Ancient Fnordic Meme Culture (exciting new finds!)

 

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Free Illuminatus Trilogy Download (Robert Shea, Robert Anton Wilson 1975), and free Principia Discordia Download

 

This reblog of the week explores the Fnordic Culture of the Discordian Tribe of Eris. My own recent digging around has unearthed a few old but new gems, including this scroll of wisdom, shown below, describing how the Aani myths relate to the chaotic origins of Discordia, and the legends of Eris, the Goddess of strife and thingimy-bobs of a messy nature, described first by the fed-up philosopher Richard Dawkins, which blossomed into the later memes of the post-post-classical meltdown period. Confused? Good. You are starting to get the fnord of the thing. Read on, for further illumination.

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Tudismocroned blog – :::Aani Memetized Chaos

Bonus material to further melt your mind: Schrodinger’s Cat summary

Discordian YouTube Connections? I’ve often suspected there’s a large area of cross-over, but never been able to definitively prove anything. And just look at the bother one can get into, speculating on things without proof. Defango recommends Tarl Warwick‘s (Styx hexenhammer666′s) book on Occult Memetics on a recent video. Interestingly, Tarl Warwick is also the editor of this little tome. He must be a busy guy, as he is also running for the position of Governer of Vermont this year. How fnordy is that. If you are worried about demon infestation issues from reading the Grimoire, you could stick to the Discordian version, which you probably won’t catch demons off, unless you consider a fit of the giggles evil.

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Good book for rainy days
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The Grand Grimoire, Edited by Tarl Warwick

Sigh. I’ll probably never get to the bottom of the entanglements of ideas that criss-cross through meme culture. Meanwhile……..

The Pain Body

I did a livestream the other day, which discussed Eckhart Tolle’s thoughts about “The Pain-Body”, a term he coined for the tendency humans have towards keeping painful psychological patterns of behaviours going. We discuss his definition of The Pain Body, and his ideas about how it manifests in our lives. I read a few quotes, which you can look at over here. I hope you find his work as interesting as I do, and get something out of our discussion. Enjoy, unless you like pain!

What’s So Great About Meditation, Homer?

I’m sure you’ve got at least one friend like mine, the type that gazes off into space when you are talking, then says ‘What?’ when you get to the end of your sentence. I have an acquaintance who does this constantly, and odder still, forgets whole conversations we have had previously. She worries that she might have Alzheimer’s, or some other progressive brain disease, which is robbing her of her powers of concentration and her memory. A little further investigation revealed the fact that she was off somewhere else in her thoughts while the conversation was going on.

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I admit, I’m not the most interesting person you could be stuck in a room with, but this habit of being off somewhere else while someone is talking is a thing most of us do; maybe we even get caught out once in a while nodding in agreement when while our friend looks at us expectantly, waiting to know whether we would like to order pasta from the menu, or go with the chef’s special?

It’s very human of us to be constantly thinking ahead, indeed it’s a strategizing tool the mind is equipped with to help us with survival. We also spend a lot of time living in the past in our heads, because we have a mental schema or map that we need to fit together, and when we get a new piece we have to find where its place is in the jigsaw that comprises our outlook of the world and our individual take on reality.

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We use heuristics, mental rules of thumb we have developed from past experience, to help us deal with new situations; they are a kind of mental short-cut we can take to save us from taking all day over every decision. A schema can be described as the script we follow when in a particular recurring situation. The result of using some of these useful tools in our mental toolbox can be helpful, undoubtedly, as problem-solvers. The side-effect of our efficiency as problem-solvers, however, is that we may miss what’s going on right now, because we are either thinking ahead, or looking back, in order to sort and file our experiences into a coherent reality. The implication of this failure to stay in the moment, and experience fully what is happening right now, can result in a feeling of unreality or dullness of experience which robs us of  some of our joy in living. Further down the scale of spending too much time in the present or the past lies the depressive outlook, in which distorted ideas based on the stories we tell ourselves about what reality consists of, result in our capacity for logical thought as well as our joy in living to become so eroded that it is difficult for the person to function well at a mental, and often physical, level at all.

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The mental and physical realms are connected; science is now confirming what many traditions have asserted, as for example, in Chinese ideas about ‘Chi‘, that the body has an intelligence or brain, as important to our health and vitality as the ‘mainframe’ brain in our head.

One way to get the mental and physical aspects of our bodies hooked up to reality is to do a little meditation on a regular basis. Meditation can take many forms; we have had a look at a popular form of meditation,  exercises the body as well as getting the ‘chi’ flowing in a mind-awareness sense, in an earlier post over here. Another popular type of meditation which beginners might like to try out is known as ‘mindfulness‘ meditation. This is a very easy one to get into, because the idea behind it is very simple. Put plainly, this technique makes use of paying attention to one’s breathing in order to access the mind’s ability to stay in the present moment.

That’s basically it, but if you fancy reading a whole book about the concept, you won’t do better than Eckhart Tolle’s ‘The Power Of Now‘, which is a beautifully written book about what a wonderful thing it is to be noticing everything your body and mind is experiencing right now, rather than being off with the fairies thinking about the future, the past or even comparing what’s going on now with either of these. Eckhart’s book became an even bigger success after he appeared on the Oprah Winfrey Show, but don’t let that put you off har har!

When you get a bit further into meditation, there are all sorts of meditations you can do, all of which are designed to expose how you think, and by exposing it, iron out some of the flaws and traps in thinking that we all tend to get ensnared and entangled by, opening up new vistas where you might surprise yourself in a million ways. Meditation is different for different individuals, but most people find it can be like a wonderful voyage of self-discovery and also a discovery of some of the jewels of living that we all possess as our birthright, and which some of us may have dropped here and there on our way to adulthood. And it’s all right there on front of us, just waiting to be noticed!

If you liked this post, you might want to read my  post on ‘Meditation: A Crazy Wisdom’.

 

Q – The Big Finish

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Crossing the Delaware Demotivation

The Q phenomenon is quite a thing in the US. Outside of there, not so much. Ireland’s RTE Radio 1 Sean O’ Rourke radio show managed to discuss a new book about the Alt-Right by Mike Wendling,  ‘From 4Chan to the White House‘, without once mentioning Q. Which was strange, given how crazy ‘The Storm’ has gotten over there. I don’t know if you will all be able to hear this radio show without having to fiddle about with the links on the webpage a bit to get options for your country, but here goes the link anyway:

http://www.rte.ie/radio1/today-with-sean-o-rourke/programmes/2018/0405/952351-today-with-sean-o-rourke-thursday-5-april-2018/#102775325

They also discuss the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica story, for the three people in Ireland who don’t know about it yet.

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Here’s another radio show, this time the Zero Books Podcast, which gives an insight into how Irish journalists perceive US politics. Anna Neagle writes for one of the National Newspapers, The Irish Times. Her interview starts at around 11 minutes in. I’m not saying I agree with her, as I haven’t even heard it yet. But I know people love de bitta de Irish brogue, so dey do, so I included it here.

http://zero-books.net/blogs/zero/zero-squared-90-from-4chan-to-the-white-house/

Now this idiot here (the one on the right; we know Hillary is on the left)…….

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…….I am pretty much guaranteed NEVER to agree with. I can’t stand even the sight of his ugly little mush, so I can’t, not at all, at all. An’ dat’s a fact. He is a total mouthpiece of the state, and hasn’t an original idea in his head, that he thought up without first considering the size of the paypacket that would result from holding that view. He absolutely loves Hillary Clinton, and recently got an opportunity to metaphorically kiss her powder blue behind. He took loads of photos of it to put in an album to give to his mam, so he did. Brace yourselves for incoming sh*te. This guy is so stupid he doesn’t realize he’s insulting her to breaking point. You’re a granny, love. Get your rocking chair out.

Jaazus. I’d love to do the Graham Norton ting with the two o’ dem, on the big red chair, where he just pulls the ejection lever when their story gets boring. Neither of them would last a second, and they are both so horrid that I would enjoy de laugh when dey fly backwards and de knickers show, like Mrs. Brown.

I can’t guess where all this right-left polarization will end. Not to mention all the shades of grey in between. It’s all a mess, but there are a few who reckon they’ve got a few answers to the mysteries, and have worked out their own answers to the riddle, like Denise from Natural Orchid Crafts. Let her break it down for you. Her latest theory is that it’s left, right, and Alex Jones the figurehead, directing the action.

So glad I could do what little I was able to in clarifying the mystery for you. Now back to my book. Can’t wait to see how it ends.

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More reading, if you fancy it: On the Q Phenomenon, and on Anonymous from whose ranks Q may (or may not) originate.

Update: View my latest shocking Q Confessions over here!

Book at Bedtime

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Heading to bed with your mug of Ovaltine? Finished that novel and looking for something to snuggle up with. You can’t beat a chuckle at bedtime, and David Sedaris tells some of the funniest stories out there. Here are ten of the best.
Listen to David Sedaris’ stories online

Too sleepy even for that? Not ready for bed, but up for something different? Garrison Keiller is one of the funniest guys out there, and his radio show,  ‘A Prairie Home Companion’ is a modern classic, full of nostalgia for a way of life lots of us never knew.

Click this link to listen.

Nite, nite. Sleep tight.