Sunday, May 27, 2007

Origins of a Name

Actually, this isn't boring. It's more illustrative than anything.

Plus, it provides something to do on a Sunday beyond listening to "The Pod" by Ween.

So...Good Times and Bad Times in Lost America, where did that come from? Well, it's essentially a more user-friendly rendition of "Times of Hate, Times of Joy", which is what the blog used to be called. Why was it called "Times of Hate, Times of Joy?"...that's where it gets interesting. They sound like two extremes, Hate and Joy, what could they possibly have in common?

Well my friends, in personal life I'm a firm believer that you need to explore both the positive and the negative, the good and the "bad", as it's conventionally known, and ultimately come up with a synthesis that transcends both of them. By letting all your emotions out by not just censoring yourself and writing things that are nice and happy AND by not getting completely enveloped in negative thinking I believe that one gets a more truthful understanding of things and self in general. This goes for exploring ideas as well. My ex cathedra opinion, at least the method that I've pursued, is basically to read everything from all over the spectrum, all the way from the most libertarian leftist things to straight out Nazism and Fascism in order to have a basically informed perspective of things. And, what do you know, I'm neither a Nazi or a Fascist! And although I look into things all across the board I don't agree with the "Neither Left nor Right" opinion of New Rightist neo-Fascists.

But the thing is, how do you really know that you're not a Nazi or a Fascist, despite everything you think about that, unless you actually read the material and decide for yourself. My basic opinion is that most people who do this will find out, surprise surprise, that they aren't Fascists or Nazis, but this opinion will be based on an actual understanding instead of an understanding that doesn't come from actual contact with primary sources.

As Robert Anton Wilson once wrote, he was taught in school (during World War II), that the Nazis were wrong because their ideas were wrong. And the only way to know that is to look at the ideas.

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