The nihilist-to-post-nihilist move is an evolutionary and cognitive mutation of a species that has been too drunk by its own desire-infused semiotic feedback loops for far too long. We have been intoxicated by all the stories and the successes they allowed since the beginning. Now excess and abuse of those same stories and practices can finally help us hit rock-bottom and confront the consequences of our addiction to ourselves. We can now change. We can mutate and become immune to our ideological successes in order to confront our practical failures.
Those of us no longer hung over from God’s colossal wake are content only in forging new worlds while others seek new intoxications that might allow them to cling to their principles, axioms and nostalgia. Our species does not need more ‘isms’, even if its coated in the soothing logic of norms and predicates. What we need is a perpetual disillusionment that fosters brave new pragmatisms and animal becomings. What we need is post-nihilist praxis.
Source: The Opportunity of Nihilism | synthetic zerø
New research investigating the transition of the Sahara from a lush, green landscape 10,000 years ago to the arid conditions found today, suggests that humans may have played an active role in its desertification.
Source: Did humans create the Sahara Desert?
The best metaphor I can think of is: Austerity is like bloodletting in the Middle Ages, only with a lower success rate.
Source: Austerity Kills. And Then Some. – The Automatic Earth
James Mattis’ unpublished testimony before a Senate panel recognizes a threat others in the administration reject or minimize.
Source: Trump’s Defense Secretary Cites Climate Change as National Security Challenge – ProPublica
If and when national governance breaks down, your local community’s degree of social and biophysical resilience will make all the difference.
Source: Disengage from the Spectacle – Resilience
I also think a turn to the personal realm, to cultivating deep friendships and family relations and the aesthetic and spiritual domains of life, can be a critically important way to stay sane, despite the apparent madness of the external world. This is a strategy intellectuals and other free-thinkers have adopted when living under oppressive regimes throughout history, sometimes creating masterpieces that emerged later on.
We should by all means all continue to work in whatever ways we can to nudge the external world in more positive directions, despite these now massive headwinds, so I’m not at all advocating withdrawal from collective affairs, but I think moving one’s center of gravity a little bit more inwards, in a quest for whatever long-lived, time-tested beauty, meaning and truths one can find, can bring some solace in hard times, and can actually help us in the very challenging struggles we are bound to be facing in the next few years.
Source: Aftermath – Medium
Become invincible. Allow yourself to experience joy at every available opportunity. Yes, things are really bad.
But you got this.
Source: You Got This – Aeonography Part 4