Theorems For Living
by Brian Matthew Kessler
Table of Contents
Of Good and Evil
Of the World
Doubt everything. Doubt even that you are doubting. Everything is a lie. To know something, you must know everything. To know everything, you must first know something. That which you think you know is really just a label for that which you do not know. Emotions are irrational. Beliefs are bigger lies than knowledge and more irrational than emotions. Belief is knowledge corrupted by emotions, therefore beliefs are irrational lies. That which you believe is either that which you want to believe or biased by your experiences; obviously corrupt in both cases. The only way to learn anything is to learn that which is not because you can never know that which is.
Desire to know everything. Knowledge is power. Because you can never know anything, always be unsatisfied with that which you think you know; always seek to learn more.
Debate everything. Debate even the point of debating. Be able to debate all sides such that you can call neither wrong, only, at worst, less right.
Of Good and Evil
Never be neutral. Neutrality is a waste. Neutral is impossible unless you are ignorant.
Never be evil. Evil is, by definition, counterproductive to the will of your God. Evil goes against nature, the truest source of your God. There are very few people capable of true evil. To be evil is to do that which your God wills you not to do. Since you are your God, to do evil is to do what your will tells you not to do. If it is your will to do that which you will not to do, the original will was not your true will.
Never be good. Those who are worthy of your goodness will not want it and be left feeling guilty because of it, thus your goodness is not good. To do good to someone who does not want it or is unworthy is a waste.
Be yourself. It is the only thing you have any right to be. It is never neutral, and neither completely evil nor completely good.
Trust Nobody. The very act of asking for your trust proves them untrustworthy. Very rarely will the will of two different Gods match, especially if these are Gods of two different people; the unlying motive will always be to follow the person's own God, not yours. You are someone. Don't trust yourself. You will lie to yourself faster and more effectively than you will lie to your worst enemy.
If you must trust someone, be careful. Test them with insignificant matters before you trust them to more important matters. No matter how much you trust them, expect them to fuck up. When it is really important, never trust anybody to any extent.
Keep no secrets. Lies can only hurt you when the truth is not known. The truth can only hurt you if you let it. If the truth be in accordance with your will, you will not let it. People care to know things more when they know you don't want it known.
Of the World
Live as if this was an ideal world. If everyone lived this way, maybe it would be. If you live as if this was an ideal world, then you would be living by your own personal ideals of which you should not be ashamed of, else you are living under the ideals of others and only think they are your own, then you will fear no shame for any act and have no need to keep it secret. Take pride in all of your actions that live up to your ideals because the world you live in is your world and your way is the best way. All others pale beside your own.
Everyone has their own world. What we observe external to us may be shared with others, but our interpretations of the world will be largly unique. We derive our principles through which we operate in the world using those observations. Because our observations differ, our principles will differ. If the principles operating differ, then the worlds to which they apply must also differ.
Yours is the only true world. Yours is the only world you can operate in, thus you must live solely by the principles of your world. The principles of other worlds do not apply to your world and should not be observed. Your world is subject to the principle that everything is a lie, thus your world is not true and does not exist. Even though it is a lie, it is the only truth you know and thus you must live your life by it.