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Mortality in Modernity

Discussion in 'The Philosopher' started by cryosteel, Oct 31, 2007.

  1. cryosteel

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    Elysium and Valhalla are forgotten. Honor, heroism and valor under the judgement of the gods no longer has a home in our hearts. Even the one god who came afterward and the promise of his heaven above are mostly dead to us. In our modern time, our living existence has no purpose because most of us are convinced that nothing comes afterward.

    Now that the old notions of divine virtue and reverence toward creation, the conduct of a conscientious life, are out of the way, modern people are free to pursue endless pleasures, working only to purchase free time, products and services that amount to no more than sensual hedonism that systematically replaces wild beauty with mere artificial utility. All this comes to us at the expense of the natural world and the innocent unborn whos future, thanks to our selfish neglect, grows less certain as we continue to indulge ourselves with our global industrial gratification.

    We have learned that our modern society consists of endless distracting sensations and a people who generally pursue these ends. Most of them are meek and it is they who are inheriting the Earth. Some spend their lives away from work before the television, seated reverently at attention for decades observing aimless electronic chatter until death takes them too.

    Others find alternative sedation in faith where they are assured that death symbolizes an inevitable fate and afterward, a final judgement. But not to worry, those faithful who were passively stagnant need not fear and this is life's inconsequential purpose: to offend nobody, work to pleasure yourself and comfort others, spread the good news of the modern world, and hope for more narcotic dormancy afterward in god's heaven.

    To some few people, a life of aimless passivity inhabiting one's own private mental shell, composed of purchased consumer sensations, seems pointless. Why do we even exist for these many years, and, can we make for ourselves a meaningful purpose? We see those who choose a sedated life, hiding from the certain knowledge of lifecycle termination, failing to maintain the surrounding world, that which they have taken from in pursuit of their own meaningless lives.

    The result, when the useless dormancy of these many are taken as a whole, is that the next generation experiences a world of more pavement and less meadow, more artificial noise and less solemn moments, more intrinsic poverty and less reverence. And, a little less hope for tomorrow.

    We are all going to die. Even for those many who elect no other meaning in life, they must still face the reality of lifecycle termination. Some few people come to learn that we in the affluent world are mostly in pursuit of a dormant existence in the time before our own life's end. We seem to desire sedation in the form of rampant consumerism or fantasy ideology. We have created a civilization that acts toward this end at our command.

    Our various brands of sedate distraction require that we take from our surroundings and when these are depleted to the extent we are willing to tolerate, we seek to take from elsewhere. We say to our leaders, "Go now. Take from others elsewhere that we may remain sedated here, so that knowledge of mortality will cause us less pain."

    The less affluent societies look to us and desire what we have; distracting lives of mass consumer fantasies prior to death. It is those less affluent societies, who live closer to reality and the pain of mortality that have not mastered the modern art of the drugged dormant life. We take from them to sustain our way of life and in exchange we redesign their societies to mimic ours; death denying within a dormant individual fantasy.

    They too learn to take from their surroundings in pursuit of our affluent ways. They too seek to take from elsewhere when local extraction reaches the limit of tolerability. Global trade takes place so that all places and things may serve mankind's chosen purpose: distraction from one's own mortality. The ravenous extraction continues and the people remain sedated with its processed output.

    However, others in the world choose not to live as we do. These places are invaded so that the resources therein can be added to our pleasure. The different people within lived in a manner that suggested to us that we are, after all, mortal and death routinely embraces life. Such knowledge is ugly to us and we transfer our perceptions onto those we invade, making our crushing them easier to justify. Guilty, we invite them among us to live as we do as if in repayment until the limits of mutual tolerability are reached.
     
  2. SouthernTrendkill

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    Yes, death to the infidels.

    Being atheist and/or existentialist does not mean someone "replaces wild beauty with mere artificial utility."
     
  3. cryosteel

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    That wasn't stated anywhere. No need to beat a strawman. My path is non-faith existentialism as well.
     

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