An encounter has occurred. Someone used a backhanded compliment or someone shouted a little too loud or a little too close at someone’s face. Moments later, the confrontation erupts out of control like an over-heated pressure cooker. One can picture a bar fight. The setting, a crowded bar in midtown on a regular afternoon, where one goes to drown away their day’s worries. And one has to imagine if they will have to go through this situation one day. “Is it inevitable? Does uncomfortable, bad, or embarrassing situations happen without any of my control?”
The last post we talked a bit about genealogy of debts. We remain worthy of life by sucking life away from others. If we run out of life, that currency made out of blood and soul, we start to borrow it. We learned how we needed to confirm that the transaction of life-force symbolically happened. Symbols are not living entities, neither are souls, so transactions are symbolically fought in the meaning-making environment. The black marker of the “underground battleground” of the soul. Capitalist drives are made with this need to pay off debts similar to how they borrow money to create money through credit. By creating credit out of thin air perpetually, capitalist are able to produce new desires perpetually, constantly, and criminally. By accommodating individual’s basic needs, then further, basic wants, capitalist can claim meaning by responsibility. Thus, love is observing people go from, free but dangerously exposed to the elements to symbolically enslaved but safe. The byproduct of this is interpreted in what social standing your are in. The capitalist interpret this responsibility as love because the trade-off reveals the standard of living they give outweighs the freedom people are giving up. While the adult interpret this as socially draining. This awful attitude of complaining seen from the capitalists and insignificance seen from the adults at each other is devastating.
Ask a small child what comes to mind when he hears the word “business.” He’ll say buildings, skyscrapers, offices, desks, factories, computers and all the materialistic aspects of a business. Start with the physical brick-and-mortar structures that encapsulates people and their labour inputs inside. Beginning with the most central and crucial priority, a CEO begins with capital and determines how that capital will flow to extraneous operations. These extraneous operations are called externalities because for every output fulfilled, several externalities are created in the process. These externalities receive less and less funding from their respective distance to the C-Suite.
At every level, impulses to fill these externalities are taken by onlookers. They create their own labour in order to capitalize their inputs. Departments created inside the main branch are still relevant to the inputs which means that without being directly related to the product, externalities are still necessary. Not all externalities are created equal however. Necessary divisions include sales, accounting, legal, billing, training, R&D, HR, partners. Less vital operations begin to blur the line. These tend to be pushed outwardly from the main facility or place of business. So it begins with custodians, window washers, landscapers, electricians, and security. Then further out are landscapers, drivers, technicians, and plumbers until the most outer externality reaches another business which does business with them. One can see the connectedness of business and public access start to enclose one another.
That’s why traffic is the least pleasant part of the day for many commuters. Every inch of space is owned property that is managed. The path leading up the the door of the building is part of the business. The sidewalk that connects that path to the parking lot is owned. The sidewalk that connects the parking lot to the main road is not owned necessarily but still assigned a purpose. That main road, which connects to the street, which connects to the block, which connects to the strip mall, which connects to the highway, with every level out, people regain a little bit of their spaces. A sense of soft-competition rise out from people in these free spaces as if a want to expand and claim this territory as their own. To critique this view of spaces, a consequences of the bottom-up reductionist view of instincts, discombobulates their drives rather than focus it on expanding their territory. This is the reality of most people and It’s devastating to know of people whose moods and emotions are regulated this way. They are valves that their overseers and control and release. “Release some pressure, take a vacation, and come back refreshed and ready to work.”
What happens when an insult occurs. Do insults, embarrassments, and assaults escalates into confrontations because of loss of dignity? pride? Or were they exposed to the world differently? Was a debt left unpaid somewhere? Who initiates the fight? When the other is reacts. This moment marks the start of an encounter and momentum carries it over to bickering. The insulter is looking for a way to get the insultee to react. A flinch, a twitch in the eye, an intonation of the voice, redness in the face, an involuntary response that occured out of his control. Something has to get the opponent to “lose face.” Any response will do, even a verbal assault or a threat in return. What happens next is the insulter turns insultee, each other trying out-live each other until the winner is left standing with the life-force. It’s difficult to just leave it alone or “bit the bullet” as they say. The loser is left standing exposed in a world that he thought was one way, but in fact, was another. The world was more to the liking of the winner as he imposes reality of the situation onto him. If it’s a verbal argument, the words used to argue, mixed with emotions, expressions, and statements are the weapons used to battle for the life force. Just like a creditor tortures indebted slaves to “self-feel,” meaning that he enjoys the pain he inflicts on his debtor, the creditor does not get the actual payment in return but rather a chemical high. The insulter confirms the “self-feel” by himself when the insultee “plays himself.”
In debate class, we learn that a debate is never won or lost but suspended in arguments. In other words, the objective is to get the other person to “trip up on his words.” If the insultee can be “the bigger man,” and leave the encounter unscathed (not-give-a-fuck), he can pretend no transaction had occurred while reacting to the logical fallacies within. He can laugh it off or remain stoic. But the insulter can not know the inner state of “the bigger man,” the one who shrugs it off, unless he pins his arguments down loud and clear in his psyche. The insulter wants him to suffer cognitive dissonance, distress, and shame even after the confrontation has ended. He wants him to catch him in a moment of reaction, exposing his loss, and shame him for it long enough to leave him feeling some type of way. The insulter can create an inception, meaning that he can picture his opponent and losing over and over again in his own mind. What happens now is a meta-battle where the insulter can suck “life-force” perpetually from a mental image of his opponent losing the encounter. If the debtor (insultee) loses face, he agrees to becomes part of the creditor’s (insulter’s) inner world. The loser would have to give up life-force over to him for him to “self-feel” as well as perpetually in his mind! This implies the loser picturing the insulter picturing him losing life-force within the mental realm! This is the modus operandi of growing adults as they develop a kind of telepathic torturing device. A creditor in the modern age can torture his opponent at will giving him virtually unlimited “life-force” from one encounter where the debtor’s soul transfers from “losing face” because he affirms it. This underground battleground is largely depended on understanding this symbolic game, collecting accurate data from the world, and leaving as many people clueless about it. With this knowledge, he can build a modus operandi that works and can command life at will unto the social world with his mind. A successful modus operandi begins with people assimilating into already winning ideologies and powerful forces in order to branch out and create his own pain-inducing machine.
Here’s the problem of this view, if the insulter (or insultee turned insulter) want the insultee to “learn a lesson,” isn’t this person left in a better place than when he found him? If to conduct an inception is by having an accurate modus operandi, then would that mean that the loser would be better off. He’s learned something about the world even it he were shamed for it. Which is what the creditor need not happen. To give his debtor objective data mean he can conduct an inception just as well. Here, both parties turn into reactive-defensive which means that each are trying to win by losing. Or “he learned superficially but he didn’t really learn anything”. This is the “humber than thou” of Christianity. It is a cowardly stance because each are afraid to “give up the ghost”. And a clumsily inception, if any, occurs. This is why we hurt those closest to us. We know how to push their buttons. Defensiveness or coyness frustrates the flow of life-force and it gets stuck leaving everyone worse off. Love, means letting this flow through you. We teach those we love a lesson because “it for his own good.” In this corporate structure we build for ourselves, we can feel the “love” as growing adults climbing that corporate ladder. In school acclimbatize to the teacher-student dynamic. We are thought to be humble, to not let these insults hurt us, this leads to confusion as to what love it. Love is generated by confusion. Meanwhile our insulters take life-force from us, it is not that we don’t notice it, because if we don’t notice it, our opponents can not genuinely “self-feel.” But rather we redirect those insults as if we said it to ourselves, torturing ourselves because we are lowly animals that need to be tamed. But not idiots enough because we must be worthy opponents. An easy win is no win to corporate love.
While the insulter can leave and self-feel at that instant, to conduct a successful inception will depend on the personality of the person. The one who displays neurotic emotions are easier to get them to feel bad about themselves. This one will feel genuine depression. This is what the soul fight on. No remorse, not mercy unless confusion turns this to love.
We return to being stuck in traffic. It is common to want to look over at the faces those idiots who cut us off in traffic. We want them suffer at with our mere gaze. “Look how mad I am at you!” As we look in their eyes, we fantasize about how we can torture this complete stranger. Or how they crash their car by their own driving stupidity. We feel the need to operate an inception at every turn, in order to confirm that our modus operandi works. We need to be perpetually thinking of them thinking of us thinking of him in return torturing themself for a mistake we caught them doing. This is the dogmatic image of growing adults. This view states that souls starting out in the corporate-desire system means we accumulate more spiritual points as we develop a modus operandi. At every level up the corporate ladder, physical space gets invaded until our mental space is open ground for any inception by onlookers. This is why driving is the only activity left that can be done in a space uninvaded until someone conducts an inception form their side windows. This dogma of pretentious and condescending game is so cumbersome that many can not handle it. This all started because a CEO borrowed money to put into his business