by Gary Greenhill
The teacher stands in front of the class
But the lesson plan he can't recall
The Student's eyes don't perceive the lies
Bouncing off every fucking wall
His composure is well kept
I guess he fears playing the fool
The complacent students sit and listen to
Bull shit that he learned at school
- Take the Power Back, rage against the machine
Say I wanted to write a computer program, for example to count to ten and print it out. There is an infinite number of ways to write it, why would I pick a particular one? I may pick one way and then find out later I could have made it run quicker, or look better. At one moment in time I may have a solution, which I consider to be good, however I know that it may not be the best (after all what is the chance that I have the best program is one in infinity). I may improve on the solution if I can see that it can be easily improved on, or I may consider it to be the best solution until I randomly stumble across a better one. This is an artificial intelligence search technique known as probabilistic hill climbing, and is an analysis of human thought. This is pretty much how most people think, for example the population may have decided that the world is flat, because all the evidence says it is, until by chance someone proves that it is round. Much later someone discovers it is a penguin, and so on.
It is therefore difficult for the population to gain an insight into the universe if they are all being told the same things, if they are brought up in the same way, if they all have the same opinions. How often have the theories of scientists been disproved by later generations? How often has the person who discovered the better theory been considered a mad heretic because they are unusual?
The idea of God and The Fallen One shows how people must be given the option of free choice, or else they all live the same lives. There must be chaos for evolution of the mind. If a man walked to work by the same route every day of his life he would only know that one route, but if he went other ways he has expanded his knowledge, and he also finds that there are more routes. The more you know the more you realise you don't know.
So is existence shaped by the collective minds, or minds shaped by existence? Does it matter? Order can be formed in chaos, after all that's how the universe started (maybe). There is nothing dark or supernatural about this. The only thing here is that chaos must be brought in to help people think in different ways to achieve a better understanding of the universe and a better spiritual awareness. The only problem is that by its own definition this theory has a one in infinity chance of being correct.
"I think present-day reason is an analogue of the flat earth of the medieval period. If you go too far beyond it you're presumed to fall off, into insanity"
- Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance, Robert M. Pirsig
To create chaos through tricks, puzzles or other means is the ideal of this path to increase other peoples ideology or perception, and to see as much of the universe as possible to increase ones own experience and judgement. (Refer to the Malkavian Handbook - The Evolution of Vision). This path is tempered slightly by a belief in Ch'i and spirit. It is essentially built around opening the your third (metaphorical) eye, and to help others open theirs.
I take your words and try them on.
Yeah, it's a perfect fit, boy.
You tell me one size fits us all.
Yeah, like an old straight jacket.
- Alice Cooper, Stolen Prayer
You have a winning way, so keep it up.
You are an angel heading for a land of sunshine,
And fortune is smiling upon you.
Prepare for a series of comfortable miracles,
From fasting to feasting.
- Faith No More, Land of Sunshine
|10||Refusing to commit diablerie on being who is not enlightened|
|9||Entering a frenzy when not in combat|
|8||Killing a mortal for reason other than survival|
|7||Failing to acquire items or knowledge to improve personal chin|
|6||Failing to prank others when the opportunity arises|
|5||Showing concern for others possessions|
|4||Refusing to free enlightened spirits from being bound.|
|3||Actively inducing sanity|
|2||Actively hindering change|
|1||Actively resisting insanity|
"Thank you everyone, from myself, my assistant, and the stooge. I'm the amazing Cain. If you enjoyed the show, tell your friends. If you didn't I trust you'll get throat cancer and die without ever again uttering another word. Good-night."
- Cain, Season of Mists, Neil Gaiman