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One must still have chaos in oneself to be able to give birth to a dancing star. -Nietzsche

  December 31, 2012

Damn Oil! Damn Kindness!

When inherent frailties build the whole, and the whole is essential, you can't dismiss it for individual parts that strike you as jarring or unwelcome. Its situation is perilously difficult and accordingly makes use of every available scheme, mostly unconsciously and without consideration. This mechanism is easier to understand before introducing blame or moralizing.

Neither must others be subsumed to soothe the sufferers, a worldview of misery imagined as a cosmic chain gang imprisoned in foolishness, performing pointless labor, and conspiring for the relief of mindlessness through the drunken amusement of conversation and drama, but not art or action, nor pursuit of anything real and effectual.

You might walk around feeling a heavy weight on your back from which you want lightness, but that doesn't mean others want to carry it for you or should be made to.

Imagine if you had information to convey. It would have to be non-trivial and of interest or value to the person with whom you are communicating.

Let thy speech be better than silence, or be silent.
- Dionysius the Elder (Frag. 6)
"Nice weather we're having..." - content-free, maybe idle nervousness, but in any case a non-effort.

"I am cold." (or tired, or sad, or vapid) - who could argue? Dear chap, you just interrupted perfectly good silence to announce an empty head.

"You won't believe what happened to Jessica." - perhaps, but it is easy to believe that it is of no consequence and poised to stall a purposeful life.

Listen to the cacophony of a summer night. Insects and animals call out their single selfish message like the most specialized spammers. "Hey everyone! I am eager to mate!" This focused language of chirping, buzzing, and squawking fills the air with clearly stated intent. Everything is on the line for this single goal -- none are monastically writing great novels or symphonies that would capture a flourishing spirit.

Knowledge is in rapid decline, and we can expect every effort to be increasingly divorced from nature's healthy ideal until men are educated better.

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