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Chris Floyd: Goodness is like fire... this is not the age of defeat

by Chris Floyd

This is the age of loss – but it is not the age of defeat.

Drone strikes, kill lists, murderers and torturers approved for high office. Austerity for the poor, record profits for the rich. Truthtellers shackled, liars lauded, ignorance exalted, cruelty and callousness gilded with righteous piety. Everywhere, goodness is driven to its knees, and this brutality is not decried but celebrated....

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...What do you think goodness is? Some commodity, a material substance that can be wasted utterly, atomized, made inert? Do you think it is a thing, that can be destroyed, organic matter that can die? Do you think it is an idea that can lose its force, its coherence, its context, can be rendered quaint or antiquated by time’s passing, or by any suppression or negation? What do you think goodness is? Goodness is like fire: it is a process not an entity, not even a mental entity: it is process, it is relation, it exists only in the moment of its enacting, in the moment of ignition, of relation, where matter and energy become one, become nothing, become all.

Goodness is like fire, but it is not fire, because the matter it feeds upon is existence itself: inexhaustible, in all of its uncountable coalescences of innumerable elements – right down to the quantum switchings in the invisible cores: rising, decaying, recombining, rising again, decaying, recombining, on and on, in every direction, at every level, until the end of whatever time is, if whatever time is has an end.

Fearful, damaged creatures rule us. It is because they are more fearful and damaged than we are that they want to rule, that they aren’t content with mere images of projected self-hatred (like so many of their sycophants and followers). No, they must have the viscera in their hands, smell the overpowering stench of death, hear the wail of suffering, see the damage, the destroyed body that is the image of their own soul. They think that in this way what is fearful and damaged inside them will be expelled. But of course, the opposite is true; the hateful damage is only increased, exponentially, the rot grows deeper and deeper inside them.

This is what our politics is, this is what power is: the maniacal attempt to overcome relation -- to blot it out, stop the endless process, put out the fire, and impose a deadened stasis on the reality that pains them so.

But this is impossible to do, because the flame of reality cannot be extinguished. Individual points of consciousness can be destroyed – an abysmal, irreplaceable, inconsolable loss – but not the always-changing, rising, falling, recombining process that is reality. What do you think goodness is? Goodness is reality, it is Being itself. Evil is the attempt to quell reality, to quell goodness, to stop it, arrest it, indefinitely detain it, to beat it, terrorize it into submission, to assassinate it, sequester it, to make it go away somehow and stop reflecting back to us the damaged thing we have become.

But this cannot be done. It cannot be done. Goodness can lose, but it cannot be defeated. It can be balked, but it cannot be quelled. In every single moment of existence, the choice for goodness is there. Every single moment – the choice. And you can make it at any point, you can begin the process of accepting, enacting, igniting goodness at any point, even the darkest and most degraded..."

Read the entire Chris Floyd essay here: http://chris-floyd.com/component/content/article/1-latest-ne...




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My immediate allusions and the excerpts that spawned them...

"Goodness is the impulse or action that moves in relation, the impulse or action that does not abstract, exploit, dehumanize the other, does not solidify them, but moves, flows in empathetic relation to them. You can have a hell of a good time in that kind of flow." -Floyd

a recent reply to Smudge Pot...

"Fearful, damaged creatures rule us. It is because they are more fearful and damaged than we are that they want to rule, that they aren’t content with mere images of projected self-hatred (like so many of their sycophants and followers). No, they must have the viscera in their hands, smell the overpowering stench of death, hear the wail of suffering, see the damage, the destroyed body that is the image of their own soul. They think that in this way what is fearful and damaged inside them will be expelled. But of course, the opposite is true; the hateful damage is only increased, exponentially, the rot grows deeper and deeper inside them.
This is what our politics is, this is what power is: the maniacal attempt to overcome relation -- to blot it out, stop the endless process, put out the fire, and impose a deadened stasis on the reality that pains them so." -Floyd

"In any given age, the lowering clouds can bear down more heavily than in others. Ours is indeed a very hard age, another age of iron. It is an age of loss, of grievous loss – but it is not the age of defeat. Reality remains, the process goes on, the choice for goodness is always – always – there, no matter what." -Floyd

Michael Nystrom's picture

(((Lao Tzua))) - A Thank you again bump

Wow! Excellent essay. I will check Chris's website more regularly.

http://chris-floyd.com/

And here is a book of Chris Floyd's essays, for anyone interested.
http://www.amazon.com/Empire-Burlesque-Crimes-Comedy-Imperiu...

All art is only done by the individual. The individual is all you ever have, and all schools only serve to classify their members as failures. E.H.

Did you know Chris Floyd

is also a singer- songwriter, an artist and a huge Dylan fan? I found Floyd's Empire Burlesque back in '08, read through most of his archives as well as Arthur Silber's (who he links to in many of his writings) and have loved his work ever since. I used to post quite a few of both of their essays here on DP and quite a few of Chris Floyds songs! See my tag line?

Here are a couple of his songs:
New Connections http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CStRYnQgx6M
(I posted that one in Jam Session last week to support the new directions the DP is going towards ;)

You Got to Ride It
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hKDTQq3QH4w
( you once put this one on the front page)

Anyway, enjoy!
Thank YOU Lao for posting the timely message in this excellent essay by Chris Floyd!
~Peace

"I think we are living in a world of lies: lies that don't even know they are lies, because they are the children and grandchildren of lies." ~ Chris Floyd

((((((Thank YOU!!!!)))

Thank you so much Michael!!! I received your wonderful "Thank you" and we love it!!! We are going to frame it and hang it :) You are such an artist. It is a beautiful reminder of all of our true friendship of spirit here at the "Daily Paul". So much bigger than one man's name....

(I wouldn't mind if one day you made an alternate name for this site... perhaps that linked automatically with this domain as well... Now I may get tarred and feathered for blasphemy :) But as I like to say, Bring it on!!

Yeah, I loved and still love this piece. It is like a flame itself. Radiant. I hope some more people get to read it. Have a great day :)

I'm bumping this--

almost 6 months later. I don't know where I was when this came up, but I often miss things--

Thank you; it needs to be re-read.

it's hard to be awake; it's easier to dream--

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Missed it, too

And agree.

BUMP!

The Diamond Dog is a real cool cat. | Reporting on the world from an altitude of 420.

Bump.... had to read that a

Bump.... had to read that a few times! Very true.

Maybe this article is just for us (for now) :)

Thank you so much for reading and commenting.

Thank you, brave Moderator :)

This is one of the most inspiring things I have ever read. I hope someone else will be inspired, as well.

"Said we just can't live that negative way - make way for the positive day":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tf-ttAD3-cY

Too beautiful to miss this positivity.

It is a gem. (Bump :)

I

Second that bump

Thank you!

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