18 August 2011

Notes: Gasoline and Gold

We regard men as infinitely precious and possessed of unfulfilled capacities for reason, freedom, and love. In affirming these principles we are aware of countering perhaps the dominant conceptions of man in the twentieth century: that he is a thing to be manipulated, and that he is inherently incapable of directing his own affairs. We oppose the depersonalization that reduces human beings to the status of things—if anything, the brutalities of the twentieth century teach that means and ends are intimately related, that vague appeals to "posterity" cannot justify the mutilations of the present. We oppose, too, the doctrine of human incompetence because it rests essentially on the modern fact that men have been "competently" manipulated into incompetence—we see little reason why men cannot meet with increasing skill the complexities and responsibilities of their situation, if society is organized not for minority, but for majority participation in decision-making.
 
Men have unrealized potential for self-cultivation, self-direction, self-understanding, and creativity. It is this potential that we regard as crucial and to which we appeal, not to the human potential for violence, unreason, and submission to authority. The goal of man and society should be human independence: a concern not with image of popularity but with finding a meaning in life that is personally authentic; a quality of mind not completely driven by a sense of powerlessness, nor one which unthinkingly adopts status values, nor one which represses all threats to its habits, but one which has full, spontaneous access to present and past experiences; one which easily unites the fragmented parts of personal history; one which openly faces problems which are troubling and unresolved; one with an intuitive awareness of possibilities, an active sense of curiosity, an ability and willingness to learn.

This kind of independence does not mean egotistic individualism—the object is not to have one's way so much as it is to have a way that is one's own. Nor do we deify man—we merely have faith in his potential.

4. against “those who would reform society must be part of it”

i love the fourth. i just love it!

i don't know what happened first and it's kind of laid a mindfuck on me

write about hands and how inside the mind of a small piece of eternity there lingered a thought about the possibility of them hands being controlled by something other than the very consciousness that appeared to direct the thought, and how in an instant the right hand index finger had a strong spasm as if something wanted to say


"yeah."


mind fuck ere stems from waking up at night and having a song play between the ears, a song listened from the car radio some 15 years ago or so, a song which was forgotten until a stoned head ended up finding it from the depths of a harddrive filled with unwrapped torrent packages. bleargh seasons of gasoline and gold.

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