Bigsley the Oaf

Vessel

Posted in Uncategorized by bigsleytheoaf on January 10, 2012

The King, Buddha, the Emperor, Patriarch, Wise man, Sage, Master, and so on.

When a geographic region becomes closed – becomes a nation, a city, a state, a family, a horde, a clique, etc. – its population gains a potential for self-knowledge and self-reflection which allows the formulation of descriptions of sub-forms which are representations of its highest values.

Tersely/abstractly, my thesis is this:

In this way, these men, along with the powers they commanded and the structures they subsumed – which is to say the “structures of these men” – were the principle epiphenomena arisen in their anthropo-social-manifolds as resulted from motions of the fundamental principles of these structures.

When humans collect into groups their first task is to form a communication net which allows them to cooperate, to become a big old family, as it were.

The second task is to manifest a King.

The third task is to create a burial vessel for that King.

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I am, of course, speaking somewhat cryptically, but I have two hopes, and I hope that you’ll tolerate my horrible writing style long enough to embrace them:

1. That you can see the echoes of this metaphor/structure throughout the ages – a moment of stasis, a collection of truth, a human manifestation, and then the death of that manifestation and a revolutionizing of reality w/r/t the principle which that manifestation represented.

2. That you will join me in the belief that we are in stage 1 of our narrative. That final globalization has begun – that we are:

i. Forming an information network which spans the globe (the internet) so that we can increasingly see each other as family (once we realize that foreigners, drug users, homosexuals/transexuals/pedophiles/queers, psychotics, the disabled, etc. are all, really, brothers and sisters)

ii. Working together to permanently dismantle the structures which enable the few to live at the expense of the many

iii. Allowing to arise a new morality which everyone can more or less buy into because it’ll just be that fucking obvious (and btw when you fail to live up to it, that’s OK)

iv. Electing the human who most perfectly, obviously, and humbly reflects this morality to act as a sort of living standard of harmonious and beautiful human action

v. Coming to terms with the death of this human, and thereby achieving a deeper understanding of our relationship to the universe, mortality, etc.

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In vulgar terms, we are in a dark age. We are doing the hard work of building the network to inter-communicate. We are learning to share. We are learning to think about our distant neighbors as our brothers and sisters. It will be long, it will be hard, but we have to do it. There is no other option, and there is not much time.

I believe that if we do not experience the death of this “King” figure (who, btw, obviously doesn’t have to be male) then we will not, as humanity, internalize death. We will live in ignorance of death. Therefore, we will die.

This is (almost) obvious from the point of view of the Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis dialectic or (in another tradition) the middle way. You must know both extremes (Life and Death, in this case) completely before you can transcend either concept.

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Some concrete things we can do to get there:

1. Stop hating anyone, period. Even the 1%. Even the small mass of vulgar, greedy politicians who despise us and wish to suck our blood. Even the wall-street sociopath who sees you as a number. Even mass-murderers. Even George W. Bush. Even Stalin and Mussolini and Mao and Kim Jong Il. They are your brothers and sisters, even if they’ve lost the way. If you attain love for them then you will have conquered them.

This is not to say that you should not experience hate, or neglect or ignore your emotions. It is to say that you should not participate in creating social forms which encapsulate and reify this hate. It is to say that you should express your hate directly: “I hate X.” Perhaps the way to conquer your hate will be through hating 10x more than you’re now giving yourself license to hate. Maybe you need to get it out of your system.

God only knows I have trouble with this one. I could fill volumes with the names of people and things that I hate. But I’ve gotta let it go, man.

2. Be pro-drug. This means all drugs are on the table. This means no more war-on-drugs. This means the most important political question is 100% drug legalization. There is no political topic as important as drug legalization. We need LSD and mushrooms and research chemicals and god knows we need ibogain and ecstasy and we need them now. We need to free our minds, first. We’ve figured out the whole “how-not-to-die” thing, for the most part. Put it aside. Stop worrying about it. Free your fucking mind.

3. Live radically healthy. However healthy you think you are, you must be more healthy than that. Love and support anyone around you who is committed to radical health. Help other people be radically healthy. We all know how to eat right and exercise right and love each other, so let’s start doing it for fuck’s sake. We’ve got enough time and energy. Do nice things for people. Do 10x more nice things for people than you think you should.

4. Come to terms with death. No suggestions on how to do this, as only maybe 5 people who I have ever known have died, which is crazy given that I’m 26. Maybe shielding me from the pain of death is the true gift that reality has given to me.

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We can do it!

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