Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Humanism: All Too Human

Humanism: All too Human

We believe that severity, violence, slavery,
danger in the street and in the heart,
secrecy, stoicism, tempter's art and
devilry of every kind,—that everything
wicked, terrible, tyrannical, predatory,
and serpentine in man, serves as well
for the elevation of the human species
as its opposite 
(Nietzsche: Beyond
Good and Evil.)

Consider the Origins of  Good & Evil:
a species-value-system: like & dislike,.
correct and incorrect, approve and
disapprove:

Why isn't  it the case that  Hate be more
interesting  than love when what we like is
no problem? Piece of cake.

 What I hate, on the other hand,  gut-grind
& grimace, bite my tongue & unleash the
dogs of war: nip nipping at sandals of
Liberal Art & got to be interesting. .

 "An enemy is as good as a Buddha."
Got to love hate-hating or what good is it?

Hate signals boundaries yet unknown,
stalwart pioneers exploring outlaw
territory &  homeland  insecurities.
Bells & whistles trigger tears  & fears:

Ah, B.B. Wolf at the door.  Axes of Evil
can't be far behind: good & plenty, just
right for practicing Liberal Art.

 Hold it up. Hold it to the light.

17 comments:

  1. Satan is not the author of creativity.

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  2. In the book Black Sun, Nicholas Goodrick-Clarke reports how Carl Gustav Jung described "Hitler as possessed by the archetype of the collective Aryan unconscious and could not help obeying the commands of an inner voice". In a series of interviews between 1936 and 1939, Jung characterized Hitler as an archetype, often manifesting itself to the complete exclusion of his own personality. "'Hitler is a spiritual vessel, a demi-divinity; even better, a myth. Benito Mussolini is a man' ... the messiah of Germany who teaches the virtue of the sword. 'The voice he hears is that of the collective unconscious of his race'".[15]

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  3. A satan is an accuser, adversary--functiionary in the early Hebrew court of law. Prosecutor

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  4. Satan had man rebel against his maker.

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  5. So to speak, in some circles. A way of finding an outside cause for my ongoing rebellion "against my maker." Israelic. Excruciating.

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  6. I was reading this morning about the class system in Gnostocism. It is akin to the Hindu thought that the casts emirate from the body of Brahma. Some are masters, some are slaves. Plato had that, too. I don't like it.

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  7. There was a Nazi saying about the master race: "Am Deutschen Wesen, soll die Welt genesen." (I don't know who first said it.) It rhymes prettily, so it seems gentile. But.

    "The world shall be made whole (or well) by the German being (way of being...)."

    My Dad sometimes said it, half sneeringly, half proud. Because Germans are proud of their culture. "Das Land der Dichter und Denker." (The land of the poets and thinkers.)

    I like the word "Dichter." "Dicht" means "dense". As in making dense, in concentrating much meaning in a few words. Isn't it a good saying for Poet=a Condenser.

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  8. "A simple honesty is nothing but a lie" (Denise Levertov)

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  9. I am not much of a poet. I like to say things simply and honestly. I am a bit of a performer. And can lay the full force of an emotion into something. Is that a different skill?

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  10. Performers are tactical entertainers, concrete in speech and utilitarian in action. In social situations, they are informative and expressive.[2] The most fun-loving of all the types, Performers excel at delighting others with their artistry and humor. They continually seek stimulating experiences with those around them. Performers dislike being alone, which is seldom a problem because they naturally attract the attention of other people. They live in the fast lane, keeping abreast of the latest trends. They are drawn to sensory pleasure, sometimes without thought for the consequences. Though Performers are more subject to temptation than the other types, their zest for enjoying life is mostly a healthy pursuit. Incurable optimists, they are generous to a fault. They live in the moment and trust that tomorrow will take care of itself. [1]

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  11. Can't say that I don't worry or that I am generous to a fault.

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  12. And so on. Only half a truth, eh.

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  13. I get satisfaction reviling "the sin": mocking, scorning, ridiculing,scolding, chastising, criticizing, interpretating, explaining, blaming, giving reasons why, causes and effect, becauses and affect, scapegoating and proferring rectification, rules and regulations..Love the sinners, of course.

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