The Underground Lady [Page Eighteen]

Physics posits a singularity that existed in the moment before the Big Bang, or perhaps in simultaneity with it, a singularity that was nowhere, that was so heavy and so dense that it contained all time and all matter, but that cannot be spoken of as if it had some positionality within something else precisely because what we are talking about is everything.  The true test of one’s modernity is whether one views this singularity, within which everything was held and which was held within itself, as God or not.  But it has never occurred to me to regard it as anything other than a moment, just like any other in the history of the universe—the first moment, certainly, and privileged in a way for being so, but still a moment, and not an agency.

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The card for Strength in the tarot pictures a beautiful maiden gently prying open the jaws of a lion.  Most interpretive texts associate the card with the power of suggestion over that of brute force.  If only people were as developed as the tarot suggests.

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The really amazing thing about all psychological theories and systems, whether primitive or modern, is that none of them work, and yet people keep trying to apply them.  The same could be said about capitalism, which on one level is a psychological system of control.  But of course it is also much more than that, so its failures and the resulting devastation go far beyond what the faulty effects of the other systems are capable of bringing about.

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There is no such thing as an existential psychology.  Sartre proved this adequately in Being and Nothingness, if not solely by his arguments on the matter, then by his methods throughout.

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The Bohemian regards psychology as a bag of tricks to use against the hostility of others.  This is done out of necessity, but it is probably the best way to use it anyway.  It is certainly the way in which psychology is used by the state—through the various personal attitudes adopted by status quo types—against the Bohemian.

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Some of the ancients, especially the Epicureans, presented alternative parallel theories when answering specific philosophical questions.  The modern belief that there must be only one right answer to every fundamental question, derives from a superstitious and inadequate understanding of science.  In fact, it is the Epicurean methodology that is the basis of all modern investigation.

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Multiple hypotheses should always be assumed to exist—and this is no place truer than in the matter of what we should do with our knowledge.  Except that the analytic philosopher falls back into the superstition of the one right solution here as well, and answers, without considering the alternatives, that what we should do with knowledge is simply to keep adding to it.  But this is still only one answer amongst many.

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The Bohemian thinker seeks to eliminate just enough knowledge to attain ataraxia, and eventual peace.

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The perfect psychological type in the eyes of the Bohemian is the peaceful barbarian.  The Hippie used to correspond to this type—now it’s the skateboarder and snowboarder. 

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I am sanguine as to the solving of certain questions.  Why should I care too much about how the universe will die?  Even if it goes on forever, in darkness and coldness, long after life has gone, which now seems most likely to be the case, what difference does it make to me?  What should I do?  Mourn life long before its demise?  Whatever.

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Any of those who cannot stop thinking are amply qualified for the Bohemian life, but only if they view it as a curative for their condition.  Poor souls.

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