Monday, September 25th 2017

Spiritual Surf: The Joy of Destruction

Just how destructive is our Pain Body?

It’s hard not to be excited by a new group of websites showing the destruction of various consumer products. The simple question poses gets put to the test with every type of imaginable product and substance. Conceived as a marketing strategy for a blender company, the videos can be stunningly addictive. Tom Dickson offers a straight-man delivery of canned jokes, that when combined with a blender, can be quite funny. Some of the best videos are the blending of a digital video camera, an iPod, glowsticks, and an annoying Valentine’s Day gift.

Then there’s the more orgiastic destruction of an Apple Powerbook by a German lady dressed in a black Ursla Andress style bikini, red high-heel boots and utility goggles. That video is different from others appearing on the Bikinirama site in that the destruction seems to be motivated by a malfunction. Other videos on the site involve more of a ritualistic destruction, seemingly for no other reason than our amusement. Various consumer electronics are presented in the harsh light of what could be an underground parking lot or a fetish dungeon then destroyed with vigor.

Then there’s the Office Space Printer Take Down that is arguably the progenitor of the genre of consumer electronic destruction (The video link has some language and lyrics that some may find offensive).

Is this any different than watching a violent movie, or gawking at a car crash? If you’re an Eckhart Tolle fan, you’re apt to say…that our fascination with destruction is food for what he calls our “Pain Body?” Here is his description [via]:

….The pain body wants to survive, just like every other entity in existence, and it can only survive if it gets you to unconsciously identify with it. It can then rise up, take you over, “become you,” and live through you. It needs to get its “food” through you. It will feed on any experience that resonates with its own kind of energy, anything that creates further pain in whatever form: anger, destructiveness, hatred, grief, emotional drama, violence, and even illness.

Hear Tolle him talk about violence in films here. “Why else would anybody watch violence on the screen and pay for it and enjoy feeling bad? It feeds the pain-body,” he says.

But there is something inherently different to watching people destroy consumer electronics. It can be a rejection of the fetishism of stuff, a rebellion against the cult of consumerism that we’ve written about before. It’s shocking to watch because it takes our most beloved possessions and unveils their innards. It’s hard to revere the iPod once you’ve seen it spinning around in a blender, green circuit boards flying and digital memory turned to dust.

The trick is to separate the frustration these items can bring from the destruction. When you see the lady at Bikinirama get angry at her Powerbook, it debases the transcendence of rejecting the once precious illusion. It’s just more food for the pain-body then.

The liberation we sometimes seek from devices that complicate our lives, confuse us with options and manuals and separate us from each other and ourselves doesn’t have to come from external destruction though. Ripping up your Powerbook or clubbing the company printer misplace the blame for frustration. You allow the printer to make you angry. You allow it to reach into your peaceful place and disrupt it. You feel what you want to feel. Frustration exists only inside yourself.

True transcendence, and peace, comes from destroying something inside yourself. It comes from breaking down your own mental constructs, obliterating the noise-makers that distract you.

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2 Comments on “Spiritual Surf: The Joy of Destruction”

  1. Awesome post. I love the violence issue. So important right now too.

  2. I couldn't understand some parts of this article of Destruction | Soul's Code: Everyone's a Guru, but I guess I just need to check some more resources regarding this, because it sounds interesting.

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