Tag Archives: Sanity

In An Insane World, Madness Looks Moderate And Sanity Looks Radical, by Caitlin Johnstone

One sad aspect of today’s world is that it’s so insane it leads many sane people to question their own sanity. From Caitlin Johnstone at medium.com:

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There are no moderate, mainstream centrists in the US-centralized empire. They do not exist.

It’s not that moderate, mainstream centrism is an inherently impossible position. In a healthy world, that’s exactly what the predominant worldview would be. But we do not live in a healthy world.

There are no moderate, mainstream centrists anywhere in the tight alliance of nations which function as a single empire on foreign policy, because that functional empire is built upon murder, terrorism, exploitation, oppression, ecocide and the stockpiling of armageddon weapons.

People who support the status quo of this empire are called “moderates”, but, just like the so-called “moderate rebels” of Syria, they are in fact violent extremists.

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Tree Frogs, by Hardscrabble Farmer

As I put in the comments section for this article on The Burning Platform: An oasis of rationality in a desiccated desert of deranged, deluded, degenerate, and demented despair. From Hardscrabble Farmer at theburningplatform.com:

The tree frogs are at again tonight. They have become one of my favorite annual rites, their appearance somewhere near the middle of sugaring season and peaking at the time when the fiddle head ferns start to poke up from their corms. They start up all at once, every evening after the Sun has dropped below the mountain to the west. Singular, then in chorus, it rises and falls in waves over time, like the sound at the beach, chirp, chirp, chirp, in threes and then coming to a full stop for no apparent reason.

After a while you can pick out specific frogs at a certain distance, his voice clear and rhythmic, a single note in the falling darkness. I listen to them before bed for as long as I can before drifting off to sleep, the window cracked just enough to hear their nightly concert and think how fortunate I am to experience this sensation, of listening in to another species as it acts out its biological imperative. They don’t care what it sounds like to me, but it’s beautiful just the same.

I spent the day in the garden. It was cloudy for the most part with a steady breeze from the south. The windmill cranked slowly in the warm air as I flipped the beds with a spading fork, one clod of black earth at a time. I gathered all the bone dry stalks of corn and sunflowers that had been left through the Winter and piled it into a heap. I lit it with a single match and it went up instantly, the smell of smoke and small ashes floated across the dooryard while I flipped clods of black soil onto themselves.

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The Fraying, by Francis W. Porretto

Is the human race regressing? From Francis W. Porretto at bastionofliberty.blogspot.com, via the burning platform.com:

This piece will be somewhat out of the ordinary for a Fran Porretto essay here at Liberty’s Torch:

• It won’t link to any news stories.
• It won’t embed any illustrative videos.
• It won’t present a reasoned analysis of contemporary events.
• It will vibrate with unpleasant emotions, particularly anger and fear.
• It will probably contain more profanity than my usual helpings of verbiage.
• And with luck, it will be “out of my system” and not to be repeated…at least not soon.

You have been warned.

There’s a great and terrible evolution in progress in the world. You know it; I know it. Yet we do our best, day by day, not to take notice of it. We have to; if we were to allow it to impinge upon our consciousness, it would probably freeze us in place.

Men are becoming beasts once more.

No, not literally – and here I will pause to regret, briefly, my opening pledge not to embed a video, as the “Of Mice and Men” Monty Python sketch would be fully appropriate – but in terms of the mental and spiritual characteristics that distinguish us from the lower orders.

Man’s mental and spiritual advantages can be summarized thus:

  1. He can reason out the causes of things through observation, inference, and judicious experiment.
  2. He can inhibit himself from action on moral and ethical grounds.

Both faculties are experiencing a decline in employment. Don’t ask me for the examples I have in mind; you can find plenty for yourself. Besides, I’m bloody tired of amassing links to stories about people claiming to be the wrong sex, or puppies, or the possessors of the secret to effortless riches, or holders of a “license to rape.” Such stories are everywhere. The violence and insanity have mushroomed near to the point of being no longer exceptional

The blood-dimmed tide has been loosed.

Beast-men don’t look at one another and see opportunities for collaboration or trade. Beast-men don’t seek like-minded fellows with whom to develop or advance a set of social or political ideas. Beast-men don’t create art of any kind. Beast-men are incapable of maintaining a complex technological civilization, much less advancing it.

And the numbers of the beast-men are growing more rapidly than the numbers of the sane and civilized.

Brace yourselves, Gentle Readers. I’m about to do something that will shock you. Something the bien-pensants will say is intolerant and disrespectful – of them, mostly. Something that will probably get me banned in Boston.

I’m going to define.

In recent years, sanity has been regarded as whatever state of mind conduces to survival within one’s chosen environment. I dislike that definition; it’s relativistic and therefore not useful to one who looks and sees widely rather than provincially. By my lights, sanity is that state of mind which accords with the reality around one.

A sane society is one whose laws, norms, customs, and institutions align with reality and are maintained thus by the overwhelming majority of the participants.

Civilization is a tougher nut to crack. Here’s a typical swing at it, from Princeton University’s WordNet:

Civilization n: a society in an advanced state of social development (e.g., with complex legal and political and religious organizations.)

I call bullshit. A civilization is a society whose ruling norm is civility: a state of affairs governed with the irreducible minimum of violence. Complexity is no way to measure civility. Indeed, it’s no way to measure anything but complexity itself.

Sanity and civility are both retreating from American society. It should provide no salve to our self-regard to observe that we’re still doing better than the rest of the world. We’re losing what our forebears achieved and passed on to us, mostly by refusing to defend it against the lunatics and the thugs.

While we huddle behind locked doors and distract ourselves with “Survivor” and “American Idol,” the lunatics and the thugs are taking our country from us.

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