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Tasmanian, green, pacifist, anarchist. Humanist with an interest in Buddhism. Utopian dreamer, apparently!

The name came about because I had set up a little FreeBSD server under my house as a firewall to the home network. I called it "djehuty" because that's the Egyptian form of the ibis god the Ptolemaic dynasties called "Thoth". He is said to have invented writing. In the Egyptian underworld, the hearts of the deceased are measured against the weight of a feather. Djehuty records the results, which determine the fate of the spirits of the dead. I thought this was appropriate somehow for a firewall - deciding the fate of IP packets.

Anyway it always seemed logical to me to use the name of a server as its primary login, and out of laziness I began to use the name - simply because it's sufficiently unusual to not be already taken - as a login on other systems. It's strangely appropriate on Newsvine. The pronunciation is sufficiently uncertain that you can pretty much pick your own I reckon. And by the way my real name is Martin.

Manifesto:

  1. The basis of a worthwhile existence, of a life with integrity, comes from living in harmony with the world. This requires:

    1. honesty, and the courage to accept such pain as life holds

    2. treating other beings with kindness

    3. living as an organic part of the environment (in the sense of being a part of a single organism)

  2. It is by living in this way that illusions prejudices and fears are gradually broken down and dispersed. Clinging to such unwise patterns of fear anger and desire constitutes the driving energy which causes harm to oneself and others. Blinding oneself to this process and the suffering it causes is a coping mechanism which allows the preservation of the identity, personality, and patterns of behaviour which act in this way: the self. This necessarily blinds the person to direct experience of reality, substituting instead a shadow world of language, beliefs, ideas.

  3. This shadow world is formed of constructs (memes) which the being puts energy into reinforcing and propagating. Seen from the viewpoint of reality, actions which make sense in terms of the shadow world look like madness. War, starvation in the face of plenty, destruction of habitat, waste of resources, sitting in front of a glowing box or a desk of papers whilst gorging oneself to an early death. All in the grip of demons which whisper promises of protection from pain and fear while they suck the life of their victims like a plague of vampires.

  4. It is doubly hard to release oneself from these memes, because not only does the individual create an illusory reality from them, but the society's consensus reality is constructed from the memes and meme complexes accepted by its members. Each person finds accommodation with their own existence, and makes their way towards their own happiness and truths. It is a kindness to allow each other being as much freedom to pursue this as does not impinge on the ability of others also to do so.

It is my purpose on Newsvine to point out the insanity of much of what is going on today, and encourage people to seek a meaningful harmonious and organic existence based on a sustainable lifestyle of honesty courage and kindness. I believe this is best done by means of non-violent activism and an open hearted approach to our fellow human beings; leading to free, open, ecologically aware society.

Articles explaining this viewpoint in greater depth:

  1. Labels names and flags
  2. The "morality of groups" theory:
    1. The psychology of tribes
    2. The morality of groups
    3. A utopian suggestion: citizen arbitration
  3. Rootlessness
  4. Hope, poverty, and fuck you
  5. The technical use of karma in magic
  6. Forgiveness
  7. A thing is not true unless it is also kind
  8. Anger and Carpentry
  9. The God in Small Things
  10. Subject-Object and Experience
  11. Romancing the sword
  12. The immanence of flesh
  13. Gift

I welcome comments and suggestions about these ideas - they're always very much a work in progress. Namaste, my friend.

Djehuty is a member in these Nations:

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