Auto-didactic struggle

 

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“Auto-didacticism is drudgery, it’s like fighting on multiple fronts while the supply line has been cut off. Nevertheless, in the end—provided you have survived—it can prove more useful in the study of philosophy than academic training.

The latter is particularly important, how to train ourselves, how to turn our lives into an open-ended philosophical life while at the same time grapple with social and economic limitations and survive, how to build a platform for self-discipline that can psychologically and materially sustain us, and so on and so forth. Auto-didacticism in philosophy is not just about the gradual implementation of intellectual self-discipline but also about logistics, of how to stay alive, to live a satisfying life, to financially survive”-Reza Negarestani

 

Living in an uncertain, dynamically complex world with information circulating and disinformation replicating, it’s impossible to have stable convictions. The reactive perceptions and responses to technological mediums that occur simultaneously within all us depend on an adrenaline rush to defend or attack certain discourses. If people continue participating in these discourses, they will create an uncontrollable desire to continue fighting each other or burn out completely from talking about most topics, period. Religion cannot guide nor help people toward an improved, its wrapped up in doctrines that are impossible to practice physically and mentally, so it stands idly by as art forms(James 2:26). Impossible it is to perform certain doctrines in realities were it’s only permitted in artificial settings, rituals become a mirror image of its past self. What is not realized among internet religious discourses is that the more they’re on the Cyberspace, the effects are losing attention to their own faith(1). These Spiritual beliefs erode when they all become obsessively reactive to unrelated spectacles surrounding Media, politics and this late stage of capitalism. They become Noises in repetition and in the ritual while the rituals themselves that have played an integral part of institutions now start to become boring.

 

“Noise has overtaken information in our age. Signal and noise have switched places. We live in the value-dark dimension, a black hole of deconstructed values and exploded worldviews. Early industrial music looked at this cultural wasteland, gathered up some of the junk and decided to make music with it. In the process, they discovered new possibilities for “art noise,” explored the boundaries of music and anti-music, order and chaos, terror and bliss, beauty and bestiality. If the age of empire was dying, industrial music was busy scoring the funeral march. “ (2)

 

It’s not just in music that this is happening either, art has been alienated to such an extent that its instantly commodified or thrown out depend on the intensity of likes and retweets or to digitally share content without form. Slogans, paintings, and signs that point to the past can only be recreated in stageplay, it won’t be viable to revolt with Symbolic exchanging has been used to deterritorialize our thoughts and desires, crushing any hope for any communism and replace it with the anhiliation of the systems that are logistically connected in a series of signals.

 

Thus, against the organizing forms of modern thought and society, Baudrillard champions symbolic exchange as an alternative. Against modern demands to produce value and meaning, Baudrillard calls for their extermination and annihilation, providing as examples, Mauss’s gift-exchange, Saussure’s anagrams, and Freud’s concept of the death drive. In all of these instances, there is a rupture with the forms of exchange (of goods, meanings, and libidinal energies) and thus an escape from the forms of production, capitalism, rationality, and meaning. Baudrillard’s paradoxical concept of symbolic exchange can be explained as an expression of a desire to liberate himself from modern positions and to seek a revolutionary position outside of modern society. Against modern values, Baudrillard advocates their annihilation and extermination.” (3)

 

“Thus, the idea that workers could liberate themselves by taking over the means of production has always been a delusion. It was an understandable delusion when technological processes had the manufacture of goods as their primary aim. Now that their primary aim is so clearly social control, the nature of our real struggle should be clear: the destruction of all systems of control-thus of the state, capital and their technological system, the end of our proletarianized condition and the creation of ourselves as free individuals capable of determining how we will live ourselves. Against this technology, our best weapon is that which the exploited have used since the beginning of the industrial era: sabotage.” (4)

 

These suggestions that should be taken out of this is to start from the basics, focus on taking care of yourself first. What is meant by this suggestion is to make sure you’re healthy in order to help whoever you want alive. This can be interpreted at all levels, starting with an obligation to speak in vague terms while explaining them in short sentences, “There are times when it is unwise to be silent. Silence can arouse suspicion and even insecurity, especially in your superiors; a vague or ambiguous comment can open you up to interpretations you had not bargained for. The most dangerous men and women in each civilization are the people who don’t express their opinions, the ones who are behind the scenes, waiting for the terroristic counter-gift that cannot be exchanged back. It might seem impossible to perform this way until you realize that as the world becomes bitterly divided over politics, strong sentiments of Apolitical tendencies have become more apparent as a way of escaping discourse. By focusing on art, guns, beauty and other hobbies, the apolitical subject is more aware of the implications without the exaggeration required by pundits, journalists. Apolitical avant-gardism combined with a lumpenproletariat drive of deterritorialized politics has reproduced schisms into everyday life. Politicians have alienated their own citizens by hyper-visualized rage enacted by exaggerated fears of the apocalypse, corporate lobbying and corruption charges, resulting in bipartisan fanaticism out of sheer desperation clashing onto each other. There won’t be enough prison walls for prisoners, instead, the Global Village has become the Global Prison. Each cell and subsection divided up into factions with no border gate and expansion of security guards. As for maintaining one’s own self-determination, territorial disputes and sovereignty itself become impossible as contradictory logics by policymakers and its associates stampedes third party resistance in a competitive drive for global resources. Outrage and Cynicism manufactured by the Corporate-State Apparatus are bandages to hide the infectious wounds that surround its decay,  its used as a means of reinforcing reform that does not impact the control over the average person. Reactions to such actions committed by the State continue to circulate due to peoples inability to construct utopias/revolutions and so it relapses into nostalgia and brand recognition among celebrities and songwriters.

 

With all this in mind, it’s important to reconsider and accept certain harsh truths of the world that surrounds us. One such truth is that all of us has the tendency to behave irrationally, bad decisions stem from mostly ignorance and pride. As deepfakes continue to overcome the Cyberspace, real footage is undistinguishably fake and so it demands everyone to “speak their minds” on topics in which we have little to no knowledge on. Another thing to consider is the accessibility of tools both logically and materially at our disposable. As global resources become scarce, they’re broken down into components and units, this shows that people need to use our resources effectively that you’ll be to protect certain people, locations and yourself from others. The State, family, and military wont protect you since most of the time, they have their own interests to consider and are in competition with other factions that surround each nation state today. This means everyone is at war with their own living environments every day because of struggles against other people and natural disasters that inflict us in some ways. Protect your loved ones,  preserve your life for as long as possible, keep spiritual beliefs that you have left and always be aware of your surroundings.

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