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nightchalk16 · 2020-08-07 · Original thread
You should read some books:

The human predicament by David Benatar.

The conspiracy against the human race by Thomas Ligotti.

book suggestions are like opinions: everyone has a few ... fwiw here books which I re-read more than twice:

1) Jacques Ellul "The Technological Society (La Technique)":

2) Jacques Ellul "Propaganda"

3) Robert Cialdini "Influence" <- could probably be described as a modern / dark adversarial take in "how to make friends and influence people" and should be read with Kahneman & Tversky's books/papers.

4) James C. Scott "The Art of Not being Governed"

5) Dickens "Hard Times" <- for it's description of the effects on peasant communities during industrialization, which is also a theme in "La Technique" above

6) George Orwell "Down and Out in London and Paris"

7) M. Scott Peck "The Road Less Traveled"

8) Introducing Psychology of Relationships - A Practical Guide by John Karter

9) Lion Feuchtwanger "Goya"

10) Thomas Ligotti "The Conspiracy against the Human Race: A Contrivance of Horror"

11) Plato "The Republic":

12) Lewis Mumford "The Story of Utopias":

13) the major works of: Kant, Schopenhauer, Hegel, Nietzsche, Marx, Foucault, Chomsky, Zizek


- Peter Wessel Zapffe "The Last Messiah":

- Lion Feuchtwanger "Power":

- Samuel Becket "Waiting for Godot":

- Fyodor Dostoevsky "The Dream of a Ridiculous Man":

nightchalk16 · 2019-12-14 · Original thread
People should remain childless. Remaining childless is the only guaranteed way to prevent suffering. Also have a look at: and
We are past the point where we we can fix this with discussions & civil discourse. Not to say that we shouldn't try. But a leaflet campaigns and discussions aren't going to reduce emissions. The best solution would be not to have kids (too late for me) and adopt instead if you must, not to own a car, try to own as little as you can (it will make you happier too). Plant stuff, pick up gardening, go offline and go outside to reconnect with where you come from. Anything that contains batteries is probably toxic. Most shit we don't need we just are brainwashed into thinking we do.

An interesting read is Technological Slavery The Collected Writings Of Theodore J. Kaczynski, A.k.a. ' The Unabomber' which has been mentioned in Bill Joy's famous post "Why the Future doesn't Need Us" and my guess is that despite his infamy he might be heralded as some kind of "hero" in 50-100 years time.

Humans and society is in deeper in trouble than we think and stand "no chance of being saved". If you are of sound mental state, I suggest Thomas Ligotti's "The Conspiracy against the Human Race"

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