Rollin' Like Sisyphus

A Barometer Of The Times

Posted in A Chronicle Of Decline by Huckleberry on August 26, 2015

A common refrain in the wake of events like this questions what the world is coming to, but this is incorrect.
The world is always like this:

A reporter and photographer from a news station in Virginia were shot to death during a live news interview Wednesday morning. During a live interview around 5:45 a.m., approximately eight gunshots are heard as a WDBJ reporter is seen interviewing someone on-screen. The camera then drops to the ground and the broadcast cuts back to the anchor desk.

This always exists, because we’re talking about people here, it just lays in stark contrast to the recent past because that past was papered over with the facade of wealth and plenty; just enough to bleed the pressure out of the machine to mitigate short time preferences and focus interests beyond the immediate.
Say what you will about the veil of civilization, but at its core, its essentially convincing all stratas of a civic order that the future is boundless, even if all it involes is EBT recharges every two weeks for the rest of your life.
Alter that in any way, and the pressure builds; time preferences grow short and immediate. Impluse then rules all, so why not just off your enemies while you can, right now, because fuck tomorrow.
This is the dark space of man, the base state, the default setting.
It takes incredible effort to mitigate this on either an individual or a societal level.
There’s a reason the great religions of the world focus around the tough work of the redemption of man.
Every spiritual order that celebrates man as he is, in his default state, is simply a paen to hedonistic mediocrity.
The cultutes that so adulate the base state of man will wallow in their dung huts, fungulating on their beds of sticks, well past forever, because that’s all it has to offer.
That is the world.
That’s all it is.


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  1. Doom said, on August 26, 2015 at 12:09

    You are talking about a subset of men. While some men are indeed rotten to the core, other men can lightly see a difference, when given a choice, “better or worse?”, “better or worse?”, and so on. And some men, further, will marginally choose better, given enough of a chance and not having that choice cost too much, require too much focus, or drop him out of the breeding pool.

    No doubt, man is a slim bit of work. But there are much better, average, and much worse, men. Trying to paint them all as equal, either high or low, is a fools errand. One I am quite surprised you attempt. You, of the many, should absolutely know better. Then again, as your profession has gone to the baser of men, as a white-collar union, perhaps you don’t remember the time when the ivory tower was both humble and fruitful. From what I can tell of you, for the most part, even if you have no power, I suspect you are the seed for the time when academia goes back to being a humble, thoughtful, thing. I’ll chalk this up to a moment of frustration.

  2. Huckleberry said, on August 26, 2015 at 14:27

    You are talking about a subset of men

    No, I am not.
    I’m talking about a fundamental aspect of human nature independent of time and place; you’re talking about characteristics of individual men in the here and now.

    Trying to paint them all as equal, either high or low, is a fools errand. One I am quite surprised you attempt

    Again, I am doing nothing of the kind.
    If I were to say that bipedalism or opposable thumbs or the possession of an epidermis were the default physical state of man, am I likewise saying they’re all equal?

    I’ll chalk this up to a moment of frustration

    Not frustrated in the slightest.

    • Doom said, on August 26, 2015 at 15:25

      Then you will have to write much more clearly, whether because you have failed or I have is another topic. Or we simply have to disagree.

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