The Plight

Everything complex begins as simple and crude. Advancement comes at the price of its predecessors. However, advancement can take place only within the confines of chaos and with a catalyst of some sort. In the case of humans the catalyst is scarcity which is the scarcity of resources and time.

This plight which is the catalyst for evolution is also the catalyst for destruction. In order to evolve further humans must gain new catalysts and depreciate current ones. The process of conversion from the new to old cannot be instantaneous, it must be progressive.

While all primitive instincts must be phased out eventually to ascend, they cannot be phased out without an alternative and in some cases may require biological modification and/or evolution. For instance if procreation was turned to mechanical means, humans would still have the primitive instinct to copulate. Also sex is a mechanism for justifying chaos. While absolute peace may be far superior to any form of euphoria, we are incapable of experiencing complete peace short of absolute and completed Ascension. So pleasure must remain with us until the final pleasure is Ascension.

All happiness is a justification of chaos. In the absence of chaos, happiness does not exist, there is only peace. Every happy moment is an indication of temporary subjective ordering of life and chaos. Absolute happiness is the absolution of emotion. Since this objective is far off, the pursuit of purified happiness and peace are the most straight forward method to Ascension.

  1. Chaos Exists
  2. Happiness is the ordering of chaos
  3. Less Chaos equals more happiness
  4. No Chaos equals peace, but no happiness
  5. No emotion equals Ascension

When I reference Chaos, I am not only referring to external circumstance, but internal circumstance as well. A person’s life may be completely ordered on the outside but due to emotion they may be chaotic on the inside. Emotion is a mechanism of ordering internal chaos. While we should strive to order the external, without internal management, no amount of external order will affect one’s inside state. The Flow is actually a form of temporary external chaos that results in an internal ordering for better or for worse. It is almost always an external event that push us to change, however, in very rare instances one can have an internal event that makes them see their current life in a different state.

Let me give an example, someone I knew hated their job but they still went every day. Every day they did the exact same thing and became emotionally bored. While his life was externally ordered, inside he was chaos. He was constantly wrestling with what he should do with his life. He eventually quit and moved on to a he job he found more fulfilling. There was not a major shift of order from one job to the next, but what did change was the order inside of him. If I believed complete external order would lead to happiness, I would not believe in the flow. The flow is sometimes temporary or longer lasting moments of external chaos that lead to potentially more happiness. If emotion did not exist, he would of never got bored, and therefore would of potentially been happy /content with the work he was originally doing. Emotion exists in order to consolidate and order our internal state.

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8 thoughts on “The Plight

  1. bert0001

    Beautiful List – i don’t like to comment on it, but then what else is a blog for …

    1. Chaos exist (exactly)
    2. Ordinary humans get happy for a short time when they see order. This happiness never lasts. Creativity makes joy since we created order ourselves. This joy doesn’t last either. We need to remain creative.
    3. Change meets resistance, resistance makes unhappy
    4. Stable Harmony means peace, but we need to remain creative not to get bored
    5. I’ve seen that most enlightened people (and i found only 3 so far) had indeed altered their emotional mind. How and Why is a mystery.

    So i have a problem with 2 and 3 in your list. They are somehow correct but could need adjustment. I think the source of joy and happiness is not necessarily order out of chaos, There was order under Hitler, and it didn’t make a lot of people happy. And i feel joy when touched emotionally in the right way, then feel happy for some time. This being touched has nothing to do with order most of the time. Feeling loved by a mistress doesn’t create order. Real art can touch, and for the artist this might be order out of chaos, but not necessarily for the viewer who gets touched by it. Happiness is something very fleeting, so 3 cannot be correct.

    I think you have listened to much to your mind when writing this blogpost, but what happens to you when you are aware that you experience joy, or happiness or boredom or peace or love. If you listen to yourself in that way, you will create real poetry in stead of phliosophy.

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    1. Jonathan Wagner Post author

      I am no supporter of the things hitler didn’t, but your statement is actually incorrect. The reason Hitler gained so much momentum is because he was making people happy, or happier. The treaty of Versailles not only bankrupted Germany, it also took away some of their land. Until Hitler arrived people were literary rolling around wheelbarrows of money and could barely buy bread. The unhappiness came when he started killing his own people and killing others. If you’re being loved by a mistress, then there is certainly some chaos in your life.

      As for 3, more does not necessarily equal unlimited. Let me give an example, someone I knew hated their job, they still went every day. Every day they did the exact same thing, but was bored. They certainly were not happy, while his life was externally ordered, inside he was chaos. He was constantly wrestling with what he should do with his life. He eventually quit and moved on to a Job he found more full filling. There was not a major shift of order from one job to the next, but what did change was the order inside of him. If I believe complete external order would lead to happiness, I would not believe in the flow. The flow is sometimes temporary or longer lasting moments of chaos that lead to potentially more happiness. If emotion did not exist, he would of never got bored, and therefore would of potentially been happy/content with the work he was originally doing. Emotion exists in order to consolidate and order our internal selves.

      Realize when I talk about Chaos it is in a broad sense and includes external and internal chaos. Your entire life could be ordered externally, but you could be chaos on the inside if you’re not doing what you want to do. All the examples you reference are to external chaos, not internal chaos.

      This piece I have wrote was actually pulled some old musings of mine. When I initially wrote it I was actually only referring to external chaos, with time I realized that a lot of what dictated chaos in the world was our perception of it and this realization lead to the fact that chaos exists internally and externally.

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  3. truelovejunkie

    this is exactly what i am trying to tell everyone. who gives an eff if your life is properly laid out, to the standards of everyone but then inside is a raging volcano waiting for the perfect time to erupt… just because you chose the rolling valleys doesn’t mean that the old life is better. everyday, an inner voice whispers: Are you just gonna be this forever??

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    1. Jonathan Wagner Post author

      Some of the happiest and definitely most interesting people I have ever met are the ones that have never had a plan, they went with the winds of life wherever it took them. I had a law teacher in high school who had worked at a grocery store, became a paramedic, then became a lawyer and finally a school teacher. He was the one I first heard say that the most interesting people you will meet are the ones who have no idea what they want to do with their lives.

      If a person can derive pleasure from doing the same thing day in and day out, I am some what envious of that person because that is definitely a talent I do not possess.

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