Nature of Man
… nothing that happens to Man is ever natural

16 December 2006, Saturday

Tickets to Hell

Filed under: Uncategorized — Mordred @ 13:15

Can someone please just tell me what happened? I mean, first we payed for fast food that will make us all fat and tired. So then we pay for elevators so we won’t have to climb the three stairs up to our apartments, and then we buy a friggin’ Stairmaster machine so we can burn away while watching someone make REAL food on TV. Now if that doesn’t make us winners, I don’t know what will… Heh, I bet we would just hang ourselves if the world just cut us some slack. And now you think maybe you should see a shrink just to help you feel alive again. Yeah, that’s a plan! Just tell us who to pay…

You see its really all about time and choice. Fast food saves us enough time to squeeze lunch in exactly when we want it, the elevators save us just a little more, the Stairmaster lets us choose exactly when to walk the stairs. Time is so important these days, its becoming a fucking disease. I guess the way it is, its just bound to kill us all in the end. Now with all that time and money we stashed away on all these expenses, I can only assume that the tickets to Hell are really expensive and for some reason its important to be first in line.

Yes, the Pain of Salvation album Scarsick was leaked, and they sure have something to tell.

Here’s pieces of the story of God and Mr. Money from their last album, Be, in a marvelous live performance.
You’ll also need the lyrics.

Dea Pecuniae
Iter Impius
Martius/Nauticus II


  1. Not that I am telling something new or unexpected, but if people did not credit money and advertising as having so much influence, and admitted that money and things are stuff they do want to possess, because people do want to possess things, and stopped blaming someone else they wanted to possess them things, and started taking their own responsibility for their own lives and souls, than maybe money and advertising would not have so much influence, which influence, surprisingly (?) is something I strongly disapprove, as well as the modern talking about how things and advertising ruined innocent people’s lives.

    Wow, good thing you probably guess what I mean :)

    Comment by frost — 16 January 2007, Tuesday @ 15:15

  2. So you’re saying that it is in the Nature of Man to want to possess things, and it’s okay for people to exploit this trait (weakness?). By analogy, it is okay for people to exploit computer systems, since it is in their nature to be vulnerable. Hackers of Mankind, unite!

    But you see, the problem is that you can’t change human nature! The only way to improve the situation is to try and remove (okay, diminish) the influence. People need AT LEAST to be aware of what is done to them. And this doesn’t even cover people who simply CANNOT take “responsibility for their own lives and souls”, take children for example.

    Comment by Mordred — 16 January 2007, Tuesday @ 18:31

  3. Children are responsibility and subject to education of their parents.

    Otherwise, you repeat my point with one exception. Yes, it is necessary that people realise they are subject to manipulation. The way to remove/diminish the influence is to let people to be more independent and certainly not to brainwash them with the idea that it is not their fault, but of the nasty mean greedy manipulators, or someone else’s in general (the government/CIA/Jews being among the top choices).

    The exception. Point me where I say it is OK to exploit weaknesses, would you? It is not ok, but it happens. Including in our everyday communication. I am exploiting your way of thinking right now, you know, which way could be treated as a weakness in a context. How far are we ready to go in limiting communication, since the problem is mainly the scale? I am not sure even if I agree with your argument about billboards on road elsewhere. Pornographic/erotic billboards distract drivers, you say. What about young nice looking ladies with short skirts and low necks - shall we ban them too? No. People shall be responsible for having their weaknesses under control.

    As a conclusion - it is OK to point to the people they are being manipulated. It is wrong to manipulate them that if they are fat because they eat too much chips it is someone else’s fault.

    Comment by frost — 18 January 2007, Thursday @ 20:40

  4. “People shall be responsible for having their weaknesses under control.”

    I totally agree with that, but still I would move the bar between telling people they are manipulated and manipulating people they are being manipulated closer to the latter. After all that’s the way of the Hacker of Man, exploit the vulnerability to turn it against the exploiters, there’s a definite good taste to it :)

    I don’t agree about the billboards / miniskirts though. When you drive, chicks don’t just jump into your field of view (ok, except in some computer games ;). One may even say that billboards are unnatural, since they induce reactions normally induced by other people. As much as I like photos of well-photoshopped girls in scant clothing, I prefer watching real girls, in real clothing and real situations. I am again responsible for having my “weakness” under control (hey, I’m talking about watching, okay!), only it is about real life ™. I don’t want to be “trained” (in the Pavlovian sense) to get a hard-on when I see a photo in a magasine which is shown in a TV ad which I watch on the internet over a remote desktop connection from my home to my computer at work. Screw the levels of indirection, I want to react to people of the first order!

    Comment by Mordred — 19 January 2007, Friday @ 10:47

  5. “the medium is the message”, once mcluhan postulated.
    man is largely the product of his culture (”medium”), and thus, money/advertising is something that would inevitably affect you, as much as it affects all “human” structures and relations on the larger scale. i think you severely underestimate the issue. its not a question of what one “wants”, and what one is capable of “admiting”, as those are affective categories of language.

    “Children are responsibility and subject to education of their parents.”

    sure, but that doesnt exclude them from the picture, as children-parents is not an isolated entity, and the issue of raising and educating children is also one of utmost importance, criminally disregarded at current.

    Comment by diamorph — 9 February 2007, Friday @ 12:58

  6. to further quote mcluhan on the matter:

    “Many people would be disposed to say that it was not the machine, but what one did with the machine, that was its meaning or message. In terms of the ways in which the machine altered our relations to one another and to ourselves, it mattered not in the least whether it turned out cornflakes or Cadillacs.”

    “Mechanization was never so vividly fragmented or sequential as in the birth of the movies, the moment that translated us beyond mechanism into the world of growth and organic interrelation. The movie, by sheer speeding up the mechanical, carried us from the world of sequence and connections into the world of creative configuration and structure. The message of the movie medium is that of transition from lineal connections to configurations. It is the transition that produced the now quite correct observation: “If it works, it’s obsolete.” When electric speed further takes over from mechanical movie sequences, then the lines of force in structures and in media become loud and clear. We return to the inclusive form of the icon.
    To a highly literate and mechanized culture the movie appeared as a world of triumphant illusions and dreams that money could buy. It was at this moment of the movie that cubism occurred, and it has been described by E. H. Gombrich (Art and Illusion) as “the most radical attempt to stamp out ambiguity and to enforce one reading of the picture-that of a man-made construction, a colored canvas.” “

    Comment by diamorph — 9 February 2007, Friday @ 13:37

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