Monday, 25 March 2013

Another Oxymoron



                                             Peace of Mind

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  1. The mind is never at peace.. until no mind exists.

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  2. Karl, I hope you don't mind me asking, but have you already written a piece on education? Would really like to read your thoughts on the matter. Regards, Travis

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  3. Travis asks an interesting question here Karl. Education is after all where the young are brainwashed into this cesspit of a world.

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    1. Thanks, guys. Don't think I've written anything on education directly, maybe touched on it in the 'Work and I' piece. I guess if education were honest, everyone would have killed themselves by 12!

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    2. 'if education were honest,'. Maybe this statement could be extended to include the terms 'useful' and 'necessary'. For example, consider all the maths that is forced down our throats as 'pupils' or 'students'. We are told that trigonometry, quadratic and simultaneous equations and the whole rotten lot, are useful and necessary. This can also be said of numerous subjects as well.

      But as soon as we age, we find that it is all irrelevant. Yet for those who get to work in education, they end up brainwashing another generation with the same rubbish saying that it is 'useful' and 'necessary'.

      Just like a self-perpetuating virus...Mankind really!

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    3. Couldn't agree more, Mr Graverol. The hype around the importance of Maths is unbelievable when you consider that all most people need is largely arithmetic and percentages.

      Imagine if philosophy were the core of all education. There certianly wouldn't be 7 billion people on the planet!

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    4. My education didn't begin until after college (complete waste, by the way) when I started educating myself. The only useful things I learned at school were reading and the basics of math. Most of the other things were half-truths, indoctrination, or false altogether. The local library and the internet became my school, I became my own teacher, I learned infinitely more. Our schools are the problem, they are stunting our minds and most teachers are not very knowledgable at all about what they're teaching.

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    5. Maybe with reference to education, a certain George Orwell was right after all in a particular book of his where he says:

      War is peace, Freedom is slavery, Ignorance is strength.

      29 years on, the set of phrases above is more relevant than ever it seems. And maybe it's ignorance of human nature that enables most to carry on with life, i.e. 'is strength'. Maybe a new phrase to correct this should be something akin to 'Man is self-perpetuating excrement'.

      Apologies Karl for digressing from the theme of your most recent post.

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    6. Anonymous, totally concur. Bar one or two gifted teachers, most of what I learnt that matters I taught myself.

      And also snap to you, Mr Graverol. And no problem about the education theme; anything goes.

      "The only thing the young should be thought is that there is nothing to hope for from life. I dream of a 'Catalogue of Disappointments' to be posted in all the schools" - E.M. Cioran

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    7. No, maths is highly important if you want to be successful. If you want to be an engineer or scientist---the two best occupations in the world---you need maths. Lots of it. If you want to leave a legacy, study maths and science. You want to be an artist instead? By god! We already have enough art, we don't need no new art. We have enough books, we have enough visual art, we have enough music. No need to add to the pile. But science and especially technology is still growing, and faster than ever. It is technology that will set us free, only technology can save us -- and it will. The future will be very bright because of technology, technology, technology. Damn, I'm really angry that I will most likely be dead when transhumanism takes off and changes the world forever in ways we cannot imagine. It will create and utopia -- thanks to maths.

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    8. The inference I am picking up here is that formal education is where we pick up 'mind' and 'lack of peace'. Maybe, just possibly, outside of our formal education there is mind and relative peace. But formal state education is a mental assault course where we are taught well in restlessness (with some rest, so as not the drain us totally, too many children having nervous breakdowns at once will alarm families and schools), but because it an assault course we prefer to forget out teachers, and the whole system, afterwards in the interests of a mind that needs rest and retreat. Modern formal education destroys any sense of vocation, and sense of purpose that could form early in life and see us through to a calmer and better composed adulthood.

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  4. Beautiful, Karl. How do you come up with these things?!

    To add to how Dima explains it, there's also the verb mind -- as in 'I hope you don't mind', which is like hoping one doesn't disturb your peace. =)

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  5. “Yet for those who get to work in education, they end up brainwashing another generation with the same rubbish saying that it is 'useful' and 'necessary'.”

    Well, they (the teachers, or so called teachers) do not want to feel bad about themselves, of course, so they have to justify every damned thing they force down the throat of children as “useful” and “necessary”. Useful and necessary for *them* to keep their jobs and perpetuate the institution, which is marketed to the victims as “it's for your own good”.

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    1. Very true, Andras. The whole thing becomes a self-perpetuating machine that has to justify its own existence.

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  6. As many of you already pointed out, education is a complete waste of time in that it leads to indoctrination and the perpetuation of the same ignorance again and again.

    I think thats a great topic for my next post (even though i touched this briefly in the "lessons from life" piece). Thanks all for the inspiration! That alone carries more wisdom in it than all of my years in schooling combined!

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    1. One of the most unfortunate things for me growing up in a nearly all white American school was our mis-education on American Indians. Most of what we were taught on the subject were pitiful half-truths and falsehoods, information coming from a white and non-native perspective. I have a sad memory as a child of being marched around the school building wearing rediculous construction paper "Indian" feathers or "Pilgrim" hat that we all had to make. These worthless activities taught us nothing worthwhile and filled our heads with silly naive ideas about Native American culture and the culture of the white pilgrims. I am ashamed to say I grew up afraid of my own culture thinking of Native Americans as a violent and savage group of individuals and thinking of white people as a superior race. I wish I had never been placed in a white school.

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  7. It's got a shorter name: "beer."

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  8. What about trans-humanism? What if one day we found a way to upload ourselves into a system where pain and suffering and injustice were non-existent? Surely it is not consciousness itself, but the horrors it is forced to bear witness to, which are the problem?

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  9. I hope Kim in North Korea executes his plan, his very special plan, for this world.

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    1. I just can't wait for it. I hope he does it soon! Fingers crossed.

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    2. Yes, one thing I'll never forgive Jesus for is that he promised immanent Apocalypse and never delivered, the prickteasing bastard:-)

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    3. The problem here though Karl is the notion of the afterlife following just such an apocalypse, as promised by this or that religion.

      Would you really want such a thing? I know I wouldn't.

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    4. Well, Mr Graverol, I have no religious beliefs, so that's not a problem for me. The pristine silence of the Pre-Life era would be restored in all its glory:-)

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    5. Amen to that Karl.

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  10. child-friendlyness

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