TTM 6 – Moralism

You can’t see the forest for the trees,

You can’t smell your own shit on your knees.

Marilyn Manson

This one’s pretty easy. Moralists see everything through a static binary of ‘good/bad’ that they don’t question. They got those good/bads from someone else, from the culture they were raised by, from the media, from religion.

But if we are still living under the dominion of abstract time, the imperium of the commodity, then ‘good’ necessarily means those actions that perpetuate and reproduce that social dominion, and ‘bad’ is those actions that do not.

And if one day the moralist accidentally catches a glimpse out the window of his mind-prison and sees that his society is also a mass extinction event, well – what then?

Oops!

Fortunately, we need not speculate on the consequences of the moralist’s awakening –

for his mind has no windows at all. 

It’s not just that every existing moralist edifice is a weapon of mental domination, servitude, or conformity, or that they’re all obsolete artifacts of the Holocene and contributors to extinction, it’s also that – moralists just suck! They think they’re better than you are, because of a binary a priori they brainlessly accepted from someone else.

The moralist is always engaged in an abstract game where the winner is the one who disappears entirely into his social role – individuality and freedom are what he fears most. He grovels because he thinks his master will reward him – the goodest boy gets the bestest treats!

It is not an accident that we tend to use moralist categories when we interact with animals. 

Morality is where minds go to die, and this death is always a suicide. Nothing interesting or useful can be done with a mind that is still engaged in the utterly pointless masterbatory game of judging its own operations with moralistic good/bads, and the moralist accepts his own failure to individuate as the price of ‘goodness’. Although ‘good’ on the outside and oh-so-beautiful on the inside, the moralist is easily bored – because moralists are supremely boring. 

When moralist dualisms are reified and ontologized, they render their wielder incapable of understanding biological, economic, political, libidinal, mental, or historical phenomena.

Nature is amoral.

Evolution is amoral.

Power is amoral.

Capital is amoral.

Enjoyment is amoral.

The struggle is amoral.

The exigencies of profit and survival brook no weakness and tolerate no fools –

morality, weak and foolish – understands nothing.

Against all moralisms, we can say this: Nothing is inherently good, nothing is inherently bad. Everything just is. Any genuine truth-seeking inquiry must start here – beyond good and evil – or it will not start at all. 

And after morality,

in the nightmare of the Post-Holocene,

we will have to build our own ethics anew. 



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