Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Moral Myopia

So, another shit storm in the Middle East, that zone that encompasses the human condition within a few square hundred miles: hopeless, incessantly violent, unfair and ultimately pointless. However, what irks me at the moment is the usual moral crusading on the usual social media platforms by people who in all likelihood have never been to Israel or Palestine, speak neither Arabic nor Hebrew, and whose knowledge of the area's history is sketchy at best. One thing the Internet has encouraged are self-declared moral heroes, whose bravery consists in making a loud declaration of what should be done - not by themselves of course, but by others - before returning to their cosy, privileged lives, feeling good about themselves for having bared their soul. Of course generally these people will pontificate about all manner of shit while casually walking over the neighbourhood homeless and down and outs, because, well, to represent those people wouldn't be half as glamourous, would it? And yes, mea culpa, of course. No one is exempt. Humans suck.

http://takimag.com/article/who_cares_about_the_middle_east/print#axzz37WIxE6nN

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  1. I met a traveller from an antique land
    Who said: "Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
    Stand in the desert. Near them, on the sand,
    Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
    And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
    Tell that its sculptor well those passions read
    Which yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,
    The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed:
    And on the pedestal these words appear:
    'My name is Antinatalism, king of kings:
    Look upon my harsh truths, and despair!'
    Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
    Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
    The lone and level sands stretch far away."

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  2. 'that zone that encompasses the human condition within a few square hundred miles.' Classic!

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  3. In my dreams I see a barren earth,with no life forms whatsoever.Earth reduced to a dust bowl.

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    1. ....what a dream!! And yet, I still have an irrational fondness for microbial mats....

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  4. Anonymous: It'll happen one way or the other. It's a pity there'll be so much tragedy until then, though.

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    1. I am not sure what would be a pity about all that tragedy. It would certainly be entertaining enough, even with itty bity pity.

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  5. Right on! Plus, a good link there.

    Cheers

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  6. Metamorphhh: Ain't that the wacky thing though? People are shocked at us for wanting to ease the very process they're recklessly going to a. Cause, and b. Make as horrible as they possibly can.

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    1. Yes, Ann, but it gives their lives meaning, purpose and hope! "I am SOOOOOOO busy, trying to raise the next generation of little fuckers who will make an even bigger pigswill of the world than it is already. Aren't I amazing? Now get up off your ass and help change the diapers!"

      If I hear the 'children are *our* future' line again, I'll barf. No, sir, they are not my future, they are something you have created to fill the existential void you can't cope with. Now leave me in peace.

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  7. Excellent points Karl you are so insightful and gifted in words. I get furious with the people who simply "advocate" for this or that without actually being willing to do anything about it themselves (many are not even willing to educate themselves about the issues they are "fighting for"). The only thing they are actually advocating for is for somebody else to stick their neck out and make the necessary sacrifice. I suffer from a malformed face and I know I can walk into any church in the country and hear a moral lesson on how we should all care for the sick and downtrodden and I can even see the tears glisten in the people's eyes but as soon as the emotional party is over, I know I'll have these same people spitting in my face and calling me disgusting. Been there, done that, know how it goes. Such is the nature of the beast called humanity.
    Most people are satisfied after some tragedy to log onto their twitter and make an emotional comment about something they know nothing about and then get back to their lives. Or march around holding signs. God forbid they had to actually perform the tasks they are advocating for someone else to accomplish. This is, after all, why childbirth exists. World going crazy? No problem, just sit back and create somebody else to bear the world's problems. And watch as the burdens get heavier and heavier with each successive generation.

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    1. Precisely right. Morality, if it exists, consists in actions, not in an endless stream of words.

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  8. Humans suck? Yes. And maybe they are the main character in the horror show that is life?!


    But can they suck any more than anything else in the universe? A place in which everything dies, from bluejays to black holes ー a place which, in the end, equals nothing? Human beings are only one monster in a meaningless universe full of monsters….


    About moral myopia. One of the most frustrating features of this human monster is that each new generation thinks they are the first to have discovered the world!! And look!! For the first time there are answers….solutions to the human condition, and the nature of the world!! And yes, as you say, the answers usually involve others.

    Unfortunately, there is no real cure for the disease of youth….

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    1. You're anthropomorphizing nature. Black holes aren't alive, so they can't die.

      What do you mean that the universe "equals nothing"? It seems like you're making a value judgement that doesn't reflect objective reality.

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  9. I try to refrain from being too excessive, too "poetic" ー And yet. Objective reality? Value judgement? These seem quite excessive….I don’t know….

    Black holes can die in the sense that they can cease to exist….

    By “equals nothing” I mean ー if the universe was an equation, and if we solved it, it would equal nothing. Or infinitely close to nothing….

    Apparently, if we are to believe what the current scientific consensus suggests is the case….everything in the universe will decay because our universe is expanding, and will do so forever (apparently (and actually the expansion is accelerating)). Stars and galaxies will get too far apart for any interaction or new fuel or work to be done to form new stars. At some point all stars will stop shining and galaxies will lose their stars and other objects….things will get cold and dark….then black holes will evaporate….then a few types of particles will be left in this ever expanding universe, and will whiz about in the darkness almost never encountering each other much ever….

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    1. Why can't I put my relies in the correct place? This reply is, of course, to gyde zoxe!! My apologies for my brains....

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  10. So how's that book coming along? You're writing one, right? Ah anyhow, great post once again.

    To digress, what do you think about "suicide is not a solution/permanent solution to a temporary problem (whole human existence is a temporary problem, amiright or amiright)" cliche, Karl? Just something I thought about today - I mean everyone will die someday anyhow so suicide's basically just accelerating towards the inevitable on your own terms, whatever that means if you buy into Metzinger's theory of PSM and how there is no such thing as a self.

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    1. Indeed, Anon. And let's not forgot the many more "day to day" problems that are neither temporary nor fixable.

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    2. ....everything....is, "temporary" & "fixable" ー whiskey, plus death (or other way round(

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  11. Had a revelation on preferred suicide method: river. Jump into the river from a tall bridge and aim to survive the initial fall and attempt to swim ashore. If the river is successful in murdering you, tada: a 'guilty final decision' free suicide method

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  12. Hi Karl, I don't know if my myopia is a moral myopia or not, but I do know that if the media, from the BBC and SKY etc to the dreaded Facebook applied the test you put that the commentator has to know the history and or the languages of the participants in this present long running rumble (calling it 'a war' implies it has an end) then there would precious little said in the media at all about it. For myself I avoid reports of Israel vs Palestine because with how unresolvable it is, the reports feed into how unresolvable some aspects of my own life are. Is that myopia? Or knowing the natural limits of how far I can see?

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    1. Actually, Malcom, I realise I should have called the post 'Moral Longsightedness' or 'Moral Hyperopia', as what I was attacking was the ever icnreasing tendency of humans to pontificate on that which they can do nothing about or are ignorant of, while yet ignoring the immediate issues under their nose which they may be able to engage with while choosing not to. Personally, I would love to see a media shutdown, or else have merely a tickertape of factual statements. Analysis, commentary etc etc all make me ill.

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    2. I totally agree. All commentators, experts, analysts etc. are ego-driven extroverts trying to create a career for themselves. It's obvious they don't care about any suffering after the cameras are switched off.

      Thank you for your ongoing blog Karl, I discovered it only 2 months ago but will always be an avid follower now.

      Michael_L

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  13. I am Serious Antinatalist reading Serious fascist mags-Karl

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  14. Hey Karl, I got a question. I am just recently learning about antinatalism.

    When I was discussing about antinatalism with someone, this person told me that procreation is something natural and therefore we can't say that nature isn't moral nor immoral. And applying moral judgments to nature is wrong. As we can't moralize nature.

    What would you say to this person?

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    1. Tell him in that case he can't condemn or praise anything whatsoever, as everything that happens is part of nature. We use morality to discriminate. Either make judgements or be a consistent nihilist.

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