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Tuesday, April 12, 2005



Television.

It is hard to underestimate the stupefying effect that continuous tv-watching necessarily has on one's mind, soul, and imagination. The problem is that only a very conventional and generally narrow-minded outlook is permitted on tv - so that everything that is shown is actually all part of the same rather simplistic paradigm (philosophy/vision of life).

To get an idea: compare a book of fairy-tales from around the world to whatever you ever heard or saw on tv, and you might discover that there is more space for thought and discovery in those ancient tales than in all of the seemingly diverse stuff that they presented as "well-understood" in those programs.

TV presents life as if it were well-known and understood in advance - but it is not.

The best example of this are those national-geographic kind of programs where distant and exotic places are shown. From watching these images you get the false impression that you get to know the far-away place that is being shown and "explored by the camera". But in reality this is all bogus: you've never been to that place and you just can't know how it is - you can only get a schematized idea of it that will replace reality for you. And after watching a few of these programs you will start thinking that the world is a very small place - because you know all the corners of it already, without having gone and explored anything yourself.

But the world is not small - it is the image and imagination of it that is small and narrow-minded. And this is what tv does to one's view of life.




Remarks on love and affection.

There is a bad tendency out there to collect people like trophees. In the blog-world it is represented by the mechanical invention of being linked to by as many people as possible. But what is mindless social game in cyberspace becomes only too personal elsewhere.

Sometimes people want to stay in touch because they require your presence on their mental list of collectibles. This can be mistaken for loyalty or friendship: beware.

Sunday, April 10, 2005



I saw a man practice Tai-Chi in the park. Then I saw a bit of the same movements in some tv program. For some reason I feel a strong desire to learn these graceful movements and practice them - I suspect it might have some effect on my state of mind too.




Effecting.

Hate is probably an instinctual attempt at psychic defense against aggression. One becomes irritated and then fosters raging against the cause while physical means of defense are not available. A very strong emotion like hate can have a psychic effect that is as good as a physical impact.

A psychic effect is when outside and unknown events are influenced and directed by intense emotional relation towards some object. It's impossible to prove or even observe a connection here, but effects can be surprisingly devastating.




No blame.

The symbolic nature of reality is hard to perceive if everything is seen as a giant game of random effects. But one cannot apprehend all of the game at once and is thus reduced to observe effects towards oneself or one's own sphere. It may not be the complete picture, but it gives enough of a view. The problem of course is that one is always tempted to explain too many things by one's own sphere of influence when in fact most events are not personal despite the very personal impact they produce.

Basically the idea here is that if there is war and a carpet-bombing and a bomb falls nearby and wounds and maims you, it was not intended as a personal harm - despite the kind of havoc it causes in your life.

Most events in life are like this - even effects from some people who cause harm around them due to their bad character which is a calamity to them no less than to others. You may be just such a person on occasion too.

However the other trenchant of this view is that even if the cause of the event that affects you is not personal or intended, you should be well advised to take all the cues from it and take the effect as directly personal - because it is. The bomb that maimed you was random and did not aim at you specifically - but your life will never be the same after that - which is the most personal consequence there is.

It is not forbidden to rage against the bomb - but it's useless. Nature is like that too - your own body may harbor desease and will one day become your worst enemy and torture you like the worst executioner.

So I am trying to wave all sorts of events into a thread of meaning.





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