Thursday, 28 December 2017

Contemporary "Spirituality"

At first when I saw this article title my interest was peaked. It's very rare to see Buddhism receiving any criticism in the western media, as it is the favoured religion of Occidental consumers. But as I read on it became clear that this fellow has his own agenda.

Why I don't dig Buddhism

The killer lines come here: "To me, 'spiritual' means life-embracing, and so a path that turns away from aspects of life as essential as sexual love and parenthood is not spiritual but anti-spiritual."

Dwell on that for a moment. In ages past, the spiritual life signified a noble effort at transcendental self-overcoming that sought to deny the pull of ephemeral worldly baubles. Or as Bazompora put it on this blog some time ago: From the dawn of civilisations, man dreamt of casting off his flesh and ascending from the physical world; until the modern sham of "life is great/wonderful/..."  with its "child-friendly" blinders upon education, the average man was capable of judging this world for something not worth attaching to.

In this age, for many, Spirituality seems to have reversed its meaning and now represents shameless indulgence of the self and ego.

I'm spiritual, but not religious......will be the tagline for the end of the Ages.

Wednesday, 29 November 2017

The Futility of Antinatalism

"Antinatalism is an epic failure. Such a philosophy is unthinkable and unobtainable for the vast majority. An infinite chasm exists between it and the average person’s weaknesses, depravities, priorities, etc... I honestly believe most CANNOT live up to such things no matter what. They can’t even come close to doing so....AN is and always will be a total failure. It is no less a version of philosophical opium for the sensitive than religion. That's why I laugh when I see people here and elsewhere demand more "AN activism", as if there were an ice-cube's chance in hell of it ever taking off." - Joint statement from two AN Elders

"The lessons never seem to get learnt. They never seem to get learnt. Maybe the odd individual will learn them, but you still see this madness around you. You can say, ‘For goodness’ sake! Can’t you see how you’re making the same mistakes humans have made before? Can’t we do this differently?’ But it doesn’t happen. Unpleasantness and suffering are too deeply written into the structure of sentient life to be eliminated.”- David Benatar

New Yorker interview with David Benatar

Monday, 23 October 2017

New Benatar essay and vitriolic response

A new and succinct Benatar essay with some interesting comments:

Having children is not life-affirming, it's immoral

And an unusually moronic and vitriolic response even by normal standards:

Evil Professor calls for end to humanity

Stay sterile!

Wednesday, 12 April 2017

From AN to Alternative-Right?

A friend writes to me:

"I've noticed that in the Venn diagram of subcultures, AN and Alt-Right have overlapped for awhile, but it seems like more and more pessimistic/AN people are moving in that direction."

Do you agree? If so, why might this be the case? Are some people suddenly dreading the thought of being part of a declining culture that may find itself outnumbered by more traditional cultures who still place a heavy emphasis on propagation and expansion?

All thoughts welcome. (Well, some anyway).

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In other news, one of my favourite bloggers is active again: Louie over on 'Everything is Pointless'. He also has a new podcast show up and running. For some reason, I've having trouble embedding the addresses on the blog-list, but he can be found at

http://everythingispointless.com/

And 

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvBjdxGibLxh5_LLq6y35CQ

I encourage everyone to take a look!