Conan

•April 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Conan

Nietzsche

•April 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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My armor is contempt…

•April 18, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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•April 12, 2010 • Leave a Comment

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On the Nature of God

•March 22, 2010 • Leave a Comment

By god it is meant — the concept of some supreme principle, spiritual truth, entity, or set of entities that exists within the subjective consciousness of the individual who is aware of it. (By god it is not meant — a single individual residing on a throne somewhere and randomly causing natural disasters to alleviate boredom.) The existence of god outside of subjective awareness is not relevant here — it is enough that the idea of a god or a pantheon of gods is a ubiquitous feature of the human experience, and that it has perhaps been the most influential of all human ideas both on the individual scale and on that of it’s aggregate, the history of humanity as a whole.

“God” exists for man regardless of whether or not god exists outside of man — as “god” is present in our consciousness. Countless fools have wasted precious energy debating on the so-called ‘objective’ existence, or lack thereof, of their pet deity. To do so is to miss the nature and utility of human spirituality completely. Let it be said once again, and a thousand times more, the question is irrelevant and unanswerable.

The nature of god has been approached many times and in many ways — almost always with a differing result. Needless to say, a concept such as god cannot be defined discretely and there is no one proper way to describe it. (Of course, if you over there want to continue insisting you’re consuming the blood of a long-dead Jew, and you over there want to continue praying to a fucking rock, and you want to kill each other over the issue feel free.) An explanation of what “god” is will, by necessity, be an expression of the subjective consciousness which formulates it and of how that consciousness understands the universe and its own place within it.

That is not to say that no two people will be able to agree on a definition, or that there is no incorrect definition, but merely that any single definition or description of the idea called “god” will be to some degree individualistic and thus cannot be normative. Rather that it must be understood that a description of the nature of god can never be more than a language-game of sorts, and that the purpose of the game is to express one’s conceptual understanding of reality and their own consciousness in mythological terms.

What is god then, for the person who now speaks?

God is the actor present in the mind who, when posed with a question, always returns the correct answer. The nature of these questions is not that of an inquiry into a piece of trivia or a divination of future events, in fact the questions we speak of here are seldom (if ever) consciously asked — though they recur constantly throughout waking life. The questions of what to do is the only question with which god is concerned.

All things are in constant flux — nothing may maintain identity with itself across two discrete points in time. Whatever situation the individual may find themselves in will be constantly changing — even though appears to be relatively static. And so the individual is constantly re-evaluating their surroundings and own thoughts so that they may adapt their behaviors and conceptual understanding to their environment. In much more simplistic terms, they are conscious and taking part in life. It is here that the question is posed, in the space between some new eventuality or realization and the performance of a willed action. (It should be noted here that these willed and performed actions are not only physical but mental, for example accepting or discarding a certain thought or impression such as “I feel like x” or better yet, “This affect, idea or evaluation x is part of what I am”)

It is at this point that the individual is presented with answers in the form of potential actions. Usually one answer is presented almost immediately, and this is commonly, and incorrectly, assumed to be the answer given by the conscious individual him or her-self. This is usually not the case, as anyone who has gained insight into the nature of the ego and their own mind may ascertain providing they are aware and capable of lucid thought. In actuality, this is often (though not by any means necessarily) the answer of the individual’s oldest and greatest enemies — and is thus the deadliest of all known poisons. The voices/conceptual circuits/learned thought patterns which return answers are not part of the individual’s true nature, though they seek to disguise themselves as such — and it is for this reason that they are called actors.

To restate the definition: “God” is the actor present in the mind who, when posed with a question, always returns the correct answer. The nature of the questions posed ensures that there is always a correct answer, though it can never be an ideal answer. In the plurality of possible courses of actions to take there is one path which resonates with the individuals purest and strongest nature–no matter how forgotten and tarnished this nature may be, nor how far the individual has strayed out under the cloudy skies of twilight. It is often the case that in order to even hear this answer one must exert themselves greatly — and even then it may not be heard. But it is always given, and if it is not heard above the din it is because one does not know how to hear it.

As to why a certain answer may be correct and another not, or to what defines and composes this “more true nature” it is beyond the scope of this post to address. Suffice to say there is a single rule which all correct answers will abide by, which is:

“Do what thou wilt shall be the whole of the law”

Endangered Species Profile: The Iberian Lynx

•February 17, 2010 • 1 Comment

This series of articles concerns endangered species which are less commonly covered in the media. Some of them might not seem as fascinating as the Snow Leopard or as majestic as the Blue Whale, but the truth is it doesn’t matter if an animal is beautiful or ugly, mysterious or mundane. Every link in the ecosystem needs to be preserved. In the second part of this series, I present to you the Iberian Lynx:

Photo Credit: (c)"Programa de Conservación Ex-situ del Lince Ibérico http://www.lynxexsitu.es"

The Iberian Lynx, whose scientific name is Lynx pardinus, is currently the most endangered feline species on Earth. As its name suggests the species is extant solely on the Iberian peninsula, with a majority of its surviving populations residing in Spain. The International Union for the Conservation of Nature has classified the Iberian Lynx as ‘Critically Endangered’, a designation reserved for species which are on the brink of becoming extinct in the wild. Currently only two viable breeding populations exist: one in Doñana National Park and the other in the Andújar-Cardeña of the Sierra Morena mountain range, with a total number of approximately 100 L. pardinus present in both populations combined. Of the two, only the Andújar-Cardeña population is considered capable of long-term survival.

(Population Distribution of Iberian Lynx)

(Photo taken from Public Domain)

As the apex predator of the Iberian peninsula, L. pictus forms an integral part of the local ecosystem. As skilled and efficient predators they are capable of hunting quarry as large as small deer, though their principal and favored food source is the rabbit. The Iberian Lynx hunts by ambush when possible, concealing itself in thick brush or behind rocks and lying in wait until its prey approaches. Once its quarry comes within range the Iberian Lynx attacks with remarkable speed and strength, seldom failing to achieve a kill.

Since antiquity L. pictus has been a symbol to the peoples of the Iberian Peninsula. At the time of the region’s conquest by the Roman Empire, indigenous Celtibarian tribes held the Iberian Lynx as a mystical creature with links to the underworld. In the mythology of other Celtic people the lynx is associated with the god Lugus, referred to by Julius Caesar as “the Celtic Mercury”. Unfortunately much of the mythology of the Celtibarians was lost due to the Roman conquests and the true role of the Iberian Lynx in ancient Hispanic religion will likely never be revealed. Today, L. pictus is as a symbol of conservation both within the Iberian Peninsula and around the world.

In many ways, the fortunes of the Iberian Lynx are inextricably linked with those of the rabbit. The European Rabbit, Oryctolagus cuniculus, originated on the Iberian Peninsula and historically thrived there, so much so that when the Phoenicians first colonized the region they christened it “the land of the rabbits” due to the animal’s virtual omnipresence in the region. However, due to extensive habitat loss and the introduction of foreign diseases rabbit populations on the Iberian peninsula have undergone a rapid decline.

In conjunction with the declining numbers of its natural prey, the Iberian Lynx is facing rapid changes in its environment. Due a scarcity of rabbits to forage undergrowth woodland terrains have become choked with thick brush, hampering the Iberian Lynx’s ability to ambush and pursue the few rabbits that remain. Due to its own decline other predator species such as the Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) have become more prevalent. As the Red Fox preys on chickens and other livestock many farmers consider them to be pests and attempt to trap them. Unfortunately such traps are as lethal to the Iberian Lynx as they are to a fox.

The reproductive behavior of L. pictus presents yet another obstacle to their continued survival. Females only become fertile once they have secured their own territory, and even then only once per year (at the most). After cubs reach maturity, they leave their mother and siblings in order to secure a territory of their own. Mortality rates for newly matured cubs are high, as they often get hit by a car crossing a roadway or venture into a deforested region where there is no viable territory for them to claim. The solitary and dispersed nature of the Iberian Lynx also allows populations to easily become isolated due to land development, severely reducing the number of viable partners for females who are capable of breeding.

Works referenced and further reading:
http://www.iberianature.com/material/iberianlynx.htm
http://www.iucnredlist.org/apps/redlist/search
http://www.bigcatrescue.org/cats/wild/iberian_lynx.htm
http://www.iberianature.com/material/iberianlynx.htm

Thoughts before bed, 10/6

•October 7, 2009 • Leave a Comment

There is a moment which lies at the foothills of action, a brief interlude which–like a shape in the corner of your eye–flees when you turn to face it directly. Only the fates can tell of the great multitudes who have smashed the hulls of their greatest intentions on this elusive shore.

Here man finds himself set against that most worthy of all combatants: his own inertia and hesitation. Faced with the negative reflection of his own self; an entity as cold as the darkest space when his soul throws off flame like a sun and vacuous when the fountain of his life overflows onto the marble beneath. Two equal and diametrically opposed forces can only cancel each other out, negating their respective potentials.

Only by himself of his own darkness and cold can such a man rise above the spectre of his own death with great bouyancy. Only by consumption and digestion of his own fear may he hope to tip the scales.