Orwell: A Bard Navigating the World of the Gutter Crawlers (Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 213)

The interesting thing about the New Albion was that it was so completely modern in spirit. There was hardly a soul in the firm who was not perfectly well aware that publicity—advertising—is the dirtiest ramp that capitalism has yet produced. In the red lead firm there had still lingered certain notions of commercial honour and usefulness. But such things would have been laughed at in the New Albion. Most of the employees were the hard-boiled, Americanised, go-getting type—the type to whom nothing in the world is sacred, except money. They had their cynical code worked out. The public are swine; advertising is the rattling of a stick inside a swill bucket. And yet beneath their cynicism there was the final naïveté, the blind worship of the money-god. Gordon studied them unobtrusively. As before, he did his work passably well and his fellow-employees looked down on him. Nothing had changed in his inner mind. He still despised and repudiated the money-code. Somehow, sooner or later, he was going to escape from it; even now, after his late fiasco, he still plotted escape. He was in the money-world, but not of it. As for the types about him, the little bowler-hatted worms who never turned, and the go-getters, the American business-college gutter crawlers, they rather amused him than not. He liked studying their slavish keep-your-job mentality, He was the chiel amang* them takin’ notes.

One day a curious thing happened. Somebody chanced to see a poem of Gordon’s in a magazine, and put it about that they “had a poet in the office.” Of course Gordon was laughed at, not ill-naturedly, by the other clerks. They nicknamed him “the bard” from that day forth. But though amused, they were also faintly contemptuous. It confirmed all their ideas about Gordon. A fellow who wrote poetry wasn’t exactly the type to Make Good.

*the chiel amang = the young man (Scottish) among

Keep the Aspidistra Flying

George Orwell          1936

The Pervasive Myth of Economic Gluttony vs. the Inescapable Context of Humanity (Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 175)

The faulty assumption that scarcity-based economic thinking is somehow the de-facto human approach to questions of supply, demand, and distribution of wealth has mislead much anthropological, philosophical, and economic thought over the past few centuries. As economist John Gowdy explains, “‘Rational economic behavior’ is peculiar to market capitalism and is an embedded set of beliefs, not an objective universal law of nature. The myth of economic man explains the organizing principle of contemporary capitalism, nothing more or less.”

Many economists have forgotten (or never understood) that their central organizing principle, Homo economicus (a.k.a. economic man), is a myth rooted in assumptions about human nature, not a bedrock truth upon which to base a durable economic philosophy. When John Stuart Mill proposed what he admitted to be “an arbitrary definition of man, as a being who inevitably does that by which he may obtain the greatest amount of necessities, conveniences, and luxuries, with the smallest quantity of labour and physical self-denial,” it’s doubtful he expected his “arbitrary definition” to delimit economic thought for centuries. Recall Rousseau’s words: “If I had had to chose my place of birth, I would have chosen a state in which everyone knew everyone else, so that neither the obscure tactics of vice nor the modesty of virtue could have escaped public scrutiny and judgement.” Those who proclaim that greed is simply a part of human nature too often leave context unmentioned. Yes, greed is a part of human nature. But so is shame. And so is generosity (and not just toward genetic relatives). When economists base their models on their fantasies of an “economic man” motivated only by self-interest, they forget community—the all-important web of meaning we spin around each other—the inescapable context within which anything truly human has taken place.

Sex at Dawn

Ryan and Jethá          2010

Money is what God used to Be (Warrior Poet Mental Yoga 169)

In a crude, boyish way, he had begun to get the hang of this money-business. At an earlier age than most people he grasped that all modern commerce is a swindle. Curiously enough, it was the advertisements in the Underground stations that first brought it home to him. He little knew, as the biographers say, that he himself would one day have a job in an advertising firm. But there was more to it than the mere fact that business is a swindle. What he realized, and more clearly as time went on, was that money-worship has been elevated into a religion. Perhaps it is the only real religion—the only really felt religion—that is left to us. Money is what God used to be. Good and evil have no meaning any longer except failure and success. Hence the profoundly significant phrase, to make good. The decalogue has been reduced to two commandments. One for the employers—the elect, the money-priest-hood as it were—”Thou shalt make money”; the other for the employed—the slaves and underlings—”Thou shalt not lose thy job.” It was about this time that he came across The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and read about the starving carpenter who pawns everything but sticks to his aspidistra. The aspidistra became a sort of symbol for Gordon after that. The aspidistra, flower of England! It ought to be on our coat of arms instead of the lion and the unicorn. There will be no revolution in England while there are aspidistras in the windows.

Keep The Aspidistra Flying

George Orwell          1936

The Contorted, Twisted, and Bastardized Form of “Love”, We have All been Taught to Believe is Ideal (Love vs Sex 237)

Written by Percy Sledge and first recorded in 1966, “When a Man Loves a Woman” hit a cultural nerve. The song shot to the top of both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B charts. Another version, recorded twenty-five years later by Michael Bolton, also went straight to the top of the charts, and the song now sits at number 54 on Rolling Stone’s list of the five hundred greatest songs of all time. Nothing is more prominent than love and sex in Western media, and “When a Man Loves a Woman” is an example of the message whispered in romantic ears throughout the world.

What does Mr. Sledge have to say about a man’s love for a woman? What are the signs of true masculine love? Copyright restrictions won’t allow us to quote the song’s lyric in full, but most readers know the words by heart anyway. To review, when a man loves a woman:

  • He becomes obsessed and can’t think of anything else.
  • He’ll exchange anything, even the world, for her company.
  • He’s blind to any fault she may have, and will abandon even his closest friend if that friend tries to warn him about her.
  • He’ll spend all his money trying to hold her attention.
  • And last but not least, he’ll sleep in the rain if she tells him to.

We’d like to suggest an alternative title for this song: “When a Man Becomes Pathologically Obsessed and Sacrifices All Self-Respect and Dignity by Making a Complete Ass of Himself (and Losing the Woman Anyway Because Really, Who Wants a Boyfriend Who Sleeps Out in the Rain Because Someone Told Him Too?).”

Sex at Dawn

Ryan and Jethá          2010

The Role of Teachers: Healers of Children or Enablers of the State? (WPMY 127)

Pretext note: I wrote this as a response to a statement about school and education being only a tool to instill complanciency and blind submission into children so that they would become agreeable dependent drones who could be easily funneled into corporate jobs and the role of an unquestioning tax paying devotee of government authoritarianism. I focused on teachers/educators in my response because I believe that a central unspoken innuendo in this theory is that all teachers and educators are dullards and unaware instruments or tools who simply toe the tyrannical government line.

I do not believe this is the case and I think the matter much more complex than most would suggest or pretend. I delve into the primary complexities below.

 I think most teachers do promote blind acceptance of “popular” socially accepted constructs/taboos and that government is supposed to be regarded as the ultimate trustworthy savior, ward, and defender of freedom and justice for all. Not this fact, but the actual reason this is so is crucial in understanding and correcting the problem. Some teachers may just be apathetic dolts, but I think that majority is fairly small. Most teachers have millstones tied around their necks with the weight of 1) an overburden of responsibility due to student numbers and excessive course material to cover (mandated from their superiors), 2) a very poor wage considering what they are actually expected to do, 3) a herd of destabilized parents, looking for a scapegoat, who most often have created and perpetuated the destabilization of their own children themselves, 4) the limitations of overbearing political correctness and standardization imposed vigorously by their superiors and the parent herd petitioners/jury, 5) the same indoctrination of apathy and encouragement to pursue the path of least resistance and minimal work that almost everyone in this country seems to be baptized in at a very young age as the norm. So, I think the ineptitude/apathy of most teachers and their tendency to promote blind compliance is in large degree from them being beat down into the ground and bridled by destabilized parents, a piss poor paycheck, and the lazy mentality of the majority of the rest of society that can’t even imagine applying themselves anywhere close to the degree that a teacher must on a daily basis. In essence, I think most of the teachers give up trying to help students and change the world through independent reasoning and questioning behavior because they get tired of fighting the rest of the world for the opportunity to do so. The teachers ultimately have to comply with the insanity and madness of everyone around them just to collect their paycheck and keep from going bonkers, so naturally it would follow that their beat down compliance gets passed onto the students. “Why not let a corporation or the government handle it anyway? It can’t be any worse than a bunch of crazy parent’s or the rest of society that has already gone to lazy greed and perpetually passing the buck onto someone else?” When no other alternative is given a real opportunity to exist and flourish, the corporate collective option or the government option will always appear rosier than it truly happens to be. And yes, I do believe that the majority of the corporate collectives and the government is more than willing to add to their numbers of indentured minions.

Some teachers are also outliers who have too much empathy and drive to ever give up or be run to ruin by the system. Those teachers are Angels and Saints, and though some of them may be more centralists than individualists, I don’t believe their centralism has an accurate correlation or is based on the principles of creating submissive-apathetic-indentured-herd-minions as is the (default) case above. This high drive “centralist” of a teacher/educator believes that “fire must be fought with fire” (the corrupt/delinquent/obstructive forces above must be over-dominated <they would say balanced> by the more reasonable tyranny of governmental authority). But their thoughts and motives are not submission, despair, and relinquishing control to the despotic juggernauts (corrupt government and corrupt collective corporatism). They truly want to kick those arch-villains in their balls and in their teeth, so that they might wrangle control away from them and fix the system to be fair and just for all.

The teachers of the first paragraph most likely fall into the Beta or Apath categories psychologically. The teachers of the second paragraph most likely fall into the Alpha and Empath category. The drives and responses of both of these types of teachers is largely based on their inherent genetic and psychological makeup.

My preference is the Alpha-Empath-Decentralist teacher/educator. These are the Jedi and they stand up against daunting odds. They are of legend like the Alpha-Empath-Decentralist small business owner also happens to be. These silly fools understand that “fire must be fought with water” and that “war must be fought with non-violence.” These entities will be specifically targeted by the psychopaths (~ 4-10% of our society) because they are the graces of natural societal correction and if left to their own devices, they would autocorrect all of the madness about them and establish more freedom and independence universally. The psychopaths who perceive everything only as a game of over-dominating as many other people as possible want these Alpha-Empaths-Decentralists defamed and incapacitated in every manner, so that they may rule and play and manipulate the rest of the world through collective corporatism and centralized governmental despotism.

Cribb          2016