The death that awaits establishment

Thinking about my time in university leads me to another train of thought as well: I read a post from Summer Thunder, a blog from a friend and fellow Satanist Mo, and I read about how bounded groups are losing the authority they once claimed they had to dictate spirituality and losing the monopoly that they had over the right to interpret belief and practice, and how independent spirituality seems set to claim a new world for itself and leave the old order of things (at least, that’s how I felt reading it). I got a very clear sense in my head that the age of dogmatic forms of authority and order were dying, and it didn’t seem unreasonable to me that this might apply to all manner of cultural structures besides religion and occultism. To me, the world of tightly wound norms is slowly dying, and only base ignorance stands in the way of the end of the old order of human beings.

One question I have when I think about it, though is why does academia still hold on to notions of restrictive and bounded up order? In the world today it feels to me like going through the traditional pathways to academia is the way to success and to prove your talent, and I don’t think I hear much about people learning on their own without going through any expectations and rules. Not to mention, academia seems like it’s more about getting you into a job than about making you great and talented, which is weird considering in academia you have freedoms (and restrictions) that from what I’m told do not necessarily apply in the career world. How often you will have to conform to the standards put to you in academia in the world of work. And I certainly don’t see you writing dissertations and following rigorous rules for doing so outside of university. Sometimes it feels like we think little of people rising from almost literally nothing, achieving their dreams without following any rules as to how, and I always think about how in the world of metal, and the old days of game design, you had to do without the established channels and you could still be successful if you applied yourself.

Also, in general, there are other questions I have about the world. Why do we hold on to this idea that in order to prove yourself in the world and advance yourself in terms of having a career and a name you have go through institutions that ultimately have you go through sets of unwritten rules? Why is it that in our world people always follow patterns? Why do we confine each other to roles and limitations that we don’t really want to observe? Why do we gravitate towards idols and call upon them to save us? Why do we value numbers over the individual? Why do we always try to put each other in boxes? And why is it that this is all at the expense of the human spirit when we do it?

I have a feeling that the world of numbers and putting people in boxes and assigned roles will be around for a long time, long after the time when I leave this world. If we’re not chaining people down with organized religion, we’ll still be doing it with politics, and we’ll also do it with memetic popular culture, with technology, with science, and even with relationships. But I can’t abide by it, because the world I believe in is different.

The world I dream of is a world ruled by freedom, a world where truly we live by our own feelings, passions, desires, and values over the expectations of others, uncorrupted by ignorance; a world where we remember we have a choice and never succumbing to patterns set before us, nay where there are no patterns set before us that we blindly follow; a world where people can put imagination and creativity over any rules except the ones they devise, and not even the need to survive and compete, or the need for structure, would stop that; a world where fear and ignorance are always defeated by a noble and powerful spirit, no matter how much they rise and grow; a world where humans don’t ever become cogs in a much larger wheel, peas in a much larger pod, or anything like that other than individuals act as themselves and operate on their own will and that which propels their lives; a world where freedom is immortal, and dies for no one, no God, no fear, and no other ideals, not even the desires in people’s hearts and minds; a world where there’s always some reason to have fun without being obnoxious about it. Truly, this is not a world for everyone, truly this world is too good for humans in our world. As such, this is probably a world I would deem as my vision of heaven, and as a vision that I suppose lies chiefly in my mind, and perhaps that means I won’t really be separate from it either.

A world without patterns, a world without a wheel to turn the people, a world with no boxes to put people in, a world where human life is principally characterized by choice, freedom, imagination, creativity, and our desires and passions. Most people might have a word for this vision: Chaos. And I suppose, I would embrace that term, because that’s perhaps where the meaning of Chaos really lies: it’s about the vision for the world at large, something that runs deep in me ever since my initial enchantment and enamorment the Megami Tensei series of games. At the very least, how gratifying this Chaos feels to envision and imagine. I know there’s a value to structure and order in our lives, but most of the time we have to but don’t want to, because we have some semblance of order and pattern crammed down our throats or attached to us, and we kill ourselves to conform to it. Besides, when I think about it, all forms of order and structure, at least in human terms, are derived from the imagination, will, and the capacity of the mind, not from some great laws ordained by the outer world or by any great Logos embedded in humanity. In a sense, it’s probably true when we think of the formation of order out of chaos, not order out of order.

I am Chaos by Followers-of-Eris on Deviantart; something I kind of feel like as I write this.

In a weird way, I sort of feel like I know where my roots are when I think about this, and perhaps with a slightly better understanding to go with it, or it just relates to some of the things I really want in life. That’s why even if it seems radical I can picture myself shouting “Holy Chaos, death to Order” (and then that’s pretty because it sounds like the start of Holy Hell), and if I say that I would salute the death of establishment and the reign of freedom and the chaos of the human spirit.


13 responses to “The death that awaits establishment

  1. Some people can’t handle freedom because they would destroy everyone in the name of their freedom. They lack the maturity to handle true freedom. They don’t care about other people’s free-will, they would just care about their own free-will.

    If they truly wanted to be free, all they would have to do is claim it for themselves. These restrictions can be destroyed in ones own life, but not in society as a whole.

    Too many people love being slaves. They’ll submit to absolutely anything in order to fit into a group. And I’m not going to fight a revolution for them. Political and religious institutions come and go, but they are always replaced with something that will restrict the immature.

    • That’s probably what I mean when I say “truly, my world this is not a world for everyone, truly this world is too good for humans in our world.”

  2. I agree. We see things pretty much the same way.

    I think they learn from their own restrictions, because they don’t see these restrictions as being restricting. They already think they are free. Then there just comes a point in a souls development when they decide they have had enough, and these restrictions aren’t needed anymore. I think we sometimes have to work within these restrictions sometimes, but we see them for what they are. Restrictions are out there but they aren’t a part of us anymore.

    When it comes to institutions like business and academia, the bigger the institution the harder it is to maneuver. Everything starts out with a lot of energy, but it doesn’t last. It just has momentum.

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  4. My impression of dealing with academics is they live in an alternative reality to the rest of humanity, because they do not mix with alternative situations to their academic institutions.

  5. bravo 🙂

    it sometimes seems to me that the world some sections of previous generations has created is a perfect madness of unnecessary requirements and hurdles – you have to have further education to get any kind of job outside of fast food, which puts you in debt, and academia is crammed with idiotic structures that justify themselves and their creators, without achieving anything original or real. It’s like an exercise in destroying people’s souls or something. Then there’s politics and political correctness, and the “rebels” appear even more mechanical and lacking in individuality than the supposed “establishment”, because rebelling in the wrong way wouldn’t be part of the program, which gets churned out in twitter storms, and memes on facebook and tumblr. People just going and doing the “dirty magic”, whether it’s playing their own music, painting what inspires them, or even doing honest work, becomes a kind of heresy. But I know people will still do it. People will always be driven towards authentic expression and engagement with life.

      • it’s always seemed that way to me, and it still does after all this time. I really hope they still teach science in a solid way, because my nurse training was a joke without a punchline thanks to “adult learning” theories (or so they claimed)

      • I wonder, do you know about life in Britain during the phase of what was called its “brave new world”? I think was after the end of the Second World War and before the beginning of the psychedelic scene and counterculture. I heard that it was time where you were either doing something academic or factory fodder (or office space). I wanted to mention that on this post, but didn’t for some reason.

      • I hadn’t heard of that time called by that, but it would hve been a very significant time that saw a reformation of British life, the rise of the welfare state, the first appearance of “the teenager” and youth culture, and the birth of many of those those who went on to form the counterculture of the 60s. I was born towards the end of that period. The class system would have been very much in place, and the working classes would not have really started to go to University before the 60s (or 50s at the earliest in much smaller numbers). Women had only really started to enter the work force en masse during the War, and gender roles were very rigid. Homosexuality for men was illegal (until 1967), abortion was illegal, it was very much still a world of Queen, Church and Empire, though the Empire was in decline and got replaced by “The Commonwealth” which dwindled and gained greater independence over the succeeding decades. At the same time, once you got to the 50s you got rock n roll, beatniks, CND, exisentialists students, bohemians etc. Many, many people would have worked in factories, industry etc, and were ruled by a ruling class, much like Edwardian times. There was considerable poverty, TB and such like.

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