A Strange Disposition

I’ve frequently observed that in this modern anti-west the future is seen as fixed; it’s the past that’s always changing. What this means to our minds, but noticeably not our bodies, is that the principles and perceptions of today project into an endless unchanging future. But since every day is eventually today, the Pristine Terminus begins anew with every sunrise.

However, the past isn’t nearly so placid, as it shuffles awkwardly trying to maintain pace with the present. The zeitgeist and mores of one week ago were different than one year ago; and being dead is no excuse for our forebears not to keep up. So good people in the past can become bad people in the past because their behavior hasn’t changed to meet the evolving standards we set for them each day. Fortunately for us, we will not be judged by customs we can’t even conceive, since the future is fixed and no one will ever think differently. Thank God!

Although very little time has been spent searching, I’ve never seen this concept articulated elsewhere. This may mean it’s a topic too obvious to merit discussion or, more likely, the only fascinated party is a goldfish. Well at last Neil deGrasse Tyson has some company. I didn’t bother to note whether the tweeter below was right, left, or in the move-a-billion-Africans-into-Minnesota mainstream. Yet he received some well-deserved accolades for independently quipsterizing my concept.

That cultural relativism across space means there are no universal principles or even implied reciprocity in that shrinking physical space between you and the superior cultures desperate to live under your roof. That’s why they can all engage in overt tribal troughing and advocacy, while you are only permitted to turn your pockets out while groveling. Thus vast cultural (i.e., racial) elasticity exists across space at precisely the same time.

In contrast, the tweeter recognizes that our morality on the temporal plane is completely rigid. The past is fully accountable to pieties today. Thus the extremely devout Stonewall Jackson is an anti-Christ then because Russell Moore says Christians can’t be pro-white now.

Obviously we can’t hold Tyrone, Ahmed, or Ari to such exquisite moral mandates, as that wouldn’t be at all reasonable. So, like General Jackson, only our own buried grandparents warrant disdain. Something tells me the not-at-all-fixed-in-reality future is going to render a far harsher judgement than what most liberals imagine.

I personally don’t spend a moment wondering whether my outlook will align with the social conventions of someone whose parents haven’t yet been born. That will be his concern, if he’s stupid. Because everyone lives in someone else’s past. I just don’t want my children living in someone else’s future.

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17 thoughts on “A Strange Disposition

  1. “He who controls the past controls the future. He who controls the present controls the past”. George Orwell.

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  3. Your column is a restatement of the impossibility of reconciling our belief that we are rational creatures acting on rational directives with the evidence of our lying eyes. Our perception of the rightness of our thoughts is always a tautology; how could anyone imagine thinking that his thoughts were, in fact, wrong while still thinking them? It occurred to me just this morning that had I taken a different occupational path, one that might have allowed me to rise to the pinnacle of a particular hierarchy, it would have corroded my soul by allowing me to define the attributes by which subordinates judged me. Extrapolating on this notion explains the behavior of essentially every person I observe at the peak of any hierarchy (from a doctor walking into a clinic to a CEO at a shareholders’ meeting to a political leader taking the podium.) The more ones life is surrounded by self-reinforcing fiction, the crazier must one become.

    Humans don’t live in the world as it is. Each and every one of us lives in a diorama created in our minds, a sort of mental shortcut that has elements of reality mixed with self-serving beliefs and egocentric valuations, providing us a self-flattering funhouse mirror of the world as it is. In keeping with your column, this diorama has no clocks or calendars, and it is saturated with filters that delete from the data fed to our minds anything that conflicts with that self-made screenplay. It explains why neither history, rational argument nor experience itself dissuades people from their attachment to their own screenplay/diorama. The “writer” simply doesn’t absorb anything that way. Think of a comic whose writers don’t even notice if the audience ever laughs.

    Emotions don’t learn. For emotions (or better, the limbic system) everything is in the present. There is no future, there is no past. Phobias don’t fade with time.

    This is why predicting the future is impossible. Our rational mind, the one that decides between the 12 oz can of tomatoes at 89 cents and the 29 oz can at $1.49, is not the one navigating the unknown. It’s not the one creating a tapestry of self-congratulatory goodfeelz from our stating our opinion about one public policy or another. Our rational mind is not the one charged with assessing the accuracy of our past decision-making. This is obvious when we watch other people make the same mistake, over and over and over again, having learned nothing from their bruising experience.

    Yet marvel we must at the cornucopia of predictably bad decisions metastasizing across our society, each future difficulty fomented by each cell of that cancer resting on bobble-head-doll neighbors, friends and countrymen whose individual internal screenplays share a common screenwriter (Ms. Left.)

    Bob Prechter publishes voluminously about his “Socionomic Theory of Finance.” There, he highlights how in areas of pervasive uncertainty, the law of supply and demand (pricing) simply doesn’t apply. For example, from 1981 to 2016 the debt market was in a secular bull market. Prices rose for debt, and despite enough bonds to bridge to Mars being issued, additional supply did not result in a decrease in price. In other words, when it comes to intangibles, rising price creates rising prices, rising demand and rising supply, and that while that loop is in place, there is literally no boundary to how high both prices and the quantity available can rise.

    This is extremely unnatural to imagine. Our minds are not wired to grasp this inescapable truth, yet it stares us in the face each hour of the day.

    I submit that the entire Leftist, lunatic, Madness-of-Crowds dogma of today, from bathroom trannies to open borders replacement to whites-favoring-white-extermination, is exactly the same kind of intangible, and obeys exactly the same dynamics as do intangibles in the financial realm. It explains why the past and future are the perpetual now, and why no matter how many panicked studies are published, the train will continue until it reaches reversal of its own accord, obeying only endogenous rules.

  4. “and being dead is no excuse for our descendants not to keep up.”

    Did you mean “antecedents” or “ancestors?”

    Anyway, spot on. And yes, to be properly inclusive & diverse, Ari must remain.

  5. @dc,sunset, if the self sustained vicious circle that you describe is unstoppable, then isn’t it a better option to accelerate it ? our alt-right tautological way of thinking predicts that accelerating the wheel can only brings the End of this farce faster…I want that, but that’s sort of what the Antifas want too. So I guess the Alt-right and the Antifa are pushed by the same sort of evolutionary convergence and will merge eventually, in fine they both wish that the sooner the shit hits the fan, the better, but they just want to be sure this time that the shit hits the Elite too.

    • As Porter described in, “A Painful Passcode”, it is accelerating. Leftists are getting caught in their own crap. What was politically correct on Monday may be heresy by Friday.

    • That can only be true if each side believes the other will lose.
      The key question then becomes which side has the firmer grip on reality.

    • @calculus I erred if I left the impression that my opinion/theory described something vicious; to me it’s a description of something as natural and inescapable as gravity. Humans herd. This results in phenomena as varied as women’s fashion & the business cycle. It’s (quoting Prechter) literally “History’s Hidden Engine.” I may be right, or I may be wrong (it doesn’t matter.) But I don’t think there’s anything I, you or anyone else can do to affect the timing or general nature of the path ahead. What will be will be. (On the specifics, however, on the tiny details of each of our lives, on that level I think we do exercise some choice. It’s there where I concentrate my mind.)

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