Everything Does Not Happen For A Reason

The human mind has a predilection for seeing patterns and connections in all sorts of phenomena and occurrences. Sometimes these hunches turn out to be true and are verifiable, but at other times these apparent connections are based in chance, luck and probabilities. However our ego wants to ignore the fact that we are not always correct or infallible. Therefore, rather than factor in our obvious limitations we do the opposite and build grand mental schemes or models of the universe based upon the absolute truth and certainty of our beliefs and insights. While this ego-based grandstanding might at first glance appear harmless, it has caused untold misery over the millenia.

Almost all of our bizzaro beliefs from religions with vengeful sky-dudes and dudettes, planning events based on astrology, belief in witchcraft or black magic are based on such worthless and harmful models of the universe. Even many apparently secular beliefs from various schools of economics, how we structure our societies, write and enforce our laws to belief in the desirability of eugenics.. I mean HBD.. are based in the absolute validity of some model of the universe.

Over the centuries, our mental models of the universe have become less bizarre, but the newer versions still have a lot of basic similarities with the older ones. As an example- one of the main, if not the most important, core belief in almost all secular models of the universe goes something like this-

Everything happens for a reason.

I consider this particular belief to be the secular version of belief in god. You might have noticed that religious people ascribe every occurrence in the universe to an all-powerful and omnipotent god. Frequently they also claim that the desires, wishes or plans of ‘god’ are mysterious or beyond human comprehension. The secular and ‘scientific’ minded types dismiss such religious beliefs as simple-minded and irrational, however they themselves believe in a similar fallacy- though they deny doing so when confronted about it. Let me explain that with a few examples.

If you have read any general biology textbooks, you might get the impression that things like viruses, parasites and diseases such as cancer or aging are ‘normal’, ‘inevitable’ or serve some important ‘purpose’. But do they? Does even the very presence of life on earth have any ‘purpose’ or ‘reason’? I don’t think that the other rocky planets in our solar system (or any other) which do not have any life-forms are worse off than earth. And what is ‘worse off’ anyway? It is not like these large spheres of rock are sentient- as we currently understand.

The reality is that different species of cell-based organisms have vastly varying loads of, and susceptibility to, viruses. Both are linked to the probability of successful transmission from one host to the other. Species with a small number of individuals who live in widely dispersed and small groups are far less likely to have viral infections and diseases than those that live in proximity to each other. It is therefore no accident that the rise of many viral diseases from smallpox, measles, mumps, rubella, polio, chicken pox, influenza etc was linked to the rise of ‘civilization’ which led to poorly nourished people living in cramped quarters with domesticated animals. The same is true for many human specific bacterial diseases from syphilis and human tuberculosis to typhoid. But as our scientific knowledge and public health measures became more effective (especially over the last 100 years) these “common” and “inevitable” diseases became uncommon, rare or just plain extinct.

The same is true for parasites, be they protozoans like various versions of malaria and leishmaniasis or any species of round worms, flukes and tapeworms that can infect humans. They all have no intrinsic purpose or reason for existence- just like all the other infectious diseases that affect other animal and plant species. However evolutionary biologists frequently claim (often via non-obvious arguments) that such pathogenic microbes have a ‘function’ or ‘reason to exist’. I, for one, fail to see any intrinsic and necessary purpose inherent in the existence of pathogens or parasites in any species. Similarly cancer and aging are not ‘inevitable’, ‘necessary’ or part of some ‘grand plan’ or ‘scheme’. We know of more than a few animal species that do not age in any measurable way. We are also aware of animal species which do not develop cancers- even when we try to induce neoplastic processes in them.

Let us now turn to “macro” events such as droughts, floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, comet strikes and other disasters caused by large physical forces largely beyond human control. As most of you are well aware, people of a more religious mindset used to see such events as punishment for ‘sins’, ‘immorality’, ‘greed’ etc. We know better now, and modern technological developments offer many avenues for mitigating the material loss and casualties resulting from the rare but big events. While these events are caused by a chain of smaller and larger events occurring in certain sequences, they are by no means necessary, inevitable or part of the grand scheme of things.

Similarly socio-economic problems such as widespread poverty, material deprivation, tyrannical law enforcement, ineffective or corrupt legislative processes, incompetent administration, institutions that do the opposite of what they are supposed to be doing etc are neither ‘natural’, ‘inevitable’ or ‘part of the human condition’. There is nothing ‘natural’ about ‘the marketplace’, ‘capitalism’, perpetual growth based economic models or even people having ‘jobs’ to have a decent and largely fulfilling existence. These bizzaro concepts do not exist because they have any ‘cosmic role’,’purpose’ or place in the grand scheme of things. They need to be methodically destroyed in a manner that address the defects and shortcomings which allow them to exist in the first place. This is worthwhile even if doing so would cause very significant collateral casualties and damage.

What do you think? Comments?

  1. February 24, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    If you could redo college, what you do differently socially and career wise?

    Hmm.. let me think about that in some more detail.

    But basically, I would have done the same thing. Here is the thing.. I was a misanthropist even before going to uni. I always had little use for social acclaim, prestige and other false and transient BS.

    I never cared about others because I saw that they were incapable of reciprocation.

    • P Ray
      February 25, 2013 at 12:58 am

      I always had little use for social acclaim, prestige and other false and transient BS.
      I never cared about others because I saw that they were incapable of reciprocation.

      ^ Shortly after I finished university I began to see that.
      The people in charge were unqualified liars good at playing politics but incapable of putting in the hard yards, making promises to customers that they expected others to do the work for, but they alone got the credit.
      And along the way, they gave busywork to people who were actually capable, and made up false accusations against others who tracked their credit-stealing.

      I now enjoy being the beta guy who can tell alphas to eff-off if I don’t appreciate their attitude of wanting something for nothing.
      After all … I now have the right to refuse their custom … and don’t have a superior to answer to :)

      Dissention/Advocatus … your website is a beacon of truth in the world of lies. Never forget that.
      And there is a lot to be said about being prideful … when you’re RIGHT.

    • Dreamer
      February 25, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Hey Advocatus,

      Isn’t that a self-fulfilled prophesy to be misanthropic before entering college? Like you just said at the last line, you stopped caring for others because you saw others cannot reciprocate (this also implies that you was/are capable to care and implies there could be others unless you view yourself so unique as the only person who has such a capacity). However, if you dropped caring for others before college, it’s arguable that you closed out before you had the gain most autonomy.

      I mean, before college, the world is basically high school and family. If your family and high school people sucked, there isn’t much room to maneuver. Being misantrophic and not caring for others before no one to you also creates a catch-22 where anyone trying to care for you would be rebuffed.

      @P Ray – Umm your point sounds like a point of “the man” while AD was addressing an approach towards social life which mean more dealing family and social circles more than work life. Not that they can’t overlap, just addressing friends/family in Kneehow’s context is usually not the same area of brown-nosing in a company after college

      • February 25, 2013 at 11:20 am

        Dreamer :
        I mean, before college, the world is basically high school and family. If your family and high school people sucked, there isn’t much room to maneuver.

        “When you get to be our age, you all of a sudden realize that you are being ruled by people you went to high school with. You all of a sudden catch on that life is nothing but high school—class officers, cheerleaders, and all.” — Kurt Vonnegut

        High school never ends.” — Bowling for Soup

      • Dreamer
        February 25, 2013 at 1:48 pm

        @The Plague Doctor – I should have expected this response and preemptively address it. Yes, it is a common argument to make that high school never ends. Many articles and commentary made observations and/or experiences that fits with the statement.

        Yet, it does not address the point. It’s still just two quotes phrased to sound like wisdom but it still addresses little to the question. Because life after high school does have new changes and factors that affects life. The old factors, which is what the quotes tends to be cited towards, doesn’t go away, but there’s new factors. The greater autonomy to do stuff of own volition, choose which people to be most exposed, and outright just new faces with no memory of the past all plays in.

        But perhaps, I’m not explaining the above very well. So let me try and explain through a story:

        I once had a friend I met in early in college who was very misanthropic. We happened to be on the same floor of our dorm and we shared a lot of interests and thoughts. However, he hated his high school with its people and his family. He carried a very pessimistic view of people manifesting in low expectations and George Carlin-esque sacasm and humor (which actually made him pretty funny).

        Regardless, I befriended him and introduce him to other people I befriended too. And, unless you going hard-core philosophy “whether care can be really view as care”, I believe we met that definition as AD meant above. At the least, I remember AD hinted in previous posts of how people avoided helping even in little things not out of the way or even go out of the way to not help – so I think we pass that threshold. We wanted him to do well and we tried to offer help when he was in trouble (and he was in trouble – as in finding cancer during second year – it was caught early and lucky – it was remission by the beginning of junior year with missing one semester).

        However, he never reciprocated. He remain closed to our concerns to him. He was not willing to take any comfort and shrugs off any expression of concern. He gave no reciprocation as in taking anything said seriously, treated inconsiderately many times, or help with exception of most forced (obligation than care). Eventually there was just no way to really maintain with his inclusion. The person he got along best still maintains a link and check for updates sometimes despite he doesn’t even reciprocate that.

        I think you get where I’m going with the story. Post high school, he found some people who did care and tried to show concern. And was completely closed to it. Sounds like the the point he made above that he stopped caring because others can’t. Well, this anecdotal story shows what I’m trying to say (also if someone says sample size of one, I’ll respond right now how do you know its that rare that find people who can reciprocate concern to each other – none of you guys here can give concern to each other if met in real life despite talking about it here?).

      • February 25, 2013 at 3:47 pm

        It was not really a ‘response’ to you; your words just happened to remind me of two of my favorite quotes.

        But to answer your question, they are talking generalities; your argument is essentially: “NA_ALT”, a horse which has been beaten to death elsewhere.

    • February 25, 2013 at 12:32 pm

      Write a post on it.

      Advice for unattractive college nerds.

      Nerds trying to find out what STEM industries to go into.

      You’re Indian. Alot of STEM jobs are being outsourced to China and India so that could be something to talk about. Obama care affecting health related STEM jobs?

      How to position yourself well to make pooning and your lifestyle more enjoyable in general?

      What are your problems now and what is fucking you over now that you wished you had done back in college?

      • February 25, 2013 at 6:45 pm

        kneehowguy…

        all I can tell you is that getting laid will not solve all your problems.

        sex is enjoyable and an important thing. also, I can imagine that you feel disconnected from your peers whom are (presumably) having sex. …and it is a rite of passage into adulthood….

        so I can see why you are hung up…

        you are asking for someone to “speculate” where opportunity will be in the future….

        for someone obsessed with advice, the best advice I can tell you is to enjoy “now” as much as you can. Regret is a fucked up thing.

      • P Ray
        February 25, 2013 at 6:56 pm

        How to position yourself well to make pooning and your lifestyle more enjoyable in general?
        You can always poon when you find a girl who needs your resources and is willing to pay for it.
        The poverty line dictates the price of the poon.
        Of course, the only thing stopping you is your allergy to buying sex.
        But when has sex not been bought?
        Every interaction is a transaction …

  2. Webe
    February 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

    Your characterization of religion is too theoretical. The well-spring of religion is stories and enactments of stories. When people in a religion talk about punishment by the gods, it is poetic flourish: What is happening feels like a big guy is out to get us. When they talk of purpose they are trying to tie up loose ends within a narrative, not as theoretical model, but as a coherent account of one’s self-organization and experience. Nobody who is religious can tell you what the purpose of a tsunami or an infection is, unless they are charlatans: but they try to construct a narrative or conversation in which it is possible to go on living instead of giving up.

    • P Ray
      February 25, 2013 at 7:18 am

      but they try to construct a narrative or conversation in which it is possible to go on living instead of giving up.
      telling people they’re going to hell doesn’t sound very reassuring … except that if they didn’t know where they were going previously, they do now, I guess.

  3. February 26, 2013 at 1:06 am

    stonerwithaboner :
    kneehowguy…
    all I can tell you is that getting laid will not solve all your problems.
    sex is enjoyable and an important thing. also, I can imagine that you feel disconnected from your peers whom are (presumably) having sex. …and it is a rite of passage into adulthood….
    so I can see why you are hung up…
    you are asking for someone to “speculate” where opportunity will be in the future….
    for someone obsessed with advice, the best advice I can tell you is to enjoy “now” as much as you can. Regret is a fucked up thing.

    Need to flesh out my career and someday make the travel process/ expenses as quick and streamlined as possible.

    The Canada 220/hour he advertises seems like it will probably be more like 400 or more an hour if you include travel expenses so I want some clarification on how he does it cost effectively and how to reduce the time it takes. Because I’ve read a bit about pooning and I don’t know of many other people who go to Canada specifically to get a single fuck or two on a weekend day.

    Most likely it seems like he works for a pharma company in northeast and idk makes maybe 50-60k. I don’t know how much money I”ll need, but I want to someday get weekly escorts in the USA/Canada + occasional sex vacations to Latin America/Eastern Europe. It seemed like he might have some specific on advice on it.

    For some reason, if I have the money and time left I still do want that dance classes with young attractive girls + a nerdy, plain looking short nerdy Asian girlfriend that I can realistically get. This is how I got my first kiss / hand holding so I still have some faith in it and it is essentially what my parents wanted me to do.

    Maybe this lingering desire for LTR/love will leave me after I start pooning though.

  4. February 26, 2013 at 1:17 am

    “Most likely it seems like he works for a pharma company in northeast and idk makes maybe 50-60k.”

    you don’t need an “advanced degree” to make 50-60k-there are tradesmen who make far more (and they actually get their hands dirty.)

    also, if you are aggressive, you could get a job in sales. If advipoops is as ruthless as the people he admires, he is easily making 120k selling to big pharma–it’s a giganormous industry. He probably knows that it could crash and is just waiting for the next bubble. Just like the “smart” people in the mortgage industry….

  5. Dreamer
    February 26, 2013 at 9:06 am

    The Plague Doctor :
    It was not really a ‘response’ to you; your words just happened to remind me of two of my favorite quotes.
    But to answer your question, they are talking generalities; your argument is essentially: “NA_ALT”, a horse which has been beaten to death elsewhere.

    I somehow missed that. You have a point that it fits with the NA_ALT argument.

    However, I disagree on NA_ALT arguments apply here. Usually, the argument is a move for dismissal as exceptions does not break the rule. In such cases, exceptions are too rare and insignificant to ignore discussed idea. Such as a generalities said about women’s behaviors and the caution that I will not look for an exact example – but I’m anything that incites NAWALT in Dalrock or Rollo are probably sufficient example.

    The difference here is level of absoluteness in this case. As he said that he took the policy before entering college, his previous hints in older posts of personal betrayals, and what he stated wishes – I think it is reasonable to say the message is quite literal in assuming a closed stance to everyone rather than rhetorical with a message to be careful with trust and/or the more typical message in other blogs in this area of not trusting most people in ____ positions or roes. Thus, reasonable to point out my argument.

    • February 26, 2013 at 5:10 pm

      Dreamer,
      So what methods would you recommend regarding how to discern who is trustworthy and who is not? I have been betrayed by people I was friends with very long and closely and had a lot in common with.

      • Dreamer
        February 27, 2013 at 1:01 pm

        Well, my intention was to get AD in the previous posts was learn more of his reasoning and thoughts through dialogue by bringing up my own points addressing his. Not to push my own advice.

        Since you ask, I will not you direct advice as I don’t have any guarantees. Maybe I’m just lucky. Maybe I’m just deluding myself from repeated bad treatments. Maybe you and AD had the same experience of good and bad and just focusing on the bad. That’s what I’m trying to figure out by poking such questions.

        That said, I can look back to actions by others who did tried to help me. I know they went out of their way to back me up, include me, and/or vouch for me. I also have other memories and experiences of those same giving concern and care for other mutual friends. I do know those aren’t fake. If they are substantially different from your own lives… That part I don’t know.

        Meanwhile AD mentioned that he need help and no one got his back, even went out of the way to not help. Those hints seems to indicate the mold to his policy.

  6. Mark
    February 28, 2013 at 4:08 am

    Great blog, my favourite. Thanks for the inspiration and intimidatingly well writen and thought out posts.

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