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You Pay for the Protection of Political Correctness with Your Life (Part One)

The moment you are collectivized according to group identity, and even if the dominant group (that wielding supreme coercive power) is the one in which you happen to belong, your annihilation is assured, both spiritually (metaphysically) and (eventually) physically.  As a member of the dominant group you might feel safe for a while, but that time is most definitely borrowed. And it is to your advantage to understand that your sense of security is astonishingly irrational.

Did the fact that they were white and German protect the “master race” from the horror and destruction which befell Nazi Germany both from within and without?  Were the proletariat spared the fear, abuse, starvation, incarceration, and firing squads of the Politburos of Soviet Russia or Communist China?  How are the Korean PEOPLE faring under the oppressive thumb of the leadership of the Democratic PEOPLE’S Republic of (North) Korea?  What about the poor working classes in Pol Pot’s Cambodia or Castro’s Marxist-Nationalist Cuba?

If you don’t know the answers to these questions, a cursory Google search will provide you with them in less than 90 seconds.

I’ll wait…

There is no rational, moral, or lasting benefit to belonging to any socio-political collective, be it the scapegoated (e.g. white males in America from the latter 20th century to the present) or the lauded (e.g. virtually anyone, including animals, except white men in the same time frame) because such a thing is simply a defiance of Truth.  The collectivization of the individual, and when given his facile and utterly subjective collective Identity, be it race, gender, religion, political party, culture, nationality etc., etc., entirely denies him.  And thus to collectivize the individual is to destroy him, and this in turn—individualism being the very foundation upon which rational reality (that is, the nature of ourselves) is defined—makes the lasting perseverance of humanity impossible until the political power structure which is forcing collectivized reality upon the masses collapses.  And this collapse is inevitable…the political power structure will either fall prematurely due to the greed, laziness, and inevitably resultant incompetence of its state officials, or it will run its full course to a necessary conclusion: the death of everyone under its authority; and thus it will collapse because it no longer has anyone left to rule, making it no longer an authority. That is, its ideological and practical self-contradiction will have come full circle. And inside the circle the individual is destroyed, regardless of the group with which he is identified.

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Each one of us possesses an absolutely singular consciousness, which I define more precisely as our innate ability to know Self (Awareness of the “I”).  This metaphysical singularity (of Self) serves as THE reference for all of reality.  In other words, what is real must be real TO THE SELF.  For without the Self, reality cannot be referenced, and thus it cannot be defined, and thus it cannot be said to exist, and thus it cannot be said to be REAL.

The Sense of Self is is why the most distinguishing aspect of human identity is its linguistic reference to the “I” of existence.  That is, human beings reference themselves as “I”—as a fundamental singularity—despite our bodies being non-singular…that is, a collection of parts: limbs, organs, veins, capillaries, ligaments and muscles and sinews, cells, molecules, atoms, particles, and on and on.  Yet we instinctively understand that our awareness and agency—that which makes me “Me” and you “You” and him and her “Him” and “Her”—are not parts, but an IS.  And because this singularity is the root of our very Identity, we all NECESSARILY and innately use the pronoun “I”; and “I” qua “I” cannot by definition be “We”.  The Individual cannot be Collective.  Though ontically our bodies are collective, instinctively humanity develops language around the Self, proclaiming “I” as the linguistic representation of the singular frame of reference for reality…a reality which collapses once “I” is sacrificed to “Us”.  Because “Us” is naturally the antithesis of “I”.  That is, “Us” as the reference for reality specifically and necessarily subordinates “I” to an IDEAL that is beyond the Individual.  And that Ideal is the Collective (race, nation, culture, class, etc.).  The Individual who is collectivized then BELONGS to the group, utterly subordinated to it at the very root of existence.  The logical conclusion of this is that the Individual, being metaphysically subordinated to the Collective, ceases to have any relevance in and of himself, and therefore is seen as entirely NON-existant…he is an offense to the existant “reality” of the group, and thus morally reprehensible and necessarily disposable.  He will be murdered in service to the group, first spiritually (metaphysically), and then, eventually, physically.

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If the “Us” of the Collective is the metaphysical foundation of reality then it becomes that which is objective…or objectively real.  This necessitates that the Individual must become that which is subjective…or subjectively real. Therefore the Individual can be given NO definition at all, since there is, OBJECTIVELY, no ONE to communicate with some ONE else in order to agree upon a definition.  In fact NOTHING can be defined because all definitions become a function of Authority—that which exists to force the Collective Ideal upon Individuals (more on this in a bit)—not reason.  And Authority is FORCE, not TRUTH, and thus Authority is the very antithesis of meaningful reality.  It therefore is the promoter of rank chaos…of not meaning but MEANINGLESSNESS.  In other words, once humanity is redefined as metaphysically collective, RATIONALLY defining reality becomes impossible.  Reality becomes disorganized, not organized, because language, which relies upon REASON for its relevance, is replaced with POWER (Authority).  And this is why the more humans become socialized (which means collectivized), the more chaotic and hypocritical society becomes.  Men are women and whites are black and adults are infants and she is he and propaganda is news and accusation is proof and majorities are minorities and psychological projection is righteous indignation and socialism is freedom and fascists are anti-fascists and punishment is privilege and bullies are victims.  And the natural political consequence of an increasingly chaotic and meaningless reality is growing tyranny.

So…if you want to know why the United States looks the way it does today, well, now you do.  The madness, you see, when you understand the metaphysical differences between Collectivism and Individualism and all that these differences necessarily imply about epistemology and ethics and politics and aesthetics, ironically makes PERFECT sense.

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Collectivism, due to its inherent rational inconsistency, simply cannot provide a framework for any kind of efficacious reality.  And in such a metaphysical context the Individual will be considered utterly insufficient to existence.  NO individual, then, no matter the group in which he is placed, can ever ultimately thrive in a Collectivist context.  The individual—be HE, HIMSELF, black, white, gay, straight, Christian, Muslim, etc., etc.—represents an absolute offense to the Collective and will be destroyed.  It is not the black INDIVIDUAL, for example, which the Collectivism of Black Lives Matters cares about, but BLACKNESS the IDEAL.  And that Ideal is what REALLY shall be promoted and served.  And as all abstract Ideals must have a practical incarnation in order to force Individuals into their service, the Ideal becomes, for all practical intents and purposes, the small number of men and women who exist as its political officials.  In other words, the ruling elite who “lead” the movement are the Authority represeting the transcendent Ideal in the tangible world, and they, being IT for all practical purposes, become the SOLE beneficiaries of the “justice” the Ideal promises. BLACKNESS (using our example) as represented by the ruling Authority, not black PERSONS, reaps all the power and all the wealth and all the “rights” and all the “justice”.

The natural, unavoidable, and unalterable purpose of Collectivism is to destroy every man, woman, and child, no matter who they are, with no ultimate regard for any ONE’s class, race, economic or social status, etcetera.  None of that makes any difference in the end.  If left to run its course, Collectivism, no matter what pet group identity it is said to represent, is NO respector of persons.  And so in a way, this actually DOES make it the most “socially just and equal” of all philosophical paradigms:

EVERYONE dies.

END (Part One)

 

 

 

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Get the Metaphysics Right and You’ll Get Everything Right

Put on your thinking caps, ladies and gents.  This is no cakewalk of political pontification; no casual stroll down the primrose path of the subjective symbolism of flags or the contradiction of government to the individual metaphysic.  No, you’ll need to turn off the background music and send the kids out to play for a while.

If you are so inclined, of course.  Around here, no one forces anyone else to spend the capital of their own time in any way other than as they wish. I’m just giving you fair warning.  Gonna hit the pause button on this one a few times.  This will be decidedly non-intuitive.  But remember, that doesn’t make it wrong.  Only rational inconsistency makes it wrong.  And if you can point any out, please let me know in the comments section.

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In order for you to know, believe, or do anything, YOU must first be a part of the equation…YOU must be endemic to–you must be the reference for the relevancy, efficacy, purpose, and meaning of that knowledge, belief, or action.  In other words, without YOU, there is no knowledge, belief, or action, because those things–in conceptual form or otherwise–can have no meaning absent the frame of reference of yourSELF.  Without YOU, and your innate, inherent, and absolute ability to be YOU, I assert that there is no existence of anything, period, and the same is true for me.  For without the Self, by which the entirety of one’s existence is referenced, and of which there is no other absolute and and thus constant context, there can be no reference for existence by which existence qua existence can have any meaning.

Now, before you raise an index finger to protest this idea it is vital to notice that even those who proclaim the objective existence of things in the “objective material reality outside ourselves” do, and in fact must, declare such a notion only from the absolute context of themselves, that is, from the absolute and inexorable frame of reference of Self…and this context is for them, as it is for everyone, categorical.  No one can observe life/reality/existence, beliefs, ideas, actions, emotions, aesthetics, etc. from outside themselves, by definition.  This fact renders anyone claiming to know of an “objective reality outside themselves” either a weaver of false threads or at the very least unaware of contradictory “logic” of such a notion.  Even those “out of body experiences” about which we occasionally hear from people who are said to have died for a minute or two on the operating table still must speak of such an experience from a singular consciousness; a singular observational vantage point; a singular perspective; a singular context of Self.  They always speak of it as MY out-of-body experience, not OUR out-of-body experience.  And this is because human beings have no collective frame of reference, but only a singular existential perspective–that of Self.  There is no such thing as a dual, or group, metaphysic.  The reason why you always refer to yourself as “I” is because you cannot possess a collective frame of reference for your existence.  At the end of it all…at the end of every philosophy, no matter what you are told and no matter how desperately some Marxist proselyt might wish it to be otherwise, there is no such thing as “WE” except conceptually.  There is only YOU, period.  You ARE; and you ARE, absolutely.  There is no such thing as a group metaphysic.  It is a lie.  Which is why all civilizations rooted in altruism (the idea that man’s greatest moral good is to sacrifice the Self for the Group) always exist in abject misery and inevitably terminate at death.

As I was saying, the individual metaphysic then necessarily contradicts the idea of an “objective reality outside” a person.  The implication is that regardless of someone’s own frame of reference–regardless of the constant of the observational perspective of their own SELF–there is nevertheless an “objective reality outside them” which continues to be what it is and do what it does.  That is, they don’t necessarily have to exist in order for “objective reality” to exist.

The problem, however, is that there isn’t any way to prove this objectively (not to mention rationally), since there isn’t any way to observe reality but from the context of themselvesThey cannot proclaim an autonomous “reality” outside of them if their awareness of such a reality is always a function of their absolute frame of reference.  They must assume that they are the source of “objective reality”.  Without THEM, there is no way to claim that anything is in fact real.  Objective reality is a function of the individual’s existence, not the other way around.

Here’s the irony:

A person’s own ability to be themselves within a setting (i.e. the Universe) absolutely referenced to and thus given meaning and purpose by themselves is the only means by which he or she can express the (false) idea that the Universe exists utterly, fully, and autonomously without them.  This has the contrary effect of rendering themselves utterly irrelevant to the very idea they are promoting.  If everything exists outside of them, then what they think or believe or do is entirely irrelevant to the existence of that which is outside of them, by definition, which means they cannot possibly be integrated with reality, operating somehow from an infinitely separate frame of reference than the reality they observe (and how they can even observe a reality outside themselves is another problem), which means they can have no reference for their own existence, which makes the whole idea moot, as opposed to true.  And if what they think or say or do, being an absolute function of themselves (which it is, by definition), is irrelevant, then they themselves, in their very person, are irrelevant.  Which is to say that the “objective reality” outside of them will do what it does regardless of whether they exist or not.  For how can one advocate practical interaction with an environment which is absolutely objective and autonomous without the individual?

In order for man to manifest himself practically and efficaciously upon his environment, man must exist as an absolute part of it, which means that we cannot separate the existence of the individual from the existence of his environment.  There is no rational way to mitigate or compromise on the distinction.  If man is, and his environment is, then they both are…equally and inseparably .  (So then, where does the distinction occur, since it is not and cannot be a physical one? An interesting question for you to consider.)

Either man is a fully existent and completely integrated to his environment or he is fully, materially, distinct.  And the latter makes it impossible to argue that man exists at all because it puts an insurmountable chasm between man and that upon which he must manifest himself–as a juxtapositional reference–in order to claim that he is, in fact, observably himself from that which he is not, this being the basic and essential criteria in declaring that some thing–some unique thing–exists.  That is, in order to define what something is, the thing must be referenced to that which it is NOT.  Otherwise, it simply cannot be defined, because that which is infinite (absent a reference by which to juxtapose its unique and particular location in the Universe), or having no end, cannot be said to be “this”, because there is no “that” by which to make “this” mean anything specific.  (I know this is a bit confusing, hang in there.) So again, it cannot be defined.  And if it cannot be defined then it cannot be said to exist; either to itself nor to anything, or anyone, else.

This why I have denied the idea that God is an infinite Being. (Though he does have an infinite metaphysic, like the human individual does, which is a little different, because in the metaphysical sense, “infinity” is better defined as absolutely, meaning that man and God are absolutely themselves, in existential essence…their Self, which is their standard and reference for existence, is singular, not collective).  Because if God was in fact infinite, then He could not be defined as God (He could not even define Himself as God) because nothing could exist besides Him, which would remove any reference by which anyone (“anyone”, likewise,not being able to exist in the presence of a Being which is infinite) could know Him as God.  God would not be God, He would be an infinite IS, which is, practically speaking, the exact same thing as being an infinite IS NOT.  Meaning for something to be infinitely something is functionally identical to being infinitely nothing.  For there is no relevancy to what is infinite, because nothing else can exist for it to be relevant TO.  And if it isn’t relevant TO anything, that must necessarily includes itself, which, being infinite, and never ending, never ceasing, cannot be conceptualized, which means it cannot be integrated into the organizational paradigm (language) by which all things in the Universe are identified and granted efficacy.

Now–and I touched upon this in the parentheses above–it is important to understand that there is a distinction between the infinity of essence and the finiteness of material objects in the material universe which are given meaning and purpose by the human ability to integrate them into into a conceptual paradigm by which people organize and thus “know” their own environment.  The infinity of essence–the absolute metaphysic– is what I might describe as the infinite ability to be whatever something is; the idea that if something IS it can never be an IS NOT, nor could what is something be a direct function of nothing.  For example, take the doctrine of ex nihilo, or the idea that God created the Universe out of nothing.  Even a third grader can understand why this must be false; for nothing and something are mutually exclusive, where “nothing” is merely an abstract, conceptual placeholder, like the mathematical placeholder of zero, to describe the absence of a thing with respect to a specific situation or context.  For example, “John is doing nothing at home today”.  We all understand that John, because he IS, cannot thus be literally doing nothing.  For at the very least John is existing.  “Nothing” then is merely an abstraction humans use for the purpose of communication.  It is a linguistic tool, much like “zero” is a mathematical one.

The finiteness of material “existence”, or of material objects is based upon the human ability, as I previously mentioned, to conceptualize what he/she observes.  This is the ability of the sentient–the self aware–agent to make a conceptual distinction, via observation, between what he/she is and what he/she is not to an infinite degree (though this is not akin to “observational empiricism”; or “scientific empiricism”…which is the idea that the senses are the source of all human knowledge, as opposed to the ability of the human to conceptualize the Self as being the source of all human knowledge).  In other words, material distinction is a function of the ability to be self-aware (some might call it consciousness, but I think this muddies the issue; for “ability” is not consciousness), not a function of “objective material reality”.

Please understand that I am not being contradictory here.  I am not suggesting there is any such real, actual thing as the finiteness of material objects.  I do not, in other words, acknowledge the existence and efficacious power of “space”.  For space, or that which is the absence of objects, cannot by definition be an object itself which separates other objects into some kind of infinite vacuum of themselves.  Rather, “space” is merely a way human beings conceptualize the relative movement between objects they observe as distinct, but this does not make the objects actually distinct.  The ability to observe objects as distinct is rooted absolutely in the human ability to conceptualize their own Self; and this necessitates the ability to conceptualize what their own Self is NOT, and infinitely so.  The infinite ability to make distinctions between what you are and what you are NOT maintains the consistency of the infinity of existence, or of essence.  In other words, the infinity of existence is manifest in the infinite number of ways you can conceptualize the distinctions between Self and Environment.  You are not a cup, a car…you are not even the parts of your body…your hand, your hip, your kidney, or your brain, necessarily, when speaking observationally and conceptually.  You are not a table, the sky, the tree, God, Joe, that weird kid who stared at you in fourth grade, a bird, the number three, a magic trick, a preposition, the article “the”…and on and on the distinctions go.  You see, there is fundamentally no difference between infinity and an infinite number of objects moving in an infinite number of ways, in root essence…they are tautological.  But what renders a distinction between these two notions, and an infinitely meaningful distinction at that, is the human ability to, again, infinitely conceptualize the difference between Self and Not Self, the only purpose of which, incidentally, is for the promotion and perpetuation of Self.

(NOTE:  The question of how the human ability to infinitely conceptualize the distinction between Self and Not Self can be efficaciously manifest in a Universe where there is no such thing as space or time (these are conceptual abstractions)–where everything is utterly rooted infinity–is another article.  I will get to that in the near future.)

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 Getting back to this idea that the human being exists “outside” of “objective reality”–there is no scientific “evidence” (the only real evidence is reason), and no rationally consistent philosophical argument, which can prove that the human body–that which we identify with the individual Self, as being indistinguishable from his/her ability to manifest existence–is somehow existentially distinct from the rest of the Universe.  For it is merely stating the rank obvious to say that all of the chemical compounds and fundamental particles which can be found in “objective reality outside of us” can also be found inside of us, that is, our bodies.  It is likewise stating the obvious to say that if the human body can interact with the “objective reality outside of us” then the human body must have categorical integration with such a reality, which makes the human body equally as real, thus rendering any distinction between the human body and a “reality outside of him/her” impossible.

The difference then is in man’s capacity, his absolute ability to recognize himself conceptually, in the practical form of his body (which I describe as the first fruits of man’s labor–the work of his own existing, which no one else can do for him), as distinct from the environment.  The distinction then is a function of man’s sentient frame of reference for Self–his own absolute and infinite perspective, and this, again, to re-re-reiterate, is a product of his own ability to know, and to thus be, what he is.  Existence then, and knowledge, and thus truth and morality (those things from which knowledge is derived) are a direct function of man’s ability to BE.  YOU must be YOU, before anything can be known, or believed, or done.  Without you, in other words, there cannot be anything “outside” of you.  Period.  You are the beginning and end of existence.  And not simply your existence, but existence absolutely.