The Museum of Vestigial Desire


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The question why can be very broad or very narrow. Never anything in the middle.

We can deal with every question as a question in the moment, not a question that we need to reflect on within the scope of our whole self. In the moment we only look at the bitstream data of the actions and thoughts that have flown through this mind across the last few minutes.

In the scope of a few minutes, you might think that there is very less data to adequately grasp the gist of the person. But you are wrong.

All the seasons of the psyche repeat themselves rhythmically. There is no linear movement in the matters of the self, there is no plot to be unravelled, nothing to be mapped. There is only a rhythm to be tapped. What consists of a phrase in the given span of musical activity? What are the bounds of the sonic activity that curve beyond a point and package themselves for optimal repetitions. In the repetitions emerge the rhythms and from the interplay of frequencies and rhythms emerges the specific harmony and melody that characterise us.

If you want to know why we just have to tap into the rhythm and answer you. There is no extended period of self-reflection. There is no meditative thought that we need to engage in.

The reason you insist on knowing the reason, the reason you ask why is that you have been trained to think that in the reason, in the cause, lurks the gold. You think that in the cause resides the entire description of the story compressed into its thematics.

Well, we do not know the answer. We can tell you what we know, though. You have to deal with it.

Once, we woke up in the middle of the night and realised that there was somebody else in the room. There was nobody else in the room. But we felt that there was somebody else. And there was. The episode of possession had happened. The possession had happened inside us. There was nothing that had changed in the room we slept in. But something had changed inside the person who was sleeping.

So the answer to why is the act of possession.

We say that since we are possessed, we do things differently and that is the answer.

But if we say this, we know that it will be a cop-out. We know that this answer can deflect all the future questions and end the conversation for now.

But do we want an end of conversation?


But we want you to suspend the motivations behind your questions and accept whatever we state. To do that you will require approaching us with a receptive mind. We do not appreciate minds that want to confront us, that approach us with confrontation as the agenda.

If we do not perform the cop-out, our answer to your question would be the following. If we suspend all the filters that govern us for a moment, then we realise that we can do anything. In an experimental framework, for you to replicate this suspension, you will have to suspend a lot of functions of your intelligence that you consider essential. Culture on the whole might need to be discarded. But more certainly the walls that have been created in your mind, the limitations that you have been convinced of, the identity that you feel comfortable and snug in might all need to go.

Then you might be able to feel our why moment. Of course what you do with your moment will be entirely different from what we did with ours. But it is the stage of plausibility, once you are on it, anything can happen.

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