Saturday, February 03, 2007
Diagnosis: Monkey Disease
I encounter an idea with increasing regularity, often online, or in various print media. It goes something like this: “Man is a walking disease!”.
I believe I first heard the ‘walking virus’ line in a Bill Hicks routine. It’s a sardonic bit, to be sure.It’s where cynicism acquiesces to nihilism, in that moment of abject loathing. I understand that, I can relate. Another Hicks routine has to do with watching CNN for hours straight, blasting warnings of imminent doom: “WAR, DEATH, FAMINE, AIDS! WAR, DEATH,FAMINE, AIDS!” ( We are a disease!) . I understand this sentiment.
I admit this “world-view” is a tempting one.
After all, it is difficult to not be disgusted by the rampant ignorance, violence and apathy that we “witness” daily via mainstream media, like the ten o’clock news, CNN , and through armchair victimization junkies like Oprah ( I say, NOPRAH!). The end of Hicks’ bit has the viewer take a breath and stick his head out the window, only to hear the peaceful sounds of crickets chirping in the night.
It’s a commentary on the scrupulously constructed unreality fed to us by our “trusted news resources”.(Another bit about taking psychedelics and apprehending the divine spiritual nature of all of humanity casts a whole pile of doubt on the idea that Hicks’ really imagined himself as a bi-pedal cyst.)
This sentiment also lets us off the hook in certain ways; a slab of animated meat shaped by magic strands of DNA can’t possibly accept any moral or ethical responsibilty. We can watch a story about a drug dealer murdering some nobody, or a white-collar criminal commiting fraud and chalk it up to “human nature”. We are purely self-interested amoebas’, no? How can we be expected to not indulge every whim or consume every sugary, blinking-light trinket? A cosmic accident can only make mini-accidents, right?
It’s in our nature, of course. And there is no escape from “nature”..
We hear the same sentiments from ‘radicals’ like Howard Bloom via sites like Disinfo.com . We read Grant Morrison or Warren Ellis – penned comics that present entire populations or various warring factions as ‘viruses’, spreading their ‘memes’ like herpes at a goth club.( P.S, it’s time for a new concept, boys). But it isn’t a sardonic aside, it’s a ‘working model’ an ‘operational belief’ for many of these people.
It’s alluring to a certain strain of “cool” too; it doesn’t give a fuck, it’s reckless, it won’t delude itself with fairy tales, and that’s pretty rock’n’roll..
A slightly less ‘radical’ but very similar concept is often floated through various ‘smart’ media outlets, like the Discovery Channel, National Geographic, New Scientist magazine ( favorite of the atheistic-hipster club) Nova, Public Radio and in a remarkably propogandistic documentary I gritted my teeth through called “What The Bleep Do We Know?” .I’ve also encountered this one in normal conversation with friends and family.
This one’s a little more palatable, as its seed is planted in nearly every public school student in the United States ( and Europe, I’m sure) via Darwins’ theory ( which, right or wrong, is used to legitimize every tyranny by those ‘in the know’ : “Social Darwinism” it’s called, or “the recess period model”, as I like to think of it. ).
It goes like this: “We’re a bunch of hairless monkeys, of course.”
What seperates this one from the ‘walking virus’ line is that it seeks to preserve some fealty to a sense of ‘natural goodness’ that the ebola fraternity, with pet Cthulhus in their pocket set to wipe out all the jocks who beat them up and the cheerleaders who spurned them, dissavow out of hand.
In “What the Bleep..” this idea is used to rationalize or legitimize any and all sexual behaviors: Bonobo monkeys engage in nearly every kind of sexual activities one can imagine, we are shown in montage with pleasant voice-over narraion ; homosexuality , incest, etc., and they do this to preserve ‘social harmony”, we are told; You scratch my back, I’ll screw my daughter .It’s for the “greater social good” ( probably the most common theme presented by the ‘smart’ media), of course. And then the giant leap: Since we’re essentially hairless monkeys, there is absolutely no reason not to engage in wanton, every-whim-met, sexual behavior. Any restrictions on our behavior are the sole provenance of the uptight, the “un-enlightened”( in the luciferian sense) , the “insecure”( as in mentally unsound/dysgenic), the moralistic “cavemen’ ( ironic, no? I guess that’s the spot on the evolutionary chart when cave-guys first had a problem with their mates blowin’ the best man behind the big rock by the terrradactyl nest…) .All this presented by the calm , smiling faces of various self-styled sceintistic gurus, with light electronic music playing in the background.At the end of the film we are assured by the cult leader ( paraphrase) “ There is nothing you can do on this Earth that can upset God..”.Aaahhh…whata relief…
God is in our D.N.A, of course! And any urge we might have is a message from our D.N.A, from God, therefore the denial of the urge is Evil! ( Unless the urge involves ‘hurting’ anyone else, of course, then it must reigned-in.Why, I’m not sure.) It’s so simple!
The Monkey-sex routine is also used in an HBO doc. Called THE THIRD SEX.. It’s the exact same message, again used to confirm to us the validity of ‘human sexual diversity”, specifically ‘trans-gendered” people. Oh, yeah, and about how traditional cultures around the globe all have a secret homosexual majority that just can’t come-out due to the fascists who arrange marriages and want their children to “breed”…
As an aside, before I’m called a fascist ( if you haven’t done so already)I’d be remiss if I didn’t state that I don’t much care what activities consenting adults engage in. I don’t have to ‘appreciate’ it, or congratulate them for representing a color in our beautiful rainbow of ‘sexual diversity’.I recognize the fundamental right of every individual to live as he or she sees fit. (My views on sex and morality will be better served by an article dedicatd solely to the subject, to be written sometime in the future, but probably not.)
What this article is really about is the exposure of a nascent web of a greater ideology.Or, more specifically, how we’re being sold an ideology by pandering to our sexual desires. It’s not surprising to me that the sexual angle is used to sell what is in fact a far-reaching ideology, one with ramifications in every arena of what we call ‘civilization”. After all, the sex drive in each of us is the most difficult aspect of ourselves to reign in, and the first to go once traditional cultures fade. Wether a pretense or an adhered-to code, our sexual mores have a defining impact on culture-at-large.
What these two inter-related concepts have in common , at their core, is the imposture of scientific logic as butress for a purely mythical, or speculative vision of humans , humanity itself and civilization. This is the sigil of scientism in plain view and ,in this specific aspect, a manufactured vision employed scrupulously to disengage individuals from traditional practices by selling a get-out-of-tradtion-free card and other forms of liscence.
I use the word “mythical” because the vision of humanity that scientism presents is informed by self-serving slection of fact, all of which serve as the ingredients of a giant stew of snake-oil feel-goodism ; The sexual practices of Bonobo monkeys is presented to us as an ideal, a system by which we might fornicate our way toward a utopian future, under the umbrella of virtual rainbows of diversity projected above us, all of us plugged-in, all of us sharing access to our genitals and rectums for “the common good” at the sybarite resort/company compound. It’s a self-serving slection, no doubt. After all, Bonobo monkeys throw their own feces at each other ( before the make-up sodomy, I imagine.) Why not throw our turds at the uptight moralists? It works for the monkeys..
(A ‘mentally challenged” kid down the street plays with his feces too. Maybe he’s got the keys to utopia! Let’s all start speaking in mono-syllables! Language is for fascists!!)
At its core, represented here as ‘fundamentalist scientism” ( the tumor on rollerblades vision) the ideology of scientism reduces each individual to self-interested organism, a cosmic accident in which all creation, all human achievement , all art , all philosophy, all religion, all music and poetry is the merely the poisoned fruit of our denial; we deny that we are flesh set to rot, nothing more. “Family” is a feeble unit stitched together by mutual fear, by the mutual need for material security under the umbrella of a role-played fantasy in which the father acts as lord, oppressing the natural pleasure-pursuits of wife by shackling her to some children, who reinforce the RPG, making material the delusion. Traditional culture is mass delusion, a trivial accessory now sold as trinkets in gift shops, it’s signets now the logos of travel agancies, used to lure company-men to far off, exotic locales . “Nation” an even greater delusion, in which the most succesful of the role-playing fathers hoard their wealth behind imaginary lines.
The “What The Bleep” shit-thrower pitch presents all of the above-mentioned ( what we call, again, civilization) in lighter terms, as a bit of a joke, a happy delusion, one in which we might “do what thou will” with the silly ol’ playthings that got us to this point. Let’s stop fooling ourselves about things like “achievement”, it’ll have us believe; the only things we try to achieve are things that will directly improve our position in ‘the game’ of culture and society, in which the rules are made up as we go, since they were simply ‘made-up’ before we all achieved this trans-humanist enlightenment.The world of the monkey-idol is, in fact, flat.
However you slice it, the ideology of scientism is a coup for those in power, a major boon; the heads of media, government and banking systems (Usually intimately connected, if not one and the same.) are seen as ‘natural’ players in the game, acting out roles that any organism might . After all, once each individuals’ perception of self is reduced to that of a lonely amoeba ‘jus’ tryin to get mine’, tyranny itself will go unrecognized, oppression a matter of ‘bad dna’, or an unfortunate, but natural occurance that might ‘infect’ anyone at any given time. The only oppression in monkey-land is in an individual not having the capacity to ‘play the game’; nothing a dash of eugenics can’t solve. A belief in ideologies like Scienism opens the floodgates for unmitigated acquiesence to all forms of control, wether it be eugenics, population control programs ( we want better animated meat, only less of it..) or Global Government/Control Grid systems.If we are all but soon-to-be mounds of dirt, what is there to protect?
There is no moral ground to object to these decisions, and, if someone ‘ climbs the ladder’ to the position of a great ‘decider’, well, they’ve earned the right by means of their might.They’re simply listening to their DNA, no? If you cannot acquire the means to protect yourself materially, it just means you’re carrying the ball in a game of ‘smear the queer’ during recess and you’re knocked back a couple spots on Darwins’ chart. You’re bombed back to the Stoneage..You’re jus’ shit out of luck.
**UP Next: The diagnosis continues. Stay tuned for soothing, cure-all ointment**