what is the natural order of the world?
who was the one who said that natural life is nasty, brutish and short? Thomas Hobbes in "Leviathan". what other kind of quote would you expect from a privileged Englishman from the late Dark Ages (commonly known as the "Enlightenment") who got all of his patronage from the ruling class?
what are the fears of life under modern state-economic structures? it is awful. our natural fears, all of which besides natural disaster and time itself are escapable, have been replaced with social insanity - the only escape from switch is the reshaping of culture itself. toil, pain, disease, and heartbreak, are the hardships of life. as our place on the corporate pyramid goes lower - which is so much easier for those of us with unpopular beliefs, or especially, gender, identity, or race - a single offensive word to our 'boss' could bring us complete ruination. bankruptcy, debt, bills going unpaid and our services being shut off, our credit being ruined, never being able to buy a house again. bankruptcy itself is the legal declaration of incompetence - you lose the ability to control your own affairs. so our lives in society are harsh and unforgiving. unions are crushed, and we don't control the corporate 'body' representing the profit of our own labor!
but, what about the joys of life? love and what it carries, friendship, food, warmth, water, chemical pleasure, wind, sunshine, the direct joy of natural accomplishment (finding a patch of berries, or vegetables, or maybe the pleasure of the hunt). these are what our society supposedly is shaped to promote.
love and what it carries our dominant culture - the media culture - denies or cheapens the idea of love - evidently the product of natural selection, but also one of the underpinnings of our spiritual life, something that nearly escapes scientific definition. the dominant culture of the Western World cannot admit to the full observance of one being by another, including all the moral qualities that people naturally love in each other, like honor or generosity, because our society exists on a shapeless foundation of amorality/immorality, because the ruling class of our society cannot even defend the shape of our society in moral terms. not only can they not promote love through the media they control in alignment with the promotion of their own interests, but they don't even understand the nature of love itself.
friendship friendship, which so often naturally occured in the pursuit of the goals of life - construction, food acquisition, or others, has all but been displaced. our natural activities no longer exist, as they have all been mechanized and economically abstracted beyond recognition. our lives, if they even involve these pursuits, rarely involve them in any way connected to our existence in this world. so our 'friends' are the people we go and get drunk with, to forget our lives, or the people we ask for favors - at least, more often than they should be. at best, we don't develop natural friendships like animals do - our friendships come with all kinds of conditions, distances, and liabilities. we are friends with someone insofar as we've opened up our normally secret world to them, because secrecy, in this society, is the default behavior.
food modern society has extinguished true knowledge of what food is. agriculture - especially the 'modern' agriculture of monsters like Monsanto (almost an anagram of Monster, disgustingly including the word roots for 'saint' and 'mountain') - is a crucible of the arrogance of mankind, seeking to replace the natural growth habits of life forms which have predated us by dozens of millions to billions of years. our efforts to that effect have FAILED miserably and completely. we actually DESTROY the very wildness of nature that has created these life forms - meaning vegetables and fungi - in an attempt to impose our failure of an interpretation of how they work, in the form of standardized agriculture. these leads to crop standardization (thus blights), soil depletion, soil erosion, irrigation (thus aquifer depletion), and to the destruction of our food supply itself. but these practices don't even end at food we're eating ourselves - the cheapest food finds its way into the mouths of our prisoner livestock population, who are not even meant to eat the foods we grow (cows do not naturally graze on corn or soy). their health destroyed by their poor food supply, their selective breeding, their confinement in cages, we pump them full of antibiotics and antivirals to prolong their lives through the sewer pit prison environments we raise them in - not to mention the hormones we pump into their blood to increase milk supply by unnatural sexual differentiation. what we would call crimes against humanity, were they committed against humans, we call a production technique when applied to animals, because we have shut our eyes and blackened our hearts to the fact that their reality is as vivid and real as our own. and then we shoot bolts into their heads, or slit their throats, so we can feast on their dead flesh.
and what of the nutrition of milk and meat? they are not food, as far as our bodies are concerned. our bodies have, within our individual lifetimes, adapted to find them palatable, because our bodies recognize the presence of some nutrition in what we eat. but milk, in spite of its calcium content, leeches calcium from our bones, because milk and meat alike - along with starches - acidify the entire body and demineralize ALL of it. my suspicion is that the tendency of carnivores to eat white bread arises from the same principle, possibly due to our bodies attempting to recognize the quantity of mineral ingestion by secondary traits (such as satiation), and thus rejecting attempts to augment that mineralization from more natural sources, like whole grain or spelt flours. PERSONALLY, i've found those MUCH more enjoyable after eliminating non-vegan foods from my diet, after not being able to eat them at all before.
so our society has all but destroyed food. some strains of natural crops remain in the wild, and remain as 'heirloom' crops, often raised organically - which happen to often be some of the most nutritious and satisfying food. this destruction of food - the 'iceberg lettuce effect' - has reinforced a cultural myth for us - the idea that humans rightfully feast on food. we have become so blind that we no longer recognize true food as true food. crude and imbalanced satisfactions, like the satisfaction of eating meat, have replaced the true, almost spiritual satisfactions of a plant and fungi-based diet. the collapse of our health resulting from these failures is our most obvious clue that something is wrong - our consumption of meat, dairy, and refined carbohydrates is statistically tied to all manner of cancer, obesity, heart disease, hygienic dysfunction, kidney/liver failures (especially when drug consumption is also taken into account), and more other problems than i can mention. meanwhile, vegans, and those closest to vegans - say, those from Laos, or those from Japan, who at least have rejected most red meat - have staggering longevity, and almost impeccable personal health, not to mention cultures that have maintained so much more knowledge of human nature than American culture, which has degraded it to base pleasures and misled quasi-Hedonism (seeking all the pleasures in the moment, failing to plan, failing to examine's one impact, blah blah blah).
warmth oil, steam, gas, wood burning HVAC. destroying the environment, and so often, just to keep our pipes running, our couches warm. the poor can't afford heating, but the rich heat their entire mansions, because the environmental impact - and the greed - is secondary to their personal comfort. see diffusion of responsibility.
water the pollution in our water, even in the U.S., is obscene. chlorine and fluorides, lead in city pipes, pieces of dissolved plastic. fluorides don't belong in water at all. there is the argument that fluorides in toothpastes can bind to minerals in enamel - hopefully not when the teeth are growing, when those minerals are supposed to be binding to themselves - and thus, prevent tooth decay by lowering the pH required to initiate tooth decay - but we can basify our teeth routinely just fine - it's called brushing your teeth. the acidity of our mouths, moreover, is related to the acidity of the rest of our body, so, see back to what i wrote earlier in this post about acidification caused by poor diet. eating lemons, limes, and Coca-Cola will destroy your teeth, but otherwise, a vegan diet promotes great bone health in general. chlorine is not the best way to keep our water free of bacteria - we need fresh water, not chemically treated water. at worst, we should learn from other cultures and boil our water, rather than poison ourselves by poisoning away the bacteria that may be inside of it.
chemical pleasures enough has been written about this...marijuana and psychedelics open the mind, and are the main focus of the government's "war on drugs", while tobacco and alcohol are about as healthy as drinking rubbing alcohol and eating chips off of a used chimney. i've used both of them long enough, and i've read enough material about how the government is both subsidizing the tobacco industry, and taxing us at the point of sale, to know that both of these industries - especially the tobacco industry - have basically signed a pact with the devil. tobacco is the final piece of the puzzle of self-destruction. a true addict - one who is lost in the self-destruction our culture promotes - will consume maybe a pizza, and a batch of buffalo wings, and drink three shots, and smoke a bowl, and smoke five cigarettes, before falling asleep in a cloud of his or her own hedonism.
and the misery of our society sure does promote that! "god, i am so miserable, i need to quench the pain with the pleasures that are available. isn't this nature's way?"
but then he or she will wake up in the morning, and the fats will still be coursing through the blood, and breathing will be that much more difficult. and a few deep breaths will bring out the first wad of phlegm that comes up - but by no means the last, because, since the tobacco has taken such a firm hold as an addiction, it has literally pigmented the tissue of the throat and lungs, and will take MONTHS to fully expel - after which point the lungs will be hypersensitive to any more irritation - essentially, occupational asthma. the breathing, if the smoking has gone on long enough, will pinch the lungs, which, if the addict is lucky, will be their first hint that something has gone deeply awry with their lifestyle. as if these symptoms and diseases were not bad enough from tobacco on its own, the companies that produce it add a whole vat of chemicals in the production process, designed to do everything from promoting addiction to controlling the burn process of the cigarette. tobacco is poison in its purest form, and the best description i ever heard of alcohol is that it PICKLES the body. i forget who wrote that now, but it's one of the smartest ways i've heard it described. the attentive will recognize the symptoms of alcoholism and stop it early.
and those are the legal drugs - the ones we see commercials for. what of the illegal drugs? half of them qualify as some form of medicine, psychiatric or even physical. the truly studied doctors recognize marijuana to directly kill tumors.
opiates are powerful painkillers, but this naturally sedative analgesic (an - without, algesia - pain) has undergone so much manipulation - be it hydrocodone, fentanyl, or oxycodone - that some of its forms are a thousand times as potent, and some of its forms are actually stimulants. its natural form is repulsive - the poppy pod, consumption of which evokes severe nausea - and it requires agricultural refinement to be palatable at all, in the form of opium - which is hardly pleasant to ingest, as i can tell you. it is only when the chemicals are systematically extracted, as through an acid base extraction, or say, through an acetic anhydrid synthesis process (as in heroin), that the chemical becomes a powerful euphoriant absent of most negative symptoms, and thus, achieves its truly addictive potential.
and this process - where in the world is its capital? i believe roughly 90% of the opiate production of the world comes from nowhere but Afghanistan - a country the ruling powers in the U.S. decided to recently invade! and guess what happened to the heroin smuggling from Afghanistan post-invasion? absolutely nothing at all.
those who study politics well enough know that smuggling of the 'white' drugs - cocaine and heroin - is not only allowed by the 'government', but is among their primary sources of income. it was under Reagan - who FOX News is now promoting as a hero (WTF?) that the Iran Contra scandal broke, when we found the 'government' was trading drugs for arms. we found that these drugs were smuggled through an airbase in Arkansas, under William Clinton's watch - and that he not only failed to investigate it, but actually lied and evidently sabotaged the investigation into the activities at the airbase during his tenure. but, i digress. the point is simply to establish that the ruling class took over as much of the illicit drug trade as it could, and then set its dogs - the police - on the lower level henchmen.
opiates have a therapeutic use, in a sense, but the same cannot really be said about cocaine, amphetamines, benzodiazepines, or other drugs people commonly look to for entertainment. it could be said that MDMA possesses psychologically therapeutic properties, but that's about it. these are the drugs that have been most commodified by the portion of the drug market - illicit or corporate - run by the ruling class. marijuana, psychedelics (i.e., entheogens), dissociatives, and hallucinogens have fallen to the lower portion of the market, and for the most part, have been officially ridiculed, and a mythology has been promoted that they drive their users insane. hopefully you don't get that impression from reading this blog post! haha ;).
so we can observe two clear trends from what has occurred in the recreational drug markets. (a) the ruling class has commodified all drugs that can be sold and that do not promote awareness, and sought to profit from them, and even endeavored to invade countries to control their trade, and (b), the ruling class has discouraged the use of drugs that tend to promote awareness. it is awareness, after all, that brings us closer to knowledge of our animalistic nature - of our basic needs and wants - and that makes us recognize that our society is utterly incompatible with them.
wind our wind is polluted. our air is polluted! this is worst in the cities - in parts of nature we can still find something that is not perceptibly different from the sort of fresh air we naturally expect. even when we are in cities, on rare occasions, we can experience that.
sunshine OK, the ruling class hasn't ruined sunshine - yet. well, there is more sunshine where there has been clear cutting and deforestation, and the like, and less sunshine in cities, in indoor environments, in workplaces, etc., where we are made to spend much of our lives. but, at least, it hasn't devolved to the point where Mr. Burns from The Simpson is trying to block out the sun, or maybe, poked holes in the barrier to try to sell it back to us. i can definitely imagine something like that happening - would it be under the pretense of filtering our harmful wavelengths of light, or something. at least we can still enjoy this pleasure!
the direct joy of natural accomplishment (finding a patch of berries, or vegetables, or maybe the pleasure of the hunt) well, we still have this, in places where nature hasn't been extinguished yet. let's hope for now that GMO crops don't cross-breed with natural plants in a way that disadvantages them. i get a pit in my stomach even thinking about the possibility.
so our natural lives are full of excitement and joy. we adapt to the pains and take great joy in the pleasures. but social living numbs us to empathy, costs us all of our pleasures, and puts us at the mercy of social ignorance.
i think this is all more or less the vegan, anarchoprimitivist position. i don't reject all technology - 3d printers and the internet are some of the most exciting things i've ever seen - but most of our technology is so ignorantly crafted, and destructive, that it's not even fit to exist. a highway is like a vein of pure cancer coursing through nature - it is somewhere that we have simply choked nature to death, and keep doing so as time and plant life get impatient with our inventions, trying to break apart our concrete and asphalt, and regrow through the holes. and the things that use those highways - these 'automobiles' - would leave you choking to death, and filled with cancers, if all you could inhale was their fumes. watch "Who Killed the Electric Car" for some background on how the automobile industry hasn't even bothered to correct their destruction. i cannot help but imagine that these oil industry giants - sometimes controlled by the same names that appear in the banking or drug smuggling sectors - have played some part in crushing to death alternative energy. it certainly happened centuries ago - why not now? i have heard plenty of rumblings about JP Morgan sabotaging Tesla's plans, but honestly, have never really looked into them. i wouldn't be surprised if Tesla had come up with a free energy schematic, but i'm no expert in that.
if there is any one word that describes human society right now, it's ARROGANCE. it's unbelievable to see how blind we are to what brought us into existence, and how we try to reshape it to our needs before we even understand fully how it works.
i am just living day by day, hoping for a future where the most important of these truths - that we must live in true harmony with nature, and that we aren't more special than any other mammals or tree on this planet - are actually realized by society. the whole world seems like it's in a stunning disharmony because we live in ignorance of them.
and true scientists have known these truths for centuries, even since before the beginning of the "Common Era" (i.e., since the birth of that nice guy who the Romans crucified, right after he drove out the merchants and animal vendors from the Jewish temple - something about not liking temple taxes and priests eating sacrificed animals). men like Cicero and Cato talked about the abuses of power, presumably failing to criticize the Caesars and other politicians directly for fear of execution - hinting at this great knowledge that the abuse of power was on the path to destroy everything.
but the hints were ignored, for thousands of years. the Romans worshipped their emperors as demigods, and to this day, we recognize some of those same emperors as superhuman "saints". our months still have Roman names - January, the Ianua, the door - March, the month of Mars, the Roman god of war - July, for Julius, August, for Augustus, the son of Julius. that is absolute proof that our culture is what their culture became, if Catholicism and Christianity weren't obvious enough proof already.
and look at who we glorify. POLITICIANS! we call two occupations liars in this society - politicians and lawyers - and yet, at the same time, we pretend politicians are the saviors of our whole society, that they are great leaders who are trying to stem the great evils in our society that, really, stem from their own actions, and their own crimes.
so that's what i was thinking about today.
Pompey and Caesar shook hands the same way, before Cleopatra's men had Pompey beheaded for Caesar. Marc Antony took the 'throne' after Caesar died, but had no skill for rulership, and what would have been absolute rule quickly folded into the Triumvirate.
Antony eventually lost everything to Caesar's great nephew, who became Augustus - the parallel of the modern day Obama, the ultra-fake politician who pretends to be highly cultured, moral, and sophisticated.
Caesar, and before him, Sulla, had torn so hard at the flesh of the "Republic" - which had retained some semblance of democracy - that, after Caesar, Rome became a dictatorship in all but name. speaking as somebody with a background in law - Augustus and Obama are also similar in that they have moved nearly all the way to claiming absolute control and impunity. GROSS!