In Sterquiliniis Invenitur (In filth it will be found)






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(Story) (Contest) Genocide

"In filth it shall be found."
Jung, C.G.

Rated PG

(Words: 1.630)

In Sterquiliniis Invenitur (In filth it will be found)

So what do I do with it?!

What do you mean?

I mean, help me understand...

Understand what?

Why things like this happen!

OK…wait. Slow down.

I can see the book upset you very much, but let's try to understand why.

Why? Who wouldn't be "upset" by something like this?

Why? Who wouldn't be "upset" by something like this? Did you read it? Why are you so calm?!

Let’s talk about it.

Please.

You are obviously in distress,

You are obviously in distress, but can you tell me how you feel exactly?

There is nothing I can do about it. I just need a reason not to be completely crippled by that fact ...

OK.

OK. Do you remember a video about the professor who brought an essence to his class and asked the students to smell it?

Uh?

Uh? Yeah...what does it have to do with this?

Well, some of them could barely perceive it, while others were so sensitive they became sick.

I remember. The professor commented that some of these people may be up to 50.000 times more sensitive than others..

I remember. The professor commented that some of these people may be up to 50.000 times more sensitive than others…ohhh

Yeah. Now, even though being affected by it

Yeah. Now, even though being affected by it IS the sensible response,

Yeah. Now, even though being affected by it IS the sensible response, being crippled isn't.

What do you mean?

It seems as if standing up to this has you feeling quite small in comparison.

It does.

The fact is we all possess​ unique “weaknesses”

The fact is we all possess unique “weaknesses” means there is nothing to be ashamed of.

You think all people have their own unique weaknesses?

It would seem like it.

And our weakness somehow speaks about our uniqueness?

Yes.

Yes. Think about your fears and weaknesses as the line through which you are meant to cut. A guide to separate who you are now from who you can become.

OK, go on...

When you think about society, it's rules and traditions; what do you feel?

...Well, for the most part,

...Well, for the most part, misunderstood...

...Well, for the most part, misunderstood...somewhat invisible?

...Well, for the most part, misunderstood...somewhat invisible? As if, nothing I did was good enough.

Exactly.

Exactly. As an individual, you have the need to feel seen as well as redeemed.

Exactly. As an individual, you have the need to feel seen as well as redeemed. The problem is, society can not give that to you.

I thought that is what it was meant to do.

Society exists more as a force to which you are meant to match your own individual potential.

Society exists more as a force to which you are meant to match your own individual potential. It will push against you for its personal reasons, but also because it needs you to develop.

And how does it do that?

For society to provide the most amount of people with the basic needs, it must also hammer down and neutralize the unique aspects of its members.

For society to provide the most amount of people with the basic needs, it must also hammer down and neutralize the unique aspects of its members. Otherwise, it becomes unmanageable.

Makes sense...So, I don't have to see society as oppressive?

Not JUST, as oppressive.

How does society benefit from developing this so-called unique potential?

Like everything that exists, society is also at the mercy of entropy.

Like everything that exists, society is also at the mercy of entropy. It needs individuals who rescue, maintain and bring new life to it.

But if society can't help me find my own path, who can?

Well, what you CAN become...

Well, what you CAN become... does not exist in this world.

UH?

UH? Where then?

In your imagination.

...Is this a joke?

No.

No. It is about understanding that reality is something we are meant to participate in. That the only way to make coherent sense of ourselves is by having a story.

No. It is about understanding that reality is something we are meant to participate in. That the only way to make coherent sense of ourselves is by having a story. A fantastical narrative that threads together the thing you are, including your mistakes and faults.

This feels like you want people to live in a fantasy world.

We’ll, the world in which we live today was once a fantasy.

So what do you propose I do?

Have you noticed how much money we spend making and watching movies?

Yeah...All the Marvel movies

Yeah...All the Marvel movies And Harry Potter...

How do these movies make you feel?

They kind of help me escape.

They kind of help me escape. and are also fun to watch.

But how does your life look in contrast to them?

Not as exciting...?

As in lacking in magic?

Yeah...

Remember the reactions people had when they saw Avatar?

How could I not... People claimed to experience depression once they realized their reality was not like that.

Precisely.

Precisely. We are HUNGRY for a fantastical narrative which we can use to match our lives to. And we can't seem to use any of the ones being handed to us.

Why is that?

I am not sure.

I am not sure. I would guess that the times call for individuals to craft their own stories.

I am not sure. I would guess that the times call for individuals to craft their own stories. Given or impose narratives cannot hope to cope with the rate of change.

What does that mean?

It means that, if society can not devise a way to adapt...

What?

It will most likely become tyrannical​.

But you are talking about something that seems so complicated...

But you are talking about something that seems so complicated... for instance, if I wanted to do something about this, where would I start?

Rituals.

Like "Magic" rituals??

I believe rituals may be the way to understand the mysterious aspects of life.

I believe rituals may be the way to understand the mysterious aspects of life. And also a form to develop your imagination.

How so?

Envision having the technology to manifest anything you wanted

Envision having the technology to manifest anything you wanted instantly.

Anything?

Yeah.

Yeah. How long do you think it would take before you lost all interest in life?

Hmmm...

Think about why that is so.

Think about why that is so. What is missing?

There would be no cost or effort linked to it.

There would be no cost or effort linked to it. Does that mean we need to work for something to appreciate it?

Sort of.

Sort of. It also means that results, goals, achievements...

Sort of. It also means that results, goals, achievements... these are symbols we fill up with meaning.

Uh?

Tell me something you enjoy doing very much.

I like to cook for my friends

Great.

Great. And what steps do you follow to do that?

Well, I take time imagining what each of them would like,

Well, I take time imagining what each of them would like, that I would also enjoy

Well, I take time imagining what each of them would like, that I would also enjoy I then take a few hours to gather the ingredients from the market.

Great.

Great. Do you listen to music when you cook?

Yeah, last time I put on Louis Armstrong :)

And tell me,

And tell me, how do you cook?

hmm,

hmm, with care...

Exactly.

What do you mean?

What you are describing is a magical ritual of your own creation.

What you are describing is a magical ritual of your own creation. It requires ingredients, effort, time and personal sacrifice.

What you are describing is a magical ritual of your own creation. It requires ingredients, effort, time and personal sacrifice. As well as the use of your imagination.

As a result, you gave meaning to your life.

As a result, you gave meaning to your life. Not just because the sacrifice was conducted appropriately,

As a result, you gave meaning to your life. Not just because the sacrifice was conducted appropriately, but also because it fits within an overarching narrative for your life.

I think I am starting to get it.

The rituals you enjoy performing speak loudly about the aspects of that narrative.

The rituals you enjoy performing speak loudly about the aspects of that narrative. Tell me something: What do your friends think of it?

They love it...

What is it that they love about it?

What is it that they love about it? Do you think it would have been the same if you had ordered the food or had someone else made it?

I hope not...

I am sure it would be a completely different experience.

Ohh...

And so you see, human beings can imagine rituals which when performed correctly, imbue reality with a mysterious element.

You are saying the value it has for me and my friends, is directly tied to the things I sacrifice for it?

You are saying the value it has for me and my friends, is directly tied to the things I sacrifice for it? And the manner in which I practice the ritual?

Precisely.

And this is what you mean by magic?

It's the most essential aspect of it, yeah.

And how does this help me with the problem at hand?

Because in the creation and practice of rituals you slowly realize that who and what you are,

Because in the creation and practice of rituals you slowly realize that who and what you are, is actually more significant and capable than you initially thought.

But I still don't quite get how this all ties together.

But I still don't quite get how this all ties together. You started by telling me that my initial reaction was nothing to be ashamed of.

But I still don't quite get how this all ties together. You started by telling me that my initial reaction was nothing to be ashamed of. That certainly helped.

You then explained that our weaknesses were more like guides through which we were meant to "cut," to reveal our true self.

You then explained that our weaknesses were more like guides through which we were meant to "cut," to reveal our true self. Like a sculpture would?

Yes.

You then explained that society acted like a force that reveals those weak points.

Yes.

And lastly,

And lastly, you said that society was not equipped to give us the answer regarding our unique path of growth.

And lastly, you said that society was not equipped to give us the answer regarding our unique path of growth. That this was something, we needed to co-create and imagine.

That one way to get in touch with that would be by taking a look at the concept of rituals and sacrifice.

Exactly.

And how is this related to the initial topic?

Human beings are potential.

Human beings are potential. As such, we expand or reduce and occupy whatever space is given to us.

When a person correctly uses rituals to guide their growth and the way in which they contribute to others;

When a person correctly uses rituals to guide their growth and the way in which they contribute to others; they shape themselves into something that can deal with the force of that potential.

When a person correctly uses rituals to guide their growth and the way in which they contribute to others; they shape themselves into something that can deal with the force of that potential. and channel that energy appropriately.

And how can I do that?

You need a set of guiding principles, a logic, the limitations of your persona...

You need a set of guiding principles, a logic, the limitations of your persona... That is the purpose of a narrative.

What if I don't craft my own narrative?

Then the void for a structure is filled by the laws that govern society.

Then the void for a structure is filled by the laws that govern society. And rules are everything BUT flexible.

Then the void for a structure is filled by the laws that govern society. And rules are everything BUT flexible. They serve the integrity of a past culture, which we need, but they can't account for future individuality.

What happens if they do?

If people refuse their responsibility for individual growth,

If people refuse their responsibility for individual growth, society is forced to intervene on their behalf.

Ohh...

But society can't do that unless...

It hammers down and strips people of their individuality.

It hammers down and strips people of their individuality. Because It cannot possibly handle that task?

Yeah, and it gets worse.

Worse?

People who lack individual development are easily grouped with others who are similar.

People who lack individual development are easily grouped with others who are similar. As such they become vulnerable to ideologies and violence.

Why? I mean, why violence?

It would seem because all that undeveloped potential collapses on itself.

It would seem because all that undeveloped potential collapses on itself. It brews terrible resentment and serves as a platform for unrestricted violence against other groups.

Genocide...

Yes.

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