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Our Mortality Should Unite Us

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“We’re all going to die, all of us, what a circus! That alone should make us love each other but it doesn’t. We are terrorized and flattened by trivialities; we are eaten up by nothing.”
~ Charles Bukowski

A jet airliner opens up and sends its passengers falling to earth. You’d expect them to scream, to cry, to cling to each other in fear, to prepare for the end, to pray, to think about their loved ones, but they don’t. Instead, they turn on each other and start fighting.

“I hate you! I hate you!” they scream while flailing their fists at each other on their way down.

Some try to strangle each other to death. Some try to steal from each other. Some try to climb on top of others so that the other will die a fraction of a second sooner. Others cling to their possessions yelling “You’ll never take what’s mine!” and kick at anyone who comes too close.

They’re all headed toward the same fate at the same time, but they turn on each other and try to get one over on each other during their short plummet instead of making peace with each other and with what’s to come.

That’s what our bizarre relationship with mortality is like. A giant vagina opens up in the sky and births babies who grow as they fall to their deaths, and they spend that short time hating, fighting, manipulating, and scheming against each other.

Of course it doesn’t feel quite that way. Because of the way humans happen to perceive time it doesn’t feel like a fast plummet toward death. From our point of view it seems to last just long enough for us to forget what’s happening, to get distracted and get caught up in drama and conflict and opinions and grudges, and lose our focus on the great splat that awaits us below.

But that is what’s happening. We’re all engaged in an intimate dance with death, whether we acknowledge that that’s what’s happening or not. We’re in the thick of it. Everything we do in life is a ball that we’re bouncing off the wall of that definite end from wherever we happen to be standing. It’s the other end of the span of time where we get to be doing stuff on this planet, opposite where we are now. Death is standing on the same court as we are, hitting back every ball we serve.

It’s easy to avoid coming to an authentic relationship with this predicament if you’re not an authentic person, or if you don’t expect to die any time soon, or if you don’t love anyone with much depth. To truly, deeply love someone is to immediately plunge into an acute awareness of death, because the more intensely you love another the more that relationship’s inevitable end moves into your attention. But as long as you avoid taking that leap and live a life of distraction and shallowness, it’s possible to spend a long time pretending your dance with death isn’t happening.

And that’s how we’re able to pretend we’re at odds with each other. To pretend it makes sense to live in a competition-based society where we need to claw our way overtop everyone else in order to get ahead in a zero-sum rat race that can’t exist without losers. To pretend it makes sense to live in a world where there are wars, where there is militarism, where there is hatred and selfishness and greed and defensiveness. The whole game depends on everyone spending long expanses of time forgetting that none of us get out of this alive.

And then before you know it you’re sitting alone in a frail, feeble body, wondering why it hurts to walk and where your lover went and what the hell that whole mess was all about. None of the achievements you spent your life chasing mean anything anymore. None of the times you got picked over someone else for something you wanted feel special or significant anymore, and you can’t remember why they ever did. You’re certainly not sitting there wishing you’d spent more time at the office or bought fancier clothes or had a car that could impress your neighbors. All you want is to see the people you don’t get to see anymore, and maybe a hug.

If we could see it all play out quickly, or just perceive what we already know with greater consciousness and lucidity, we’d never choose to live our lives the way the powerful want us to live them. And there’s no way we’d consent to systems which demand that we do. A whole lot of perception management goes into keeping us from seeing clearly what’s going on here, and what they’re taking from us, and how much better this world could be.

What a circus is right.

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  • This burns me up so much that I haven’t been able to finish reading it, but yup that’s how the system works, people are heroes for a reason.
    https://www.veteranstoday.com/2022/09/17/david-duke-meets-jared-taylor-and-michael-hart/

  • This is the best analysis of human nature I’ve read in a long time.
    Thanks.

  • This imaginary subjective nonsense is totally misleading and diverting from the real objective causes of real objective and subjective class divisions, bizarre and phony individualism, selfishness, aggressiveness, ruthless competition, wars, inequalities and injustices, and dehumanization, all created under current conditions by capitalism and imperialism. Instead of wasting time on reading, thinking, feeling, and commenting about such subjective emotionality, spend some time on reading the writings of Marx and Lenin, who had spent their geniuses and lifetimes on identifying and explaining the history, origins, and real nature of such sinister realities.

    • What if I think such thought is imaginary nonsense as well. You attack one false narrative only to embrace another. Marx nor Lenin had the answers any more than Friedman or other capitalists.

      • It is obvious that you are totally ignorant of the voluminous writings of Marx and Lenin, which include, among political economy and philosophy, some of the deepest analyses and insights on human nature, alienation, reification, and dehumanization caused by capitalism. Remain drowned in your ignorance and disinformation. Unfortunately you are not alone. Overwhelming majorities of Americans and Europeans are like that too.

        • Fire emanates from the breath within but what remains of the empty shell when the fire extinguishers itself?

          • It depends where the fire is. it keeps burning in the stars and even in the volcanoes and interior of the Earth.

    • I doubt it, Christians aren’t usually saints, Lenin killed as many as Stalin did, but he is the hero of our small fry oppressors. Whatever Marx was about, also from the oppressor class, others have used his name to commit great atrocities, also from the oppressor class. Maybe you knew that, but the oppressors rarely stand to accept applause for their secret deads.

      • It is obvious that you are totally ignorant of the voluminous writings of Marx and Lenin, which include, among political economy and philosophy, some of the deepest analyses and insights on human nature, alienation, reification, and dehumanization caused by capitalism. Remain drowned in your ignorance and disinformation. Unfortunately you are not alone. Overwhelming majorities of Americans and Europeans are like that too.

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  • See what I’m talking about? Disappeared.
    I can give fresh info to be published here exactly like Snowden, Manning, Daniel Hale, Assange did and it will disappear. Rendered useless. Let’s take care of my flowers, chipmunks, squirrels, birds.

  • Our mortality should unite us but we got some problems.
    1 – We don’t die fast enough to release our burden from social security and pensions;
    2 – Full automatization of industries, financial institutions, health system, sanitary system, society as a whole have been delayed to protect job positions and unions but it will happen sooner rather than later;
    3 – The system does not need thinkers but followers; Thinkers is a privilege for a few in specific places around the world pretty much similar like it was before the renaissance era in selected monasteries;

    Figuring out the next episode based in previous scenes –
    Pandemic was an experimental solution to get rid of elderly people. It is harmless for people below 70.
    There is no one alive today to remember what Paris and London looked like when people used logs and coal to warm up houses. Can you imagine 1 million of houses burning coal or logs in the foggy London’s winter? And we are worried about nuclear Armageddon… Propaganda is charming isn’t?
    What if I told you there is no real American, Russian, Chinese government to take the responsibility for decisions because you need money generated from those who can generate economic power? It is not about white, black, jews, nazis, Arabs where you should be looking into because real power does not care about races, religion, politics, nature, revolution, slavery, apartheid, human experiments, concentration camps. Power cares about power. One and all, it excludes presidents, kings, prime ministers which are not more than temporary managers.
    Power is the only thing immortal for these people. You have not heard the name of any of them ever. The owners of this world.
    Our struggling, suffering, pain and death means nothing. Power will survive whatever it is the outcome.
    Putin, Biden, Xi are just pawns.

  • Russia might end up creating another huge problem if Armenia decides to accept the US empire military assistance. Russia never had two fronts so close to its borders since the Mongol empire invasions. Peter the Great must be pissed off with Russia.
    The special military thing in Ukraine stretched to the maximum what Russia can do without compromising the military and the economy. Meanwhile Russian soldiers, Syrian people can friendly die being shoot down by Israel and Ukraine.

    • I knew since day one NATO and America don’t have people and resources enough to make a stand off against Russia much less China. What I didn’t know was that Russia and China cannot do it either. Meanwhile, people living around combat zones die waiting for a change that will never come while the rest of the world is in deep shit depressed, struggling to pay bills and wondering how they will warm up their butts in the coming winter. We are just pawns and fools.

    • George Soros has owned Armenia for decades now, all it’s leaders are corrupt

    • Stop listening to MSM propaganda. Russia has simply used its vanguard. It has left infrastructure basically intact. If anyone is bleeding themselves dry, it is Nato dropping billions of munitions into a black hole that is either getting destroyed or lost to the black market.

  • That NAFO video chat with Kim Dotcom is not working. It’s frozen.

    • Probably a CIA plot, etcetera, they disabled my text messaging, just because they know that I know just what a bunch of dog piles they are.

  • Hello Death my old friend, lovely to see you again
    Birth is not the beginning, Death is not the end
    Merely stops along the way

    What are we really? Material beings? Then what is material (matter)? What does science say about our make-up? Correct me if I am wrong but the consensus is that there is no matter only energy manifesting as matter with the question being why do some manifest as cats, dogs or others as humans? How that is understood impacts your reality for the short time here. You can choose positive or negative with intelligence being knowing the difference. The results of that choice, in my opinion, will have a eternal impact upon your life.

    • The math is apparently correct as far as a primate might see it, but it’s that old primate ego that gets in the way of everything, so math might be absolute, but possibly only in the mind of a primate.

  • Glazyev outlines the root causes of the current unfolding systemic financial collapse ripping across the western world which his late friend had forecasted well over 30 years ago.

    There is no doubt that the ruling American financial oligarchy is losing the hybrid world war which they have started against all mankind. It is only regrettable that the price that has to be paid for this will be very high.That includes the lives being lost as a result of the war that the American and European financial oligarchy organized against Russia on the territory of Ukraine. We (will) have to muster all our forces to fight that evil ..

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    • Very interesting. Thanks for the link.

  • I’ve essentially lived the life you describe, Caitlin. My father raised me to be the most rigorous Vulcan logician with respect to everything impinging upon me in this world. I’ve analysed and weighed my every action in this existence because my father drilled it into me at an early age–which I am NOT complaining about. In fact, I thank him for this, if not all the other criticisms and endless disagreements.
    ~
    Logic does not have but a single preordained destination. I can see his philosophy in most of your writing, and you are correct about suffering the realities of love most of all. The more you love someone, the more it hurts because you ARE always aware that you will someday lose them and they you. To distract from the abomination that this separation is probably forever, we invent religion, heaven and sundry other “final rewards” (or punishments).
    ~
    Rigorous logic COULD lead one to a life of utter selfishness and self-indulgence. I think many of our “leaders” conspicuously choose this path for themselves and the country they parasitise for their sustenance. That’s the YOLO option ingrained in most Americans these days. How did we come to be this way? Many possibilities but perhaps having lived through a major depression and surviving a couple of world wars (with a lot of other wars and other heinous, including genocidal, acts in our collective rear view mirror we just said WTF and let our hair down (at least we grew it out in the 60’s).
    ~
    Just a few generations earlier the default public way to live one’s life was dictated by knee-jerk adherence to some religious code (Christianity in the West). That was the group think that still envelops some other cultures such as the Islamists. It simplifies the process of making choices and justifies a lot of the nasty behaviour that Caitlin describes and condemns.
    ~
    Does either of those extremes sound like me, or Caitlin? Hardly. Now, I was shaped by my father long before Mr. Spock became a character on television, so it was not Vulcanian philosophy I was strictly living out. Rather that philosophy, crafted by Mr. Roddenberry (the creator of Star Trek), was probably classical Greek Stoicism which, according to Wikipedia, is defined thusly: “The school taught that virtue, the highest good, is based on knowledge; the wise live in harmony with Reason (also identified with Fate and Providence) that governs nature, and are indifferent to the vicissitudes of fortune and to pleasure and pain.” “The Stoics believed that our wealth, status, power, possession and stature are neither good or bad, and they have no social importance with respect to our relationships with one another. We are equals. They held that external differences, such as rank and wealth, are of no importance in social relationships.” Yeah, that’s the way to live, even if it kills me. So, study nature (not warmed over rules), learn to discern the truth manifest in it and abide by those truths. Never deny or defy those truths for ephemeral gain or advantage. Maybe there will be a pony under the shit pile after all is said and done, but don’t expect one.

    • For all your words, have you said anything that has any real meaning to anyone else but yourself.

      • It’s not meant for the consumption of crass idiots like yourself who could never learn from others even if they paid attention. Why so hostile? Frustrated with your own stupidity, I’m sure.

        • Sorry, should have realised, there’s only oneself.

          • And yes, I do feel stupid for reading and commenting on your posts.

            • It is necessary waste of time, otherwise they keep on self-confidently projecting their idiocy onto others.

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  • Our mortality would unite us if we were genuinely ‘civilised’, but it doesn’t because we aren’t. We are still animals (no disrespect to animals), ruled by emotion and instinct, not by logic or reason. We are sometimes able to keep up the pretence, but not for long, and not convincingly.
    Sadly, the human race is a long way from becoming civilised enough to reverse its behaviour and stop the destruction of anything it doesn’t like, understand and fears.
    It means the chances of long-term survival as a species are slim, at best.

    • I worked with an Arab colleague who grew up in Lebanon during their Civil War.
      He saw people (non-military) blown to bits. Think outdoor market places. He would remark that humans are modernized, not civilized. As I myself thought.

      Even the most casual observations of Human Anthropology demonstrate recurrent historic themes that show that violence is deeply biological, as it is with chimpanzees, the closest large brain primate.

      As for that recurrent question of our long term survival, matters concerning nuclear pre-emptive strike planning discussed here and it isn’t nice . . . https://les7eb.substack.com/p/great-game-ukraine-long-proxy-war

      Chimpanzees are, BTW, constrained by their intelligence in their capacity to kill each other. The best they can do is use rocks or take another chimpanzee to the ground, then stomp on its head. Humans do far better.

      Another colleague was a former British SAS Officer who also worked in The Congo for British economic interests as a mercenary, as he honestly expressed it. Every mother’s son. Liked killing blacks and did, as he honestly admitted to me. Refer the prior Substack essay on that.

      • Primate, that’s the key word; how would primates like to wake up one morning and realize that they’re all a bunch of blood sucking leaches? Then not liking that thought go about their lives sucking the life out of other species and each other.

      • I also had a friend who lived through the Lebanese civil war and she was appalled at seeing how, with the absence of any visible and legitimate law enforcement, anybody would shoot his neighbour for the pettiest of reasons, like he got on his nerves making noise while taking his trashcan down the stairs.
        She was particularly horrified one day she saw Pierre Gemayel, the founder of the Maronite Christian party Kataeb, a guy she’d interviewed before and that she’d found quite civil, come home with a dozen of chopped heads on the hood of his Mercedes as trophies of some martial expedition.
        Several of his descendants, including his son and two grandchildren were also murdered in that dirty war which included of course the Sabra and Chatila massacre, a revenge for the Damour massacre, itself a revenge for the Karantina massacre.
        I once went to Beirut at the turn of the century and a guy (an artist) said to me: “We’re bound to have another one because the problems that led to the first one haven’t been resolved.”

      • Only in what we call civilization do human beings commit wanton random violence against other human beings.

        Anthropology and the fossil record both show an amazing lack of human on human violence, up until the beginnings of civilized life.

        Amongst the people of the Kalahari Bush the murder taboo was so strong that if someone stepped on a poison arrow, the arrow’s owner was stripped and banished to die in the bush.
        Such taboos and mores are perfectly typical of uncivilized people, wherever they are found.
        We believe otherwise because billions of dollars in propaganda efforts have been spent to ensure we have an upside down and backward view of human nature.

  • Denial of mortality = suicide. . https://julianmacfarlane.substack.com/p/lies-damned-lies-the-media-and-kharkov In the Pacific War, the Japanese lost the war when they lost their carriers. They had a huge battlefield and were constructing the world’s most advanced battleships– of course obsolete in concept since the age of battleships was over. The Yamato and Musashi were like US carriers today. Good for showing the flag in the absence of real opposition. Japan also had a lot of bases in the Pacific. And lots of troops, willing to fight to the death. But the war was lost early on. And after that the only war that the Japanese won was in their minds — the Propaganda War – which like the MSM’s media war targets only those inclined to belief in Americanism in the first place. This war is in your mind too. The Japanese people were told that they were winning — with do or die tactics – suicide tactics, on the ground, at sea and in the air. The Ukrainians are told the same thing. And they too practice suicide tactics. The US is, of course, also committing national suicide, diverting resources to the benefit of a tiny cabal of rich people who make money from the defense industries, simultaneously depriving their country of the things that it really needs to survive. Bye, bye,
    American pie.

  • Human beings are the only animals able to conceive their own death. That’s evolution fer’ ya. But were are not all THAT “evolved” so we try hard not deny it. Denial, unfortunately, is not a survival behavior. Denial kills. Right now, we have a war in the Ukraine, in which the UAF are mounting what are really suicide attacks, denying their own mortality and the imminent mortality of what they think is a country but really isn’t. The US is supporting that with propaganda. But it too is committing suicide. Both the Ukraine and https://julianmacfarlane.substack.com/p/lies-damned-lies-the-media-and-kharkov In the Pacific War, the Japanese lost the war when they lost their carriers. They had a huge battlefield and were constructing the world’s most advanced battleships– of course obsolete in concept since the age of battleships was over. The Yamato and Musashi were like US carriers today. Good for showing the flag in the absence of real opposition. Japan also had a lot of bases in the Pacific. And lots of troops, willing to fight to the death. But the war was lost early on. And after that the only war that the Japanese won was in their minds — the Propaganda War – which like the MSM’s media war targets only those inclined to belief in Americanism in the first place. This war is in your mind too. The Japanese people were told that they were winning — with do or die tactics – suicide tactics, on the ground, at sea and in the air. The Ukrainians are told the same thing. And they too practice suicide tactics. The US is, of course, also committing national suicide, diverting resources to the benefit of a tiny cabal of rich people who make money from the defense industries, simultaneously depriving their country of the things that it really needs to survive. Bye, bye,
    American pie.

  • Caitlin you are so brilliant sometimes… you draw from deep waters. Your description of the human condition, falling towards death at every moment, is starkly convincing. I have practised dying for years but this image is the most inspiring I have ever read.

  • Perhaps the “T” in “mortality” should be dropped.

    • A suggestion worth pondering

  • My father spent five years in a German concentration camp where death was always present. As the allies bombed the railways at night, the prisoners were used to mend the rails during the day in the snow on an empty stomach because the trains couldn’t deliver food. The guys who fell were simply shot by the guards. So you knew at the slightest dizziness that it could be your last moment.

    Of course he lived the rest of his life with this feeling and passed it on to me. I found it exactly portrayed in Carlos Castaneda’s book when his Indian protagonist Don Juan says “Death follows you on the left side”. It’s there always. Most people see it in a kind of haze in the future when they’re old and fed up with life anyway in their old body but it can happen anytime: when you’re having breakfast on the top floor of the World Trade Center, when you quietly drive on the highway listening to your favorite CD and a car swerves over the central line and hits yours, when you get out of your house on a beautiful day and a tile falls on your head…

    It’s always there. Yet, I’ve always been surprised at how people in general don’t seem to factor it in. Tell a black humour joke involving death and see how they cringe and promptly goad the conversation away.

    What are they afraid of? Billions of people have died and we’ve never had any complaint… In fact, it’s the only thing about which there’s never been any complaint. Even love-making has its rancors. Death never! Sounds like it’s the coolest thing in the world. Like falling asleep. Few people ever complain about that either. Of course there’s the odd pilot waking up as his plane is about to hit a building and thinking “Fuck, I fell asleep!” but generally, you just go along. If you are because you think, as Descartes postulated, then you cease to be. And the same goes for death. For your conscious self, it is never a felt reality. It could be why people don’t factor it in. In that sense, it does not exist.

    I guess what frightens people is essentially the afterlife on which all the paranoiacs that we see at work in journalism, politics and elsewhere project their fantasies: if you live, you’re gonna freeze your balls next winter and starve to death and even if you don’t, you’ve got the climate disaster coming your way and the nuclear or biological annihilation. And I’m not even talking about death folks! When dealing with the future, the soothsayer has to keep some semblance of plausibility. Imagining death gives him free rein! Hurray! Can bring in the ghosts, the vampires, the ghouls, the zombies and the bevy of monsters that unhinged freaks have come up with in literature and Hollywood! And you’d better take that shit seriously, otherwise you’re a racist and a white supremacist! :o)

    • Read an article once that basically time does not exist. It is how man relates to the passing of countless NOW moments as we live our lives. It is always now. You should live your now moment and ignore everything else. Time is an illusion.

      • I agree! Plus “memories” of the past are essentially inventions. It’s practically impossible to find two persons having been at the same place at the same time, even yesterday, and remembering the same things. It’s called the Rashomon effect:
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rashomon_effect
        And the future that we perceive is obviously fantasies.
        Both past and future are varieties of dreams.

  • After Armenia, Nancy Pelosi probably will travel to Moscow and Beijing. “Now what? What are you gonna do Putin and Xi? Nothing. You can’t do nothing. That’s the truth.

  • Lots of things “should” unite us but do not.

    Caitlin (like Bukowski she cites) lives in a fantasy land, firmly holding on to the delusion (and many others) that humans are rational. Her usual misdirecting “Spiel” –humans are rational it’s just that they’re victims of twisted “perception management” by the ruling powers.

    Once you TRULY comprehend that humans are “invisibly” insane (carefully study the reality-based theory of “The 2 Married Pink Elephants In The Historical Room” at https://www.rolf-hefti.com/covid-19-coronavirus.html) you’d stop putting out such fantasy-driven drivel of non-wisdom.

    But most humans love that stuff so there are always lots of same-sort individuals (like Caitlin) who happily feed that craving . In her typical “wise” lecturing-mode she TALKS a lot about getting rid of delusions but “unconsciously” disseminates many of her own delusions…. This kind of people is called an “aware” person in human’s insane world.

    • what’s the purpose of your comment? do you want to help people?

      • That’s what I was wondering.

        Caitlin speaks sanity w/clarity and I wish we all could do it this well! I think Valle may be jealous or maybe just a troll.

    • Most people view the world from there own perspective. I guess if you see everyone as being invisibly insane, then I suppose it’s because that’s the way you see yourself. Might I suggest a change in perspective, take a deep breath and a walk in some nice fresh air to stimulate your senses and just enjoy being you.

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    • Finally someone figured out that.

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  • I read a woman’s account of what life in a death camp was like, much worse than how your essay describes it, but you’ve touched on it in the past, plus violent incest, so it can get pretty bad. The ethnic group that sort of was those victims don’t want people talking about it now, because I guess for narrative control, but yes that will start being us within the next year, and yes, you guessed it MSM will ignore the story. It’s almost funny because this plot has been known for centuries, but us dumb ass labourers just didn’t have an inkling or the time to even look into it. And, who the hell knew that facsism in general and Nazism are religious movements? I couldn’t believe it, terms that were being thrown around in the seventeenth century, but we’re lead to believe it was an invention of Hitler etc al. A discussion that has been going on since even before Christianity and so now I understand the man Christ, as a man, beyond whatever else he may have been in his beliefs that he had a real connection to an intelligent universe, otherwise called by some as the heavenly father. Our deaths have been slated for eons to die as agonizing deaths as Jesus did. That is our future, enjoy it if you can. So, you all know that the so-called Messiah was supposed to show up and save our sorry asses from just this scenario. But, people seem to forget that Christ never said that he was returning in the flesh, he may come and go and never say a word, but if he comes at all, it may take mankind centuries to realize that in fact the Messiah was in fact here. But, like I said yesterday, if everyone is a Luciferin what’s the point?
    And Caitlin just got done spilling the beans about our futures if we don’t get our minds straight.

    • We live in a head centered society, a transaction-based reality.

      But all the things we value, are heart-centered. Love, nurturing, joy, satisfaction, caring, empathy, even heart-break, make us better at being human.

      The transaction-based world is killing us but yet we continue down the path to total collapse as if it’s our only choice.

      • You mean a Head down society !!!!

        • Sometimes we lose meaning when we change the meaning.

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  • Circus indeed. Look at the veteran clown diplomat Daniel Fried now @AtlanticCouncil. America’s interests & values advance together!
    “We’ve been so traumatized by our failures in Afghanistan and, partially, in Iraq. This is a situation where an actual success (Ukraine) is possible.”
    They are talking intensively with each other to believe that this war is the promised one victory they have been waiting for a very long time.
    I’ll tell you what will happen. US is at war with Russia already. The first several calls on MSM to call people to enlist in the army will barely attract enough to fill up the ranks of a brigade. No one is interested in war just the RAND corporation, Lockheed Martin, Boeing, CIA, Pentagon, Congress, White House, Supreme Court, Neo nazis in Europe and America. No one in America will give a fuck about a war with Russia much less China. Those already in service will die but no one is willing to replace them.

    • You forgot DARPA who are now explaining how turning people into cyborgs is indispensable to national security:
      https://rwmalonemd.substack.com/p/human-cyborgs-are-just-the-beginning

    • So far, the US has managed to find fodder in other countries but we’re doing a good job of growing our own in the largest prison population on earth and a desperately poor majority will be easy pickings for lying recruiters. They’ve already lowered entry requirements. If we admit to being at war against Russia and China “patriotism” will rear its ugly head again and the ignorant horde will be lining up like they did after 9/11. But, to paraphrase Chris Hitchens in his last days, (I think) I’d love to be wrong.

  • I was touring a marina on the boat of a rich friend at dusk, looking at yachts with grand pianos in picture windows. My real estate investor friend said, all you need is that one big deal and your family is set for generations. He was well aware of mortality and was thinking in terms of great houses, like Dune or something. He is a very talented, motivated, hardworking monkey who wants to enjoy the best of everything. He knows about the losers. That’s what we’re up against. My friend knows he’ll die, so in the meantime, he’ll live the good life, send his kids to expensive schools, and believe in capitalism because it serves him so well.

    • There is a world of a difference between simply knowing and truly understanding. Only when you truly come to terms and fully realise what really is important in life, you will see that all comfort and possessions will soon be left behind. Its only what you have become within yourself and have given to others that truly matters.

      • The same points were made by Marx, Proudhon, and Moses Hess, etc., when they condemned “having”, as opposed to “being”.

    • You make an interesting counterpoint to another Caitlin gem. Knowing we will die does not necessarily lead us to more enlightened, ethical behavior. It can just as easily lead us to the kind of materialistic lifestyle you describe. What DOES seem to lead, in so many cases, to a more compassionate, less competitive life is not the mere knowledge of death but its near experience (NDE).

  • Read the “Christ Letters” by “the Recorder” to find the “meaning of life”.

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