NOTES OF THE METRIC MONTHS
FROM 68 TO 71 ASWW
first note of the year
NO MONEY FOR STI
"Would you have a small donation for our STI project?"
"Yes, the Search for Terrestrial Intelligence."
"Oh, no. No, thank you."
"But we do our search without any support from the government.
Our competitors from SETI are heavily subsidized by governments all
over the world.
It's extremely unfair!"
i know about that
Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence.
Years ago my ex and i donated to the SETI program, but it seems that any
such program i donate to isn't very successful.
They haven't found anything at all yet, and i fear your project will
fare no better."
71.NML-71st Southern Late Lent
A LANGUAGE WHICH IS BEING
A language which is being used may, unfortunately, get worse and it may,
fortunately, get better.
It certainly cannot be kept, creamy-white, in an ivory tower in the
company of people who still believe that elephants are in
infinite abundance and who do not realize that anthropocentrism is just
another form of
sexism, heterosexism, racism, classism and so on.
71.NML-71st Southern Mid-Lent
INTRINSICALLY CONFUSED WOOLLY
A statement such as that all (individual) 'animals have intrinsic value'
is a well-intended hypothesis formulated in ill-conceived woolly language.
Some will be but too happy to present it as a conclusion
after a long roundabout
obscure, if not totally useless, tangle of lofty words and even loftier
66.NML-71st Southern Early Lent
NO CONGENITAL SEXISTS
Congenital sexists, both pro-male or anti-female and pro-female or
anti-male, both pro-feminine or anti-masculine and pro-masculine or
anti-feminine, do not exist: sexists are made by the part of society
that wallows in the muddy morass of sexual
41.SML-71st Southern Equinoctial
THREE SPHERES OF REALITY
The statement that something does have what it does have,
and that something can have what it can have,
and that something should have what it should have,
and that it is not the case
that something should have or should not have something
when it is not the case that it should have or should not have it,
41 aSWW-71st Southern Mid-Yule
MATTER BUT A SHADOW?
The idea of which matter is but the shadow is the idea of a
four-dimensional space in which human bodies and all matter (on the same
level of existence) are three-dimensional shadows of four-dimensional
41.SEM-71st Southern Early Yule
THE NOTION OF NEUTRAL-INCLUSIVITY
relevancy-conditional notion of
replaces all traditional and ancient concepts of harmony and unity.
41 aSWW-71st Equatorial Month
(NOT) ENTIRELY SEPARATE
What can or cannot be is ontologically entirely separate from what should
or should not be.
Yet, the belief in what cannot be is but too often a mere expression of
the lack of belief in what should be.
41 aSWW-71st Northern Late Lent
blasphemy against nature.
43.SEL-71st Northern Mid-Lent
THE POWER OF ASSIMILATION?
Upward assimilation, that is, assimilation which improves, manifests
downward assimilation, that is, assimilation which worsens, reveals
70.NEY-71st Northern Equinoctial
WHETHER REVOLUTION OR RESTORATION
Do not participate in a revolution, do not participate in a restoration,
if and when it is merely fashion in circles that lack a suprapersonal goal
of enduring value to point the way.
70.SLL-71st Northern Late Yule
INCLUSIVITY NEEDS EXCLUSION
It may seem paradoxical, but
inclusiveness does need a
certain type of exclusion, namely the exclusion of exclusiveness.
(Compare freedom which needs a certain type of control, namely the
control over attempts to interfere with other people's freedom.)
41 aSWW-71st Northern Mid-Yule
If it means without gods and demons in the singular or plural.
But not normless, not without norms and/or values.
Indeed, even great itself is not valueless.
67.NLL-71st Northern Early Yule
TO THE EARLY READERS
the new doctrine, the new
has been set in motion,
there is, then, no way anymore
to stem the
41 aSWW-70th Southern Late Lent
THE LOATHSOME TRIAS
The loathsome trias politica are the one-religion, the one-family
and the one-party states.
70.SEL-70th Southern Mid-Lent
THE ARTIST AND 'ER RULES
If you are a bad artist, you do not know the rules and you transgress
them out of ignorance.
If you are a mediocre artist, you know the rules and you stick to them.
If you are a great artist, you know the rules and you transgress them
with imagination, if and when you have a good reason for doing so.
59.SEL-70th Southern Early Lent
RELIGIONS NOT SHEER
Religions are nonsensical to the extent that they are typically religious;
they can make sense to the extent that they are not.
57.SLL-70th Southern Equinoctial
THE PURSUIT OF MISMATCHING VALUES
In the phrase right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness
different types of value are indiscriminately mixed up.
The recognition of liberty as a value encompasses the recognition of
a right to life and to nonlife (or the right to die with or without
And the recognition of liberty encompasses the recognition of a
right to pursue happiness, equanimity or unhappiness for oneself.
Life, Liberty and Happiness is therefore a category mismatch.
Freedom will, of course, let people mix up whatever they can, but it will
not help them.
69.SLL-70th Southern Mid-Yule
NONSENSE MADE UP AND SENSE
believers who claim that there must be a god (named "God"),
because otherwise everything would be senseless, talk nonsense.
However, what would be meaningful is to claim that there must be at least
one god, because otherwise all persons would be free and responsible
authors of their own being.
Or, what is both meaningful and true (if not everything is senseless) that
there must be at least one value, because otherwise everything would
67.SEY-70th Southern Early Yule
TIME AND TIDE
Time and tide wait for no wonder.
69.SLL-70th Equatorial Month
HALF FULL OR HALF EMPTY?
The question whether a glass is half full or half empty is posed either in
a temporal or in a nontemporal domain of discourse.
From a nontemporal perspective the question makes no sense, for
empty is 0%, full is 100% and in between there
are numerous gradations which stand neither for empty nor for
full, among which an amount of 50%.
From a temporal perspective, however, the question may be very
sensible, for a glass which is on its way from 49% to 51% is half full and
a glass which is on its way from 51% to 49% is half empty.
This is nothing to do with the observer's optimism or pessimism
whatsoever, and everything with reality and realism.
69.SLL-70th Northern Late Lent
ARTICLES OF FICTION
An article of faith is an article of fiction.
From the standpoint of truth there is little or nothing against such
fiction so long as the quotes at the beginning and at the end are not
forgotten or deleted.
However, people who take
literally confuse fiction and fact, and not seldom venom and value to boot.
61.NMY-70th Northern Mid-Lent
TIE AND SKIRT SEXISM
In itself there is nothing against it when a human being is wearing a
necktie, or when a human being is wearing a skirt (or kilt).
However, it is sexual exclusivism if a human being wears or has to put on a
tie as a boy or man, and if a human being wears or has to put on a skirt as
a girl or woman.
38.NLL-70th Northern Equinoctial
A PARTICULAR MYTHOLOGY
It will not serve
relevance to turn the ethnic
mythology of a particular people into a worldview.
60.SEL-70th Northern Late Yule
NO PEACE, SECURITY AND FREEDOM
So long as so many, i.e. too many, people still take religious scriptures
literally and consider their own book holy from beginning to end, peace,
security and freedom will not reign on this earth (nor on the heavenly
bodies to which these people may be going in the future thanks to science
70.NEY-70th Northern Mid-Yule
SLOW BUT HARD
A rapid growth may be pleasant, but a slow growth yields the most durable
60.SEY-70th Northern Early Yule
TO TAKE AND THEN GIVE OFFENSE
The worst thing about those who want the freedom of expression curtailed by
a prohibition to offend religion is that religious people or the people of
the religion concerned may determine what is an 'offense' or not: they will
argue that giving offense is a consequence of taking it, rather than the
other way around.
61.NLY-69th Southern Late Lent
TWO UNNATURAL FORCES
If nothing is being done about it, nature will be destroyed by a
materialism which leads to overconsumption and an explodism which
leads to overpopulation.
66.SLL-69th Southern Mid-Lent
FAITH AND SUPERSTITION
Recognized faith or belief in the supernatural and
nonrecognized superstition drink from the same source.
ca 26 aSWW-69th Southern Early Lent
A SUPERNATURAL PROBLEM
A shortage of food may have a natural and/or a supernatural cause.
The people concerned may have many more than two children on average.
(This may seem a natural problem, but it is not if and in so far as it
is promoted by a
that knows no equilibrium.)
And they may not be working in order to celebrate religious feast-days at
the wrong time, for example, in the middle of the planting-season.
68.EQU-69th Southern Mid-Yule
A NEUTRAL-INCLUSIVE MODEL
People will be served by a
neutral-inclusive model to
understand the past, to interpret the present and to build on for the
41 aSWW-69th Southern Early Yule
WHY I AM NOT A WHY I AM
People of nonreligious persuasions may write articles, even books,
about why they are not members of certain religious denominations, because
in their childhood they were raised with a god-centered traditional
ideology based on antiscientific assumptions and supernatural
They have to justify for themselves and/or the ones who raised them why
they abandoned their former faith (or why they actually never believed
what they were supposed to believe).
I have been so fortunate as not to have had to travel from a religious
creed which was foisted on me to a nonreligious one later in life.
i made myself was from
inclusive thought which was
less well-founded and less well-equipped, not to an
ideology, but to a
which became much better-founded and much better-equipped than before.
69.NLY-69th Equatorial Month
THEOCENTRISTS HAVING AT ONE ANOTHER
Theists who attack people who believe in atheism as a worldview in itself
are just having at
and so are the atheists whose
occupation consists of nothing else than attacking people who believe in
one or more gods.
64.NEY-69th Northern Late Lent
METRIC AND DECIMAL
Hosts of people erroneously equate metric with decimal,
but there is no necessary connection between the two.
The system at present most frequently used is indeed both, that is,
decametric, but it would be no less scientific, if not more scientific,
to use a hexametric system in three-dimensional space.
69.NEY-69th Northern Mid-Lent
Pleasures which do not require the involuntary participation of others are
never 'guilty' in themselves.
Guilty is the pleasure of one individual or group which is foisted on
other individuals or groups, or, if they have the power, on the whole
69.NEY-69th Northern Equinoctial
The fuzziphobe cannot accept gradations: there are no grey shades, nothing
between exclusively male and exclusively female.
Everything is either black or white, especially when it concerns good and
evil, that is,
'er (his or her) own
goodness and someone else's or other people's badness.
The law 'must draw a line somewhere' it is said, but where the law does
this, rightly or wrongly so, reality and morality are usually much more
subtle, allowing of fuzzy borders.
68.SMY-69th Northern Late Yule
A philosophy which is in fashion in a certain area in a certain era and
which falls back on what used to be whole before it was damaged or even
destroyed, without transcending what it falls back on and the criticisms
directed at it, is nothing else than a sort of retrophilosophy.
The flowering of such a retrophilosophy merely conduces to the malaise
of the contemporary philosophy in the area, provided it is not that
very malaise itself.
67.NEM-69th Northern Mid-Yule
LIGHT AT THE END OF THE TUNNEL?
Some who survived (near-)death (and others who
were not even on the point of dying) claim that they saw such a thing as
'light at the end of a tunnel'.
This is the way they interpret the visual effects of drugs and/or a
temporary electrical surge before the brain stops functioning completely.
Unfortunately for anthropocentristic
supernaturalists who make
an afterlife and a god or devil enter their head, the same happens in the
brain of other animals, like rats.
But rats are, perhaps, more likely to call it "light at the end of the
68.SMY-69th Northern Early Yule
There are at least three abominations in politics: the one-religion state,
the one-family state and the one-party state.
(In which one religion may be read as "one type of
one family as "one selection of families" and one party as
"one combination of parties".)
68.SEY-68th Southern Late Lent
PROPERTY-1 AND PROPERTY-2
It is one thing to argue that every person is the owner of
'er own body; it is a
different thing to argue that you must or must not, ought or ought
not to capitalize on your property.
(second-order-doctrinally) you have the right to do so,
(first-order-doctrinally) that is by no means certain.
61.NML-68th Southern Mid-Lent
FIGMENTS OF THE IMAGINATION
supernatural(ist) market one does not find figs
but figments, figments of the imagination sold and bought by people who do
not care a fig for truth (or for a truth that goes beyond the particulars
of a micromorality).
61.NLY-68th Southern Early Lent
It does not serve
truth when the dumb call each other
68.NLL-68th Southern Equinoctial
MOST FREAKQUENTLY USED
The calendar at present most frequently used by state
religionists and their
is a freak of culture.
66.NEY-68th Southern Mid-Yule
HELL WAS NEVER ABOLISHED
abolished hell officially: in some of their major circles it just
disappeared without notice.
This is an illustration of how a
paradigm shift can also take place
quietly and silently, when the old generation passes away (supposedly to
heaven or to hell) and a new generation with different interests takes
68.NLY-68th Southern Early Yule
If you cannot accept that everything is senseless, believe in at least
one value, such as
If you believe in truth, then something is senseless dependent on the
meaning of sense, and then norms and values exist dependent on
the meaning of exist.
When you respect truth you accept the existence of gods and demons, in
the singular or the plural, or you do not accept their existence, on the
same grounds as the existence or nonexistence of other beings.
And these grounds must help you to serve truth by not saying what is
certainly or probably false, and by fighting the systems that show no
respect for truth.
And that insight will be valuable, and that fight will be sensible.
66.NML-68th Equatorial Month
'DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM!'
'DOWN WITH IMPERIALISM!'
Imperialism is the imperialism of the emperor or the imperialism of God,
Shangdi, the Superior Emperor.
Down with political imperial imperialism, down with theocratic superior
67.SLL-68th Northern Late Lent
EXPLODISTS STARING AT HANDS
Population explodists say that with every child come one mouth and two
They do not tell you that with every supernumerary child in an
overpopulated world natural resources will be even more depleted, historic
sites even further overburdened.
They do not tell you that with every such child in a region with not enough
sustainable resources (natural or human-made) comes only one brain, a
brain which will, then, get a smaller and smaller chance to a wholesome,
67.EQU-68th Northern Mid-Lent
FREEDOM OF/FROM RELIGION
Freedom of religion is the freedom to believe in a flat Earth and
the freedom to believe in a hollow Earth.
Freedom from religion is not only the freedom to believe in a flat
and/or hollow Earth; it is also the freedom to believe in a round, full
67.SLL-68th Northern Equinoctial
LIVE AND DIE NATURALLY
It is better to die naturally without falsehood than to keep on
living a supernatural lie.
58.SML-68th Northern Late Yule
'GIFTS FROM GOD'
Population explodists who call every child "a gift from God" ad infinitum
are like rats and rabbits whose offspring should be no less 'gifts from
God' in their
extremist ideology which
lacks any notion of natural equilibrium.
67.SEY-68th Northern Mid-Yule
THE YEAR 1
Reactionaries look backward to the year 1.
I look forward to
the year 1.
40.NLY-68th Northern Early Yule
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