||Here are some things I think I know:|
||- Fear is a primal emotional base-state.|
||- Exposure to difference tends to convert fear into tolerance.|
||Once Upon a Time
||- Maybe nothing else really does.|
||- Trying to convince somebody else that they are evil is mostly likely to distance you from your best self without moving them any closer to theirs.|
||- Apparent evil is usually the result of earnest flawed logic applied to flawed and incomplete moral premises.|
||"Abdication of Servitude"
||- Apparent good is usually also the result of earnest flawed logic applied to flawed but subjectively slightly more inclusive premises.|
||Der Klang der Offenbarung des Göttlichen
||- It's relatively easy and mostly useless to fight about the relative flaws of each other's logics.|
||"Vapid Feels Are Vapid"
||Vapid Feels Are Vapid / SAME 2
||- Meaningful social progress comes mostly from collectively adopting additional core values to which all of our earnest and cheerfully flawed logics can be applied.|
||"In Macabre Triumph"
||Force of Profanation
||- This applies to everybody, and of course most of all your wrong-thinking enemies, but you are the collector of your values.|
||"Med Tornespiger Var Han Haengt"
||- You are the one with the correct kind of sense to recognize the most profound implications of your own appeals.|
||Downfall Of Gaia
||- It is also fairly safe to assume that your own collection of values is not yet complete, and that other people's ideas about what you are missing are laughably idiotic, and thus this is the one definitive problem with which only you can be entrusted.|
||- The urge to fight your enemies is an instinctive and powerful defensive shell over the fragile but no less instinctive urge to learn the things they know that you do not.|
||"Dim Days Of Dolor"
||Dim Days Of Dolor
||- You cannot reach through one layer of this shell, never mind two.|
||"Love Can't Touch Me Now"
||- Therefore the only way to reach someone is to allow yourself to be reached, and vice versa. Fighting them is putting off your own difficult courageous work of lowering of your own shields.|
||- Our standing essential challenge, then, is to turn our fears into opennesses.|
||"Nothing Else Matters"
||- It is to suffuse conflict in beams of love exactly when we feel most like hacking at it with inert sharp blades.|
||- It is to find the conditions under which we feel so centered that we can afford to extend receptive generosity where we might have detonated rage.|
||"Death or Dishonor"
||- And it is to recognize that "generosity" and "tolerance" are even themselves presumptions of privilege, but they are ways to start.|
||- Giving is still a one-directional flow, but it's one of the few simultaneously practical and effective tactics for discovering things that you didn't realize you needed.|
||- Done with attention and direct contact, it cultivates and rewards empathy.|
||- Empathy strengthens tolerance.|
||"Oh My God"
||- Tolerance is the embryonic form of curiosity.|
||"光的定律 - 電視劇《在一起,就好》插曲"
||- Curiosity is basically the point of having more civilization than you need for survival.|
||- The future is curiosity's native environment.|
||For The Win
||"Crash and Burn"
||- (Prediction is a way to treat the future as if it is the past, which misses the whole point of things having not happened yet.)|
||Miracle Of Sound
||"Sovngarde Song 2016"
||- The future is always available, and never less so, no matter what it ever seems, than right now.|
||And, now and always more than ever:|
||- Music is what humans do best.|
||"Que se entere Madrid"
||So. This is how I understand where we are now, and how I begin to think about how to proceed.|
||"Po zverinym tropam"
||I do not pretend to know how best, right now in this terrifying moment, to fight the horror that has happened to us.|
||Animals As Leaders
||"Private Visions of the World"
||The Madness Of Many
||But I know that fighting and horror and incurious passive circumscriptions of "us" are how we got here, and how we drift anywhere when we are distracted from our navigational instruments of wonder.|
||"Tough on You"
||And I know that every horror and every ugly intolerance emanates from a potential source of song and awe.|
||Mind Over Mirrors
||"Restore & Slip"
||And I know that music is where I feel most centered and most open and most reliably astonished by everything.|
||Up Dharma Down
||"Just a Smile"
||I believe that music is the medium in which the true message of even nominal hate can most clearly be revealed as love.|
||"A Song in the Wind"
||Music is how I best know to allow myself to be reached.|
||I believe in its power the way I believe that the sun does not "rise", not only because I hear it, but because I could not hear it by myself if it weren't blasting at the other side of the planet exactly when it seems darkest and most silent here.|