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Seducing The Culture
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April 29, 2020
We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.
Fine words from the coiner of the term noosphere, Pierre Teilhard de Chardin. I do not know whether I am riding the daemon or the daemon is riding me. Maybe, in the liminal war, the lines will be so blurred that those two things will be one and the same. I do not know, but I do know that I am listening to The Notorious B.I.G. and I am feeling like a trickster, a naughty one, and I have a desire to seduce the culture, as the wise blackbird advised us to.
It was good to talk to the shame educator, A. J. Bond, yesterday. The conversation was beautiful. He is beautiful. I had a shame breakthrough, and now I am ready to embrace my inner feminine, my inner queen. While I still desire to keep my comic book masculinity, especially on an aesthetic level, I sense that it is time for me to embrace this new reality.
I want to dance like a bad bitch. I feel sexier, hornier, in a naughty way, that feels deeply wise, at the knife's edge of temperance. Yeah, I feel hot right now, with the right amount of kink, and I am ready to fuck, in the right way. And I want to look good naked. I’ll develop a dad bod if I keep on eating the way I’ve been eating, and I am not even a dad yet. Good Stoics do not have dad bods.
Let's be fuckable together, physically and spiritually, in a wise way. We all want to fuck, so let’s not pretend that we don’t. Sensing into this, this is not coming from a narcissistic place, despite appearances, but from a spiritually aligned place that has a performative narcissistic quality to it. If we are going to steal the culture we cannot be narcissists, that puts us at risk of getting hijacked by the demons, but we will have to be performative narcissists to be effective in the spectacle.
Desiring to look good naked, in all ontological domains, is part of being at the knife's edge. Playing the knife's edge game is not easy. On one side of the edge, you have ego, demons, insanity, hell, and all that awful shit waiting for you, and, on the other side, you have heaven, or whatever equivalent secular word you want to use. In the middle, if you can maintain your balance, you bleed in the right way, with just the right amount of kink. That is where beauty is to be found.
This is why I feel called to have a brotherhood of truth, that is why I want your propositional violence. I am becoming dangerous, in the wise way. And, besides, having another man yell at me, while telling me I am full of bullshit, gives me a meta-boner. The more whole you become the more humble you need to be. And you need to communicate with people, not at people, as my spiritual mentor Dale Carnegie taught me. That is the basis of good metagame.
Having metagame means that you have the ability to dance, like a bad bitch, with everybody’s inner apes, emotional realities, and reality tunnels. It demands that you be flexible in how you communicate, in how you operate. If you earnestly want to win this thing, you have to have the capacity to speak to as many people as you can—really speak to them. Our current “culture” does not speak to people: it gaslights them. And the unwitting fools who are keeping this dead culture alive are skillful at gaslighting others and—more tragically—skillful at gaslighting themselves.
How does this relate to Stoicism? What a boring question, but I will answer it. Stoicism is the existential gas mask, and Stoics are philosophers of the world, not philosophers of the word. Philosophers of the word masturbate to abstraction, while drinking wine in armchairs. Stoics are embodied philosophers, guided by prudence, who want to make love to the world, and, sometimes, in order to make love in the right way, you have to fuck in the right way.
It's time to seduce the culture.
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