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Alin: The Myth of the Void
The Buddhist concept of Sunyata essentially captures the hyper-deconstructive expression of Ti; with Alin being the nature of Ti taken to its utmost extreme and eliminating all contradiction until nothing remains. First it starts by questioning society, one’s behavior, one’s job, one’s aspirations, one’s purpose. Along the way, more and more things are found to be rationally unjustifiable. Based on something else; something other than truth. In the search for the kernel of truth beneath all things, Alin pushes the person into a disassembly of all constructs and concepts.
It may seem bizarre for a judgment process to produce an apparent “cessation of striving” or what seems like a lack-of-trying. But in fact, Alin is very much still striving; striving to remain away from the corrupt. It is hyper-aware of logical fallacies of every sort; of asymmetries. Of flaws. What lies at the root of the myth of Alin is the desire not to self-identify with imperfection or untruth. It is a type of cleansing exercise. And so while it is not a function that affirms a positive direction or ordering… it doesn’t want disorder, and as such is an ordering process in the double-negative.
As untruth is eliminated with such fervor, all that’s left is absence. And in this nothingness there is perfection. In non-assertion, one cannot be flawed. In defeat, there is no chance of being wrong. Impermeability. And so there is a bittersweet comfort felt in this hollowness; Alin considers this ignorance the true condition of our being and what lies behind all our attempts at greatness and personal delusions of purpose. The agnostic mind is the only one that is right and pure. All who claim wisdom are false; I know only that I know nothing. And Alin, as Prince, retains his integrity and purity by staying away from err.
From the neutrality and dispassion of Alin, there is also a life-denying quality. This life-denying quality can become excessive and lead to nihilism in some cases, and more than a few existential questions.
All our interactions with one another are charades.
All is noise atop of the singular truth of the universe;
the void that is eternal and impeccable
Dark as these qualities may seem, they are not necessarily bleak to the Alin mythholder. They may be wonderful, refreshing, liberating and even fascinating in the way that existentialism can be if properly understood.
Deep down it is humble, unassuming, seeking neutrality and honesty.
Honesty with oneself about the absence of rationality for what one is doing,
and everyone else’s absent rationality for their own doings.
When the myth of Alin is paired with some life-affirming principle, it cleans the slate and allows for a more unadulterated morality to emerge. And it continually offers revision and correction (removal of imperfection). So long as Alin can be run/played within certain accepted parameters (choosing not to dismantle.. but instead to allow ethics, for example) then it works adamantly to defend one’s paradigms from untruth or inner frailty.
Another application of this myth is in meditation, as it relates to a cessation of worry — an awareness that all your worries and strivings are self-caused. And that one can surrender such ideas and ambitions at any time, and return again to Stillness; the one true reality. This application of Alin is sometimes hybridized with other energies such as Vin’s sense of cosmic unity, or with Edin/Aler’s life-affirming ethos.
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