Introduction [Page Two]

Existentialism is a philosophy unique to the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.  There is  no such thing as a medieval or classical existentialist.  Such a belief indicates a lack of any real understanding of the terms being used.

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The belief that there are no more ideas to discover and no more statements to be made is merely the Platonic doctrine of the conservation of thought, treating it as if it were a substance.  It is no more true, and no more ‘postmodern,’ than any other superstition left over from 300 B.C.

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Non sequitors are often taken to be common wisdom.  Like, “No man is an island.”  The mistake derives from a common misdefining of the term ‘non sequitor.’  Wittgenstein points out that it is not a mistake made by the speaker, an act of intentionality, but rather a gap, a mistake, in language itself.  Then, of course, there is the Freudian take…

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Obviously, every man is an island–and a very remote one. 

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There is no immediate substantial understanding between people, only socially prescribed footnotes.  Understanding comes with time, and a great deal of trouble.

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Patience ceased to be a virtue in the Western world some time around 800 A.D.  Everything since then has been rushed.

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The suppressing of the mystical tradition in Christianity has caused more ruin and anxiety than any other subjegating of knowledge.

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Entropy is not only a property of space and time, but of soul.  The universe makes no distinction.

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Death is an aspect of the experience of time and therefore belongs to existence and not its opposite.

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The media mind is an aspect of the construction of a consumer consciousness where no consciousness exists.

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I write these things at 2 or 3 o’clock in the morning.  What does this do to my thoughts?

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The Greeks and Romans were tribalistic, primitive peoples, and the perception of development in either case indicates an excess of superstition in our own degenerate time.  We believe that they were more developed than they in fact were, not because we misperceive their accomplishments, but because we overvalue them in the same way that we overvalue our own. 

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Mainly this admiration for classical achievement centers around our superstitious belief in ideals, as embodied by ancient civilizations.

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Idealistic thought is responsible for most of the atrocities of the modern period.

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Agnostics think that there might be a reason for non-belief, but they just don’t want to commit themselves to what is after all a dead-end argument.  I think that there might be a reason for belief, but similarly, I am reluctant to join in the futile fray.

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Alienation is not inevitable, however, it may be preferable.

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Humanity is augean.  If it weren’t for music and art, it would be a lost cause.

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Composition of music is not an art–it is sonic knitting.  Improvisation is the only true modality in music.  We know this instinctively, and, in this case, we should trust our own impression.

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The automobile is the most overrated machine ever invented.  This statement assumes people understand that all machines are accompanied by social constraints.  In the case of the car, when you want to go fast, you can’t.  When you would prefer to go slow and enjoy the view, you are almost pushed off the road by other drivers.  It is an invention designed to torture humanity.

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