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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Americans have been larping as Romans for as long as America has been around, and it’s probably no surprise that the most popular larp these days is Caligula
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
I hear a lot of you speaking your allegiance to the wisdom of the past, to tradition, or to Greek or Roman thinkers, but I don’t think you really believe in their teachings.
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
I think your tradition and your Greco-Roman philosophy is a cargo cult and my first exhibit is the fact that you are reading these words on a smart phone (is Greco-Roman like Judeo-Christian? Strange how empires routinely become enthralled to their vassals)
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
Modern monkeys are in no way the ancestors of humans and modern philosophies are in no way instances of those old beliefs. Those who pretend to be traditional will tell you that nothing essential has changed. This claim is only compelling because it is patently absurd
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
The only things that are true are the brute facts of observed experience. Everything else is an abstraction of an abstraction of an abstraction, which is to say, a lie.
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
As we increasingly learn, the brain and the senses themselves are both quite faulty and fault-tolerant, which means that perceptual discrepancies in observed reality are “smoothed” out by subconscious faculties in order to create a “coherent” semantic model of the world
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
It’s not really possible to overstate how much you become what you behold. Cognition is not separable from mediation, and as the nature and saturation of mediation changes, so does the nature of cognition
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
You are phenomenologically different from your ancestors, not only because of your smartphone-mediated consciousness, but especially because of that.
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
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The multithreaded CPU is the cognitive paradigm of the smartphone age. The CPU executes many different calculations, both in virtual, INTERLEAVED parallel, and as you live and rely on CPUs, your thinking, your SELF becomes multithreaded and parallelized
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Zero HP Lovecraft
I was thinking about why so many old beliefs have lost their power, why "mythology" now means "fantasy", why old myths are so hard to believe nowadays. It's because the MIRACULOUS has become MUNDANE
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
You wake up, you look through a magic prism, invisible lightning crackles through the air. You trace runes with your fingers on the glass and you psychically speak to your friends a thousand miles away
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
Farmers spray magic potions on their crops and they yield a THOUSAND times as much food they did two centuries ago. Wizards summon beasts made of metal that burn the dead souls of ancient monsters, and they carry us seven miles above the earth 100 times faster than a man can run
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
People get resurrected from death every single day using a Lazarus charm called a defibrillator. Omnipresent oracles can answer any question instantly from anywhere on earth.
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
We mine the souls of ancient monsters from under the ground and use it to fabricate objects with impossible shapes. We have wizards who can pull the beating heart out of one man and put it in the chest of another. Our generals have spells that can level entire cities
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
I could go on, but you get the point. Almost no one understands how these things work. It's magic and compared to that, I'm sorry, but old stories about magic bows and arrows or casting duplicate on a fish just don't impress anyone and if you say it does, you're larping
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
You all mock the neckbeard atheist fedoras and they deserve mockery because they traded a rich and beautiful soteriology for a sad impoverished one, but they exist because myth has lost its power because our mundanities are more magical than our mythologies
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
To really "go back" to trad life you would have to trade actual magic (i.e., technology) for the ability to believe in magic, a belief that was once possible because magic ceases to impress us as soon as it becomes commonplace.
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
You don't want to go back to the trad way of life, not at all, you just want to post pictures on social media of "your" girl in a wheat field. It's trad because you didn't use a filter.
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
No, that's not fair. That's not what you want. What you want is a myth you can believe in honestly and without cognitive dissonance because moral strength, strength of will, only comes from belief in something appears real and true to you
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Zero HP Lovecraft Apr 26
Replying to @0x49fa98
Redemption from sin is not an appealing proposition because most people do not feel themselves to be sinful. The sins that trouble us are our personal failures to focus and follow through on our plans. We don't want forgiveness, we want to be better machines!
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