The Grey Pill

Since colored pills seem to represent the modern desire for a one-step solution to the decline of Western Civilization, let us look at the grey pill: the notion that the world mirrors the self, instead of the other way around.

The essence of the grey pill is individualism, or the idea that the self is more important than reality. This idea comes both from our tendency to view our big brains as more real than the world around us because the sensations of thought are stronger, and our natural inclination to resent life for resisting our intent and urges.

As it happens with human intelligence, the grey pill manifests itself in universalism, which roughly speaking means that all people perceive and understand the same truths. This is a form of individualism expanded inside-out, because the implication is that what the individual thinks is what the rest of the world does or should think.

Universalism serves as the basis for The Enlightenment™ thought, because for us to place our faith in “human reason,” we must believe it is evenly distributed among humans, even though all evidence points to the contrary. With that notion in our heads, ideas like democracy, rule by law and not wise elders, diversity and equality suddenly seemed plausible, to the ruin of all.

In reality, esotericism makes more sense than the grey pill. In esotericism, understanding of symbols or truths is entirely dependent on the perceiver, and people are limited to variant — not equal — degrees by experience, genetic ability and dedication. This means that nothing can be “true” in a universal context; there is only reality, and some assessments of it, which are not shared completely between people.

In other words, the essence of esotericism is the black pill, or the notion that there are no inherent truths and human attempts to portray, communicate and moralize based on perceived truth are illusion. There is only a hierarchy of people, with some knowing more than others, and we either put those in charge to discipline the rest, or the rest oppress us all by insisting on ignorance.

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11 Responses to “The Grey Pill”

  1. crow says:

    Weirder and weirder.
    Truth exists, regardless of any individual’s ability to perceive it. Truth isn’t a question of popular uptake. Not a matter of votes for, or against.
    Truth is Truth. What-is. It remains so, even if nothing, ever, is able to recognize it.

    Truth does not arrive via teachers or books. It must be sought after, and found. Without the drive to seek Truth out, Truth is never found. Even though it exists, at all times, everywhere, in everything.

    Truth is in no way dependent upon people, what people think, what people believe, or upon their scientific instruments.

    To say there is no Truth reveals something so shocking, that there is simply no way to describe it.
    Anybody that does say this, clearly lives inside a mind so filled with its own self-importance, that the rest of the cosmos may as well not exist.

    In fact, for such people, it doesn’t.

  2. crow (Unverified) says:

    The mind grasps for enlightenment, but is incapable of finding it. Enlightenment is the death of the mind and the rebirth of true consciousness or the luminous spirit.
    Only by restraining the mind’s urge to grasp and avert illusory samsaric forms do we Awaken to Reality. Modern social conditioning routed in individualistic neurosis will never get this far.

  3. crow (Unverified) says:

    Wait a moment. The top comment isn’t mine.
    A troll?

  4. crow (Unverified) says:

    Well frankly I believe that liberal is trolling again, in the second and fourth comments.
    Please show him he is not welcome here Brett.

  5. crow (Unverified) says:

    Sorry, the first and fourth comments are the ones that weren’t me. Feel free not to comment my objections to them. Just please get rid of the first and fourth.

  6. Paul Warkin says:

    I’m so confused–how many crows are there? Which is the real crow? I have no way of knowing from where I sit.

    So instead of responding to individuals, who may or may not be impostors, I will respond to text:

    Truth exists, regardless of any individual’s ability to perceive it. Truth isn’t a question of popular uptake. Not a matter of votes for, or against.
    Truth is Truth. What-is. It remains so, even if nothing, ever, is able to recognize it.

    Sounds to me like what Brett is calling “reality” is in this text being called “Truth”, and a simple word substitution would produce general agreement.

    The way I understand the word “truth” in Brett’s text is as follows: a statement, thought, or concept is true to the degree that it matches reality. Truth is a function of the correspondence between a representation of reality and reality itself. Since reality is not and cannot be understood in the same way and with the same depth or breadth by everyone equally, truth will be perceived differently. And this does not mean that reality is different for different people; only their perception is different.

    • crowhasflown says:

      I was confused too, for a millisecond.
      Still, it made a good endpoint.
      I was a resource, handed to what appeared to bbe a just cause. Truth, manifest.
      But this cause has no use for Truth, and since I am Truth, it has no use for me, nor I for it.

      Any place where Truth is absent, is not a place for a crow.

      Adios.

      • We can focus on the small areas where we disagree, or look at the larger picture where we agree. These things are useful when communicating among humans, or post-humans even.

  7. AgentofReactivity says:

    This is a strong point of agreement between you and me Brett, rule by law is a terrible idea, law is dead, alienating and abstract, it removes the question of character and wisdom of the best people from the debate.

    • This is a strong point of agreement between you and me Brett, rule by law is a terrible idea, law is dead, alienating and abstract, it removes the question of character and wisdom of the best people from the debate.

      This one took me many years to really understand, but I think you have nailed it: law replaces ability. Rules replace thinking. Externalization (of thought to rules, laws, and social appearance) is what makes people passive, underconfident, resentful and unable to think. It is like Communism for the soul instead of merely on an economic level. This is why it makes more sense to have rule by culture, which acts through principle instead of letter-of-the-law distinctions that are details blind to the larger picture, and aristocrats with strong power, because then they are accountable only to results and not to precedent or politics.

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