Saturday, May 23, 2020

On Medium: Happiness is for Sheep

This article is about how happiness is a form of domestication and mental enslavement, and how the hyperaware are obliged to suffer and to laugh in honour of the world's monstrous absurdity.

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  1. I'm considering giving up all moving-pictures media all together. I've paid close attention in what state I'm going-in while engaging with it. Sure, I was thinking about it like a form of normal entertainment, recreational activity, but now I've become conscious about that it is some sort of anti-agency drug, numbing you down, it very subtly robbing you from exsitenciality and individuality, it is very noticeable especially after you've started considering them as your virtues and values. At least those are my intuitions at the moment. Smartphone interfaces and notifications might have same subtle effects.

    Reading or looking at painting or photography doesn't have such effect, you can always stop, look aside, reflect on it, while moving image or video-game grabs and holds your attention, you're diving into it. Deeply engaging with good writing or beautiful painting still feels more virtuous, no matter of the notion of progress.

    The biggest problem is that it became so "normal" that's nobody talks about it. And painful self-realization is that there is different levels of literacy, and I'm not so bright. I might feel good and okay in the midst of consumers and normies, but within surrounding of truly literate people, good writers and good books, I'm paling in comparison, feeling shamefully. Things might change, slowly, as a matter of new habits and life's style choices.

    Those are some thoughts related to the feelings of being a sheep.

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    1. We act like sheep when we follow the path of least resistance. There's more art now than ever before in all media, which means there's likely something for everyone. It's a question of finding it, though. If we don't take the time to make the fine distinctions in figuring out what we really like, we may just go with the flow and settle for what's popular. It's rare that the highest-quality work becomes the most popular in its field.

      There must be lots of great TV and movies. This is a golden age for premium, thought-provoking TV. It's still just TV, of course, and the more you see of it, the harder it is to impress you.

      I still think it's more fun to create art than to consume it.

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  2. Pure Comedy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKrSYgirAhc

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    1. Thanks for that link. The cartoons are as cool as the song. Hadn't heard of Father Misty before.

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