“If you can’t eat it or ‘f*** it, it doesn’t have any value.”
I was just reading from a guy complaining that some wish to trade security for freedom –referring to guns laws in the USA. Obviously, that guy -like myself, until recently- hasn’t realized where he lives.
The age where freedom, love, emotions, imagination, honesty and other immaterial things were considered extant and were valued on a broad basis is long gone. And much like atoms that are mostly empty, society’s chiefs only call upon love, benevolence, freedom but it have no idea what those things mean. You don’t need to get welfare or have sex, to love or be loved.
Don’t assume I’m taking sides. I don’t care about welfare and guns. I only care that I have a hard time being understood, as I mean to say something like ‘love’, and others understand something else.
It seems to me that with dialectic materialism the world has bought the Christianity versus materialism thing and everything else is just ‘crazy’. Well, what you want is ‘crazy’ too, because it’s not a material thing. And anyone that ‘knows better than you’ can now walk up to you and say ‘this and that is normal’ (they used to say ‘moral’ instead of ‘normal’) and he wont care whether you want it or not. That’s the state society is in now. It doesn’t matter whether that guy is lying or not, whether there is personal profit behind his projected ‘benevolence’, but it matters that it’s normal, and you ought to be that too.
I can’t say I don’t enjoy good food and sex and stuff like that too. But not only that’s not all I can enjoy, but also the ‘joy’ part is only partially related to my body. And what do you know, as time passes the people are more driven by necessity and not by love, will, joy, aesthetics the more their material creations worsen too. It’s not that they give up one things in favor of the other. It’s been life that’s been creating those things, using the material universe. And life now doesn’t matter. It is not valued. It’s existence is no longer acknowledged, not even by itself. And although technology progresses, food quality worsens, interpersonal relations become colder, and life more and more revolves around basic survival and money, no matter which political side you support. Surely, there are some exceptions here and there. But people mostly don’t aim very high. They just try get by before they die, so they wont pose any threats to their overlords.
In truth there are not overlords. Really, all the power they seem to have lies in the power everybody else gives up. And that power is themselves, not the bunch of atoms they possess and drive around. And that is why they were told to give themselves up. It was done sweetly, with the best of intentions, and now most try hard to not feel too depressed about it and try to hide it. ‘What matters is to smile’.
No, what matters is to love, and then you may as well smile too. Don’t smile to show you love. If somebody did terrible things to you that he wanted hidden, he’d coax you to appear ‘positive’ or to even consider that those he was doing were positive. But only you know what you like or not. Chemistry doesn’t know. You know.
Bottom down this story has a positive side. What’s immaterial cannot be destroyed. And all the love and will and everything you can possibly experience be cannot leave you. Those things can only exist if you make them, and you will never be unable to make them. All you need to do it take out Sauron’s ring and live with the truth.
So I don’t worry. If you thought I was complaining, you’re wrong.