@karl I just don't think that it can get insane like that without you noticing it. If you dug in and really did some research every 5-7 days then I don't see how it could bite you in the ass like you are fearing. I grew up on the edge between countryside and city so that feels right to me. Just keep a bit of extra food and factory produced supplies out there, but you know, the food probably comes from where you will be so its not much to worry about. I guess keeping extra cash is golden though. I plan to cash up about triple what I normally do in my little Moldovan breakaway country. Then I'll just grab a bunch of wipes, nuts, dried fruits, water (which I'll need for my bar eventually anyways). After basic non-crazy preparation its not much to worry about really and I think that its more of a long grind. IMO the real bitch is going to be spotty worldwide public travel and random shortages of all kinds of stupid little things. The problem is that its impossible to know what has been overproduced to the point that there are acres of boxes of the shit lying around somewhere and what is in limited supply.Read More
@karl So I don't think that you'll have that problem, especially since you are already so edgy about it. China is a particularly tyrannical censored country and it started there. I'd worry more about a particular country not accepting you because you've been in another country within some time frame (or at all). Say that you need to hop across 3-5 airports to get home. If any one of those is disapproved of by another airport down the road then you're dead in the water. If you are not poor and can get extra money somehow then there should always be another flight home, even if double the price or with obscene layovers. For me though going into Southeast Asia right this moment doesn't sound attractive at all. Especially if its a vacation. Needing to keep a pulse on the news that much doesn't sound relaxing.Read More
@destraht You've been watching this much more closely than I have, so I don't have any objections.
I will leave this here for material if people accuse us of being "paranoid": twitter.com/nntaleb/status/1221410676540936194?s=21
@xxxmersenne This is why I said "tread carefully". Books by Alan Watts are good for an introduction, but staying there is death. They are analogous to most posters on /r/TheRedPill. Don't forget that Alan Watts was a raging alcoholic.
Zen is not hedonism, and that's what the Beat generation wanted it to be. If you misunderstand these things you'll end up in a nihilistic abyss that Evola warned about.
Because of the forces at work here in the West, the majority of radical spiritual practices will be watered down at the expense of practitioners.
before getting sold on the conceptual heavy lifting power of philosophy I was loving Zen, but then thought I might be engaging it as a cope; albeit having had significant demystifications in the process.
The conceptual heavy lifting power of philosophy is just that, a tool. These concepts are useful for understanding what's going on in the world (Evola stresses the importance of knowing the consequences of your actions), but they will not help you attain a state of ultimate freedom. You will eventually have to lessen your grip.
I don’t know if it’s the McMindfulness type but I generally fucked with Alan Watts, The Mumonkan & Zhuang Zhi then eventually Budji-Zen (the absolute core of the issue of this thread) & a slightly compensatory Myokonin Zen.
Alan Watts is a great introduction point, but it's just the beginning. Understanding and resonating with Alan Watts is equivalent to the first axiom of Zen: "personally accept the completeness of present actuality." Only then can you proceed to the second and third axioms.
The Mumonkan as well as the Blue Cliff Record are very, very high level texts. I would caution making judgements about them too early. There are conceptual frameworks needed to understand the majority of these koans, and these frameworks themselves need explanation. For example, three phrase answers, arrowpoints meeting, breaking in and crashing out...
I wanted a something that would permit me to take it on completely; but I guess that’s a paradoxial negation of Budji-Zen in which the central principle is “No business” aka ‘No special method’ involved.
I'm not familiar with Budji-Zen, but common to most types of Mahayana Buddhism (Chan Zen) is the idea that there is "no work to be done." And yet, realizing that requires a bit of subtle work (apparently). I've found that this "work" has been best articulated by Xuansha in his Three Axioms.Read More