Richard’s Selected Correspondence
RESPONDENT: I really liked this one Richard: [quote]: ‘Hmm ... if I were so foolish as to arrange live dialogues would I have to brush my hair another way, wear a collar and tie, sit up straight and look right into the camera, enunciate each syllable without slurring and not pick my nose/scratch my ear/whatever?’ [endquote]. …/clear your throat/ scratch your balls/ etc/etc. That’s good Richard! I thought you had lost your sense of humour together with your feelings?
RICHARD: Life in this actual world is not the same as science fiction (such as ‘Star Trek’ for example) as the authors/script writers are imagining what it would be like to be an identity sans feelings ... and not a flesh and blood body sans identity in toto (‘I’ am ‘my’ feelings and ‘my’ feelings are ‘me’).
This is because imagination is such a poor substitute for the actual.
RESPONDENT: Aren’t you being just a tinny little malicious here?
RICHARD: No, I am being droll.
RESPONDENT: Sorry, I am the one who is being malicious!
RICHARD: Okay. [...]
RESPONDENT: How many times does one [not the ones who have seen it in your page] pronounce the word ‘malice’?
RICHARD: Not as many times as the word ‘evil’ has been bandied about (each time having less and less impact).
RESPONDENT: Is it more ample or meaningful than ‘violence’?
RICHARD: Indeed so ... it being the passion which fuels otherwise unnecessary violence.
RESPONDENT: As malice is not a very common word, you use it for the sake of originality and not to be confused with ‘spiritualists’?
RICHARD: No, as a broad generalised categorisation, the word ‘malice’ (the desire to hurt another person; active ill will, spite or hatred; a deep resentment) is used here as a ‘catch-all’ word for what one does to others (resentment, anger, hatred, rage, sadism and so on through all the variations such as abhorrence; acerbity; acrimony; aggression; anger; animosity; antagonism; antipathy; aversion; bad blood; temper; bellicosity; belligerence; bile; bitchiness; bitterness; cantankerousness; cattiness; crabbiness; crossness; defamation; despisal; detestation; disgust; dislike; dissatisfaction; enmity; envy; evil; execration; grievance; grudge; grudgingness; hard feelings; harm; hate; hatred; hostility; ill feeling; ill will; ill-nature; ill-temper; inimicalness; irascibility; irritability; loathing; malevolence; malignance; malignity; militancy; moodiness; murder; opposition; peevishness; petulance; pique; querulousness; rancour; repulsion; repugnance; resentment; snideness; spite; spitefulness; spleen; spoiling; stifling; sullenness; testiness; touchiness; umbrage; unfriendliness; unkindness; vengefulness; venom; vindictiveness; warlikeness; wrath).
In a similar fashion, and also as a broad generalised categorisation, the word ‘sorrow’ (the desire to hurt oneself; active grief, suffering or melancholy; a deep sadness) is used here as a ‘catch-all’ word for what one does to oneself (sadness, loneliness, melancholy, grief, masochism and so on through all the variations such as agony; angst; anguish; anxiety; apprehension; bereavement; bleakness; crestfallen; deflated; dejected; depression; desolation; despondency; disappointment; disconcerted; disconsolate; discontented; discouraged; disenchanted; disillusioned; displeased; disquiet; dissatisfied; distress; dismay; downhearted; dreariness; edginess; fear; fed-up; flustered; foreboding; fretfulness; frustrated; gloominess; glum; grief; heartache; horror; lament; melancholic; miserable; misery; morose; mourning; nervousness; panic; perturbed; regret; sad; sadness; sorrow; sorrowfulness; suffering; tenseness; terror; thwarted; torment; trepidation; troubled; uneasiness; upset; woe; worry; wretchedness).
This is how I have explained it before:
RESPONDENT: Don’t create new leagues; ‘actualists’ vs. ‘spiritualist’, don’t divide the world even more.
RESPONDENT: And a few more questions ... what was the difference in experiencing sleep when enlightened compared to your actual present state of consciousness?
RICHARD: In a word: identity.
RESPONDENT: What was the most harmful action you did to other human beings when being a ‘Richard’? What was the most harmful action you did to other human beings when being a Self? I’m referring to an actual harm and not to a potential for harmful action (be it psychological or physical).
RICHARD: The most harmful action in both cases (both being ‘human’ and being ‘divine’) operated twenty-four hours of the day: involuntarily radiating affective vibes and transmitting psychic currents ... and the divine vibes and currents, being so powerful, are the most insalubrious and reprehensible.
RESPONDENT: Have you made no error while living in your present state?
RICHARD: Ha ... I am not infallible (if that is what you mean) and, having nothing to hide, easily correct any error.
RESPONDENT: Do you still have the ability to correct that action when making an error?
RESPONDENT: What do you say to your grandchildren when they are hurt, desolate, crying?
RICHARD: The same as I say to any body and every body – no body is special – which is: all mental-emotional-psychic suffering is an unnecessary and self-inflicted wound. Any mental-emotional-psychic viciousness on the part of another, first and foremost, lies in the heart of the ‘giver’ and inevitably turns in on itself as existential sorrow. Thus, in the final analysis, it is the ‘giver’ who suffers the most intimately. As for the ‘receiver’ of any nastiness, it is entirely up to them what they do with it ... apart from physical brutality, no-one can force their cruelty on another without the other’s acquiescence and compliance.
RESPONDENT: Yes, but at what age can you say that to a child? I saw some neat drawings on the companion web site re: amygdala and neocortex that were pretty age specific. What about infants? Toddlers?
RICHARD: At whatever age they are capable of being emotionally and psychically ‘hurt, desolate, crying’ they are also capable of having that said to them – in their lingo – which age generally includes ‘infants and toddlers’ (I was a parent of four children myself).
RESPONDENT: Thanks Richard, perhaps if we can sort all of this out we could find a mental meeting place for actual conversation.
RICHARD: Good. My part of the conversation has been actual all along and I have been enjoying myself immensely. I guess it will be good for you, too, when it becomes mutual. As for a ‘mental meeting place’, I would suggest setting anything that stands in the way of peace on earth on the agenda for exploration, examination and discovery. Who knows, maybe another 160,000,000 million peoples will not have to be killed in wars by their fellow human beings in this coming century? It is possible.
RESPONDENT: I would suggest that we place peace with ourselves first, for without that no peace on earth will ever happen. We, given our selfish petty minds destroy ourselves first then the destruction of others becomes easy. It is out of our own violence that the collective violence is born.
RICHARD: I am proposing, from my own direct experience, that it is out of the instinctual passions of fear and aggression that the individual violence is born. The collective violence is but individuals gathering together for support so as to be as big – if not bigger – than the collection of individuals that they are fighting.
RESPONDENT: What causes our own personal violence towards ourselves?
RICHARD: The instinctual passions of fear and aggression and nurture and desire ... which give rise to malice and sorrow and thence all the other cultivated feelings and emotions are the result of socialisation.
RESPONDENT: As often repeated to the children here, if I could make anyone anything, I would make them happy and smart ... alas, I can not bring about, guilt, happiness, intelligence nor malice in anyone.
RICHARD: You do not have to bring about malice ... the passionate survival instinct endowed per favour of genetic inheritance sees to that. As for guilt ... well-meant but uninformed peer-group conditioning, parental conditioning and social conditioning does that for you (and the pusillanimous pacifist gets a ego-boosting free ride on said conditioning). And, as happiness, harmlessness and a freed intelligence comes about upon the elimination of the cause of malice and sorrow, so long as you maintain your godly delusion ... Alas! and Alack! your hands are tied. So much for ‘infinite responsibility’ ... it must be such a shame that omnipotence did not come with the package, eh?
RESPONDENT: That I have chosen to be soldiers, Richards, pacifists, apes, fishes, Ghandi’s, criminals, and lady bugs (that is our new dog’s name by the way! She is Lovely. A retired greyhound. She is only two years old. Believe it or not, she didn’t even know how to walk up steps when she came to us! She is an interesting partner for our bull mastiff ‘Manfred’) is alright with me. That, as you, I have chosen to lock doors and windows and keep money in the bank is fine.
RICHARD: Are you really saying that all the wars and murders and rapes and tortures and domestic violence and child abuse and sadness and loneliness and grief and depression and suicides ‘is alright with me’ ? Do you not care about the plight of your fellow human being at all? There is a name for this uncaring and callous attitude (which shows through despite all the delusions of grandeur dressed up as divine indifference): fatalism.
RESPONDENT: What is malice and why do we have it?
RICHARD: Malice is a catch-all word I have chosen to cover the full range of emotions and passions like those in this, by no means exhaustive, list that I plucked at random out of the thesaurus: abhorrence, acerbity, acrimony, aggression, anger, animosity, antagonism, antipathy, aversion, bad blood, bad temper, bellicosity, belligerence, bile, bitchiness, bitterness, cantankerousness, cattiness, crabbiness, crossness, defamation, despisal, detestation, disgust, dislike, dissatisfaction, enmity, envy, evil, execration, grievance, grudge, grudgingness, hard feelings, harm, hate, hatred, hostility, ill feeling, ill will, ill-nature, ill-temper, ill-will, inimicalness, irascibility, irritability, loathing, malevolence, malignance, malignity, militancy, moodiness, murder, opposition, peevishness, petulance, pique, querulousness, rancour, repulsion, repugnance, resentment, slaying, snideness, spite, spitefulness, spleen, spoiling, stifling, sullenness, testiness, touchiness, umbrage, unfriendliness, unkindness, vengefulness, venom, vindictiveness, warlikeness, wrath and so on and so on.
You have malice because you are a human being. Blind nature endowed you – like all sentient beings – with fear and aggression and nurture and desire as survival instincts. These instincts are affective ... that is they are passionate feelings and emotions.
RESPONDENT: Has it not been projected onto us by our predecessors to begin with?
RICHARD: No. There is a simple way to check the credibility of this theory: If what you say were to be correct, then who projected malice and sorrow into the first sentient being to emerge on this planet?
RESPONDENT: How was it transported from them to us, or do you think we were merely born with malice and sorrow?
RICHARD: All sentient beings are born with fear and aggression and nurture and desire ... which give rise to malice and sorrow. All the predecessors reinforced and refined them into the multitudinous emotions and passions we have to this present day.
RESPONDENT: Let’s give some random examples to clarify the problem. You are insulted and called names by other children in school. One of your parents is abusive to you, insulting you and saying you are always going to be a failure. Your mother establishes her nature in you in a mutual support group devoted to hating your father. You are beaten and perhaps even sexually molested. You are cheated out of money. You are lied to and betrayed by people who were supposed to be your friends or family. All of these things are likely to elicit a hostile and angry response. In this reaction, the nature of the violator is transmitted into the victim and projected forth into the future, creating a situation destined for misery, cruelty and suffering. Once this judgmental and negative nature is established, it does not resolve itself so easily. If projects forth onto the people we come into close contact with and spreads endlessly through the generations, coming down through the family to the children. It even actively seeks out people of a corresponding nature to maintain itself and continue to grow in judgment and hostility.
RICHARD: What you are describing is the reinforcing and perpetuation of all those emotions and passions that arise out of the basic instinctual passions. A baby are not the ‘Tabula Rasa’ (or the ‘Little Buddha’) that more than a few people would like to believe.
RESPONDENT: Now you appear to be saying that this nature, so deeply established, can be dumped easily, without much self discovery apparently, and we will be instantly in a paradise.
RICHARD: Aye ... one does not have to endlessly analyse one’s childhood for ever and a day. One does not have to do endless therapies wherein one expresses oneself again and again. One does not have to do any meditation, any yoga, any chanting of mantras, any tai chi, any breathing exercises, any dietary regimes, any praying, any surrendering, any trusting, any fasting, any flagellations, any ... any of those ‘Tried and True’ inanities.
RESPONDENT: This approach is appealing in that it bypasses all of the looking and suffering involved in self discovery.
RICHARD: Yes indeed ... the only good thing about suffering is when it ends ... permanently. However, please do not overlook my oft-repeated counsel that this route one travels is not for the faint of heart or the weak of knee ... it requires nerves of steel to delve deep into one’s psyche. For one is entering into taboo territory ... which is why an actual freedom has never been found before. One is entering into the stygian depths of the Human Condition.
RESPONDENT: Third thing: later in your post to No. 4 you seem to divide feelings into three categories: [Richard]: ‘If one minimises the ‘good’ and ‘bad’ feelings (as explained above) and activates the felicitous/ innocuous feelings – happiness, delight, joie de vivre/ bonhomie, friendliness, amibility and so on – in conjunction with sensuousness, then the ensuing sense of amazement, marvel and wonder can result in apperceptiveness’. [endquote]. There are ‘good’ feelings, ‘bad’ feelings’ and ‘felicitous’ feelings? I am confused about this categorisation. How do you define which feelings are appropriate and which are good or bad?
RICHARD: I have no intention of providing either a limited or an exhaustive list ... there are literally hundreds of feeling-words listed in the dictionary. For example, last year someone asked, on another list, what ‘malice’ was ... and I spent five minutes in the Oxford’s thesaurus and provided what they could have produced themselves if they had any nous:
RESPONDENT: You have outlined the malice pretty well.
RICHARD: Not only malice ... but sorrow as well. Malice and sorrow are intrinsically connected and constitute what is known as ‘The Human Condition’. The term ‘Human Condition’ is a well-established philosophical term that refers to the situation that all human beings find themselves in when they emerge here as babies. The term refers to the contrary and perverse nature of all peoples of all races and all cultures. There is ‘good’ and ‘bad’ in everyone ... all humans have a ‘dark side’ to their nature and a ‘light side’. The battle betwixt ‘Good and Evil’ has raged down through the centuries and it requires constant vigilance lest evil gets the upper hand. Morals and ethics seek to control the wayward self that lurks deep within the human breast ... and some semblance of what is called ‘peace’ prevails for the main. Where morality and ethicality fails to curb the ‘savage beast’, law and order is maintained ... at the point of a gun.
RESPONDENT: What is your solution to ending this malice? Thanks for your time, patience, and a very interesting posting.
RICHARD: For starters ... the ending of malice and sorrow involves getting one’s head out of the clouds – and beyond – and coming down-to-earth where the flesh and blood bodies called human beings actually live. Obviously, the solution to all the ills of humankind can only be found here in space and now in time. Then the question is: is it possible to be free of the human condition, here on earth, in this life-time, as this flesh and blood body?
RESPONDENT: I go forward. I was reflecting on the state of malice that exists around me. The malice seems unintentional.
RICHARD: Both malice and sorrow are, at root, involuntary aspects of ‘me’ ... behind all active vibes (to use a colloquialism) lie the psychic currents, or energies, which is where the real power-play takes place.
RESPONDENT: I was in a meeting on low income housing issues for the elderly and realized that malice was being distributed by those with a lot of money, because they could not shift their thinking to embrace a solution outside what is already known to not work. Is this malice really ... theirs or mine?
RICHARD: With practice one can usually ascertain just where a particular occurrence of malice is coming from ... initially it is difficult to discern and one does need to be scrupulously honest with oneself lest all occasions get duck-shoved onto someone else.
Sincerity is the key to unlocking such self-honesty.
RESPONDENT: It did not seem intentional. It just existed as an impasse between us. Does awareness provide any lubrication for improving a situation between two parties?
RICHARD: You may find the attentiveness expressed in the following provides for a felicity/innocuity that far exceeds any social lubrication:
RESPONDENT: Richard, why do you say you are free of malice ...
RICHARD: For no other reason than, being sans the entire affective faculty/ identity in toto, it is impossible for any emotional/ passional feelings whatsoever to occur.
RESPONDENT: ... [why do you say you are free of malice] when you make the decision to occasionally say something to someone on this list that would obviously insult/ upset/ piss off?
RICHARD: Just for starters, I do not make any such decision – either occasionally or otherwise – and the following is a classic example of it making no difference whatsoever anyway how I might couch my responses:
Put succinctly: it is what is being said, and not how it is being said, which gets up some people’s noses.
RESPONDENT: Just very recently you told No. 53 that he might not be able to understand grown-up words ... remember?
RICHARD: In all of my experience I cannot recall any teenager feeling insulted/ upset/ annoyed when it was suggested they may have to ask an adult what certain words/ concepts mean – or, for that matter, that they look them up in a dictionary/ encyclopaedia – as it is all part and parcel of the learning process.
If (note ‘if’) one was to have such a chip on their shoulder as to feel that way about learning something new then that contrariousness is their business, not mine, as I did not go public just to be run by another’s feelings about any advancement of or improvement to their knowledge, their rationality, their discussional skills, and so on, and so forth.
RESPONDENT: I didn’t know that No. 53 is a teenager. Is this a fact?
RICHARD: No adult – or, at least no adult in their right mind, that is – would type out and send to this mailing list what juveniles usually daub on the walls of public lavatories ... for just a few instances (cropped and edited for reasons of space):
RESPONDENT: Wow! But still, didn’t you know that to say what you said when you said it would make him mad?
The Third Alternative
(Peace On Earth In This Life Time As This Flesh And Blood Body)
Here is an actual freedom from the Human Condition, surpassing Spiritual Enlightenment and any other Altered State Of Consciousness, and challenging all philosophy, psychiatry, metaphysics (including quantum physics with its mystic cosmogony), anthropology, sociology ... and any religion along with its paranormal theology. Discarding all of the beliefs that have held humankind in thralldom for aeons, the way has now been discovered that cuts through the ‘Tried and True’ and enables anyone to be, for the first time, a fully free and autonomous individual living in utter peace and tranquillity, beholden to no-one.
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