If Illness was a Superpower…

The big question is, if you were ever hit with a sickness that changes your life, how would you cope/accept it?

In my case, I’ve been struggling with the diagnosis of Schizophrenia.  Not a fun thing, especially when you start to dig into it more, and try to find the “origins” of this illness.  Namely you start to find out that the psychiatric profession/industry hasn’t been around that long.  Say 100 to 200 years which is about as how old the diagnosis of schizophrenia , as a clinical expression, has been around.

Schizophrenia, when it was first noticed, and/or conceived of was called Dementia Praecox back in Germany around say the mid 1800’s (technically 1891 according to the wiki https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dementia_praecox ).  This was around the time that Friedrich Nietzsche was writing along with Soren Kierkegaard.  Both of whom wrote about a new “type of person”.  One that seemingly was more individualistic, and less society oriented.  All the while still a part of society.  The individuals they sought to classify were/are those who are capable of standing alone with their thoughts, and their values.  Even against the Crowd.

The Ubermensch is one that gets bantered about with a semi-regular frequency, especially in some Transhumanist circles.  To simplify the concept, but also to slightly butcher it down into parts that can be easily consumed.  An ubermensh is a person, who has realized that social conventions are just that, conventions.  They realize that God, or the Social Contract (Hobbes’ Leviathan) may not always apply to them as an individual.

This is like realizing that for all the “touted individualism” to be found within the United States.  It is still a limited freedom of expression.  Christian mores still have a strong influence, and so does other social mechanisms.  You see “trends” of people who “must have” the latest “it” item.  Like Ugg boots, Iphones, pace monitors, and have to “keep their steps counted” because their social group does.  This concept of the Ubermensch does not blindly follow,….anything.  It has gone through their awareness at some point if they even wish to have a say on it.

A society of Ubermenschs, if it were to exist, would exist as a society of individuals with individualistic perspectives of nearly everything.  There likely wouldn’t be as much “social cohesion”, but that in itself may be a good thing.  Less wars, perhaps, for it’d all be personal conflicts.

Continuing on to Kierkegaard, he expressed a notion of a personality called the “Knight of Faith”.  A Knight of Faith doesn’t let the negatives in life get them down.  They are capable of skirting into, and through the maelstorms of turmoil while seeming dancing with levity.  This is kinda similar to the Ubermensch, in at least one aspect, that of thoroughly enjoying life in spite of, or because of the brutalities present in it.  If I recall Kierkegaard’s work enough (it’s been a few years since I read his collected works), he makes mention that there are three stages to becoming a “Knight of Faith”.

The Aesthetic (admirer of beauty), is a simplistic worldview where they aren’t fully cognizant of Death, Mortality, Eternity…etc.  It is like a child playing on the coast with no awareness of how deep the ocean may go, and how fast they may drown in it if swept out by the eddies.  Upon realizing this there is an assumption that they hit the next stage.

The second stage is that of the Judge, the aspect of realizing that the Aesthetic was a little bit vain, and self-centered.  That it was shallow, and not really serious, or in touch with their actions within Reality.  A realization that said individual has no “core”.  It is often afflicted with morbidity.  After this stage, of Judgment, the personality goes onto the Religious.

The Religious stage, is one that Kierkegaard thought was one of the hardest ones to attain, for it involved integrating both previous stages.  A sort of concept like finding tragic beauty in a wilting flower.  That would be a religious sentiment, essentially.  Kinda like “We are all Artists”.  This stage is the last stage, and involves a Leap to Faith.  Keyword, “to”, not “of” Faith, but to Faith.  The culmination of this stage is the Knight of Faith.  It is expressed more explicitly in his works, and probably more poetically…, but that’s aside.

Tying back to the original thoughts, of can an Illness be accepted, and become a “superpower”?  Let’s dawdle on Schizophrenia for a bit, in what seems to be the clinical/common perception of said disease is a notion that the suffers can’t participate in Society.  That they’re too incapacitated because of the Hallucinations/Visages of unbridled emotion they suffer from.  Now there are some groups in this world that have tied mental health issues into Shamanic Traditions, and there has been at least one psychologist to call “Schizophrenia” a Survivor’s Personality.

That these individuals are the more adept at living “life”, ironically.  Or that they’re “healers”, that have healed themselves.  Overall, I’m not going to make a judgment upon this chain because I’m apparently afflicted with the condition.  Thus I’d be heavily biased.

Although, let’s put a mild spin on something to end with.  Say the common cold, if you actually wanted to have a “special ability” there’s one there, the ability to incapacitate people with your cough.

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The Hold My Beer Aspect of Thinking.

Some things make sense, somethings don’t.  It’s when they make sense is when you have to test the thoughts either by proving them yourself, or against another.  We need to soundboard out our own logic, and thoughts for we can make an easy assumption that we’re all unsteady thinkers.

We’ve hit some sort of point in life, and in reality where we’re able to impact it according to our whims. Actually we’ve probably always been able to do so.  Otherwise we wouldn’t be actors in Reality.  We’d be objects, and well there’d be no real interactions.   It’d be just like a blade of grass swaying in the breeze with no one to even acknowledge that it’s doing so.

Thus, when it comes to thinking, it’s better to be somewhat doubtful instead of overly confident.  I can think that, but maybe I should have someone else think along with me.  You know distribute the problem.  And it doesn’t have to be to the same people you actually like!  It may actually be fun, if not funner to throw those really weird thoughts out there to those parties that you seem to jar/disagree with.

You know, “HOW ON EARTH COULD YOU THINK THAT!” type of reaction.  And that may be enough of a jarring to get one to reconsider either their notions, or for the “opposing party” to question their own notions.  And if you can clearly think it, it doesn’t always mean it’s a good idea.  Hence an aspect of, “Hold my beer”, in thinking.

An example of this; The effects Hitler had on a generation was a great thing, and in turn the person that was Hitler wasn’t as evil as commonly portrayed.

To defend this notion, think of the Holocaust, yes it happened, but think of the reactionary events against it that happened after it was revealed.  People started to realize and understand on a deeper level what a human can do to each other when blindly lead.  And it put doubt/questions on the value of a “Heroic Strong Leader” that can brute force, or bend their opposition to heel.  Yes, millions of people died from the ensuring genocide that Hitler enacted, but how many more where saved?

The very institution of the Concentration Camps, caused us to revisit, and revise thoughts about eugenics and what it means to be human.  Eugenics, as far as I remember was originally an American thought, and it was slowly building up in America before Hitler came about in Germany.  Thus if Hitler didn’t happen, we’d likely have a greater impetus to destroy “undesirables” today.  If simply because the thought patterns would’ve continued slowly, and somewhat benignly.  A slow growth, and gentle eradication of “the unwanted”…, and with that thought we get to the point where there likely would’ve been an extreme narrowing of the Human Experience/Character.

There wouldn’t be any of the symptoms we witness today.  No gays, no queers, no autistic, no down babies….etc.  No schizophrenics, no depressed, no bi-polar…etc  Simply because of the extremist position, and sudden lurch to it that Hitler enacted.  We can say that there is now many types that are alive today, if not most of us, that can actually make an effort at enjoying life.

The same, or a similar thought pattern can/could be applied to Religion.  The Catholic Church, when hit by Luther’s Reformation Hammer, caused a major upheaval in the social order of the day, “What the peasantry reading?  In their own common tongue nonetheless, absolutely preposterous!  I’ll stick to the educated man’s tongue of Latin, thank you very much!” (Not always connected, but some events precipitate others).  The Protestant reformation was a huge thing, in some ways it lead to the American Experiment.  And caused numerous fiefdoms/princes/kings to butt heads in all new, and inspired ways.  Also the notion of the printing press.  More books, more readers, more languages…more “thoughts” that need to be “beer checked”.  The same goes for the Internet, more ways to say, “Hold my beer”…cause I’m gonna think something stupid, and try it!

You’ve got to remember, in most situations, it made sense at the time.

Who Wants To Start a Cult?! (A Cultist’s Primer to Cult Formation) (Satire).

So you’ve gotten tired of the mainstream deities, and social formations to be found within society.  You’ve realized that the tenets of their doctrines isn’t benefiting you anymore.  That all the power tends to accumulate to a select few, or those who’ve played the game the longest.  What are you going to do about it?

You could continue to abide by the system, and abidingly wait your turn for the dictatorial rights of position, or you could opt out and ply your own doctrine.  You know, God rewards the faithful, and the adherents of whatever dogma.  It’s just that your conceptions are more “Right”.  At least for yourself.  There’s always the expression that it’s better to be a prince in hell, over a slave in heaven.  You’ve just decided to take the next step, and say we’re all in Hell.  Otherwise this shit wouldn’t suck…  I mean miracles?  Faith Healing?  New Age Rocks?  That’s like saying that bark from certain trees cause pain relief…..sheesh who’d believe that?!

I’ll tell ya who!  You, and Me!  Religion is a Cult, Science is a Cult, Politics is a Cult, Everything’s a Cult-Cult….It’s quite like playing duck, duck, goose (grey duck…cause I’m Minnesotan).  You’re a Cult, and You’re a Cult, and what do you know!  YOU’RE a Cult! (The Minnesotan version describes aspects of the cult…Blood Cult, Green Cult, Death Cult, Sun Cult….because you know what….we’ve already established the majority of us are Cults….we’d have to be to live in a place where Hell Freezes over Regularly).

Thus the first steps towards authenticating your Cult is to seek out a national registry of Cult Surveillance, and Monitoring (In itself another Cult), and ask to be put upon the List.  Surely your choice of List, but that depends upon how Minnesotan you get in the description of your Cult.

Depending upon the agendas of your Cult, you may be authenticated that way, whereas another way is simply amass followers (GOOD LUCK…, because everyone is their own personal brand of Cultist/Cult).

Upon establishing a Following, develop a personal/Secret Tongue to describe the inner workings, and belief systems of the Cult.  Use as many obtuse, and obscure ciphers/references as you can (bonus points if you can convincingly make a Klingon Cult appear Romulan when it is actually a Vulcan Cult masquerading as a Federation Civic Practice).  Get the web of intrigue so built up, and convoluted where no one can follow the methods you’re practicing, and call it Good.  It’d be like a Game of Thrones novel.

Develop legitimacy in the eyes of your followers.  Do so by presenting ideas that you’ve picked up from your other cult memberships, and rewording them in your Personal Cult’s Parlance.  Devise either a Real, or a Pseudo Enemy to Hate (Bonus Points if it’s just another branch of your very own Organization…er Cult….nothing breeds hate like the Schism Hate).

This is done to unify your adherents to one banner, namely your banner.  In the end the goal is to evade Cult Extinction. And if the Cult keeps a Schisming….that’s a good Cult, right?  It’d be like a Hydra.

 

….Happy Formations, You Cults!