“Soft slavery on the other hand, is covert. It is neither apparent, nor self-evident. Everything is hidden behind comfort, apathy, security, convenience, indifference, and the illusion of freedom.
The house slave of today is the typical state citizen just going through the motions, unaware of the extent of their own slavery.”
“Therefore it’s a tragedy for both individual freedom and the common good that the word “virtue” has been banished from our vocabulary.”
“Let’s put these paradoxes and these wise men to the test. Does the libertine really enjoy liberty? Is “free love” really free or does it come at a terribly high price?
They are now addicted to their “freedoms”– the booze, the drugs, and the sex. But for all their proclamations of their “right” to be “free,” they are less free than the rest of us. The truth is that bad habits become an addiction, and those suffering from addiction are not free. In a perverse paradox, they have enslaved themselves in the name of freedom.”
Common Filth’s notion of a ‘deathstyle’.
“Worse, or at least as bad, they have taken liberties with others in their taking of liberties for themselves. How many naïve young people have been seduced into this life of slavery? How many have been ensnared by these addictive bad habits in the name of an illusory “freedom”? How many owe their slavery to their being abused by those promising them liberty? How many people living vicious and pathetic lives are doing so because they were abused by vicious and pathetic parents or friends? ”
The evil love to corrupt the pure, it’s literally the only thing that brings them joy.
Don’t make excuses for degenerate adults. They could repent but it was ‘go forth and sin no more’ and they find the second thing problematic. I hope there’s a Hell for these antisocial people, truly. They make Hell on earth.
It all comes back to the Sexual Rev, the slavery to our bodies and its base, animal drives.
“Having put the three wise men–Wilde, Burke and Solzhenitsyn—to the test, we can perhaps agree that the libertine is not only taking liberties from others but is actually taking liberties from himself when he takes such liberties. It’s a lose-lose situation. He makes his own life miserable in making the lives of his neighbors miserable. There are no winners in this economy of self-gratification.”
Yes but he chose it so the ‘social harm’, damage to the social fabric and critically, sympathy, is entirely on the people who are the victims.
it reminds me of the silly modern cliche of watching someone get a drug habit then calling them brave for doing the right thing, finally – no, the right thing is not becoming a druggie in the first place, like getting out of debt isn’t as impressive as never getting into debt
a little stoicism would help these people tolerate their boredom a lot better but this doesn’t bring in the shekels so it’s hedonism beyond what the ancient hedons actually did (more like the modern perception of an epicurean, they didn’t seek out pleasure nor so frequently, mostly festivals a few times per annum)
they don’t know the system is using them, drugging them with their own dopamine and when they’re fried out, a debt slave with no prospect of true, fiscal freedom
the wages of sin are entirely deserved, no sympathy when the time comes for the people who choose, repeatedly, every day, to continue to be a terrible, terrible person…
makes them easier to out-compete tho
can’t complain on a game theory front
we can steamroll them pretty easily
sometimes it’s really as simple as suggesting there’s a druggie rave held the night before a big meeting, a week in advance to let them rationalize it or leaving their favourite alcohol in a conference room before a presentation
degenerates are not smart
it’s the hypofrontality
and like any neurodegeneration, it only progresses with time
they are very