In our time, to be one who “stands athwart history, yelling Stop” is to be doomed to perpetual disappointment. In the Unprecedented Era, change is a constant. The only way to stop one track of change is by forming another, so if one manages to stop Change X, it will cause Change Y. Either way, change wins.
The only way conservatism has managed to achieve any victories in the Era is by allying itself with capitalism. But capitalism is a fearsome champion of change, a universal solvent. No past can maintain itself where capitalism prowls. A fire might as well try to win by allying itself with the ocean. Thus the conservative becomes a tool of his own disappointment.
Humanity currently lives the Unprecedented Era. The Unprecedented Era is a time of constant, nonrational, change generated by science and the resultant technology. It began in the vicinity of the 1840s and continues unabated thus far.
Understanding is a rat hole down which many a human psyche has been poured.
This past summer I finally, after intending to do for at least a decade, wrote my philosophical apologia. Why I thought this needed doing is explained in Part#1. Judge it as you wish.
If, after a certain portion (after Part#3, for instance), you’re looking for a bit of a palate cleanser, you might want to read this funny post.
The Acerbic Catechumen: So when are you going to start apologizing? I can’t help, but notice you’ve so far talked about everything except yourself.
LYSID: I didn’t invite you to this part.
AC: I’ve never been one for politeness. So what about it?
The Catechist: Who made you?
The Acerbic Catechumen: Nobody made me.
C: God made you.
AC: Bullshit. I have formed from the accidental action of epochs. Why would you think otherwise?
The world is worse than you think it is.
We may dispense with any concept of the supernatural. Over the past two hundred years, the materialist metaphysic has been put to rigorous testing—not just in the laboratory, but in the everyday, constant and reliable use of modern technology. Any violations of materialistic reality would have to be so infrequent as to be negligible and, to be efficient, eliminable.
What is left is to start from the bottom up: particles organize, through the process of materialistic functions. This occurs throughout the universe. On Earth, in the past three billion years, this has led to life. There is no essential difference between those functions governing living matter and those governing unliving matter.
Here, and in the next four parts, I will be posting what I make, so far, of life.
“Why would you want to do that?”
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