Archive-name: goat-faq Posting-frequency: monthly Last-Modified: 01-Jul-99 alt.fan.goat FAQ: Introduction to the Goat Archive name: Frequently Answered Questions (FAQ) about alt.fan.goat FAQ Name: alt.fan.goat FAQ Author: AFG Historical Society ([email protected]) Copyright: Copyright 1999 afgHIST Table of Contents I. About the Goat 1. Who is the Goat? 2. Where did the name come from? 3. Why don't you identify his "real name"? 4. Why did the Goat arise? 5. What is the Goat's mission? II. Understanding the Goat 1. Why I must approach the Goat as academic subject 2. Why I must always bring drugs for the Goat 3. What the Goat hopes to bring to the world 4. What the Goat does when he likes you 5. When to avoid the Goat, and Why III. Historical Context 1. Postindustrial materialism 2. Moralistic politicism 3. Postmodernism counters 4. Heavy Metal as postmodern science IV. Goat Contact/Resources 1. Web site 2. Email 3. Sightings GOAT FAQ I. About the Goat 1. Who is the Goat? The Goat is an entity which posts regularly to alt.fan.goat, alt.rock-n-roll.metal.death, alt.music.black-metal, alt.thrash, alt.music.slayer, and alt.postmodern. 2. Where did the name come from? The Goat has this to say about it: "Demons below -- 666 ABORTCHRIST" 3. Why don't you identify his "real name"? I can't claim to know there is one, or that it's important. He is strictly an entity, a persona, a character. 4. Why did the Goat arise? Disaffection with the brutality and stupidity of society combined with its hypocrisy, seen as arising in a collective pessimism derived from negative conditioning ("control" "discipline" "government" "industry" "religion") through vestiges of evolution carried through to today by social memory. 5. What is the Goat's mission? The Goat's mission is to create a new form of thinking that transcends postmodernism through objectivism as visualized in the conceptualization, and deconstruction, of music as a form of planetary human communication. II. Understanding the Goat 1. Why I must approach the Goat as academic subject The Goat is an academe who took too many drugs and had to leave his academic home, but he is still a high-level abstract thinker in the sense that academia encourages. Therefore, for theoretical, philosophical and highly technological questions, he is highly useful, but for everyday concerns he is almost totally useless. 2. Why I must always bring drugs for the Goat It appeases his sense of brutal vengeance upon the rest of humankind. 3. What the Goat hopes to bring to the world Peace, love, happiness, DEATH. 4. What the Goat does when he likes you He will probably try to convince you to smoke a phallic, sticky, sloppy, honey-smeared device that leaks powdered marijuana on you. This is a blunt. Accept it gracefully, for not only is it the doorway to another world, but also it means when the munchies hit the Goat might follow his instincts to acquire excellent food. After that, you know you have found a method of networking with the Goat. 5. When to avoid the Goat, and Why If you are an ideologue (one who believes in the exclusive theory and practice of a doctrine) in the following traditions, please avoid the Goat for the sake of your health: * Fatalism * Materialism * Moralism * Jingoism * Christianity * Zoroastrianism * Judaism * Scientology III. Historical Context 1. Postindustrial materialism After it became established by a previous rennaissance that technology would be the future of mankind's frontire exploration, society polarized to function as a mechanistic production device. In doing so, it modified the incipient material morality in Judeo-Christianity's "good-evil" spectrum, and empowered a social system where wealth determined the right to exercise power, or "moral" right to act. The perversed philosophies of Locke and Rousseau became, combined with Darwinism and Protestant Christianity (read: liberal Judaism), a justification for a material order in which personal "success" was the most important goal, with the less-fit and less-chosen-by-God being weeded out by their inability to produce income. This was used to justify endless killings, from simple political hangings in Europe to genocide in the Americas and Black slavery, an abomination and atrocity in its own right. 2. Moralistic politicism Currently, we exist in an age of corporate control, where the city-state is secondary to its income stream, the multinational corporation (as appear in the Napalm Death songs and the books of Thomas Pynchon). As it stands now, we have surrendered all of our will to a material morality where the basest elements determine whether or not something is challenging and new or "safe" and conservative. While we vote with our hearts, our minds are deluded and occupied with "entertainment" like television which presupposes life is not worth living and must be replaced with unreal fantasy. Our political and social systems crumble but our technology advances and the warlords get more powerful; we as individuals may see great successes, but as a species, we're pitting ourselves against ourselves as resources become more scarce. The greatest consequence of this development is that we've poisoned our planet and poisoned our society with a hate we can't admit we have, hiding instead behind Darwin or God. Our children and grandchildren will be destroyed by this, and what of generations beyond? Change the channel, Beavis: we've already all given up hope, and hope to only pass away quietly beneath nuclear waves we never saw coming. The Goat stands opposed to this development in history, and argues to change it toward dentological socialism. 3. Postmodernism counters Postmodernism, or the realization of relativity in art and science, has caused a great divergence in history: how to understand relativism, without making it an overall philosophy? Obviously it is insane to say we each exist exclusively in our own worlds, for it is possible and _consistent_ that we interact, as "proven" by the scientific method of test-hypothesis-test induction. It is further insane to insist we must judge others but then to say, "It is okay for that person, in his/her situation." Our morality is what has become relativistic and in doing so, we have conveniently replaced it with what stood behind it for all of history: material control, or power. What's the oldest gig but to claim God ("the power of everything") told you to rule? Relativism is perhaps best expressed in James Joyce's Ulysses, in both a constructive and destructive way. Constructively, Joyce unifies the different "threads" of his characters wandering around town, establishes different interpretations of objective events and finally similar conclusions on the same events, and notes an organic, mystical consciousness to existence. Where he is destructive is his pity: he glorifies the underdog-loving culture of Judeo-Christianity in a sentimentalism that is crass for his intellectual exploits. The challenge of relativism is even greater than what is proposed immediately, in perspective re-assessment, because it includes also the preomonition of a greater complexity to the order of the "whole" than we normally suppose. Simultaneously, as we watch ourselves murder each other, we realize our world is within our control and not in the hands of a benevolent god (or at least, not one who will intervene). As diligent postmodernists we must remember the self-reduction of relativism: all things are relative, especially to the system which dynamically unifies them: an objective truth. Having done this, we must find new ways of exploring our world with a love for existence instead of a need for control. 4. Heavy Metal as postmodern science Heavy Metal, as a form of art, is postmodern science. Accepting the precepts of postmodernism and countering them with science, it has produced a logical, anti-materialistic, Romanticist philosophy which encourages reduction of mercy, pity, self-pity, solipsism, sentimentalism, morality and other intellectual errors. Its culture is a tight-knit group of people joined by an ideology transferred by sound who have made changes in the "public culture" more prominent than the hardcore, metal, gothic and industrial "sub-cultures." Objectivism is seen as Romanticist in heavy metal, which by nature of its exploration of the ambiguous, unknown and evil hopes to decode "aesthetic," or appearance and categorical position, as a process of "structure," or underlying logical conditions in material or intellectual space. This objectivism is romantic in that it posits a level at which humans can interact with their world wholistically through design, and in doing so, can build themselves an externality to reflect the inner peace they seek. (Metal does not stop there, but its recommendations for inner peace are best decoded by practice - the secrets will not be given away here.) IV. Goat Contact/Resources 1. Web site The Goat has a website at http://www.anus.com/people/goat/. 2. Email You used to be able to email the Goat, but now that no longer works. I would try: goat at anus dotty com 3. Sightings Confirmed GOAT sightings: Hollywood, California; Houston, Texas; Amsterdam, The Netherlands 4. Who Wrote This FAQ The alt.fan.goat Historical Society (afgHIST) hired two college interns for two weeks to write this. Their names are Melonie Richards (Syracuse) and Steven Maxwell (Occidental).