WE WANT IT DARKER

Should we fear the opprobium of those who are scared that others may become afraid of our thoughts? This is the latest hilarious twist of “identity politics” in the USA. “Identity politics”, also known as tribalism, in times less twisted by unhinged euphemisms. In other words, should we bow to the worst of the Middle Ages’ theological ways and means? Quite the opposite: it is high time to fight back against intellectual fascism of the basest kind, the kind which claims to defend the sheep, by preaching it to bleat, rather than teaching the sheep to learn to think. Creating thinking means learning to debate, unafraid of all and any possible logic. But for that one has to be in the right mood. So what is the proper mood for more advanced thinking? Here it is, and even “Scripture” agrees with us:

WE PHILOSOPHERS OF THE DANGEROUS MAYBES, WANT IT DARKER. 

Those who are afraid of getting afraid, maybe, perhaps, can now stop reading: they belong to what fails, and will always fail. That includes the lack of reading comprehension, which they delve in. Those robust enough to read the Book, can hang on. Our predecessors wanted it darker, because it was the only way to greater greatness. And greatness, is not just what we are. But greatness is what we need. 

Greatness is not just what we became, and are. It is what we, humanity as it stands today, needed to survive. We evolved into greatness. (Slogan for humanity: ‘make humanity great again!’)

We wanted it darker, otherwise, we would never have gone where those who did not become our ancestors  didn’t. They didn’t get there because they both did not want to, and thus, could not, dash through the dark. And feel the pull of the dark.

When our predecessors wanted to understand what others didn’t even suspect, they have got to have wanted it darker.

There is glory in the human species, only because we wanted it darker. It’s written in the scriptures, and yes, it’s no idle claim. We wrote, because we wanted it darker. Bacteria only search for more sugar. We searched darkness, through more darkness. Darkness is sugar for intelligence aspiring to ultimate greatness.

The Gate May Be Golden, But Surviving Is The Only Manifest Destiny Of A World Around A Star

The Gate May Be Golden, But Surviving Is The Only Manifest Destiny Of A World Around A Star. We Want It Darker, Be It Only Because We Need A Rest From The Light, And Need To Go To The Bottom Of Things.

Some have meekly whined that philosophers (yours truly, Patrice Aymé, much later Slavoj Žižek) went to the Dark Side by demolishing the Democratic party, this horror of the demonic side, hidden in the light of its self-glorification. However, only philosophers who love to understand the Dark Side with undisguised enthusiasm, sanctifying thoroughness, could expose the viciousness of the Democratic Party.

And thus helping to get Trump elected, over the twitching bodies of countless, half-wit, rich, politically connected entertainers, globalocrats, and wealthiest people in the world. (A difference between me and Slavoj Žižek is that The Guardian or the New  York Times interview Slavoj Žižek, whereas they censor all and any of my comments relentlessly; those pseudo-left, plutocratically owned, Main Stream Media have, correctly, perceived that I am  better informed, and thus much more dangerous, than the relatively meek, much more predictable, very official Žižek ; The Guardian is financed by Plutos like the holy  Gates conspirators. The same Plutos have owned, mostly, the New York Times, since the Nineteenth Century…)

Ah, and yes, Trump is supposed to be the Dark Side. Little do these little ones know. What Dark really is. (There is a whole tradition, dating to Rousseau, to refuse to look at the Dark Side, and, instead, of accusing civilization; De Sade excoriated Rousseau for his criminal naivety; in this, and many other related matters pertaining to the Revolution of 1789, De Sade would be proven right. Sade was right about the Revolution, because he was a specialist of the Dark Side, and thus could easily predict how the calculus of Evil would turn out, in consequence of apparently innocuous strategies full of goodness, but, also, full of long-term idiocy!)

The Romans knew well how dark darkness was: right from the start, king Tarquinus Superbus threatened their freedoms. Thereafter, over the centuries, in many wars Rome’s very existence was called into question (Gauls from the Paris area even conquered Rome around 390 CE).

When finally Rome became master of the world, ‘man is a wolf for man‘ (Homo Homini Lupus) had become a motto never to be forgotten. Judeo-Christian ideology then augmented Rome, and spread, far out of the Roman empire, even before the Roman state morphed into the Frankish state.  It is fascinating that Jews and Romans came to the same conclusion. But they were war people, that’s how they survived. And why they merged: made for each other (the Franks were even more war-like, allowing them to gobble everybody happily, in a digestive consensus).

Countless thinkers and philosophers have been tortured to death, through the ages. Just because they wanted it darker, they had to want it darker, and the commons hated them for it. (The superiority of the West mostly originates from just enough original thinking squeaking through to save the progress of civilization.)

The truth always starts dark, and in the dark. The Enlightenment always starts the hard way, in the Dark. It is the first thing they have to do: creative thinkers stop fearing the Dark Side. They have this in common with little children.

Thus, Dark Side tourism is necessary for depth. So what? No Dark Side, no humanity. (Actually this propensity and necessity, this breathing of fear, is why people love horror stories, scary movies, cliffhangers, dangerous sports, bad news, etc.)

Notice that this interest for all things dark, is a much greater vision than the well-known observation that the Dark Side is necessary for goodness to triumph over evil. Carpet bombing with flowers did not deconstruct Nazism, right. Eradication of evil, is no evil. One just want to make sure.

But physical power of evil is not all what there is to destroy. Even worse is the power of evil ideas.  We will destroy evil ideas, we can only destroy them, by bringing the fury of light, on the darkest dark.

Let’s spell it shockingly enough to leave a trace: To put it roughly, changing one’s mind, and the minds of others, is all about destroying brain tissue. One has to wreck the old mind, to build a better one. This is really about the most delicate circuitry being wiped out, and setting up a new one.

Too much light brings blindness, thus darkness. We have seen this in the US election: sixty million Americans, including millions of Obama lovers, wanted to “shake things up”. At any cost. The 60 millions who voted Trump had finally seen through the darkness, because they had not been afraid of the dark: they wanted, they had got ready for darker explanations of what was really going on. One has to love conspiracies, to bring them to light.

Blinded by this undeniable light, many Clinton fanatics went completely berserk, heaping insults on their fellow Americans, in the name, they claimed, of the goodness which defined them. Enraged Clinton supporters are pushed, by the light, into ignominous darkness. Enlightened into a darkness they are ill-trained to handle properly. Why? Because they never visited darkness before, they denied its very existence, at least inside themselves. They denied it, because they did not want it. They did not want to consider it so much, they did not see it grow into themselves and their hearts, or from the policies the “Democratic” Party supported sometimes for more than 40 years (like invading Afghanistan). 

So why do we want it darker? Not just because there is no light without dark. Not just because no ying, no yang.

WE WANT IT DARKER, BECAUSE WE WANT TO TURN ON THE MOOD, THE MOOD WHICH REALITY INFLICTS, SO MUCH WE ARE IT.

Now that I got accused of blatant Nazism, antisemitism, xenophobia, OCD, and exuberant SSitude, by crazed pseudo-progressives, let me add to the torture of my moaning victims, by rolling out a Cohen, (Hebrew: כֹּהֵן, kōhēn, “priest“), to my rescue.

Indeed, the late, great, Leonard Cohen came partly to some of the conclusions in the present essay, in his last work, released a few weeks ago: You Want It Darker. One point Leonard Cohen makes is that the Judeo-Christian scriptures depicted an intrinsically very dark picture of the human condition. Hey, don’t look at us funny: the divine condition itself is strikingly dark, so this is essay is not just a justification of man, but even god! (Yes, I am an “atheist”. Of sorts. In practice, though, and hard-core atheists don’t understand this, god exists, it’s a useful abbreviation). Here is Leonard Cohen latest, and last, title track:

“If you are the dealer, I’m out of the game

If you are the healer, it means I’m broken and lame

If thine is the glory then mine must be the shame

You want it darker

We kill the flame

Magnified, sanctified, be thy holy name

Vilified, crucified, in the human frame

A million candles burning for the help that never came

You want it darker

Hineni, hineni

I’m ready, my lord”

All right, full stop, let me provide readers with a text explanation many are going to need. Hineni, Hineni means: “Here I am, here I am”… in Hebrew.; “Hineni” was supposedly uttered by Moses. And also for Abraham, when god felt like killing his child.

“We Want It Darker” is serious psychobiology, it does not get any more serious. It is evolutionary, it is how we were made: with an irresistible attraction for what is out there in the dark. Curiosity may kill the cat, but curiosity enabled us to set a trap for the cat. By forgetting this, mad bull has lost his way.  

Back to Leonard Cohen, and his song, We Want It Darker:

“There’s a lover in the story

But the story’s still the same

There’s a lullaby for suffering

And a paradox to blame

But it’s written in the scriptures

And it’s not some idle claim

You want it darker

We kill the flame”

“It is written in the scriptures and it’s not some idle claim” You want it darker.” Yes, we want it darker, and please kill the flame. Kill that light from out there, and let’s please concentrate on what we are. What you are, yes.

Watch those ridiculous protesters in the streets, finally waking up to the fact they need to help the president of the USA, with healthy protests. Where were they, eight years ago, when Obama needed their help? To protest against the pro-plutocratic policies which were forced (let’s say) onto Obama? When a lonely and misdirected Obama was sucking at the teat of hedge funds, to better prepare him for his presidency of shoe shining? And nobody protested? (OK, I did, but I am nothing.) Why did the protesters not help Obama to stay honest and true? Why so keen to help keep Trump honest, with their unhinged Dark Side?  

They say with undiscerning grammar: ‘Trump Hate’. But that’s rather ambiguous. Where were they, for all these long years, when Obama was doing nothing? What did they advocate when a dictator started to ravage Syria? Or when billions were sent to health care plutocrats, in the guise of “covering everybody”?

Instead of protesting then, they were blinded, blinded by the light from Obama’s brown skin, and Michelle’s magnificently empty, astounding rhetoric. We want it darker, turn those lights off, and reflect on what has been really going on: a globalocracy on a worldwide satanic rampage. And even the poles are melting.

Leonard Cohen’s We Want It Darker:

“They’re lining up the prisoners

And the guards are taking aim

I struggled with some demons

They were middle class and tame

I didn’t know I had permission to murder and to maim

You want it darker

Hineni, hineni

I’m ready, my lord”

Here Leonard Cohen alludes to a precise historical facts, or how the Jews stayed supine, while the Nazis roamed. Jewish silence, or even collaboration, made Hitler’s full folly possible, historical evidence shows. Hannah Arendt wrote: “the Zionists could, for a time, at least, engage in a certain amount of non-criminal cooperation with the Nazi authorities; the Zionists too believed that ‘dissimilation’, combined with the emigration to Palestine of Jewish youngsters and, they hoped, Jewish capitalists, could be a ‘mutually fair solution.’  At the time, many German officials held this opinion…” What happened? Nobody wanted it darker. It was kept pleasant. Germans were told Jews were removed “for their safety“.

Cohen also alludes to the fact that big time murderers get away with it. That’s why the God of the Jews in the Bible gets enraged against King David. God had ordered David to massacre a tribe, and David had refused to do so. Why can’t you kill, when ordered to do so? By superior principle (“God”)? This was an important principle God tried to teach to David (and the Abraham, and to all Judeo-Christians and Jews following the “Scripture”): there are circumstances when you have permission, and even when you ought, to murder and aim.

Evolutionarily, massacring lesser human beings has been much of how humanity progressed (hence the God of the Bible insistence upon it; Mayas, Aztecs, Incas, and 99% of the world’s known religions would agree…)

However, now we know more. Not all of evolution happened that way by a long shot: ethologically driven epigenetics played an important role… for example in the disappearing act of Neanderthals (which vanished inside ourselves, I have suggested, and the most recent science increasingly confirms).

What “scripture” guessed was that the Dark Side was not just an essential characteristic of humanity, but also essential to the human condition. This is found in the Hebrew Bible, and in the older Homer. Actually the general orientation in that sinister way is found in the even more ancient Hindu scriptures and the roots of Zoroastrianism, the root of all Indo-European religions (and by “Indo-European” here I mean the region, not just the languages).

Before the pseudo-scientists start to cackle away in derision for all this mythology, let me point out that those who spent millennia concocting logic with myths did not get it all wrong. The Dark Side phenomenon is essentially evolutionary. “Evolution” is not nice. It just is. It just is God: The One who created us.

If you want it funny, watch all the Clinton fanatics crying ignominiously, all over the world, after the defeat of their demiurge. I went to harass a few with the most courteous presentation of serious data, rolling out graphs, just to see them become even more dishevelled, haggard, disconsolate. Yet, they stopped crying, as they left their dream to enter the nightmare of reality. It’s not just that I like it Dark, but I study stupidity. As it is a part of darkness which needs to be enlightened.

But let’s reconsider what happened to the Jews under Nazism. Hannah Arendt (& others) accused the “Judenraten”, the Jewish Councils, to have helped the Nazis (I discovered this independently by reading original literature; I was pretty surprised by it; I learned of Arendt’s views decades later; she missed some documents I think even more important).

Zoroastrianism viewed the human condition as a struggle to help the God of Light against the God of the Dark Side, thanks to Truth.

Well, in truth, the God of Truth needs Light and Dark to write upon the world, with the world. The world is a book for the mind.

The philosopher Isaiah Berlin, a Latvian-British Jew, was dismayed after the creation of Israel: ‘They listened to Hitler, they did not listen to us.’ Yes, well, thank you, my Lord.

Berlin could have guessed why he had made a darker interpretation of his own writings. “Moral conflicts are an intrinsic, irremovable element in human life”. “These collisions of values are of the essence of what they are and what we are.” he wrote in “The proper study of mankind” For Berlin, this clashing of incommensurate values within, and between, individuals, constitutes the tragedy of human life.

There are all sort of philosophers: some are giants straddling across the stars, like Giordano Bruno. Most of them are smaller fry, like those who brandish the ‘human good’ like the measure of all things. It’s not. They forget that knowledge often precedes goodness.

Israel did not listen to the fry ready to get fried, because, it decided that, to survive, and, even better, to be reborn, it wanted it darker:

The Jews, waiting for Hitler like others for Godot, had forgotten that they had permission to murder and to maim. Israel now knows this. It was in the scripture, all along, and no idle claim. Philosophers of the possible want it darker, ever since their ancestors crawled on land through the mud.

The pseudo-progressives who claimed to “be with her“, are part of a vast movement which want to interdict anything which could make themselves, or someone else, afraid. This includes, naturally enough, all and any critical thinking.  So now Donald Trump will do the thinking.

Meanwhile, the Artificial Intelligence Industry (AII) has depicted itself as goodness incarnate (old slogan of Google: ‘don’t be evil’). They scream, all over:’We Want It Lighter!’. Lighter taxes, certainly: Google, Amazon, Apple, Facebook, have been cheating massively with the taxes they owe, worldwide (this will change with the reign of Trump).

Not only those companies, the most powerful in the world, under Obama, and the richest, are viewed as intrinsically good (thus harboring no interesting darkness), but view themselves as such. Hence the silly-colonization(Silicolonization) of the world, above all laws, has proceeded, in plain sight, and not seen. The globalocracy has persuaded everybody that there is no darkness anywhere having to do with themselves: in particular all and any tribalism (such as Wahhabism), is fine.

They all supported Hillary Clinton, and proclaimed themselves to be ultimate good, light personified. Thanks to control of the Main Stream Media by global plutocrats, all over (the paymasters of Clinton), they wiped their blind supporters in a frenzy. For them, the Dark Side is not interesting, it’s an object of horror. Thus, who they were imprinted to support, Clinton, her Goldman government, her plutocrats, and her globalocrats, were all goodness, and Trump and his supporters, and ideas, all Darkness, something to refuse to consider at all cost.

It’s revealing how the hatred of pseudo-liberal posers has thus no limit: they are all light, them and their celebrities, and their Silicon Valley fascist corporations, and their opponents, ultimate evil. As all and any people in such a mood, their hatred has no limit. It goes all the way to genocide. Hollywood actor Michael Shannon wants all Trump supporters to die: “But if you’re voting for Trump, it’s time for the urn.” Michael Shannon has just a high school education (no college), but is “worth” eight million dollars. (As many of the rich celebrities out there, he then is offered the supplementary power of being taken seriously, advertised widely.)

At this point, some may say:’Oh, but didn’t you want it darker? Is not a would-be genocider like Shannon, right up your alley?” No. Michael Shannon understands so little, he sees monsters all over, where, if he could see through the Darkness of those who own and created him, he would just see only transparent logic. Shannon and his ilk are afraid to learn that all they made their mental circuitry from, all they are, are lies. If they had wanted it Darker, they would have been more suspicious of the bromine of the Main Stream Media. (As indeed happened to many people who voted for Obama, and, still loving Obama as a person, voted for Trump, as they were rightly suspicious of the motives of Obama calling them to vote for Clinton/Goldman Sachs…)

Yes, we want it darker, because we are not afraid to look into the dark. Take Turkey: I am not afraid to consider the darkness, I look at what is happening there now (although I have Turkish friends who loved Erdogan, and now we avoid the subject). I know what is going-on in Turkey means: if I look at the Caliphate in Turkey, I will look deep in the dark, and questions like favoring a coup in Turkey will, eventually, arise.

(Or even expelling Turkey from NATO, and war.) I know Islam is not a religion in all ways wonderful. And I am not afraid to look inside Islam: because I like it dark. If you want to rape a child in Turkey, the ruling AKP Party suggests now that you only have to marry her: a proposed Turkish bill clears men of statutory rape if they marry (18 November 2016). As the BBC puts it:

“A bill which would allow men accused of raping underage girls to be cleared if they marry the girl has been preliminarily backed by Turkish MPs. The bill would pardon men only if they had sex without “force or threat” and if they married the victim. Critics say it legitimises rape and child marriage, and lets off men who are aware of their crime.

[OK, there are 3,000 children from underage unions, in Turkey, each year. Right now, fathers go to jail. Not good.]
Violence against women in Turkey has increased in the past decade – 40% of women report sexual or physical abuse. Statistics also show the murder rate of women increased by 1,400% between 2003 and 2010.”

Evil, the power of Pluto, Pluto-kratos, has grown and ruled ever more, because all too many did not want it darker, and thus, they averted their eyes, wishfully. Because those who do not want to harbor ill-feeling, and see it as it is, dark as it is, cannot think it, as it is.

Whereever it is very dark, it’s good to look carefully. Take the iceshelves around Antarctica. Yes, it’s dark down there in the ocean, below half a mile of ice, 500 miles from the shore. There, in the dark, much is happening: all too much warmth, 100 millions of climate in question. But we have to ask, and we have to look.

If Obama had wanted it darker, he would have the desire to break a few shells, and made an omelette: his presidency would have amounted to something, perhaps even something digestible. Instead, most of its ineffectual, slow and paralysed presidency is going to be vomited all over the south lawn of the White House starting in two months, and one day. Doing anything serious in plain sight, requires serious destruction, in plain sight (annihilating weddings in Yemen by drones does not qualify).  When president Johnson wanted to pass the Civil Rights Act and other “Great Society” laws LBJ turned off the lights, and used the Dark Side (LBJ did not have thoughts which were dark enough about Vietnam, with catastrophic consequences).

Consider terror. Right now, it’s associated to Literal Islam: a bomb here, a shooting there, collapsing buildings, here and there. Small terror relative to the one a dictator getting excited with nuclear tipped ballistic missiles would bring. Thus a deeper problem. Fighting terror is a great idea. Fighting savagery would be an even greater idea. But for that, one has to look first at darkness in the eye.

The will to see only goodness out there, the will to be afraid of fear itself at the cost of reality, is a will to idiocy, and, thus, in the end, a will to full immorality, degeneracy, despondency, annihilation…. (For annihilation, see the Democratic Party.)

The will to refuse to want it darker brings forth impotence, and hatred. And even the threat of extinction. Sea ice finds difficult to form this year, in part because scientists refuse to want it as dark as they should have wished for (and I predicted that Antarctica ice system may significantly collapse in our lifetime, because I wanted my predictions as dark as they needed to be).

Yes, the preceding has to do with epistemology, the logic of knowledge. There is no knowledge acquisition, if we are not drawn, not just to the unknown, but to the dark. The most powerful epistemology is born from the darkest mood.

Pragmatically, people who do not want to look at reality, who orders the only reality they deign to perceive to be rosy, are bound to moral impotency. They’re the ultimate nihilists.

We Want It Darker. We Need It Darker.

Patrice Aymé

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17 Responses to “WE WANT IT DARKER”

  1. Gmax Says:

    Stunning, on a very prickly issue, good and evil, you are the new Nietzsche Do you think Nietzsche would have had a blog?

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Thanks for the comment. I am struck that what I view as the best, deepest essays, attract so few comments. It would be disheartening, were I not so dark…😉 BTW, I prefer to be Montaigne, rather than Nietzsche. Montaigne had a historical perspective, also found in Nietzsche, but deeper (he basically accuses Alexander to be a monster in his opening essay…) Montaigne used his “Essays” pretty much as website.

  2. Gloucon X Says:

    Very challenging and necessary ideas. Your deepest essays are so rich and require time and mental energy to digest, hence the lack of quick comments. Btw, the great radical critic Gore Vidal also held Montaigne in the highest regard and as a model for his essays.

    –Thanks

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      It’s me who thank you, Gloucon X! I appreciate positive feedback, especially on the most demanding essays! Thinking progresses through debate. But also through compliments. Glad you like it. To tell the truth, I have read vey little of Montaigne (although I was exposed to him way back). And even less of Gore Vidal. That does not mean I should be imitated, but I spent a huge amount of time learning science and history… the broadest picture, which actually Montaigne tried to incorporate (Kant was a real scientist, BTW, an astronomer, and a successful one. Better as such than as a philosopher…)
      P

  3. Andrej Dekleva Says:

    Thank you Patrice.

  4. Gmax Says:

    I don’t know if you follow that guy Shermer, he writes editorials about rationality. He is making conferences mentioning what people used to do in the way of tortures. Some of the ‘safe space’ people where very upset at him

  5. indravaruna Says:

    http://www.thenews.pl/1/10/Artykul/276518,Egypt-sold-Mistral-ships-to-Russia-for-USD-1-Polish-defence-minister

    Hey Patrice, is better France don’t ever make business with the Polacks again.

  6. Kevin Says:

    Given that the fellow is part of that disaster porn-peddling online ecosystem (check the “friendly links”, choice morsels indeed) FWIW & YMMV, but, still, interesting angle (plus, I need to close the thumbnails in my browser) :

    http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3034-global-elites-are-getting-ready-to-blame-you-for-the-coming-financial-crash

    http://www.alt-market.com/articles/3061-world-suffers-from-trump-shell-shock-heres-what-will-happen-next

    The writer seems to have a good track record, but, then again, one regular commenter at one blog I kind of follow/followed had a pretty impressive habit of being right in “feeling” the time, the developing “mood” if you wish. Also, what we of that US fellow/pundit/scholar of some sort, who’s had a perfect track record of “predicting” the major Us elections since 1984?

  7. Gary Sullivan Says:

    Others want it darker, I for one choose enlightenment, though its often hard to maintain when surronded by darkness.

    Those of us that want our heads above the cloud (of bullshit) so that we can at least try to figure it out and contribute to the well being and perpetuation of humanity and Earth are in contrast to the larger majotity that seek only comfort and pleasure with their heads in the sand thinking only good thoughts. Lala land.

    Yet to think only good thoughts is to give free reign to the drivers of destruction. My parents would tell me to look at the good side of my psychopathic brother, that’s stupid as forgiving a con man that stole all your nickels.

    Not all leaders are psychopathic but all psychopaths feel they must lead. At any cost to others. They have no real cares other than proving their supposed superiority. And these of dark psyche seek trophies and credits for the good deeds of others or a twist and spin of the truth.

    The psychopath is a gifted liar and cheat willing to destroy anyone that gets in his way. Most people not only stand aside but are charmed by the clever wit and become cohort and complicit. The psychopath learns what a person wants to hear and buys his way in with word that cost him nothing. He makes friends easily, and disposes of them for personal gain, he transfers his mistakes to others while taking the credit for the good things they hsve done.

    Psychopaths are liars, thieves, rapers, murders, soul molesters, and back stabers, i.a. They will use all their “Superior” tools to climb the corperate ladder. They leave a trail of victims thoughout their lifes with a clear concious because they are blessed to have no guilt or empathy in there frontal cortex or anywhere else in their head. Although they can pretend empathy etc.

    Psychopaths are a sub species lacking common human morals. Their brains are formed lacking components that make a person human. I truly believe that psychopaths should be excluded from occupations of authority, particulaly in government where they enjoy impunity.

    It would bee dificult in our uncivilized country to restrict psychopaths. They wood laugh at the thought since such a high % are already in all the powerful positions of goverment, commerce and the economy.

    My appologies for ranting. Back to Lenard Cohen. He was an artist in the way he could convey emotions and feeling of darkness.
    I first heard one of his albums in 72 on a screen porch of a friend I knew for a short period. His name was Gale, a large Black American living in the poorest part of Fullerton, CA. Gale was down and out for obvious social reasons. He played that record over and over while smoking pot and escaping his reality knowing Cohen understood. We just smoked pot, but I am sure a large % of Cohen’s fans were nodding out on smack. I’m not saying that Lenard promoted drugs, no way. But he spoke to many people in dark places with gloomy lives.

    I thank you for making it easier the night Trump won. All that bad news about clinton there in one place, I was having romorse, I voted for Clinton.

    “But this I can tell you, trust me, I know you will, everyone loves me”

    Thump has shown that he is high on the psychopath spectrum, very high,

    trust me, I know I’m right, i’m perfect at disseminating infomation. People are like poddles and circus monkeys they will follow me and when I say sit or roll over they mindlessly obey, they love me, I’m perfect.

    Well time will tell, we can try to be fortune tellers but things might not be as they seem. One truth is real, you can not change a psychopath, at best they only make you think you have.

    If you want real darkness concider the 100+ million indiginous American natives murdered by European design (Genocide) to steel their land. That”s like a big bowl of icecreme, sprinkle slavery on top along with a splash of oppression and top ot all with captist fascism in the name of God. Call it karma and take cover.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      One cannot have progression in Enlightenment, without wanting it darker (than the explanation provided before). So, to want more Enlightnement, one needs to be in the mood of wanting it Darker, first. Wanting it Darker, and wanting more Enlightenment, is the same thing.

      That was the main point.

      An example is the Clinton/Goldman Sachs/ Globalocracy. To realize that we in the West have been stolen and disempowered, we had to first be in a Dark Mood, and ferociously peer into the machinery of the Demoncratic Party. When I went through this, 8 years ago, it was traumatic to me. Had I not gone through the traumatism, it would have been harder to see the full light, and then write hundreds of essays, read by millions of people of how Demoncracy worked, and had replace Democracy.

      It’s true everywhere, even in physics. Right now physics is light, order. To progress, one has to look into the two little clouds (as Lord Kelvin put it). Planck looked into the two little clouds, got forlorn and desperate, and found Quantum Theory. (Bolztman did roughly the same, discovered statistial thermodynamics, felt unappreciated, and committed suicide…)
      In physics, I look in the heart of darkness, where 99.9% of theoretical physicists don’t want to look. That’s where progress will arise from.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      I am suspicious of the qualificative “psychopath”. It is applied all too liberally against all and any creators. Paul Gaugin, Van Gogh, Nietzsche, Boltzman, Lenin, Stalin, Trodsky, Hitler and all the Nazis, even Planck (!) can be viewed, and have been viewed, as psychopaths (just to evoke a few living around 1890 CE). Recently, just because I wrote essays which told of the truth about what happened under Demoncrats in the last 25 years, many people called me psychopathic…
      True, the truth cannot progress without pain (pathos) to the mind (psyche). So a good philosopher will inflict psychopathy.

    • Patrice Ayme Says:

      Some of power hungry Clintonites are starting to roll over, just as Trump said they would…
      Of the advantage of craziness, if not outright psychopathy:
      https://aeon.co/essays/what-it-is-really-like-to-suffer-from-schizophrenic-paranoia

      • Gary Sullivan Says:

        Some (Democrats) Clintonites rolling over for Trump! Maybe looking for a treat. Follow the money.

        Your darkness perspective is clever. I can shift my paradigm and concur.

        It was a bit early for me to call Trump a psychopath. I hope you are right about him getting tough on the crooks of wall street. The market makers played the public on election night. They drove the market down and then right back up. Lot of money lost for some and the players skimmed the cream. Bipolar Robin Hoods steeling from the poor.

        Democrats and Republicans are bipedal, they need each other. One would fall without the other.

        I’m dreaming- – – what if the Demoblicans lost power to a civilized Democratic Socialist governing system??? Be nice to say goodby to oppression and hello to security.

        For exaple, in Denmark ( beside social services) you are rewarded with lower property tax by making improvements to your property for yourself, your family and the community. Here many people rather not or cannot improve their property and dwellings because they already have too high a property tax burden, and the State (local government) rents you property ownership by way of reaccuring increased property tax. Add a room, pay permission fees and even higher tax. I think that is degrading and oppressive.

        Oppression is dark, though it may be that many Americans (fools) are well conditioned to accept it as normal.

        George Orwell’s “Big Brother” and “Animal Farm” still relevent here in the land of the (somewhat) free.

        Thanks for your thoughts and replies.

        • Patrice Ayme Says:

          Thanks Gary, and well, as De Niro, who wanted to punch Trump in the face 3 weeks ago, just said: let’s hope and see. Trump is obviously no panacea (cure-all) but his mere presence makes more obvious the hold plutocracy has on the planet.

          I of course love Obama, that’s why I was so tough with him (maybe that helped him seriously change some of his policies, said on drones: one of the Jihad creeps in Raqqa was always going around with a child, so drones won’t kill him. Finally he was seen alone at night without the child, and killed. The Obama of 6 years ago would have killed the child…)

          But Obama did nothing much. Now he and his admin are giving Trump alarmist reports on Kim. Yes, right. As I said. But why did they do even less than Bill Clinton on North Korea?

          And inequality: why did it grow under not just Clinton (+ Bush), but especially Obama?

          Everywhere we have not looked in the Dark enough, under Obama.

          Certainly because there was only ONE discourse. The ONE Pluto discourse. Now there are two: the traditional one, and the one of Trump (which is intrinsic to him, although some of his recent, last 2 years discourses is identical to what I have long said: down with QE, up with inflation, down with globalocracy, etc…

          Anyway, let me thank you again… A long exchange with someone I know on the last Islam essay has taken way too much of my time…

  8. Patrice Ayme Says:

    Demoncrats are quickly seeing a fellow soul in their new center of power they can go suck and praise. De Niro’s turn around is examplary.
    From the Blaze:
    http://www.theblaze.com/news/2016/11/23/actor-robert-de-niro-bashed-trump-before-the-election-now-hes-reversing-course/

    “Oscar-winning actor famously said in October that he’d like to punch Trump in the face.

    Now De Niro is looking at Trump in a positive light, hoping that the new president will work for the benefit of all Americans.

    “I would only say that we’re all hoping, waiting and hoping, that he will lead the country in a way that’ll benefit everyone and benefit our neighbors around the world,” De Niro said earlier this week, according to The Hill, when asked what message he’d like to share with Trump now that he won the White House.

    “That’s all,” he added. “We’re waiting and hoping, and we’ll see.”

    De Niro’s comments came during a press scrum following a ceremony at the White House on Tuesday, where he — along with a host of others — were awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

    His comments were a complete turnaround from the comments he made about Trump last month, when he said of the president-elect: “He’s a punk, he’s a dog, he’s a pig, he’s a con, a bulls**t artist, a mutt who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.”

    “It makes me so angry that this country has gotten to this point that this fool, this bozo, has wound up where he has,” De Niro said at the time. “He talks how he’d like to punch people in the face? Well, I’d like to punch him in the face.”

    • Gary Sullivan Says:

      So Di Niro is hoping Trump does good. I can’t see any thing wrong with that. Trump is going to be president and now Di Niro changed his tone. For the moment he is not saying or predicting negative results. He is letting go of his past retteric because it is useless at this point and it may be that he hopes he was wrong in earlier statements.

      I checked out the blaze link. 90 +% of comments were very degrading. Glad not all Americans think that way. Very dark indeed.

      Reminded me of the U S assault on Viet Nam days. Anti war people being told by the worst of Americans, “Love it or leave it”. Love what? They loved their country and wanted to save it. They did not love what the military was doing in Viet Nam. Who would love burning people in their homeland to death with napalm or raping and killing children and others? Lot of shame, lot of secrets about things that took place there by some of the “Heros” representing the rest of us.

      Regarding the medals of freedom, the little I saw on the nightly news seemed rediculas. I did not care about it. If Obama were giving those metals to draft dodgers from the Viet Nam War period I would have been interrested. They gave up so much for the benefit of the country and have never been ackowledged for their sacrafice.

      • Patrice Ayme Says:

        Agreed. I argued that the US Vietnam war was just an argument between FRIENDS (!). USA and Vietminh were allies against France in 1945-1950… Now they are allies again. Against China. Millions of Viets died, and millions of Americans suffered, in a game much bigger than themselves…

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