No. 23 Aphorisms, Notes and Reflections #1


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Vol III – No. 23

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Irony is a once unsatiated need revealed to be little more than a missed opportunity.

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The Machiavellian’s narcissism – his penchant for giving people a glimpse of his machiavellianism, unable to help himself from impressing others with his social power – leaves him open to attack from all sides.

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The Debate of Democracy in the 21st Century – Democracy is not for the stupid vs. democracy is only for the stupid.

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Manifestos are where the sentiments of one’s twenties go to live out their last cry of vitality before they die in their final written form in one’s thirties.

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Reading Toward Affirmation

He reads as though searching for the pearl of great price.

He reads to find himself in another. This other, rather, is in him before he finds him.

He skips a step and writes books for himself, expressing ideas freely which he originally sought in the authority of another.

I have earned this for myself, he tells potential readers, who are not him.

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Magical Existentialism – the idea that the only way to fight for freedom is to forge it as a creative act. That this act of forging then might come to be understood, a posteriori, as possibly fundamental to existence.

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The act of writing becomes empty where it does not push one further toward that final word, after which it will be possible that the writer need say nothing else.

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So many writers sealed the conviction of their own works by their own suicides. How many dared to seal it by living in silence?

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The terminal point of silence – conviction as sovereignty. Persuasion is not so necessary to conviction as its possibility. One speaks the truth and lets it do whatever it will.

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Weininger was one of the few thinkers who fully understood the problem of individuality. It is not a right or a given, despite the prejudices of modern society. It is actually a mark of genius.

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The forceful rule the passive, the clever rule the forceful. It is a matter of chance whether or not any of these are virtuous.

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The ground fell out from beneath him as he realized that Aleister Crowley and Max Stirner are prophet extremists of the status quo.

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The Opposite of Horseshoe Theory. The problem with the terms ‘left wing’ and ‘right wing’ is that they have very real historical precedent which overwhelms their more complex essence – which is and has been subject to change. The ‘far left’ ‘far right’ prefixes were both creations of the left. Arguably, the ‘right’ only exists because of the left. The trajectory of western politics created this political gnosticism. Both sides identify the other differently than they would identify themselves and this is likely completely unavoidable. This is the opposite of horseshoe theory. This is closer to horse and clown theory.