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The Perpetual Graveyard

This and other articles available on substack. The Stoics would say that every cup of earth contained some part of a dead human being – some matter that once was part of a body. Not only do we find ourselves in a graveyard, but we see all the creatures that will soon become part of it. This graveyard recycles itself over and over again, with a smooth, ruthless efficiency most of us would...

Happily Unstable

This article also available on substack. Happiness is not a stable state; you may have noticed this. To be happy, everything has to be going well; health, money, relationships, career maybe, social standing, reputation. Now and then, the planets align, and we experience well-being resulting in happiness. But happiness resembles the act of getting a pencil to stand on its end. With patience and...

Dark Way Axiom 3 – Emotions Measure Survival Status

Also available on substack. Our emotional state is a measure of our survival status. All our emotional states are driven by one thing; the desire to exist. When our survival status is diminished, we experience the so-called negative emotions, and when it is enhanced, we experience the so-called positive emotions. A diminishing of our survival status, no matter how indirect, creates emotional pain...

The Folly of Hope

There is nothing more poisonous in a person’s life than hope. Many religions, spiritual traditions, and even common wisdom seem to think that hope is a good thing – but it isn’t, and quite the opposite. It doesn’t require much thought to realize that hope is just the other side of fear. Examples are incredibly numerous, simply because hope and fear play such a big part in...

Spinoza on the Futility of Remorse, Guilt, Shame, and Repentance.

This piece available on substack also. Repentance is pain accompanied by the idea of some deed which we believe we have done from free decision of the mind. The Ethics, Spinoza You might be surprised to know that many people are afflicted with regrets, guilt, shame, and the need to repent of previous actions. These are curses on the human race and make a hefty contribution to the misery in the...

The Zero-Sum Pleasure and Pain Game

Published on my substack channel. “What a strange thing that which men call pleasure seems to be, and how astonishing the relation it has with what is thought to be its opposite, namely pain! A man cannot have both at the same time. Yet if he pursues and catches the one, he is almost always bound to catch the other also, like two creatures with one head.” Phaedo 60 Have you ever...

Happy Ever After Stories

This is a substack article. Almost every story ever told has a happy ending. Even tragic stories squeeze some positive outcome from the death of a hero or heroine – selfless sacrifice, martyrdom, the triumph of courage, or some such thing. As a species, we are addicted to happy ever after endings for one good reason. We are programmed to survive and so a happy ending reinforces our sense of...

The Beauty of Caprice

Please note: all articles now go on my substack channel. For this stupidest of all, this caprice of ours, gentlemen, may in fact be the most profitable of anything on earth for our sort, especially in certain cases. And in particular, it may be more profitable than all other profits even in the case when it is obviously harmful and contradicts the most sensible conclusions of our reason concerning...

Free Will: A Mistaken Belief in Causeless Effects

That every effect has a cause is the foundation of everything we know. Very few people believe in the spontaneous appearance of things or in random changes of state. This would be a bizarre world if such things happened. But it would seem that these considerations do not weigh heavily on those who believe that human beings exist outside the causal matrix and can spontaneously choose to do...

We Are Only Conscious of What Is Useful

Please note: some blog and other articles will now be posted on substack. You can find my substack here. The measure of that of which we [are] at all conscious is so entirely dependent upon broad considerations of utility for consciousness … Will To Power, Nietzsche In typical style, Nietzsche throws a grenade into the room and then disappears. The quote given above would not be out of place in...

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If you still think that there is some experience that can transform your life from its miserable state of affairs into some bright new shiny thing; I’ve got some news for you.

For God's sake don't join all the unhappy people and pretend that you are happy, Savor your unhappiness, your misery, your pain. Be honest with yourself - life has no mechanism for happiness.

Here is a shortcut. You've just read a book, watched a YouTube video and you've become fired up by the latest trick you've learned - meditation, gratitude, nihilism, optimism. Kill it now and save yourself the trouble in a week, a month, or whatever.

The rational mind can never satisfy and tends to bring dissatisfaction because it limits actions to its own scheme.

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