Achievement Society & its Dissidents

At a certain point, you have to lower your standards to get anything done. Lower them now so they can be higher later. Byung-chul Han describes our achievement society as the next evolutionary step after Foucault’s disciplinary society. Occurring within neoliberal globalist capitalism and associated with sterilized digital aesthetics, the achievement society implants the disciplinary … Continue reading Achievement Society & its Dissidents

Creative Absorption & Production: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Exploration in the Artistic Process

New learning is rewarded with new paths becoming visible, because the more we learn, the more we're able to integrate previously unknown concepts into our field of understanding, and then the more material we have to reflect on and generate novel work from those reflections, transmuting what's been absorbed into innovation; any worthy concept or … Continue reading Creative Absorption & Production: Embodied Cognition, Empathy, and Exploration in the Artistic Process

Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

"To confront a person with his shadow is to show him his own light." –Carl Jung, Good and Evil in Analytical Psychology What we fail to manifest socially, constructively, generatively, when we’re conditioned into a reductive, shrinking energy, inevitably manifests as its shadow equivalent: addiction, destructive impulse, cumulative escapism; evil. Rage instead of righteous indignation that … Continue reading Imperatives for Stimulatory Life: Guiding Purpose Through Biology

Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

We continually armor and arm ourselves with whatever most pleases our sensibilities and simultaneously appears most useful. Our calibration systems for this can be distorted from an early age, as a consequence of intense stress, and thus one comes to calibrate maladaptively, and armor themselves with superfluous junk, rust, and poison, that only serves to … Continue reading Authoritarianism, Obedience, & Awareness

Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

A sustained tolerance to stressors seems ever-expandable, as novel fears are confronted, explored, and conquered, although various factors and phenotypes maintain a baseline discomfort in certain situations, and it seems that no amount of exposure therapy will completely habituate them. In these people, I suspect a maladaptive psychology creates branching dysfunction, where cumulative pathological perceptions … Continue reading Psychomuscular Memory & Biopsychological Integration

Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha

[Originally written January 2016] The works of Arthur Schopenhauer and Friedrich Nietzsche introduced me to challenging philosophical ideas which formed a great part of my thinking in recent years. These thinkers were both German and they both lived in the 19th century. Schopenhauer came first. He espoused a philosophy that was admittedly pessimistic. He believed … Continue reading Nietzsche contra Schopenhauer, Meditation, & the Buddha