Tuesday, 25 October 2011

More Crap from Richard Dawkins

Here's that man Dawkins again. Apparently he says that "someone as intelligent as Jesus would have been an atheist"!!!! Ahem, I think he's missing something somewhere. It must be on the longer version of the linked interview below as he doesn't say it on the shorter. And he also says that those who believe that without religion society would degenerate and people would start rioting are wrong. Clearly he wasn't in London in August!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/science/video/2011/oct/24/richard-dawkins-video-interview

Friday, 21 October 2011

7 Billion and Rising

Apparently the world's human population is due to hit seven billion this month. Am I the only one to find this fact profoundly depressing and demoralising? In all honesty, how can anyone take themselves seriously as a so-called individual knowing that the planet is now crawling with swarms and swarms of what are essentially only variations on a theme of oneself? And yet all the while, thanks to the relentless bombardment of the media, the internet, advertising etc. we are told how wonderful, amazing and fabulous and new everything is. I mean, please. Just pass the puke bucket.

It seems to escape all of the optimistic morons out there that with the exponential rise of the human species, freedom will diminish, food will diminish, the earth will degrade even quicker and so on. We all know the drill. And yet there was some self-satisfied jerk, whose name I thankfully forget and who's recently authored a book entitled An Optimist's Guide to the Future, writing in the UK Times hailing the 7 billion number as a wonderful thing, as it would lead to more "geniuses" being born, greater "creativity" and "resourcefulness" and all the rest of the shit. Yes, throw petrol on a fire, watch it burn and congratulate yourself on how much taller the flames are getting. What an asshole.

My apologies for this rant. I'm just feeling very tired and jaded at present with humanity and its farcical activities and its insatiable greed and egotism. I'd really like to just live in a tower in the countryside somewhere, listen only to classical music and read only Lovecraft, Ligotti and Huysmans, perhaps chuckling fiendishly to myself as I read a weekly digest of humanity's latest progress toward the abyss.

Saturday, 15 October 2011

Jesus was an Antinatalist

In the early but non-canonical Greek Gospel of the Egyptians (early 2nd century), Salome appears as a disciple of Jesus. She asks him how long death would hold sway, and he says to her,

So long as women bring forth, for I come to end the works of the female

To this Salome replies

Then I have done well in not bringing forth

Monday, 10 October 2011

"Life is Evil"

I went to see Lars Von Trier’s latest film Melancholia last night. It’s annoying me now, because as a film concerning the destruction of the planet and the collapse of the sham bourgeois values that keep this horrible human life on the road, it should have been a masterpiece, but to be honest, I nearly died of boredom. However, there was one magnificent moment. One of the characters is panicking as she realises the end is nigh, but her sister, a hard-edged cynic (in a great turn from Kirsten Dunst) puts her right:

Life is evil

Don’t mourn the planet

No one’s going to miss it


For that little speech alone, the movie deserves Oscars for best screenplay, best picture, best director and best actress!

Monday, 3 October 2011

Woody Allen on Antinatalism

From an interview in the Sunday Times, October 2nd, 2011.

I never thought I was doing anyone a favour by bringing children into the world. With people as cruel to each other as they are, it’s a terrible proposition. The best of lives are sad and tragic. The best of them. My general conclusion is that it’s not a nice thing to do. The world doesn’t need it. The kid doesn’t need it.

When the interviewer, obviously a little incredulous, responded by saying that surely a man of Allen’s wealth could guarantee a child a good life, Woody answered

I can’t guarantee a child anything. I can’t guarantee that I was around five minutes after he or she was born.

Good man, Woody!