The Truth Paper

Truth,   Thinking,    Logic,   Reason,   Cause and Effect,    Courage,   Determination,   Philosophy,    Masculinity,   Wisdom


Issue 1, Nov 2005
The Truth Paper is a free publication dedicated to Truth.   It discusses enlightenment and the nature of Reality, and aims to assist daring individuals to live by reason.

Truth is fundamental to any attempt to make sense of the world.   Truth doesn't change, since change=change (truth).   Understanding Truth requires reasoning to be pushed to its ultimate conclusion.   If you're prepared to transform your entire existence to conform with perfect reasoning, then The Truth Paper is for you.

Kelly Jones

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Contents

Introduction
About me (with photograph)
Values
Why logic is valid
Discussion of Absolute Truth
The obsession with wisdom
Sexuality Vs Individuality
Words of Genius


Introduction
 

This is not a community paper.   The Truth Paper targets the rare individual who values truth more than anything else.   If at least one is compelled to pursue wisdom in earnest, then it's a success.

My reasons for creating The Truth Paper are:

  • to expose this society's overwhelming falsity and mediocrity
  • to help capable individuals to pursue wisdom and abandon egotism
  • to stimulate insight into Ultimate Truth (enlightenment)

The main blockage to becoming enlightened is correcting intellectual flaws about the nature of Reality.   For this reason, The Truth Paper focusses on the intellectual side to enlightenment.   A fully-reasoned understanding of Reality, free from all doubt, is the ultimate guide.   Reasoning is always the process used to identify things accurately and any attempt to dispute this uses reasoning.   The major intellectual flaw to be overcome is the belief that Reality is a thing in nature, finite and caused by something beyond it.   The Truth Paper discusses this flaw in many articles, and how to overcome it.

My vision is of a world full of perfectly enlightened beings.   There's no valid reason to be ignorant, since any conscious rational being can understand Truth.   Blind ignorance is not a logical choice.   When any individual seriously decides to end his or her unenlightened activity, widespread sagacity is a step closer.   All the effects rippling on from one individual's vow to become fully enlightened are infinite, and can never be destroyed.   This is true because cause and effect is fundamental to all creation.   Cause and effect can't be caused to begin or end, as any beginning or ending requires causation.   This is a logical truth.   So, causation is absolute.   Because of this, the baby genius' determination to become fully enlightened has unending consequences.   The same goes for the decision to remain in blind ignorance.   It's my duty to stick my oar in, causing me to create The Truth Paper as a stimulus to hold truth uppermost.

My venture into the spiritual life was mostly caused by the ruthless and determined efforts of a few wise mentors.   Without that stimulus, I would have become fixed in the animal and hell-realms.   I was pursuing a stressful and spiritually ignorant career, was addicted to conflict-ridden relationships, and was producing hell-bent copies of myself in the form of all who witnessed my stupidity.   I was fairly self-satisfied, and heading for a dead end.   My life would have been utterly without benefit to anyone.

What a way for the great efforts of past wise men, like Diogenes, Socrates, the Buddha, Jesus, Huineng, Hakuin, Kierkegaard and Nietzsche, to die out!

This is another reason for publishing The Truth Paper.   My debt to those wise men, and to living sages David Quinn, Kevin Solway, Dan Rowden, and Rhett Hamilton, is paid in full by perfectly understanding the nature of Reality, and expressing it so clearly that a dunce can understand.   So my purpose is to inspire as many as possible to become as wise as possible.   Publishing my reasoning in The Truth Paper supports this purpose, and helps me to bear this hefty responsibility.   It's driven by fear of error.   Everyone benefits from errors about Ultimate Truth being publicly challenged and corrected.   We should fear allowing our mistakes and ignorance to continue, and be committed to fully correcting them as quickly as possible.

I invite feedback and comments on The Truth Paper articles.   Correspondence will appear in The Truth Paper unless a private reply is requested.   Email: kjones00@fastmail.com.au

Kelly Jones

Don't mistake the vehicle of the Truth for the Truth itself.

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About me (with photograph)

I was born in 1976, in Albury NSW.   My parents are middlish-class Protestants, who separated when I dedicated myself to wisdom.   My mother is a third-generation Australian Cantonese, whose mother converted to Christianity from Daoism during the White Australia Policy era.   My father comes from the white Australian dairy-farmer stock, the "Battler" variety.   I have three family-oriented siblings.

When I was four, I had a fairly traumatic accident.   Several relatives believed this was what made me so different.   My serious nature made others uncomfortable.   I tried to compensate by taking others seriously.   Having a dysfunctional family made me even more obsessive about finding workable ideals.

I grew up mostly on rural radio broadcasting station properties.   At 2CO (Corowa), I had plenty of country along the Murray River, to roam around.   I was nine when the family moved to 2GL (Glen Innes), in the Northern NSW Tablelands.   We had a large farm at Red Range, called Khumbah (a sheep-call), growing turnips, and raising merinos, angus and herefords.   I am still attracted to granite country, of sandy and peaty soil, and bracken, banksia, tea-tree and casuarina forests.   My last two years of high school were at Inverell, and I lived in town for the first time.   It was quite a disappointment, and I felt very hemmed in.

When I moved to Sydney in 1994, to study Music and Italian at Sydney University, my Christian ideals cracked up.   I was surrounded by openly mediocre people, who loved to downplay idealism.   This should have awoken me to the workings of ego, and even stimulated me to become a reason-loving individual.   But it fooled me, and I became severely depressed.   I had been brought up to submit and obey, not to discuss things openly and rationally.   I attempted suicide several times, travelled a lot, and tried to be cynical and mediocre.   I succeeded to a fair degree.

In 2002, my UNSW honours design thesis didn't get the high marks I thought it deserved.   It was about a perfect human living system.   I was outraged.   I'd failed again.   But this time, the egotistical wound opened me up to reasoning.   Just at that time I met Rhett Hamilton.   His stinging criticisms about my illogicality and mediocrity were hard to bear, but eventually I acceded that my thinking needed some work.   I decided to give up my career and friendships.   I moved to Adelaide, and threw myself into the task.

To give myself totally to my thinking, I applied for the Disability Support Pension.   My struggle to live Truthfully, and resolve my doubts about the nature of Reality, was mistaken by psychiatric professionals as a prodromal psychotic illness.   They were consistently unable to follow the step into faith, from reasoning about the totality of all things, to the ramifications for the ego.   I seriously thought I was being driven mad.   When the pension was granted, I moved to Tasmania, spending my days with Nature.   David Quinn's posts in the Genius Forum, and discussions with Kevin Solway, were important in helping to eat away at my ego.   Habits from years of passive irrationality were very, very slowly starting to alter.

Since February 2004, I haven't worked for money, or engaged in sexual or purely social relationships.   I live alone, and was sterilised (by choice) in August 2005.   I try to spend my days being as mindful of Truth as I can.   If at least one person is moved to think more deeply about Reality, then my efforts will have paid off.

 

Mind is everything.   That's what I am.  

 

 
I am an independent, fledgling philosopher, with almost three years of experience.   I strive to be as wise as possible, and to live by reason.   I'm not a scientist, journalist, academic, priest, or politician, because I aim to get to the bottom of everything.

I offer you my assistance, free of charge, in thinking and in all matters that go to the core of life.   There's no fee because you pay by abandoning your false self.   Wisdom is not paid for with money, that would be an insult.   My email is: kjones00@fastmail.com.au    Let me know if a private reply is preferred.
 

 

What you value most influences your decisions most.   A decision is a choice between values.   Conflicts are resolved by prioritising.   Since the only value in conflict with truth is falsity, true and correct decisions are always made by prioritising truth highest of all.   Truth must be highest, or one is directed by a love of ignorance.

It's impossible not to have values and be conscious.   Even plants value sunlight and water, though plants do not rationally evaluate their values.   Rationality is conscious value-making.   Humans can decide what is most valuable, but only by thinking rationally about the basis of value itself.   It is not a given that humans know what is most valuable.   One must struggle to overcome instinctive values, to become rational, and free from blind biases.

Valuing is intrinsic to consciousness.   So, though it is irrational to apply a relative value to value-making, it's rational to correctly assess what value-making is.   This makes value, it actually reveals value and the foundation of meaning.

Ultimately, all values are constructs of mind, lacking inherent value.   All values are created.   This truth is validated instantly, in application to itself.   Making meaning is the creation of truth, the creation of nature.   In other words, Truth is constantly manifest, and constantly empty of inherent meaning, value or truth.   It just is what it is, at any given moment.   Understanding the emptiness of all values is the gateway to realising the nature of Truth.

But speech is not like the blowing (of the wind) the speaker has (a meaning in) his words. If, however, what he says, be indeterminate (as from a mind not made up), does he then really speak or not? He thinks that his words are different from the chirpings of fledgelings; but is there any distinction between them or not? But how can the Tao be so obscured, that there should be 'a True' and 'a False' in it? How can speech be so obscured that there should be 'the Right' and 'the Wrong' about them? Where shall the Tao go to that it will not be found?

Chuang Tzu

Emptiness is the lack of any inherent meaning, or more accurately, it is all meanings, and no particular one.   It is the meaning of meaninglessness.   There is no paradox or mystery here.   There's nothing contradictory or hidden that can be revealed.   "All things are created, and that all lack inherent value" is an absolute logical truth that accurately describes itself.   One needs to look at the nature of value-making, rather than at any particular value, to understand this.   It's meaning points to the Truth, rather than its particular existence, as a value.

If you value falsity, there's no compulsion to be rational.   One is immediately overcome by confusion.   Naturally, this mental conflict is uncomfortable, so it is suppressed.   Then, it becomes intelligent to suppress awareness about this confusion and experience of irrationality.   By valuing falsity, it becomes a comforting habit to avoid what cannot easily be resolved.   This tiny effort at rationality is so comforting, it becomes truth.   "No matter," thinks the mediocre, "that I am contradicting myself, pretending that unsafe-to-reason-about-zones are not being zoned-off using reasoning!".....

Valuing falsity opposes true intelligence, and allows any kind of blindly-accepted foolery to dominate the mind.   There's no way the understanding of the nature of Reality can arise, in this case.   Scientists lead the human herd in valuing ignorance and falsity.   When they discover new things and become excited about their accomplishment, they confuse the certainty of having discovered something, with the false assumption of discovering all the causal conditions for the thing.   A scientist claiming he has experimental control, is lying.   And unless he relies on absolute logical truths to describe a thing's causes, he is lying in claiming he knows absolutely how something happens.   No one can know every single finite process in the Infinite.   Causal processes are infinite, because a thing is not everything.   But scientists claim to know with certainty how things happen - and then fall into a muddle when new discoveries reveal these claims to be relative.   Instead of waking up to Reality, scientists just reneg and claim all is uncertain, and nothing at all can be known for sure.   What skillful twisting.   No wonder so few get close to the Truth.   Is it any surprise that scientific materialism is so popular!   Such devotees are like lifelong kindergarteners, who deliberately forget in order to surprise and entertain themselves.   Life is a big mystery, they gleefully announce.   Valuing falsity, itself an act of internal contradiction, starts off illogically.   It's no surprise, in this case, that one believes Truth really is zoned off, that particular meanings are themselves the Truth, the meaning of meaninglessness, and that finite things are inherently real.

Valuing truth is congruent with reasoning accurately.   It guides one to the meaning of things, and thus, to the meaning of value, to ultimate meaning.   Having understood the valuelessness of Truth, a sage is free to create value meaningfully.   Again, this is not a paradox.   It logically follows from the self-validating truth that "all things are created and lack inherent value". The meaning of any particular existing value about absolute truth points to the meaning of all values.   By applying absolute logical truths to his entire existence, the sage has uncompromising veritude in every act and thought.   His life is free from the half-and-half confusion and falsity of the self-loving.   The sage is really a new individual, having sacrificed his natural loves.   This is not an abstract, rhetorical proclamation.   I strive to live it.   It goes against all my instinctive tendencies, is inhuman and disadvantageous.   One who sacrifices everything for truth is rarer than the stars at midday.

 
Soul is conscience.

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Why logic is valid

 
It is the basis of validity.   Validity measures truthfulness.   Logic creates truth, with absolute certainty, because logic is the simple direct operation of absolute truth.   All examples of statements rely on the unchanging applicability of logic, including the illogical.   Truthful statements are logical because they match the Absolute, and illogical statements are so because they contradict themselves, and thus cannot consciously reflect the nature of the Absolute.   For instance, that a thing is what it is, is absolutely true.   The Absolute never creates a thing as what it is not.   Since the Absolute is, illogicality is based on contradicting anything that is.

 

People are illogical because they refuse to accept the reality of absolute truth, on which logic is based.
A=A, for instance, is true even the instant one tries to refute it.

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Discussion of Absolute Truth

 
Here follows an analysis of the popular, but logically flawed, belief that "Truth is in the eye of the beholder".   This belief is supposed to be an absolute truth.

It means that, when there is no beholder present, then falsehood reigns.   So, there is no Big Bang, even hypothetically.   The sea is not-sea when no one's looking.   Computer programs don't work, unless there's a beholder.   And, strangely enough, not-beholder is not not-beholder, which means there must be a beholder when there's not-truth.   Clearly, the belief that "truth is in the eye of the beholder" is logically flawed.   It's immediately contradicted by the fact that some beholder has beheld a falsehood.

It means that, the situation without a beholder couldn't even exist, because it couldn't truly be.   "Without a beholder" could only truly be with a beholder.

It means that, any beholder saying "truth is not in the eye of the beholder" is automatically telling the truth.   But if truth is not in the eye of the beholder, then the former is false.   It is an either/or situation.   The contradicting statement to "truth is in the eye of the beholder" makes the latter unable to be absolutely true.   The conclusion is that truth might not be in the eye of the beholder, and this falsifies the belief.

People believe it because they confuse scientific empirical uncertainties with absolute logical truths.   The observer perspective creates a true description of whatever appears, since that's definitely what appears.   For example, a red car is a red car, as defined by the observer.   But what causes the red car is uncertain.   It might be a photograph, movie still, dream, hallucination, alien space probe, computer animation, memory, imagined, or an empty shell.   All that can be known for sure, is that a red car appears.   The mistake people generally make about the nature of appearances in consciousness is that they believe their self has only one observer perspective, and all the other perspectives they can imagine, belong to "others".   So they come to the flawed conclusion that appearances are not the full story, and that a world exists beyond their consciousness.   The red car, is not really a red car, but only appears that way.   This is illogical, because what appears, really does, and cannot be denied.   Any attempt to deny something appeared verifies that it did.

When something is experienced, it truly is experienced.   The individual verifies the truth of his or her experiences, and no one else can.   When this is applied to all possible experiences, for all people, all worlds, all realities, all times, then the highly logical individual verifies the absolute truth.   That is, what is true for everything.   Absolute Truth is not true for one individual alone, because by definition, what is true for everything cannot be true for only one thing.   In conclusion, the individual understanding the nature of truth realises that Truth creates the eye of the beholder.

 

What is true for everything is absolutely true.   Truth is therefore a constant.   Truth, the nature of all things, is absolute and logical truth.

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The obsession with wisdom

Mistakes are possible.   This means that mistakes are identified with mistake-free thinking.   In everyday life, mistakes happen because of emotional arousal.   Emotional reactions to events make pure logical thought difficult.   Emotions are a memory mechanism that ensures perceived threats are dealt with as exhaustively as possible.   For this reason, emotions continue to influence thoughts even when the situation changes.   Emotions are like a dictatorial boss hovering over one's shoulder, watching to see a job is done properly.   The boss exists because many, many times in the past, the most important task, of becoming wise, wasn't done perfectly.   So, now, even when this task is achieved, the boss keeps coming back to check.

Emotions are a gross indication of egotism, because nothing can threaten the nature of Reality.   It's impossible to destroy.   Wisdom, however, can be threatened, by egotism.   Emotional attachment to mistake-free thinking is actually the only way the egotist can eliminate the threat to wisdom.   He first correctly identifies the need for truth, offsetting emotion by the weighty focus on reason.   This prevents further error, as the next step is identifying Ultimate Truth correctly.

Karmic cycles are halted in this way, with just a few seconds of reasoning oriented to truth.   Only the obsession with wisdom can direct attention away from obsessing about daily worries.   Thoughts naturally focus on the thing most loved.   For example, if exercising and eating healthily are obsessions, thoughts will focus on finding all the possible ways to secure the ideal for exercise and healthy eating.   A self-image will be created, threatened by the possibility of lacking the ideal.   This prevents consideration of any other ideal to arise, in any depth.   Unless truth and wisdom are valued obsessively, there can be no transformation from uncertainty, insecurity, falsity and stupidity to the clear certainty of the endlessly reliable truth.   Unless one continues to deepen the commitment to Truth, all kinds of old habitual foolishness and unwise loves will direct one's existence.   Truth is a lifetime work, that must penetrate every aspect of life.   Only this can enable one's mistake-prone habits to alter.

Habits can change, because of cause and effect.   It is important to recognise causation as fundamental and absolute.   Any possible refutation of this truth validates it, because anything imaginable has causes.   Causation is the basis of grace and forgiveness.   Disbelieving that forgiveness is possible is illogical.   As Kierkegaard justly wrote:

The sin of despairing of the forgiveness of sins is offence....One notes that despair over sin is understood dialectically in the direction of faith.   That there is this dialectical aspect (even if this work only treats despair as a sickness) must never be forgotten; it is implicit in despair's being also the first element in faith.   But when the direction is away from faith, from the God-relationship, then despair over sin is the new sin.   In the life of spirit everything is dialectical.   For indeed, as annulled possibility offence is an element in faith.   But offence in the direction away from faith is sin.

By dialectical, Kierkegaard is referring to the unending choice between wise and ignorant values, the either/or.   One chooses values that are wise or one chooses values that are foolish.   It's also important to recognise that this process of choosing is always caused. Cause and effect makes free will logically impossible.   This goes to the heart of perceiving one's true nature, and eliminating belief in inherent self-existence.   Despairing over one's past ignorant choices is sin, because they were caused by ignoring wise options.   Despairing over ignoring wise options is sin, because one can choose not to ignore wise options at any moment.   There is no blame or guilt in this, since evaluating and choosing is inherent in consciousness, and is always operating.   One chooses values because it is impossible for consciousness to experience anything without there being con-scious-ness of something.   That is, conparative evaluation, and contrasts between things, is inherent to things existing.   There is no one being aware of, or conscious of, anything.   The self is a causal creation in consciousness exactly the same, distinct and contrasted, like anything else that appears in consciousness.   So, if the self is (unwisely) evaluated as most important in consciousness, this causes all decisions and experiences to be directed by the obsession with self.   If, instead, truth is the obsession par excellence, then all contrary impulses will be overcome.

Obsessing is causal; what one loves and values is causal.   The processes that allow habits to alter, influenced by obsessions, are causal.   Cause and effect is the process of creation, what I call the nature of God.   Obsession with wisdom reflects automatically on the processes of creation.   It reasons about its reasoning, and empties itself of all that threatens its existence.   Since its existence is everything, the sage is threatened by nothing at all.   Yet unreason is the burning sun to all germinating seeds of wisdom, so the sage naturally moves to care for these.

Obsessions are typical in the human psyche, because by obsessing and forming habits, the mind is free to plan for the future.   Naturally, a wise person chooses wise habits, to cause the mind to be freed up from all habits.   When there is no longer any emotional component to this obsession with wisdom, and it is no longer needed as a habit, wisdom flows on, having been created by an overwhelming flood  of past ethical decisions.

 

You are what you love.

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Sexuality Vs Individuality
 

I.   The poetic view  

As a mid-teen, I squashed sexual interest by focussing on a person's flaws.   These days, I help my emotions catch up to my reasoning by comparing anyone attractive to my ideal.....

 
A man who loves something more than truth, even occasionally, I cannot love, for he can be false.
A man who cannot want to know all falsehood, I cannot love, because he fears knowing everything under the glaring light of truth.
A man who doesn't mind being flawed and imperfect, I cannot love, since he has lost his mind to falsity.
A man who consoles me, I cannot love, for he desires inferior thinking.

I don't love shivery, white flesh, moaning of the chill in suffering!   A driving, bitter wind and rain converts my weak heart to transparent ice, and clear simple reasoning.
I don't love resentful sun-burnt flesh, complaining of the boiling glare, either.   The heat makes my poisonous thoughts evaporate, drop by drop, leaving nothing but hot white light.

I love him who loves only perfect enlightenment (Truth).
So I cannot love or cause to be loved, as Truth as no need of love, or attractions for the ego.

I judge in expectation of perfection.
How could I love one whose judgments are laden with too much emphasis, expecting some merit for telling the truth?
I love he who laughs and judges with a smile, for such gentleness frightens my pride.
I love he who expects mindfulness in every action, window-shopping, using EFTPOS, reading a newspaper, lubing a bicycle chain, opening one's eyes in the morning on awaking.
How could I love what I am, as if it is somewhere separate and beyond me?
I judge everything as myself.

What does a wiry, hale, sinewy athlete leaping high for the prize have to do with wisdom?
Unless the prize is the emptiness of all things
And he leaps alone, in the confident knowledge he can fly?

What does the wise man, enduring, committed, constant, integral, patient, have to do with me,
Unless he causes so much distress, that I cannot be a spectator or admirer
But must defeat him, and cast out all my doubt and indecision?

A man who does not turn every desire to account is no love of mine.
Every impulse, such as wanting to show the smart young aspirants his clarity of thinking,
By becoming top boss, chief adviser, omnipotent consultant, he must turn to account, or I will be jealous.
But how could I love a man who can make me jealous, as if he is more precious than truth?
Unless he goes further, much further, and careers headlong into emptiness, then he has no wisdom in my eyes.

A man whose simple understanding of truth creates absolute mindfulness in every situation, I love.
Every experience, such as jogging laps of a soggy footy oval, is anchored consciously to what is ultimately true.
His mind is complete and relaxed, or I cannot love him.
How could I love an uncertain, unfaithful man, who splits his existence up into lustable and no-go-zones?
Unless he is pure and loyal, and takes crooked paths to make them straight, unless he is like a huge ancient pine holding the sands together, then he breaks my heart up.

I love him who expects to overcome all karma and bad habits.   I love him who pushes God to perform.   He has no fatalistic submission.
Such a man looks at his karmic heritage like a military analyst, and packs on the weaponry needed to blast away his ancient enemies.
I love him who carries his armoury in his reasoning and in his war cries, whose courage echoes in the heavens and on earth.
I love him whose pride is a self-targetting missile, exploding after a shimmering burst of ironic laughter.

I love perfection.   Or rather, I hate this love, that impedes perfection.
O beautiful virgin hermit, lover of enlightenment, intelligent, silent, austere,
Unaroused in a brothel, relaxed in a snow blizzard, breathing infinitely long breaths though faced with the burglar of your soul, I hate thee as my adversary,
For you arouse in me forgetfulness that perfection is not an image of man.
Wake up, fool!   How can the liberator of all beings be unfree?
Enslave itself to a fantasy?   Believe liberation is found in bondage
To the love and respect of a bag of flesh and blood?
How can it endure being a murderer,
With the blood of a young philosopher on its hands,
Having chosen love over Truth?
Arise from animal dreams, o young monk, remember your vow, the slavery that liberates,
Be free as the Truth.

 


 

II.   The rational view  

The urge to have sex and reproduce is not a biological need.   Unlike the urge to breathe, eat, take water, sleep, urinate, defecate, and maintain thermal comfort, if the urge to have sex and reproduce isn't met, the human body won't die.

The urge to have sex and reproduce is an instinct of the species' survival, not of any particular individual.   It's not a biological need for any individual, but an option.   Social integration verifies this, because by integrating in a group the urge appears essential to life.   This means it is not.   One does not need to be told to breathe, eat, drink, sleep, urinate, defecate, or maintain thermal comfort.   Biological needs, when not met, have dire consequences for bodily health.

This should be enough reason for anyone to question the value of sex.   That most don't indicates a strong causal relationship between sex and irrationality, because refusing to think about something is a form of insanity.   So, not only is sex unnecessary biologically, for any individual, but detrimental as well.   If the majority don't have sex and reproduce, then the human species produced would be of a far greater quality, and far less numerous, because the genetic heritage is intellectually redeemed by abstaining from sex, and/or knowing how valuable that is.

The argument that a strong causal relationship exists between irrationality and any human activity that isn't a biological need (including questioning the value of any human activity that isn't a biological need) is flawed.   Questioning the value of anything is caused by rationality.   The fear of irrationality might be a strong causal factor in this, but not irrationality itself!   Although this seems silly, it has profound implications for human values.   Questioning everything to see what supports and what destroys consciousness is logical for anyone valuing intelligence.

Other human activities that go unchallenged, apart from sex, are essentially the same.   For example, socialising, working, and marrying, are false psychological needs, just like sex.   A false psychological need is egotistical.   It's based on egotism, the belief that Reality is inherently divided into I and an outer, physical, three-dimensional environment, including others.   Egotism is caused by thinking the I is really there.   False psychological needs are basically obsessions with preserving its survival.

True psychological needs are the need to know the absolute truth, and the need to be perfectly truthful.   Failure to meet these needs causes the psyche to die from lack of truthfulness.   The psyche, or soul, is one's conscience.   Over time, by habitually lacking knowledge of the Absolute (the true self), the potential to exist as the Truth vanishes.   A dead psyche has the same functionality as any other bodily organism, but no conscience or intellectual presence.   It's essentially a non-person, a negative individual.   By the age of 30, usually if an individual hasn't become dedicated to uncompromising truthfulness, psychic death occurs quickly, and ego takes over.   I know this by looking.   Just as a bodily organism's death is marked by its disintegration, and it seems highly unlikely that any re-integration of the same personality and memory will occur, the psyche's death is marked by total lack of integrity.   Nothing will change this situation, or at least, it is highly unlikely.   Perhaps there are neural pathways that develop in the brain of a wise man, that are so highly sensitive to 'anti-wise' electrochemical brain signals, that they simply can't grow or be established in a fool.   It comes down to what obsesses the mind, since this forms the habits that heal or destroy the psyche.

Because sex, socialising, and the other unnecessary and irrational human behaviours, are produced by the ego (the false psyche's needs), I'll now examine ego.   I'll also expose why sex is most detrimental of them all.   Ego's basic aim is to maintain the false self's illusory boundary between it and everything else, at all costs.   The constructed self, set up against the rest of the world as if there is an inherent separation, naturally appears vulnerable.   Believing the worst case scenario is the self's death, or loss of its boundary, 99.99% of people spend their entire lives building up security systems to protect it.   They really believe there is a three-dimensional, physical world out there, beyond themselves, that encroaches on their territory.   This gross delusion leads them on in a fanatical comedy, slaving at ridiculous, endless tasks to keep the false self 'alive'.   Insurances to protect a family of selves, of children, lovers, shelters, means to entertain it and avoid becoming conscious, and so forth, are all mechanisms of nature that kill off intelligence and conscience.   So much mad obsession obscures the truth that Reality has no inherent form, or things, or nature, divisions, boundaries, or truths.

Ultimate Reality, or the Absolute, can only be everything.   There can't be any thing, reality, world, or life beyond Ultimate Reality, because by definition, it includes everything.   Whatever is created is Reality.   In other words, it can't be grasped or held onto.   Ultimately, it cannot be divided up.   So chasing self-existence is doomed to failure.   It's impossible to meet the true needs of the psyche with egotistical solutions.   It just doesn't work.   One has to go all the way and abandon the false self, to be psychically healthy.   Psychic illness, caused by egotism's fundamental truthlessness, manifests in emotion, at its most obvious.   For instance, many people experience frustration when sexual urges are not met, because they perceive their self-construct lacking power.   Sexually expressive people, experiencing power and vitality, are perceiving their self-construct as able to dominate the rest of the world.   It's all illusion.

Sex is far more detrimental than socialising, working, or even marrying, because it begins to starve the psyche of truth at a crucial time when it's starting to explore nature, truth, existence, reality, and all the most important matters of life.   Namely, during puberty.   Instead of becoming a philosopher, and venturing the inhuman road to Ultimate Truth, the adolescent falls for the illusion of the self's completion in the form of a pimply, smiling teenager --- and becomes just another human slave.   Socialising, working, and marrying are all institutions designed to nurture the human slave's commitment to the life of falsehood.   They do a darned good job.

This is the tragic situation for all people, excluding the wise man.   And so effective is the system of the egotistical human species, that it is hardly known to exist.   There is no conspiracy, or evil hypocritical dictators.   It is just cause and effect, from so many humans being produced under sex-stupified conditions.   It astonishes me that satisfying one's libido is so heavily promoted as healthy, vital human behaviour --- but I suppose it shouldn't.   It is utter foolishness.

I won't bother discussing other grounds for abandoning sex, such as overpopulation.   The spiritually inethical nature of sex is reason enough.   It is a simple and rational matter to arrange a few careful human-producing farms, and/or use IVF and cloning technologies.   Procedures are constantly improving, to resolve concerns about the offspring so produced.   It is woman-love that hinders this process.   Woman-love protects the existence of women because without women, there is only the empty cold space of solitary thought.   What cowards men are!   Women are the man's safety blanket made of oblivion and fluff, buffering them from the Truth.

Those who think tantric sex is the path to enlightenment are grossly mistaken.   They have no love of truth, and only desire to be free from suffering.   They mistake ego's blissful heavens for wisdom, believing peace and an ecstatic, worry-free experience has something to do with Ultimate Truth.   Again, Reality cannot be intrinsically divided into separate parts, as if only one thing is Truth, and the rest is not Reality.   There is no way to grasp and confine Nature.   It's not a particular experience, or favourite person, or idyllic place, or system of beliefs, or certain rational truths.   Truth is the emptiness inherent in all things.

One seeking enlightenment has to see that all concepts and truths are manifestations of Reality, the same in nature.   The meaning of all words is their emptiness.   The Truth has no single fixed form, but is one formless whole appearing as and creating all things.   It is one's true nature.   Thus, it is useless to try to find it beyond one's mind, or clutch onto any appearance in it, or proclaim that some finite aspect of the Infinite is everything.

In conclusion, the core intellectual blockage to enlightenment is egotism.   Sex does more than simply express the belief in the I's inherent being, but goes further and seeks approval for it.   Sex expresses the eternal need of the I to be completed, which can never happen.   The I is finite, and because it is, cannot attain perfect individuality.   Only by abandoning this mental construct, can the psyche be healed, and perceived in its perfect, whole infinite nature --- the nature of Reality.

In becoming a sage, an individual decides to deal logically with biological needs.   His or her prime obsession is the psychological need to know what is true, and to live by this fully-reasoned knowledge.   The budding sage spurns everything that attacks highly rational consciousness.   Holding truth uppermost, he struggles to overcome sexual desires, using the great vow to become perfectly enlightened.

This process of slowly transforming one's habits of thinking is long and strenuous.   For the sage, there can be no room for cowardice, such as believing one cannot change.   He realises cause and effect is absolute.   By daily remembering the core truth of emptiness, and the total commitment to perfection, the animal's grip in the mind is eased off.

A sage's values have little to do with human values.   Desperate and polar conflict stands between them.   Deciding to value the truth, at all costs, sets one immediately at odds with one's human heritage.   Be prepared for a long war!   And only a few seconds of reasoning can drive the hellish legions of instinct and desire out of the territory, lifting one to liberation.   Persevere!  

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Words of Genius

Links to the best literature in the universe

Wisdom of the Infinite by David Quinn
A clear, streamlined guide to the nature of Reality, step-by-step propelling the serious student of enlightenment into wisdom.    Every word is a clue, and contains all the information needed to orient to Truth.   The rest is the student's own responsibility.

Poison for the Heart by Kevin Solway
Diamond knives from the wisest, booby-trapped at every grasp.

Kierkegaard compiled by David Quinn
Soren Kierkegaard's essential writings, the most terrifying.   Arranged into six chapters of ego-drowning quotes, from Worldliness to Faith.

Venom Crystals compiled by Kevin Solway
Following is an extract from Venom Crystals, a selection from Shantideva's 'A Guide to the Bodhisattva's Way of Life'.   Printed copies of Venom Crystals will be available soon from Kevin Solway.

 

Although they may play with my body
And make it a source of jest and blame,
Because I have given it up to them
What is the use of holding it dear? 

Therefore I will let them do anything to it.
That does not cause them any harm.
And when anyone encounters me
May it never be meaningless for them. 

Where could I possibly find enough leather
With which to cover the surface of the earth?
But wearing leather just on the soles of my shoes
Is equivalent to covering the whole earth with it. 

Just as I would be attentive and careful of a wound
When amidst a bustling uncontrolled crowd,
So I should always guard the wound of my mind.
When dwelling among harmful people. 

Should I behave in such a way as this.
Then whether among harmful people
Or even in the midst of women,
The steady effort to control myself will not decline. 

Whatever has been learnt, contemplated and meditated upon
By those whose minds lack alertness,
Just like water in a leaking vase
Will not be retained in their memory. 

Therefore I shall never let mindfulness depart
From the doorway of my mind.
If it goes, I should recall the misery of the lower realms
And firmly re-establish it there. 

When mindfulness is set with the purpose
Of guarding the doorway of the mind,
Then alertness will come about.
And even that which had gone will return. 

If I happen to be present
While a senseless conversation is taking place,
Or if I happen to see some kind of spectacular show,
I should abandon attachment to it. 

If for no other reason I start digging at the earth,
Picking at the grass or drawing patterns on the ground,
Then by recalling the advice of the Buddhas;
I should immediately stop out of fear. 

Do I not see
That he is systematically slaughtering my species?
Whoever remains soundly asleep
Surely behaves like a buffalo with a butcher. 

Relying upon the boat of a human body,
Free yourself from the great ocean of suffering.
As it is hard to find this boat again.
This is no time for sleep, you fool. 

So, having mounted the horse of an Awakening Mind,
That dispels all discouragement and weariness.
Who, when they know of this mind that proceeds from joy to joy,
Would ever lapse into despondency. 

Powerless, their minds disturbed,
People in this world are unable to benefit themselves.
Therefore I shall do it for them.
Since unlike me, these beings are incapable. 

When crows encounter a dying snake
They will act as though they were eagles.
Likewise, if my self-confidence is weak
I shall be injured by the slightest downfall. 

I will conquer everything
And nothing at all shall conquer me!
I, a son of the Lion-like Conqueror,
Should remain self-confident in this way. 

If someone dropped his sword during battle,
He would immediately pick it up out of fear.
Likewise if I lose the weapon of mindfulness
I should quickly retrieve it , being afraid of hell. 

Just as poison spreads throughout the body,
In dependence upon the circulation of blood,
Likewise if a disturbing conception finds an opportunity
Unwholesomeness will permeate my mind. 

Those who practise should be as attentive
As a frightened man carrying a jar full of mustard oil
Who is being threatened by someone with a sword,
And will be killed if he spills one drop 

Just as I would swiftly stand up
If a snake came into my lap
Likewise if any sleep or laziness occur
I shall quickly turn them back. 

Each time something unwholesome occurs
I should criticize myself,
And then contemplate for a long time
That I shall never let this happen again. 

Why do I make such an effort to polish it (the body)?
Like cleaning a weapon that will cause me harm.
Hence this entire world is disturbed with insanity,
Due to the exertions of those who are confused. 

In the same way as animals drawing carriages
Are only able to eat a few mouthfuls of grass,
Likewise desirous people
Have many disadvantages such as these and little profit. 

The objects of desire will certainly perish,
And then I shall fall into hellish states.
But Buddhahood itself is attained
With just one millionth of the difficulty. 

It is a mistaken conception to think
That I shall experience the suffering of my next life,
For it is another person who dies,
And another that will be reborn. 

Although others may do something wrong,
I should transform it into a fault of my own,
But should I do something even slightly wrong,
I shall openly admit it to many people. 

Upon analysis this world of living beings is found to have
no true existence.
Therefore who can die here?
What is there to come and what has been?
Who are friends and who are relatives? 


End of Issue 1, Nov 2005

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