Tuesday, June 15, 2021

On Medium: Mind Cafe's Infantilizing Standards

Read on for a look at some excuses for mediocrity in freelance writing, at the cult of happiness, the fixation of practicality, and the dread of oversimplification.

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  1. You need to visit twitch and reddit, to experience the horrors and the comedy.

    Visit, for example, semen retention subreddit, and read how your balls will vibrate on higher frequency and attract female through the space and time, as she will feel it in her energy field, your vibratory presence. Universe will re-align itself to fit your earthly desires, figments of your imaginations will be realized as you sleep, transmutating your semen into money and success. Just imagine. Read the testosterone filled testaments as potent inspiration, grease yourself.

    Visit twitch, secondly, and look for Just Chatting category, and see in the example of popular streamers, on the right column, the chat — the writers purgatory. Feel the horror of cosmic meaninglessness of thousands smashing fleshy fingers (as lovecraftian tentacles) upon plastic keyboards, all at once, expressing hedonistic ecstasy, praising the entertainer, quality of attention that you will never get. Just get a hot bath.

    I wonder, what cosmicist feels, when he hears common New-Age saying "Trust the Universe!"

    I was writing it as a joke, but I feel a great sadness. As for those who seek opportunities to learn, it takes years to cut through the crap and bullshit of business-making and etc. It is good idea to shield yourself from all of this. But it bleeds into everything.

    Most recent light of truth I've read, from John Dewey, as that supreme purpose of humanitarian education is to grand an individual with an autonomous intelligence, i.e. to teach him to think for himself.

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    1. I've seen some streaming videos on YouTube with the chatting on the side. It does seem sad. It's a product of fame in general, too, the idolizing of celebrities, the degradation of the fans that's at the root of the pyramidal structure of most civilized societies.

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  2. Mind Cafe's guidelines sound like something from Hay House or some other self-help publisher. The emphasis seems to be on identifying a problem & offering a simple, heuristic solution -- as if life were an algebra problem or a sitcom in which every dilemna is resolved with 25 minutes. But even the simplest of life's problems is way too complicated to be unraveled in an article that could be read in ten minutes.

    And, even once you grasp the nature of the problem, it doesn't mean you have any power to solve it.

    You could go up to a homeless man & expound to him on all the complexities of our economy that have conspired against him: inflation, deindustrialization, overpopulation, commercial mortgage-backed securities, the corporate takeover of real estate, ad nauseum -- but all that knowledge would do him no good; he'd still be homeless. The truth about his situation would be just as useless as the New Age lie that his circumstances are only a reflection of his inner poverty.

    Sometimes I wonder if the self-help boom these days belies an unconscious recognition in most people that they've effectively become helpless, atomized individuals with no real power over themselves or their circumstances -- flotsam & jetsam caught in the spume of corporate leviathans. In the face of that kind of terror, people will latch on to any worm-eaten dogma that happens to float by & promises salvation. Semen retention it is!

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    1. That's a good point about the need for power to apply our practical knowledge. It's a question of oversimplification, whereas Mind Cafe is fixated on the threat of language that overcomplicates, as if that's a major factor in an infantilized society.

      It's possible we're eager for simple solutions because we secretly know we're helpless. But I suspect it's more likely that we oversimplify the problems, expecting easy solutions, because we've been infantilized. Babies don't have much self-knowledge. The latter is reserved for philosophical types who don't fall so easily for simplistic pseudo-answers.

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