Starting off, everyone knows how much I despise the dichotomy of the left and right. Why? Well, not only is it more annoying than the Frozen franchise, but it has varying weaknesses that make it a malignant tumor to anyone’s philosophy.
This entire post is dedicated to a relatively insignificant interaction between Nick Land and one of my followers who’s known as @EmojiPan.
This is the tweet if anyone is wondering; https://twitter.com/EthanIsPissed/status/1246566875703791616?s=20
The post itself was rather ordinary, and I’m surprised that it ever got to become its own topic, but alas, Nick Land gave me an idea, and my gut tells me that anything that Nick likes, will probably be well-liked by others. However, this is not necessarily about reinforcing the post “Hell-Baked” on Outside In (http://www.xenosystems.net/hell-baked/) or even taking a stance from the left – as we all know I despise that term – but it is instead an offshoot directly from my own philosophy, and contextualizing it in a way that references the “hell-baked” nature of Land’s short and sweet description of Nrx.
Starting off, I hardly remember the exact thoughts and justifications I had at that moment that culminated in the creation of the post, so you are not really going to be getting a direct explanation, for not only do I not entirely remember, but my ideas have grown far past what the original post was implying.
The first thing I mentioned that sparked the response it garnered, was how I mentioned that my philosophy was similar to Nrx as described by Nick Land in “hell-baked”, but it was a step “forward” towards a less horrific and “bright” future. I do not take this back, but I need to explain it in the terms of my own philosophical justifications and not just in a small, insignificant twitter post. And in the slightly less immortal words of Daniel DeLeon, stick a pin in this. We will get back to this shortly.
Starting off, in Nick’s “Hell-Baked”, he talks about how the social and cultural mutation of Nrx has – in a rather cocky way – paraded past the path-blocking societal dogmatic insults of “fascism” and “racism”, and then he goes on to explain what it is, and what it isn’t. He goes on to say that what Nrx is, is Social Darwinist. Social Darwinism in this context, is not necessarily limited to race or social class as a lot of the original ideologues of this philosophy make it out to be, instead, Land’s hell-baked vision of Darwinism is more-or-less a recognition of the futility of calling Social Darwinism racist. Social Darwinism in the post, is practically a more honest and realistic perspective on Darwinism and puts it in the context of society and humanity itself. Darwinism is something we all live “within”, a sort of natural law, in which Social Darwinism is just the amoral and contemporarily “evil” recognition that yes, it applies to us, too.
The laws of nature – however vague and controversial that maybe – are always based in a constant of the survival of the fittest, which in this case, is the source of Nick’s terminology in “hell-baked”. The rigorous “butchering” of living matter and structural adaptations in Nick’s dramatization of the billions of years of evolution on both the micro and the macro scale, is likened to an “eternal hell” from the human perspective, in which the natural law of the universe is directed against us, and that even a moment of rest can lead – in his own words – directly towards degeneration and dysgenic existence. The post practically calls itself a case of Schrödinger’s racist, where it does not explicitly claim to be racist – in fact, it rather approaches Darwin from an inhuman perspective – but it does however state that if there is a weakness to a person, or in the contextual sense, an entire race, that nature and the butchering hell of Darwinistic evolution wouldn’t hesitate to slowly and steadily wipe those weaknesses out of existence. And not just through predictable and steady changes, but even through insane and seemingly random events that can dictate whether or not you are good enough to live.
Reading the dramatization of hell-baked made me remember the way Neil DeGrasse Tyson (yes, I’m a nerd) dramatized the natural processes of Earth’s tumultuous natural history in a gimmicky – in my opinion rather inspiring – bit called “The Halls of Extinction”. The bit went like this; Neil would look at the viewer and describe how the mass extinctions went, and he would look into an “exhibit” of this grim museum, and the viewer would get to see what each extinction looked like. I remember rather joyously, seeing how the Permian Mass Extinction (also known as The Great Dying) was not only another extinction event but how it quite literally was hell on Earth. The extinction event was caused by a mix of volcanic activity and chemical imbalance in the ecosystem, and this eventually leads to the catastrophic and – in this context – revealing nature of the process of natural selection. This is where the misanthropic and inhuman perspective of Land and his “inhuman racism” comes into. He himself is not advocating a hatred towards anyone in specific, he is just stating that the Universe itself will pick favorites and determine who lives and who dies, based on the trials of hell that it gives all its plentiful living beings. As we all know, the once-great class of lifeforms known as the trilobites was – despite being the most diverse group of beings on Earth at the time – were not the winners of the hell-trial that was hell-on-Earth.
Natural selection in the figurative sense of Land’s inhuman perspective on Darwinism, as well as the timely and realistic sense of the Permian Extinction, is quite literally a process devoid of compassion, which only serves to rigorously tear-down and rebuild every structural entity in the Universe.
One of the funniest interactions in my experience dealing with the works of the misanthropic counter-culture revolving around the current state of contemporary philosophy and understanding, is one found in the comment section of Hell-Baked itself.
To me, this is something rather hilarious but also, incredibly educational in the terms of what Darwinism is, and how it relates to our current society. The humanistic and “progressive” nature of the views of modern society as well as the dominant trend in Western culture, has to lead to a curious interaction that quite accurately describes what’s wrong with the human perspective as it exists today. As Michael in the comments says, he sees Social Darwinism as an accurate description of what the world is like, but he also treats it as an ideology and something that one must not idolize or creepily obsess themselves with. However, despite the etymology of the word Darwinism, which implies it is an ism, it is much more than that. As “Admin” (which I can at least assume is Nick) states, Darwinism is more than an idea or something to “adhere” to, but it is quite literally, a state of nature, in which – just as gravity – is something that does not go away, but can only be described and interacted with, as well as potentially justified.
The inhuman nature of Darwinism is kind-of ironic, where a lot of the old Social Darwinist philosophy put humans at the top of the food chain, and would occasionally place non-european or non-japanese races lower down the pyramid, which in a way, would justify the existence of a master race, which is a lot of what Social Darwinism was used for. However, in the Landian sense, Social Darwinism is just a more active, honest, and realistic example of the nature of Darwinism as a whole, and that it does not “pick favorites” like the SDs of old, because in the end, Darwinism does not care whether or not you are white or black or asian or cyborg, every structure will be tested through immense pressure, and only some will come out alive and improved.
This inhuman Darwinism is described as a “hell” in which all humans are subject to the eternal and dire cruelty of the Universe, where the Iron Law of Darwinism subjects us all to a constant stream of environmental change, which inevitably leads us all towards an “improve or die” situation.
Now, I hope you remembered where we left off from my tangential philosophy, because after describing what Hell is in the Hell-baked sense, I can now explain to you one of the ways in which my “Hell-baked from the left” perspective is different from the Landian sense.
Starting off, when I said “bright Lovecraftian” I was not implying that my view of this reality is any more cheery or happy, and in fact, in my opinion, it is far more dark. In the post, Land went into visceral detail as to what the machines of nature did to organisms, and how everything of value has been built in Hell. This is true, however, I have one issue with the approach given to this idea.
In my opinion, I prefer not to look at the aspect of reality as a “hell”and “heaven” situation, and I know that Nick probably doesn’t either, but for many people who would come to read hell-baked, they probably do think that way. Hell is often seen as a cruel and bloody state-of-being, and this is true, however, I do not understand why cruel and bloody is seen as a bad thing.
Let me get this straight, I am in no way advocating for Dahmerian levels of cruelty or anything of the sort, I am however stating that in a world that is inherently this “dark” and “cruel”, that it can’t possibly be hell when we have never experienced anything other than this world. In fact, I would argue that the attempt to build a worldview in “heaven” or any other utopian ideal would be more of an act of futility and cruelty than anything that this natural “hell” could ever throw at us. This perspective that the natural world is truly a dark, cruel place is technically true when compared to the idealistic optimism of progressivism in the modern world, but it is horribly wrong in the retrospect, in which that if the world is truly so cruel and dark, then why do we enjoy and continue to “see” through all the fire and the darkness?
This is where my “bright Lovecraftian” concept comes in. I actually call this “pitch-bright”, which quite literally means that “it is dark as shit, but I can see clearly”. The continuation of the heaven/hell dichotomy is itself a weakness, a Western, Abrahamic, and an outdated vestigial organ of progressivist ontology that can only be described as an ideo-genetic disability. The hell-baked nature of this world and its workings is something we can not fight against or escape, however, we can begin to build a more realistic and “dark” ontology where we shun the dichotomy of heaven and hell and begin to see clearly and lucidly, through the power of darkness at its brightest perspective. If we are already damned, why not fucking enjoy it.
Just as Darwinism looks at us and cares not about it’s cruel and eugenic nature, so does Horror look at us and care not if we are afraid of it. Horror is a cultural thing in nearly all circumstances. Aside from the basic psychology of primates, a lot of the typical representations of what is truly horrific can always be subjective. I as an individual, have always suffered from horrific experiences of both the real and the unreal – although I often see no difference between the two – which has led me to grow accustomed to living in a world where I am always surrounded by horror. The “less horrific” nature of my philosophical take on hell-baked is not based on the “shining of a light” on the subject matter, but instead getting used to the dark and building an ontology that is based on the new-found “brightness” within the world of hell-baked.
My acquaintance and tumblr-hornyposter @Cyborg_nomade (Dark Mutualist) mentioned this;
His reminder that everything of beauty comes out of the Butcher’s Yard, and that there is no guarantee that the results of evolution are at all “tasteful” to the consensus reality of the modern world, is exactly why I am so madly in love with the dark. Many people look at the existence of the world as a mix between light and dark, and maybe even a battle, but I see it as something a tad different. The world, in my opinion, is always bathed in darkness and chaos, however, the biggest misconception is that this darkness and uncertainty is bad. One can easily imagine how dark vs light originated when they witness how light itself constantly fights against every wraith of shadow that exists for it to uncover, but one must also realize that in the absence of this battle, in the absence of any sort of meaning or “X vs Y” situation, what is always and constantly there, is darkness. Without light there is no shadow, but there is darkness. Without shadow, there is only a light waiting to die. To accept the nature of reality as it is and to build an ontology of “seeing in the dark”, is to reject the concept of hell, it is to reject our affection for the light vs dark scenario, and it is to reject any horror we may feel when faced with the seemingly inhuman and anti-human reality of nature.
To sum this statement up, I must say that the situation kinda goes like this; when Cthulhu rises and others run, I will be there with a copy of Wii sports and sundae ingredients. Kick back, enjoy hell, you’re going to stay here forever.
Also, finally, my explanation for my philosophy being one that “isn’t racist” has nothing to do with any sort of predisposed nature of mine, and it is based on a more “PC” retelling of the same statement that Nick Land was making.
The existence of the inhuman overlord of Darwinism, opens up many lines of thought that many would consider to be insane. The racism of Social Darwinism in the Landian perspective (and in my perspective), is not actually about race, but it is just a harsh and inhuman “fuck you” to the dominant ontology of the world, for the modern ontology places humans as sovereign lords over this Earth, and it takes us as all equals. This is obviously not true, but to worry about the nature of race is a microscopic joke to the grand-scheme of Darwinism. The cruel inconsiderate nature of Darwinism does not care about race and even humans for that matter, and to call it “racist” is a sadly still-human perspective that people need to get rid of.
To put it lightly, if Social Darwinism in the Landian sense is racist, then the Darkseekers of I am Legend are the true master race of Earth. In a PC sense, the easiest way to justify the inhuman Darwinism is to simply state that the best are always forged in fire, and that even though weakness will always exist, there will always exist a butcher to cut it open, take it out, stitch it together in a new mutation, and then repeat the process.
To sum up this lengthy and hopefully good series of paragraphs is to simply agree that even though the world is scary and cruel and dark and inhuman, it does not mean that it is hell, and it also does not mean you have to be afraid of it, or even accept the notion that it is dark.
This has been Hell-Baked from the Left.
P.S. I still hate that term of left/right, I am a happy Darwinist, when someone says which direction I lean politically, I look in my pants and say “left, but some days it leans right”