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Epiphanies Volume 3: Civilization


Civilisation is a social façade designed to control mankind’s innate animalistic propensites.

Xenocrates 

CivilizationI got a lot of offline commentary on the first two volumes of my abridged epiphanies. To all of those people who insist on giving me feedback in person, I encourage you to do it here. It’ll make things a lot more interesting. Additionally, I want to dedicate this particular entry to those of you responded with commentary that would suggest that I have no faith in humanity. Well congratulations: I don’t. If you take away our cellphones, our 911, our internet, our cars, our televisions, our networks, our skyscrapers, highways, transit sytems and our electricity, we would plunge right back into the brutality of the dark ages (both literally and figuratively). Humanity would be returned to the wild animals that we really are as 6.1 billion people turn on themselves. Lawlessness and anarchy would rule the world. The strong would prey on the weak, and mankind would return to the madness from which it took over 10,000 years to evolve in just 72 hours. We haven’t really changed as a people. We’ve just found better ways to control our animalistic urges through a system of sustained behaviour modification we call “civilisationThe following epiphanies, which as far as I know are all my own, are proof of this harsh reality:

On Civil Society

  • Anarchy is the mother of law.
  • Racism will never die because social evolution does not change mankind’s animal instinct.
  • The culture of a people functionally determines the law of the people.
  • If all men were created equal, then all cultures would have equal social, economic and technological development.
  • Affirmative Action” only validates the idea that the colour of a man’s skin should be treated as a disability.
  • Political Correctness is the most conspicuous form of cynicism.
  • Stereotypes would not exist if they did not exist.
  • Humans are more obsessed with the things which divide us than the things which unite us.
  • If people were innately good, then law enforcement would not be necessary.
  • The law is meaningless without enforcement.
  • The ruling class prefers being feared over being respected.
  • Fear creates conformity; conformity is control; control is civil order.
  • The mass media was invented to facilitate the cultural indoctrination of international territories.
  • Black people will never get over racism, and white people will never forgive themselves for it.
  • Social unrest proves that the people are ultimately more powerful than the law.
  • In the global community, 3rd world nations are the working class and 1st world nations are their aristocracy.
  • If people truly preferred freedom, then they would not choose to conform to the rules of society.
  • Modern societies are defined by the use of civil rights for civil wrongs.
  • War is an inevitable and necessary process of facilitating social evolution where diplomacy will not.
  • Every major civilization eventually implodes when social evolution becomes synonymous with moral decay.

On Money

US Dollar Notes

  • Money is power.
  • Money is such that it creates a theoretically infinite demand for limited supplies.
  • Billion dollar business dreams are million dollar tax nightmares.
  • Loans were designed to trick the impatient out of their money.
  • Most people use money to buy more problems instead of solutions.
  • Labour unions were designed for people who prefer to become slaves to their employers for life.
  • Good health trumps a fat wallet any day of the week.
  • Money has no intrinsic value – unless it is used to create more money.
  • Most of the money in the world only exists as zeroes and ones inside a computer.
  • People who picket their organisation for a pay raise are like slaves demanding thicker shackles.
  • It is a mystery how a fool and his money got together in the first place.
  • People who borrow money from friends are only seeking a short term solution to a long term problem.
  • Concordantly, never lend money to your friends. You will have to decide between them later.
  • Life insurance is for people who never intend to become financially autonomous.
  • Only the unambitious envy the rich.
  • Being consistently good natured is not economical.
  • The free market system ensures that bullies have a place in business.
  • Hard drugs are illegal because it would make the cartels more powerful than the government.
  • Money does buy happiness as virtually everything has a price.
  • Poverty is a necessary evil that ensures the world will continue to have consumable resources for future generations. 

On Technology

Advanced technology

  • Many people are closer to a friend half way around the world than their next door neighbours.
  • A technological society is less human than a village of mud hut dwellers.
  • Yesterday’s wars were fought with steel. Today’s are fought with fire. Tomorrow’s will be fought with buttons.
  • There will come a time in human evolution where people will visit museums to see hand writing and printed paper.
  • Ingenuity is the mother of destruction.
  • We live in a world where you don’t need to travel around the world to travel around the world.
  • The days of mobile mass transit are numbered.
  • Technology is driven by the need to be productive while maintaining a healthy dose of impatience and laziness.
  • Technology helps humanity maintain the pretense of civilisation – at least until the next power outage.
  • Technology will continue to evolve until one day, biologists will have to redefine what it is to be human.
  • In the 20th century, technology was the product of society. In the 21st century, society is the product of technology.
  • Science fiction is often an expression of man’s own innate fear of himself.
  • One day, whether through war or evolution, technology will make everything redundant, including mankind.
  • Science & Technology has proven that the concept of “playing God” is intrinsically redundant.
  • In about 200 years, medical doctors will be forgiving people for their sins.
  • In the distant future, technological evolution will prove whether or not God is really a delusion.
  • Technology provides mankind with more ways to kill himself than to help himself.
  • The internet now allows mankind to express its true nature with increasingly deadly efficiency.
  • A war is coming where the death toll will be 10x higher than World War II, fought in one tenth the time with one thousanth the effort.
  • If the world’s technologies should all fail simultaneously, we will be right back in the barbaric first century A.D. in less than 72 hours.

On Civilisation

Modern Civilisation

  • In every type of government, might is right.
  • The price of freedom is eternal paranoia.
  • So long as the people think they have a choice, the illusion of democracy will thrive.
  • Power and corruption are mutually exclusive; power only makes corruption more conspicuous.
  • Most people have to be told what to believe because some decisions are too important to be voted on.
  • To become king in the land of the blind, the one eyed man must first pretend to be blind.
  • If survival is for the fittest, then even the fit must die.
  • Every aristocrat knows that time management is the art of prioritorizing your interests, not your time.
  • Elegance is simplistic complexity. That’s why law is anything but elegant.
  • The world seems to know more about a super power than the super power knows about the world.
  • News Networks operate on the notion that lies are always more entertaining than the truth.
  • When birds of a feather flock together, it’s easier for their enemies to ensure that they die together.
  • The search for happiness is the cause of unhappiness.
  • You have to be a little evil to appreciate any good.
  • If nothing dies, nothing new can begin.
  • Conspiracy theories allow the government to use the distraction of fools to cover even more nefarious deeds.
  • The ruling class knows that some truths are too dangerous for simpler minds.
  • Diplomacy is the art of befriending your enemy in order to learn how to destroy them.
  • How something ends is always more important than how it began.
  • History is not made by those who lived it, but rather by those who remember its lessons. 

Stay tuned. This is only going to get even more interesting

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  1. Poison
    May 18, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    “white people will never forgive themselves for it.”

    I disagree with this I strongly believe whites are proud of what they did and would do it again if the opportunity came.

  2. xenlogic
    July 10, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Thanks, Al 😉

  3. alamanach
    July 10, 2008 at 10:13 am

    I would update my blog three times a day if I could. I’d love it. Unfortunately, the Taliban would love it too; they could ferret out all kinds of useful information that way. Anybody I work with could be at risk. But as I have shareable stories, I will post them.

    As for unbounded awesomeness– don’t be jealous; there is only one Alamanach, and I’m it. Don’t be fascinated; as with anything, it is more mundane than it looks. You lose boundaries by exploring, so explore, and you too will know no bounds. Any awesomeness that is to be had will naturally follow on its own.

    You know this already, though maybe you don’t know that you know it. Your own awesomeness in religious debates comes from your willingness to explore beyond the bounds of a church’s party line. If you’d learned only what they taught you in Sunday school, then those Mormons you ran into recently would have taken you to the cleaners. (This is exactly why I want to teach critical thinking in Sunday school, as discussed in another post.) But you’ve been outside the box. You’ve picked up ideas and perspectives which, in a debate, serve as weapons that those Mormon boys had never seen. (I myself once had a similar run-in with Hare Krishnas. When they’d first approached me, they had had no idea I had actually studied genuine Hinduism. The poor things. It wasn’t pretty.) Keep at it. And find other ways of doing the same thing, of being outside the box.

  4. xenlogic
    July 9, 2008 at 6:49 pm

    I’m not sure whether to be jealous or fascinated. Does your awesomeness know no bounds? Seriously…

    Al, Do me a favour: Update your blog as much as possible with pictures and stories. If you write a book, (please write one!) kindly add me to your pre-order list. I love this kind of stuff. 😀

    That hand grenade idea raised an eyebrow over here. Please do share!

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