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By Sam Zanahar (2005)
My articles published on the Internet have been written over a number of years. My ideas have evolved, and certainly, there are discrepancies between what I have written just recently and what I have written earlier.
However, on some important matters, I have never changed my mind.
I have always considered sexual satisfaction the logical primary value in life: in my own life and the life of other men.
Sexual satisfaction, of course, needs sexual desire to build on. And because my own sexual desires, or libido, has sometimes been up, and sometimes been down, I have, apart from my philosophical and political concerns, always been interested in medications and herbals that could bring about a constant libido high, such as tongkat ali. I haven't come across many alternatives to tongkat ali (Eurycoma longifolia), though.
I have always considered philosophical materialism, rather than philosophical idealism the correct view of the world. In this respect (but not in others), I have always been a Marxist.
Quote from the preface of Karl Marx' "A Contribution to the Critique of Political Economy", written in 1859: "The general conclusion at which I arrived and which, once reached, became the guiding principle of my studies can be summarized as follows. In the social production of their existence, men inevitably enter into definite relations, which are independent of their will, namely relations of production appropriate to a given stage in the development of their material forces of production. The totality of these relations of production constitutes the economic structure of society, the real foundation, on which arises a legal and political superstructure and to which correspond definite forms of social consciousness. The mode of production of material life conditions the general process of social, political and intellectual life. It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness."
In the original German version, the above quote reads like this: "Das allgemeine Resultat, das sich mir ergab und, einmal gewonnen, meinen Studien zum Leitfaden diente, kann kurz so formuliert werden: In der gesellschaftlichen Produktion ihres Lebens gehen die Menschen bestimmte, notwendige, von ihrem Willen unabhängige Verhältnisse ein, Produktionsverhältnisse, die einer bestimmten Entwicklungsstufe ihrer materiellen Produktivkräfte entsprechen. Die Gesamtheit dieser Produktionsverhältnisse bildet die ökonomische Struktur der Gesellschaft, die reale Basis, worauf sich ein juristischer und politischer Überbau erhebt und welcher bestimmte gesellschaftliche Bewußtseinsformen entsprechen. Die Produktionsweise des materiellen Lebens bedingt den sozialen, politischen und geistigen Lebensprozeß überhaupt. Es ist nicht das Bewußtsein der Menschen, das ihr Sein, sondern umgekehrt ihr gesellschaftliches Sein, das ihr Bewußtsein bestimmt."
You can read an explanation, written more than 70 years ago, through the following link Society and Mind in Marxian Philosophy
In spite of always having been a philosophical materialist, and in spite of having been captivated by Marx' analysis in his Critique of Political Economy, I am not, and never was, a socialist or communist. The fact is: I am not, and never was, an illusionist.
Now for those aspects on which I have changed my opinion, sometimes back and forth, over the past few years.
I sometimes considered myself a nihilist because I could not find any value in any of the standard moral theories (religions, political idealism) and had no inclination to involve myself in any political action, not even in political discussions. But I never really was a genuine nihilist because I always did believe in one value in life: optimal sexual experience.
I have sometimes concluded that it is in my interest to pursue a political agenda, and sometimes decided against it.
I have sometimes seen other men primarily as competitors, and sometimes as potential allies.
I sometimes was of the opinion that all human societies are a hopeless mess, and that the only sensible path for me would be to get through life as unharmed as possible, while on the way accumulating as much sexual satisfaction as possible.
And sometimes, my opinion has been that sexually better societies indeed are possible, and that it is worthwhile to pursue the idea of sexually better societies. Anyway, a society doesn't have to be ideal in order to be sexually better than the mess most current societies indeed are.
Because I have always considered current societies and their morals a mess, my position sometimes was that governments should be as weak as possible. But sometimes, I believed that strong government, lead by a dedicated elitist political movement, is our best bet for sexually better societies in as safe as possible an environment.
In some articles, my vision for sexually better societies are an important topic. Other articles may just analyze, from a materialistic perspective, the mess which current societies are, and indicate how best get through life without being harmed, while on the way accumulating as much sexual satisfaction as possible.
Sometimes, I update older articles to bring them in line with my latest conclusions. For other articles, I sometimes write annotations. Some articles, however, are difficult to update, and the choice is often only in between either taking them down completely, or just leaving them as they are.
I still learn as I go along. I cannot predict now whether I will arrive at different conclusions in the future, or whether my current conclusions will stand the test of time.
Anybody who searches my work for discrepancies will not have a hard time finding some. But nevertheless, I believe that I am consistent, in spite of the minor discrepancies.
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