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They just couldn't fukc with Mencken.  How I envy him.  I bet they would have liked to drag him through the mud like they do me. 

The Asbury Park public library had quite an assortment of Mencken on their shelves.   

I am like that old Steppenwolf, Harry Hallar, in Hesse,s novel.  That is, even though disinclined to marry, still fond of women, especially pretty ones, but even simply charming ones.  I am no incl although I sympathize with those suffering in that respect.

Homelessness is doing a number on me, where I sense the general public gets a sadistic pleasure out of witnessing my personal struggles on public display - the philosopher in rags as some kind of dancing bear in a circus.

Oversensitivity makes me rowdy.  Specific professionals are paid to intervene, keep tabs on me.  Everyday, everywhere and anywhere I go, I see that people will notify police saying I am pacing, talking to myself ... Suspicious, alarming.

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=991WeVlE0Zk&pp=ygUPZGl6enkgZHVjayBzb25n

I suppose they are expecting me to snap, run amuck like Trudell's Dizzy Duck.

From January 2015

http://whybother.freeboards.org/what-now/now-that-he-is-safely-dead/msg805/#msg805

From 2018

http://whybother.freeboards.org/gortbusters/mathematics-education-conspiracy/msg6205/#msg6205

http://whybother.freeboards.org/gortbusters/meditation-on-augustine(to-senor-raul)-part-i/msg6202/#msg6202

http://whybother.freeboards.org/general-discussion/what-nietzsche-did-not-see/msg6242/#msg6242

From 5 summers ago (2019)

http://whybother.freeboards.org/what-now/ascetic/msg7188/#msg7188

From 2021

http://whybother.freeboards.org/gortbusters/prophet-hl-mencken/msg11479/#msg11479
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Why Take Laughter Seriously? / The Wit of H.L. Mencken
« Last post by Silenus on June 24, 2024, 08:01:03 pm »
"...Money-getting is easier to men than in Europe and is regarded as less degrading, and partly because American men are more naive than Frenchmen and are thus readily intrigued without actual bribery. But the best of them (the French) nevertheless lean to celibacy, and plans for overcoming their habit are frequently proposed and discussed. One such plan involves a heavy tax on bachelors. The defect in it lies in the fact that the average bachelor, for obvious reasons, is relatively well to do, and would pay the tax rather than marry. ( ;D) Moreover, the payment of it would help to salve his conscience, which is now often made restive, I believe, by a maudlin feeling that he is shirking his duty to the human race,( ;)) and so he would be confirmed and supported in his determination to avoid the altar. Still further, he would escape the social odium which now attaches to his celibacy, for whatever a man pays for is regarded as his right. As things stand, that odium is of definite potency, and undoubtedly has its influence upon a certain number of men in the lower ranks of bachelors. They stand, so to speak, in the twilight zone of bachelorhood, with one leg furtively over the altar rail; it needs only an extra pull to bring them to the sacrifice. ( :D) But if they could compound for their immunity by a cash indemnity it is highly probable that they would take on new resolution, and in the end they would convert what remained of their present disrepute into a source of egoistic satisfaction, as is done, indeed, by a great many bachelors even today. These last "immoralists" are privy to the elements which enter into that disrepute: the ire of women whose devices they have resisted and the envy of men who have succumbed."

 ;D
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Why Bother? / Re: A Question for Herr Hauser and Senor Raul
« Last post by raul on June 23, 2024, 06:55:57 pm »
Holden,

I am scared of any kind of cat.

Many years ago I saw a movie “Quills” with Joaquin Phoenix and Geoffrey Rush about the life of the Marquis de Sade. In one scene, the Marquis (Geoffrey Rush) says to the priest (Joaquin Phoenix):

“We eat, we s h i t, we f u c k, we kill and we die.” I think this sums up pretty much what most of us have been doing up to March 2020.

Indeed, Earth is a very toxic planet. Well, we, humans, are very toxic. It cannot be otherwise due to our miserable condition.  And, yes, the reality of this world is too much to put up with. How can anyone not become a neurotic?

Our existence is nothing but pain and anguish. As you have often said life is not a gift but a punishment. We are prisoners of life serving death sentences. In this world when you have a dissenting voice soon you will be banned from polite society. This is a world of lies. Work more and think less will lead you to happiness.

Stay well.
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Why Think? / Alternative News Report
« Last post by raul on June 23, 2024, 06:09:29 pm »
From Shadow of Ezra
Russia is under attack.
There will be retribution.

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Two terrorist attacks against an Orthodox Church and a Jewish Synagogue in Russia occurred simultaneously on the same day that Russia accused the United States of carrying out a deliberate terrorist missile attack on the city of Sevastopol using American…

From Shadow of Ezra
Step 1: NATO suplied the weapons.

Step 2: Mossad/CIA did the recruiting and training.

Step 3: Controlled opposition media blames "Islamists"

The war against Russia is a war against Christianity.
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Why Bother? / Anything but the Reality (To Don Raul)
« Last post by Holden on June 22, 2024, 02:18:49 pm »
Don Raul,

Thank you for your message. You are quite right,every planet is to be expected to have more than its share of dangerous entities. However, even among the most toxic of planets, this one must be recognised a particularly noxious one. The very mundane work of breathing in and out is in itself ,very tiring. People are scared of black cats. Likewise, billions upon billions of people claim to believe in some kind of benevolent deity.

The deity is supposed to one’s friend. And one is supposed to have personal relationship with him. People read religious scriptures even though most of them hardly make any sense. I suppose, people do all this because , the bare, cruel reality is too much to put up with. They are just a bunch of neurotics. Well, we all have some kind of neurosis ,I suppose. But some kinds are far worse. There are just too many wrong things with world for me to be able to recount them all.

One can, to a degree, sympathise with people. They after all have a hard life. It is a miracle I do not see someone falling past my window every time I look towards it.

Please take care!
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I really think you, Raul, and Holden would dig Bradatan's In Praise of Failure:  Four Lessons in Humility.  It definitely zooms in on the Gnostic explanation of our reality.
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Why Bother? / Re: A Question for Herr Hauser and Senor Raul
« Last post by raul on June 20, 2024, 08:24:07 pm »

Holden,

I have often heard the refrain: “When there is life, there is hope.” The unfortunate victim of the Nazis in the Netherlands, the Dutch Anne Frank, who was murdered in Auschwitz said: Where there is hope...there is life.”

I change it into : “Where there is life, there is pain.” So if you happen to fly, so to speak, to Pluto, you may find other life forms there. Who knows? Wherever you go you will suffer.

Who supports capitalism? We and the millions of people around the world. We do not stand up to the elite in this planet. The elite, from my point of view, enforces and imposes capitalism for the powerful and communism for the poor. From what I understand dommunists  want to share wealth but they do not create wealth.

I have just read that Realbotix, a company that builds robots, has a  new  sex robot. They will replace men in their intimate relationship with women, These robots come with a built-in 30 cm ddicks. They will be  able to cook, read poems and even sleep with a spoon. They cost 35,000 euros.

Stay safe.

P.S. You may find this video amusingly gloomy.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eQgBIGQLLmA
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What Now? / Re: Anguish Tabulator
« Last post by Holden on June 20, 2024, 01:58:47 pm »
Herr Hauser,

I am glad to see your messages. Deathpigeonx,knowingly or unknowingly, fails to mention that in the Schopenhauerian Ethics, what the Jains call Sallekhana  ( https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sallekhana ) is permissible. Schopenhauer himself did not have the constitution for it (which is not to take anything away from him. Most people,including great thinkers, do not. I probably do not either. However, I like to think that I have yet to find that out for sure). I do not know if ,Mahavira,the founder of Jainism, who was a less well- known near contemporary of the Buddha, was being written about in Germany in the early 19th century or not.

If there were articles about him, Schopenhauer would certainly have liked to read them.

Please take care.
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Why Bother? / Pluto (To Don Raul)
« Last post by Holden on June 20, 2024, 01:42:18 pm »
Don Raul,

Thank you for your message. My apologies for the delayed response. Almost everyday there is something painful to experience. Capitalism offers choices where they are of no consequence.
I keep the windows closed most of the time. Trying, in a futile way, to keep the world away.
But in a very significant way, the body, “my body” , is the world. That cannot be kept away in such a simplistic fashion. It calls for a far more radical solution.

Often, I wish I could fly away to Pluto. What makes me think there would be no turmoil there, I know not.

Please take care.
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Why Think? / Re: A Very Slow Reading of Caraco's Book of Chaos
« Last post by Silenus on June 19, 2024, 08:57:33 pm »
Yes, be sure to save the Chaos Breviary to your laptop; I don't think you'll be disappointed.

Some more Caraco quotes posted recently on reddit's r/pessimism:

If I had to live my life over again, I wouldn't change a thing. I fully approve of what I've done, and I'm immensely proud of myself. It's life itself that I despise, not my existence; it's the principle, not its application, that couldn't have been better, given the circumstances.

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It's because life itself is inhuman that men are not human.

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Who are the most wicked of men? It's the optimists.

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Death is not terrible, life is terrible, but we see things literally and figuratively upside down. The philosopher is the one who puts everything back in its proper place.

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According to Gnosis, the universe is the prison of the species and is virtually embraced by fate, which is reminiscent of Sartre despite all the differences in expression. We enter the world through a gate that requires no explanation: we are the outcasts of women. We emerge from the womb and are thrust into something we didn't choose, which is essentially Heidegger's concept of thrownness. Our mothers cast us into the world, and we awaken as prisoners. When our eyes open, we find ourselves in chains. Our existence is like Plato's cave, where we perceive only the shadows of things.

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The older I grow, the more Gnosis speaks to my reason: the world is not ruled by a Providence, it's intrinsically evil and deeply absurd, and Creation is either the dream of blind intelligence or the game of a principle without a moral.
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