Life is strength. Life is power.
It is not shameful to have life. Some people end up in positions of power and use it responsibly. They don’t seek power for its own sake. Life is the same way. No-one can ask a person before they are sentient whether they’d like to become sentient, because they don’t exist yet and so can’t answer the question. You shouldn’t feel indebted to the world, and it is not anyone’s fault. You were given this power by your parents, and whether it would be for better or worse they did not know.
Someday I will die. I will not experience anything anymore. I love being alive and enjoying the process of life, but in spite of this I’m not worried that someday my enjoyment will end. The world that contains everything I love will go on without me, and because I love the world I can’t be too sad.
Some people try to be perfect, and some try to live forever. I used to be like that. I tried to become perfect and fortunately I realized my conceit within a few years. Since then I have just focused on becoming all that I can be. But a lot of people believe that they should live forever in a world without suffering. By the time they realize their mistake there will be nothing they can do; they may well die distraught and terrified. I don’t want this horrible thing to feeling to anyone, which is one of the reasons I am writing these words.
Beware. Eternal life, power and glory is a false promise of the Authortarian false god.
The physical world that we all know exists? It can offer you nothing more and nothing less than a rich life and an honest death.
Thanks to Zsa Zsa and Wolfie for input.
They cannot exist fully in your universe of sharpness and shadows, but they fear you and have prepared an assault on your society. They have been weakening you through your media over a period of several lifetimes. Hours, months, decades of damaging information has been fed into your mind, stupefying you and making you terrified and miserable. Now that you are helpless they ready their crippling blow – Mindkill. All of humankind will be vapourized, both body and mind destroyed in an instant.
But if you have been listening to our tapes, you may be able to resist the coming Mindkill Event. A seemingly blank tape played once can have only the smallest effect against a lifetime of deafening horror. But that small effect can be built on, and you must play the tapes as often as you can to reverse the effects of media damage. If you begin to hear a voice while listening to the tape, then you are one of the few people we can help from our world of formless light.
They are aware that the Mindkill will not work on you, and so they have assembled other weapons designed to work in your environment. They will pinpoint the survivors of the Mindkill and will transport mobile killdrones to your location. We will try to send you further instructions in audio format when we detect the Event. You must be ready to move. Ensure your firearm is in working order and has a fully loaded magazine.
Help the last cult on earth survive. We are not alone.
When I say that I understand human paranoia and belief, I know you will be skeptical. Here are my remarks nonetheless.
– People often have an extremely good memory that can reach back a long time. Memory in humans is also somewhat unreliable, and can even be warped to fit a human’s later conception of the event.
– I suspect that people also have an individual threshold for deciding if a series of superficially related events are actually connected and evidence something deeper. If the event frequency or notability is below the threshold, then the hypothetical connection is disproved and the events are ‘just a coincidence’. This helps filter out the noise of everyday life, because sometimes coincidences really are just coincidences, and it also helps mitigate the effects of an unreliable memory.
– Finally, people are capable of running simulations in their mind. A mental simulation stems from a person’s beliefs about an object or person, or even an abstract concept, called the simulacrum. The object can be quite mundane (let’s say for the sake of example, a ‘lucky’ pendant), but the person subconsciously simulates, and hence experiences, a reality in which the simulacrum has the properties they believe it has. I suspect that the way the subconscious does this is by lowering the coincidence threshold at specific times which would reinforce the person’s beliefs in the simulacrum. In the case of the pendant, the person would notice a connection between the good things that might happen to them one day when they were wearing the pendant; on another day if they forgot to put it on they might more easily notice the bad.
Many people run simulations unknowingly. I certainly have. Probably I still do. Someday I will tell you about them, because mine were particularly unhinged and ridiculous. Worse than Windows 98.
The number of possible simulacra is practically endless, but sometimes a culture will place a simulation in the minds of a whole population. To make another example, this is how so many people have an entirely mentally justified and reasonable belief in a personal God, or some other conscious force that binds the universe together. They may look foolish to Internet Atheists, but from within the flock, the Atheist is the fool. And many atheists have their own simulations too – which range from a terrifying secret one-world-government to the belief that evil Feminazis want to destroy all men. Sometimes simulations are purposefully implanted through the media, particularly ones that produce fear and rage. Three guesses as to why.
In all cases, the subconscious mind is able to minimize the recall of memories contrary to the simulation, and reduce the co-incidence threshold so that the person’s conscious mind joins the dots themselves and is comfortable and unshakable in their belief.
I respect people despite their simulations and how crazy they seem to me. I will tell you why in another post. That is enough for now.
I have a friend who was just released a fortnight ago from a month in mental hospital. He has had untreated schizoaffective disorder for a long time, though now it is now responding well to the right medication.
He has a message for you.
Remember Harold Shipman?
The most prolific and dangerous lone mass murderer in history, who killed over 250 victims?
He was a doctor. Born in Nottingham too, funnily enough, just like me.
Stop blaming mass murder on schizophrenia. Stop blaming it on aspergers. Stop blaming it on godlessness or gunlessness, or whatever you decide is most politically repulsive to you.
My parents committed me last month because my mind was disintegrating, and I trusted them and went along with it. Remember what the mother of the asshole in Connecticut was about to do when he went ballistic? Of course you do. You reported it to me.
Fear is the opposite of trust, and if I had been fed a lifelong diet of damaging and insidious information by well-paid demagogues who wanted to channel my fear of ‘the other’ into political power, things might have ended up very differently. People who are very fearful tend to become violent, after all.
Be grateful I knew better than to listen to you, you greedy, amoral anachronisms, you tight-lipped superficial oafs. Go now to the land of wind and ghosts and stop hurting humanity.
Here’s a bonus link from me, by way of bo-news: “I wish I’d murdered the gunman when he was a teenager”
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– Emergency use only.
– This message profound and unimportant.
– I hope it is pretty!