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  • Countering futilitarianism...a bit ;-)

    6 avr. 2011, 14h18m

    “The whole problem lies with the self, the ego, and its involvement with the world on the one hand and the Absolute on the other.”
    “Oh, is that so?”
    “Yes. You see, we are hatched and we drift on the surface of events. Sometimes, we feel that we actually influence things, and this gives rise to striving. This is a big mistake, because it creates desires and builds up a false ego when just being should be enough. That leads to more desires and more striving and there you are, trapped.”
    “In the mud?”
    “So to speak. One needs to fix one’s vision firmly on the Absolute and learn to ignore the mirages, the illusions, the fake sense of identity which sets one apart as a false island of consciousness.”
    “I had a fake identity once. It helped me a lot in becoming the absolute that I am now – me.”
    “No, that’s fake, too.”
    “Then the me that may exist tomorrow will thank me for it, as I do that other.”
    “You are missing the point. That you will be fake, too.”
    “Why?”
    “Because it will still be full of those desires and strivings that set you apart from the Absolute.”
    “What is wrong with that?”
    “You remain alone in a world of strangers, the world of phenomena.”
    “I like being alone. I am quite fond of myself. I like phenomena, too.”
    “Yet the Absolute will always be there, calling to you, causing unrest.”
    “Good, then there is no need to hurry. But yes, I see what you mean. It takes the form of ideals. Everyone has a few. If you are saying that I should pursue them, I agree with you.”
    “No, they are distortions of the Absolute, and what you are talking about is more striving.”
    “That is correct.”
    “I can see that you have a lot to unlearn.”
    “If you are talking about my vulgar instinct for survival, forget it.”

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    “I will admit to a certain small admiration for your persistence,” he said, “and even for what you implied when you spoke of ideals. But that is about it. Earlier, we were talking about the futility of desire and of striving –“
    “You were. It was not a major concern in my life.”
    “It should be.”
    “I have had a long life, Hugi. You insult me by assuming I have never considered these footnotes to sophomore philosophy. The fact that you find consensus reality barren tells me more about you than it does about the state of affairs. To wit, if you believe what you say I feel sorry for you, in that you must for some inexplicable reason be here desiring and striving to influence this false ego of mine rather than free of such nonsense and on your way to your Absolute. If you do not believe it, then it tells me that you have been set to hinder and discourage me, in which case you are wasting your time.”
    Hugi made a gargling noise. Then: “You are not so blind that you deny the Absolute, the beginning and end of everything?”
    “It is not indispensable to a liberal education.”
    “You admit the possibility?”
    “Perhaps I know it better than you, bird. The ego, as I see it, exists at an intermediate stage between rationality and reflex existence. Blotting it out is a retreat, though. If you come from that Absolute – of a self-canceling All – why do you wish to go back home? Do you so despise yourself that you fear mirrors? Why not make the trip worthwhile? Develop. Learn. Live. If you have been sent on a journey why do you wish to cop out and run back to your point of departure? Or did your Absolute make a mistake in sending something of your caliber? Admit that possibility and that is the end of the news.”

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    “Resignation is the greatest virtue you might cultivate.”
    “You do not want to believe any of the things that I said, do you? It does not matter, though. The conflict between our views is irreducible. I see desire as hidden identity and striving as its growth. You do not. If for you the greatest good is union with the Absolute, then why do you not fly to join it now, in the form of the all-pervading Chaos which approaches?”