Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Habit Engines and We-Engines


                It is clear enough that our habits work together, and that a habit fully instated becomes a source of energy. It opens a channel from the needs flow more and more energy into itself, until the behavoir is primary, and it would take more energy not to perform it. And the habits work alike. When object X crosses our mind from our assumptions or senses, we already have a series of habits on how to feel, think, talk, and act on it. This is what is called a “complex” in psychanalytical terms.

            We call all the habits in relationship to each other, and they are always aware of each other, always negotiating with each other, and this is what we call “thinking,” all together system. That is our system, our #9, our #27.

            So we have our system of habits, and this is our “way of life” our “go with the flow,” our “tao,” well then, this includes also our inability (unwillingness) to start new habits, new virtues, our excuses not to, our hypocristy to praise them anyway. Its all in there, its all part of the system.

            All intellectual objects are simple, easy to communicate, hardly anything at all. To transmit a sophisticated figure, something many sided, something with over 5 elements (a nonagon for instance), in other words, to create a schema takes a long long time. A schema nine months, a system nine years. Learning a new language, assuming one is still young enough to be receptive to it, requires at least this long. It is for this reason that for us, English is an easy langauge, the easiest language to think in, but as a second language to an adult, it is infuriating. This complex, many sided, ever so tricky beast “English” requires ten years of our most formative years, the ones we are most impressionable. And only somebody who learns English as his first language, as his mother language, will ever write something great in it. His ideas may be superb, but he most belong to English from the very start, and preferably without to many distracting other languages to sap away his strength. All hail monoglots.

            When Freud created the Id demon, such a thing was very complex, and foreign to something as innocent as a hysteric. He had to work on a single man or woman for years, and use suggestion and interpretation (after abandoning hypnosis and cocaine) to put that demon in the deepest, where it could spread through human beings the farthest. Psychonalysis was never a quick or easy cure, but a long drawn out, ridiculously involved ritual, requiring the deepest trust, and most shameless exploitation. All hail the sort of patience Freud held to put his demons finally into others.

            Therefore, let us learn a lesson. Ideas take decades to spread through the soil. New ideas require a few centuries before we take them for common sense. These ideas must be argued against, argued for, blood spilled, courts and lawyers cheerfully exploited and misused (of course I am thinking of evolution right now, but a hundred others could easily be listed) before the idea becomes so all pervasive, such a part of every other idea, that we simply cannot thing without it.

            When the idea is everywhere, and every single other cultural idea contains parts of it, we say the idea is universal. Converting a nonbeliever to Christianity is not big deal: he already knows the very face of Jesus a thousand times over from billboards, teeshirts, movies, etc. etc. We know quite a bit of all the world religions. We have stereotypes, we have fluid-types. Its all in there. The average human brain easily holds all the information that has been put in all the books the world over.

            An engine, therefore, is a unique habit in that it is no simple dynamo. A dynamo is a mutually exclusive set of ideas that find each other, and do not destroy each other, but are united in a take and give relationship that wrenches forth a never ending torrent of energy (crea, care, libido, will-power, or what name you prefer). The engine is much more complex.

            Let’s start with a heritage engine. When one belongs to a race, a religion, a tradition, or a nationality, he inherits a We. That We is something that thinks for the I, in place of the I. The I is the autonomous conscious will, proper, serving first of all the Needs of the Self. The We also serves the Needs of the Self, but not only. A We ultimately exists for the greater whole of Us. The church for instance. Once one has replaced his I-my-name with We-the-Christians, We- the-Americans, We-the-scholars, We-the-feminists, or whatever name we takes, we gain a new power. That is, the We acts as a filter and an orienter over all world-materials, and lets the I gain possession of many ideas unique to that We that might have gained in refinement and power for centuries if not millenia. Christianity, like the cold virus, survives by an ability to mutate again and again and adapt to any person. But the We-inheritence of Christianity includes virtually all the accomplishments of the religion. All the hymns, theologies, martyrologies, saints, sinners, etc. etc. are inherited quickly and without interference of the skeptical and critical I. The I as servant of the Needs naturally is extremely critical if not downright xenophobic against outside powers that wish to take over the I with powerful habits. Consider how much most of us avoid addictive chemicals or bad habits and never cease to give such things a bad reputation.

            The We-engine comforts us that it has tested and proved all that it will download into us, and that we may feel the comfort of faith that we need not (and also cannot) be critical over what belongs to Us-the-group.

            With a lack of critical resistence to these ideas and habits, they chain together and dominate the system, so much so, that a serious and honest Christian can “hate father and mother” leave his family, curse them even, perhaps go to India or Africa, give his complete life over to “Christ” the warm big-brother posterchild plastered over the virus’s face, and feel he is being the best human he can by infecting many others with this virus.

            Let us be fair. This human individual, by sacrificing his Me to the We, has indeed gained many instant powers that he perhaps could never fashion in a lifetime. He has all sorts of thinking and spiritual habits, weapons and tools of all sorts, that he did not have to understand or criticize, and now can do powerful things with them. But Alas, having subordinated his I, he cannot use these powers primarily for his needs, but must always use them for the greater We.

            The We-body is all the people who share the We engine. It is in this way alone that we can take conspiracy theories seriosly, that the world belongs to, and is fought over, by great collective conspiracies.



Take care, Caretaker!

Your innermost is the sacred!




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