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An Antidote to Inner Emptiness

Please note, this article is also on medium.com Whether a person feels their life to be empty will depend on immediate circumstances. If such a person is in the middle of passionate sex with a much-desired partner, or has just won the lottery, or is eating an incredibly delicious meal, it seems unlikely they will feel their life to be empty. But if a person is financially needy, lonely, hungry...

Fake News and Conspiracy Theories

We’ve always had “fake news”. The truth is nowhere to be seen in the news streams and history books that serve most people. As Spinoza says – “if the mob is not afraid it is to be feared”, and so the power possessors of all ages have used misinformation to generate fear and anxiety in the masses – it’s a very good way to control them. Politicians use lies and twisted truths on a...

Happily Unhappy

There is no shortage of people who will tell you, directly or indirectly, how to behave – cheer up, calm down, look on the bright side, smile, don’t frown, show more enthusiasm, etc.. The raw instinct is of course to tell these people to go fuck themselves, but depending on conditioning and circumstances we might be compliant or even worse introject these directives as something proper and...

Don’t Be Personal

The world operates under laws, or at least that’s the way it seems to us. These laws are inviolable and form the framework for a mostly ordered universe. The laws of physics are perhaps the best example and the most fully developed. Release an object from your grasp, and it will fall to the ground every time – no exceptions unless it happens to be a hydrogen-filled balloon. Energy...

The Great Experiment

Prior to the appearance of human beings, there was no cognizance in any creature of being alive. Life did not know it was alive. Sure enough, plants would bend toward the light, but not know they were bending. Dogs would get hungry, but not know they were hungry. They were hunger. And so on. When human beings appeared they marked the beginning of a cruel and potentially explosive experiment...

Be Kind – To Yourself

Life is not a benign thing – quite the opposite. You are required to strive to continue with your existence and in many cases find a mate and reproduce. Now it just so happens that these things are not as simple as they sound. In the process of striving, you will come across a multitude of others who are also striving, and in some instances, if harming you enhances their own survival...

To Group or Not To Group

Here we are, isolated consciousnesses feeling alone and lost. This creates a natural need to be connected – with anything. Spiritual folk want to make a connection with God, or spirit, or anything else that might make them feel as though they belong. For most people this sense of belonging might come from family, supported football team, political affiliation, a group of friends. Of course...

No Systems, No Laws and No Truth

The Great Way is without limit, fathomless and subtle, beyond comprehension, beyond words. – The Ceasing of Notions To imagine that the world can be contained by a system is a fairly quick route to the madhouse. Even so, the temptation to encapsulate the world by a system of thought has proved irresistible for western minds particularly. Physics might make the boldest claim in this regard...

Self-Hatred

We hate the things that diminish our power for existence, and our anger is an attempt to destroy a thing that is diminishing our power. As we journey through life so we adopt ideas that seem to confer power. These ideas are highly conditioned by circumstances. For example, if we learn that mummy takes on a better mood if we flatter her (and kids are always looking for approval) so we will learn...

Life – A Dull Affair

The basic dynamics of life are very easy to understand. It is a self optimizing machine that churns out species that are stronger, more deceitful, and those best suited to a particular environment. That’s it. The implications that follow are also easy to understand. The strong devour and/or exploit the weak. The skillful liar will deceive and take from the honest individual. Changing...

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Spare a thought for the optimists - the poor hyped up little fuckers that invite disappointment through their greedy unrealistic expectations.

Phew - for a minute I’d forgotten that it’s all empty and futile, and I was going to do something with an expectation of fulfillment. Now I’ve remembered I don’t want to do it - yippee. Where’s the donuts?

Based on all the evidence any higher power must be convicted of being malicious. Even indifference could not produce a species that strived with all its being to persist in its existence knowing all the time that the effort could prove futile at any moment.

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