Saturday, August 20, 2016


Does a lion feel a pang of conscience when it kills and eats a gazelle?  It doesn't seem likely.  It sees the gazelle, feels hunger, and acts instinctively.  This is how is survives, reproduces, and how the lion species continues.

Lions may fight over mates, but they do not see each other as food.  This is genetic, inherent.

Within each of us, if we look deeply enough, there is also this primitive drive towards satiation, which does not make moral distinctions.  We do not attack our own tribe, but even humans far enough away from us biologically may become targets.

I think in what I will call my amoral dream I contacted this energy.  It is primal, and I contacted it at the root, and before it ran through any filter, the filters of justification and restraint.

At root, this is the sadistic impulse--which I have in me too--which regresses to the animal, to the pre-moral, where morality is not a term possible or comprehensible on any level.  This is what Sade wanted: freedom from the possibility of being human.  Living as he did in a cage of traumatic experience, he could not connect to human kind, and the mere possibility drove him mad.  It tortured him.  So he tortured back, in his mind, in his soul.

This is the root of evil.

Goodness, genuine goodness, is clarity.  It is having opened all these channels, understood them, accepted what is useful in them, and dedicated oneself to cultivating connection, empathy, union.  It is, ideally, vision everywhere and blindness nowhere.

It is not necessary to reject or hate a latent possibility.  It is in fact even possible to welcome it as having a possible role to play in some situations, like survival.

Alimentation and morality: food for thought.

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