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Affect and Quality of Consciousness

Anchor for this item  posted December 11, 2007 at 12:17 AM MDT

*reprise* hfx_ben: If folk act as stunned as I say they do .... This post to LiveJournal, citing "'Thirst for knowledge' may be opium craving", reads in part:
Maybe I get upset. Maybe too upset, and maybe too often. And maybe angry, and then depressed. But at least I'm thinking. So what? *D'uh!* is the appropriate answer to that pseuco-clever trash.
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But hey, go ahead ... coast ... the planet will die and you'll be riding along stunne ... don't let me mess you up ... you've got a handle on things and I'm just a fuckup. Yaaaaaaaa right.
The post concludes and wraps with another reference:
"DANGER: valid thoughts ahead!"
Origins of Peace and Violence; Deprivation of Physical Affection as a Main Cause of Depression, Aggression and Drug Abuse
Phenomenals world's vividness can be quashed; there is nothing inevitable about bliss, any more than peace and prosperity and health.

What politic is entailed by slothful thinking? Given that the situation is, as the poet wrote, "The best lack all conviction while the worst are filled with a fiery intensity", how do those individual dynamics ramify up to the level of social and societal?

Grist for the yuppies' mills!


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Wow Ben..."What politic is entailed by slothful thinking?"

I guess my infatuation with my family's "dynamics" is be-cause it seems to expand general into the bigger picture, like uhm...my dad. As far as I can tell, he is addicted to TV and movies, (every night a different movie, or two, + hours and hours of TV, which is another infatuation of mine, the way TV works out on the human consciousness, not just the mind I suppose) food...not to mention sloth. Hm...I guess I can see the entailments of uhm how living lazily, dazing through life, combines into something bigger, which you talk about : "how do those individual dynamics ramify up to the level of social and societal?" ... I guess I wonder about that. Like all the mindlessness and self-destruction of my dad amounts to very negative affects on the rest of my family. Obviously. So.. how does that expand to Society? Well, bringing my cousin(s) into the picture (who tell me they like to watch TV because it's "brainless") I guess living a mindless and lazy existence leaves them prone to manipulations and probably they'd want and accept, liking it, further degradation, since they invite it anyway. Do you know what I mean? They're unprepared.

By Blogger didyoutouchme, at Mon Jan 14, 06:11:00 PM MST  

Yaa ... all o'that ...

But I can't help noticing you draw a pretty small circle ... dad and cousins. But nobody lives their life within family. There are friends, associates, acquaintances, co-workers and bosses ... folk in stores and shops ... who we are and the way we are affects everybody. Maybe only a little bit, but not /none/. Deny it as much as folk do, we are basically social animals.

And now, with the web, we touch even more people ... commenting in forums or chat rooms ...

But you know there's another thing that comes to mind: it's hard to see family members clearly because we're so lumbered with powerful subjective associations, some we're aware of far too keenly, some we're aware of perhaps not at all. Know what I mean?

Maybe best to draw broad lessons and then let it go ... everybody needs a break now and again, them as well as us ... so then those impressions can clarify a bit (not become well argued cases, those are just conceptual elaboration, but as feelings) to perhaps illuminate the lives of other folk in our lives.

stay well

By Blogger Ben, at Mon Jan 14, 08:26:00 PM MST  

Talking about how movies are crap is the same as saying don't watch movies. It is hitting the wall, at full speed. If you can face the problem but back up you can see the evolution of the problem. Talking about how movies are great is saying you care about the expression of the world. No matter the quality/quantity. This directly relates to the value of objects going up based upon rarity.
good luck everyone

By Blogger Albert, at Tue Feb 09, 02:41:00 PM MST  

Interesting ... except that nobody was talking about how movies are crap ... this actually has nothing to do with what I wrote.

DidYouTouchMe wrote, "he is addicted to TV and movies, every night a different movie, or two" ... and that's it.

Perhaps your "hitting the wall at full speed" is a way of avoiding the subject?

By Blogger ben, at Wed Feb 10, 08:59:00 AM MST  

A while back. Yes indeed avoiding the subjet. And too embarrassed to admit to it.

As for the subject of your blog, it is interesting. Even if things are so very bad in so many ways I think we can have joy and appreciation when we apply some effort to doing good.

Thanks for bringing this blog back to my attention.

By Blogger Albert, at Tue Apr 05, 11:11:00 PM MDT  

A while back. Yes indeed avoiding the subjet. And too embarrassed to admit to it.

As for the subject of your blog, it is interesting. Even if things are so very bad in so many ways I think we can have joy and appreciation when we apply some effort to doing good.

Thanks for bringing this blog back to my attention.

By Blogger Albert, at Tue Apr 05, 11:11:00 PM MDT  

 

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