Fakery

Able men are humble.

If brute force pervades savage world, then lies are the currency of civilized society.

If one can lie and cheat to his way, why in the world would one use brute force? A much costlier and harder method of dealing with things.

Lies don’t cost anything. You only need to present a falsified reality with a set of rhetorical words, to deceive, and to cheat.

I find that weak people always seek ways to pretend themselves as the strong. Out of sheer self-protection? Or vanity? ...READ MORE

Cancer

Cancer is more of a mutation to the body. Most cancers relate to patients’ DNA structures. And unlike external invasion, cancer is self-procured. Diseases can be divided into two main categories, external pathogens or auto-diseases. The pathology of cancer is the unlimited and uncontrollable cell division of a certain type of cells. And cancers occur usually in late stage of a human’s life. Old people have a higher chance of getting cancer than young people. However, young people can also get cancers due to DNA mutations. And the fact that globally, the cancer rate is increasing, has to do with the modern lifestyles; the amount of radiations we are exposed to; and more and more DNA diversity. The existence of incurable diseases is regarded as deterrents towards unhealthy lifestyle and excessive indulgence. Through years, we have utilized technologies to prolong our life-span, increasing the survivability of human race. With almost a surplus of human population on this planet, humans are still striving to beat these incurable diseases. Cancer seems to be a much radical stopping sign than what it was 100 years ago, when people died due to numerous rather natural causes–war, famine, insanitary conditions and the medical technology was definitely not as advanced as today’s. People generally died at a young age. If entered a war, one could easily reduce his life-span to around 30 years. This progress of prolonging human life has definitely met its rival–cancer, and much commoner than ever before. It brings out the ultimate question: Do we have a need to cure cancer? To be frank, even if you think medical technology is as advanced as possible today, we still have quite a number of incurable diseases. Cancer being one of them, also one of the major ones. If we conquered cancer, there is really nothing stopping humans from aging and reproducing. Maybe disease is not a natural way of dying, since human illness is never a normality. You get into the hospital to get fixed, because you are out of bounds for a while. Having cancer is a suffering. And if we’d use a rather smoother way of dying, the one that you don’t suffer, I guess people may be more happier than die from suffering diseases. We are making medical advances in order to end sufferings, even at the thought of meeting more of it in the coming days.

Farmer and Snake

In Traditional Chinese parables, there is a story about a farmer and a snake:

Long time ago, in a frosting winter, an old man was pacing slowly on frozen water for home.

Some time later, he saw a strange stick lying on the ground. Despite the heavy snow splashing into his face, he went forth and found out the strange twisted stick was not a stick at all, but a frozen snake.

The farmer braced the snake into his chest, and kept on heading his way home.

The warmth of the farmer’s chest slowly thawed the snake out. Once the snake regained its consciousness, it bit the farmer immediately.

The snake fell down, and slowly slithered away.

The farmer died in the end, because of venom and blood loss in this heart cold winter.

 

The moral of the story is ambiguous. Some say snakes are evil, you should never trust a snake. Some say the farmer is dumb, he took a snake under his protection. You either stay away from evil beings, or don’t be a dumb guy.

This thought-provoking parable has its new manifestations in modern China. As an old traditional Chinese story, it is still yet very adaptable to our modern scenery.

If we metaphorize the snake as an evil person, and the farmer as a stupid person, what would the story adapt to our social life?

To not be stupid? To not contact with sneaky evil persons?

Look at the story a different way, what are the motives behind the actions of the farmer and the snake?

Why did the farmer take the snake in his crib? What does doing this benefit him in any way? Didn’t he konw snakes are dangerous animals?

Why did the snake bite him? Doesn’t it have conscience? Conscience for gratitude?

Or that snakes are cold-blooded animals, they don’t need high temperature in order to survive. Could the snake lie at the first place? That it was faking its death, just in order to bite the farmer?

It makes zero senes for both characters’ actions. It makes no sense for the farmer to take the snake in his chest. It does not benefit him at all. It makes no sense for the snake to bite the farmer. It does not benefit it at all.

The farmer knew he would be bitten and he still protected the snake. The snake had zero advantage in biting the farmer, not only did it consume energy and it was a reckless move that may cause it to die.

I find the story at its first place being abhorrently wrong and perverse in trying to deliver a really wrong message for the whole society–we shall be enemies to each other, we are not brothers and sisters. If you are kind to others, the end is death. If you are not smart and evil enough, you are not going to be taken seriously.

 

The reason why I wrote this parable is to preach that stupidity needs to be punished. However, stupidity is usually not punished by men, but the mere incident itself. The consequence, is usually, enough of teaching a lesson, and that’s how we learn.

On some occasions, stupidity is punished by men, more superior and smarter men. You are taken advantage of.

However, there is also this picture I have dreamed so far. It is a picture that contradicts the modern China in any aspect.

We don’t need to fear the story of Farmer and Snake. Because, I feel like this parable is only applicable to Chinese society, where people constantly try to deceive you in order to take advantage of you, due to your stupidity or innocence.

A world where there is no snake any more, but simplicity and justice. A world where people can confess to each other freely without oppressions from above and morality is not skewed. A world where everyone can be treated as human beings, conscience flourishes.

I want a world, where there is no snake any more. There is genuinely, a frozen squirrel on the snowy ground, and you take it under your crib, later it becomes affectionate to you.

There is this grim image over China for far too long. Everyone fears everyone else, everyone is an enemy to everyone else.

In the lower rungs of society, stupidity dominates all and people are actually suffering losses completely obliviously.

In the higher rungs of society, greed, smartness and evil dominate all and these people enjoy in taking advantage of others’ losses.

There is not a single tiny drop of justice in this society that holds everyone together.

Kindness, is a good trait, but not blind kindness. What you want, is benevolence.

Smartness, is a good trait, but not for selfish and evil gains. What you want, is altruism.

Lack of knowledge, lack of vigilance, and lack of basic instincts, are the reasons why the farmer died in the end.

Pervasion of greed, debauchery, hypersensivity, are the reasons why the snake bit the farmer instantly.

The story of Farmer and Snake is definitely not a mere lesson of gratitude. It is a story that reflects the flaws of a society, and how the society should be changed. The story is deeply rooted inside the very own culture of China, and it is necessary to be changed inside out so that a new China can be reborn.

Independence, Patriarchy and Society

Patriarchy stems from male independence, an indivisible relationship.

In society, what does independence consist of?

  • Physical independence: Physical independence is sheer force, sheer physical power. The stronger your body is, the more power you can amass in order to assert rules over others.
  • Wealth independence: Wealth independence is free from poverty, free from lack of materials. Or very much a resource gatherer. The resources boost your other independences.
  • Love independence: Be able to stand on your toes and free to choose partners. One is able to have choices, and in no lack of love from others. One is cherished, with a stable/level mind.
  • Socioeconomic independence: A modern term combined with previous two independences, plus a social repute. Free from opinions, free from bad words, free from bad/lower social rungs that linger at higher social rungs.
  • Wisdom independence: Being agile in mind fields, one is able to solve problems. And scale himself at a vantage point in order to outmaneuver others.
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    Hoax

    Suppose your senses are lying to you, which makes all of your perceptions none other than illusions.

    If I am, in a simulation machine, which all of my senses are artificially simulated, the senses are so real I can’t tell whether I am in a simulation machine.

    If I am indeed in a simulation machine, how come I never wake up once to know the real world? The hypothesis is that I live inside a simulation machine, the opposition is that I never wake up to know I live inside a simulation machine.

    There is no evidence to tell whatsoever that I have lived inside a simulation machine.

    Is it that my brain is physically robbed off the possibility of ever waking up, like a brain in the vat? Or that there have never been any errors in this meticulously made simulation, not a single error to awake the subject?

    Is reality a hoax? Or is it true to our own senses?

    Beyond our senses, we can’t tell much. Only through deduction, we may find things beyond the basic 5 senses. Abstract thinking, gives us leeway to senses couldn’t grasp.

    I kept asking myself the question: “If the feelings are so real, and something, something seems to be there at the back of my head. Is that a sensation that tells me I am a simulation process? But how come I never wake up?

    If I am in a simulation, does that mean my true self is just 9 years old? I have been living inside a dream all along?”

    That sounds promising meanwhile escapist.

    Also, the hoax could be that my thoughts are inside a parallel universe, as String Theory suggests, the unrealness come from there, but some how the thoughts adapt to this body of mine in a separate universe. Counterpart paradox.

     

    Chasing the Truth

    In reality, while it may seem truthless, as we get various different sources of information, truth is not reflected by human emotions.

    That said, in order to obtain truth, human perceptions

     

    Reality is truthless.

    Truth is based on perceptions. Whatever you believe is true is true.

    It seems, truth is limited to our senses.

     

    What if, truth is not based on senses? Truth is not based on pure perceptions of human organs? Human emotions are affecting how one perceives truth.

     

    In order to obtain truth, there are multiple attempts. The process can be long, or can be short. This truth is not, affected by human emotions, also human perceptions.

     

    Suppose that everyone in reality is lying to you. The information they given are nonetheless falsified. In this scenario, who should you trust?

    Based on simple logic, if everyone is untrustworthy, then no one should be trusted. If no one should be trusted, who and what is left to trust? Yourself? Your very own self?

    Suppose that you need to obtain information from outside world, whilst you don’t possess the means of acquiring knowledge. Who should you trust? You most certainly could not trust yourself because you are insufficient in knowledge, true knowledge. However, everyone is lying. It seems, it is impossible to obtain any form of trustworthy materials.

     

    Truth is not interfered by human perceptions. A cake is blue, it is blue. You are colorblind, the cake does not appear blue.

    Our eyeballs receive photons in the air, the photons consist of different frequencies, which ultimately become the perception of colors in our visual cortex.

    Is a cake blue? If we are deprived of any step of this process, we are unable to tell whether a cake is blue or not. If we are deprived of photon, in a dark room for example, we can not tell an object in front of us is blue or not.If the frequency is tampered with, we can not tell the object is blue or not. If we are visually impaired, we can not tell the cake is blue or not.

    However, does this rob off the fact, or the truth that the cake is blue?

    Empiricism advocates on experience, on your senses. Which means, if your senses can not experience such an action, or an object, or a process, it is not true to you.

     

    So, is the process of finding the truth, the prolonged process of finding a hidden truth, the mere process of satisfying and reassuring our senses? To justify the correctness of our senses?

    We are humans, we can not feel, outside of our body.

    If a star collapses with another, we can certainly not tell whether they collapse or not. We do not feel it, do not hear it nor do we see it.

    With the help of a telescope, we can see it. We can not hear it and feel it still.

    So, does that justify the fact, the stars collapse? Seemingly so.

    However, are there any counter statements? I certainly can’t think of any.

    If a sense is justified, thus it is true. If a sense is not justified, it is then not true.

     

    But what if, what if our senses are lying to us?

    Suppose that everyone is lying to you, and your senses are also lying to you, who do you trust? No one? Not even yourself?

     

    If everything seems unreal, we naturally resort to our senses. Believing in our senses is a primal instinct: When we sense danger, we avoid it, for example, fire. When we see a gap between cliffs, we find ways to circumvent it. When we hear the sound of tsunami, we hurry and leave.

    These actions are closely tied to our senses, our indivisible trusted senses. 

     

    There are, circumstances where you are deprived of your senses, or your senses are not functioning as normal. In a complete dark cubicle with nothing inside, you are completely locked up, there is no escape. Living inside such cubicle for several days would start to deprive you of your senses. Your become easily agitated, you hear strange sounds, you start to hallucinate.

    Psychopaths are not with any normal sense. Their senses are skewed.

    In fact, as long as the neurological system is not damaged, one can hardly sense anything wrong.

    Pain Philosophy

    I want to add something on Nietzsche’s pain theory.

    There is a premise of Nietzsche’s pain theory, men are subjected to pain. Pain modifies men’s behaviors.

    My premise is that men are inclined to pleasure.

    Because men are inclined to pleasure, so they avoid pain. By avoiding pain, pleasing themselves becomes the subconscious motive behind most of their actions.

    This also allures selfishness, which is how genuinely people work.

    If we impose pain on somebody, he suffers from pain, either mentally, or physically. Later, he would try his best to avoid the pain.

    We can impose some rule on the pain, to make the person remember, if breaking the rule, you will suffer the exact same pain you previously suffered before.

    This helps shape people’s values and morals.

    So a little bit of vice versa.

    If we give somebody the pleasure he enjoys, he would want that same type of pleasure again.

    On some degree, we are mere animated objects of our neurological systems.

    If the pleasure comes with a certain rule, the person would obey it in order to receive the same type of pleasure he enjoyed previously.

    We are limited by our senses. This theory stems from we are inhibited by our senses.

    However, if one exerts himself, he is able to go beyond his senses. That is when these rules start to not apply.