Quarantine Musings, day 4 & 5: The Beatitudes

In case there’s any confusion, this series doesn’t begin from the first day of social isolation, If I remember correctly, day 1 of the series is actually around day five or six of my actual social isolation. This doesn’t really effect the content in these musings, but when I look back on this with time, it’ll provide some context. Additionally, due to the brevity of the the Day 4 musing, I combined day 4 and 5.

Day 4

Sitting in my room, barred off the from the outside is making me more sensitive. Music is hitting harder and character moments in movies and books are resonating more. Meanwhile, I’m spending a lot of time thinking about past relationships and people who were and are currently in my life. Everything stops and time dilation is taking hold. Left only to think and feel.

Day 5

Yesterday, I couldn’t find much to say. It’s not often that I find myself at a complete loss for words, but when you’ve spent days indoors, with limited engagement outside of what I can pry from my timeline, you begin to run out things to say. Fortunately, a Pokemon Nuzlocke later and I feel refreshed.

Piggybacking off the ideas from Day 2 (the specific relationship of which I will obfuscate as to not ruin friendships) I’m reminded there is a tangible difference in the operating systems of people. I have said on this blog and on my twitter many times, my only political position is that I ally with Master above Slave. Try as you might to shake people of their slave morality, you cannot. Every attempt is an exercise in futility; tossing pearls before swine.

For those who don’t know, Nietzsche considers there to be two types of morality and moral conflicts ultimately boil down to a clash of these two ideological slants. The specific content of master and slave morality differs between individuals, but at base, they amount to two types of behavior. The Master operates according to vitality. The master, has a strong will and they engage in what they consider to be correct not because they were told some guiding principle, but because they aspire towards power. What is good is what allows the master to operate as nobility. The Master is value-creating.

The Slave on the other hand, sees the Master and consciously or unconsciously considers themselves subservient to the master. They castrate themselves mentally and spiritually. They look not towards their own intrinsic Will towards Power, they look instead to what the Master indulges in. They create concrete moral positions based on the actions of the Master–who doesn’t hold these behaviors as static morally good practices. Furthermore, and most importantly, they slave vilifies that which the Master has, but slave does not. What is good, is what the slave is relation to the master, what is bad is everything else. It is morality of the weak.

Adding a bit more nuance, its not just the content of what’s being said, it’s innate modes. The Master and Slave can read the same passage or book and derive completely different meaning. For example, within the Bible, Christ operates as nobility. He Wills towards Power. Even in passages such as “blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the Earth.” The Slave reads that and the rest of the Beatitudes as an exaltation of their lowly nature. It is because I am meek and lowly that I will inherit the Kingdom of God. Nothing can be further from the truth. The Slave mindset reads the Beatitudes and thinks to themselves, “I am meek therefore I am good.” Christ in practically the same breath says, “Let your light shine so bright before men that they see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” In context, the above is not a glorification of weakness, it is to say, you–Followers of Christ–are to be so excellent that the weak willed will find hope in your actions. You cannot hide a city on a hill. The Master understands this intuitively, yet the Slave revels in weakness, identifying not as the chosen few, but as the unwashed masses.

Due to Corona-chan, we’re seeing clear as day who is Master and who is slave. We’re seeing who puts “utility” above what allows for the powerful to thrive–I don’t mean this in an edgelord way either. There’s a difference between who is currently at the seat of power (e.g. your billionaires, CEOs, politicians, etc. ) and who is powerful in their own right. Who sees this as opportunity to thrive and who sees this as an opportunity to get revenge on those who have what the Slaves do not.

I wish there were a way to shake people of this way of thinking, but if your friends identify as Slave, they begin to grow fearful of your ideas. They begin to distrust your intentions and re-sentiment. Slowly, but invariably, they begin to take positions against you, they start to see “evil’ in your ideas in your behaviors. The more strongly they identify as the meek, the more your light shines through, but just remember, “BLESSED is ye when men revile you and persecute you and say all manner of evil against you falsely, for [nobility’s] sake.”

Stay Blessed, King.

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