Over and against such elusive and artistic communication of truth, the customary human stupidity will always raise the cry that it is an egoism. —Kierkegaard
An irony: decentralized information networks (like Twitter) get smarter even while their nodes (us) get dumber. As the property of the personality of the network emerges, the personalities of the nodes wither.
Can you base personal happiness on the illusion of historical progress?
The decadence of life in the global corportivist state is predicated on the sacrifice of the subjective, the romantic, the heroic. The poet becomes the publicist, the legislator a bureaucrat. Transcendental belief, in our world, is incompatible with self-interest, and as such, must be discarded.
Find something that is essentially religious, and bury it within yourself.
Truth-content producers. It is interesting to see individuals employ the same framing effects in private life as news anchors do on the news. The dominant personality type today is the sociopath, who creates and promotes whatever ‘truths’ align with their own immediate self-interest. Nobility and absolute truth are not old-fashioned values, but highly evolved pragmata: moral memes which ensure human flourishing. Without them, things, on both a micro and macro-social level, go to shit.
Experience teaches that the tragedy of the passionate and the tragedy of the passionless converge; inwardness disassembles into performance, performance mimics the authenticity of inwardness. You want to deal with yourself as individual, but in the process, you end up dealing with everyone else. Irony provides waning protection and poetry is outmoded. So what then? The mind clamors for an alternative.
Relentlessly positive people are not to be trusted: ask what they are concealing.
Only the negative has any legitimate pathos. The wound of the negative might be the only cure.
Smallness of soul is more nimble than greatness of soul and, thus, more easily replicates itself.
In the future, subjectivity will be the source of the most insane envy from those who have surrendered completely to the network.
A total lack of inward freedom produces a total indifference to political freedom—as we’re discovering.
Liberal society is predicated on reading and writing at a high level, which is why it’s disappearing.
If you don’t participate in the sociopathization of everyone, you will be marked for demolition.
Careerists promote the criminalization of promiscuity because eroticism is the one social tool they lack and cannot feign.
This is an age of critics, and rightfully so, as the field of poetry and even fiction ought lay fallow for awhile. Now is a time for clearing away, clearing up, demarcating, laying down lines. The future cannot be troped until it is fully historical.