Parturiunt montes, nascetur ridiculus mus

Posted in Uncategorized on August 27, 2015 by marksamuels

How the main and easy advantage is so eagerly sought, and the warm words we wish to hear concerning contemporaneity so eagerly repeated.

Meanwhile, there exists eternity.

Mark S.

On Disagreements (An Old Observation)

Posted in Uncategorized on August 21, 2015 by marksamuels

I think the gulfs between adherents of firmly held, opposing, worldviews are so huge as to make meaningful connections almost impossible. We each engage in discussions from fundamental philosophical premises that “the other side”, in our estimation, either (1) cannot grasp or (2) refuse to grasp. In a sense it’s a consequence of modernity, since no-one can take into account all of the philosophical arguments put forward that contradict an earlier position, and the remorselessly grinding sequence of Western philosophy and revolutions in Western philosophy, with one perspective after another, each filling the thousands of pages of text turned out by academe… Well, it’s a series of tearing up one schematic after another simply to be in favour of the very latest model, as if philosophy were a case of having the latest car model or gadget.

I really do suspect that there’s no reason, save for making a fetish out of modernity, to think Aristotle or Plato were less closer to ultimate truth than, say, Russell or Foucault. There’s not much point in saying Aristotle or Plato were, given their times, scientific illiterates, by the way. Science cannot make any inroads into questions of intrinsic meaning. To those who dispute this premise, perhaps it’s worth recalling that we can only call something “absurd” (even the universe, say,) by virtue of having an alternate standard by which we can make such a comparison (which means absolute absurdity is impossible).

We each of us contain an incredibly deep abyss of personal experiences, prejudices and individual thought processes gradually solidified throughout our lives that we wish to defend, and when these are called into into question from outside, the tendency is to attack. We do so over those ideas that threaten contamination of our own unsullied conclusions, the ones it’s taken us a long time to reach. The simplest means of doing this is to credit those with whom we disagree as being of the lunatic tendency. It’s instructive how often these punctuated critiques consist mainly of cross-accusations of glaring psychopathology, that could only be advanced in bad faith, rather than their being genuinely held by parties on either side. Both factions go at it in a bitter fashion and scarcely in the spirit of disinterested enquiry.

Against Timarchus appears to be the spirit of our age!

Mark S.

Old Age

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2015 by marksamuels

I have a really horrible feeling I am going to live on into old age. For one thing both my parents are very much doing so. For another I have no intention of deliberately checking out early (a Catholic has no moral option to do so anyway, and quite rightly so). Still, one of the principal advantages of getting old is being amused at everything,

And so it goes.

Anyway, at least the Supper’s Ready.

Mark S.

The Weird Continuum part II

Posted in Uncategorized on August 19, 2015 by marksamuels

How exactly does Ligotti buy into all of this? (See my last post).

Well, this is how:

Quoting from an email I sent very recently:

“I think his personal and public persona are two very different things. In ten or twenty years time, there will be personal reminiscences of the man by people who hung out with him saying “Hey, whaddaya mean he was the avatar of misery!?” the guy was hilarious in person! The whole “Ligotti is the authentic HORROR author: BECAUSE THE TRUE PHILOSOPHY IS ACTUALLY HORROR!” that his increasingly stupid and slavish fan-boy devotees buy into is a construct he himself has created through carefully cultivated reclusiveness, secrecy and intent.

It’s marvelously effective.

It’s as if he decided to cultivate his public image around the most depressing aspects of Lovecraft’s existence, and decided; “this is the way to authenticity, and to immortal fame in the weird fiction/horror community: raise the stakes; make HORROR not a genre but a new valid philosophy!” I’m not saying he doesn’t hold some of the views he articulates in CATHR, but rather that it’s also something of a PR endeavour as a writer.

A strictly limited one, in commercial terms, I grant you, but that’s what it is. You can easily trace the development across the history of his output. All of which is why I maintain that Ligotti, the real man, is not the same as Ligotti, the abstract philosopher. The impression I got, from our correspondence, was that he is actually a decent person but with all the wrong ideas.”

Mark S.


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