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

  September 14, 2019

With Age

In adolescence and young adulthood, one is torn with wonder and shock at the choices others make. From societal expectations on politeness, you do not intervene, much less reason with or discuss the imminent doom that obviously follows atrocious decisions about to be taken.

You politely tolerate stupidity and destruction, watching events hopelessly unfold into binding situations that a little awareness could have prevented. Seeing them teaches you the lesson so you do not repeat that mistake; others are not so lucky. Survivor's guilt creeps in a little after watching disasters strike many around you.

What is valuable goes cheaply to buyers who sometimes see potential but rarely end up utilizing it. Good matches are rare. Bluffs and greed only drive away honest participants so the bluffers settle with the ignoble and desperate.

You stick to social norms, staying silent about significant matters that others do not notice, preserving their blissful unawareness as they fall into wicked fates that could have been avoided, and thankfully no one is offended.

He who lives to see two or three generations is like a man who sits some time in the conjurers booth at a fair, and witnesses the performance twice or thrice in succession. The tricks were meant to be seen only once; and when they are no longer a novelty and cease to deceive, their effect is gone.
[Schopenhauer]

We avoid speaking of goals or purpose because those who lack them will take offense. Perhaps worse, purpose suggests a hierarchy of values in which some things are more worthwhile than others, implying preferential pursuit might be more sensible than random reaction and coercion.

Once you've watched the scenarios unfold enough times that they are no longer shocking, but regular and expected, and their story lines become familiar. You see where self-deception and misconceptions are built into popular narratives, and the essential omitted from consideration. Like a machine learning algorithm based on surveying aggregate information rather than developing actual insight, the strong historic model of events shows when the early steps of preparations are securing the inevitable pieces before the terrible action is locked in.

As polite equal individuals we say nothing and reveal no facts, stranding one another in insulated bubbles where no truth need be confronted, respectfully free of feedback and honest discussion. Past the clouds of political and media discourse, each is abandoned to make their own way and find some bearings to discover the landscape while staying silent to avoid rudely disrupting comforting illusions some have prejudicially determined are preferential to plain truth.


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