This is my testament to this issue.
Endorsement: I am not convinced you even understand my concepts of moral relativity, so perhaps it would be best for you not to approach them.
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I'm not getting how he can walk in that rig. Something's not adding up right in my head.
He's sliding. Like moowalking with the rig holding him in place. Gotta admit I prefer the idea of a hamsterball but those are waaaay fkin pricey. Could see me settling for something like this until they can jack my cerebellum.
I sometimes take the idea of "difficulty" in this context to be commensurable with resistance. It's like the drag or friction of ego trying to press against its own non-existence: something that, with burning convenience, wants smoke to be mistaken for fire.So, regarding the "active" part in all this, what the fuck does it mean? What is so very thought-provoking about non-action? To whom does the clarion sing in ringing silence?
Ready to act without willing, the master precedes before intention becomes.
I think the idea is that it's a hell of a lot more work to be something you're not, than to be something you are. But that doesn't mean that "being what you are" is easy, especially considering that modern consumer society has built an entire culture out of being what we aren't (and our progressively less healthy bodies and lifestyles is a testament to this). It is now easier to behave unnaturally than to behave naturally. It takes less conscious effort to waste most of your life and all of your energy striving in futility for some preposterous and impossible ideal, so it seems easier to "go with the flow" in modern consumer society, even though doing so drains you and ruins your body.
LMNO: Bent square and crooked rule of the Principia.So, what's your part?QuoteThe phrase, the world wants to be deceived, has become truer than had ever been intended. People are not only, as the saying goes, falling for the swindle; if it guarantees them even the most fleeting gratification they desire a deception which is nonetheless transparent to them. They force their eyes shut and voice approval, in a kind of self-loathing, for what is meted out to them, knowing fully the purpose for which it is manufactured. Without admitting it they sense that their lives would be completely intolerable as soon as they no longer clung to satisfactions which are none at all.
-- Adorno, Culture Industry Reconsidered
The Machine is the framework wherein weakness, ignorance and fear are promoted as social values and then turned into a profit. Of course, some of Its cogs happily defend Its power over reality, because they see personal gain in it. Others simply play along, because it would be too scary to stop being a loyal little sprocket. And so, we came to a point where It was created by us, puny humans, but it has outgrown us. The Machine is its own machinist.
LuciferX: The stopped clock of Discordia.