Bigeye melonhead pathos drive as religion

Bigeye melons are characterized by a drive to maximize the experience of pathos, in intensity, meaningfulness, consciousness, and complexity of emotion. For now I’ll simply state this without elucidating. I was lucky to stumble across a great description of this in an unexpected place:

When I was a young man, I did not believe in any life but this mortal one; and I gravitated towards a ‘philosophy’ whereby life was ‘about’ perfect moments – (somehow, to be decided – I hoped) expanded to occupy total significance.

I envisaged that I may be able to experience perfect moments such that one would expand to occupy my total consciousness in a timeless kind of way – or else that I might project my-self into this state; and that perhaps death would take me while in such a timeless state.

So, I would sometimes experience a perfect moment, and I would know at that time that I was experiencing perfection. (And it was important that I did recognise and acknowledge these moments.) My intention was that I would live primarily to experience such moments; and my ‘real’ life was such moments – the rest being just preparation, filler or for bodily sustenance.

Consequently; if I found myself in a perfect moment, I would try to hold and sustain it as long as possible; wring every drop from it. With predictable results.)

This has been a fairly common strategy for living since the 1800s among non-Christian, and not-supernaturalist, Romantics – for example, Ralph Waldo Emerson articulated such a philosophy, and James Joyce with his ‘epiphanies’ (I discovered and was much influenced by Joyce at age 19). CS Lewis describes (and analyses) such moments with great clarity in his autobiographical Surprised by Joy as being a focus of his pre-Christian life.

I would now regard this as a genuine but partial truth.

I believe that such perfect epiphanic moments are indeed possible, they are truly important, and they can happen – although they do not always happen. For example, I had many such moments as a late teen up to age about 21; but there were long periods afterwards when I did not have any such (no matter how I tried or wanted – and, of course, trying is a problem!).

[…]

What, then, is the difference between epiphanies in mortal life and in Heaven?

The first is that perfect moments have a different purpose. In this mortal life the perfect moments are experiences from-which we are supposed to learn; for example, I have learned from them a foretaste of the many and various joys of Heaven – a vision that, when contemplated, may fill me with hope and clarify my aims.

But for one who believes that this mortal life is everything and death is extinction; the perfect moments are sad – they lead to the emotion which the German Romantics called Sehnsucht – a bittersweet yearning, which invades even the moments themselves (rapidly eroding their perfection).

Sehnsucht derives from our knowledge that the moment is inevitably transient; it will not last; our memory of the moment and our capacity to experience that memory will weaken and extinguish.

So that the perfect moment is gone, even as it is being recognised…

-Bruce Charlton
Perfect moments in life – their relation to Heaven

Unfortunately for bigeyes, Romanticism is a major aspect of death cultism.

An example of such a perfect moment is when the God Hand stop to appreciate the extraordinary friendship and betrayal between Guts and Griffith during the Eclipse (if someone finds the exact page online I’d appreciate if you drop the link). I use this example to show how complexity of emotion and artistic representation is a big part of it, we’re not just talking about doing a bump of cocaine while having sex with a 10.

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5 Responses to Bigeye melonhead pathos drive as religion

  1. Obadiah says:

    From /pol/:

    “Guys I’m not even religious, but how can this be anything other than divine intervention?

    >Shoots a pedo in the dick
    >Shoots a burgler in the arm
    >Shoots a wife strangler in the lungs

    Also:
    The guy who tries to kill him is named Grosskreutz, literally “big cross”. Kyle literally defeated the cross, like Jesus did.
    Kyle is from Antioch, which was part of the holy land in the crusades.
    If you google “St. Kyle” there is a catholic saint which is also named Kyle that is called Saint Kennocha of Fife.
    >Kennocha
    >Kenosha

    Also he cleared a malfunction in his gun and shot the burgler in the arm in under 2 seconds literally 1 second before being executed, all while on the ground and whilest turning around. Kyle is a good shot but that was a literal impossible shot.

    Furthermore, after defending himself he gets up and walks away with his back turned towards the evil mob and noone dares to harm him. Someone was protecting him from above.

    This can’t all be a coincidence…”

    Looks like another win for the rifle. Come home whiteoid man!

    Can’t stifle the rifle

  2. MM says:

    >Romanticism is a major aspect of death cultism.

    If you are going to sanctify life, you will sanctify death in some form (even as horror, or opponent).

    As far as death cults go:

    Judging from anti-natalists and philosophical nihilists online there certainly are some who appear to be more or less overwhelmed with the tragedy of life, and so they put on a front of rejecting life.

    This is a cope, the same way that millions say they believe life to be sacred whilst doing everyhting they can to escape it.

    These tragic folk are simply self-soothers who say one moment: “life is meaningless” and the next moment they cry for its inevitable ending!

    Its loser psychology 101- “I never cared anyway!…..”

    The real problem are the people who actually mean it, and the most striking thing about them is they do not have the romantic (tragic) instinct!

    They explicitly reject life, not because it is tragic or transient or arduous, but because it is deemed to be, even personally, WORTHLESS.

    This is a very big distinction.

    Both types will spout… as you would say “spiteful narratives”, but for different actual reasons.
    (The first type, as personal cope to re-affirm their life choices. The second, as weapon; because its fun to hurt people in a pointless video game)

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