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Re: The Faustian compact
« Reply #15 on: June 25, 2018, 08:49:09 am »
The concept I'm promoting here is also found in eastern religion and philosophy (and also in some of the relatively lucid parts of the bible). I've just phrased it in clearer but more vulgar terms. In the older philosophies giving-a-fuck is referred to by terms such as "attachment" "passion" or "desire" (and if you want to include phrases and concepts that aren't exact matches but are similar also "doing" (taoism) and "chasing the wind" (book of ecclesiastes) and also custom/nomos and social/national/ethnic identity (Diogenes of Sinope)). These terms are less distasteful but also less clear.

Although admittedly, in hindsight, my use of an abstruse just-so-story parable probably canceled out much of my gains in terms of clarity. Mea maxima culpa.
Now-now, I think the just-so frame actually works to advantage. But you knew that already. It's the attachment to non-attachment that cancels itself out, right?
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Re: The Faustian compact
« Reply #16 on: June 25, 2018, 01:03:10 pm »
Honestly though?  Your Wu-Wei sounds more like nihilistic denialism.