What Do I Know?

I got this from my friend Joe yesterday: "Please write all that you know from all that you've read in 10-12 easy to follow bullet points. Take your time. Do a good job."

The below's what I came up with. I'd love to hear your own!

I don't know if what i came up with as as easy to follow as the instructions encourage, but I tried my best.

(WARNING: Don't take the author's word for anything. Experienced driver on closed course. Always consult a doctor before taking this mental Viagra.)

1. You are attached to what you attack. So, be wary, be watchful. Setting straw men on fire does not an actual conflagration make.

2. There's no such thing as a one-sided coin. So, take care what you flip.

3. Sometimes it's a wave; sometimes it's a particle. Sometimes it's both. As above, so below. Does this make sense? Just saying: that's the way reality is, so don't be too linear.

4. ONLY POLITICAL ONE BUT IMPORTANT: The nation-state has been obsolete for quite some time; the President of the United States is not and never really has been "the leader of the free world." Corporate alliances, such as the Standard Oil / IG Farben marriage in the 1920s, the banking cartel that is the Fed Reserve in 1913, and the Bank of China (set up by Rockefeller and Hoover) in the 1930s, just to name a few, allied with the "non-profit foundations" established by such should clue you in on the longterm planning and identities of those who rule behind the various thrones. Vote/ disseminate accordingly. (See: There's a Monster At the End of This Book, by Grover, for more...)

5. The kind of behavior that works in a specialized environment, like prison or the classroom, can fail to work and in fact become harmful, when used outside such an environment.

6. "Existentialism is often discussed as if it's, a philosophy of despair, but I think the truth is just the opposite. Sartre, once interviewed, said he never really felt a day of despair in his life. One thing that comes out from reading these guys is not a sense of anguish about life so much as, a real kind of exuberance, of feeling on top of it, it's like your life is yours to create. I've read the post modernists with some interest, even admiration, but when I read them I always have this awful nagging feeling that something absolutely essential is getting left out. The more you talk about a person as a social construction or as a confluence of forces or as fragmented of marginalized, what you do is you open up a whole new world of excuses" See: Waking Life. (And or A Scanner Darkly, for that matter. Do it! DO IT!)

7. The next time someone asks you where you're from, point to the stars and tell them, 'I'm from out there... forged in the heart of a star." Embrace your inner singularity! Know ye your true lineage, super-gods and super-goddesses, and update your personal narrative accordingly. (See: Hyperspace.)

8. DNA is eternity. (double helices coiling through our universe and our own microbiology.) Remember the Tralfmadorians advice to Billy Pilgrim in Slaughterhouse Five on the nature of time. "Three things will last forever--faith, hope, and love--and the greatest of these is love." (See: The Beatles.) (Okay this is like four bulletpoints in one. But so is life.)

9. Try not to be a dick. At the same time, don't let dicks hold you hostage. Protect your psyche from incursions from the Blah.

10. Embrace both routine and the subversion of it - don't get too settled in either.

11. You can't judge a book by its cover, but you can make reasonable predictions from its genre. Context is everything. (See The Pocket Guide to the Infinity Vault of Consciousness by Bryan McMillan, yet to be written but published in Heaven.)

12. Midnight Run is a great movie. God, I love that movie. I love you, too.

Thanks for reading.


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