"...it's not the training to be mean but the training to be kind that is used to keep us leashed best." ~ Black Dog Red

"In case you haven't recognized the trend: it proceeds action, dissent, speech." ~ davidly, on how wars get done

"...What sort of meager, unerotic existence must a man live to find himself moved to such ecstatic heights by the mundane sniping of a congressional budget fight. The fate of human existence does not hang in the balance. The gods are not arrayed on either side. Poseiden, earth-shaker, has regrettably set his sights on the poor fishermen of northern Japan and not on Washington, D.C. where his ire might do some good--I can think of no better spot for a little wetland reclamation project, if you know what I mean. The fight is neither revolution nor apocalypse; it is hardly even a fight. A lot of apparatchiks are moving a lot of phony numbers with more zeros than a century of soccer scores around, weaving a brittle chrysalis around a gross worm that, some time hence, will emerge, untransformed, still a worm." ~ IOZ

Jan 7, 2011

...false memories, hiding learned behaviors, and the pretense of things which cease to exist the moment we begin to look at them...

The State does not exist. Approximately two and half million people work as civilian employees of the federal government. And another approximately two million persons in uniform.

The corporation does not exist. Approximately one hundred fifty million Americans work for an incorporated, limited liability or other business concern. If asked to show the corporation (or a State), you will find no thing which you can demonstrate. You can show people acting, working, ordering, obeying. You can show the material assets they have made, or collected. You can show the physical locations which they have isolated as "their own," and how those who give the orders enforce that control of space. But the so-called thing - the corporation - does not exist. The corporation, as such, functions only as a faith premise. As a belief that certain conduct, done together or under orders, amounts to a real object with an independent existence.

The gap between the fiction (state, corporation) and the material reality of laboring at the command or behest of another person or persons exists only in the human brain.

More exactly, the fictions for which people labor exist only in human brains. The so-called organizations for which they work do not in fact exist. There is no observable or demonstrable spiritual or etheric connective tissue which exists in between persons, uniting them as members of an institution or organization.

The organization itself exists only as a function of memory. As a false memory, in so much as the organization has no material reality. The organization, as learned behavior.

In discussing so-called institutions and organizations, we speak not of objective entities, of things. What we treat as things, instead exist only as remembered agreements to believe, and to believe wrongly: that a segment of a population exists as an isolated, self-contained, self-repeating entity; that routines of conduct map entities to which we belong; that habits of obedience and compulsion describe the operations of a suprapersonal creation which has its own life or existence; that coordination of tasks and labor engenders a thing which operates at a remove from the material conduct of persons or people.

The organization possesses no more self-evident truth than does any other claim to the existence of an entity which cannot demonstrate itself, but acquires shape in the brain only as a declaration of faith - God, personified fate, ghosts, consciousness, the spirit, souls or the Tao.

So that when a group of men, armed and in uniform (having agreed to follow orders from persons they have chosen to obey to serve, for whatever variety of reasons) set out to apprehend a declared enemy, and end up killing the wrong man - no State or organization acts:

"HEBRON, West Bank — Israeli troops mistakenly shot and killed a 65-year-old Palestinian man in his bed during a pre-dawn raid Friday to arrest a Hamas militant in the West Bank, Palestinian and Israeli officials said.

Late Friday, the Israeli military said a soldier was killed and four others wounded by friendly fire after a gunbattle broke out with Palestinian militants along the border with Gaza.

Palestinian security and rescue officials in the West Bank city of Hebron said Israeli troops shot and killed 65-year-old Omar Kawasmeh, who lived in the same building but on a different floor as the Hamas militant targeted in the early morning raid."

(Source. Emphasis mine.)

Bear with me for a moment, kindly.

According to the report above, an identity-fiction mistakenly shot and killed a identity with a body while he slept, in an attempt to capture another identity with a body in a region over which several identity-fictional groups claim control, according to competing identity-fictions. The first identity-fiction claimed that one of its subservient identities with a body died after other co-identities with bodies accidentally terminated his actual and corporeal existence while engaged in a very material exchange of high velocity projectiles (designed to tear murderously fatal holes in real and corporeal persons) with a competing group of persons laboring under the delusion of an identity fiction, one with fewer resources, and almost no other friends or allies. Referring to the initial killing of a real person, an identity-fiction which claims the authority to arbitrate and define who belongs to that identity-fiction, and who does not, has declared that the better armed identity-fiction (with which it daily engages, violently, in a death grapple for control over how the subject populations of very real, corporeal persons define themselves, according to the dictates of violence enforced identity-fictions) one of the real, corporeal persons it claims to possess as a subservient identity died at the hands of the larger, better equipped and more murderously efficient identity-fiction, mistakenly, while in the process of attempting to kill or capture a voluntarily deluded identity fiction which served the lesser, but equally committed fictional group of identities.

In truth, what actually happened:

Men who have agreed to accept material benefit and reward for ending the real and material lives of other human persons shot and killed a person who they had not received orders to murder. Instead of stating in plain language that a number of persons have agreed to do as instructed, up to and including murder, and ended up murdering a person they had no orders to murder, the report instead treats us to a number of lies, fictions and statements of fictional identity, all of which conceal, as a matter of habit, the reality of the actual, material actions of real, persons - as well as the actual, ineluctable, irreversible consequences of those murderous choices.

This happens perhaps hundreds of millions of times, each and every day. We use the fictions of organization, institution, religion, identity, groupuscularity and State to tell ourselves untruths. Behaviors we have learned. Behaviors instructed at a very early age, and with great expenditure of wealth, effort and time.

And then we believe these falsehoods.

So much so that we can claim that "the State" does such and such and thing. Or that the "Israeli military" in the course of a routine hunting of another human life, "mistakenly" murdered a man "it" had not initially set out to hunt like a prey animal, and murder.

And so on. And so on.


David K Wayne said...

Like the way you cut through the layers upon layers of abstraction (from both left and right) that only broaden and mystify the gap between what we/they are and what we/they do.

almostinfamous said...

please sir, may i have another.

Jack Crow said...


Anonymous said...

Israel's not as bad as Vlad Tepes, man. At least we're not in Romania circa mid-1400s and opposed to the good Count's intentions.

If it worked for The Impaler, it will work for Zion. And in 2011 there are so many ways to impale one's enemies, not all of them requiring direct bloodshed.