Maybe Logic: A Double-Edged Sword
An Anarchist Approach to Maybe Logic and the Ideas of Robert Anton Wilson
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An anarchist is someone who goes against the arch of society. They are radical individuals who can learn from anyone. They take what they need, and leave the rest.
Robert Anton Wilson helped me and many others on the path to discovering our inner fortitude. He encourages not only freethinking but the bravery that’s needed to question everything no matter the reprisals of the masses.
Yet I’ve come to realize Maybe Logic is a double-edged sword. Doubting dogma is necessary to discover your true thoughts, but without understanding that doubt, in and of itself, is not a virtue, you can be talked out of yourself. What is needed is not just a left-brained agnosticism of what we’re told by others, but a healthy, holistic gnosticism of what resonates within ourselves.
Resonance, I find, is a clearer way of understanding what knowledge is. It can be quiet, and subtle, so it is easily shouted down by the judgmental voices that have been drilled into our heads through indoctrination and socializing. Your body can know it before the rational mind. Your “gut-feeling” is really your whole central nervous system communicating with you. Your conscience mind is just a filter that can only focus on so much at a time.
Resonance is re-sonance. A vibration coming back again. As RAW stated “when intelligence looks at intelligence and criticizes intelligence that’s how intelligence increases”. Someone may say something and it strikes a chord with you. You already experienced it, but the feedback makes it noteworthy; knowable.
Maybe none of this even needs to be said. You probably already know it don’t you? But I bring it up because it the extreme and unthinking use of maybe logic seems to crop up again and again among fan circles.
Perhaps RAW warned against taking maybe logic too far. I do know RAW thought in degrees of certainty himself, not an either or binary.
Perhaps this is more of a misunderstanding among certain fans who use Maybe Logic fanatically. It is all too easy to think that we have broken free while unknowingly falling back into familiar patterns of behavior and thinking. And our culture is very much one of fandom and idolatry.
Maybe Logic is a brilliant tool at the beginning of one’s unlearning of dogma. But if used constantly it is a recipe for low self-debasement.
The importance of knowing yourself, and knowing what you know, cannot be overstated. To discover who you are is the greatest reward in life. You can certainly change, and should change if you are really growing and maturing as a person, and not stuck in Never Land.
This is why one needs to learn the art of self-confide-ence. (I write more about self-confide-ence in The Epidemic of Loneliness). The sort of over-confidence RAW wrote about that makes people stubbornly stupid is not the same thing as being able to confide in oneself about what they really think, about what really resonates with them, regardless of what the world would tell them those thoughts mean. The mind is your one inch of sacred space. And it has no firewall. Only you can guard it by refusing to police your own thoughts, and confiding in yourself.
Many ‘Maybes’ Mystifies Moral Mind
RAW wrote about how morality has caused more suffering than anything else in history. It is crucial to distinguish the morality of social scapegoating from the ethical right and wrong.
The more your quiet conscience is shouted down by loud domineering voices, the more you lose your ability to self-confide. The slow process of demoralization has its way through socialization and cultural indoctrination, through media especially.
We’ve been taught evil doesn’t exist. That it’s just a big misunderstanding. But evil does exist and it is anti-life (live backwards). We must all check for it within ourselves as much as we do in the exterior world.
Mysticism is mystifying. The mysterious ways of nature produce awe and wonder. But applied to morality, true morality which comes from that tiny little voice within, it leaves us unable take a stand. You cannot resist evil if you do not recognize it.
And so, I’d like to propose a counter-balance to all the maybeing. Because it takes great inner convictions to stand up for an ethical cause. To say enough to the ways we are mistreated by the system we live in. Maybe, just maybe, what we all need is a little more self confide-ence.
Subtly moves us
Never all at once
Firm and upright posture
Maybe lowers many
Definite thunderous sound