Quote note (#128)

Rod Dreher remembers this:

Many spiritually advanced people I know (not coweringly religious, mind you, but deeply spiritual) identify Obama as a Lightworker, that rare kind of attuned being who has the ability to lead us not merely to new foreign policies or health care plans or whatnot, but who can actually help usher in a new way of being on the planet, of relating and connecting and engaging with this bizarre earthly experiment. These kinds of people actually help us evolve. They are philosophers and peacemakers of a very high order, and they speak not just to reason or emotion, but to the soul. [Lunatic emphasis in the original]

Outsideness Strategy bitchez.

November 7, 2014admin 20 Comments »
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  • spandrell Says:

    Not even during the wackiest days of mountain Daoist preachers had the Chinese nothing remotely equivalent to “spiritually advanced people”, “light workers” nor any deranged nonsense of the sort.

    The sheer wackiness of Californian culture is the best proof of the Ice Age theory of the evolution of intelligence. Good Weather is the Mind Killer. 100 years from now, history books will celebrate the takeover of California by Mexicans and the big earthquake that destroyed San Francisco Bay as the great event that saved Civilization as we know it.


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  • bob sykes Says:

    If by “light worker” they mean Lucifer, they might have a point.


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  • Kgaard Says:

    Obama was the necessary reaction to the Ouroboros thesis from 1926 (on man’s new servility to machines). If you are not a white man, you are at a total loss in the modern world. You are not just a slave to the machines — you are a slave AND have no idea how the machines even work. That must create a permanent sense of seething … and that seething manifests in hostility toward the people who created the machines in the first place — white men. Obama appeared as a bridger between the machine world (which he seemed smart enough to understand) and the slave world that all women and NAM men occupy relative to the machines.

    In this sense, the logic of that SF piece isn’t particularly crazy. It might even be sort of true. If white men sold humanity into slavery to machines, women and non-white-men are all trying to find a way out. They are less invested in the existing model. Granted they RELY on those machines to keep from starving … but perhaps they have the psychic space to explore other ways of being precisely because they know they will always be slaves vis a vis the machines and there’s nothing they can do about it.

    Makes me sick to write that but objectively it seems true-ish.


    Hurlock Reply:

    This is very interesting thesis.


    Alrenous Reply:

    If it’s true it shows why hobbits desperately need philosophy. The tragedy being that hobbits can neither understand nor appreciate philosophy.


    E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Reply:

    except the ‘spiritually advanced people who see Obama as a lightbringer’ include large swaths of said ‘white men who brought forth the machines’

    Certainly there is an undefined unrest in those who perceive themselves as unjustly enslaved, which manifests itself in various messianic visions.


    Aeroguy Reply:

    Even within white men only a few are initiated in knowledge of the machines. How many other those writers has any grasp of economics or can even explain how a microwave works.


    Kgaard Reply:

    Well that seems consistent. There are indeed a lot of white men who fall into the category you describe. Many are probably effeminate in some fashion or other. But it will always be thus. This subset of white men also will feel less invested in the existing machine model and thu open to the principle supposedly embodied by Obama.


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  • John Says:

    Went on a few dates with a single mom who did reiki and claimed to be a “light worker” but I caught the vibe that whatever sort of magick she actually knew, she was using it to try to ensnare me in her web of manipulation.

    As for Obama, he’s a hollow man. It’s all about the optics with that guy. I wouldn’t be surprised if he’s dabbled in some dark flavor of a Afro-Caribbean conjuring in his quest for power.


    Hanfeizi Reply:

    Afro-Caribbean conjuring seems unlikely, as that’s a culture he has no connection to. But you’re still on to something:


    “Obama’s mom became particularly close to a Portuguese-American convert to Subud. Scott writes:

    Mohammad Mansur Medeiros, a reclusive and scholarly Subud member from Fall River, Massachusetts, and Harvard, whom Ann hired as a teacher, had immersed himself so deeply in Javanese culture, language, and religion that friends nicknamed him Mansur Java. Samardal Manan … used to listen awestruck and in silence, to Ann’s freewheeling conversations with Medeiros. “You would think they were in love, but they were not,” Manan said.

    Founded by a Javanese aristocrat known as Bapak, Subud’s theology was a sort of “Coexist” bumper sticker avant la lettre. You could believe in whatever religion you wanted as long as you practiced the addictive group exercise called latihan, a sort of Javanese equivalent of an est encounter session.”


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  • NRx_N00B Says:

    John Said: “Went on a few dates with a single mom who did reiki and claimed to be a “light worker” but I caught the vibe that whatever sort of magick she actually knew, she was using it to try to ensnare me in her web of manipulation.”

    Was she able to harness the “healing power” of quartz crystals too?


    John Reply:

    “Was she able to harness the “healing power” of quartz crystals too?”

    Of course, but don’t sleep on crystals. In my experience crystal energy is legitimate, but too subtle to be perceived by many. Also not the type of healing you’d want to enlist for any acute condition.


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  • Hanfeizi Says:

    Ah, the delusions of revolutionary hope never cease to amuse. John C. Wright once said that reading the writings of 18th century Communists today now feels like reading the journals of a girl writing of her excitement at joining a cult whose charismatic and wonderful leader she’s going to marry… by her lonely gravestone, twenty years after her corpse was found hastily buried outside the cult’s cookhouse.

    The delusions of Obamaphiles aren’t quite as tragic, at least, but they are worth a chortle.

    Abandon all hope; nothing ever changes.


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  • E. Antony Gray (@RiverC) Says:

    my theory is that the cult of liberty (one of the three original branches of revolution) sees itself as perpetually enslaved. Since man is not an absolute power, he is always subservient to something (including his body or even his soul or mind) this interdependency blocks off the realization of absolute volition.

    The machines are brought in by the worshipers of LIBERTY because they see man enslaved to the seasons, to weather, to plants, and to animals. Machines are much more controllable by man, and it seems like man will enslave them rather than the other way around. Once mechanization is achieved, it is shown that man is enslaved again – (or that he is always contingent, you retards)

    Especially those who disidentify (see @kgaard above) with the mechanization feel themselves most enslaved. Neo-ludditism, the kind of re-negotiation with technology that say, Obama’s campaign represents (lots of young people on social media), points to a time when instead of going back to being enslaved by plants and weather (notice the huge rage about potential man-made effects to the climate) man will achieve some kind of spiritual rebirth, transcending ‘technology’ as technology.

    This theory expands to their bailiwicks, especially 1. Apple computers, which are the ‘it just works’ computer. Computer as appliance, not as technology. Computer as tool and not as machine. 2. Social media, it’s just like talking to people but everywhere. Just type and press enter. Just click. No moving parts.

    Real technology is technical. It fails (see rockets and space ships) – it involves tragedy and it involves heroism and it involves victory. You cannot forget about it (who knows what it will do when left to itself – probably … fail.) Neo-ludditism is the sense of hating technology but resolving that by creating non-technical technologies that feel like tools, so as to forget the machines.

    The very fact that Obama isn’t black, but half-black, half-white, is the real tell here; the technical detail that he is a mulatto – a different third – is lost in the simplicity of him feeling like a black ‘magic negro’ messiah.


    forkinhell Reply:

    You cast a wide net over enslavement: enslavement is contingency for the cult of Liberty; but a narrower one over technology: Real technology is technical. I’d be more inclined to look at language, currency, agriculture etc. as technology (and also technical), and question (as you do) whether many people view contingency (i.e. existence) as enslavement at all or rather see their existence perverted or enslaved by fellow men and the technological systems imposed by/upon them. Enslavement not as contingency but an involuntary narrowing of contingent reality.

    The mouse is incontinent; the plant doesn’t shit… Humans, somewhere inbetween – but I wouldn’t describe any as automatically enslaved by their bowels (or lack thereof). Hand the human over to Dr Kellogg on the other hand, and it becomes a different story.


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  • Hanfeizi Says:

    Meanwhile, in Russia, the Sith Lords reign. Our host should appreciate this:


    “In the 21st century, the techniques of the political technologists have become centralized and systematized, coordinated out of the office of the presidential administration, where Surkov would sit behind a desk with phones bearing the names of all the “independent” party leaders, calling and directing them at any moment, day or night. The brilliance of this new type of authoritarianism is that instead of simply oppressing opposition, as had been the case with 20th-century strains, it climbs inside all ideologies and movements, exploiting and rendering them absurd. One moment Surkov would fund civic forums and human-rights NGOs, the next he would quietly support nationalist movements that accuse the NGOs of being tools of the West. With a flourish he sponsored lavish arts festivals for the most provocative modern artists in Moscow, then supported Orthodox fundamentalists, dressed all in black and carrying crosses, who in turn attacked the modern-art exhibitions. The Kremlin’s idea is to own all forms of political discourse, to not let any independent movements develop outside of its walls. Its Moscow can feel like an oligarchy in the morning and a democracy in the afternoon, a monarchy for dinner and a totalitarian state by bedtime.”

    “Egor [Surkov’s fictional alter ego] is a manipulator but not a nihilist; he has a very clear conception of the divine: “Egor could clearly see the heights of Creation, where in a blinding abyss frolic non-corporeal, un-piloted, pathless words, free beings, joining and dividing and merging to create beautiful patterns.”

    The heights of creation! Egor’s god is beyond good and evil, and Egor is his privileged companion: too clever to care for anyone, too close to God to need morality. He sees the world as a space in which to project different realities. Surkov articulates the underlying philosophy of the new elite, a generation of post-Soviet supermen who are stronger, more clearheaded, faster, and more flexible than anyone who has come before.”

    Doesn’t that just beat all.


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  • Alan J. Perrick Says:

    One narcissist recognises another, Mr. Land.


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  • R. Says:

    This was the ‘absurd picture of the day’ in one popular Czech net magazine..

    I kinda wonder what kind of stuff would happen if an American mag featured it.


    Posted on November 8th, 2014 at 12:22 pm Reply | Quote

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