Moderation Is A Luxury Afforded By Peace.

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Some days ago I opened up my comment section on YouTube to see if I had received any new fan mail as of late; what caught my attention was an extremely long comment written by a Christian guy who was basically preaching his viewpoints. I actually decided to check out his Twitter accounts and saw that he is spamming the world with his opinions and the teachings of Christ. I made the decision to delete his comment since it was enormously long and completely irrelevant to my guitar video and music. Today I saw that he had chosen to spam me basically, here he is:

crazy spammer

What was his message?

That the media lies. That division between the left and the right is bad, that we are taken for a ride and that we shouldn’t allow ourselves to be tricked and misguided by vain celebrities, etc;

It was the sort of thing that one would write when initially realising that reality is grim and that cynicism sucks. A sentiment that can easily be conjured by simply watching CCTV footage of accidents and observing human’s destiny of operating within specific loops. Change the scenery and change the situation and people will re-create habits or simply form new ones. So can true freedom ever be obtained? I sincerely doubt it. When looking at the text that was sent to me a second time around I couldn’t help but feel that the person behind it must be deeply depressed or just sad and is probably feeling isolated.

That’s not good of course. I remember years ago that I also felt that “the world” was fake. Or is it? The illusion of our world is I guess, but only because this “illusion” is about selling products and turning a profit whatever it takes. But advertisements, articles, the news, whatever, aren’t really reality as such; they can reflect and preach what they want it to be, they can try to move “the people” from one side to the other, or they can simply reflect what is actually happening; which can also be observed sometimes when major corporations are late to the party and try to reflect trends that are literally on their way out by the time they pick up on them.

Feeling that the world is fake has more to deal with feeling like one is falling in-between all chairs. It might be more common that most think since so many are feeling down in spirits. There are obviously many who feel an internal dissonance when it comes to our times and how we live when depressions and even suicidal tendencies are according to articles becoming increasingly common. There is apparently a mental health epidemic. Of course I have my doubts as I suspect that many who are healthy are misdiagnosed, or maybe not?

Once upon a time there was a certain natural selection process going on with us humans,  while many children would be born many would also die and not survive their infancy, many women would die while giving birth. With our scientific breakthroughs we can now salvage those meant for the brutal premature grave of nature. Add to the picture the claim and theory that autoimmune diseases have sky rocketed after mandatory mass-vaccinations and you certainly gaze upon a pretty distorted landscape, where young people constantly complain about their own wellbeing and health. Maybe not because they are seeking attention or believe they are ill, but because it may be true that we are becoming an increasingly unhealthy bunch, passing dysfunctional genes on to the next generation.

Are we highlighting our dysfunctions because we have nothing else to focus our attention on or is there truth to it?

I’ve written before that it is a bad idea to believe in the reality of social media, as people share their good moments, their best moments, much like a photo album functioned back in the day. There is no reason to believe that old statues and portraits weren’t “photoshopped” either. Reality is what you see and experience here in the actual world; what you’ve experienced, what you’ve witnessed. There is probably more truth in “word of mouth” than anything else, but does this mean that it will be pleasing to hear? Many a child story also teaches us of how one feather turns to ten chickens, if you doubt what you hear on the street why wouldn’t you doubt what you hear from the media? And if what you hear from the media vs. what you hear from other people is widely different then who do you trust? If what you see aligns with what other people experience, then that is your truth and the media is lying for whatever reason. The best way to distill facts is for example to read many different books about the same topic. If several people with different backgrounds agree about certain facts, then you can draw the conclusion that they probably are indeed facts.

Living by our current mantra Do What Thou Wilt will create a sense of emptiness within a great number of people, as individuals will feel like they are fragmenting internally when going against their personal values, even if they aren’t sure what those values might be. An individual might feel a great sting of subconscious unhappiness when simply purchasing lots of material goods, as these empty things won’t pacify a longing for love or a hunger for adventure. With too much comfort individuals grow frustrated and might seek out danger in order to survive numbing boredom and natural restlessness. Or a feeling of nothingness. That nothing matters, that life is pointless or whatever.

But these aren’t really “new discoveries,” they are old truths contemplated by many, who lived, wondered and eventually died. The one destination and fate that we all share.

The other day I saw a horrible collection of pictures from WW2 and how the Jewish people were hounded by hateful mobs, stripping them nude, beating them, unleashing their animalistic aggression upon them. Grizzly pictures to look at but even more alarmingly to be confronted with, when bearing in mind that this type of behaviour is not something that will ever perish from our species. We – here in Europe, are terrified of repeating the mistakes of former generations, but does that mean that other tribes will be? No. And that knowledge makes it even creepier to see the evidence of our inherent brutality.

There are people who will claim that there is no left or right, no Christian or Muslim, no Nations, nothing, only people – humans. One planet, one humanity, that there only exists one thing – existence, etc;.  That there are forces constantly trying to divide us so that those who manipulates can stand by and reap the fruits of their mischief. There are those who only see power in everything; you have those on the top – an eternal enemy of the downtrodden people or those who are rich squeezing whatever life that there is within those who are wage slaves. Or tax cattle. You name it.

At the end of the day what you want is balance. Equilibrium. That the scale isn’t skewed too much in any direction, but balance is always challenged. Call it the battle between good or evil, chaos vs. order, freedom vs. totalitarianism, independence vs. enslavement,etc; Each generation has its foe, and one can of course wonder why that is?

At one point or the other when the scale is out of position it has to be put back into place, but which side does that manoeuvring shapes and dictates the future, and also the definition of what makes the scale unbalanced. That future, whatever it may be, is never solid and never guaranteed as it will be challenged at one point or another.

You are not uncertain about yourself if you decide to oppose someone who you perceive to be an enemy, and who is the enemy? Those who want you dead obviously or it could be those who want to tear down what you want to uphold or those who stand in the way of what you want to build.

Being politically moderate is a luxury you can afford during peacetime. When our democratic playpen is guarded by volunteers willing to die for their civilians,            deterring foreign enemies, we can discuss and quarrel amongst ourselves from dusk till dawn, we can endorse sentiments such as ” great minds don’t think alike they compromise.” And all of this is intriguing, interesting, fascinating, you name it, but the second that your society’s equilibrium ceases, everything changes because you will be forced to pick a side.

I had an interesting conversation some days ago when political parties were being discussed. A point was made that a political party should actually cease to be once it has reached its objective and fulfilled its mission. It was argued that the workers party in Norway should have dissolved after securing workers their rights as they had fulfilled their duty and promise. Their reason for existing had ceased but rather than doing this though they had to create a new raison d’être and this is when democracy and politics become dangerous. When politicians refuse to let go even if it means selling out their nation financially, which extreme capitalists might do in their hopeless worship of unrestrained free-market capitalism or the left might do by letting in refugees ensuring lots of new voters and potential loyal foot soldiers – totally disregarding the inevitable cultural change. It’s obvious that there are plenty without any sense of honour who would sell away anything as long as they themselves profits and that there are those who wouldn’t really care who they govern or what they govern as long as they do.

Human beings will naturally clash, it is our destiny to disagree, just as anger is a very natural and real emotion. It is disturbing to hear of people who believe in unleashing this fury based upon information that might be false as one should be careful to let oneselves be used as weapons.

It would be good if everyone could be made aware of the fact that a social media giant conducted a psychological experiment proving that they could influence their user’s emotions. This is a piece of magic that was uncovered ages ago by press people and propaganda ministers alike. I guess it is a temptation too hard to resist, the idea of herding “the people.” The good news is that whenever scientist tried in the pasts to categorise human beings they always failed as there is too much diversity between individuals and their traits. Maybe they failed because the undertaking was too massive for the equipment that they had available at the time or maybe it is an impossible mission, which would truly mean that here is no such thing as “we the people.”

Still, even though this might be the case and the “not all” argument always seems to be applicable, it doesn’t minimise the fact that many base their political alignment on one survey, limited real-life experiences and/or headlines from well-respected, influential media outlets.

It is interesting that such little insight can wield such strong convictions. It is puzzling that everyone seems united in the belief that those who disagree with them are the uninformed party.

That may be; but at the end of the day does it really matter?

What are you aligning yourself with? What do you support? Who do you stand with?

Globalists and Nationalists hold values that are irreconcilable. It is true. The victory of one means the death of the other, there is no middle ground.

Expansionism and Isolationism are also polar opposites and there should be little doubt to anyone which one of the two you can have as a neighbour and which one you cannot.

Making statements like these doesn’t mean that you feel miserable about yourself or want to make yourself feel better by putting others down, it simply means picking a side. Based on what then? Idealism and fantasy vs. Reality and truth. Or more bluntly the demise of your tribe vs. the survival of your tribe. Who your allies are when facing an existential threat will differ from who your friends are when you are not.

Is reality pleasant, no. This is why we escape, myself included.

But that doesn’t make anyone fake or a worshipper of fakeness, or stupid or genuinely lost.

The guy who sent me the long comment on YouTube has made his first step towards seeing things for what they are: a basic division between your individual real-life experience of life and the assembly of selected information accompanied by carefully selected pictures presenting a one-dimensional vision or a partial or completely manufactured one of reality. It is called a facade or simply: marketing. Whether he progresses in his quest or remains stagnant remains to be seen, at the end of the day you might have to wake up to the world in order to return full circle to where you initially were, not necessarily because you want to but because it might be needed.

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