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"It may be that after this life we shall perish utterly, but if that is our fate, let us so live that annihilation will be unjust." -- Etienne de Senancour
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The Role of Meaning, Purpose, and Spirituality in Institutional Good and Evil
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Sergey Goldgaber
I found Everything sometime before 9-1-1999 (the great e2 database move, I believe)
Rediscovered it after a long absence in Feb 2002.

I am mostly inactive here now, having found that making small contributions to Wikipedia is easier. But I have grown steadily disillusioned with Wikipedia, and am considering coming back to e2.


Some of my dreams:

Mescaline
Stone Chickens
The Great Escape
Red Tower
Silver Goblet
Tidal Wave
Ice Stream Death
The Princess and the Warrior
Movie Phone
Llama Cheese
Tomb Battle
Skyscraper Edge
Factory and Ash
The Voice
Pilot in a Zoo
Cut to Pieces
The Spider
Marsh and Children
Ghost Room
Dead Blue Chickens
The Singer and the Flies
Plane to Boat



Commentary on The Cave

I wrote this short story for my Freshman college English class on April 4th, 198 9 (exactly 13 years to the day of my posting it on E2). I was pretty obsessed w ith Lovecraft at the time. In fact, one of the reasons I chose to go to that pa rticular college was because it was located in Lovecraft's home town, Providence . There was a wealth of information about him in the university library, and I devoured all of it. Lovecraft has a very distinctive style that I found easy to imitate. If you've read any Lovecraft his influence should be pretty clear.

The story has been transcribed verbatim from the original, with only a few minor spelling corrections. Of course any real editing of it 13 years later would re sult in a greatly different story, so I left it to stand on its own.

Thanks to Professor Pi for C'ing this story, making it my first C! :)



The sun shone, having no alternative, on the nothing new. --Samuel Beckett

Show me a sane man and I will cure him for you... --Carl Jung



People:

Architects:
Soleri, Paolo
Wright, Frank Lloyd

Artists:
Beardsley, Aubrey
Bosch, Hieronymus
Ernst, Max
Hundertwasser, Friedensreich
Klimt, Gustav
Moreau, Gustave
Mucha, Alphonse
Munch, Edvard
Rossetti, Dante Gabriel
Schiele, Egon
Waterhouse, John William

Authors:
Abe, Kobo
Amery, Jean
Artaud, Antonin
Bataille, Georges
Baudelaire, Charles
Beckett, Samuel
Borges, Jorge Luis
Brand, Stewart
Carter, Angela
Ducasse, Isidore
Dunsany, Lord
Goethe, Johann Wolfgang von
Guin, Ursula K. Le
Hamsun, Knut
Herbert, Frank
Hesse, Hermann
Huysmans, Joris Karl
Lautréaumont, Le Comte de
Lem, Stanislaw
Levi, Primo
Pavic, Milorad
Perec, Georges
Plath, Sylvia
Queneau, Raymond
Rand, Ayn
Rimbaud, Arthur
Sacher-Masoch, Leopold von
Sade, Marquis de
Schulz, Bruno
Shaw, George Bernard
Stapledon, Olaf
Strugatsky, Brothers
Witkiewicz, Stanislaw Ignacy

Directors:
Argento, Dario
Bergman, Ingmar
Cronenberg, David
Deren, Maya
Fincher, David
Gilliam, Terry
Greenaway, Peter
Herzog, Werner
Jackson, Peter
Jodorowsky, Alejandro
Lang, Fritz
Lynch, David
Polanski, Roman
Polanski, Roman
Scott, Ridley
Trier, Lars von
Vinterberg, Thomas

Misc:
Bakunin, Mikhail
Cage, John
Cantor, Georg
Fischer, Bobby
Fuller, Buckminster
Godel, Kurt
Lilly, John
McKenna, Terence
Nasrudin
Sagawa, Issei
Steiner, Rudolph
Turing, Alan
Watts, Alan
Wiesenthal, Simon

Philosophers:
Bacon, Francis
Baudrillard, Jean
Camus, Albert
Chardin, Pierre Teilhard de
Eco, Umberto
Foucault, Michel
Gurdjieff, George
Heidegger, Martin
Lyotard, Jean-Francois
Nietzsche, Friedrich
Ouspensky, Piotr
Roland Barthes
Russel, Bertrand
Sartre, Jean-Paul
Schopenhauer, Arthur
Shah, Idries
Spinoza, Baruch
Unamuno, Miguel de
Wilson, Colin

Poets:
Blake, William
Coleridge, Samuel Taylor
cummings, e.e.
Dickinson, Emily
Frost, Robert
Rilke, Rainer Maria
Rossetti, Christina
Tennyson, Alfred Lord
Thomas, Dylan

Psychologists:
Frankl, Viktor
Fromm, Erich
Grof, Stanislav
Jung, Carl
Szasz, Thomas

Things:

Art:
Art Nouveau
Art Nouveau Vs. Art Deco
Deviant Art
Expressionism
Futurism
German Expressionism
mail art
negative space
Post-Impressionism, Symbolism and Art-Nouveau
Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood
surrealism
Symbolism
Symbolists
The Painting of Sounds, Noises, and Smells
The Story of the Vivian Girls
The Surrealist Manifesto

Biology:
Dracula ant
Slaver Ants
The world's largest ant colony

Culture:
Appropriation
Panopticon
School Shootings and Post-Structuralism

E2:
A new level advancement system without XP
Alternatives to Everything2
Daylogs are Brilliant and Marvelous, and overall, Completely Priceless
Everything 2 Civil War
Everything's Best Users
footnotes
From Newbie to Godhead in only 10 days!
How to disagree with an opinion on Everything
HOWTOs on Everything
meta-XP
The node linked to all others
we are the worker ants and everything is our queen

Film:
2001: A Space Odyssey
A Clockwork Orange
Andrei Tarkovsky
Blade Runner
Blue Velvet
Dead Ringers
Drowning by Numbers
Dune
Eye of the Duck
Festen
German Expressionism vs. the Hollywood of the time
Memento
Meshes of the Afternoon
Metropolis
Mulholland Drive
My Dinner With Andre
Repulsion
scanners
The Big Lebowski
The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari
The City of Lost Children
The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover
The Dark Crystal
The Kingdom
Thelma & Louise
They Live
Twin Peaks
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me
Videodrome (idea)
Wild at Heart

Games:
blindfold chess
chess is art
cyberpunk role-playing games
dollar auction
Eat poop you cat
New Games' Movement
Oblique Strategies
Speed chess, confessions of a positional player

History:
An eyewitness account of the Nagasaki bombing
Angkor Wat
Auschwitz
Baseball is a very boring sport
Black Chamber
Burning of the Libraries of Alexandria
Chronology of Library Development in Antiquity
COINTELPRO
First They Came for the Jews
Gilles de Rais
January 8, 1994 (thing)
Library of Alexandria
Orphic Mysteries
People do creepy things to each other
post-experiential revision
Regarding the word Holocaust as a Taboo
Situationist International
Students for a Democratic Society
Templar Heresy
The Holocaust
The Port Huron Statement
Unit 731
Weather Underground

Humor:
20 Square Miles Surrounded by Reality
A Portrait of a Serial Killer as a Young Man
Are all Geek Chicks bisexual tom-boys?
black turtlenecks and bald heads
Blood Is Yummy
building an ICBM out of matchstick heads and PVC pipe
Do not have sex with horses. Seriously, don't.
Don't kill your invisible husband to see what he looks like or you'll sob your heart out. But don't worry about the millions of invisible men coming to attack your village because they won't kill you if you don't know how to fight them.
Drunken Master of Passive-Aggressive Kung Fu
Dutch Profanity: Categories and Usage
Existence of the System Administrator
Fanatic Baiting
Female Goth stereotypes
Female programming lacks quality
God vs. the Library of Congress
Hello! Welcome to the Mental Health Hotline!
Hey, would you mind if I was infatuated with you for a week?
How Can You Be In Two Places At Once When You're Not Anywhere At All?
How do you say "I am a really big pervert" in Latin?
How to be properly depressed: A Noder's Guide
How to become a better anorexic
How to Dispose of a Corpse
How to reach Enlightenment while checking groceries
How to speak and write postmodern
How to spot bad internet porn stories
How to survive against humans
Judging women by their books
ketchup dialectics
L-space
Learn how to swear in different languages
Life's Little Deconstruction Book
Male Goth stereotypes
My Escape Plan from a Dying Universe (idea)
My God parted the sea; what can yours do?
No damn you, it's nothing like a chess game
No two countries with McDonald's have warred with each other
The Idiot's Guide to the Transmutation of Morals
The most disturbing thing I ever saw
The one thing that tempts me to eviscerate my roommate in cold blood
The principles of nuclear weapon safety and meeting girls are remarkably simila r
the sad, sad mutant handbook
Until today, it really pissed me off that I'd become this totally centered Zen Master and nobody had noticed
What would Machiavelli do?
When is a monkey's orgasm more than just fun and games?
Why Must Girls Squat To Pee?
Why your pet eats poop
You love these machines. These machines are dead: a love story.

Language:
Words that supposedly are untranslatable

Literature:
100,000,000,000,000 Sonnets
1000 Journals Project
A Map of Dante's Hell
A Void
A Wizard of Earthsea
Arms and the man
bleeding on paper (thing)
books that will induce a mindfuck
Chapterhouse: Dune
constrained writing
Cosmic Trigger
Count Zero
creative writing vs. journal entries
Crime and Punishment
cyberiad
decadence
Ender's Game
Goblin Market
Griffin and Sabine
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Heretics of Dune
Hunger
Hunger
Kafka Interpretations
keep a journal
Lanark
Last and First Men
Last and First Men (thing)
Library of Alexandria
Library of Babel
Literary Criticism
Macbeth
magic realism
Maldoror
Man and Superman
Man's Search for Meaning
Nobel Prize in Literature
On keeping a journal
On not being a writer in Prague
oulipo
Science Fiction sucks
Star Maker
Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf
Tessier-Ashpool
The Archaic Revival
The Day Boy and the Night Girl
The Dictionary of the Khazars
The Fountainhead
The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Illuminatus! Trilogy
The Notebooks of Malte Laurids Brigge
The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch
The Vatican Library
Through the Gate of the Silver Key
What is your favourite literary scene?
Wintermute
working in a bookstore
Zeugma

Logic:
Logical Fallacies
how to argue

Math:
Godel's theorem
non-Euclidean (idea)

Medicine:
biofeedback
Guinea Worm Disease
Nerve Agents
The List of 250 Natural Highs

Misc:
asceticism
autopoiesis
Avoiding accusations of plagiarism
baku
Copenhagen interpretation (idea)
Dissertation defense
DXers: masters of lightning
Fallingwater
I Ching
Miso shiru
Nobel Prize
Professor Brian O'Blivion
Psychomantium (idea)
Stilton
/dev/full

Most Hated:
Wings of Desire
Sergei M. Eisenstein
Lost Highway
Wim Wenders

Music:
Skinny Puppy
Wumpscut

Philosophy:
Active vs Passive Nihilism
amor fati
Averroes
decommodification
deconstruction
deep time
Early Greek philosophy and Logos
epistemology
eternal recurrence
existentialist
Friedrich Nietzsche vs. Martin Luther
gnosticism
Gödel, Escher, Bach: An Eternal Golden Braid
Hermeneutics
Mandelstahm on Heraclitus : Return
materialism
meaning
Omega Point
Philosophical Investigations
Positivism
Poststructuralism
Schopenhauer responds to Hegel, Mill, and Kierkegaard
Semiotics
Simulacra and Simulation
Socratic dialogue
Stoicism
suffering
temenos
The Allegory of the Cave
The Anathematization of Baruch Spinoza
The Golden Sayings of Epictetus
What is Postmodernism?

Poetry:
The force that through the green fuse drives the flower
The Panther

Politics:
Barefoot Gen
Decrying political correctness without an understanding of its causes and inten ded consequences is little more than racism muttered under one's breath
eight hours for work, eight hours for sleep, eight hours for what we will
Noam Chomsky and Michel Foucault
Noam Chomsky on Private Tyrannies -- Corporations
prison rape (idea)
situationist (idea)
The difference between resistance and terrorism
totalitarianism
Universal Declaration of Human Rights
War on Drugs

Psychology:
Alchemy: An Introduction to the Symbolism and the Psychology
Esalen Institute
interactionism
isolation tank
Logotherapy
Lucid dream
neurotic
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Paranoia and Knowledge
Programming and Metaprogramming the Human Biocomputer
Psychotic
Sapir-Whorf hypothesis
schizophrenia
schizophrenic
Thanatos

Quotes:
Here lies one whose name was writ in water
I will show you fear in a handful of dust
Of the mirror of the universe be the part that is densest, most useful and leas t apparent.
this too shall pass

Religion:
A Theologian in Death
Ain Soph
apsara
Demiurge (person)
God is Dead
iconoclast
Kalachakra
Kali Yuga
metanoia
mysticism
Shiva
The Iconoclast Controversy
Upanishads

Tech:
Concrescence
Crimping Cat-5
Digital Ecosystem
Gray code
Manufacturing a CPU in your own home (Part 1)
nanotechnology
networking speeds
Singularity
technology singularity
Yudkowsky's Scale of Future Shock Levels

Trolls:
Why I want to have children
if the IRA are "terrorists", so were the French Resistance against the Nazis
BDSM is the sign of a sick society

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