfering in the lives of others or to protect ourselves against them.

Ira: anger in the name of the Lord

Ira: anger in the name of the Lord

The tolerance of interferers (“inter-fearers”) is completely unacceptable. To claim that adherents to this or that religion should be granted the “religious freedom” to take away the freedom of other people is complete and utter nonsense, as well as one of the most dangerous inventions of our attempts to become civilized.

Jean-Baptiste Jupille, first to be inoculated against rabies, but not yet religion

Jean-Baptiste Jupille, first to be inoculated against rabies, but not yet religion

One does not have to reserve a special place for the foaming-at-the-mouth Islamic mad dogs all over the globe, these days. The Christian Bible has always given plenty of disease ridden, rabies-infecting substance to support similar disregard for the dignity of “God’s creatures”, i.e. for persons so complete in themselves that they should be respected as having been formed in God’s or Allah’s or Dionysus’ etc. image. One does not interfere with perfection without insulting the creator.

But then there are texts such as Psalm 2, 8-9: Ask of Me, and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance, And the very ends of the earth as Your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron, You shall shatter them like earthenware.” And we complain about what the crazies are doing in the Middle East again? The gods are said to create beautiful earthenware, and then throw a mad fit, dashing it all to pieces. No regard, of course, for the dignity of “the children of god.” The gods, like sharks are known to devour their own children.

Divine Comedy: Inferno is God's Will

Divine Comedy: Inferno is God’s Will

Why are perfectly peaceful people, filled with respect for the uniqueness of each individual person, so ready to pronounce with all the political correctness they can fake: “Not all Muslims, not all Christians, not all… are interferers,” when all of these religions are sanctimoniously pronouncing, like the Devil, that they have the right, nay the duty, to interfere in the lives of others.

It does remind one of the high percentage of abused children, children that have been interfered with, who then become abusers themselves, not only of their children, but of spouses and of as many of their fellow human beings as they can get their twisted minds and hands on. Should we not be thankful that the priests that have been known to interfere with children did at least not dash them to pieces, like their lord. If they had true religion, they would have killed and tortured them in the grand style of the current “ISIS” faithful.

In the light of  “and I will surely give the nations as Your inheritance” one does wonder if Putin is deep down a religious man – but then there has never been that much of a difference between religion and communism, etc., when it comes to inter-fearing in the lives of others. 

The answer is simple: containment. Anyone who claims the right to interfere in the lives of others should be excluded from the community of human beings, like a mad dog.

oh what fun it is to ride in a one cause open slay

oh what fun it is to ride in a one cause open slay

In practice, however, this simple solution would imply that we isolate, refuse contact with all kinds of so-called human beings: not just the “Faithful” of religion, but even capitalists who rob others of the chance to lead a normal life, teachers who force children into “Attention Deficit Disorder” by inter-fearing into them the requirement to sit still, therapists who “cure” this disorder, food producers who make us sick, even those noisy people out there on the street who have no regard for the peace of others, polluters of the environment… the list could be endless. But we could make a start, as we got a fairly good start on Demons.

We used to attribute madness to being possessed by the demons of religion. Then we ascended into the more tolerant heavens of psychotherapy and declared madness an illness. The time has come to acknowledge that being a screwball or weirdo or streaker or someone who shows their face openly, etc., is no cause for interfering in the lives of these individuals, that the only true sickness is all that which drives us to interfere in the lives of others, like rabies or religion.

 

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If Only

Do we really understand why it is that societies and cultures in which women are respected as equals tend also to be cultures that are far less prone to start wars, whether of the Putin kind or the Muslim wars, both built on endless lies, a key characteristic of cowards.

Isis

Isis

ISIS (hiding their face just like their oppressed women)

ISIS (hiding their face just like their oppressed women)

One could of course argue that males who have no regard for women, even treating everything female with contempt (often out of fear of the female, even within themselves), that these men are to be blamed for the whole thing, that war, violence, oppression thing that they have to strut in order to kill and die feeling like a man. The problem with that all too frequent interpretation and accusation is that it still disrespects women, acting as if all the power is in the hands of the almighty men.

What if we respected women enough to ask that they take responsibility for their side of the bargain. Not acting as an equal, when one patently is, allowing others to treat us with contempt, to be condescending toward us, to wait for them, the males, to change, to point the accusing finger only at them, is no better than to excuse one’s action with the all too common “I only did what I was told, therefore I am innocent.”

The Goddess of Wisdom

The Goddess of Wisdom

If it is true that wars and violence are more likely in societies where women do not insist, as men do, that they be treated with the respect one deserves as an equal, then one may well ask to what extent women are responsible for all the violence and the horrors of war. Not in order to transfer the responsibility from one gender to the other, but in order to insist that all human beings must treat each other as of absolute, incomparable value (as Immanuel Kant already argued).

In the Name of Him, the Lord

In the Name of Him, the Lord

A start is of course that we laugh at and ridicule all men who promote a social order in which women are inferior. Arguing with them, trying to convert them is giving them far too much credit. They should be the laughing stock of our world-wide community, including all religions that preach such insane inequality. And never mind “religious tolerance”: a stupid farce which insists on a subservient role for women is not worthy of the name religion.

But we should also learn to laugh at the dangerous stupidity that bows down to such burlesque performances of sanctimonious males. They, the women are equally ridiculous, just as they become equally worthy of our respect when they assume their rightful place as equally responsible human beings.

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Resistance is Futile

and ascended to heaven

and ascended into heaven

We are told, today, that the 2nd test of the American “Advanced Hypersonic Weapons” (AHW, to say it more quickly) has failed. There was an explosion before its time, a preemie. Obviously AHWs still need TLC in the incubators of mass destruction. If you have not been  introduced to these new babies, they are supposed to deliver their fully loaded diapers to any part of the world in at most one hour,  and that without having to go into orbit over the whole thing, thereby potentially becoming prey to the latest ABM shields (diaphragms, if you will) that keep spawning ICBMs from their successful egg hunts. AHWs promise to get past such diaphragms by sneaking underneath them so fast that they surprise even the most virtuous virgin territory. To his own the Lord gives it in their sleep, said Mary.

"Peacekeeper" Missile

US “Peacekeeper” Missile

Now, it is said, of course, that China and Russia are already well on their way with developing such artificial insemination. They could get into ours before we could get into theirs. In the meantime, the formerly esoteric science and technology of building ballistic missiles, so esoteric that only Nazis could build a V1 rocket, has become so wide-spread that even Hamas and the North Koreans, who cannot even figure out how to feed their own few people, are procreating such ballistic missiles at ever increasing rates, with a lot of “mine is bigger than yours.”

Nano Borg inside of human blood stream

Nano Borg, for insertion into human blood stream

It would, of course, be naive to propose that the US not participate in this competition for pride-and-joy offspring. The bitch is in heat and someone is going to do her first. The race is on. The next turn in the spiral of outdoing the Joneses – in the best and fastest way to kill people on the other side of the globe and hopefully soon here at home – (unused AHWs could do wonders for local police and their pride and their manhood), I say, the next turn in this wondrous spiral is of course inevitable. As the “Borg” said in Star Trek: “Resistance is Futile”! Only, we are not faced by some aliens, we are faced with the apparently inescapable hormonal forces of spermatic weapons system fighting endlessly for sole dominance.

V1 Puny Weapon of Cowardly Nazis

V1 Puny Weapon of Cowardly Nazis

It used to be who had the biggest bang, banging was a popular dream. Now it is who can ejaculate so fast that nobody knew what happened, it being too late to hear anything, not even sounds of futile protest. It is inevitable. We are so incredibly smart when designing ever more complicated, artificial extensions of our small appendages, but we apparently are too fatally, utterly dumb to start using birth control against these internalized systems that have long made it impossible for us to regain any sense of control. We are no longer in charge, the weapons systems have invaded our humanity like alien hormones. The next AHWs are already guiding our minds, bodies, and souls, as we blindly fumble to be there first. Never mind if it all kills us, second.

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The Truth is Bad

A question we may ask of people who have not been properly introduced is: “What is more important to you, the difference between bad and good or the difference between true and false?” Surely, an innocent question, of the kind children might want to ask, but in our world much hinges on the answer.

The unfortunate reality is that people from all walks of life tend to believe that if something has been declared good or bad, then it follows that any argument to the contrary cannot be true. Since most moral, religious and ideological dogmas judge good and evil first and ask questions later, if permitted, any argument that would undermine their moral judgements are patently false, even before they can get their first word in.

Which is where gut feelings come in. If our intestines tell us that something is bad, then such gut feelings obviously are to be protected against all heresy. If our gut tells us that something is good, then calorie, salt and sugar analysts are traitors, heretics, obvious liars.

stuffed with goodness

stuffed with goodness

Given how much the guts of our citizen have swollen in size, world wide, it is no wonder that there is so much more gut feeling going around in the world. Fat citizens do not question the hand that feeds them: they are loyal patriots and faithful followers unto death. There is something lean about the truth, and isn’t the devil a lean, shifty fellow?

If instead we were to insist that the distinction between what is true and what is false is more important than anything else, then any claims about what is good and what is bad would have to be subjected to the daylight of rational debate – and that obviously would be bad politics.

Where would we end up if ordinary citizens could ask if it is true that lying is only bad if the other fellow does it? When people are now posturing in loud condemnations of the lies of the Russians, do we need to be reminded of all the lies that Western Governments have told in recent history, from those about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq to those about the NSA not spying on American citizens? Of course, the American lies were in the service of goodness, never mind how many innocent bystanders were killed and are suffering in the process.

La Vérité "Truth" by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

La Vérité “Truth” by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Perhaps it is time for Western democracies to focus on having the guts to find out the truth, getting back to the enlightenment, the rational roots of democracy. Too many Western politicians have started to sound like ideologues in totalitarian societies, including religious dictatorships.

Unfortunately, so much of our society would have to be rebuilt from the ground up, if we really wanted to put the truth first, even at such levels as gender politics, educational authority, advertising, and the very way we think about persons as beyond all comparative value. And such a rebuilding would feel like hitting below the belt to the majority of our fellow citizens. We talk about “the naked truth,” but then being naked is immoral, especially for the truth.

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Bagging

friended

friended

The Bagging-Book

The Bagging-Book

 

Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full.'”

Got another set of those annoying “invitations” in my email junk box, from people wanting me to join their FacelessBook web services, most driven, of course by the world-wide plague of increasing consumption through advertising or, worse, the insane addiction to popularity contests.

Just for you...

Just for you…

Why do so many human beings want to bag one another like trophies?

"Want some, Honey? I do everything!"

“Want some, Honey? I do everything!”

How did this social disease become so contagious?  “What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul?” (same book as first quote)

Imagine the World Health Organization declaring “Bagging’s Disease” one of the most dangerous communicable diseases of modern times, contributing to depersonalization, addictive behavior, as well as ever escalating patterns of consumption and sectarian violence.

Doormat-bagger

Doormat-bagger

Give us your children and become one us

Give us your children and become one us

Imperialism is said to have had its day, although Russia, China, and militant Middle East religions are doing their best to revive it in its crude military form. However, conquering as many as possible, mind, body and soul, is not only not dead, it is taking ever more massifying forms, until you are no longer anyone until you have become linked in to one chain or another.

Every promise imaginable is made to get you to become part of a pyramid scheme, from entrance to the Vatican to having the most envied set of silicon paraphernalia protruding from you laptop or your own chest, “24/7.”

1537 Bordello

1537 Bordello

The vicious cycle of bagging fellow human beings is not that difficult to understand: once I have been conditioned to be one of the bagged, once I am no longer anybody unless I have twittered and face-booked my identity to the numbers game, then I will have nothing left but to try to overcome this emptiness by feeding it with more and more popularity indicators. Unable to communicate with others what we as persons are doing together, we join the party of who-knows-whom and who-has-done-whom. Let’s get into the thick of it, drunk on brawls, so we no longer have to feel the urge to become ourselves.

Proudly Branded

Proudly Branded

What's your Brand

What’s your Brand

Of course, many of us know that this is going on. But as with most addictions, it’s easy to recognize the silliness-unto-death that we have habituated ourselves to, it is quite another to extract ourselves from being a link in an endless web of chains that free us from ourselves.

How many have you bagged today?

 

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A Con-Descending

the privilege to be stepped on

the privilege to be stepped on

There is a certain pleasure in playing with people who insist on being condescending. Every good con is based on convincing others that the perpetrator is something he or she is not. Some sort of superiority is usually part of the bargain, whether superiority in helplessness and suffering or superiority in being gifted, endowed, or simply irresistible.

The insatiable, forever emerging market of such condescending people is usually well stocked with opportunities for making them believe that we are actually falling for their gambit. To consistently bow down with awe before a puffed-up authority figure, an ever so irresistible beauty or an enviably impressive nouveau riche soon establishes a reality in their empty heads, which becomes so much part of their expectations that they begin to believe their own con.

How lucky they are to see me like this!

How lucky they are too see me like this!

It is always fair to make fun of those who bank on being superior beings, especially since all we really are making fun of, here, is their pretentious exterior, their masks and clothing, as well as their demeaning demeanor.  We should not hesitate to declare our infinite admiration, love, awe, and humble respect for those who have become victims of their own buffoonery. Perhaps this game is one of the first we should teach our children, well before they can become believers, or worse, give into the temptations of descending from up high, themselves.

It is, after all, nearly impossible to imagine a world in which everyone pretends to be no more than who they are. But playing with that delightful dream can be an enjoyable interlude, now and then.

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Full of Hollow

In the Know

In the Know

To be really real, emotions should be like bubbles, straight out of the bottle: all outside and nothing but hot air on the inside. As a psychologist friend of mine used to say to me: you need to learn to feel anger. So I huffed and I puffed and out came a full-blown, publicly identifiable bubble of anger. About what? Who cares! I was living up to standard!

Now I know what I am

Now I know what I am

Indeed, whole armies of psychologists, fresh out of bootcamp or with years of experience in popping bubbles, sustain themselves by helping people achieve self-realization by expressing you-know-whats. Anger is anger, grieving is grieving, love is love, and co-dependency is co-depency (unless one party pays for it, of course). Headlines for the press!

turned on to full stereotype

turned on to full stereotype

The most economical form of this empty-headedness is the popular “I am really turned off by this” and “I am really turned on by that.” A person reduced to an engine that is turned off and on by external keys. What more do we need to know? There is nothing else that we could know. Emotional self-stereotyping helps people deal with each other as they deal with their kitchen appliances. We know  where our on and off switches are and hum right along when someone else does it to us; or else sit quietly on the counter, waiting to fit into the emotional scheme of things, according to easily learned instruction manuals. Ours is not to reason why because the detail is in the devil.

Emotional Gas Station: fill her up

Emotional Gas Station: fill her up

Good Sport

Good Sport

Kicking soccer balls for national euphoria or shame is as wonderful for hollowing out emotional content as is kicking cut-off heads of infidels. Let a few brave uniformed souls do or die for us, so that we can all bubble over or blubber with you know what. And let no one  take time out with any poetic intricacies of unique individuals in unrepeatable experiences. Let the noise makers out-blare the yelling of the anonymous masses and let’s all join in blind stupor. Noise as massive victory over symphony. Explosions of all kinds as the answer to personal and interpersonal potential for intricacy. Now there is something for the media to blow bubbles with, image after image, empty-headed headline after empty-headed headline. Blessed are the vacuous.

And you are either with us or against us, no more needs to be understood or felt. And don’t be a spoil-sport, while gladiators of emotions are fighting it out for us, while our feelings unreel in forever repeated, predictable loops, turned on as we gather at the river of refuse.

 

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