Analyze Wisdom… As Annihilation


Human interactions vary. Reasons vary. Webs of reasons vary, and get entangled. However, we will get a better society when we get the habit of trying to tell the truth, no matter what, in most circumstances.

But for doing this, we need to be able to analyze.

Wisdom is often evoked. Humans are supposed to have it, to the point it defines our species: Homo Sapiens. But what is wisdom, what does it rest on? Wisdom comes from Old English wis “learned, sagacious, cunning; sane; prudent, discreet; experienced; having the power of discerning and judging rightly,” from Proto-Germanic *wissaz” (source of Dutch wijs, German weise “wise”), from the Proto Indo-European root *weid- “to see” (hence “to know”). It is impossible to be without wisdom. But wisdom varies, just as reasons do. What passes for wisdom in a chipmunk is different from its equivalent in a wolf.

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Why would a perfect world come with a heavy price? If it is perfect, it is very worthy, thus pricey

Human beings need contrast to distinguish, we expect pain, we need pain, to help distinguish between alternatives. Rampaging against pain, as if extinguishing pain was the end-all, be-all of all and any wisdom, is traditional, but not wise. Pain is a propellant. Shall we complain against rocket propellent just because it is hot? No. Heat is the point, and how it impacts. Pain helps get us where we can see…

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In emotional discourse, passions themselves are words. Common words cannot replace emotional words. An emotional discourse can go where words can’t. At least not that fast and that thoroughly.

Thinking discriminates. Being attracted to discern inequality is intrinsic to higher mental pursuits.

Wisdom appreciates beauty. Wisdom is beautiful. But all that is wise is not just colorful and gentle. Wisdom does best, deployed in scary, gory situations, not pleasant fields of flowers…

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Time, as measured by light, is local (relative to place and speed; Henri Poincaré showed)… whereas objectivity, the very existence of objects, is nonlocal (yet not absolute, being consciousness dependent). Thus spoke Quantum Physics. This is what studying Physis shows (also known as Physics, Nature in Greek). More exactly, this is what studying light shows… That objects are non local, starting with the photon… Let the sparks fly… What does that have to do with wisdom? Everything! If nature is that subtle, to be local or global when we expected it not to be, and as we just found out, we should emulate her consciously, and become equally subtle; nature teaches us. Thus it is wise to very global, or very local, depending upon circumstances.

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Sometimes I dare to suffer to make myself better (a bit but not too much). I think that makes me morally superior (to what I would be otherwise). Leveraging the enlightenment brings pain , elaborating a morality impervious to pain.

Don’t laugh… Serious sport and serious thinking always require pain. Pain is relative, like localism, and needs to be delocalized, as objects are, when they move, or simply are.

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“Analyze” means total destruction. Wisdom harbors mayhem. Because wisdom rests on analysis.

Not kidding… How could we be wise without analyzing? Here are the origins of the concept of analysis, from the Etymological dictionary:

analysis (n.)

1580s, “resolution of anything complex into simple elements” (opposite of synthesis), from Medieval Latin analysis (15c.), from Greek analysis “solution of a problem by analysis,” literally “a breaking up, a loosening, releasing,” noun of action from analyein “unloose, release, set free; to loose a ship from its moorings,” in Aristotle, “to analyze,” from ana “up, back, throughout” (see ana-) + lysis “a loosening,” from lyein “to unfasten” (from PIE root *leu- “to loosen, divide, cut apart”).

Meaning “statement presenting results of an analytic process” is from 1660s. Psychological sense is from 1890. English also formerly had a noun analyse (1630s), from French analyse, from Medieval Latin analysis. Phrase in the final (or last) analysis (1844), translates French en dernière analyse.

Thus analysis is closely related to annihilation, from nihil, nothingness, and Latin annihilare “reduce to nothing”.

Wisdom did not arise to be exclusively nice, cuddly, seductive, amorous, gentle, giving… Wisdom may advise to indulge in these behaviors… But ultimately wisdom makes most difference when handling ultimate situations.

Wisdom arose as a supremacy mechanism. No supremacy as in “racial” supremacy, as there is no such a thing as “race” (once one has put aside the race of the imbeciles, of course). But wisdom promotes biological supremacy, in the sense of superior ways fostering best survival of given species. (This is already implicit in conventional Darwinism which posits that animals select superior mates to optimize the species.)

Wisdom requires to deconstruct, analyze and annihilate hopelessly mistaken ways… And, if need be, wisdom impels annihilation the way Nazism was annihilated, through sheer physical destruction, (nearly) no holds barred, of all its beholders who stood in the way, so be it.

Wisdom means supremacy of better, higher reasons. Wisdom does not have to be nice to all and sundry… And never was. Those who don’t like this don’t like Homo Sapiens. Or so they claim.

Patrice Ayme

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