Selfish Altruism and Queer Zen Phenomenology - Chicagohttp://www.meetup.com/Selfish-Altruism-and-Queer-Zen-Phenomenology-Chicago/http://photos3.meetupstatic.com/photos/event/5/6/2/e/global_81142062.jpeg20110627
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This group is for people who have an intuition of something better, and who are pursuing it in every direction simultaneously.
You have a sense of rightness and wrongness that cuts to the bone, and it doesn't line up with traditional religion or the zeitgeist.
You're an information sponge, but you hold it all provisionally and pragmatically. You know that all truths are partial perspectives, i.e. wrong, but the utility of a "truth" is contextual, no matter how accurate. And a precise fit between signifiers and a subtle, complex collection of referents is orgasmic.
The signifiers, signifieds, and referents that make up your world, your working models and metaphors, are non-normative.
You aspire to eradicate harm that results from ignorance.
You like to say and hear new, accurate things that have never been said before.
You gaze into the face of death (annihilation) and ultimate meaninglessness, and find meaning and solace in empathy, personal aspiration, and mutual regard. Maybe you'll die mutually profoundly known, understood, and entangled with others.
You will die over and over again to dispel your ignorance, lighting candles in the dark, refusing to live in a demon-haunted world, bowing to no god, but alive to mystery and willing to sacrifice your most sacred truths even if it leaves you temporarily hollow of meaning and identity. You aspire to ontological humility. You want to become something better, for yourself and for everyone else, even if the product of that process is unrecognizable from what you are now. On a good day you are not an arrogant petty reactive selfish terrified little shit.
You live in fear that your stubbornness, arrogance, ignorance, smugness, narcissism, complacence, prejudice, fear, and obliviousness will cause harm to another. What are the lobotomies of the 21st century? What are the witch hunts? There's a whole world out there of suffering and dying. You aspire to not torture yourself as well.
And you're a monkey with fleas looking up at the stars. You value sensitivity, empathy, respect, encouragement, human contact, support, relating, loving, talking, playing, caring, fucking, food, comfort, fun, helping, laughing, and living.