what keeps you posting?

beiser

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i've started to feel like online is a sort of purgatory, a doomed/cursed place where people exorcise themselves of libidinal energy when they feel trapped in the other parts of their lives

i remember reading a quite depressing thread on here where people talked about how they were functioning alcoholics, but I'd be very curious about what else brings people back here, what they hope to achieve through posting. will you ever complete it?
 

luka

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Staff member
im sure you're not the only one to be feeling a bit down. There's a global pandemic and lockdowns and the world economy is about to collapse and there's no end in sight. I reckon it's best to try and stay perky and cheerful until the worst happens though.
 

Leo

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not sure there's a particular end point here, a goal to achieve. it's a place to unload, engage, debate, have your eyes opened, get the occasional pat on the back for making a good point.

it can be depressing if your head is in that type of space, but dissensus has such a vast trove of topics and knowledge that there's lots of opportunity to make it a positive experience.
 

linebaugh

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hard to have alot of the conversations we have in here out there. whether it be because people with overlapping interests are hard to find or if found enjoying their presence is as unlikely. pandemic and my work situation means Im on my computer all the time with little interaction outside, its a natural fit.
 

constant escape

winter withered, warm
I do think its possible to bootstrap yourself out of depression. In my case, science helps quite a bit, especially when paired with certain spiritual practices. Appreciating just how swiftly and subtly your attention can be swept up and carried away along some pathic roller coaster, a ride that go on indefinitely if you don't know how to activate the brakes. At its extremes its like being stuck in a francis bacon painting, but thankfully I've only experienced brief spells of that.

The scientific part of it involves understanding emotion as a high order function of physical machines, organic machines that are ineluctably bound to certain evolutionary trajectories. Putting things in such a vast perspective almost instantaneously quells any otherwise swelling depression.

I see serious promise in Gurdjieff's project, but at a price. Like Amy Adams says at the end of The Master, this is a war you fight for billions of years, or not at all.
 

luka

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Staff member
Have to purge all that pre-frontal verbiage somehow. And this forum has largely supplanted my notepad.

Rememeber what I told you about keeping a separate word document or printing out or you'll forget all the clever things you've said like i have. So many clever things and all forgotten by me, the one who said them.
 

woops

is not like other people
i post here because a lot of my friends are here and the people here are interested in the things i'm interested in. simple!
 

woops

is not like other people
anything will feel depressing if you yourself are depressed i find. it's nothing inherent to dissensus. in fact i think as social media goes the lack of ads, familiarity and relative small scale make it the least depressing one.
 
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