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I have some interesting ideas and I don't know whether they are valuable or not. If they seem valuable, who will be interested and who should I send them to?
For many years I have kept asking myself 'what shall I believe'. That's because I did many stupid things which really embarrassed me in my life. I hope I can think and act in a way which I like, just as I did when I was a child, but none of the existing religions and ideologies can satisfy me. So I came up with my own theory, and I think it is exactly what I want.
A goddess within: what makes human?
'The will to survive' drives our mind to react to sensory stimuli, just like animals. Things changed when a person becomes aware of himself when he is an infant. 'I exist and I’m observing the world. I am different from my body, and the world which is being observed', this idea is 'self-awareness'. It lies deep within our unconsciousness, yet it’s extraordinary strong and believable. Self-awareness eternally enlightens and delights everyone like a shining sun, enabling us to identify meanings, to come up with the concept of good and evil, beauty and ugliness (We label concepts which are meaningful or promote the pursuit of meaning as good and beautiful, and the opposite as evil and ugliness. The exact definition of meaning is up to us to decide). If we pursuit meaning, we feel like a glorious warrior as we confront our self-awareness. If we don’t pursuit meaning, we feel like a shameful deserter and we don’t dare to confront our self-awareness. It can be said that every single person is a knight born to honor goddess of self-awareness. Self-awareness also let us be happy for our strengths and goodness, and to be sad for our weaknesses and hardship. As a result, we became the only creatures which know to improve their living condition by learning, working and trading.
Self-awareness generates 'the will to power', just like a sun emits light. 'I come to this world not to be enslaved by it, but to pursue meaning in it', this idea is the will to power. Here, ‘power’ is the ability to dominate our (not others) purpose, lifestyle and fate. The will to power can be seen as the desire for meaning. It let us prefer goodness over evil, to prefer beauty over ugliness, and gives us the motivation to pursue dignity and freedom. To follow and practice the will to power is the fate of every human being, no one can abandon it without hurting his own feeling terribly. As a result, it makes us happier to admit the meanings we can achieve lacks quantity and certainty (studying, working, having children, etc) than to never pursue meaning (like playing computer games 16 hours a day, 7 days a week), and even NAZIs need to convince themselves that they are doing a meaningful job through self and mutual deception. It seems that goddess of the will to power is the daughter of goddess of self-awareness, and it is she who lifted us from animals to humans. In movies, novels and animations, we often see characters face the issues of their worlds, respond to the call of their gods or destiny, arm themselves with new powers and strong will, then begin a new life as a hero. Such is the manifest of our unconscious desire to awaken our self-awareness, strengthen our will to power, and pursue meaning with courage and honor.
The will to power generates 'the force of life', just like the light brings energy. 'I shall protect what I love and fight against what I hate, so as to gain meaning in my limited life', this idea is the force of life. Here, it is important to notice that healthy love always points to concepts which promotes meaning (which could be a set of ideas, the strengths of humanity, technologies, an ambition, etc), while healthy hatred always points to concepts which harms meaning (which could be a set of ideas, the weaknesses of humanity, natural disasters, social issues, etc). The force of life gives us pleasure and passion as we pursue meaning, and provides us with strength and endurance shall we meet difficulties in the process. However, if we do not pursue meaning, the force of life will cause an anxiety for meaning, which would bring self-doubt and self-hate if ignored. It can be said that goddess force of life is burning flames which warm courageous minds and scald decadent ones.
Nietzsche claimed that there is a terrifying god called the will to power within us. However if we observe closely, we can instead see a lovely trinity goddess named ‘self-awareness, the will to power and the force of life’ (I call them goddesses not because they have super natural power, but because I hope we can accept them as something valuable, beautiful and benevolent, despite the self-doubt and self-hate many of us have accumulated in their lives). Everyone has these great ideas, although a person does not need to be aware of their existence. Nietzsche only knew about the will to power, which is not enough, because we can't understand goddess of the will to power if we don't know about her mother and daughter. As a result, Nietzsche didn’t find out who she is, didn’t know how to find and strengthen her, and was unable to distinguish her from the desire to dominate others and the supposed power which dominates the universe.
The trinity goddess is just three simple ideas within our unconsciousness, yet these ideas can be interpreted by an unlimited number of ways, and an unlimited number of ideas can be derived from them. As it is they which lift us from animal to human, they are the greatest and most important ideas in our mind. Seeing any other ideas or concepts (such as god or ideal) as the most important idea is ‘idol worshiping’. Although we have to obey them (otherwise we’ll suffer from pain or madness) despite we can’t prove them with logic, they didn’t take the freedom to define meaning away from us. Being aware of such limited freedom is a sign of maturity.
If a person mistakes the three great ideas or their effects for external entities, he will begin to imagine what these entities are inspired by the three great ideas. This process created all our gods and moral principles. That explains why gods are spiritual and good (by human standards), why they care about and similar to humans (in terms of moral standards, emotions and way of thinking), and why they can (at least seemingly) improve our spiritual conditions as we obey them, although they bring little physical benefits. As the three great ideas are the source of our internal goodness and strength, mistaking them as external entities or deny them with materialism (which is not backed up by science) could cause lack of passion, lack of confidence, self-hate and other negative results in the long term.
The trinity god of Christianity share the most similarities with the three great ideas (probably because Christianity emphasize the qualities of ‘god’ and how does he affect our minds): ‘the son’ flow out of ‘the father’ and brings ‘the spirit’, while the will to power flow out of self-awareness and brings the force of life; ‘the father’ creates the world, while self-awareness let us be aware of our own existence; ‘the son’ makes people pursue meaning and goodness, and so does the will to power; ‘the spirit’ brings strength, passion and comfort, and so does the force of life. Although the trinity goddess is not as powerful as the trinity god, they are real, understandable and perceivable. Instead of condemning any of us, they are always working in our unconsciousness and affecting how we think and act.
Forgetting your goddess: what’s wrong with us?
As we have self-awareness, the will to power and the force of life, we should have a world where everyone is passionate, benevolent and sincere. Obviously, something has gone wrong.
Well, if a person suspects that he can't or didn't practice his will to power by pursuing meaning (probably because he think he is not special, powerful or good enough to pursue meaning), he will generate a feeling called 'guilt', which makes him lose the courage to confront his self-awareness. As the will to power comes from self-awareness, this further weakens his will to power, and strengthen his guilt. At last, he has a self-worsening cycle of guilt and weakness: guilt makes weakness, weakness makes more guilt. I call it 'cycle of weakness'.
Cycle of weakness has disastrous effects on our mind. It hides self-awareness, weakens the will to power, and suppresses the force of life. As self-doubt and self-hate grow and take root within us, we can no longer feel or recall our trinity goddess, as well as the courage to admit their existence. Our ability to identify, pursue and feel meaning in our lives is crippled. Our life experience become painful and gloomy, and we don’t know why. At last, our trinity goddess is weakened to an extent that we cannot believe we actually desire meaning. As a result, we hope something outside of us could justify our existence, could make us pursue meaning and goodness. We put chains such as religions, ideologies and moral standards on ourselves, hoping they will bring us meaning and goodness. In reality, however, they and those institutions based upon them dominate us like evil dragons (which is unsurprising because everyone in the world suffers from the cycle of weakness). They turn us into their servants by imposing more guilt on us (Such as proposing very high moral standards without giving any realistic means to achieve them), belittling us to highlight themselves (Such as claiming we are so stupid that we have to be educated by some kind of god or authority, and we are born to be their tools), trying to convince us that they defines meaning and obeying them is goodness, and/or simply controlling what we know and what we do.
We still have self-awareness, though, so we feel really bad about ourselves. We can no longer care and understand each other, because we can’t even do that to ourselves. Many of us spend a lot of time and energy raising pets or protecting wild life, because it’s easier for us to care and understand animals than to care and understand humans. We want to change ourselves but we don’t know how, as cycle of weakness prevents us to discover and recover our trinity goddess. We can only remember that we were happier and purer when we were a child. As a result, some of us (such as those guys with alt-right political opinions) pretend fighting against weakness by despising or hurting those who are inferior to them (often only in their imagination). Some of us (such as those guys with alt-left political opinions) pretend to be strong by gaining a sense of moral or power superiority from unrealistic although seemingly glorious ideals. Some of us feel see idols such as gods, authorities or big guys as the most important entity in their lives. Some of us let political or religious institutions to define their purpose and life style because they don’t think they can define and seek meaning by themselves. The stronger cycle of weakness is, the more severe and common these symptoms would be. Weakest persons often show two or more of these symptoms, and they see them as sources of pleasure and honor. They justify and strengthen these symptoms by adjusting their worldviews to them with their self-deception (Such as ‘Only my race/political opinion/authority/music star/religion/worldview is great, everything else is evil and worthless, because…’). It’s safe to say they have fallen in love with disease.
What Christians call ‘sin’, I call it cycle of weakness. It is the source of most, if not all of our spiritual issues. Christians believe that sin is the separation from God, and cycle of weakness is the inability to confront self-awareness. Christians believe that sin made it difficult for us to recognize God, and cycle of weakness made it difficult for us to find the trinity goddess sleeping and waiting in the depth of our unconsciousness. They do have an important difference, though. While ‘sin’ sounds like ‘our faults and flaws’, ‘cycle of weakness’ is a difficulty or disease. Therefore, god of cycle of weakness is a black dragon named ‘Bahamut’, it blocks our self-awareness, bends our will to power and trample on our force of life. It clouds the sun and poisons the soil, transforming our mind into a sunless wasteland.
Reunite with the goddess: how to fix ourselves?
Some people believe that their feelings, desires, emotions and/or even they themselves are distracting them from their pursuit of meaning. As a result, they keep fighting against their feelings, desires and emotions, wasting their already weakened will to power in self-hate. Some people want to practice their will to power, however they can’t believe it is their nature to do so because their will to power has been weakened by cycle of weakness. As a result, they mistaken their will to power for external moral principles. They try to make themselves and other people obey these principles which they have 'found', and that makes their cycle of weakness even stronger and makes their will to power even weaker.
So, what are the right things to do? Well, all we need is three virtues called liberty, goodness and frankness.
First, no matter how troubled a person is, his self-awareness always exists. Whenever a person senses his life experience, he can feel his self-awareness. If a person admits it as the realest and most important idea in his mind, the will to power (along with delight, comfort and dignity) will flow out of his self-awareness like a fountain. Therefore, self-awareness and the will to power are strong and reliable. The will to power (instead of gods or authorities) is the source of our desire for goodness and meaning, while evil and weakness is nothing more than its decline. Therefore, no one has reason to feel guilty or doubt and hate himself. If a person is aware of these facts, he will regain his courage to confront his self-awareness. Then his will to power will regain strength and his guilt will decline, which makes him feel joyful and peaceful. I call this 'liberty'.
Second, no matter how weak or evil a person is, his will to power always exists. If a person practices his will to power by doing something meaningful, he will gain healthy pleasure. Healthy pleasure gives us long lasting hope and happiness. When we confront our self-awareness, our healthy pleasure makes us feel as if everything in our life is beautiful and allow us to love ourselves (If this does not happen, it’s probably because a person does not think he did something meaningful from the bottom of his heart). If a person does something harmful to the pursuit of meaning regardless of his will to power, he can only gain unhealthy pleasure. Unhealthy pleasure can only give us short lived happiness. When such happiness is gone, it is replaced by negative feelings like shame, regret, emptiness, etc. When we confront our self-awareness, our unhealthy pleasure makes us feel as if everything in our life is hopeless, and let us doubt and hate ourselves. If a person is aware of the difference between healthy and unhealthy pleasure, he will thirst for the former and detest the latter. Then he will gain the internal motivation to practice his will to power, as well as keeping a clear mind and avoid being lost. I call this 'goodness'.
Third, when a person is going to practice his will to power, the external world will hinder him with difficulties and mislead him with lies. Meanwhile, the will to power gives every person a tendency to love good or beautiful entities and spirits, while despise evil or ugly entities and spirits. Such tendency is called ‘the heart’. If a person accepts his heart as a part of himself, the force of life will emerge within him, filling his mind with fresh energy and new ideas (If this does not happen, it’s probably because a person misunderstands the will to power due to self-deception). The force of life will give him the passion, joy and comfort he needs to endure and overcome difficulties, to uncover and despise lies. I call this 'frankness'.
What do we have here? We have an atheism version of 'faith, hope and love'! The supposed effects which 'liberty, goodness and frankness' and 'faith, hope and love' have on our minds are quite similar, although they sound totally different. For example, ‘feel our own existence and let the will to power flow out of self-awareness’ have similar effects with ‘worship Jesus as son of god’, ‘thirst for healthy pleasure and be tired of unhealthy ones’ have similar effects with ‘be hopeful about the heaven’; ‘receive the force of life and use it to overcome difficulties’ have similar effects with ‘let holy spirit fill your body and give you strength and healing’. A person who achieve 'liberty, goodness and frankness' will become spiritually strong and pure, free of guilt and filled with the force of life. I call such people 'proto-Übermensch'.
By defeating a range of difficulties and lies and devoting himself entirely to the pursuit of meaning (which is god for Jesus), Jesus looks like a manifest of the will to power of man. When Christians accept, obey and love him, they either recovered their will to power, or replaced it with an artificial substitute, a 'prosthesis' called Jesus. That greatly relieved their cycle of weakness (or 'sin'), which made them so amazed and delighted that they can’t resist the temptation to honor Jesus as their savior! Such is the true nature of Christianity, and it does not matter whether Jesus is a god or not! They invented 'faith, hope and love' because it can benefit their minds just like 'liberty, goodness and frankness' do. In fact, 'faith, hope and love' is nothing more than 'liberty, goodness and frankness' plus a religious coating! That coating made it easier for spiritually ignorant people to understand and accept 'liberty, goodness and frankness' so they can enjoy their benefits. It sounds like giving a child a pill covered with sweet coating.
It should be noticed that while Nietzsche's ‘old testament Übermensch’ might despise all Christian values, a proto-Übermensch feels like an atheist-Christian, whose trinity god is replaced by trinity goddess, whose obedience is replaced by passion. Nietzsche seem to believe that those important guys are born with strong will, while the poor are born with weak will. A person can become one of his ‘old testament Übermensch’ only if he is born to be so. But in fact, by following the steps above, each person can greatly strengthen their will to power, gain the force of life and eventually become one of my ‘new testament superman’.
Confronting Azathoth: how is this world?
Our minds can only receive and process a limited amount of information. If a person walks around and do some scientific experiments, he can feel and analyze the external world based on the information he received through his sensory organs. If a person conduct meditation, he can feel a variety of life experiences which allow him to understand the state of his mind. What else can we sense and understand? Nothing. Our minds can only receive and process two types of information: sensory stimuli, which contain information about the state of the external world around us, and life experience, which information about the state of the mind itself.
Then, there comes an issue. As the information we can receive and process is limited, we can never eliminate the possibility that all of them are wrong or unreliable. Perhaps our life is a dream created by demons or aliens. Perhaps there is some kind of god, perhaps not. Perhaps we are gods, and our lives are actually dream or VR games. Perhaps we know we are puppets of matter, or perhaps the physical universe is unreal. No matter the truth is good or bad, we will never find out. We can’t be certain about anything (Including this idea itself, as the mind in which it is understood and stored could also be illusion). We can't even be certain that we are currently thinking, as we know we were thinking in the last moment because we received the life experience generated by that process a moment ago, which could also be an illusion.
In a world where there is absolutely no certainty, we have neither a reason to believe it’s real, nor a reason to believe it’s unreal; we have neither a reason to be sane, nor a reason to be insane; we have neither a reason to live, nor a reason to die; we have neither a reason to do good, nor a reason to do evil. We cannot find any meaning in this world, and anything we believe in has no foundation at all. If a person accepts this fact sincerely, all that he once believed in will be destroyed. Including his self-deception, common sense which he took for granted, moral principles which other people taught him, etc. Even the will to power won't save us, as it could also be an illusion.
Actually, from the bottom of our hearts, we all know that the universe is uncertain and we won’t find any meaning in it by intuition. We don't want to accept this fact, we are afraid of this fact, so we accept religions, ideologies or philosophies, not because we are strongly convinced by evidence, logic and or life experiences, but because they claim that there is some kind of certainty and meaning in our lives (like ‘what we do will make a better society and we are destined to success’, or ‘God knows and dominates everything and he gives us meaning and purpose’). Our fear is so strong that some of us refuse to give up their radical religion, ideology or philosophy, even if they doubt them from the bottom of their heart, while some others keep lowering their acceptance standard for the definition of meaning as they are desperate to find one, to an extent which they end up accepting things like nationalism or animal protection as their meanings of life (They are not terrible, but they don’t deserve to be seen as the meaning of life). It can be said that the greatest and deepest motivation behind our search for faith and desire for knowledge is our fear of meaninglessness.
I want to call those findings 'the Azathoth theory', as Lovecraft's dark gods are the best exhibition of our fear to uncertainty and meaninglessness. The Azathoth theory, instead of Nietzsche's 'eternal return', is the true source of nihilism. After all, we have no idea whether the laws of physics we know dominates our minds, whether it dominates an infinite amount of time and space, whether it is constant and what is it exactly. There isn’t enough evidence to reasonably suggest that eternal return is real. It should also be noticed that we tend to set different outcomes (such as experience peace, rise to heaven, be rich, be powerful) as meanings, purposes and what we desire, and that’s exactly how our mind works. As a result, not only we can’t find any meaning in a world of 'eternal return', it would also be extremely difficult for us to set new meanings inside it. That indicates believing in eternal return could be very harmful for our mental well-being (this might have contributed Nietzsche’s madness).
There is still hope, though. Although this universe has no meaning, it is still possible for us to set meanings for our lives and pursue them. Such is the only way to overcome the Azathoth theory. In movies, novels and animations, we often see characters face despair, tortured by it, adept to it, defeat it and then become even stronger (usually near the end of story). Such is the manifest of our unconscious desire to overcome the uncertain and meaningless nature of this universe. However, one cannot achieve this without first becoming an ‘Übermensch’ (as Nietzsche have noticed).
The birth of an infant god: what should we do?
There are plenty of sign of nihilism’s (or Azathoth’s) arrival: old values are losing strength and new values cannot be found; political and religious extremism are rising; constructive criticism against existing values are lacking because we lack strong basis (such as humanism philosophies) for them; some people claim all values are equally valuable although they lack their own values. One can refuse to believe the Azathoth theory and pretend this world can give him meaning. He will not be sent to hell for that. However, as people’s intelligence and knowledge grows, the Azathoth theory would become more and more obvious, until it become impossible for us to refuse to believe it. I’m afraid that there would be a time (maybe 100 years later) when the majority of humanity has to face the Azathoth theory, either being consumed by nihilism or become an Übermensch (as predicted by Nietzsche, although due to different reason). Accepting the Azathoth theory is dangerous for those who haven’t overcome their cycle of weakness, as they might fail to complete those steps mentioned below. For a proto-Übermensch, however, accepting the Azathoth theory is the first step to become an Übermensch. Here is what he should do after that.
First, a proto-Übermensch who accepts the Azathoth theory will understand that he can't be absolutely certain about anything. Although that could be painful, he is gifted with the ability to never be tired with this world and see all his experiences in a way as if they are all brand new. And more importantly, he now has no reason to be concerned with what other people want him to think and act, and free to reanalyze and reevaluate everything and anything (as Nietzsche has predicted). When he begins to do so with the information he has at hand, his first finding would be that, it seems that he has self-awareness, the will to power and the force of life. The trinity goddess would be the only and the first, greatest and realest thing he would notice during his reanalyzing and reevaluation. If he assumes that they are untrue or unreal, he would come up with the conclusion that he does not desire meaning, goodness, beauty, dignity and freedom, and he wouldn’t be able to reanalyze or reevaluate anything. He has no choice but to choose their existence as the first assumption to hold after accepting the Azathoth theory.
Second, as the Azathoth theory destroyed all old beliefs, there is nothing prevents our proto-Übermensch to experience his trinity goddess now. He becomes aware that the trinity goddess is the only ideas which are not destroyed by the Azathoth theory, and he can’t destroy them even if he tries to disbelieve them. In surprise and delight, he discovers that the three great ideas are not something he believes in (although he does can believe or disbelieve their existence). Instead, they (instead of the inability to follow and practice them) are what defines him, makes him and powers him, what all his believes are based upon, and what his true-self is. Should they disappear, he as a human will cease to exist. The reason why some people feel peace and joy by obeying their god is neither because there exists a god who gives them peace and joy, nor because humans enjoy obeying something greater than them, but because gods are imaginary concepts inspired by the three great ideas, thus obeying them is obeying the three great ideas, our true-self. Our proto-Übermensch is amazed by the goodness and purity of his (as well as the rest of humanity’s) nature and cannot help but love it. Filled with hope and confidence, the Azathoth theory cannot frighten him anymore, and he notices that the source of its terrifying might is not uncertainty itself (which is always inevitable) but our weakness (Those who are weak cannot believe that they desire meaning. They hope something outside of them could justify their existence, could make them pursue meaning and goodness, and thus become vulnerable to uncertainty). Then he stops asking 'WHY affirm my life and assume the world I see is real'. Instead, he shouts out 'WHY NOT affirm my life and choose to believe that the world I see is real?' At this moment, an Übermensch is born. 'WHY NOT affirm my life and choose to believe that the world I see is real?' is the second assumption our Übermensch will hold after accepting the Azathoth theory.
Third, before our Übermensch accepted the Azathoth theory, he tried to find meaning in this universe, and he failed miserably. Now, believing 'WHY NOT affirm my life and choose to believe that the world I see is real', he has the courage to accept uncertainty, and he no longer needs any external reasons to pursue meaning, such as ‘God’ or ‘absolute truth’. As a result, he now has the option to set his meaning of life for himself. Such is how his suffering ends! I choose to set 'Let me and everyone else become stronger and happier' as the meaning of my life, as I can't imagine anything sounds more meaningful to me! You can set your meaning of life for yourself freely, too. But be careful, if you are insane and you set murder as the meaning of your life, other people might fight you for their meanings of life, such as 'to protect all that I love'! It's a good idea for an Übermensch to choose this as the third assumption to hold after accepting the Azathoth theory.
When this is done, an Übermensch would be able to experience, explore, understand and pursue meaning in this world freely and passionately regardless of its uncertain and meaningless nature. He has little guilt and plenty of curiosity, just like a child new to this world.
As you can see, the Azathoth theory brings new life along with destruction. All that we believe in just like a building. This building is in a poor state, as it has no firm foundation beneath it (thanks to the Azathoth theory), while self-deception, moral principles and other stupid ideas weaken it from within. The Azathoth theory will push it down, break it apart and wash it away like a big flood. Although this is a destructive process, it will also expose the trinity goddess from mud and rubble, a firm foundation on which a taller, more beautiful and more flood-resistant new building could be built.
Now I have a prophecy: the god of nihilism, Azathoth, will soon descend upon our spirit realm like a giant asteroid. It will burn the earth, block the sun and freeze the air. What that we once believed in are like dinosaurs. All of them will die of hunger, darkness and coldness, and their bodies will cover the earth like carpet. Although they once ruled the spirit realm, fossils would be the only thing they leave behind. Azathoth’s abominations, such as cults, drug taking and fascism, will rampage across the realm, bringing chaos and despair wherever they go. Even the trinity goddess of self-awareness, the will to power and the force of life won’t be able to stop Azathoth. However, as the realm lies in ruins, the trinity goddess will conceive a new god: ‘the god of affirmation’. Pure, brave and newborn, the god of affirmation is both a lovely little boy and a mighty warrior. He will protect the trinity goddess, absorb and purify Azathoth, and fill the spirit realm with life again!
Übermensch: what would be the outcome?
An Übermensch (as defined above) defeats nihilism by embracing it. His strength is his trinity goddess, and what he loves is the life of human-beings. An Übermensch is a paladin of humanism, self-awareness is his banner, the will to power is his sword, the force of life is his guardian angel, and the love for life is his blood. He combines the strengths of Christians, Nietzsche’s ‘old testament Übermensch’, as well as animation characters, while having none of their weaknesses.
An Übermensch does not feel guilt. However, he will not do something evil such as hurting or dominating others, as he does not have cycle of weakness which motivate him to do so, and he understands that is not what he truly wants and enjoys. An Übermensch loves himself, yet he is not selfish. He loves himself because he understands and realizes the awesome potential of humanity, which also makes it natural and logical for him to love others.
An Übermensch might despise certain ideas, mental states and behaviors. He might hate the foolishness of certain people, the corruption of certain elites or the flaws of certain cultures or ideologies. Yet an Übermensch will never hate or despise the lives of human being. That is because he knows that he comes to this world without knowing why, he was born with the trinity goddess and he is destined to seek meaning and die: a fate he shares with every other human being in this world.
An Übermensch might have some kind of conversation with himself, like ‘What am I thinking?”, “What do I really want and enjoy?’ ‘Do I come to this world to do something like this?’, as his lack of guilt made it easier for him to conduct introspection freely and throughly. An Übermensch understands that it is his trinity goddess who lifted him from an animal to an Übermensch, who his true-self is. He might enjoy walking, travelling, listening to music, or other activities which enables him to experience their existence.
If an Übermensch has a lover, he/she might come up with ideas like: 'My life is great, so does his/hers, so it must be a great thing for us to be with each other and create new lives together! I don't know how did I come to this world, nor do I fully understand it. However, I appreciate what he/she has brought to me and I'm glad to meet him/her in this world!' If an Übermensch is about to die, he/she might come up with ideas like: 'I have fought for my trinity goddess by pursuing meaning in this meaningless world. I have protected what I love and fought against what I hate. If such is the end of my life, then I shall rest in peace, free of guilt or regret'.
In Übermensch’s societies, there would be no external moral standards or requirements, which weakens humans by often threaten them with guilt while rarely motivate them with self-discovery and passion. Instead, there would be natural trust and good will everywhere among the society, as it becomes much easier for people to care and understand each other if they can love and understand themselves. Such trust and good will can be observed between people and their pets in today’s world (as well as cartoons and animations). There would still be laws, however they would be seen as agreements made to serves purposes such as resolving conflicts or discouraging behaviors which severely harm the others, instead of the enforcer of justice. Übermensch will not see their authorities as idols, such as a god-like agent which leads them towards social justice. Instead, they will see authorities as what they actually are: something like ‘tools to maintain order’ or ‘entities which provide services (such as security) at the price of taxes’.
If I need to give a cartoon image to my Übermensch, I will choose a lovely little boy or a pretty school girl, instead of some kind of genetically modified super soldier.
An inconsiderate goddess: how to deal with desires?
Every single creature has the will to survive, and humanity is not an exception. The existence of the will to survive is not a shameful thing, as it drives us to survive, not to do immoral behavior. The will to survive lets us prioritize improving our own living conditions, while also attempt to improve those of others if there is enough time and energy remaining. It can be said that conflicts between the will to survive and the will to power is rarely inevitable. What’s more, even puppies and kittens know to find nice food, enjoy comfort and mate with each other. Why humans, whose lives are far more valuable, do not deserve to do the same?
The will to survives is the source of most of our desires. Many of us tend to deny their desires, and that have two consequences.
First, desires invoked by the will to survive will not disappear silently as a person denies them. Instead, the stronger one’s will to deny his desires, the greater his despair, and the sicker and stronger his desires will be. For example, the desire for a lover are pure, healthy and controllable. Should one deny it, he will be convinced that he will never find a lover and suffer from despair. Anger, hatred, the desire for rape, the desire for dominating others, or other unhealthy desires or emotions will occur as a result. These desires are more harmful, more painful and less controllable. This might be the main reason why many people have the misconception that human-nature is evil.
Second, denying desires weakens instead of strengthens our trinity goddess. It requires us to constantly waste our will to power on maintaining self-deception, and it is caused by and strengthens self-hate. For example, if a person wants to deny his desire for a lover, he need to hate his desire. He has to either constantly tell himself that he doesn’t need a lover, or constantly be troubled with the spiritual discomfort which results from such false belief.
As you can see, goddess of the will to survive is quite hard to get along with. However, if we be honest to her, she won’t do harm to us. For those who wish to become an Übermensch, there are two ways to deal with desires.
First is to accept them and assign meaning to their satisfaction. By doing so, our experiences would become more enjoyable and our desires would become more controllable. For example, if a person sees eating ice-cream as a good way to be relaxed and gain enjoyable experience, he can feel and remember the texture of ice-cream better. When his desire for ice-cream is satisfied, such desire won’t attract his attention anymore. It should be noticed that if a desire is sufficiently satisfied, it would be difficult to assign meaning to it or gain pleasure from it. Continue seeking the satisfaction of a sufficiently satisfied desire is a symptom of cycle of weakness.
Second is to accept them and endure their unsatisfaction by focusing on other meaningful activities with the will to power. By doing so, our self-awareness will become stronger and our force of life will bring us peace and joy. If our meanings are achieved or our desires are satisfied in the future, pride and honor will be our reward. It should be noticed that although ‘enduring unsatisfaction’ and ‘denying unsatisfaction’ sounds similar, the former is a sign of strength (a strong desire for meaning) and makes a person even stronger, while the latter is a sign of weakness (self-hate and self-deception) and makes a person even weaker.
Knight and princess: how to know and view ourselves?
Our minds can be seen as information processors. They can understand the external world by processing sensory stimuli. However, sensory stimuli do not contain any information about the mind itself. The reason why our minds can know themselves and find our trinity goddess is, our mind can receive another form of information which I call ‘life experience’.
Life experience contains way more information than that. A human mind constantly generates and receives life experience. Its activities at each moment are reflected by the life experience generated by that moment, which is received by the mind itself shortly after. When a leaf is falling in, we know the leaf is falling because we can saw this with our eyes, and we know we know this because we received and analyzed our life experience at the same time. Life experience is a pond in front of mind, whatever our mind do is mirrored by it. The warmth of sunlight, the fragrance of flowers, the pain of falling, all these feelings are not events in the external world revealed to us in the form of sensory stimuli, but the process which our minds understand sensory stimuli revealed to us in the form of life experience. As life experience is impossible to recorded or shared, people use music, literature and other form of art to express their life experience. It can be said that art is the result of our spiritual loneliness and the manifest of our mental activities.
Those who wish to become an Übermensch can utilize life experience in two ways.
First is to pacify abnormal mental activities. These activities are caused by false beliefs, they are considered ‘abnormal’ because they distract our mind from meaningful activities and cripple its intelligence. The existence of these activities is always reflected by our life experiences. When there are abnormal activities within our minds (such as self-hate), painful life experience will be generated. When our mind is functioning properly, enjoyable life experience will be generated. As a person feels his life experience, he will come up with the will to pursue enjoyable life experience and avoid painful ones. Such is ‘the will to renovation’. The will to renovation drives us to identify faulty believes which bring about abnormal activities and disbelieve them. This relieves our spiritual sufferings and promotes internal well-being, no matter what we previously believe in. Therefore, goddess of the will to renovation is a wise and gentle girl who always help us to deal with our problems while never accuse us of having them.
If a person practices his will to renovation, he can gain spiritual comfort and avoid causing meaningless sufferings to himself and others. If everyone can do this, this world would become a much better place. However, many people are unwilling to practices their will to renovation due to their self-deception. Self-deception occurs among those people who are lack confidence in their self-awareness and will to power. They fear that some of their beliefs might overpower their will to power or destroy their self-awareness. So instead of enduring or altering those external condition which cause these beliefs with their will to power, they attempt to disbelieve such beliefs and believe in fabricated ones instead. These people waste their will to power in maintaining false beliefs. They hide from the light of the will to renovation like vampires. They use more false beliefs to make shelters for themselves, so they can hide inside like tortoise. If someone else tells them the truth, they’ll feel insulted.
Self-deception has three forms. The first one is selective-thinking, intentionally ignore those facts or ideas which drive us to conduct critical thinking, such as ‘What is the motivation behind my action?’, ‘What if I’m wrong?’ The second one is bigotry, let favors replace curiosity become the motivation to perceive the world. One symptom of this is asking ‘How to convince myself I’m right’ when thinking along while asking ‘How can you prove I’m wrong’ in debates. The third one is fantasy, substitute reason with feelings and emotion when making judgment, like ‘Many people believe in my religion, we pray together every day, so my religion must be truthful’, ‘He is a stubborn person, so whatever he says must be wrong’.
The only two things a person needs to do to cure his self-deception is to despise it (which has been described above) and trust his trinity goddess. When his self-deception declines, his will to revolution will slowly recover. It can be said that goddess of the will to renovation is a weak princess imprisoned in the stronghold of lies. The trinity goddess is mighty worriers who are going to smash the wall, burn the monsters and free the princess her shackles and chains. However, for those who cannot trust their trinity goddess, the only cure for their self-deception is sufferings.
Second is to see the mind revealed by life experience, instead of the external world revealed by sensory stimuli, as the greatest (or the most fundamental) reality, and see the eternal world as merely a circumstance encountered by the mind. If this is done successfully, we will stop asking ‘how to deal with my internal world’, and ask ‘how to deal with the external world’ instead.
Although the actual relationship between the mind and the external world is unknown and unknowable, it is still logical to do so. Not only because we can’t be aware of the external world without a mind, but also because we can’t know we know about the external world until our life experience tells us about ourselves. If we assume our minds are illusions, we must also assume external world is also an illusion; if we assume the external world is an illusion, we don’t have to assume our minds are illusions. In other words, the mind is more believable than the external world.
By doing so, our lives will become a journey, a series of scenes outside the window, rather than a list of restrictions and unsatisfaction. We’ll feel like travelers visiting this world, instead of prisoners trapped inside it. We will become more confident with our trinity goddess, and our difficulties and unsatisfaction would become more tolerable. We will become the master of ourselves, avoid wasting time and energy on meaningless activities such as cursing other people on the internet or pursuing someone who don’t care about us. Even the demoralizing power of philosophical issues like free will would be diminished, as they are now reduced to small problems we happen to encounter as we are trying to understand the external world being processed by our minds.
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Some things are interesting there, sure. But it's generally a better idea to focus on just one simple thing at a time. Start by stating a thesis or asking a question, then write a short set of supporting sentences that don't change the topic and that preferably don't bring up a host of other issues. Keep it brief and focused.
You could take your initial post in this thread and probably get 20-30 different threads out of it.
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Ok... Who might be interested in articles like this?Terrapin Station wrote: ↑March 18th, 2020, 7:17 pmSome things are interesting there, sure. But it's generally a better idea to focus on just one simple thing at a time. Start by stating a thesis or asking a question, then write a short set of supporting sentences that don't change the topic and that preferably don't bring up a host of other issues. Keep it brief and focused.
You could take your initial post in this thread and probably get 20-30 different threads out of it.