I came across a subtitle in a book today for a section on the nature of reason and rationality. The subtitle was “Reason: The NonContradictory Integration of Experience”.
I found the subtitle pretty profound, and it made me think of The 21 Convention. In particular, the concept of integration, as well as experience.
The 21 Convention being both the integration of knowledge into a construct of my own design, and a real life, in person experience held at various times throughout the year.
A convention for men of the mind. A convention for the young Howard Roarks, Steven Mallorys, Hank Reardens, John Galts, and perhaps even, Dagny Taggarts of the world.
In any case, integrating is exactly the process occurring at the events. Every speech given by every speaker contributes to The 21 Convention in and of itself, specifically because the speeches are recorded, and subsequently, add to the sum of knowledge produced by me and the speakers, through the events.
While maybe strange to some to think of in this way, I find this concept pretty awesome. I’ve created a beast. Not in the negative sense of course, but in the positive sense. A platform, distribution network, and real life beacon for men of reason, life, and liberty.
Men who seek to eliminate contradiction from their own lives, as well as in the wider social-political realm, which I now suspect is a logical and necessary consequence of personal growth, and the removal of contradiction from your own life.
This may in fact explain my own progression in interests and concerns right here on The Dream Lounge, which is not unlike what Richard Nikoley is now encouraging to happen in the paleo community.
To put this nicely, it’s difficult for a real life Hank Rearden like Mark Sisson to be successful when over 50% of everything he earns goes to government, by force. Government subsequently spending Mark’s hard earned wealth on – you guessed it, corn, soy, and wheat subsidies (not to mention illegal wars, torture, corresponding propaganda, etc).
Abhorrent reversal of the role of government from greatest protector to greatest threat aside, the irony runs deep here (in regards to what Mark’s wealth is spent on against his will).
The same can be said for the men of exercise. I wonder how much more knowledge Doug McGuff, Drew Baye, and Bill DeSimone could produce if they had more wealth – meaning more time – to produce such knowledge.
To put it succinctly, each of these men work a number of months out of each and every year to simply pay taxes. Income tax, property tax, sales tax, inflation tax, and all of the products and services jacked through the roof in price thanks to government. Doug McGuff as a medical doctor probably getting hammered the most out of these men.
Back on point, as we succeed in identifying the facts of reality, originally discovered by the men mentioned above in the realms of health, exercise, nutrition, and so on, this allows the freedom to delve deeper and deeper into the roots of the contradictions we currently face in our world.
Especially as such knowledge becomes automatized. I speak from experience when I say that as much as I read now on the subjects of health, exercise, and nutrition, I find it increasingly difficult to explain the basics of proper exercise and nutrition to the completely lay person, and subsequently direct them ever faster to videos (and books) by the above mentioned men.
Not because the knowledge has disappeared, but it is buried by an increasing amount of new knowledge, and to dig through this ever growing heap, that itself grows denser (quality) as well as greater (quantity), requires ever greater levels of concentration and thought, that I’m simply not motivated to perform in most respects and in most cases.
Simply put, my effort is better spent convincing the person to watch videos and read books than actually explaining even the basic principles of exercise, nutrition, and health.
Quite the paradox.
Back on point once again, I find the idea of “feeding the beast” quite appropriate to adopt personally for The 21 Convention, and I think the same can be said for any man or woman who truly understands it, and me to the necessary degree.
Many of the speakers, like James Steele II, are examples of such. Most of the long term readers of this blog are also good examples.
And what do I mean by “feed”?
Personally, I mean two things above all. Finding new knowledge to nourish my beast (ideas and speakers), and converting the wealth produced through the beast into fiat dollars when necessary and desirable.
The ideas and speakers being integrated into the sum knowledge contained within The 21 Convention, best represented in summation by the banner itself, and two, the wealth itself being ever greater and ever more effective compressions of that knowledge into digestible formats, freeing up the minds of viewers to pursue new knowledge without any significant loss in understanding (gained rapidly through video instead of through the internet, Google, blogs, texts, books, excessive e-mail exchanges, etc).
Outwardly, I mean that every time you spread and support The 21 Convention, you should do so with a grin. Whether it’s by watching the Youtube video ads, sharing videos and posts on Facebook, linking to the videos from your own blog, buying the videos on DVD or digitally, and above all, attending the events – know that you are feeding the beast.
A productive, constructive, creative, rational “beast” that outshines quite a bit of nonsense we experience in our daily lives, in dealing with the intellectually constipated, and others who are quite a ways off from anything that could be considered rational.
– Anthony Dream Johnson