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Documenting Anthony's Insanity

dylancatlow
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3/30/2015 4:30:22 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
Bossy and I have realized that all of Anthony's posts follow the same format:

X is this
Y is this
X and Y seem to be opposites, but are really one
Therefore, we need to find universal harmony between X and Y.

These are but a few of the dozens of examples:

1. Even though I see an entire world around me filled with a diversity of life teaming over the landscape like spraying mountains of water, there is a vortex, a center of gravity that reaches out and snatches me away unto itself. This unrelenting attraction is a complex of ideas and emotions I call myself.

As a central integral complex, each of us is, yet, a single constellation in the midst of many, many clusters. Our lights burn dimly as we gaze into the infinite blackness of space. However, light is our common heritage; it travels great distances, leaving behind the peripheral constraints of our outer limits. It creates a world of depth and dimensionality; its luciferous veil disrobes the orbs of night; it declares that which is and stows away from prying eyes that which isn't.

2. Vulnerability is a curious word; Wikipedia defines it as "(T)he state or condition of being weak or poorly defended." A bully who teases someone much smaller and weaker is not at risk of being called courageous; it is in going against a formidable foe which emboldens one in the eyes of his, or her, peers. Courage is not found apart from being vulnerable, and being vulnerable requires some degree of weakness.

Yet, this weakness is not for lack of heart; for, the root of courage is the Latin word cor, meaning heart. With the heart do we show true courage. An individual may have all the power and might in the world but if he, or she, is heartless, courage is nowhere to be found.

3. The skeptic looks for evidence as it stares him, or her, in the face. The evidence sufficient for any truth is one's self. In other words, a person believes in something because of his, or her, experience; it is an experience that is real to the individual or the individual could not honestly believe in it.

However, the doubter questions another's beliefs because he, or she, has not experienced that which the believer has experienced. The skeptic either believes the believer is being dishonest or suffers from delusion. In questioning the believer's honesty, the skeptic is questioning the believer's moral integrity; in concluding the believer is delusional, the skeptic calls into question the integrity of the believer's faculties.

In both instances, the skeptic is operating out of ignorance; for, there is no possible way the skeptic could know the person is lying unless the person admits to it and there is no possible way the skeptic could know the believer is deluded.

A believer who is not true to his, or her, own experience has betrayed his, or her, own self.

4. Is it possible for something to have so great a value it is worthless? Is it possible for something to be so meaningful it is meaningless?

Consider a thing which requires so great an expense nothing is able to satisfy its price. Consider, likewise, something so profound nothing is able to comprehend its meaning. Is this thing for all practical purposes worthless and meaningless?

Can such a value be so great to lose it would signify a devaluation of all other values? Can such a thing be so meaningful to lose it would signal the breakdown of all other meaning?

5. I have reached a dilemma, a puzzle I must solve. The skeptic doubts the believer's testimony. He, or she, may go as far as to accuse the believer of being dishonest or deceived by one's own faculties. However, if the believer is given the benefit of the doubt in his, or her, own defense namely he, or she, is not lying and has not been deceived, shouldn't the skeptic be given the same charity in his, or her, accusations?

This creates a world of two realities: the world of the skeptic and the world of the believer. To accuse either one of lying or being deceived creates, yet, another world. Each and every person lives in his, or her, own world. Yet, these varied worlds are worlds of contradiction.

However, each and every person lives in a common world, a world not of division but agreement. The truth is in contradiction yet is one.

6. The individual sees contradiction and says it must not be. He, or she, attempts to explain it away or suppress it. This is true regardless of the individual's lot in life. It is common among the poor and the rich, the religious and the secular, the person of little education and the person of much education. Among the religious, it is seen as an evil that needs to be eradicated; among the secular, it is seen as an error in one's ability to reason; among those of little education, it is dismissed as trifling or bothersome; and, among those of much education, complex, elaborate formulas are created to denounce it as heresy.

However, in each and every situation, it is seen; it is dealt with, at times, sternly; but, no matter how fiercely one wages a war against it, does it ever go away. In fact, it grows in numbers ever larger; it becomes more defined and takes on greater meaning.

The individual must make peace with contradiction; he, or she, must see paradox as one with reality. As long as he, or she, is set against it, there remains a division. It is in a spirit of agreement, conflict is laid to rest.

7. We are by nature a responsible species, and it is because of our need to be responsible we discourage merely reactionary responses.

It is the combination of our emotive brain with our rationality that creates a sense of right and wrong. A purely emotional being would live, strictly, by the mantra, "If it feels good, do it," with no concern for lasting consequences. A purely rational being, not unlike a computer, would be animated by logical algorithms with no sense of moral discernment, purely possessed by blind functionality.

Morality is, therefore, the product of complexity, an evolutionary advantage over the primitive brain. It not merely society's invention to control the masses but an innate need to control oneself.

8. In the story of St. George, the dragon symbolizes the persuasions of Eastern mysticism on the Western mind. It denotes the politics of the time in which it was popularized. The dragon, if not vanquished, instilled the fear of an all-consuming presence.

Today, we too face dragons, dragons we fear are consuming our varied lifestyles. So often, we blame these dragons for all the ills of society.

Two very distinct dragons are the dragons of materialism and spiritualism; in which one is ruled by a need to please one's self, the other is ruled by a need to please the collective. An ideal scenario would put the two in balance. However, so often, life is not ideal. There seems to be a disconnect, and in our country, it is becoming blatantly so. This divisiveness has made into monsters the ideas of individualism and socialism. On the one hand, the liberal mind sees a society consumed by selfishness, an avoidance of social responsibility, and a preponderance of materialism. On the other hand, the conservative mind sees a society that demands too much, an avoidance of personal responsibility, and a preponderance of collectivism, or socialism. Neither the liberal nor the conservative is wrong; both monsters do indeed exist, and as long as there is an imbalance in the psyche of our society, they will continue to do so.
dylancatlow
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3/30/2015 4:31:37 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
9. All too often, we see ourselves as being objective and they who disagree with us as being subjective. We trust our faculties to the extent that they preclude any discrepancies, and we are skeptical of all who disagree. In seeing ourselves as being objective and less prone to faulty judgements, we see ourselves as aligned or apart of the real, or actual, world. However, others whom we find disagreeable, we see as being deluded or hypocritical; in both instances, we see them as not corresponding with reality.

It would be one thing if two types of people actually existed: those of soundness and integrity and those who are either insincere or delusional. Yet, in reality, there is only one type of person; and, he, or she, is both.

10. he person of faith defines his, or her, beliefs as being objective; whereas, the person of reason defines that which is reasonable as being objective. Both believe in objectivity, but one believes it rests in the heart while the other believes it rests in the mind.

The person of faith believes anything that contradicts his, or her, faith is false; whereas, the person of reason believes anything that contradicts reason is false; both are objectivists. The person of faith readily admits to being an objectivist; whereas, the person of reason admits to objectivism in logical matters and dismisses faith as unreliable.

Both the person of faith and the person of reason are objectivists in that they share common beliefs among their respected groups and subjectivists in that they disagree.

The only difference between the person of faith and that of reason is one admits to objectivism, alone, and the other admits to objectivism and subjectivism but only puts his, or her, faith in objectivism, in other words, only pays lip service to subjectivism.

11. The individualist who is only able to empathize with the fortunes of others in as much as they resemble his, or her, own is seeking nothing more than validation. He, or she, seeks the validating experiences of others because he, or she, lacks confidence in oneself. In other words, one seeks that which he, or she, does not have.

The sympathizer who empathizes with those of a different lot, whether perceived as fortunate or not, seeks to validate the experiences of others. He, or she, does not in this regard need validation and from a place of self-approval approves the lives of others.

12. In the primitive brain, the organism is ruled by its emotions. Its is reactionary instead of decisive. It is with the development of the frontal lobe we begin to see a responsible way of reacting to the world as opposed to merely automatic or thoughtless reactions.

We are by nature a responsible species, and it is because of our need to be responsible we discourage merely reactionary responses.

It is the combination of our emotive brain with our rationality that creates a sense of right and wrong. A purely emotional being would live, strictly, by the mantra, "If it feels good, do it," with no concern for lasting consequences. A purely rational being, not unlike a computer, would be animated by logical algorithms with no sense of moral discernment, purely possessed by blind functionality.

Morality is, therefore, the product of complexity, an evolutionary advantage over the primitive brain. It not merely society's invention to control the masses but an innate need to control oneself.

13. Inaction in any area of one's life defers responsibilty to the collective. A person is responsible in that he, or she, acts.

Responsibility of one's self not only includes his, or her, material independence but, also, independence of thought. It is possible and, in fact, is, mostly, the case an individual is responsible in some areas of his, or her, life while being neglectful in others. Take, for instance, an individual who is self-reliant in that he, or she, makes enough money to support himself, or herself, yet relies on the collective for his, or her, spiritual needs, conforming to the tenets of an inherited religion. On the other hand, there are individuals who are independent thinkers yet depend on the support of others to meet their material needs.

The goal of the balanced life is not to isolate one's self from the collective either physically or emotionally but to find a healthy equilibrium between one's self and the collective; it is not, alone, found in the action of the individual but in the rest he, or she, finds in the group

14. Recently, I did a search for quotations on faith and reason. The quotations on faith were predominantly made by religious people with sectarian views; the quotes I found for reason were, mostly, by atheists.

However divisive these two terms are, separating people into theist and atheist camps, I rather think faith and reason are more alike than would appear if given only a cursory glance. For me, faith and reason create a spectrum of probability with reason being the most probable and faith being the least.

First of all, I find people equate very low probability with something being impossible. However, if something has a statistical chance, regardless of it being infinitesimally small, it is still a possibility.

Now, back to the spectrum. Along the spectrum, we have things being very improbable skeptics call at best doubtful and at worst myth. However, believers take these things on faith. At the opposite end of the spectrum, for the most part, people find the probability reasonable. Here's the tricky part. Some people say things of low probability are reasonable and things of high probability are matters of faith. For example, a religionist may say his, or her, faith is reasonable or may say things likely to happen are matters of faith, like arriving home safely. The skeptic says all matters of high likelihood are reasonable and all matters of very low likelihood or not. He, or she, may relegate such matters to the realm of faith, which he, or she, may equate with myth. All points of the spectrum may be called faith or reason, but not without debate.
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3/30/2015 4:36:32 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
The universe divided
As the heart and mind collided
With the people left unguided
For so many troubled years
In a cloud of doubts and fears
Their world was torn asunder into hollow
Hemispheres

Some fought themselves, some fought each other
Most just followed one another
Lost and aimless like their brothers
For their hearts were so unclear
And the truth could not appear
Their spirits were divided into blinded
Hemispheres
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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3/30/2015 4:45:04 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 4:36:32 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
The universe divided
As the heart and mind collided
With the people left unguided
For so many troubled years
In a cloud of doubts and fears
Their world was torn asunder into hollow
Hemispheres

Some fought themselves, some fought each other
Most just followed one another
Lost and aimless like their brothers
For their hearts were so unclear
And the truth could not appear
Their spirits were divided into blinded
Hemispheres

Anthony in a nutshell.
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3/30/2015 4:48:06 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 4:45:04 PM, dylancatlow wrote:
At 3/30/2015 4:36:32 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
The universe divided
As the heart and mind collided
With the people left unguided
For so many troubled years
In a cloud of doubts and fears
Their world was torn asunder into hollow
Hemispheres

Some fought themselves, some fought each other
Most just followed one another
Lost and aimless like their brothers
For their hearts were so unclear
And the truth could not appear
Their spirits were divided into blinded
Hemispheres

Anthony in a nutshell.

Our first stop is in Bogota
To check Colombian fields
The natives smile and pass along
A sample of their yield
Sweet Jamaican pipe dreams
Golden Acapulco nights
Then Morocco, and the East,
Fly by morning light

We're on the train to Bangkok
Aboard the Thailand Express
We'll hit the stops along the way
We only stop for the best

Wreathed in smoke in Lebanon
We burn the midnight oil
The fragrance of Afghanistan
Rewards a long day's toil
Pulling into Katmandu
Smoke rings fill the air
Perfumed by a Nepal night
The Express gets you there
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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3/30/2015 4:51:01 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
A pleasant faced man steps up to greet you
He smiles and says he's pleased to meet you
Beneath his hat the strangeness lies
Take it off, he's got three eyes
Truth is false and logic lost
Now the fourth dimension is crossed

You have entered the Twilight Zone
Beyond this world strange things are known
Use the key, unlock the door
See what your fate might have in store
Come explore your dreams' creation
Enter this world of imagination
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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3/30/2015 4:57:05 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
I ship you two.

"Bossycatlow"

A beautiful union built upon a solid foundation in esoteric philosophical jargon.
anything your heart desires
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3/30/2015 4:58:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 4:57:05 PM, Genghis_Khan wrote:
I ship you two.

"Bossycatlow"

A beautiful union built upon a solid foundation in esoteric philosophical jargon.

Sig change
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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3/30/2015 4:58:33 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 4:57:27 PM, Genghis_Khan wrote:
Actually, no.

"Dylanburrito"

Goddamn it, make up your mind
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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3/30/2015 8:02:12 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
You have way too much time on your hands.
"It is one of the commonest of mistakes to consider that the limit of our power of perception is also the limit of all there is to perceive." " C. W. Leadbeater
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3/30/2015 9:17:58 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 8:02:12 PM, Sidewalker wrote:
You have way too much time on your hands.

It took about ten minutes, lol.
#UnbanTheMadman

"Some will sell their dreams for small desires
Or lose the race to rats
Get caught in ticking traps
And start to dream of somewhere
To relax their restless flight
Somewhere out of a memory of lighted streets on quiet nights..."

~ Rush
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3/31/2015 10:37:43 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 8:02:12 PM, Sidewalker wrote:
You have way too much time on your hands.

It didn't take very long at all. Anthony has so many nonsense posts that one needn't look far to find them.
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5/15/2015 1:40:49 AM
Posted: 1 year ago
A true mastermind.
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11/19/2015 6:02:33 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
This wisdom deserves to be uncovered.
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~ Skepsikyma <3

"Your idea of good writing is like Spinoza mixed with Heidegger."

~ Dylly Dylly Cat Cat

"You seem to aspire to be a cross between a Jewish hipster, an old school WASP aristocrat, and a political iconoclast"

~ Thett the Mighty

"fvck omg ur face"

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11/19/2015 6:27:17 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 4:57:05 PM, Genghis_Khan wrote:
I ship you two.

"Bossycatlow"

A beautiful union built upon a solid foundation in esoteric philosophical jargon.

Hi, me-from-the-past!
Romanii
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11/19/2015 6:27:45 PM
Posted: 1 year ago
At 3/30/2015 4:58:12 PM, bossyburrito wrote:
At 3/30/2015 4:57:05 PM, Genghis_Khan wrote:
I ship you two.

"Bossycatlow"

A beautiful union built upon a solid foundation in esoteric philosophical jargon.

Sig change

It's not in your sig anymore... :(