Superman

Superman Returns?

The World Doesn’t Need Superman

I recently sat to watch the movie Superman Returns, again. A movie like this, because of the archetypal and symbolic role play, causes a cathartic mood leaving me with puzzling questions about the nature of masculinity. The character of Superman himself is puzzling to me. As a super being, I would have thought him to have better communication skills. In my view, what most men would experience as strife at being assigned an absentee father role seems to result from an inability to communicate in the original, from deeper questions of self. It is from the position of the original, we enter an invisible rite of passage that either disenfranchises and disconnects us from youth, or introduces us to the migrating event of our next organic progression – our maturity. It is here that the script will direct us as human beings or human doings. Khalil, as he is called in the original, is dealing with the biological imperative that he may be the last of his kind. His immediate solution was coitus with Lois Lane. After all, an objective solution is the shortest route back into our implied purpose of doing, where a subjective discovery although less corporeal could give us our being. This is a first gesture towards personal fulfillment in which the original Khalil, struggles against his simulated identities of doing, those of Clark Kent and Superman. It is only in his fortress of solitude that Khalil is identified and mentored by recorded shadows and crystal memories. It is an act of subjective individuality to leave the script of doing the “saviour”, travel through dark space alone to discover the context of his origin to know Khalil.

As polite and tolerable, Clark Kent follows a script of behaviour that allows him to fit in. He animates himself using the exact opposite of invulnerability. Why? With only glasses and a suit as his disguise, he is really hiding within perception, using the perception of others as the real disguise. Animating or acting to provide an appropriate illusion, he collaborates with the beliefs of others to achieve a persona that is self-sustaining.  He is simulating simulacra, or is he? In this collaboration, who is free to change it, refine it or end it? The collaboration of a simulation may be the fundamental expression of our non-verbal language, the hive brain or concordantly the matrix. If simulation is the safest haven for our fears and vulnerabilities, who is free to change it?

It is in group think that a collective consciousness establishes a simulation, as a chaos of collective beliefs.  The chaos of group beliefs orders or organises into an acceptable expression of group think, with attached roles, individual utility and purpose. By similarity it may well describe your family and mine it also describes street gangs, corporations, priesthoods and ideologies. So powerful is a simulation and it’s collaboration it can be impenetrable to challenge. Priesthoods sanctify crime, police protect their own hegemony politicians subvert freedom children are killed in the crucible of context, ideologies script truth. It is the result of beliefs in a simulation, a collaboration of purpose. The spirit and ghost of the group and it’s simulation neither fears nor answers to the wrath or judgement of deities. It is so intense as to be hypnotic, it is where people cocoon for safety and establish a reality. It is the ideology of the group, the simulation that is coldest to the individual. It is an imperialism of consciousness, seeking new real estate, speaking on behalf of you as it, testing your orientation with half spoken messages for you to complete, pitting the subjective against the objective, nurture against nature and darkness against light.

Extending this to my own life begs the question as to whether I am fulfilling the simulations in which I am performing.  As a foster child in my youth residing in foster homes and boys homes I am very familiar with shifting from one simulation to the next and the doings required. I am astute at recognizing that the happiness most people describe is nothing more than happiness at surviving the simulation and getting away with it. Very quickly communication can change from conversation to a statement of purpose. Once adequately indoctrinated into the simulation, individuality slips away into a netherworld of phantasm and fear.  As a younger man I had read a book by Carlos Castaneda called A Yaqui Way of Knowledge. I found it to be a sort of “rite of passage” book for males, supporting a mentor and student scenario. In one exchange the mentor Don Juan tells his student Carlos that “life is an impersonal experience”.  Understanding this statement may be one of very few tools to assist in surviving the eviction from your simulation.  It is those evicted from their lives who against their will or desire, come to know how impersonal life is, while searching a new simulation.

Simulacrum is certainly a defining aspect of the gender dialogue if it can be called a dialogue.  The simulation of masculinity itself has been and is being reshaped into a diverse product selection that ranges from conscripted killer to cuckold to criminal.  Change to male consciousness is promoted in a much more aggressive process than empowering. Fuelled by a simulation of misandry the legislative and legal machinations in our society are furthering a cause that renders many men emasculated from their previous and current simulations. You may attempt an amendment to the truth with another study of whatever truth you are seeking to define, the truth industry is always for hire.  Or you may attempt to amend the truth at the top of your lungs. You may battle the tentacles of simulated truth or buy her flowers. But you will not defeat the simulation or it’s ghost, without defeating yourself.

So pervasive is the effort to reshape the male paradigm, to own the simulation, the corporate branding and marketability, the very existence of maleness and it’s utility, that a war of control has been mounted on males of every age group. The war against the youngest of males, those most vulnerable, our sons, has been carried out with the use of psycho active drugs. Between 1960 and 2010 and particularly since the advent of a diagnosis referred to as “attention deficit disorder” the drug Ritalin has been added to the arsenal of feminist simulation to advance their war against a “patriarchy of mass destruction”, to find where it is hidden. During these fifty years the prescription of this drug to our sons has increased 700 fold and in comparison to girls at a rate of 4 to 1 . Together with a social policy called zero tolerance that redefines educators as behaviour police males are being shown the exit door to their own epigenetic experience.

A book with a unique perspective called “Freakonomics” by authors Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner, carries a by line on the cover that reads, “A Rogue Economist Explores the Hidden Side of Everything”.  In their book the authors suggest a correlation between legalized abortion in the U.S. and the reduction in projected and actual crime rates during the Clinton Presidency. It is interesting and controversial, certainly an unexpected hypothesis of available statistics. It is a stark contrast to the claims of the politically motivated who may only seek to enlarge their cache of stem cells. Not unlike the beauty products produced with the harvested foreskin of circumcised male infants. There is however a disturbing resonance in such a hypothesis that may be pertinent to a current crisis that has been highlighted and somewhat publicised but otherwise ignored. The as yet unstudied correlation between the drugging of our sons with the psycho active drug Ritalin, a drug known to atrophy the brain with prolonged use, and the subsequent decline in College enrolment of our young men?

It is unequivocal that there is a war mounted and ongoing against males. The protagonist in this war is represented by a disembodied ideology claiming injuries actual, intended and implied. Based on de facto beliefs in the physics of size, it mires our sensibilities such that we are able to identify the criminal before the event of the crime with primary aggressor laws. So insidious is this notion, that by simply typing the term “silver bullet technique” into Google, of the 499,000 results returned, the first result describes the most effective method to winning a divorce dispute, is too make the primary aggressor law work for you.

Statistical evidence has been shaped with contrived studies and unasked questions that only now are being challenged with intellectual honesty and a new found integrity within academia.  Still from the battlefield we are yet to reveal or accept the true violence expressed in this war. Violence by proxy has been served by police batons, tasers, policy and legislative prejudice.Families and futures washed away by a masculo/feminist chivalry expressed from affordable and safe positions of power, tenured in wealth and socio-political esteem. We reside in the sphere of a police state that sees only one crime, maleness, evidenced only by gender it is maleness that is sentenced to not exist. No doubt these murderers of the masculine would and have responded with an age old reply. “Am I my brother’s keeper”? As men are ground into the fodder of social engineering under the thumb of law to redecorate the Patriarchy with Matriarchy one wonders. Is it worth the gender-cide to validate an accusation of privilege?

About J Galt

John is a father, writer, social commentator and mentor to young men. He is a regular contributor to A Voice for men focusing mainly on gender politics and pervasive social illusions.

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  • http://avoiceformen.com Paul Elam

    Brilliant.

  • Jonathan Mann

    I second that motion. Nice job Keith!

  • Lovekraft

    Good post.

    You have a way of encapsulating the zeitgeist.

    Now to apply it to specific examples we can really chew over.

  • keith

    @Lovecraft

    which would you like mine or yours

  • http://truthjusticeca.wordpress.com Denis

    Very interesting read. We got away with a lot of aggressive play and were very active as boys. I also had a lot of male teachers, so we got away with a lot of shit and we did a lot more physical activities. There is a big difference between male and female teachers and there are a lot fewer men in teaching and especially teaching lower grades. I think Ritalin is often overprescribed and generally used as a treatment of symptoms while avoiding underlying causes. It is also likely to be suppressing the competitiveness of boys.

    I never heard of “silver bullet technique” but the only reason it was top hit in half million is because of the addition of “technique” to the search. The real question is …does a system that rewards or excuses false accusations also enable and encourage false accusations?

  • keith

    @ Denis
    Ritalin is basically speed and is often sold on the street for 5+ dollars a tab.

    Boys are risk takers, with that comes introspection to calculate and a firewall (deafness) to reduce influence. I found with my sons if you lead the way they are right behind you but if you attempt to simply manage them they are not interested. I sat and watched my youngest one day at the “playground” go up and down the stairs about fifty times. I realized he wasn’t playing he was working. Calibrating his balance. If you watch kids in a “playground” (without getting arrested) you will see most boys are problem solving.

    The system is saying we can’t circumvent the constitution but you can!

  • http://thedamnedoldeman.com TDOM

    Excellent job Keith. Masculinity is being redefined right out of existence, or at the very least, right into prison. I do take some small exception to your characterization of ADHD. The disorder itself is not a feminist plot, it is very real. That said, it is easily the single most overdiagnosed mental disorder in children (mostly boys) and perhaps even overall. Ritalin is a dangerous drug with some heavy duty side effects and is way overprescribed. I just posted an article on ADHD on my blog on Monday that defines the disorder and discusses the overdiagnosis. It’s a brief introduction and I’ll be getting into a discussion of Ritalin and other drugs in a follow-up post. You might want to check it out.

    http://thedamnedoldeman.com/?p=2811

    TDOM

  • Andrew

    Keith,

    I believe I have read, then reread, nearly all of Carlos Castaneda’s works at least three times, and still their mystery compels me to return. “The Teachings of Don Juan: A Yaqui Way of Knowledge, which you mention, was his master’s thesis in anthropology at UCLA in the early 1960s. As you may know, his third book, “Journey to Ixtlan,” was his doctoral dissertation – a sublimely spare and powerful narrative of his experiences in the Sonoran desert during his continued “apprenticeship” with the 80 year-old shaman whom he introduces in the first book.

    Whether Don Juan was an actual or fictional character remains an unresolved academic controversy and an ongoing literary debate. Whether Castaneda’s works constitute academic discourse, spiritual teaching, fine art, or mere fantasy adventure stories for those of us who were infatuated, at least for a time during our youth, with natural psychedelics and attendant forays into the metaphysical – I don’t know.

    Whatever they are, Castaneda’s writings deeply and profoundly affected me. Whoever Don Juan was, his conversations and teachings address primordial questions about manhood and spirituality. I could feel, if not fully understand, the ruthlessly impeccable nature of his discipline and the powerful love that must have bound him to Carlos and Carlos to him.

    Thanks for your article.

  • http://avoiceformen.com Paul Elam

    I am 53. Needless to say I did my share of hallucinogens in my youth. Like most people who came of age in those times, the experience was transformational. It shook me loose of a lot of rigid thinking and helped me, almost instantly, to challenge everything I thought was real. I am certain it is in some way responsible for my ability to see through the gender zeitgeist and imagine a more “sensible” world.

    The compelling aspect of Casteneda’s writings is that they were the literary expression of the chemically induced experience we all shared. It was paper acid in the literal sense, and, I think, a work of sheer genius.

    Short of recommending a hit of windowpane to anyone, I do hope that those who have not read those books give them a couple of studied reads. It is the best primer on critical thought I think you can find. And it could even make you a better activist.

    In the words of Castaneda, “When Don Genaro shits, the world trembles.”

  • keith

    @TDOM

    I would say my position regarding Ritalin is as valid as any study on the outcome of it’s benefit. I consider it a management tool for the disinterested parent and teacher. Much like a playpen. Ask any doctor directly for a definitive description of ADD and they can’t give it to you. Ask that same doctor if they are willing to take responsibility for the out come and they will say no. Then they will go on to describe it as a discretionary medication that is really up to the parents. There is no evidence that there is any benefit to the child user. But parents will claim a benefit to themselves. Personally if its a tie then I support the organism not the drug. The manual you refer to in your article was not revised in “text” until 2000.
    Education by parents is often deferred to a family doctor who will not witness the outcome of the medication. Additionally if we recognize that boys are more physically active which many seem to subscribe to why would we not consider that the need for activity is being scripted by the Vagus Nerve and is potentially a biological message being delivered to the brain.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vagus_nerve

    Our social institutions such as education are an evolving outcome, influenced by politics, studies, and planning. Why must we resort to altering our children to fit these environments with drugs. Most of the symptoms outlined in the journal can result from living in a household of unrest and marital turmoil. Why must we drug our children? Because it’s easier to fit the simulation.

  • keith

    @Paul

    Better said than I could have.

    I have no doubt that Castaneda greatly influenced Terrence Mckenna and the developing interest in DMT referred to as the spirit molecule. A chemical manufactured in the brain and a restricted substance. Talk about original sin.

  • Whitney Dodman

    I am already given to the power that rules my fate.
    And I cling to nothing, so I will have nothing to defend.
    I have no thoughts, so I will see.
    I fear nothing, so I will remember myself.
    Detached and at ease,
    I will dart past the Eagle to be free.

    ~Carlos Casteneda ‘The Eagle’s Gift’

  • Whitney Dodman

    It is the serenity prayer of the modern man!

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  • http://thedamnedoldeman.com TDOM

    @ Keith

    I don’t really disagree with you, except that I have seen benefit for children taking Ritalin IF (and its a big IF) they actually have ADHD. I believe that the vast majority of those children diagnosed with ADHD, don’t actually have it. Therefore the majority of those prescribed Ritalin will not benefit and will likely suffer because of it. If you read my article, you’ll notice that I think the diagnosis is largely a behavior management tool for teachers and that this is the primary reason it is over-diagnosed.

    While the DSM IV that I refer to has only been around abouyt 10 years or so, previous versions, including the DSM III that I studied in the 80s, also contained a very good definition. The one thing my clinical psych professor stressed for making any diagnosis is that in order to meet the criteria, the behavior or symptom needs to tend towards the extreme and be maladaptive. Doctors can’t give a definitive description of ADHD (ADD is nol onger a valid diagnosis) not because one doesn’t exist, but because they don’t pay much attention to the diagnostic criteria and don’t have the training. what they know about ADHD has probably been taught to them by pharmaceutical companies while peddling their drugs. I am hoping to get into this more in a follow-up article to my original in a few weeks (I may have time to research it over the holidays).

    TDOM

  • http://truthjusticeca.wordpress.com Denis

    I enjoyed Keith’s article and thought TDOM added some excellent insight. I’m always learning.

    I spend a lot of time at playgrounds and playgroups with my girls and their friends. What I notice is that it is usually fathers that are inter-acting and playing with their children while mothers are most often drinking coffee and chatting. I’ve had a few interesting experiences with dumb old ladies adding their 2 cents. I’ve rarely had any strange faces or issues with people questioning a man at the park, but I also think it’s a bit more concerning when somebody is just sitting by themselves and watching. Most often, fathers are not the ones sitting and watching.

    I think problem solving ability and risk taking is based in males seeking approval. I think it is largely a social construct and has both positive and negative attributes.

    I know one 11yo boy who is on Ritalin but often goes off it for weekends and vacation. The difference that I notice is that when he is on Ritalin, he is quiet, plays lots of video games and more often does what he is told. When he is off Ritalin, he is energetic, competitive, uncooperative and independent. Ritalin seems to suppress all of that to achieve cooperation and concentration. He becomes an automaton.

    It’s also interesting to note that Ritalin is becoming popular for university students to study for exams. It has been touted as a performance enhancer.

  • http://thedamnedoldeman.com TDOM

    @ Denis

    It’s been a long time since I studied the effects of Ritalin which is why I need to research it for my own followup article. but what I can remember is that it is a stimulant, which is why college students like it and why it is frequently abused. However, in a child with ADHD it is said to have the opposite effect. It calms them. the boy you describe may have ADHD. Unfortunately, it doesn’t do much for their ability to concentrate on schoolwork. They often become zombies who will sit quietly and appear to be listening, but will be unable to concentrate and retain information. So while they are not disruptive in the classroom and bouncing off the walls, they are not necessarily learning anything either. Several years ago, I had a teenager tell me that the effects are like taking cold medication when you’ve got a cold. The symptoms go away, but you still don’t feel right and can’t concentrate. another one told me it is like being stuck in the snow. You can put the car in drive and put your foot on the gas, but the tires do nothing but spin and you don’t get anywhere. I won’t vouch for the accuracy of what I’ve said here because I am just going off of memory from 20 or so years ago, I’ll do a bit of research before I write my own article.

    TDOM

  • keith

    @ TDOM & Denis

    Please consider as part of your research viewing the documentary

    “Generation Rx”

    I have always believed the best condition to have kids in is tired, burn them out.
    Once they are it’s amazing how focused and agreeable they become.

    I confronted the issue of ritalin with my eldest son. I read everything I could, attended seminars at a local hospital, talked with parents and talked to some 25 year old guys still on ritalin. I went to the pharmacy and got a print out on the side effects. Worse possible side effect…….coma and death. Not for my kid!!!

  • http://thedamnedoldeman.com TDOM

    @ Keith

    I agree that the best thing to do is tire them out. I am by no means an advocate for medicating. to me it should be a last resort. My research typically consists of online sources, the more objective and scientific the better. I have been known to use other media and somewhat biased sources on ocassion, but am wary of them. In this case I’m sure I will consult the PDR and literature put out by the manufacturer. To counter that I will be referencing info from anti-medication sources as well. Where can I find Generation Rx?

    TDOM

  • http://truthjusticeca.wordpress.com Denis

    “I have always believed the best condition to have kids in is tired, burn them out.
    Once they are it’s amazing how focused and agreeable they become.”

    @Keith, I totally agree, which is the reason I brought up my more active childhood with more male teachers. Physical activity everyday is important, maybe moreso for boys. That’s why I’m at the park so often.

    @TDOM

  • keith
  • keith

    @ Denis & TDOM

    my link is the complete documentary

    Denis’s you tube link is something else

    The original has already been removed from you tube

  • http://thedamnedoldeman.com TDOM

    Thanks for the link. Hopefully it will be around for a while. I read the intro and it looks interesting to say the least. Maybe I can figure out a way to download it instead of linking to it.

    My wife told me a rather ironic story on the way home this evening. She’s a nurse in a cancer research program. She was telling me that one of her patients who survived (a good many don’t) the experimental treatments and left the program about a year ago returned last week for a visit. She was doing quite well after having a mastectomy due to breast cancer. She was about to undergo an operation to restore her breast and was very excited about it. Today they were informed she had died. This woman had beaten the odds and survived a bout with breast cancer. She didn’t survive the cosmetic surgery to restore her breast. These days its not enough to simply cure the cancer, there is far too much money to be made performing operations on people that they don’t actually need. Consequences be damned.

    TDOM

    TDOM

  • keith

    That’s a terrible irony! we are so convinced that we are unacceptable we spend way to much time trying to fix ourselves. It speaks greatly to what we celebrate in each other and ourselves. Personally I like the quirks and anomalies, everything else is predictable, rather tepid without flavor.

    If we are mirrors of each other, of all the people I have met, I find myself rather boring. But 30 minutes with someone crazy and I start to dream and imagine.