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Your Latest Trick

So, what is your latest trick? And by trick I mean something new that is supposed to cure all your ills. Maybe it’s meditation, mindfulness, retail therapy, optimism, pessimism, religion, reading the philosophers or maybe ancient spiritual texts, a new gadget, a fresh start, right wing or left wing politics, a new relationship … This isn’t meant to be judgmental, simply an...

Mastering Emotional Pain

A short book of some 20 pages detailing the nature of emotional pain and some simple methods to deal with it. The preface is below, along with the download. MasteringEmotionalPainDownload Preface Emotional pain is a given and as long as we live we will experience it. Anyone who claims to have a way of eliminating emotional pain is a charlatan, and such claims can simply be seen as a way of...

The Great Deceptions

Nothing makes sense because we fool ourselves in three important ways. The notion that we have a self, that our reality has meaning, and that we have free will, set us up for a complete misunderstanding of the nature of our existence. The First Deception – the self Our default state is to believe that we are a person with a value that goes beyond the essential functions of survival and...

See. Understand

You’ve probably noticed that life offers up an excess of opportunities to get angry, hateful, envious, excited, depressed, sad – and so on. Generally speaking people don’t understand why they are experiencing a certain emotion or how to deal with it. The root of all emotional states is the diminishing or enhancement of our survival prospects. Diminished survival prospects – poor...

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...

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My waking state gives me a picture of the world that is optimized for survival, and nothing else. There is no “truth” in it.

Is there a pessimism of strength? An intellectual preference for the hard, gruesome, malevolent, and problematic aspects of existence. - Nietzsche

Is pessimism necessarily a sign of decline, decay, malformation, of tired and debilitated instincts - as was the case amongst the Indians and appears to be the case amongst us 'modern men' and Europeans? - Nietzsche

The fucking optimists have destroyed the only things that are beautiful in this life - its pathos and tragedy.

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