Month: May 2012

Balkan Trip in June

I will be travelling to Greece, Macedonia, and Bulgaria for the whole June and early July. Though the decision was mainly driven by my genuine admiration of the mellow history that associates with the region, it would definitely be very interesting to observe what is going to happen to the country with the deepest financial trouble in Europe and how the Greek election would turn out in mid-June. Hopefully I will update the blog for some specious stories that occur in the next travelling month.

Music therapy

Last Saturday was the Liberation Day of the Netherlands in memory of the Canadian army’s effort to end the German occupation in the Netherlands. The final peace treaty was signed on May 5th in a small town called Wageningen. So every year on 5th of May all Dutch people flock to this quiet little town for the celebration. But nowadays in the evening the celebration of Liberation Day has more or less become a music festival for young people in the country. Young people from all over the Netherlands come mostly for party instead of the celebration. The city center was divided into several stages, and everyone is drinking disgusting Heineken and listening to all sorts of music. By music I mean what they call music. There are indeed all sorts of music, but the choices are limited among electronics, trances, techno, and pure lowly industrial noise like the artwork of New Kids.

I was never a fan. In fact I don’t even consider them as music. But I was there and had to go with some friends to maintain my social connections. Being an idiosyncratic smartass among average people means you must withstand the loneliness, I rather lay low and mingle to fulfill my social needs. Anyway, we came to one of those hard-core Dutch techno stage at some point of the night. The place was already packed with loads of young people. Despite it was 5 degree Celsius outside people were still following the beats in rapture with even short-sleeved shirts. This is nuts. The so-called music has no rhythms whatsoever. In every “song” there’s an intro part with a trance tone for about 10 seconds, then all of sudden the stereo pumped the damn heavy industrial beats and beats only with the maximum volume. The damn beats were popping like a gigantic jackhammer at maximum load. The whole ground, along with the flesh of thousands, is  literally trembling vigorously along with it.

Under that horrifying environment, your mental stress would exceed the capacity of your consciousness. And yet this is the most popular “music” that the young Europeans dig, especially in the Netherlands. This is one of the few things about the European youth I really didn’t quite get it. Why would someone overwhelm himself with something that could easily sweep away your consciousness and traumatize your brain? Not to mention how harmful it is to your mental health, physical health, especially at that astounding volume. Maybe this all appears as a genial sound to those who cracked the pills, which are not uncommon at all here. But based on my observation people were more likely to be drunk than drugged. As long as the trance overture ended and the jackhammer beats exploded, the whole stage turned into a land of horror. All people, men and women, fell into a deep state of hypnosis. An exertion of absolute delirium is an understatement for their reflections to the jackhammer stereo. People jumped mechanically like a jackhammer, bumping from left to right with distorted and ecstatic faces, fervently wiggling their stiffened fists in the air as if the DJ had  summoned the demons from the underground and replaced their souls. All eyes were wide open, the kind of eye of a possessed flesh with nothing but evil spirits. On the stage they also built a large display that flashes all sorts of images in sync with the beats of the jackhammer. The dazzling images and lights make it impossible to stay conscious for the deaf ones. One interesting detail caught my attention while observing this massive ecstasy. The display kept flashing off all sorts of unrecognizable images except one line of phrase that popped out every 10 seconds: “Human Rights”. I am positive that you don’t need to be attentive to notice the sign. The flashing effect was so successful together with the jackhammer beats that I am sure the only thing those youth remember consciously afterwards is that damn phrase which flashed off every 10 seconds when they were possessed.

The DJs are most likely dumb jackasses who are never smart enough to deliberately insert subliminal messages to the crowd for any personal purpose (or not?). They mostly did that just to show they are cool and in line with the fashion. But those young Dutchmen would go back home only recalling they had a blast and the only visual memory would be a sign of “human rights’. This is such a chilling effect for indoctrination! How can i ignore the prowess of music?! I have always focused on school drilling and media whitewashing for massive hypnosis. But it seems such “music therapy” would create a much much more profound and swift effects on the people, in particular the young people! Living in an extremely intricate society that are simply too much for an individual to comprehend, it might be natural to see that the youth would swarm to a sanctuary of anesthesia. There you got inexplicably fucked-up post-modern arts and this demonic “music” that would boil any sensible man down to a state of total delirium. Modern life is stressful, dull and confusing, why not just get high all the way to forget the stress? But clearly those electronic music (I assume hard-core rock works the same) is way more formidable than those crappy arts. It possesses the power of mind-control, and no one could escape from it. It didn’t take long that my rational resistance collapsed in favor of a wave of indescribably strong emotion of barbarity that made me do exactly the same as others. This is a perfect opportunity to plant mind bombs among the youth, a damn lethal one.

There goes my breakfast

A Washington-based human rights organization says that, overall, press freedom around the world stopped declining in 2011.  But while there are positive changes in some countries, the overall picture is not too bright.  Last year, less than 15 percent of the world’s population had access to a free press.

The title of that news is:

Report: Only 14.5 Percent of People Have Access to Free Press

So much for my appetite. And I started to drink more water:

For the first time in eight years, the negative trend that we’ve seen with the declines in freedom of expression around the world was staid and we actually saw some slight uptick and improvement, in large part due to gains in the Middle East,” said Radsch. “Libya, Tunisia, Egypt all went from ‘not free’ to ‘partly free,’ which was a pretty momentous change, and we also had countries like Burma that came out from under incredibly oppressive political rule

That’d be enough to make my stomach sick. Thanks, VOA.

Why I appear to be such a hateful and shameless jackass? Because I am really bigoted. I am just disgusted at how leftists disguised their indoctrination as “free press”. Hey fine for me if you are honest to admit 14.5% of the people are still not subject to our hypnosis with “our belief of dream“. But calling that piece of crap full of farce, gimmicks, useless sensational dabbling as free press? I’d have more respect for hard-core Islamic drilling. At least they didn’t put up with so much drama and claptrap to claim their superiority.

Off the rant, let’s take a look at who the hell wrote this piece of crap in the first place. I just can’t take it serious. The whole fuzz was set up by a Washington-based human rights organization, Freedom House in their freedom of expression campaign. Please, that’s what we need, another Washinton-based USG-NGO. In its wiki page: “As of 2010, US federal government grants accounted for most of Freedom House’s funding”, not to mention the top levels are all associated with the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor, the right-on Ministry of Truth (1984 joke if you didn’t get it). And what about the thought police? Well, that piece of news offered a damn big picture of her. The picture says it all. You could find her name in that news. A perfect candidate of an agonized young white woman who looks unfit to get laid and turns to be a feminist freedom fighter. She can’t even be counted as a hipster with that extra pounds of hers. Yikes, I am gonna skip my breakfast.

Feed me more chocolate!

Longevity of the revitalization movement

Anthony Wallace wrote in his famous essay almost 60 years ago:

That regularity of patterned behavior which we call culture depends relatively more on the ability of constituent units autonomously to perceive the system of which they are a part… It is therefore functionally necessary for every person in society to maintain a mental image of the society and its culture…

Whenever an individual who is under chronic, physiologically measurable stress, receives repeated information which indicates that his mazeway does not lead to action which reduces the level of stress, he must choose between maintaining his present mazeway and tolerating the stress, or changing the mazeway in an attempt to reduce the stress.

The main contention is that most cultures were built to withstand certain level of “pressure”, either an outbreak of epidemic, an unassailable foreign invasion, or a heated irreconcilable internal societal strife. While most of the time cultures are able to maintain the homeostasis through digesting waves of “stress” and evolve gradually, a total breakaway from the old culture is not rare in the history of mankind. Wallace called this social phenomenon The Revitalization Movement, wherein new cultures (either newly created ones, existing minor ones, or existing foreign ones) are embraced by the populace over the old ones, in response to the out-of-range societal “stress”.

He was talking about how culture/religion responds to unexpected societal crises, with the claim that all religions arise in response to the crisis, from the origin of Judaism and Christianity in Levant, the Reformation in Western Christendoms, to the rise of Taiping Rebellion in late Qing China. This is where things get interesting. Within a first glimpse, his view seem a bit extreme. But to think further in his thesis, it starts to make a lot of sense. The introduction of monotheistic Judaism with the replacement of Aramaic-influenced Hebrew from Phoenician-related Paleo-Hebrew alphabet coincided when returned Israelites were puzzled why their holy temple was destroyed and their people subjugated into alien dominion. Christianity emerged as a formidable urban religion within the Roman Empire when people in the Roman cities were baffled by the devastation of the two deadly plagues in the 2nd and 3rd century. Reformation came into history after the infamous bubonic plague and years of harsh exploitation from the papal hierarchy. Taiping Rebellion erupted soon after the humiliating defeat of Qing to the British in the First Opium War. All of those changes of religions/cultures could be simplified as a change of belief. And in his assertion, all beliefs are blind, and all beliefs are constructed on some sort of “dream”.

One can ask whether a large proportion of religious phenomena have not originated in personality transformation dreams… The circumstances of whose origin have been distorted and forgotten, and whose connection with dream state is now ignored…It is tempting to suggest that myths and often, even legends, read like dreams because they were dreams when they were first told…

It is known that the spread of a religion/culture has little to do with individual enlightenment but rather its societal background and the influence of personal networking. In Wallace’s theory the emergence of dominant culture/religion only happened at those critical points when the old cultural structure can no longer relieve the exploding societal stress. According to this theory, all existing religions/cultures nowadays are the evidences of those old revitalization movements. This is such an eye-opening contention to me as I immediately try to apply it to interpret the rise of modern nationalism and more recently, the hegemony of leftism/liberalism in the contemporary world.

Modern leftism got everything it takes to be counted as a religion. It has a central belief exclusively consisting of emotional dreams like human rights, absolute democracy, freedom and egalitarianism. Those beliefs has been reinforced stronger than ever with the invention of mass media over the populace. One could even trace back the emergence of leftism in the era of Enlightenment as a revitalization movement in response to the decadence of social order and ethics with the rise of capitalism and industrial revolution in Western Europe.  This notion would further be propelled into a dominant position over its main competitor nationalism/patriotism that arise from the same societal stress, thanks to the two disastrous global wars and their final victory of both. However, when talking about modern leftism, I think “the inclusion of the savageland, and the escalating deterioration of the traditional societal structure in post-industrialism” deserves particular attention as the kind of societal stress that significantly facilitated the upgrade of modern leftism since the 20th century. The bafflement over the biological diversity, disparity of civilizations, the hollowness of modern lifestyle, serves as a major hit that struck modern leftism to forcibly (and painfully) evolve but have not yet mounted to a critical level to blow up the whole belief system.

In reality, the final blow to this old religion is on the way. The insurmountable pressure is accumulating from the discrepancy between reality and leftist dreams. The upcoming collapse of welfare economy, the foreseeable failure of multiculturalism, the growing frustration of the show business of democracy, and the increasing hostility against the equilibrium among corporate-bank-politician, would only grow bigger. This new window of opportunity will inspire various currently humble cults into the center of attention. Eventually there will be one that would supplant the old and prevail. We dissidents are the pioneers in this upcoming wave of revitalization movement. We appear, for the current religion can not handle the newly encountered stress fundamentally. Hopefully we would also be able to nurture and witness the arrival of the next revitalization movement.