Polina Posts XIII: Mass Communication and Relationships (now with added commentary)

This post has added commentary at the end, as this subject is one I have extensive thoughts on.

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There was no worse time for mass communication to come about than when it did. It’s also made managing relationships and the after effects impossible. In the 60s the mistake many came to later realize they made was in thinking one could truly say whatever one felt at any time. They had followed the habits of “polite society” but had forgotten the “why” of it. When the question came around again, there was no answer. The answer was still there, but they had all forgotten it. They mistook meaningful tradition for habitual tradition. They had thought it was simply followed because no one had ever questioned it.
Thought about for more than ten seconds this is as ridiculous as it sounds.

Old laws and old ways broken, with simply nothing there to replace. A lot of people have said liberalism is an inherently negative thing now; this is how: It tears down everything but builds nothing. Instead, in the place of those things it gives chaos disguised as “true freedom”
All it does is pretend nothing is something.

We tore down all the old restrictions and stuffy rules and in it’s place we give you basic urges of a more animal state.
This is the new definition. Whatever you feel. No higher thought. No consideration. Just feel and react.

How liberalism is just post-modernism makes a lot more sense when you understand this is the chaos and identity politics is societal fracturing. Slavery to passions is the irrationality. The results are one large blur.

Global mass communication could not have come at a worse time. It amplifies all of the problems this creates. Meeting is instant. Leaving it agonizingly long.

In reality it seems, though not many people like it, the best option for a situation like this is the clearest and most obvious:

Cut them out completely.

With the way communication works now and how it factors into people’s lives, this is not a simple feat. It is however the choice between keeping a limb gangrene or amputating and cauterizing.

Secondary fact: Time does not heal all wounds.
Steel and fire can.
Harsh methods for forging through new founds problems of the modern age. You don’t hug a frontier, you beat the fucker into submission.

People are increasingly acquiring huge collections of digital possessions. Despite some pleas for ‘forgetting’ most theorists argue for retaining all these possessions to enhance ‘total recall’ of our everyday lives.

However, there has been little exploration of the negative role of digital possessions when We report on interviews with 24 people about their possessions after a romantic breakup. We found that digital possessions were often evocative and upsetting in this context leading to distinct disposal strategies with different outcomes.

The best general advice one can be given for life, applied literally or in less than conventional ways is this:
Sometimes you just have to start killing people.
And that’s okay.


Commentary

This phenomenon isn’t exactly new. I think it’s worth quoting the bible here, as it was for centuries the core of Western Civilization:

For at one time we too were foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to all sorts of desires and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. – Titus 3:3

Sounds a lot like…

We tore down all the old restrictions and stuffy rules and in it’s place we give you basic urges of a more animal state.
This is the new definition. Whatever you feel. No higher thought. No consideration. Just feel and react.

This is where we are now. We are currently undoing two thousand years of moral, intellectual, and cultural advancement. It is horrifying. Witches were burned at the stake less than 500 years ago. Nowdays it’s fashionable to blame religion for this, but the truth is that people just wanted to burn things. In Monty Python and the holy grail, a group of peasants ask their lord if they can burn a witch that they have “found.” That might be closer to the truth than you think.

People used to greatly enjoy the suffering of others whether they be people or animals. Cat burning was a type of popular entertainment in France prior to the 1800s. It really was popular, notable people would participate. To quote:

A famous midsummer day festivity in the Century Paris was to burn alive a dozen cats. The king and queen were usually present and the king or the dauphin [heir] would light a pyre. The cats were then tumbled into the flames from an overhead basket, and the crowd reveled in their cries.

“Certainly this is not really a worse spectacle than the burning of heretics, or the torturings and public executions of every kind” Elias writes. “It only appears worse because the joy in torturing living creatures shows itself so nakedly and purposelessly, without any excuse before reason. the revlusion aroused in us by the mere report of the instutition, a reaction which must be taken as ‘normal’ for the present-day standard of affect control, demonstrates once again the long term change of personality structure.”

– Nicholas Wade,  A Troublesome Inheritance p168

These such things continue even now, notably in societies that are still tribal. The Middle east has frequent public executions; stoning of adulterers and the hanging of homosexuals. ISIS burns captured prisoners alive, with petrol. Unlike burning at the stake, there’s not enough smoke to kill you fast. Africa has similar practices, without even being Islamic…
Necklacing is the practice of summary execution and torture carried out by forcing a rubber tire, filled with petrol, around a victim’s chest and arms, and setting it on fire. The victim may take up to 20 minutes to die, suffering severe burns in the process.”

This obviously disgusts us, because we come from a totally different culture that has affected us on a biological level. We have greater empathy in our genes, after hundreds of years of excluding, imprisoning, and executing violent and psychopathic individuals, the genes for trust and self control have flourished. Culture and genetics feed back into each other, which is why this current trend of no self-control, of rage and violence at political opponents, at political tribes is so disturbing. While the right has played a role in this (hello Newt gingrich), the left is by far the more egregious offender. The Marxist paradigm of oppressor vs oppressed makes dialogue impossible and justifies any violence based on feelings of oppression.

Genetics are of course, not everything, which is why this is important. When feelings do get strong people still need reasons to do or not do. The left has said that the old culture of self control is oppression and that feelings are freedom.

This is insanity.

People are now slaves to their emotions & passions, just like Christianity warned.

I’ll probably edit this later, it’s not quite on topic enough.

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