Subject: Re: Love & the Subgenius Jihad
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Dave Lynch)
Date: Sat, 29 Nov 1997 14:45:41 GMT
On Fri, 28 Nov 1997 21:29:45 GMT, email@example.com (MegaLiz) wrote:
>At times, I'm uncomfortable with the HATE THING, but I believe it has
>its purpose. Sure, it feels bad: it's HATE. It takes some getting used
>to. I'm growing a taste for hate, because it beats the hell out of
>self-loathing to put the blame where it so often should be--OVER
>Hate Thy Neighbor NOT Thyself.
OK. I have to admit that I'm not entirely sure what I'm talking about
either when we get right down to hate. It's fairly obvious, I'm sure;
when hate gets put into the equation I get to be a
flibbertebejibbeting idiot. But then, I don't think that anyone,
especially not the so-called "Holocaustals", really has a handle on
Theoretically, it shouldn't be any harder to figure out than this love
thing. But there's a tendency to focus on love, because people think
it's harmless, and ignore hate, because people think it's dangerous.
So what you wind up with are immature versions of love and hate that,
when you get right down to it, are a lot more dangerous than facing up
to reality. Immature hate? Look at that shit over in Denver. BLIND
hatred. Intra-HUMAN racism. Immature love? Most fuck-buddies. I
say that, but it's not even really about fucking at all, or being
buddies. Blind LOVE. I think this is the key word here, BLIND. From
my experience, when people don't know what they're dealing with, they
fill it in with bits and pieces of themselves and their experiences.
If they CAN'T do they, they try to blow it up. All the artsy-fartsy
poetry and cliches aside, it often does make good tactical sense to
try and destroy what you can't understand. Christ, my mind is
OK. The important thing, or at least an important thing to remember
about hate is to keep any wounds you make with it precise and clean.
The goal of hate is not to fuck shit up. This doesn't mean it's going
to FEEL GOOD. It's easy to give out some bullshit line about "ethnic
cleansing" and have a bunch of guys dressed in white in charge of
doing the killing. That's just more Conspiracy hypocrisy.
At this point I'd like to talk about the Islamic Jihad. Now, to a lot
of you folks this is the epitome of blind hatred, right? That's
because those folks fuck it up. Big-time. The principle they're
using, or more precisely not using, is important. Now, I'm adapting
this very very loosely, but a Jihad is something you do when other
people steal your Slack. I've heard people say that nobody steals
your Slack unless you let them- this is oversimplistic and leads to
EXACTLY the sort of self-blame you're talking about.
The other thing to keep in mind, though, is that Moslems consider this
the LESSER Jihad, with the GREATER Jihad being an internal struggle.
To take your own personal problems- your self-hatred- and blame it on
the world, when that's not really the cause (sometimes it is, but
quite often it isn't) isn't practicing good hate, IMO. That's what I
would call False Hate, if you hate yourself not because of the
Conspiracy's fucked-up and utterly bizarre expectations for those who
live under its rule, but because of your OWN fucked-up expectations.
The Inner Jihad here would consist of finding out where that comes
from, recognizing it for what it is.
Again, I know that this "hate", "love", all that stuff isn't something
you can CONTROL, and I'm not trying to be naive in that fashion, but
it IS something you can MANIPULATE, and the results will be better
hating, better loving, and other feel-good cliches.
The other thing to realize is that quality hate is not an infinite
quantity. That is, to hate all the time is both a waste and not all
that useful. The best haters are calm, rational, friendly people who
are nice to all their friends and, should you fuck with them, will
kill you before you get to the door.
This message was posted through a fly's ear, and you have to have
a fly's eye to see it! * SUPPORT SEMANTIC TERRORISM * NOT FUCKABLE
"There are other worlds they have not told you of"- Sun Ra|Dave #1