Of swords and Shadows

Here’s a reliable mythical cipher for the Hero’s Journey and similar:

Magic = Accommodation (as in Piaget)
Sword = Assimilation
Monsters = Problems
Recurring nightmare castle = The Jungian Shadow of society’s collective unconscious, representing the ever-present danger of low-trust preference cascades

This is why the hero’s sword is typically made of magic. If other swords could cut Ganondorf, they already would have. So the hero needs the wizard character to use his superior accommodation powers to create a new general solution for the current class of problems, then hand this off to the hero to go out and apply the new concept in a series of micro-innovations, leading to prosperity.

Primitivists like Bronze Age Pervert and other worshipers of the barbarian ethos distrust accommodation and wizards generally. Like Conan, they don’t trust anything except the strength of their arm and the sword they already have, so Conan always ends up running away from cosmic horrors like Ganondorf in a state of primitive terror (read the stories, I’m not just shitting on his ethos). Which is to say, they refuse to learn new things and would rather rely on their instincts than look for modern solutions to modern problems.

The trouble with wizards, on the other hand, is they rely on their accommodation powers way too much and end up trying to accommodate the Shadow. That was Jung’s idea and ended up inspiring the Thelema sex magic cults that run the world today. (To learn more about pizzagate and the power of trauma, watch the anime/undercover cop show Fire Force which was later made into “The Wire”. Trueish!) Jordan Peterson is a more pedestrian example. He tried integrating his Shadow and now he’s in Russia getting his simp ass beat by the sort of dominatrix money just can’t buy in the West. Wizardry is the leading cause of meth overdoses, and that’s a fact.

The nightmare castle idea was inspired by Castlevania, but there are a lot of examples. The golden palace in Shinobi (PS2) is the one that resonates with me because that’s one of my favorite games. Primitivists see all wizardry as attempts to summon the nightmare castle to spew monsters and demons o’er the land but like Rousseau and Kaczynski before them they’re just being spergs. Wizardry works just fine on small monsters or for sticking swords in stones for the hero to find after becoming worthy (thank you for this Nick Land). It’s just no good for vampires, dragons, dark lords, or dragonblooded dark vampire lords. You need a pure heart for that kind of fight and if you use your wind tunnel he’s just going to send out his poison insects again and you’ll be completely useless for the next 175 episodes.

For rabbitholes on the nightmare castle thing, see:
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/TheTower
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EvilTowerOfOminousness
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/HauntedCastle
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/DarkFantasy
https://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/EvilOverlord

In game theory terms, you can think of it as an epicenter of defection, from which further toxic social epistasis spreads like a viral epidemic of pozz. A haunted but relatively harmless manor, in contrast, is often a place where low-trust ideas (like “the purpose of government is for elites to suppress competition”, “justified true belief in facts is epistemically impossible”, and “never believe wamen”) are preserved from the tendency of high-trust people to hit uncomfortable truths with their swords, and thus are usually presided over by an extremely disagreeable but relatively benevolent nobilid.

tl;dr- Assimilate your Shadow.

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33 Responses to Of swords and Shadows

  1. boneflour says:

    Hey, this is a great post.

  2. Aeoli Pera says:

    This post may actually be my greatest achievement to date.

    • Aeoli Pera says:

      For that reason, I’d like to thank God for everything he’s given me. Who am I, Sovereign Lord, and what is my family, that you have brought me this far? What more can I say to you? For you know your servant, Sovereign Lord. It is the glory of God to conceal a matter; to search out a matter is the glory of kings. For the sake of your word and according to your will, you have done this great thing and made it known to your servant.

  3. Obadiah says:

    >the dark castle from which spiritual degeneracy pours

    Solomon’s temple irl?

    • Obadiah says:

      So the different characters linking up using combo attacks in Chrono Trigger et all would basically be different Edeno-types and their different cognitive styles linking up to defeat monsters (solve problems).

  4. Zeb Zebley says:

    Great post- very useful.
    God is Good! Praise him.

    The king said to Daniel, “Surely your God is the God of gods and the Lord of kings
    and a revealer of mysteries, for you were able to reveal this mystery …

  5. WW says:

    Of facts and phallus: the ben shapiro chronicles.

    Post good.
    Me vampire now.

    🦇

  6. Dumbo says:

    Seriously, what the hell happened to Jordan Peterson? Did he get depressed because of Vox’s supposed “takedown”? Being opposed to another even bigger narcissist was too much to handle? Or did he make more money than he could handle? Or did he eat too much raw red meat? Or is this some evil Putin trick?

  7. Obadiah says:

    >A relatively harmless haunted manor, in contrast

    Except for the Shrieking Shack in HP. Dumby might as well have marked that on the Marauder’s Map as “Poundtown, UK”

  8. Mr. T. says:

    (I’m having some trouble getting comments through, testing.)

    • Mr. T. says:

      Again…

      “tl;dr- Assimilate your Shadow.”

      My point of view in general would probably be closer to this blog post’s take ( The Integration of Dark and Light – http://meetingthemasters.blogspot.com ):

      “[…] one of the ideas that seemed to take hold at one time was that you have to integrate your dark side with your light side to reach a state of wholeness. This is, to put it bluntly, nonsense, maybe even satanic nonsense. [..] Evil must be overcome not integrated either outwardly in the world or, especially, inwardly in oneself. […] There is no integration of dark with light. Evil, sin, must be eradicated not integrated.”

    • Mr. T. says:

      Testing again.

      • Mr. T. says:

        Tried posting the following blog post and a quote from it several times, didn’t display: http://archive.is/EvXCx

        • Mr. T. says:

          This now worked but apparently couldn’t post the original blogspot URL? Weird.

          • Mr. T. says:

            Yup, apparently I can’t get the original URL (…tp://meetingthe[…]nd-light.html) posted in a comment. Confusing.

          • Aeoli Pera says:

            Comments with URLs go to spam much more often. I don’t know how it decides if you’re trustworthy enough to post them.

            • Aeoli Pera says:

              The easiest way is probably to say what you want and then ask me to rez it from spam. I’m pretty good about moderating quickly.

              I can’t say this 100% for sure, since I’m not a commenter.

        • Mr. T. says:

          My point of view in general would be closer to this blog post’s take:

          “[…] one of the ideas that seemed to take hold at one time was that you have to integrate your dark side with your light side to reach a state of wholeness. This is, to put it bluntly, nonsense, maybe even satanic nonsense.
          [..] Evil must be overcome not integrated either outwardly in the world or, especially, inwardly in oneself. […] There is no integration of dark with light. Evil, sin, must be eradicated not integrated.”

  9. Obadiah says:

    Thank you based Aeoli Senpai~

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