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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...

Jail Break

“We men are in a kind of prison” Phaedo 62b Socrates. Oddly enough when Socrates said this he was in prison shortly before his forced suicide by drinking hemlock. But this wasn’t the prison Socrates was referring to. The prison we all occupy is made up of our desires, emotional states, ideas, limited sensibility, and the fact that we are in no way equipped to know what lies outside the...

Be Zero

Zero emotional identification and zero intellectual attachment. It sounds like it should be easy, but it isn’t. Life has its hooks into your emotions and has shaped your ideas, and we all walk around with a massive amount of intellectual and emotional baggage. Zero is not concerned with trying to stop emotions, but with not buying into them. For the intellect, however, zero is all about weeding...

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The unsettling reality is that we find nothing within us other than thought, but there is no evidence of a thinker.

Spiritual criminals have nurtured dissatisfaction with what is so that we go seeking for what should be. The "what should be" is never realized, and deliberately so, because once realized the spiritual criminal loses their power.

… nihilism, as the denial of a world of truth and of being, might be a divine way of thinking . . . - Nietzsche

‘To become like God’, ‘to become one with God’ – for millennia people have been naïvely convinced of the desirability of these things. - Nietzsche

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