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Klei Avodah

"Beneath the paving stones, the beach."

5/5/12 11:57 am - Hello

I'm switching to friends-only.

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Edit: I'm actually going to be most active on my Wordpress Blog from now on. Feel free to join me there!

2/19/08 04:44 am - A couple of points

Super Mario vs. Many Worlds (thanks, mechangel)

Wikileaks, the wiki a California court doesn't want you to read.

Pixeljunk Eden, which looks to be an interesting game. I like Pixeljunk's lineup in general, just as I like thatgamecompany's lineup. Indie game houses are looking good right now.

Toshiba officially bows out of the Hi Def format war.

12/24/07 04:10 am - Control

The problem I have with that control bit (things under your control vs. things not under your control) is that first, it's a false dichotomy. Control is not a simple subject. There are both gradations and mutualities, temporary and permanent inequities. There are things that exert degrees of control on you while you are exerting your own right back. Simplification of this process might seem beneficial in the short term, however the wording suggests that the byproduct of this little meme is a mindset based on control/being out of control. In that sense we can see Umberto Eco's adept/mystic definition creeping back into the mindspace of the occult community. It's almost as if the meme is designed as a sorting hat between mystics and aspiring adepti. Is this what we're reduced to?

"An initiate is not the same as a mystic. Being an initiate-having an intuitive comprehension of what reason cannot explain-is a very deep process; it is a slow transformation of the spirit and of the body, and it can lead to the exercise of superior abilities, even to immortality. But it is secret, intimate; it does not show itself externally; it is modest, lucid, detached. That is why the Masters of the World, initiates, do not indulge in mysticism. For them, a mystic is a slave, a site of the manifestation of the numinous, through which site the signs of a secret can be observed. The initiate encourages the mystic and uses him as you might use a telephone, to establish long-distance contact, or as a chemist might use litmus paper, to detect the action of a particular substance. The mystic is useful, because he is conspicuous. He broadcasts himself. Initiates, on the contrary, are recognizable only to one another. It is they who control the forces that mystics undergo. In this sense there is no difference between the possession experienced by the cavalos and the ecstasies of Saint Theresa of Avila or Saint John of the Cross. Mysticism is a degenerate form of contact with the divine, whereas initiation is the fruit of long askesis of mind and heart. Mysticism is a democratic, if not demagogic, phenomenon; initiation is aristocratic."

- Foucault's Pendulum, Umberto Eco

Ayrkain 08:53, 20 December 2007 (MST)
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