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One Way To Spot Selfish People… Essence Of Femininity Fosters Thought

May 31, 2022

One Way To Spot Selfish People… Essence Of Femininity Fosters ThoughtSome people are fascinated by the world, what’s beautiful, exciting, natural, intriguing… All centers of interest outside of their own condition: such individuals are intrinsically NOT self-centered. Selfishness implies self-centeredness

Reciprocally, people who bring back all of cognition, issues, interests, feelings to themselves are, by definition self-centered, attributing an exaggerated importance to themselves. Self-centeredness is a strong warning for selfishness. A navel is not all that exists, however rotund (Buddhism with its obsession with avoiding pain and navels, is fundamentally selfish, even more so than Christo-Islamism, with its eternal life…) 

Obvious mitigating exemptions are inexperienced youth, nostalgic, experienced seniors anxious to pass their cultural inheritance, etc… all of them more self-centered per necessity.

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XX = XY, the fabulous equation which denies l’éternel féminin, brings back the feminine condition, something found in every single cell of a female XX, down to nothingness. Talk about selfishness on the part of males who suppressed some testosterone for 12 months!

There is something worse: the denial of Vive La Difference! If femininity, and even femaleness can be synthetically produced, if it is just an ersatz, the very notion of different thinking is attacked…

Mephistopheles wants to steal Faust’s soul. Faust is saved from damnation by the prayers of Margaret. Faust concludes: the eternal feminine pulls us up: « l’éternel féminin nous élève » (« das Ewig-Weibliche zieht uns hinan »).

The idea that eternal femaleness pulled up human thinking was forged by aristocratic female thinkers in the courts d’amour [1].

Patrice Ayme 

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[1] Courtly love theory was developed in the castle life of four regions: Aquitaine, Provence, Champagne and ducal Burgundy, from around the time of the First Crusade (1099). The extremely liberated Eleanor of Aquitaine (1124–1204) brought ideals of courtly love from Aquitaine first to the court of France, then to England (she became queen-consort in each of these two realms in succession). Her daughter Marie, Countess of Champagne (1145–1198) brought courtly behavior to the Count of Champagne’s court. Courtly love found expression in the lyric poems written by troubadours, such as William IX, Duke of Aquitaine (1071–1126), one of the first troubadour poets. The “courts d’amour” managed and organized by women, studied in detail the theory of how to subjugate the violence (and harems!) of the old Frankish ways… This was the oldest feminism as an object of study, and a change of ways (although many an important Greek, such as Aspasia, or Roman, such as Augustus’ wife, or Agripina the Younger, and several Augusta, plus seven reigning queens of the Franks in the 6C and 7C, played an arguably even bigger role… 

 

Poets adopted the conceptology and terminology of feudalism, declaring themselves the vassal of the lady, etc…

Giant Blue Gum Tasmanian Eucalyptus climbng to the sun. A different sight: vive la difference! Appreciating XX brains… and XY brains, independently, gives us a better grip on the world, and thus a better appreciation, and further, deeper happiness…

EMOTIONAL IMPRINTING: Lies Fade Away, Emotions Stay

March 22, 2022

THAT’S HOW MODERN PROPAGANDA WORKS…

Why do so many believe the nuclear blackmailer, the tyrant Putin?

For the same reason as so many believe so many stupidities, all over.  

For the It is logic by innuendo, facts by fiction.

Truth has become a battlefield and civilization is not winning… because, ultimately, and basically, people reason emotionally. Ideas and facts, ultimately, are best remembered from the emotions they primarily suggest, and emotions are laid down by the so-called logic and alleged facts which get to the brain… chronologically first (this is well known, it’s called imprinting and was first studied rigorously by Konrad Lorenz who got the Nobel in medicine for it).

If the logic and facts turn out, in the fullness of time, have nothing to do with reality, it does not matter: the fake reality moves on, the false feelings, moods and emotions they induced stay behind.

This is not just brainwashing, it’s brain imprinting. Emotional imprinting. The key is not to present logic and facts emotionally contradicting fake logic and false facts. That’s why, in modern propaganda, the torrent of lies keeps on moving fast to ever more fantastic assertions, giving no time for careful considerations.

For example the assertion that all and any biolab can be weaponized is correct, and was made about biolabs in Ukraine… with the emotional inuendo that this was a huge emotional problem because of the implied laie that the US developed bio weapons in Ukraine… However, that a biolab, any biolab, can be weaponized does not mean it is a weapon (the same program from the US Department of defense which helped decommision Soviet biolabs in Ukraine operated in Russia…)

Any chemical plant, or dam can also be weaponized. But it’s not because it can be weaponized that it is a weapon. A truck can be weaponized, but it’s not a weapon.

Propagandists will leave half of the logic out, look really indignant, imprint the emotions of fear and outrage, and move on, before those lies can be dissected, leaving those negative emotions behind, as intended.

In the end, in the case of Putin, this pure product of the plutocratic system, just like Hitler, can present himself as its dedicated enemy, just as Hitler did before him… we have actually Hitler’s conversation with some of his subordinates where he reveals his disgust at having to play nice with foreign “plutocrats“, Hitler uses that exact word… because they made his Hitlerian adventure possible… In the case of Putin, it’s just as obvious, if not more, and yet, most of Putin admirers feel that this pure product of the World Economic Forum and Davos is its… dedicated enemy… because Putin was highly successful in imprinting that emotion.

So logic imprints emotions, and emotions are what’s left when one has forgotten the logic….

At fortiori if said logic is fake… Because what’s fake is harder to remember. Thus the very fact logic is fake facilitates imprinting by perversity… 

Patrice Ayme

Kyiv Under Bombing, March 2022. All the clouds one sees are actually smoke from Putin bombing. Thanks to enough Russians believing the lies of their tyrant whom they love dearly!

Mania Form Mafia

February 21, 2021

As Nietzsche said, folly is rare in the individual, but the rule in the collective. Why it is so is very instructive. I have  explained this: mania cement tribes together, and collective crime unifies best. That doesn’t mean the collective is always wrong. All learning is cultural, thus from a mass of people, thus massive. When an element of culture is erroneous enough, it will bring nefarious consequences… which unite those who believe and participate in that mania. Indeed nothing unites better than common criminality.
It is a fundamental chimp instinct. Then an entire group of chimps get together to go on the warpath, hunt, hurt or, and, kill other chimps, as a matter of territory, hence ecology.
Examples of commonly practiced mania are scapegoatism, another the religion of Abraham, religions with human sacrifices, all sorts of racisms and tribalisms, etc. The crime is not accidental, but unifying. Crimes against truth and common sense are most… common as they present the further advantage of reducing brain work..

Follies are not necessarily useless, far from it. Paradoxically, folly helps reason, by exploring all possibilities, and instills strife, thus it is adaptive to the species which rules the world. Folly suggests and cleanses, by creating the very excesses which identify all the possibilities and diminish the human ecological load. In particular insanity expands the logics to the max. (Yes, this is Erasmus stood on his head…)

The advantage of mass delusions is partly why insanity is rare in the individual but the rule in cultural sets (epochs, nations, religions, etc. Another reason, besides the extremely sophisticated one evoked above is the fact that criminal follies bind tribes best… And plutocracies can exploit these and unite the people that way. See:  “Delusions That Bind”

Patrice Ayme

 -I like it, except if you could maybe rephrase the part about the religion of Abraham (singling out Judaism would be anti-Semitic.) For example: most atheists single out no belief. There are also three separate religious groups that come from the Family of Abraham.

Answer to Belinda Smith:
Judeo-Xto-Islamism is just the “religion of Abraham”. Calling them “monotheism” is abusive to other religions which also believed in a supreme being… The religionS of Abraham all emanate from Judaism. It is not anti-Semitic to observe this, because it’s a fact. which can be verified by reading the Bible or the Qur’an (something I do all the time, for fun). As happens with sects, they tend to hate each other. Sunni religious texts (Hadith) enjoin that all jews have to be killed before the Final Judgment can happen. This is not being anti-Jewish or being anti-Sunni to notice this. It is just describing faithfully some related ideologies.
Wisdom cannot listen to the complaints of idiots.
Many view Jesus as a “Rabi”… and Jesus was certainly a Jew… That he was a Jew prevented Christians to exterminate Jews (although they came close many times)… Christians, or more exactly Catholics, exterminated everybody else (99.99% of Samaritans, 100% Cathars, etc.).
Muhammad took refuge in Yattrib, a Jewish city, but later eradicated a Jewish tribe there. And elements of Islam are very clear that Jews are a serious problem with a lethal solution (once again, not an interpretation singling out a religion groundlessly, it’s literally there, in writing).
The Republican Romans outlawed all religions which practiced human sacrifices (so the Celtic religion was 100% eradicated, and the Carthaginian religion went underground). I will review the essay for possible anti-Semitic misrepresentation, though. I am agnostic (I do not pretend to be god by claiming there is no god).
Graduating from the human sacrifice mood as a unifier advanced civilization. One point I make is that the religions celebrating Abraham as founder (Islam, Xtianism, Judaism) celebrate the willingness to commit infanticide to please the boss as a community building criminal mood… In a way that was just not so blatant as to fall under Roman interdiction. So, basically, Abrahamism fosters the mood to do anything to please the boss.
Listening to Christian preachers of US Protestantism (“Reform”) one basically listen, under the para ble of the Jewish people seizing land “given by God”, to the praising, as a religion, of the seizure of land, making war to, and killing the original inhabitants (who were, I think, Semites, nota bene…)
Collective madness is a complicated subject, with pros and cons. One may want to keep that in mind as Internet censorship is ever more practiced all over (not just Xi’s dictatorship).
Patrice Ayme

Wars, Peace, Love And Hate: Not So Easy. Ignorance is the Real Enemy.

February 29, 2020

Masters of war, you can buy all, but a soul!… So say the Masters of Peace, and Love.

They admonish, puff their chests.

Their goodness is obvious to see,

Their glory immense: they, and their sponsors, make sure of that.
Nobels are given to them, universal applause,
And they crisscross the globe,
In their private jets, five star hotels, they are celebrities

Lauded by the powers that be,

Who also from the peace of established order not just profit…

But Thrive…

Too much peace, has allowed those Masters of Hypocrisy to prosper.

Should they even exist?
We hear them all, and we sneer at their self-flagellating admirers.
We sneer at the hypocrisy,
Of the Masters of Peace, Love…

But that’s how they live, why they live, how they earn their prerogatives.

Their main job is to lie about how they arose.
Or should we sneer more at the ignorance of their followers?
Where was Peace, when the Nazis prepared to kill millions? In plain sight, for all to see? The US plutocratic media, the famed New York Times, didn’t peep a word all could see. They deliberately hid what their “peace” profited from.
What was pacifism doing, When infamy was sharpening the laws it uses as claws?
Where would the Masters of Peace and Love be,
Without the wars,
Which made their present wanton exploitation of resources possible?
Where would the Masters of Ignorance rule?
Certainly not in the Americas, Wealthiest in the world.
Certainly not in Australia, or the Pacific.
And, if they are Jews, Jewish,
Descendants thereof, however secular,
They would not even exist,
If ten million Germans had not been killed.
Because France took measures to forcefully oppose Hitler,
As early as 1933,
And opposed Hitler’s ally Stalin, and fascist Mussolini, Hirohito,
So one hundred million died:
It was too little, too late, because the USA perfidiously,
Stayed out, until after the longest time,

Knowing all too well, that only thus the American Century would come.
Thanks to the Masters of Peace.
France went to war, alone, with a little help from Britain,
To spare billions of lives, and civilization.

Britain didn’t surrender, the fascists mistrusted each other,

And finally the US consented to lend, lease, then kidnap victory.
Yet, war for civilization doesn’t always win.
Theodosius Thessalonica decree, 380-381 CE: from then on, Apostates could be killed at will,

The mass murderous Catholic Inquisition was born, the State would die from it.
We still live with Theodosius, it’s called Sharia,
A direct descendant,
And civilization nearly collapsed,
When the Roman State deflated, so did demography.
Arbogast, the Franks, the Western Army,
Secularism, were destroyed at the Frigidus Battle,
which threw the spell, the hurricane, divine wind of the evil sort,
Of killing in the name of “God”,
To this day, more than 16 centuries later.

The valor of blonde Franks was not enough to destroy Theodosius’ Goths, Huns, and Alans, when the divine wind blew in their face. When the world turned wrong, the wind rose as a hurricane, the forces of secularism lost to the barbarian army of the mass murdering Catholic tyrant [1].

War is good. Sometimes.

Sometimes it is even crucial. And no cruciality was ever won without war. There are many types of war, but the attitude and neurohormones don’t change.

This is what the Masters of Peace don’t want you to remember: 

No war-like effort, no real progress.

Even Islam knows this: Jihad, a war-like effort, is a moral command.

No Revolution, No Evolution.

And no evolution doesn’t just mean no progress, it means global death.

Love is good. Most of the time. Yet, not always. Come on, you Masters of Peace. What is this peace you rest on, but for the product of war?The product of countless wars? Wars of most determined good against the most absolute evil. Don’t deny the heroes who built the ground you stand on, and the furious angels who cleared the air.

Newer and better values always replaced or threatened old oligarchies which were not compatible with them, and rested on their opposite. Newer and better peace was always born out of war. Yes, now we have to fight a virus which looks like a crown. Another war. 

Come on you, Masters of Stasis. You want to stay still, while the universe moves below your feet, you claim.

The world will always move below our feet. It always did, and always will. The world moved when Rome was at her apex, and move away, until Rome collapsed, from mot having moved with it.

The world will move under your own weight, if for no other reason that you are so incredibly heavy, and the heavier, the more you gorge yourself with the planet. You look at the planet, you arrogant monkeys, go play some music on exotic islands where the natives serve you, and they don’t even wear chains, so anxious they are to debase themselves for you: they are perfectly tame from Peace and Love. Here is the president, he is brown, and he serves the pharmaceuticals, the health industry mafia, as Kenyan boys of old did with the white masters. Shameful, wan’t it? And you loved him, because he made you feel so right, overlooking reality, while gorging yourself more than ever, amazed by your “liberalism” (something supposed to mean you are good).

Come on, Masters of Love. You speak of peace, because that addiction to nothingness prevents you from making war on ignorance. Come on, Masters of Woke! What are you waking up to exactly? More drugs for your addicted minds? The war worth most fighting for, is also the love most worth having, the war against ignorance. As from it alone can genuine love spring forth. 

War and love you shan’t condone or condemn, just on the color of their skin. One needs to dig deeper. Instead, of their origin and future descendants, portends and moods, true lovers shall enquire. And hope what you may, more than ever. Wisdom from contemplation always, is the only peace worth having, on which tomorrow’s wars, peace and loves will be refined. 

Masters of creation out of volition, warring and loving, over the Earth, and soon across the Galaxy, forces that shall go, and always justify, multiverses of better hopes, we shall forge more of what we were born for, and with: limitless appreciation for expanding cognition, especially when they combine to satisfy the most basic wants, which the wise have long learned to corral, and ignore the rest. 

Patrice Ayme

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[1] The bishop of Milan excommunicated Roman emperor Theodosius for mass murder… Rather ironical… Considering nobody did as much for Catholic terror than Theodosius I…

Does Placidity Elevate Always? Hell No! On Spinoza’s Slumber

February 23, 2020

Do Cows Have Higher Minds? Spinoza’s Philosophy Condemned For Apathy

A famous leitmotiv of Baruch de Spinoza: “Man soll die Welt nicht belachen nicht beweinen sondern begreifen”. The quote (originally in Latin) is from his Tractatus theologico-politicus. English translation: “one should neither laugh at nor lament the world, but only understand it.” That sentiment has been much lauded, by those who want to feel elevated. It’s wrong in more ways than one.

Spinoza’s idea is that one would not associate the world with negativism, or positivism, tragedy or comedy, but just, well, understand it. Thus one would avoid categorizing, prejudice, bias, etc. which reminds us to avoid the tendency to categorize and judge other people or ideas (as if there was a different way of thinking than categorizing and judging stuff). 

Instead, Spinoza calls for an openness to learning, akin to what Jane Addams called “affectionate interpretation” in A modern Lear, her (flawed) interpretation of the lethal plutocratic events in Chicago in 1894. There was a strike, strikers were executed in a plutocratic plot, plutocrats won. Around 30 workers were murdered by railroad agents and their allies. Conveniently Ms. Addams depicts the malefactors as in need of “affectionate interpretation”. Quick! A Nobel Prize! 

Jane Addams: “good citizens actively pursue knowledge of others—not just facts but a deeper understanding—for the possibility of caring and acting on their behalf.” Depict suspected criminal against humanity Joe Biden, telling us “I don’t think 500 billionaires are the reason we’re in trouble. The folks at the top aren’t bad guys…billionaires are actually nice guys”.  

Addams was famous for “Hull House”. Co-founder Ellen Gates Starr said of Jane Addams, “if the devil himself came riding down Halsted Street with his tail waving out behind him, [Jane Addams would say] what a beautiful curve he had in his tail.” Of course, Addams, as a good agent of plutocratic affectionate understanding, got the Nobel Peace prize in 1931 (she had also advanced “colored” people, etc…)

The idea is often attributed to HARVARD professor Santayana … probably because Hardwart is so superior. Actually Santanaya didn’t hide Spinoza’s influence on himYes, well, sometimes, the best citizens line up their U.S. Navy Dauntless dive bombers on that gigantic red sun on the yellow decks of the Akagi and Kaga plunging and waiting until the last second to drop their 1,000 pound bombs. In five minutes three large Japanese aircraft carriers from Pearl Harbor were on fire, shaken by explosions, and their elite aircrews were roasting… never to be replaced, as Japan, differently from the USA, didn’t have the plane-smart manpower, and gasoline, to train replacement aviators. 

Affectionate interpretation” as an advanced intellectual doctrine should have stopped long before it led to Auschwitz. The moral imperative is the exact opposite, when in doubt.

Now Baruch (“Blessed” in Hebrew) Spinoza had reason to play the passion-less violin, in times when people were executed for opinion on a routine basis by fascist autocrats such as Louis XIV, the Pope, the catholic Inquisition, and countless lesser tyrants throughout Europe. So, I excuse Spinoza, then. But I don’t excuse the same benevolent attitude to the world, now. Although I do use benevolence on a routine basis, I don’t make a religion of it. Actually, I made a religion of overruling it. 

Some view this method as the way to reject dogma and insist on reason. One couldn’t be more mistaken… A proof, as usual, was the apathy with which German Jews received Hitler: they got too busy trying to understand Hitler… affectionately, for the best. Thus they became not just victims, bt his accomplices 

The quote (originally in Latin) is from his Tractatus theologico-politicus, but the general idea recurs throughout his Ethics. It’s actually not so much a “should” as it is Spinoza’s attempt to describe his own method–what he’s endeavored to do through his philosophy.

Friedrich Nietzsche picks up on Spinoza’s method in The joyful wisdom (aka, “The Gay Science”, La Gaya Scienza). He emphasizes that the issue is not to replace emotions with reason, but actually to realize that reason grows from the emotions (hence their name, hey!):

“What does Knowing Mean? Non ridere, non lugere, neque detestari, sed intelligere! says Spinoza, so simply and sublimely, as is his wont. Nevertheless, what else is this intelligere ultimately, but just the form in which the three other things become perceptible to us all at once? A result of the diverging and opposite impulses of desiring to deride, lament and execrate? Before knowledge is possible each of these impulses must first have brought forward its one-sided view of the object or event.”

Nietzsche is right, and Spinoza (whom he admired), at best, naive. Spinoza tried to deny our psychological motivation, as if intelligence was a castle in the air. Instead the deep emotions are the groundwork, the foundations, of logic. This is what Nietzsche noticed. Amusingly, René Descartes, contrarily to repute given by some cheap US author (Demasio), was not like Spinoza at all: Descartes was very aware, when constructing its magnificent advance in mathematics, of the psychological reasons to do so (I read the originals). To achieve constructive understanding was more satisfying he said, and thus he proceeded to make mathematics which could do so.

Spinoza was a great philosopher. To do so, he had to keep on polishing lenses (that killed him), refusing a belated university job. He had his reasons, that the times forced on him. He lived in a time where tyrants ruled Europe, and the world. The choice for free spirit was to be burned alive in Europe…many printers were, a century earlier, even in France:… or being eaten alive in the Pacific (no refrigeration!)

Nowadays, though, we have no excuses. The likes of Obama and the plutocratic leaders of the world dare say we need leaders, but, in truth, we need to be led by the best ideas, and that means the best cognition, no secrecy a la Xi. In that direction our moral trajectory curves.

Those trains of thought which advocate to collaborate with evil from “affectionate interpretation” should be rejected, so should Spinoza’s official lack of understanding upon how his mind worked. .

Patrice Ayme

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REMORSE: When WILL To TRUTH Bites Back

February 20, 2020

Abstract: Many human emotions make sense when analyzed in the context of humanity’s purpose… which is to establish truth. Humans are truth machines.

Where does this strong emotion, remorse come from? From the Will to Truth, and, more specifically the will to moral truth. Remorse entices humans to obsess So remorse is a good thing, a teaching attitude. Individuals and societies should practice it more. 

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Emotions Such As Remorse, Which Ground Morality, Are Grounded In The Last Billion Years:

Morality, considered in its most fundamental way, is revealed to be a neurological, a neurogenetical (in the sense of genesis) aptitude to manage optimally the ways which enable the survival of the species… This neuroethics is more or less automatically inherited (in ways science has not fully elucidated yet… but research as deployed here should help). Automatic systems such as walking: when one has two legs, one ends up walking on them, as long as one is in “human” circumstances (that is not stuffed in a small cage; having other walking humans around helps).   

Thus, all and any trait of fundamental moral etiology is grounded in the old ways of our ancestors, some living hundreds of millions of years. A lot of our neurological biochemistry works so well, it has not changed since our fishy ancestors.
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WHAT IS REMORSE?

The feeling of remorse consists more specifically in deep regret or guilt for a moral wrong committed. Morality (from “mores”, the old ways in Latin) is what insures group survival[1]. For example, the Nazis violated the old ways, the mores, so at least 8.5 million Germans died (that was about 10% of all Germans) [2]. 

So remorse addresses wrongs against the ways which insure group survival. Remorse is the motivation, the spur for much truth seeking of a social nature

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An Example: Afghan Remorse:

The USA has been officially at war in Afghanistan for 18 years, the longest US war, ever. In truth, the order of attack was given on July 3, 1979, by “Democratic” president Jimmy Carter. The cynical excuse to justify the attack was to harass the Soviets, allied to the Republic of Afghanistan with Muslim Fundamentalists (the true reason, laying below, was even more sinister…. It was to insure no Franco-Russian sphere of co-prosperity would grow in Central Asia).

But that immoral war, initially launched, by Carter, for the indefensible reasons, in the most abject way (advise Muslim Fundamentalists to attack schools for girls)…  is not the subject of this essay. Instead the subject of remorse is.

From the New York Times: “My Friend Lives Inside the War on Terror. Listen to Him.”

“A moment of moral reckoning came when Specialist Murphy had to conduct a body cavity search of a college professor who could barely walk without a cane, during his prison intake for some unknown crime.

“And here I was in my United States Army uniform and here was this very sensitive looking grandfather-type guy, and just the … I don’t know. It kind of was one of those moments where I was just taken aback and I just was affected.”

All the while there were nightly mortar attacks. Rockets, too. There were ambushes at the gate and explosives on the roads. 

But MORAL INJURY — the damage to the soul caused by participating in something unjust — has a wide blast radius for anyone with a conscience. The ambiguity of military operations since 9/11 are fertile ground for moral injury. Average Americans may feel guilt or shame for the conduct of the war on terrorism — the pardoning of war criminals or the indefinite jailing, without trial, of men at Guantánamo or the civilian casualties caused by drone strikes — but it can be devastating for those who are a part of it.

To keep from being desensitized, he told me, he resolved to learn all his prisoners’ names and listen to all the questions they had for him during the twice-daily head counts.”

Moral injury? A good concept, because it reflects reality. Human beings are made prone to moral injury, so they can be hurt, and, hence, learn from it. 

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SEARCH FOR TRUTH REQUIRES REHASHING THE PAST:

Human beings with a normally functioning mental machinery tend to relive past events and to regret their actions. Some sneer that it’s useless to relive the past. But of course, if such were the case, all literature would be of no interest and be gone. Besides, we would never examine our lives, thus, according to Socrates, would not have lives worth living. 

Less amusingly, and more fundamentally, if we didn’t revisit the past, we would learn nothing as learning consists into backtracking over what one thought one knew, finding all the inputs which preceded the errors, and proceed to the probable truth by systematic elimination of failing logic or bad data. Those who can’t revisit the past, can’t learn. When one can’t learn, one may suspect it has to do with inability to revisit the past.  

Some call learning by trial, error, and rehashing what went wrong, the “scientific method”, insinuating “science” is new. We the smarties have been doing science for 500 million years, it’s our home. Humans, who are truth machines, do much more of science than our beastly ancestors. Thus we thrive from much more equity seeking and remorse… among other apparently weird, very human behaviors.

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WW 2 Hirohito riding proud with fellow criminal army idiots

An Example of Insufficient Remorse: Japan

Japan declared war to all of South East Asia in a period of half a century, concluded by the two atomic explosion, and the immediate threat of a third atomic strike. The Japanese invasions killed up to 50 million people, most of them civilians. By contrast, Japan suffered around 2.5 million dead… most of them Japanese troops which died of starvation. US bombings of Japan, conventional or not, killed less than 700,000… Thus, however horrifying the death toll was for Japan, it’s not commensurate to the death toll Japan inflicted to the the rest of the world… And in particular Korea, China, Vietnam, the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia (to put the aggressed countries in chronological order).

Germany, starting in 1945, recognized its crimes against humanity, through remorse which brought genuine atonement (see below; atonement took decades: top Nazis like von Manstein stayed influential for decades, preventing recognition of the German resistance against Hitler).

As he was preparing his 1952 speech at a ceremony to commemorate Japan’s return to independence with the end of the U.S. occupation, Hirohito insisted that he “must include the word remorse”. Hirohito was in excellent position to express “remorse” as he was nominally in charge. Hirohito felt that, instead of surrender, he wished he had been able to end the war earlier. He also privately expressed horror at the atrocities committed by the Japanese military, according to the documents. But he also said that the military was so powerful that he couldn’t influence it.

Hirohito wish to express remorse was relayed to then-Prime Minister Shigeru Yoshida, who advised against it. However, since then, the present Japanese emperor, grandson of Hirohito, has expressed “deep remorse”. However these things take time to percolate down throughout society. The switch of Japan from nuclear to massive coal, presently underway with the complicity of Australia, shows that Japanese remorse doesn’t go far enough yet.

More of the same Hirohito riding high. The problem with such plutocrats is that they ride on hubris, and with hubris they blind the peasants. Clearly the imperial position, symbol of hubris, per se, should be cancelled in Japan (in China too: they justify each other…

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EQUITY BRINGS TRUTH:

Experiments have shown monkeys attach an overwhelming importance to truth: submitted to unfair situations, they can cut the Gordian Knot by attacking the experimenter. Why is equity so important to primates? Because being just insures the survival of the group, by making sure they all get taken care enough. Thus one would expect all social animals with intelligent societies to have a developed sense of equity. There is some evidence of this with, say, lions, wolves, hyenas.

Now equity has the equal sign therein: before having some equity, one needs to have some truth (to find out what’s equal; hence the power of equations!) Without truth, no equity. Conversely, much truth is socially, culturally derived (monkeys and apes don’t discover all by themselves foods and pharmaceuticals in the forest: they learn it from their parents, elders…). So equity and truth are entangled.

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Atonement is Jewish, Remorse, French:

Remorse is often conceptually entangled with “atonement”, particularly in the USA, of course… Atonement is any change of attitude to create unity, to make many “at one” (at-one-ment).    In other words, “atonement” is a more primitive form of psychology than true remorse. To survive, the monkeys need to be “at one” (Latin adunare “unite,” from ad “to, at” (see ad-) + unum “one.”). Atonement is tribal, something monkeys and other advanced social animals (say wolves) have plenty of practice, to constitute the group which will allow them to live. 

Unity is most major in the USA, otherwise they would have none (since Americans are immigrants who came from all over the world, the US traditions use every possible tricks to create unity). Translating “Day of Atonement” gives Yom Kippur in Hebrew, the most sacred celebration of the Jews.

In a country such as France, an old instinct says that survival comes from mental diversity, not “atonement”.  Indeed, France got its unity from diversity! (Now Britain and the USA, descendant states from France are also ruled by that notion… historically to a lesser extent, but they caught up…)

Hence is France atonement is practiced only very reluctantly, to the point that the notion, this side of Vichy, is not even conceptualized…

In a country such as France, one would expect only a fascist government to set-up a day of atonement, repentance, etc. Right, this sort of thing happened in the Middle Ages… Times of great theological fascism and plutocracy, indeed. And that’s precisely why the late Middle Ages have bad press nowadays. Also then, in the Middle Ages, the Pope would go once a year to the Synagogue in Rome and try to persuade the Jews to convert to Catholicism: a fight of universalism, as Catholicism means just that. Catholicism proved more universal than Yom Kippur: there are barely more Jews now than under Rome, whereas the Christo-Islamists have multiplied like rodents (there are more than three billions)… Christo-Islamism expanded, precisely because it celebrated universalism, that it, to some extent, diversity, rather than Jewish atonement, unity as necessary, to plaster over the fragility

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True remorse is more specifically human, it rises above the herd to question the lonely conscience. Nostalgia and a capacity to sit away from oneself, let others be, and, more generally, listening to life speaking for itself, are not far behind. 

Want the truth? Learning to bite back at your own soul should be part of your arsenal!

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Medieval Latin remorsum” a biting back or in return,” noun use of neuter past participle of Latin remordere “to vex, torment disturb,” literally “to bite back, bite again”

Medieval Latin phrase remorsus conscientiæ (“remorse of the conscience,” 

 

One could also say, some Medievalists, obsessed as they were with words, have got to think about it, that re-morse is uncannily close to re-mores (refurbishing one’s mores…)

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[2] These are minimal numbers. I use spanking new statistics

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/German_casualties_in_World_War_II

Notice that includes 5.5 million dead young men, the soldiers, presumably the best stock of the German “race”…

 

Maximum Enlightenment From Struggling For Life

December 23, 2019

Metanoia, Self Enlightenment At Most Basic Mental, From Going Survivalist Primitive. To get reacquainted with rigorous thinking, nothing like rigorous conditions:

The healthy can get to metanoia in a hurry by running across a mountain range full of wild beasts and rushing streams, alone, nearly naked, unsupported, living off the land. Works every time.

Paul DeFatta I guess our not-so-distant ancestors were a hell of a lot more enlightened than we are, at least by this reckoning.

Metanoia: change in one’s way of life resulting from penitence or spiritual conversion.

what he demanded of people was metanoia, repentance, a complete change of heart“. Meta, beyond, here indicating “change” plus noein “to have mental perception,” from noos “mind, thought”. 

Our “primitive” ancestors were forced to spend much of the day chasing after prey, or running away from predators, day in, day out. They are to think hard about which plants to ingest, for which disease, and how to prepare poison for the warheads. Our ancestors’ lives were full of strong emotions, the roots of the sturdiest thoughts. 

Akeley an official taxidermist for US universities and great fighter of ferocious animals. He found himself in a bare hand fight with a superficially wounded small female leopard he had accidentally hurt. The resentful beast missed his throat, and got his arm instead. He succeeded to stuff his right hand in her throat while preventing her clawing (circa 1900, colorized picture)

Modern humans, by contrast, and especially their leaders and leading classes, live sheltered lives, where nothing much happens ever, fostering sheltered, snowflake thinking: melting under the harsh light of truth is the best which can happen to such meek hallucinations, which their masters are keen to have them embrace wholeheartedly. Said masters are even more sheltered, protected from authentic thinking, and it’s this very lack of authenticity and veracity which enable them to rule We The People… by infusing common people by these absurdities. They even call this philosophy of denial of reality “Absurdism”, and from this “Absurdism”, they have mightily profited… 

Some of them, intellectual leaders much appreciated by the ruling elite, whined that life was absurd: yes, right, when not used as per the owner’s manual, the correct, natural modus vitae. But the philosophy of “The Absurd”, absurdly went on, because the masters indulged… thanks to it.

Modern life is about not thinking, because that’s what please the masters most. Where is all what the human brain is made to solve? Are we reduced to playing with boards, pushing colored pieces, as if we were 2 years old? Where is the fighting off lions, torn limbs, excruciating pain, the glory of tearing enemies apart, and the exhaustion after the savage struggle, finding water in a far-away oasis?

The archetype of the thinker nowadays is sitting, chin on a fist, Rodin style. As if thinking were what happens when nothing is going on. But prehistoric men had to think ultra fast and perfectly, standing on their legs, or even flying through the air. Dearth of instantaneous precision meant ingestion by enemies.

Civilization has reached a stage, a tottering over the abyss, when shallow thinking, protected thinking, is over, one way or another. The masses are vaguely conscious of this, so they tolerate Great Thunberg. Snowflake thinking, or is that SNOWFAKE THINKING, has indeed culminated in those snowflakes, the ultimate expression of Politically Correct thinking.

Unreal thinking has led self-described “liberal”, “progressive”, American citizens to laud Obama… for making the US the greatest producer of fossil fuels, ever… while the biosphere is dying from it. (Obama is a personal friend, I don’t hate him, he is just thoroughly confused by gred and opportunity.);

The United Nations’ refugee agency has found that the dozens of camps in Oakland, California, a mile across from Nancy Pelosi’s San Francisco fortress, are worse than the worst in Mexico City. Even the pro-plutocratic New York Times concurred and wrote a large article on this nightmare.

While the quasi billionaire “representative” (all too much!) Nancy Pelosi, head of the US Congress, is busy impeaching the impeachment she brought against The One she pretends to hate, shallow thinking is forcing US mothers living under tarps in the rain, in the mud, among rats, while the glorious Politically Correct NIMBYs in the hills, next door are busy howling their hatred against the president. They are just covering up, with pseudo-leftism, their interdiction they enforced, for decades, to build affordable housing. Instead, covering up some more their desire for slaves, they proclaim the abominable refugee camps to be “sanctuary cities”. Meanwhile all of them are half an hour away from nuclear annihilation, due to a potential short circuit in the nuclear doomsday machines which they forgot to disconnect.

And the sea are rising and the Sixth Mass Extinction gathering momentum, with 500 ppm of CO2 equivalent human generated greenhouse gases in the atmosphere.  

All this happened, because We The People don’t know how to think anymore. 

Time for Metanoia! All should strip, deny themselves modern comforts, run across mountain ranges to fend off snow, mosquitoes, bears, lions, thirst, hunger and high waters… to find what they are really about, who they are, and what civilization means.  

Patrice Ayme

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P/S 1: Aside from sheer greed (making money out of it), this is why extreme sports have an enduring appeal: they foster the most radical enlightenment. 

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P/S 2: Those driving the planet, those taking the decisions, or influencing them, from influencers on Youtube to “French Theory” (Sartre, Camus, etc…) to racist philosophers such as Saint Louis, Luther, Herder, Hegel, Marx, and countless lesser ones, even more influential, were the ones thinking they were so wise, and are still all too often viewed that way, while being so removed from reality, that the biosphere is at stake… And this is why, precisely, they have been so influential: they submit us to evil power (pluto-kratia)…

 

Voluntary Servitude Not Just From Fear, But Also From Lazy Self Hypnosis Denying One’s Own Culpability

September 10, 2019

Why does propaganda works? Because People want to be propagandized, they want to belong and be owned. As long as they ask to be guided by what’s “in”, they are out as independent minds… And that’s exactly what they want. And the way to get there is collective hypnosis.

In a democracy, everything depends upon the consent of the people” (Thomas Jefferson, 3rd president)… Well, even more so in a dictatorship:

Free, domineering, bold, happy alive:”The Woman Of My Dreams“, Nazi movie, August 1944. (the date is important).. Nazism was exactly about the opposite: caged, subjugated, scared, very sad to be still alive and gnawing on an obsession with death. The other contradiction: this movie was made just as the Great Reich was in full collapse, most of its great cities, smoking rubble, and flying armadas of thousands of Allied bombers bombing Germany while ruling German skies. Thus that movie depicts the world as the opposite of what it was. Nearly all healthy German women who got in touch with a vengeful Soviet army, got to serve hundreds of time a day, come 1945…

What’s the subconscious of a collective? That is the question. However I talked of the support of US plutocracy for fascism in the 1930s with all too many US citizens with world consciousness and they were EXTREMELY HOSTILE to this general approach. Like totally enraged.

[Esteemed reader] Kathleen Hawes Watkins: Maybe it comes down to attribution of conspiracy vs. exploitation. I suspect people are less hostile re opportunistic actions (fate/luck) than conspiring acts (intended/evil). So until they see evidence of full-scale conspiracy they are falling into default judgement – – they assume the pluts are catching all the breaks but are not really evil?

Dear Kathleen: you make an excellent point, and it’s probably true. We The People prefer to believe they are not victim of a conspiracy of evil. We The People wants to believe they are subject to the hand of fate, not the hand of man… hence, and here is an example: the “me too” problem: victims of rape, literal or effective (through career denial) and victims of gender discrimination don’t want to believe they were predated upon… and not just because they fear for their careers or places  in society, should they dare to complain.

“Woman of my Dreams” Dream On! 1944…

First, one has to realize society holds together with collective hypnosis. Apparently, cerebral imaging, and other tests, show that hypnosis is a real effect, and politics is its “terrain de prédilection”, its favourite ground. Two-thirds of the population are highly susceptible to hypnosis (and 10% not at all, including probably all genuine philosophers). Hypnosis is very comfortable: one does need one’s brain anymore.

Second, realizing that they were ruled by an evil conspiracy would be a letdown to the subjugated ones: that would show they aren’t living in the best of all possible worlds… and that they were dumb not to have noticed before. 

Third, that would entail that common people have been accomplice of the system, by refusing to see the obvious, and have been accomplices to their own subjugation, hence that they are themselves evil: if they subjugate themselves to submit t evil, who else do they subjugate?

At the time when “Woman of my Dreams” hits Reich theaters, here is August 1944 stark reality: The Nazi governor of Paris, Von Choltitz (on the table), surrenders to General Leclerc his 17,000 soldiers (Leclerc is the 3 star mustachioed general turned towards camera on the left of the Nazi in the picture above). General Leclerc had warned the Nazi he would be arrested as a war criminal, should he obey Hitler’s orders to “burn” Paris. Leclerc commander of the French Second Armored Division, next informed fanatical SS formations which had refused to obey Von Choltitz’s order to surrender that they would be charged of crimes against humanity, if they didn’t surrender. Suddenly getting smart, the SS surrendered to Leclerc. So the SS didn’t obey Hitler’s own commander, but they obeyed the French general! Notice the WC sign behind. The soldier with the armband is from the FFI (French Forces Interior).

Behind the Discours de la servitude volontaire d’Estienne de La Boétie lays a much more troubling fact: the implied discourse on servile criminality by the multitude, accomplice in its own criminal subjugation… 

Indeed, here is a little recapitulation of Estienne de La Boétie’s arguments of the Discourse on Voluntary Servitude:

– The power of tyrants is based only on the abandonment of power, by the people.

– The tyrant is often a weak man, like any other. Only the gullible can idolize him.

– Free spirits will be oppressed.

– The people are the cause of their submission to the tyrant.

– The use of reason will disappear among the people so they can be deceived and dominated.

– Tyrants create very elaborate power structures, consisting of a multi-level hierarchy empowered by conspiracies of accomplices.

To sum up La Boétie: political regimes [of the Renaissance] are based on fear, which is used to conceal the lack of legitimacy of the government. Thus, the people subjected to the self-government in place by simple habit, historical inertia, imprinting.

Gustave Le Bon (1843-1931) disagreed a bit: he thought crowds incapable of reason: “An individual in a crowd is a grain of sand amid other grains of sand, which the wind stirs up at will“.  Being incapable of reason, only emotion worked with crowds. He saw the likes of Lenin, Stalin, Hitler, Mussolini, or Obama and Trump for that matter: “The leaders we speak of, are usually men of action rather than of words. They are not gifted with keen foresight… They are especially recruited from the ranks of those morbidly nervous excitable half-deranged persons who are bordering on madness.”

I said one needs more than fear to explain why people love voluntary servitude: hypnotism, intellectual laziness, comfort zone as a religion, and the fact that, by denying they are victims of an atrocious dictatorship, people in their deepest recesses, can then deny that the’re suspects and perpetrators of said dictatorship (as there is no dictatorship, they insist).

Hypnosis seems to be real, according to neuro-imaging. It impacts collectives best. This is, even more than fear and greed, is what brings “servitude volontaire

An example of this, the denial of dictatorship, is the French, and not just the French, attitude to Napoleon… to this day. Napoleon, on the face of it, is one of the most abominable tyrants, ever. Moreover, he stole the Revolution to enrich and endow himself and his gang… all this for his futile pursuit of “power” (which he admitted to be completely hypnotized with. Nap called George Washington the “greatest man, ever” for renouncing power on his own…)

Napoleon is the dictator who sent to Haiti 600 huge dogs specially trained to eat black people (the escaped slaves, the “Marrons” resistants in the mountains [1]). Napoleon also organized his dictatorship so well, that it functions perfectly well to this day (with disastrous consequences for France, hence Europe, hence the world: consider the unelected “prefect” system, straight out of the decaying Late Roman empire). Napoleon, an enslaver, war criminal & criminal against humanity, is the world’s most admired Frenchman. When will the world grow up? His conquests exploited the Revolution: other French generals were better: they respected the Republic.

Fairey, who created this poster was (as I was then) very much taken by Obama at the time. (“Hope” was suggested by the Obama propagandists.) However, Fairey realized later that was gross propaganda. Fairey was jailed countless time, and condemned by the Justice system to 500 hours and a huge fine. By then he realized Obama personally authorized one deadly drone strike every twenty minutes during his 8 years reign. [Compare with Trump, fake left!]

That the plutocrats are not followers of Pluto is Biden (and Obama) main point. Said Biden:”Billionaires are really nice guys!” The truth, though, tends to be the opposite. Granted, real, formally educated engineers such as Bezos or Musk bring real added value (and they are both building reusable rocket systems, for space colonization, among other things). 

However, most billionaires are either so motivated by greed, that they succeeded, or then financed by the greedy (private investors, banks) using dirty tricks that should be unlawful (and have typically been installed by politicos such as Biden and Obama). Thus typical billionaires are criminally profiting from a criminal system, and it’s just a matter of time before their own criminality is very conscious. 

The end result is that each plutocratic individual or organization contributes to a global plutocratic mass. Just as a critical, big enough mass of Plutonium, the Pluto mass can become critical and undergo a chain reaction, where it overwhelms all

A good example is right now the GAFAM, the world top tech monopolies, the world’s most “valuable” companies, in market capitalization: a deliberate effort, probably driven by the US Deep State (NSA, etc.) was made to create world monopolies of information, to, simply, rule the world (the GAFAM themselves being controlled by the Deep State and associated stealth investors: foundations, trusts, etc.). 

If a society doesn’t react to plutocracy before it reaches critical mass, a chain reaction of evil will ensues, from which it is hard to escape: most societies fall into it, self-devouring, or then getting weak enough to be devoured by more democratic, hence stronger societies (story of the world under European domination). Contemplate for example Russia, which has been unable to escape the rule of evil… for centuries (although it came close to escape under the last years of Tsar Nicholas II’s rule… until the Bolshevik coup of 1917).

Hence, it turns out that, to have a more worthy society, more worthy because having more ideas, more science, more understanding, more stuff, more power on nature… and more military might, one needs more, enough collective psychoanalysis to free oneself from the delusion of prior collective hypnosis of a more primitive type, including the erroneous notion that the evil masters are not evil masters

Yes, it was no accident that Alexander’s army knew Alexander was not a god: therein the superiority of the Greek-Macedonian army. That fact had escaped Alexander (until the army went on strike, after observing that India was significantly larger than Alexander had thought… And thus that going to the Pacific was not reasonable).

It’s striking, when one looks at Nazi movies (some of them pretty good artistically) how much in collective dreamland they were. Consider the extract of “Woman From My Dreams” (August 1944, just when Paris was liberated): https://alchetron.com/The-Woman-of-My-Dreams

To get out of voluntary servitude, one needs enough energy to build one’s brain anew, better and more faithful to reality. Work: there is no substitute. No personal mental work, no freedom

To fight stupid propaganda, to fight stupidity that propagates, there is just one way: more intelligent propaganda, clever enough, and brutal enough, to get people out of their comfortable hypnotism and fake moral righteousness… it can’t be just more sophisticated ideas, it has to shatter with emotional impact.

If one doesn’t want people to behave like ants, one will have to kick the anthill... All the more so, because as I said, the ants are not that innocent, and covering that up, makes it even more difficult to extricate. As Greek mythology has it, Pluto is not just evil: it can make himself invisible.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] It turned out that Napoleon’s man eating dogs were not racist: they also ate wounded white soldiers…

Progressing Wisdom Requires Lifespan Extension

June 1, 2019

Leonard Hayflick, one of the world’s preeminent experts on aging, was a founder of the Council of the National Institute on Aging… He discovered the Hayflick limit: human cells reproduce only so many times (around 64 times). After a while, their telomeres, the end of their chromosomes, shorten too much  (others found that and got a Nobel for it). As telomeres shorten, the cell divide/reproduce less and less. Incapable of freshening themselves up through division, those cells become senescent: those decaying cells live much longer than healthy cells, while dysfunctioning, causing inflammation…[1]

One would think that a top aging researcher would be all for life extension. But just the opposite! Hayflick and his associates have vehemently condemned “anti-aging medicine” and criticized organizations such as the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine, about the desirability of life expansion [2]. Hayflick believes that, as he and associates put it in an anti anti-aging manifesto in 2002:

“To slow, or even arrest, the aging process in humans is fraught with serious problems in the relationships of humans to each other and to all of our institutions.”

That is of course true. But that doesn’t mean it’s a bad thing, just the opposite. Hayflick, like most people from the elite profiting from the establishment, implicitly assumes the context that our “institutions” are the best, and that so are “relationships of humans with each other”. However, tribalism, racism, sexism, and ageism, among other characteristics of “relations of humans with each other” are rampant nowadays, if not outright massive (just ask LGBT people or Christians in Pakistan, or the losing middle class in the West, reduced to vote to trump or his ilk…)

Moreover, the biosphere is in the greatest crisis since the dinosaurs, thanks to “our institutions”. So the evidence is that “our institutions” may have to be annihilated, before they annihilate us.

But Hayflick turns into a Nazi-like fundamentalist, and, that’s the beauty of his extremist psychology, without realizing it. He rages on: “By allowing antisocial people—tyrants, dictators, mass murderers, and people who cause wars—to have their longevity increased should be undesirable…I would rather experience the aging process as it occurs, and death when it occurs, in order to avoid allowing the people who I just described to live longer.”

Kill them all! We don’t want a few bad apples to live any longer, so let’s kill all the apples! All those who are familiar with the logic of the Inquisition are familiar with that exact reasoning: kill them all, so a few miscreants can die.

This was the famous: “Massacrez-les tous, car le Seigneur connait les siens!” (Massacre them all, as the Lord knows his own) uttered by Arnaud Amaury, légat pontifical (representant of the Pope) et abbot of Cîteaux, according to the Cistercian Césaire de Heisterbach. During the siege of Beziers (20,000 killed the Pope was officially told). That was during the crusade against the Cathars. Cathars were annihilated, from south France to Constantinople, killing five millions, more than the populations of the British Isles at the time.

Anyway, Hayflick exhibits exactly same mentality, absolute righteous infamy, throwing the baby with the bath, in the name of the Good Lord… And he doesn’t suspect that at all. Like all the infamous ones, and Hitler was a famous case, he poses as the giver of moral lessons… fighting infamy (which Hitler identified with the Jews).

I prefer Brigitte Bardot young in body. I would also prefer to be her, young in body. But I prefer BB older in mind: she has become much wiser, embraced the seals…. BB In j-L Godard Le Mepris 

In other words, Hayflick would rather kill them all, than seeing a handful of people live longer. This is, ironically enough, exactly the argument that the people he hates so much, tend to use. Infamous individuals (say Hitler, Stalin, Mao) were depicted to their subjects as loving and so incredibly concerned, that justice as fairness and happiness in a much better society, was only a few miscreants away… who had just to be put out of order.

It’s interesting to ponder why Hayflick would embrace the same psychological strategy of the mass murdering power hungry psychopaths he professes to condemn? Simple: The force of hatred is strong in human beings. Simply uttering grotesquely offensive hateful talk against humanity is very satisfying. Hatred evolved as deep psychobiology to cull people. Its addictive character goes a long way to explain systematic mass subjugation & murdering!

Besides, here is a little selfish angle, progress on fighting aging would be too late coming for Hayflick personally. Thus, just to make sure after embracing the fundamental principle of the mass murderers (I kill them all, because some have displeased me, as La Fontaine pointed out:”Si ce n’est toi, c’est donc ton frere!), Hayflick embraces aging itself as a superior value. One may as well embrace what one can’t escape: animals being devoured are full of endorphins. As aging devours Hayflick, Hayflick pontificates that aging is a good thing.

Aging is a horrible thing, the ultimate disease. Recently an Australian scientist, 104 years old, decided he would travel to Switzerland… to commit euthanasia. His argument? He is bored. It’s true that, as mindful people age, and their bodies betray them, with hearing, sight, locomotion shutting down, they are less motivated to live.

So is there hope for anti-ageists? Well, no before some spending. It’s the same problem as with power producing thermonuclear fusion: not enough spending, that is, not enough activity.

There is only one optimal way to be a human being: young and strong, Being ravaged by disease doesn’t improve us as humans, just the opposite. Better being a bimbo (BB is NOT a brainless bimbo) than proffering Nazi moods, as Hayflick did… Under the pretext that, because he did some excellent lab manipulations, he is expert at wisdom too…

Hayflick himself pointed out that only 3% of the National Institute of Aging budget is spent on research on aging. More than 50% of the money (hence activity) is spent on Alzheimer’s disease. In contempt, Hayflick proposed to call that Institute, the Alzheimer Institute. Alzheimer doesn’t have much to do with aging (they are somewhat correlated; many older people don’t get it… but middle age people can get it…)

So why should a massive effort be made on aging? First young people, flush with hormones, including rage, and colossal naivety, are the ones going to war (or the ones who can be persuaded to go to war). Look at the Nazis: a few leaders were in their forties, most of them were much younger. They knew nothing, if they had known enough, they would have realized Nazism made no sense, and would prove self-destructive…

Second, and related to the first point, we need more aging to gather more wisdom. Wisdom is proportional to the significant knowledge one has gathered, and that’s proportional to lifespan. This is perhaps why some whales live so long, several centuries: one needs a long time to become an expert mammal living in the sea, capable of teaching others.

Hayflick also claimed anti-aging couldn’t work. The theory of that is absurd; individual whales have been found with extremely old harpoon heads in their flesh. So mammals can be made to live centuries. In an extremely fast evolving species such as the genus Homo, the species with the shortest lifespans would evolve the fastest, and that would have to be balanced with decades of lifespan to gather enough wisdom to make for a wise enough species. Now we need much more wisdom, to evolve in other ways, so lifespan extension is an evolutionary advantage.

And can it be done? Well the first anti-aging medication that works is around [3]. At least, it works on rodents, and has been known to work on hearts (indirectly). It’s viewed suspiciously because some suspect it may rejuvenate some cancers too. Nobody has said the world was simple. Actually greater wisdom is a greater ability to manage a more complicated world.

Extremes are teachers.

Patrice Ayme

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[1] Senescent cells cause inflammation, are dysfunctional and gets in the way of still functioning cells. Could eliminating them bring some measure of rejuvenation? It does. Experiences on mice show this unambiguously. It extends the better functioning lifespan. Drugs may be developed to do so in humans

https://www.nia.nih.gov/news/drug-combo-removes-senescent-cells-restores-cell-growth-obese-mouse-model

Senescent cells destroying drugs even bring on neurogenesis, as senescent cells are cleared. It is known that, even in very old people neurogenesis is needed for a fully functioning mind.

Ogrodnik, M. et al., Obesity-Induced Cellular Senescence Drives Anxiety and Impairs Neurogenesis, Cell Metabolism, Published online January 3, 2019. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cmet.2018.12.008.

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[2] Hayflick is 91.

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[3] Nicotinamide Adenine Dinucleotide (NAD), is a key factor in the cellular production of energy. Often brandished as NAD+, the name of its oxidized (brownish) form, the molecule participates in a host of metabolic pathways and is involved in other important processes, such as DNA repair. NAD+levels naturally decline as people and animals age, and this loss has been proposed as contributing to the underlying physiology of aging.

Studies show that boosting NAD+ levels can extend life span in yeastworms and mice. Animal research also promises that NAD+’s improves several aspects of health (that was known for decades for human heart). Raising levels of the molecule in old mice appears to rejuvenate mitochondria—the cell’s energy factories, which falter as we age (making us sick, inflamed, weak and stupid). Other mouse studies have demonstrated benefits such as improved cardiovascular functionenhanced muscle regeneration and better glucose metabolism with NAD+ supplementation.

As Hayflick is himself close to death, he can observe that at least two anti-aging techniques work, in mice… And for deep and excellent reasons having to do with the nature of cellular machinery…

As the philosopher said, to be human is to be hopeful. Hayflick’s gloom and doom fits well to his general appeal to all mass murderers, starting with aging itself, to rise to the occasion…

 

Trump 24/7: On Trump Obsession As A Scapegoat To Elude What Really Hurts

December 27, 2018

Trump 24/7: On Trump Obsessed Deranged Souls:

Many of the so-called ‘liberals’, self-described ‘democrats’ and arrogant ‘social justice warriors’ are so Trump obsessed, they confuse thinking and trumping. They have Trump Derangement Syndrome (TDS), one could call them TODS: Trump Obsessed Deranged Souls. Those toads, drunk on their own fumes, as some toads tend to, ponder Trump, talk Trump, think Trump, feel Trump, visualize Trump, Russianize Trump, villainize Trump, measure all values according to Trump, despise Trump, chuckle Trump, humiliate Trump, envision various tortures for Trump, etc.

Those Trump obsessed, deranged souls don’t realize that they have been moved (by Trump!) exactly where he wants them to be: Trump 24/7. They are walking Trump towers. They are Trump’s little apprentices. They are Trump Demented Slaves. All the time they spent this way, deep in their obsession, is as much time they don’t spend thinking progressively. Those toads are just in the mental swamp where real conservatives and plutocrats want them to be.

Speaking and doing Stupidities 24/7 makes one stupid: stupid is, who stupid does.

I have been saying this for years, making myself unpopular with those unworthy to be popular with. Here is another formulation of my position by a friend:

John Michael Gartland Philadelphia, PA, United States · December 26, 2018:

So many people claim to despise President Trump and yet have opened up their brain, their very soul and allowed this mesmerizer to occupy their every waking and sleeping moment, their every thought, every cell down to the mitochondria, everything they think and say is infused with eau-de-Trump, they are total slaves and are driven by his masterful power and influence. Funny that they don’t notice how much they have sacrificed to this force, how much negativity they have generated in the universe, how much hate they have created all in the name of “resistance”. How easy it is to blame one man for our inability to Love one another. How divided we have all become. For what?

Trump Derangement Syndrome is like Marxism of old: an impotent rallying cry from fake-leftists. Marxism advocated dictatorship: one or a few, or a class of men, DICTATING to everybody else. Thus Marxism was fundamentally inhuman. Right, in difficult circumstances, dictatorship ‘of the proletariat’ turned out best, because dictatorship and fascism are best when waging war (this is why Rome created the position of… dictator). So Stalin (fighting the Nazis) and Mao (fighting the Kuomintang and Imperial Japan) found it most useful. Basically Stalin’s Marxism out-Nazied the Nazis themselves as dismayed Nazis found out, for themselves. Great. But not a way to bring real progress to civilization, because dictatorship is not how human intelligence flourishes best.

TDS is like Marxism of old: it prevents real progress on tangible issues, because it’s all about righteous rage, irrational passion, thus there is no time to think about reality and worthies issues.

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Worthy Issues: First of all, Referendums, RICs!

Issues such as Medicare For All, RIC Referendum Initiative Citizen (Direct, Real Democracy), Financial Transaction Tax, Tax and Legislative Evasion through Globalization, CO2 Catastrophe, Nuclear Weapons, the Nature of Money Creation (Banks Lending to the Wealthiest), Representative Oligarchy (also known as “Representative Democracy”) etc.

RIC is of course the master issue: if US citizens were asked to pass Medicare For All, in a referendum, they would. 70% of US citizens support Medicare For All:

https://www.cnbc.com/2018/08/28/most-americans-now-support-medicare-for-all-and-free-college-tuition.html

In France, RICs, referendums, is becoming the number one demand of the Yellow Jackets… The one and only demand which will change civilization, allowing it to access a higher stage, encountered only in Athens at the time of her splendor. (See note)

So let’s concentrate on that!

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Trump 24/7? Trump Obsessed Deranged Slaves? Enough with these childish games!

And why these childish games? Because it’s all fake opposition: the more strident against a particular individual (here Trump), the less revolution, the needed revolution, in society at large.

Marx was strident against the multitude, over which his dictatorship was to be exerted… But making the multitude into a scapegoat, just like making Trump into a scapegoat, was not really the direction toward which revolutionary activity should be directed best. Bismarck and Lasalle understood this, and made a deeper revolution than Marx and Engels: Bismarck, guided by Lasalle’s spirit implemented in 1883 a prototype Medicare For All, first in the world.  

And why does this Derangement Syndrome, this lurid hatred against particular individuals? Why this scapegoating? Because human beings, like chimps, are programmed to go hate, and kill, the isolated individual (one doesn’t want to kill a mob, that’s too dangerous, thus ineffective).

Want to help civilization survive? Think of what will help, then foster those new ideas, and the regressive ideas of Trump will be gone two years from now.

Patrice Ayme

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Note for those who know some contemporary scapegoat philosophy: René Girard, a famous sort of French, at Stanford University, came out with a whole theory of scapegoating, which, although not ridiculous, reflects only a particular of my much more general and cogent theory elaborated above. Girard says scapegoating is a way to reduce violence, by directing the anger of all against each other, by focusing against one…

Instead I pointed out there is an instinct to attack the isolated individual, evolved from basic war science, as all those who study wild chimps will testify.

Does that mean Girard’s idea has no merit here? No. Indeed what happens is this: the left, the progressives, the liberals, whatever they want to call themselves, make a mass angry against the right, the so-called conservatives, the Deep State. The latter mass is also angry… Both find in Trump an excellent scapegoat: after all, as far as plutocrats go, he is rather isolated… So hating Trump is a way to direct violence against one individual… When, in truth, the violence should be directed against the system, that Representative Oiligarchy and Oligarchy, a parody of real democracy, which is not funny anymore. We need to focus away from the goat, and attack the real enemy…

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Note on Athenian, Real, Direct Democracy: Athenian democracy was hurt by Socrates and his student goons. Before that, in a few decades, it did what was necessary: cripple giant Persian Achaemenid plutocracy, free Egypt, free Greek Ionian cities, leaving everlasting works of the mind…. Unfortunately Persian gold bought Sparta a fleet, among other things. So Athens, thanks to a weird, dramatic error similar to the French defeat in the second week of May 1940, nearly lost its life. Later Athens recovered, and nearly defeated Macedonia. That second phase of real, direct democracy was viewed as more lackluster. Of course: Athens had lost half of her population, and most particularly full citizens. The full citizen population didn’t recover until Athens lost two sea battles to the arch-villain Macedonian ultra senior generalissimo Antipater, who then imposed plutocracy on Athens (only the wealthiest could vote; top philosophers and contradictors got killed… even then Athens stayed under close watch; and when the Romans, by then plutocratic, came to stay, it was not much better… as the Romans did to Corinth what Alexander did to Thebes… with the same idea of showing to Athens what nasty bastards they were; the last independent Greek city, Marseilles, fell a century later… to Caesar, and not easily…)

But the basic fact remains: Athens became incredibly great because of Direct, Real, RIC democracy. Same for the Roman Republic, the real Roman Republic, with its anti-wealth laws, which, although not as democratic as Athens, was more democratic than what happened nearly ever since…

 


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