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amongstclouds wrote (edited )

Zen Anarchy

I wanted to choose the Mūlamadhyamakakārikā, of The Fundamental Path of the Middle Way by Nagarjuna, but I'm reminded of everything I had to understand before being able to grasp the clarity of his words. So I'll go with something more fun and accessible!

Also The Road by Cormac McMarthy and The Unique and it's Property by Max Stirner.

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amongstclouds wrote

I actually dropped out of college 5 years ago for this exact reason. Sadly, without a piece of paper that says I did something for a long time and a long of money there are many recourses that I will be cut off from. All of the books in the world won't truly prepare one for such an endeavor.

The thought always comes rushing back and it's the only think I would personally willingly dig myself into debt for. #yolo

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amongstclouds wrote

Most of it is capitalist garbage and just an attempt to dominate people through less overtly-violent means. I want to play some part in at least opening people up to the idea of radical mental health, for instance. I also really just want to help people, because all of our problems are not solely societal. It's a very complex web on conflicting causes and effects.

One of my dear friends finished her master's a couple years back and she does art therapy for children with autism and it's truly beautiful work.

I am also from a military city and have always been around lots of trauma and as much as I may dislike many of those people I know they are victims of the military-industrial complex in many different ways. But their traumas lead to more trauma (which is why you find an increase in sexual assault and violence around militiary bases all over the world) and I just feel compelled to help.

Empathy is a curse sometimes.

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amongstclouds wrote

I don't think anyone or any group or any thing has any say over what comes next and how soon this thing comes. Time isn't a straight line -- I like the idea of Indras Net as an example of how all phenomena interact together.

Here is the metaphor: In the realm of the god Indra is a vast net that stretches infinitely in all directions. In each "eye" of the net is a single brilliant, perfect jewel. Each jewel also reflects every other jewel, infinite in number, and each of the reflected images of the jewels bears the image of all the other jewels — infinity to infinity. Whatever affects one jewel effects them all.

In our modern world there is this idea that time and life itself moves in some 'progressive' direction, but things are much more complex and chaotic than that. There is a whole myriad of things pulling everything else in it's own direction at the same time and in all directions.

It's the idea of control that has us in our current state of affairs. The Curse of Greyface is certainly real in some shape or form.

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amongstclouds wrote

A reading group is still a very passive thing to work on as it leaves very little room for individuals to be unique. We are just talking about what other people have said after all. I'm pretty sure there are plenty of folks here who want their words and ideas heard compared to talking about many other authors who died long ago.

As for my creativity I moved away from my hometown and toxic environment and things are better than they've been in a long time. I've had less time spent dissociating and am reading and writing again and also working on getting more artwork to the forefront of my life.

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amongstclouds wrote

I am incredibly interested in producing a journal as of late. My creativity is flowing and have been brainstorming a lot.

If we merely just spread the knowledge of Raddle around we will attract more trolls than people who could be inter-beneficial in such a community. To show that something beyond just another link-sharing community (which is why I do love Raddle, it's a great source of information that interests me) is possible, we could begin actively creating something, anything, to express the reality we wish to see, we will find many more who can help grow this place into something.

And as cliche as it has been made to sound in many ways consciousness truly creates out reality, in at least it's ability to manipulate latent 'energies' just waiting to play against each other.

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amongstclouds wrote

I don't think we should be making an active move to grow our platform -- what need is there besides inviting more trolls and bigots to this place? I think what needs to be done is some sort of community project, a podcast, a journal, or something that can bring attention to Raddle, but without just talking, talking, talking.