brain butter IX: anarchistic inclinations not systematized

This NEED To Authoritize

I felt the impulsion rise inside me; leaving the coop, it was, “Hey Boo (Shalin), what do you think of us posting photos on Twitter of our market purchases re: real food, thoughtful choices, etc. – with supplemental messages like ‘Don’t let anyone tell you what to do: Make your own choices’ ?”

Goddd what a showing of insecurity, this urge to [in effect] say to others, “Look at us!… but, do what you want?!”

It’s hard not to want others to do what we do, considering the time, effort, enjoyment, and interest that goes into being curious about the little and the big things of how we live our day-to-day.

But here’s the irony. It certainly takes a great deal of confidence (“with trust”) to live not by WHO’s health recommendations, nor by the messages lurking at every step, which hint, “eat this” or “do that”.

We’re growing more Fuck You each day, to say quietly with trust “No Thank You” to others who are motivated it seems only by bottom lines telling us what to do. To subsequently send equally authoritative messages out to the social media world – or to real-being sit-down-for-coffee company – that this is how we eat [and therefore so should you], seems perhaps to be highly hypocritical at worst and plain ironic at best.

However, we do think you need to enforce your creative wills in the direction of feeling fucking great about your own plans, experiments, experiences, learning, paths, and choices. No one else’s matter. This is where we find Ray Peat’s and some of who seem to be inspirators of his work and life, refreshing – to say the least.

I quote now William Blake:

As the true method of knowledge is experiment, the true faculty of knowing must be the faculty which experiences.

We eat what we do and we do what we do…; more specifically, do what I do and eat what I eat, drink what I drink and walk the way I walk, for no other reason when I’m conscious and feeling good about myself, than because it’s the way I want to, based on feeling, experience, experimenting, reading, thinking, noticing, tinkering, fumbling, and living – plus a whole innumerable other factors which I’ll never know – on my way to this acting now.

I write as I feel through the air and my fingers to write, in no way reflective or suggestive of how you ought to. And for the moment, I’m sticking to it; although that could change and doubtless will as flux and flow I go.


If we post something saying, “Look at us”, at best we may be reinforcing a culture of looking at other people’s culture to pass time; at worst, perhaps, we’re mindcontrolling others to feel inadequate because “your choices are not good enough but look, ours are”.

I guess a good that could come of these thoughts, is determining – and reminding ourselves often – that what we’re after is not leadership or positive change, but more just doing what we’ve learned and continue to learn to trust, as this changes in whatever ways, without feeling the need in any way to control other people or look to other people for approval on this mission of [rebellious?] self-defining own-culture-creation enjoyment-of-being. Or something like that.

The Anarchists are right in everything; in the negation of the existing order, and in the assertion that, without authority, there could not be worse violence than that of authority under existing conditions. They are mistaken only in thinking that Anarchy can be instituted by a revolution. “To establish Anarchy.” “Anarchy will be instituted.” But it will be instituted only by there being more and more people who do not require protection from governmental power, and by there being more and more people who will be ashamed of applying this power. ~Leo Tolstoy


An Adjunct, maybe:

WHO tells you what to do


And where might “haters” come from?