[-empyre-] language/discourse on terror, reporting the virtually true

John Hopkins jhopkins at neoscenes.net
Tue Nov 11 13:15:23 EST 2014

halló -- perhaps better late than never, the flow of late is a bit much for me
to manage as I'm editing a book right now as well... too many words!

> dear all, one can only thank those who have joined so far, and welcome Olga
> and Pia, and those who like Ana write through their memory pain and evoke
> the death of hope for human civilization; the destructive character seems to
> favor the slow or continual, steady collapse of all infrastructures –but
> John, you don't subscribe to annihilation, do you?

annihilation -- no -- I'm too much of a scientist and perhaps quasi-Taoist --
supplementing phenomenological observation with consultations of the I Ching.
The dynamic between order and disorder fluctuates at all spatial and temporal
scales across the cosmos. And there is neither 'pure' chaos or 'pure' order,
only a movement cycling along the line that connects the two (abstract) 
extremes. so, if anything, annihilation becomes the kernel of coming-to-be.

I think often we humans fixate on our own monumental culture rather than taking 
a long view (we've only been around a few million years, so far all species are 
more-or-less transitory according to the fossil record). Why in our puny-ness do 
we think that we are the pinnacle of being? etc...

And, somewhere, outside of my spirit, I get suspicious that all the violence is 
simply what life does to make sure the 'best' survives, and the altruism is a 
blip on the radar of evolution. Sounds cynical, and it doesn't explain any 
spiritual sentiments, but if the spiritual is idiosyncratic conjecture unless 
it's happening internally to one's self, there's certainly no way to 'prove 
anything'. And so we are left with telling each other stories in order to build 
up a transitory clan here, by the hyper-mediated network constructed by the 
military-industrial complex... <<sigh>>...

> [Pia schreibt] But you can never say that you are close enough. All the
> journalists and observers are left behind, arrive late at the scene. To be
> close enoughto know you have to be the killer or the victim.

I think I would take the opposite stance -- to be alive is to be implicated, but
more than that, it is to be as close as anyone to anything... the absolute 
'beautiful terror' of incarnation...


Dr. John Hopkins, BSc, MFA, PhD
grounded on a granite batholith
twitter: @neoscenes

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