From the Madhouse

I

We want superhumans, not superstates. What is the psychology of the superhuman? What is the psychology of the wild will? He will destroy every idol — the nation, the state, humanity, progress, moral obligations — but do you think the prophets of Ba’al would smash their statues to bits if they first did not smash their belief?

II

Together, sitting, playing cards, talking about our sorry sex education, our inability to manage finances… One of us asks, “You ever wonder if our parents just decided not to raise us?” Fine! — we will raise ourselves.

III

Two methods of attacking science: with scientific theory or with nonsense disguised as scientific theory. To be effective, the former must follow the rules of scientific thought; at the very least there must be some provisional respect. But the latter may be useful to cripple the infrastructure of scientific thought. “Scientific” journals full of nonsense are useless, and how many weaknesses there already exist to exploit! All the uncompensated peer reviewers, all the opportunistic careerists, all the publishing deadlines.

IV

We need community because, although we are each a bundle of contradictions, we all emphasize differently. In solitude, these emphases will overtake us, send us into a spiral of self-destruction. This is why solitude is so valuable as a way to self-knowledge. It takes you to the brink of total decay, shows you how you need to be balanced out — and, if you survive, shows you precisely what community has to offer you.

V

Humans need to do something, anything. This explains the very many pointless things that fill our daily lives. Alienated from raw existence, bored on a platform of machine labor, what else is there to do but pointless things?

VI

Who is the greater threat to the research university: the terrorist, or the student?

VII

The Western psychotherapeutic model sets the therapist above the patient, gives him the task of doling out healing juices from an imagined superior position. But doesn’t the therapist sometimes get exhausted with the patient, other times aggravated, still other times sexually attracted? Can’t the patient get inside the therapist’s head as much as the other way around? No wonder the primitive “magic” so often works better wonders for psychological illness — it recognizes the oneness of the healer and the sick, denies engineering for questionable experimentation.

VIII

Our civilizations have disfigured us; authoritarian impulses come more naturally than libertarian ones. This is why, though the ideal of anarchy must forever remain an ideal, it also must be our first assumption, a filter, a strainer, for our impulses. A doctrine that sifts.

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