Thursday, February 25, 2010

Basic understanding of life


One of several horrors of modern human behavior is how we treat animals, a behavior mirroring how we treat ourselves and other humans, how we view nature and our place in it in general.

This is a vast tapestry that can’t really be explained without drawing in a lot of seemingly unrelated factors, or at least what most people today see as unrelated factors.

First of all we keep doing, what we have done for a very long time: destroying animal habitats wholesale. This isn’t just what one or a few individuals are doing, but the entire human civilization, what are portrayed as the very best possible society in the propaganda. Civilization is a Machine gobbling up nature and life on Earth wholesale, and the machine, created by humans is, in turn creating humans in its own image.

Many animals grow up in cages, just to end up like pelts, like luxury, foxes never allowed to move beyond their tiny net cage, running miles a day on a «floor» turning their paws into a bloody pulp.

Animals are used as test subjects in laboratories, by producers of perfume,  make up and medicine, callously exploited to «benefit» humans in any possible way. Animal testing is a cruel and inhuman practice, pure torture and should end yesterday.

We kill animals by proxy these days, not like the hunters we are in nature. The animals are mostly born and bred in enormous factories we call farms. They are tortured from cradle to death, until they end up on our dinner table. Most people never see blood their entire lives, and certainly not that of their proxy kill. We kill animals every day, by our passivity and inaction.

Killing animals is perfectly fine, in my eyes, since human beings are natural meat eaters, but not by torturing them to death first and robbing them of any dignity.

So, we grow up ourselves, without really knowing what nature and life is, not so strange then that we become what we eat, become slaves, bereft of dignity and true compassion.

There are a few people fighting for «animal rights» today, but very few truly doing it. Many so-called animal friends are just as much a part of the problem as the perceived worst animal torturer in a laboratory or on a pelt farm.

Many of these people nurture dogs bred to please their human owners, dogs destroyed by centuries of inbreeding, dogs born in pain, existing in pain their entire lives, because they are bred for certain characteristics, because they look pleasing to the current human eye. Many «animal friends» have no qualms about locking birds and others in cages, making them stay in captivity their entire lives.

There are many such examples.

The absolutely worst of the lot is neutering (castration to the unaware), the inhuman practice of cutting off animals’ balls. The «animal welfare» organization, PETA ran an ad a few years’ back, campaigning for the neutering of cats, and many «animal friends» responded favorably, painting it as an act of animal welfare. The most incredible and horrible excuses were used, are used. I was appalled then. I am even more appalled after «discussing» this on Twitter and on blogs recently.

«My dog didn’t seem to mind».

«My cat behaves, now».

«Animals are killed in shelters».

«There are too many of them».

«The cat will look better as an adult».

And I could list numerous more.

Basically it is treated like an order problem. And the animals are blamed for human-related problems, like the mass-killings in shelters, as if one injustice justifies another. We get that a lot today, in lots of areas, also in purely human relations.

And last, but not least:

Neutering isn’t seen as a problem at all, but is, on the contrary presented as a good thing. The cat won’t roam, won’t fight, won't fuck or mark his territory.

In short, he won’t be a cat anymore.

But no one or very few seems to be concerned about that last part.

The cat or the male in general is a nuisance in the current human society. Cut off his balls, neuter him, and the «problem» is solved.

Just like female «promiscuity» (yet another horrible word) is. The female is controlled and ruined, too, of course.

To human males supporting neutering of animals: Do it on yourself first, before you even consider doing it to any other creature.

To human females: rip out your own private parts, and see how much you enjoy it. Then we can talk.

That’s the worst part about «discussing» this with those supporting neutering, I guess: They have no idea of what I’m talking about. They seem totally incapable of understanding what is at stake. There just isn’t any true empathy or respect or awareness there at all. None of them seems to have any notion of what it means for any creature to be robbed of the most fundamental instinct there is.

I guess they are already neutered, in the very basic understanding of the word. Their mind, their very Self is neutered, and thus they lack the ability to understand life, freedom and dignity in its most basic form.

And this isn’t really about neutering anyway. It’s about how certain kind of people look at animals and life and nature in general. Animals aren’t, shouldn't be property. Life on Earth doesn’t exist to serve mankind. Present day humans are very fond of «improving» nature, of ruining it. No wonder humanity is on a collective tailspin suicide run.

And no, this isn’t a discussion: I hate those people’s guts, if they have any, that is. There is no valid justification for doing this, none what so ever.

Civilization itself is destroying everything making life worth living. We are alienated, both from ourselves and from nature.

The majority of modern humans lack, by default that previously mentioned basic understanding of life and of humans’ place in nature, and thereby such horrors like neutering and countless others are allowed to go on.

Articles about similar themes on Midnight Fire:

Primitivism

Tumor

Tailspin suicide run

Tribe

Living in the wild

The World Grinder

I could have linked to a site promoting neutering to illustrate my point further, but I won’t do that. It’s just too sick!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Olympic horror

When the summer Olympics was held in China many wanted to boycott the games because of China’s ongoing human rights’ violations, particularly the Tibet question.

In that regard quite a few people all over the world, I among them had quite a lot more to say, arguments that weren't exactly widely broadcasted (heavy irony here).

One matter we brought up was that it was basically boundless hypocrisy, that we could very well use the same arguments for both the current Vancouver winter Olympics and the upcoming London summer Olympics. Western nations like Canada, the United States and United Kingdom are far worse than China in many ways, actually, obviously. There isn’t really any nation on Earth that could arrange any games, anything without deserving a boycott and more…

As far as Canada is concerned people all over the world should certainly have screamed BOYCOTT right now, for Canada’s treatment of its indigenous population, its participation in NATO aggression against defenseless countries, its treatment of its homeless, its horrible environmental record and countless other violations against humanity and life on Earth in general. Everybody screaming up about Tibet two years ago is mysteriously absent when the matter of boycotting the Vancouver Olympics comes up. There is only one word for that:

Hypocrisy.

That’s one side of it. The other I and others brought up and brings up is, in many ways actually, if possible worse.

It’s the place sports have in modern society in general, the enormous waste in terms of financial and human resources all of it is, how the athletes really are like modern gladiators participating in games serving to distract and divert people from true, valid issues. Sports are tyranny’s best friend.

Enormous arenas are built in virtually any country, any city and tiny community around the world. People may starve to death and suffer a hellish existence right outside those arenas, and then, THEN the asshole politicians have the audacity to claim that there is no money, while it’s clearly an issue of horrible priorities. They claim that such insane ventures have a positive effect on the region as a whole, but that’s just more bullshit, of course. It has a positive effect on some rich people’s wallets. Aside from that it’s draining any given area of resources, manpower and last but not least: the right focus.

The downtown East Side in Vancouver is one example of that.

During virtually every winter Olympics and championship these days they’ll have to drive insane amounts of snow to even the highest areas in an ever more desperate effort to hide the stark effects of the human-created Global Warming.

Some people ask, when these issues are brought up: shouldn’t we still admire the athletes? Aren’t they worthy of respect?

My answer is no, a resounding NO. They would be worthy of respect if they used all that energy and willpower and strength and determination on worthy pursuits. Sports aren’t anything like that, but are, on the contrary yet another proof of the horrible disease that is ravaging current humanity and the global society.

People should stop watching the shit, and it would go away. Seeing how people live their lives through the athletes, and don’t live themselves is a sorry sight indeed.

Sports are used for political purposes, created for that very purpose, are nationalism, elitism, greed, deception, diversions, propaganda and opium for the people and should vanish from the face of the Earth this instant.

Alarums of Reality

was completed earlier this week, a novel of approximately 130 000 words.

I wrote the last three chapters in a frenzy of five days, 18 000 words. That would amount to well over a million words in a year. My annual average is about 300 000 for my novels and stories, not including the blogs and articles.

It’s the first I’ve completed since 2002 and only the second novel I have written solely on computer since I began writing digitally fifteen years ago.

The reason for this is that I’ve written a lot of other stuff, up to fifteen novels simultaneously, in addition to scripts and blogs, and that I’ve rewritten, translated and expanded upon almost all of my previous novels that existed only on paper, and also finished novels that were initially started on a (gasp) typewriter.

It has taken me nine years to complete Alarums of Reality, and would have probably taken me even longer if I hadn’t decided six months ago that I was actually spreading myself way too thin, and began cutting down on my number of simultaneous projects and delegated the majority of them to the «drawer», and began focusing on those that had progressed the most. It yielded immediate results.

I always do a lot of reflection each time I’ve completed a project.

This is my eleventh novel, counted from a given novel’s initial completion. I started out more than thirty-five years ago, just before or right after my early teens. What quickly became a driving force in my writing was Change, to always strive to set out in new directions, to make sure the next book would be different from the previous. With Alarums of Reality I’ve taken that yet another step or ten further, and outdone myself, quite frankly:

It’s completely different from anything I’ve done before, both in style and content. I think I’ll always be unable to describe the story properly, a fact I’m quite proud of. Another, aside from the fact that I’ve written it at all is that you will never read anything even remotely similar. I certainly haven’t.

If you can't or won't create something original or unique, don't bother.

Almost all of it has been written after I moved, after I began a new phase of my life, even though it was conceived and initiated just before that.

Like almost all my other novels it’s definitely «one of the most controversial novels ever written», something that also brings a great grin to my face.

Only two of my novels have been published so far, but that is about to change. I expect this and the next year to be a deluge of published Amos Keppler novels. Four (and a collection of poems), at the very least are practically ready for release and have been for quite some time. It’s only because I’m idle that those haven’t been released years ago.

Thursday, February 11, 2010

To ruffle people’s sensibilities

This seems to be the worst possible sin in present day society, worse than torturing and killing people.

One thing is for sure: it’s evoking far more powerful feedback.

The sense of proportions in today’s society never ceases to surprise me.

There is a wide range of subjects that can raise people’s irrational ire, even though it’s usually related to religion and nationalism and perceived normality.

For some reason we shouldn’t criticize soldiers slaughtering civilians wholesale. We shouldn’t criticize religion and its people, and uniformed thugs beating up on and also often killing people protesting against the inhuman conditions most people live under. Nudity is also an issue, like what should have been a number of totally unimportant issues and behavior that wouldn’t have bothered people living in a free society at all.

In short, through a series of enforcements and taught cultural predispositions hammered into us since birth we are taught we shouldn’t criticize the very building blocks of this modern society, this horrible, destructive Machine in which we exist. That makes sense in a way… since the people creating and enforcing those written and unwritten rules are the very servants and top people benefiting the most from the current system.

So, one important task is to bypass those concerns, ignore them and challenge them unafraid through art and life at every opportunity. Religion, militarism, the ongoing mental and physical destruction of life should be fought against at every turn, also every single time a person tells you that your words and actions offend them and their ingrained sensibilities.

More about same and similar subjects on Midnight Fire:

Provocation

Watchdogs

Loathe

More sickening support for militarism

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

A varied and good life

Previously researchers believed that no new brain cells formed after a human being had reached a certain point in life. Now, they’ve realized their error, their grave error. New brain cells and pathways are formed our entire life.

Science has, as incredible as it may sound once again acknowledged reality.

The more varied and intense a given person’s life is, the more brain cells are formed and more pathways are formed between the cells. One shouldn’t just live a varied and interesting life, but also vary between the variations. Even the slightest variety has value, even though limited in the long run. I have always felt that my mind works better during and after a Journey, and now one has found evidence that this is indeed the case. It’s important to vary one’s activities in everyday life. More than anything it’s crucial not to be stuck, not remain in only one set of surroundings or group of people, one routine or set of routines. The tyranny’s attempt at keeping people at bay becomes, in light of this even a more horrible act. By keeping people down, by not let them grow they steal their spirit and creativity, their very life from them, and it is actually quantifiable.

When a person walks through foreign streets, in places she or he has never before traveled they grow as a person in a way that can hardly be sufficiently measured, it’s true value never be truly appreciated, a way going far beyond both physical and mental processes alone.

Body and mind is, in truth a unit, something more than the sum of its parts. This becomes self-evident when you start studying it all, like it should be studied, through a holistic point of view.

As a given person grows older, after passing middle age, one’s creative and mental capacities are inevitably weakened, but seen in the light of this new information, this is a process that can easily be countered. In a society, the society today’s world is so far away from, where creativity and variety are encouraged and not merely grudgingly accepted people, young and old will need far less care, and contribute to humanity far more than today.

One will create a world people will want to live in, not escape from, one where people will be able to live longer and better, in a society where «quality of life» isn’t just an empty phrase.

What are we waiting for?