Majrelende

Majrelende wrote (edited )

I think that if there is a chance of transforming authoritarian familial relationships into egalitarian or anarchic ones, it should be taken. Strong social bonds are, from what I know, very important for cultural resilience, and family bonds, because they don't tend to end until death, can be very strong.

Authority finds it easiest to conquer when people are atomised and disconnected; it finds its power in the lack of healthy human society. Any strong relationships are important to try to enhance and maintain in this light.

In general we may not want to reject and divide, because that feeds Leviathan; it may be better to accept, enfold, consider.

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Majrelende wrote

You diabolical goat-footed three-headed fourteen-fingered eyes-on-the-back-of-your-heads-and-the-palms-of-your-hands earth-destroyer! Don't you know that longer hair means less need for hats? (at least if you live in a cold place) ! And you'd need three of them for all your heads anyway!

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Majrelende wrote

For hygiene, since others have been talking about that, this is less benign, and more of a lack of habit: inefficient tooth brushing. I use twigs, preferably birch, and they are best fresh. The ideal is to cut a long straight bough and keep it in water, but I haven't done this, and instead let it dry out and become brittle, which isn't so effective. Luckily my teeth aren't rotting, but I shouldn't wait any longer to be better prepared.

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Majrelende wrote

The way I learned, bullying is harshness to others in order to maintain power over them. Essentially, textbook authority as I see it.

I understand the harshness used to protect Raddle from invasion, which seems to me more like self-defense. But hopefully we can approach outsiders with kindness and consideration, until they show bad will or a desire for power over the site.

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Majrelende wrote (edited )

I agree with your guesses.

"Uniting against" only keeps the system of Archy working well, as we saw earlier with the anarcho-bullies. If only we decided to unite together and form anarchic societies of mutual understanding and a positive-sum mindset.

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Majrelende OP wrote (edited )

About the collapse of the belief: the walls between "what I believe" and "what I don't believe" are starting to fall down, and I am disconnecting completely from belief, realising that though it shapes reality, is really less of something mental than something physical, a literal condition upon the earth that directs people and their actions. Almost like a ditch dug to redirect water. (just one way of explaining?)

Some things have been taking some small stones off the walls, making little holes, weak spots it Archy, or the anti-Dao, perhaps? One of them is a literal hole in the herbs next to a river, the filling of which could mean a new food forest, but I don't think it is very weak. The other is less literal, involving harvesting goosefoot seed and the abandonment of a farm. That one feels weaker and easier, and I think I will tear that one open further, possibly today, but it also has a chance of not affecting much. Others are in my own mind: holes in my feeling of powerlessness, holes in the idea that belief can ever be meaningfully changed by words. In a way, the social, mental/internal, and physical worlds are... blending, into being indistinguishable? And they were never different in the first place? The walls are still there, just weaker, and with holes.

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Majrelende wrote (edited )

I don’t think I’ll ever join another mass movement again.

Good riddance.

Not all people who call themselves anarchists are anarchists. In fact, the vast majority aren't. I still feel like I am only a little way along in becoming an anarchist, only maybe 5-10% "there". Considering this-- and that anarchist and bully are mutually exclusive things-- you don't have to say they are anarchists. It doesn't matter what they preach; their actions show what is inside.

Once I had a similar experience, in which some unknown person screamed at me for offending their sense of superiority and dominion over all things. At the time I was afraid for my life, hoping the person wasn't looking for a gun, and walked away as quickly as I could without running. I could barely sleep, and my mind felt like it had turned to gruel. I had the same thought, "Why would they do that to me?" and came up with the answer that they had a daemon in their head, and I still don't have any better answer. I also was left wondering if everyone else's pleasant faces were all masks over a snarling evil, and in a way, many of them are that way.

To summarise, you did nothing wrong. They are false "anarchists" who think that hating on other anarchists will uplift them. But whoever thinks that they have strength in harassing others, has none at all, and nothing they desire will ever come by it.

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Majrelende wrote

I harvested the maize yesterday! Seven ears in that patch, a few more yet to be picked in others. The pollination was mediocre since there hasn't been that much, but otherwise they are healthy and taste good. They are a very old variety from this region, and are expectably happy here.

Also, I received a good amount of new seeds this year, which I will include for genetic diversity. I am learning, slowly enough, ways of altering the ecosystem in gentle ways. In most areas the aggressive goldenrod meant stunted maize-- however, where I burnt the area and sowed them in fertile soil among the weeds, which is something approaching the traditional way of growing them: they were still somewhat stunted among the wildflowers, but good enough. Adaptation over time, and a little care, should help with allowing them to thrive in a gentle or Fukuokan natural farming setting.

Feeding myself and others around me is one "reason", but I have learned that such narrow thinking is disrespectful to the maize and to the complex and multifaceted nature of reality-- no one lives solely for another's purposes!-- and is self-deceptive. Who knows the real "purpose" of anything? And if there is one, isn't it always changing? The maize know a little better of theirs than I, and I can only guess, and observe.

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Majrelende wrote

This looks to me rather like ecofascism-- unless it's a very subtle allusion about destroying the civilised "human" nature. But since this is in propaganda, and most people will not be going that far, I don't think anyone without an already developed understanding about the human within civilisation, and anti-civilised philosophy in general, will take it to mean anything except what it literally means.

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