On euphoria as a truth indicator

A reader e-mailed me saying that he’s been going to church and enjoying the euphoric experiences of worship, and wants to know whether this is sufficient to be baptized and self-identify as a Christian. The church he’s attending encourages him to be baptized so that “the Holy Spirit can witness itself through epiphany”, and I’ve discouraged this because baptism is representative of belief and he’s not a believer. Here is my latest answer.

Euphoria is always emotionally true because it indicates fulfillment of a basic desire which had been neglected. The easiest example to understand is the overwhelming feeling of wellness after eating something with a nutrient in which your body is deficient. However, euphoria does not tell you whether everything in the food was good for you, or whether there will be deleterious long-term effects–there could be poison in your bone broth, and it’s a bad idea for depressed people to take cocaine to meet their dopamine needs. So the general answer to your question is that euphoria is a necessary but not sufficient condition for salvation, and the witness of the Holy Spirit ought to include euphoria (though it may also produce stress, if it’s asking you to do something hard). Euphoria indicates the presence of truth but does not detect the possible presence of lies.

Geniuses are familiar with this distinction because we experience many epiphanies, which produce euphoria. An epiphany is a sudden realization of a truth which produces clarity for the solution of an emotionally important problem. A pedestrian example is when (if) a man realizes what he should do with his life–to suddenly have clarity on this problem produces euphoria. Generally, an epiphany produces perfect confidence in the solution at the beginning, and then this confidence erodes as the intellect chips away at the edge cases to restrict the truth to its proper domain. The genius then, if he is emotionally stable, admits his new idea is only, say, 60% true. A good modern example is utilitarianism: Jeremy Bentham probably thought it would usher in utopia, but with the benefit of hindsight and intellectual criticism he would have to admit that moral action is more complicated than mere considerations of happiness and suffering. For example, there is also the purity/degradation axis to consider.

The way to know whether you’re on the right track is to judge whether your epiphanies produce a change in behavior that is *good*. In Christian lingo, we refer to this as “faith” and “works”, where salvation is produced by the Big Epiphany and the evidence/proof of this salvation comes from the change in the way a person acts afterward. Faith = the emotional response to the immensity of Jesus’ love, Works = the behavior of a person who is driven by gratitude to God to act as righteously as possible. The question of what is “good” can be analyzed separately, and it’s good to do so, but it is not necessary for action because we have a pretty reliable sense for what’s the right thing to do (although I’ll admit confusion on this point is increasing as the culture becomes chaotic). A robust sense of joy in the midst of suffering is a pretty reliable indicator because it can’t be produced any other way.

If you found this interesting, you may be interested in the more general topic of experientialism-as-evidence.

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14 Responses to On euphoria as a truth indicator

  1. Ø says:

    Very good poast

  2. bicebicebice says:

    sounds like the red pilled spiritual roastie leading the merry sapes into more devilry under the guise of goodfeelz. good distinction here, sane men don’t act on hormones/drugs/mania, if its real then you start working hard.

    love is love is the female submission to male predators, sounds nicer than serving up your kids to pedos, the innate sape version of if a good makes it feel good then it is good, which higher IQ peeps tend to do to numb pain sort of. sapes get that for free.

    itz not really that complicated.

  3. Ø says:

    >60% true

    Really more like 50% on average in the case of introverted intuition. In terms of observation-by-intellectual-output, the Ni cognitive suite is characterized by hitting a number of extremely high-level, high-caliber targets–but in turn leaving huge Marianas Trench-gaps that occur due to their not feeling good to the subject’s biomorality-derived aesthetic fixations (that Obediah Cuckleham then has to come in and fill in order for autismo-nationalism to have a realistic shot at getting anywhere)

    • Ø says:

      >In terms of observation-by-intellectual-output, the Ni cognitive suite is characterized by hitting a number of extremely high-level, high-caliber targets–but in turn leaving huge Marianas Trench-gaps

      ^Variations on this theme are probably true for any given cognitive style from the perspective of any other one tbh; each type can only see half of the problem

      • Ø says:

        e.g. I fixate more on the Jews and tend to turn a blind eye to the Freemasons/Gentile-Competitors while you fixate more on Freemasons/Gentile-Competitors and turn a blind eye to the Jews, though both groups represent partial key aspects of the same problem and both groups serve the same master

        • Ø says:

          Also, “Marianas Trench-gap” is probably a gross exaggeration

          • Ø says:

            The point is that any individual cognitive style is going to have gaps in perception; for instance, if left to my own devices I never in a million years would have even figured out the basics of Edenism or Edenic phrenology or what have you; it is a target that would have remained more or less invisible to my cognitive style

  4. Ø says:

    #ActingLikeAManOfThoughtButThinkingLikeAManOfActionFTW

  5. Ø says:

    I’m going to keep making uncomfortable posts until your sidebar is just an endless Kerouacian scroll of anti-neurotypical propaganda. Not that it isn’t largely true (except for the one about the extroverted personality being merely a case dopamine addiction, which is about as sagacious as a go-kart saying that a washing machine is just a water addiction or a washing machine saying that a go-kart is just a gasoline addiction)

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Dopamine addiction is a shorthand for “fast life history” strategy. It may be true that LH is partly genetic in origin, but it is also known to be malleable to enviroment. E.g. If you separate twins at birth and one of them is raised by a single mother, it will finish puberty sooner, engage in more antisocial behavior (teenage drinking, extramarital sex, single motherhood, etc.), and be more likely to engage in crime.

      However, you’re correct to pick on that particular article, as it’s full of significant errors. Still, there are important ideas in the rough. I would like to fisk the major elements someday.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      Also, while anti-neurotypical propaganda is not my intention, I would like to point out that turnabout is fair play and the way we are treated by them on a daily basis is quite egregious.

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