This is a blog post rendition of my 1-hr presentation at The 21 Convention in Austin, TX in August, right after I gave a 20-minute abbreviated version of same at the Ancestral Health Symposium, 2012, in Boston, at Harvard University School of Law.
Are not laws dangerous which inhibit the passions? Compare the centuries of anarchy with those of the strongest legalism in any country you like and you will see that it is only when the laws are silent that the greatest actions appear. - Marquis de Sade
Part 1 of the series: Anarchy Begins at Home: The Blog Series Part 1 – The Quality of Paleo Knowledge.
In part 1, I covered the introductory topics of epistemology, sociology and social epistemology, focussing first on the quality of knowledge in a Palolithic context. Inasmuch as knowledge is knowledge of reality, it stands up to reason that the more one is integrated with their sense perceptions of what's really real, the higher quality will be their knowledge. To demonstrate that, I showed images of various things Paleoman would have likely encountered in his environment, and my argument is that this is why he ultimately survived to flourish and migrate to all corners of the globe. While simple and basic—"primitive," even—the raw quality of his knowledge was unassailable. Were it was not—probably through no real fault of his own—he perished. We survived to be here because of actions based generally upon quality knowledge of reality.
Now let's contrast that with what passes for "knowledge" for most people in the Neolithic. This is not an all inclusive list, but it does cover the biggies.
Church & State or, fantastical delusions and agent of force bedfellows. At root, there's really little to no difference between them and even though direct main force via the Church is an aspect of life only in many Muslim countries today, it was certainly like that in the West centuries ago. Now, the Church works through the State, and vice versa. They need each other to promote various delusions, fantasies, baseless fears, foist unearned guilt, etc., all for the purpose of propping up their "authority."
I can accept that prayer holds some value for some people in the realm of their own personal issues. But so does plain old meditation. So does plain old thinking. The point is, paying conscious attention to your own problems or challenges in any way whatsoever is very likely better than doing nothing—though prayer often comes with that stupid "Jesus Take the Wheel" balderdash, a vicious circle. But who meditates or thinks over the problems of others or society, unless it is for the purpose of working out how to actually do something real to help or cause some effect?
So beyond the personal meditative aspect of it, payer is really just a cheap con, a cop out too. Oh, you're praying for the poor and starving? How about write a check, or go out and feed them? Praying your team wins the football game? Get over yourself. Praying that God will cure a loved one of an awful disease? If he existed and could, what kind of evil monster wouldn't do it anyway, without your prayers?
In essence, prayer is a lazy ass way to pretend you're doing something by doing absolutely nothing. ...I heard they had a "Prayer Room" at the recent Republican National Convention. I think people ought to have been up in arms that there wasn't also a "Rain Dance Room."
To the extent that prayer is the equivalent of well wishes, I can Grok, but it's simply nothing more than that.
I looked for an image that included the Quran, Holy Bible and The Collected Works of Mother Goose, but couldn't find any. There is this, though.
Other than the outright evil the Bible is chock full of (and I'm sure the Quran as well), I don't care much that people hold and cherish their fairy tale books. But for the purpose of this exercise, go back and review the sorts of things Paleoman relied upon for knowledge of reality. Next, realize that not a single one of our way-back ancestors would have had the slightest use for a holy book in any respect whatsoever, except to perhaps help start a fire. They would have scoffed at the idea that it contained any knowledge whatsoever. This is because they knew they had quality knowledge and it was tested in survival under the brutish elements every day of their lives. Finally, realize that today, this very day, there are hundreds of millions, probably billions, in the world who actually regard their holy books as the epitome of quality of knowledge!
That's how fucking bad it is, folks. That is the state of mass delusion. ...And it's not just that their holy-book-based "knowledge" is of poor or poorer quality than that of our Paleo ancestors: it's that it's not knowledge of reality at all!
How much of your "knowledge" is based upon the preachings, admonishments, warnings, promises, lies and plain old stinking dogshit spewed by all of the above?
And these are the folks who carry their water day in, day out. Liberal media? Of course. It's what works best to keep the general antagonism propped up. They are the best at creating the general smoke screen where one never looks to the element I've been talking about—quality of knowledge—but only to fighting over out-of-context points about this or that minutiae. In other words: which is the better lie, the better delusion?
....Which false narrative best reflects all the regurgitate I've subsisted upon all of my life?
It never ceases to amaze me that people generally think these media institutions are mostly about a free press, and not about profits for shareholders trading their public stock. It's the latter—free press being a ruse mostly, of marginal value generally, given the Internet. And the way they keep you tuning in so they can sell 30-second spots to the food and drug conglomerates for millions of dollars is by means of keeping you constantly worked up, in fear, in doubt, angry, stressed out over things you can't control...and the list goes on.
They are not your friends. They aren't looking out for you. They're not here to help.
How could this be complete without including the most sacred of institutions, those that "educate" the parasites who seek to suck the life from you day in, day out, masked by an aura of authority?
Did I just write "authority?" Yep, I did, and as it turns out, that's the focus of Part 3, tomorrow. (Those wondering about the Neolithic outliers, the ones with valid knowledge of reality, that's Part 4, so be patient.)
- Part 1: The Quality of Paleolithic Knowledge
- Part 2: The Quality of Neolithic Knowledge
- Part 3: The Problem With Authority
- Part 4: Having One’s Cake and Eating It Too
- Part 5: The Real Hobgoblins
- Part 6: Democide
- Part 7: The Quality of Paleolithic Social Power
- Part 8: The Quality of Neolithic Social Power
- Part 9: Conclusion; How to Fix Everything