Vague Orbits (Theoretical Model of History)


"If you're as cool as I am and have a favorite wool hoodie,
and you wonder why all your mp3 players mysteriously stop working come winter
...it's because there is a clown car full of lint in the audio jack.
It's not easy being so hip and fashionable."

I just wrote that on facebook, and I am very very excited
because I finally get to listen to music again, after about 2 weeks,
so immeeeeerrrsse my souuuullll in loooooooove ("street spirit")
This is purely coincidental, but I'm also thinking of being less racist.
now, mind you, I've always been against "incivility", public racism,
but how you feel about other cultures inside your head is your own choice
and if you have overwhelmingly negative experiences with a culture,
well, then it would be condescending *not* to be racist --
"not know any better?", "acceptable differences?"
fuck that, they aren't idiots, they are intelligent human beings,
they SHOULD know better but they don't, and they should just -- disappear!

There's nothing wrong with THAT,
but maybe I have some considerations here to the contrary,
namely, consider the old models of power,
of creators and changers -- where does the power go?
Part of what justified racism for me was, at least, that they were in power
this assumes that those in power harness power somehow,
and that there are the creators (those who establish power)
and the changers (those who try to reprogram power)
after all, it seems as though what is most intolerable about people
   is their *banality*, that they think their shit is new or worth it
   their *oppressive* banality!
but perhaps no one is in power, perhaps we are all losers in history
so that, in that expression called "horror" which already expresses two things
1, a sudden insight or realization
and 2, a sense of helplessness despite this realization
a helplessness that always assumed a relentless *human* power
there is a *3rd* component: the horror of individuals in their loneliness.
In other words, inner racism would be less justifiable
   if it weren't allied with weakness, and against the dominant power
   if the dominant power werent' human
but something like the wind of history
and if humans were, in fact, at every moment, asking for redemption
if there were no creator / changer division among humans.

This is actually related to another thing I've been thinking about --
I've realize recently that I've been too naive with my psychological models
I've still been attempting to talk about some feedback cycle
   between perception, memory, and and action
but now i want to avoid talking about the raw details of memory formation
   (and by memory, I mean, memory programming, our "natural" actions)
but rather speak about a kind of "top down" alteration in memory
where the task is changing the narrative
where the primary purpose is political, diverting power away from
   that mysterious and perhaps nonhuman current in history.
To turn the "creator" (teleologic history) into the "changer".
In other words -- Nietzsche said "everything came from war,
   no -- everything *good* came from war"
but this is wrong -- war is simply the condition of power,
and even if this were factually true, it doesn't have to be,
ie, if war represents this massive human organizing, this "creator" configuration
-- Conrad spoke about war differently --
he did say that, yes, that "it was glorified murder on a grand scale",
something about "taking land away from those who had slightly flatter noses than us",
but he also said that there was a "glorious *idea* behind it all,
  something that you can worship, bow down to"
thus evoking this "creator" configuration.
But there is actually far less emphasis on war as an organizing or creative force,
war seems to be simply just how it happened, but not the only way,
correlation not causation.

Our model of history, then, is two-fold
there is, yes, war, and grand systemic things
but we are not economists, we are not so teleolgic --
that is, when, say, a consumer looks at a product, there is a desire there
how? why? who knows? this is not treated by economics
but this desire is only teleologically meaningful as the transfer of wealth.
So that, on the other hand, there is the ... narrative state
which is something not so clear -- no, not so clear at all --
but which may be temporarily aligned towards some system,
-- inevitably -- systems will always form, but they are not the causa-prima
but always, at the same time, carries the possibility of "redemption"
the counter-history, and this is the "vague orbit" --
-- "not so clear at all" --
around something else, but not around the system.

TBC: Practice / implementation!
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