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7 Axioms of Human Existence

You will do everything within your power to ensure your existence – this is the cause of all your suffering When you are stronger others are weaker. When you are weak others are stronger. The basis of almost all human interaction. Reality is too brutal to be seen for what it is – and so you will deny and distract yourself from its seeming futility. Knowledge that affirms is self...

On Being Destroyed

The constant churn of things means nature both creates and destroys. Most people like to focus on the “create” bit of the cycle, since like all creatures we are driven to maintain our existence, and creation serves that purpose more than destruction. But if we are to ever get beyond the one-sided, neurotic view of existence, then we need to firmly embrace the notion of destruction so...

Some Aphorisms

You can always not care. And even if you do care you can “not care” that you care. If you think you are something you will be afraid of becoming nothing. As long as we strive we will suffer. It doesn’t matter what good intentions, ideals and flights of fancy you entertain, the body will always overrule. The world is built on lies. If you always remember this, very little will take you by surprise...

Who Controls the Controller?

If you happen to be a fairly normal human being you will have a voice in your head that is given the label “me”. This voice generally speaks in your native language and flatters itself with the belief that it directs the actions you take, and even what you think. Above all, this voice believes that it controls what you do – control is its big thing. To suggest that it...

Zig Zag Living

Think back over your life. If you are like most people your life will have been shaped by a relatively small number of key events. A typical example might be a chance meeting with someone who becomes your partner (for better or worse) for a decade or more. Maybe a chance conversation set you off on a career that had previously not been considered. Or an illness intervened at a crucial time during...

Brain Pain

I’m writing a new book in the form of a journal, it’s the only format that will keep me engaged long enough to complete the damned thing. So for the rest of the year, I will put a journal entry on the blog every week or two. Here is the first:- The head brain is continually anxious. It seems to me that thought is the mind’s attempt to resolve the anxieties. Since it is primarily...

Mindless Mindfulness

Here is how you become a millionaire by Christmas. Set yourself up as a mindfulness expert, because right now it is the hottest thing in town. Millions of unhappy people, desperate to find some relief from their anxieties and existential angst are buying into the idea that mindfulness is the new Prozac. All you need do is suck on a raisin for twenty minutes, with full attention on all the...

Grub World

More than a few biologists and other commentators have remarked that nearly all life forms resemble a tube – food goes in one end and excrement comes out the other. A whole pile of processing goes on during this journey from entrance to exit, but even the most highly developed life forms resemble a grub in this respect. In fact, sentient life could be seen as varying levels of grub...

Ignorance is Bliss

“I know nothing” – thus sayeth Manuel, the waiter in Fawlty Towers. This is the greatest wisdom. He must have been familiar with the great philosophers, and particularly Kant. So to unwind this story I need to very briefly relate Kant’s revolutionary revelation that we do not know reality. Our everyday experience takes place in space and time. These are constructs used by our minds to...

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Action from within the machine, no matter how elevated we think it is, is just action from within the machine. Non-action from the observer is the only thing that matters.

Don’t be afraid of the bad times, it is the good times that should be feared - they will give you confidence and hope and you will be poorly prepared for the inevitable bad times that inevitably follow. Don’t be a sucker.

"The best philosophers were not academics, but had another job, so their philosophy was not corrupted by careerism." - Nassim Nicholas Taleb

when I look with the eye of a philosopher at the varied courses and pursuits of mankind at large, I find scarcely one which does not appear vain and useless. Descartes

Good sense is, of all things among men, the most equally distributed; everyone thinks himself so abundantly provided with it, that those even who are the most difficult to satisfy in everything else, do not desire more of this quality than they already possess. Descartes

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